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FuelVenture 200/400 Prepares for Fourth Annual Competition

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A FuelVenture 400 competitor weighs in before the 2009 competition.

September 1, 2011 –Entries are now being sought for the fourth annual FuelVenture 200/400, billed as “a competition for the most fuel efficient aircraft on the planet,” and occurring October 21-22, during the Copperstate Regional Fly-In at Casa Grande Airport, Arizona. The event’s moniker reveals an expansion to the competition this year: A 200-mile, lower-speed course is being added for aircraft flying 60 to 119 mph. The 400-mile course continues for planes flying in excess of 120 mph. 

Here is how the competition works: Aircraft and their contents are weighed in, then fly a 400- or 200-mile course. Flight times and aircraft weight are recorded upon completion of the flight, and the difference between the before and after flight number gives the amount of fuel burned. Divide fuel usage into miles flown to get the miles per gallon, and a formula created by the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation is also calculated.

Prizes are awarded for competitors with the best mpg ratings as well as the best CAFE scores. Plaques and prizes will be awarded at the Copperstate banquet Saturday night.

For more information, including how to enter, click here.

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