Electric Flight Symposiums Set, Prize Offered

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The CAFE Foundation has scheduled its fifth annual Electric Aircraft Symposium for April 29 to 30, in Santa Rosa, Calif., and EAA has announced it will hold its second World Symposium on Electric Aircraft and a prize competition during EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh. The CAFE event will feature presentations by a variety of experts from industry, academia, and government agencies (PDF schedule). NASA scientists will provide an update on advances in batteries and new emerging technologies; Stanford professor Ilan Kroo will explore design concepts for small electric aircraft; Karl Young, CEO of X-Cap, will report on energy storage using carbon nanotubes; and many others will discuss their current research and future plans. Online registration is now open, and the cost is $399.

EAA's event in July will feature influential industry leaders offering their vision of the future of electric-powered flight. More information and registration details will be announced later. Meanwhile, EAA is accepting applications for a $60,000 electric flight prize. The prize will go to the aircraft that excels in four categories: endurance, time to climb, speed, and innovation. Applications must be completed by July 1. The qualifying flights will take place at Oshkosh during EAA AirVenture.