The first Pulitzer Electric Aircraft Race, a two to three day, 1,000-nm cross-country event beginning in Omaha, Nebraska, and ending near Kitty Hawk, N.C., will be held May 16-19, 2022.
The race is a resumption of the Pulitzer air races first held in the early 1920s. The winner will be awarded the Pulitzer Trophy, on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., according to officials with the National Aeronautic Association.
The race will be open to piloted aircraft of all types using zero-emission electric propulsion.
Because many of the competitors may be in a research and development phase and using experimental aircraft, the race will be a day only, Visual Flight Rules (VFR) event, according to NAA officials.
The race winner is the pilot with the fastest speed calculated from the cumulative flight time, not including time on the ground for maintenance, charging, or overnight stays. All the rules are available here.
The cross-country format was selected to emphasize electric aircraft range and reliability, in addition to speed, in a realistic operating environment, NAA officials explain.
“A cross-country race will require careful logistical planning from the race teams and highlight different electric propulsion technology choices and operational strategies such as rapid battery charging, whole battery changes, and solar power augmentation to extend range,” officials added.