Lucky 13 to Fly in Green Flight Challenge

Dean Sigler Diesel Powerplants, Electric Powerplants, GFC, Sustainable Aviation 4 Comments

Following rigorous evaluations of all aircraft to ensure they meet all standards for the contest, Dr. Brien Seeley, President of the CAFE Foundation, announced the 13 entrants who will compete in the Green Flight Challenge at Santa Rosa, California between July 11 and 17, 2011.  This exciting event will offer the public a first view of some incredible designs and resourceful competitors.  Since the minimum performance required for consideration includes things such as the ability to fly a 200 mile course at 100 mph or better average speed, the ability to clear a 50-foot barrier on a 2,000 foot runway during both takeoff and landing, and the efficiency to attain at least 200 passenger miles per gallon during the overall flight, all aircraft are obviously the most efficient aerial creations yet seen.  Rules were established to encourage designers to make “real world”, practical craft rather than specialized designs that could win the contest but find no real purpose or willing owners.  Even things such as cockpit design and visibility play a part in the designs, with every effort to bring designs to the aviation public that will meet with broad acceptance.  This can be a seminal moment in aviation, helping usher in a new era of environmentally sound, but exciting, high-performance , truly modern airplanes.

Embry-Riddle Green Eagle, a modified Stemme S-10 propelled by fuel cells and batteries

Entrants include seemingly every possible type of powerplant, an amazing array of configurations, and some obviously inspired design.

1.  Einar Enevoldson, team lead for the PC Aero entry will field the Elektra 1, a single-seater from Calin Gologan’s design team.  With 21 kilowatts and a span of 27.6 feet, the aircraft will fly on electric power.

2. Gene Sheehan and the Fueling Green Flight Challenger team will fly an electric airplane that looks a lot like a Quickie.  Its 16 kW electric motor will propel the 16.7 foot span, single-seat craft around the course.                                 

3.  Gregory Cole, head of Windward Performance  in Oregon has entered the two-seat Goshawk, a 51-foot motorglider-like airplane flying on either avgas or electric power.                            

4.  Lawrence Speer will field the Greenelis PXLD, a tw0-seat diesel-fueled, 30 kW airplane of  35.5 foot span.                                   

5.  Mike Stude of Kansas will fly Wings of Salvacion, a single-seat, 32 kW,  16.7 wingspan, ethanol-fueled entry.

6.  Richard Anderson will bring Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s entry from Florida – the EcoEagle, a hybrid-powered two-seat craft with a 75-foot wingspan.  hybrid.

7.  John W. McGinnis of Montana will fly Synergy, a six-seat craft with 32-foot wing and 142 kW bio-diesel powerplant.

8. Greg Stevenson, GSE-Aerochia’s Econo-Cruiser 3000 has two seats in tandem, a 48.3 foot wing, and a 15 kW bio-fuel-hybrid power system.

9.  Ira Munn’s IKE Aerospace entry, SERAPH, is a single-seat, 30 kW, 15-foot biodiesel-hybrid.

10. Eric Raymond will bring e-Genius, an electrical aircraft with two seats, 60 kW, and a 55.4-foot wing.

11. Jim Lee of Phoenix Air (Florida) will fly a 44 kW, 47.3 span, electric tw0-seater.

12. Scott Sanford will bring the Yuneec  E 1000, a three-seat, 120 kW electric airplane with 56-foot wingspan.

13.  Jack Langelaan will show the Pipistrel-Penn State University entry, a Taurus G4, a four-seat, 69.1-foot span craft with 145 kW of electric power.    

U. S. citizen innovators in the CAFE Green Flight Challenge will apply and demonstrate aircraft technologies from all over the world.  Power ranges from 15 kilowatts (20 horsepower) to 145 kW (194 hp).  Wingspans go from 15 feet to 75 feet, and aircraft offer seating for one to six.  Powerplants include all the possibilities, from pure electric to hybrids to bi-diesel and ethanol-fueled internal combustion units.  This contest will field a broader range of aircraft than anything yet seen and should demonstrate the possibilities inherent when innovation and creativity are allowed free rein.

Dr. Larry Ford, Vice President of the CAFE Foundation, will present an overview of the aircraft at the fifth annual Electric Aircraft Symposium to be held in Santa Rosa, California on April 29 and 30, 2011.  Be sure to attend to be part of the new wave in flight.

Comments 4

  1. I hope there will be an annual east coast Electric Aircraft Symposium at Sun N Fun in 2012.

    Need help to repower the 192o’s Ford Flivver with an electric power plant.

  2. The killer spec is the 200 “passenger” miles/gal “during the overall flight”. Its the climb to altitude and head winds that will probably prevent a winner this year. But, my bet is on the EcoEagle… the only Fuel cell contribution (apparently).

    I love the “real world” approach, but honestly, we have to think way outside of the fuselage to actually change history. “FUEL” can’t be carbon stuff, and solar/battery input has it’s “REAL WORLD” problems today which I assume the contest will prove again.

    General Aviation is what is in trouble, and fuel efficiency is not going to fix that with bio-generated carbon. And how do you define solar/battery submissions as to passenger-miles per GALLON, if you have zero gallons of carbon. FUZZY…

    So why not just submit a helium filled balloon powered by 6 Chinese midgets pumping away on bicycle peddles, talk about passenger miles going one way.
    (said for humor, of course).

    I wish I could be there… I live in the real world of “flyover” country. 🙂

    (Editor’s Note: Please read the contest rules and the white paper regarding energy equivalents to see that the matter is not all that “fuzzy.” The matter is actually well defined, otherwise NASA and the Foundation would not have contestants willing to invest in such an expensive and demanding venture.)

  3. Win or lose I want to congratulate each and every entry. Competition is the best way to advance new technologies and you are pioneers. Good Luck to all.

  4. It’s lovely reading and seeing this. Embry Riddle seems to always be breaking the mold and doing something new! They are one of the reasons I am proud to be a resident of Daytona Beach!

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