The Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation has officially accepted Team PC-Aero’s Elektra One electric aircraft as an entrant in the 2011 NASA/CAFE Green Flight Challenge. The Elektra One prototype will be unveiled at the E-Flight-Expo trade show during Aero Friedrichshafen in Germany in April.
The CAFE Green Flight Challenge (CGFC) is a flight efficiency competition for aircraft that can average at least 100 mph on a 200-mile flight while achieving greater than 200 passenger miles-per-gallon. The prize for the aircraft with the best performance will be $1.5 million. This is the largest prize ever offered for a general aviation competition. A $150,000 prize for best score by a bio-fueled aircraft is also offered. The competition is slated for July 2011 at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California. A variety of experimental aircraft that fly with electricity, solar, bio-fuel or hybrid propulsion are expected to enter, according to foundation officials.