Most of us have grown up knowing the importance of innovation due to the ever popular phrase, “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, though slightly misquoted, this has led many a people to come up with variations on a theme, thus improving our way of life. This, of course, is as true in the Aviation World as anywhere else, and that is why TURBINE TRAINING is always keeping a pulse beat on AVIATION INNOVATIONS AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING.
“A prime example of this,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, offered, “is the current EAA Innovation Prize Competition. Each year they have a theme for the competition,” he went on, “and this year that theme is ‘ideas to reduce the loss-of-control accidents in aircraft.”
The competition is concentrating on the design and development of a low-cost solution that recognizes imminent loss of control in aircraft and provides an innovative way of increasing situational awareness or automation to the pilot. To accomplish this, innovators will concentrate on such areas as:
- Ease of Installation
- Widespread Applicability
- Effectiveness in reducing loss-of-control occurrences
“To entice truly talented people to participate in the competition,” TURBINE TRAINING Vice President Jason Wolcott shared, “EEA is offering some real money for prizes.”
The winners will be rewarded as follows:
- 1st Place - $25,000
- 2nd Place - $10,000
- 3rd Place - $5,000
The winners will be determined by a panel of truly stellar individuals involved in the World of Aviation, as the following list shows:
- Burt Rutan – Aircraft/Spacecraft Designer.
- Charlie Precourt – NASA Astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander.
- Dick VanGrunsven – Founder of VAN’S AIRCRAFT.
- Dave Morss – Aircraft Racer and Test Pilot.
- Rod Machado – Flight Instructor for over four decades.