NASA/CAFE Challenge Offers $300,000 In GA Prizes

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NASA and the CAFE Foundation will host a $300,000 General Aviation Technology Challenge this August in Santa Rosa, Calif., to determine which small aircraft are most advanced in a number of measures that include fuel efficiency, quietness and safe handling. The idea is to encourage the development of GA aircraft that can fill the personal transportation needs of the future. Brien Seeley, president of the CAFE Foundation, told AVweb this week that this year's event will especially emphasize environmentally friendly technologies, and will introduce a new $50,000 Green Prize. The use of biofuel will be encouraged. The competition is open to experimental and production aircraft as well as light sport aircraft.

The competition is limited to 16 teams. Discounted registration is available for teams that sign up before Feb. 14.