LoPresti Aviation announced on Saturday at EAA AirVenture that they have established a new annual award for “Innovation in Aviation,” in honor of their founder, aircraft designer Roy LoPresti. The first winner, DeltaHawk Engines, is a small company that has worked for 12 years to bring a new diesel design to the market. “The persistence and creativity of this company is something of which Roy would have approved,” the company said in a news release. LoPresti will work with the winners to help develop and market their ideas. The award will be presented every year at Oshkosh.
“In this next year you will see their engine gain certification and we will work with them to create STC’s for the burgeoning diesel market,” LoPresti said.