The five teams competing in the
$300,000 NASA-funded General Aviation Technology Challenge were
announced this week by the host flight test agency, the non-profit
The aircraft represent an interesting array; all are aircraft
with two seats side-by-side, and four of the five are light sport
aircraft (LSA) available for sale in the US. One will even fly on
The main prize in this year's event is for aircraft with
exceptionally low community noise emissions. The flight competition
will be staged at the CAFE Flight Test Center at Charles M. Schulz
Sonoma County Airport beginning on August 5, 2008 and conclude with
a cross-country "Green Prize" race on Saturday August 9.
The five teams are:
"Team Pipistrel" flying a Pipistrel Virus 912, team leader
Frank Vance Turner
"Team Aerochia" flying a modified Diamond DA20-A1, team leader
"Team Wilkinson Aero Sport" flying a Dynamic WT9, team leader
"Team Lambada" flying a UFM-13 Lambada, team leader John A.
"Team Flight Refine", flying a Flight Design CT, team leader
John Robert "Bob" Basham
The competition will use CAFE's flight test equipment to measure
aircraft performance, handling, fuel economy and noise. Volunteers
from EAA Chapter 124 make the event possible.
A static display of the winning aircraft and their scores will
be open and free to the public at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County
Airport's CAFE Foundation Flight Test Center on August 10 from 9 AM
to 1 PM.