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Lindbergh Awards First Electric Airplane Prizes

August 5, 2010 — As part of the World Electric Aircraft Symposium held during AirVenture, Erik Lindbergh awarded $25,000 as part of the first Lindbergh Electric Airplane Prize (LEAP), which recognizes contributions to the development of practical electric flight.

The best electric aircraft award went to Yuneec International for its accomplishments in the design and engineering of the E430. Lindbergh, the founder of the Creative Solutions Alliance (CSA) and grandson of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, praised the aircraft for its commercial potential.

Sonex Aircraft was recognized for the Best Electric Aircraft Sub-System or Component Technology. Its eFlight Initiative electric propulsion system incorporates an innovative engine cooling system, motor controller, battery pack, and integrated safety system.

Axel Lange won the Individual Achievement Award for his leadership and vision in the development of the Antares 20E, which is the world’s first certified production electric aircraft. The $25,000 in prize money was returned to LEAP by the award winners to be used to sponsor youth education programs. LEAP has partnered with EAA and plans to announce its 2011 awards at Aero-Friedrichschafen in Germany as well as at AirVenture. 

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