Electric Flight Innovations on Display, in Action at Wisconsin's EAA AirVenture 2011

Electric Flight Innovations on Display, in Action at Wisconsin's eaa AirVenture 2011

Electric Flight Innovations on Display, in Action at Wisconsin's eaa AirVenture 2011

PR Newswire

OSHKOSH, Wis., June 7, 2011  The innovation and technology of the emerging era of electric-powered aircraft will be a major part of EAA AirVenture 2011, scheduled for July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. A full schedule of events throughout the week will highlight the advances and future promise of electric-powered aircraft as this "green" technology begins to secure a place in tomorrow's aviation world.  

At the center of AirVenture's innovation activities is the Electric Flight Prize, which will showcase an amazing array of new powerplant and airframe designs through three in-flight competitions – awarding cash prizes to the designers and pilots. As many as 10 electric-powered aircraft are scheduled to compete.

The endurance competition, scheduled for July 26, will determine which aircraft can be kept aloft for the longest period of time. Each airplane can then enter the time to climb competition, scheduled for July 27. The third and final competition, held on July 28, will measure the maximum speed of each aircraft. An overall innovation evaluation prize will be awarded to the top three innovators based on battery, motor, controller, and airframe.

EAA AirVenture 2011 will also host the second annual World Symposium on Electric Aircraft on July 29-30. The open forum will feature several influential industry leaders discussing electric propulsion and the future for this rapidly growing flight segment that is attracting the attention of scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and investors.

Additionally, daily themed forums will be held at the EAA Innovation Center presented by GE Aviation on safety and airframes; motors, fuel cells, and propulsion; advanced batteries and controls; and regulations.

Visit www.airventure.org/electric for more information.

Advance purchase admission tickets at a discounted rate for EAA AirVenture 2011, as well as camping for all dates, are now available at www.airventure.org/tickets.

EAA AirVenture annually draws more than 500,000 participants from 70 nations and in excess of 10,000 airplanes, including more than 2,500 showplanes. The event includes 700 exhibitors with the latest aviation innovations; nearly 1,000 forums, workshops and seminars covering the entire world of flight; daily afternoon air shows featuring the world's finest aerobatic performers; up-close sessions with top aviation personalities; and the gathering of aviation enthusiasts from around the globe.

Visit www.airventure.org for more information.