The CAFE Green Flight Challenge sponsored by Google will be held at the CAFE Foundation Flight Test Center at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif. The awards ceremony and exposition of the competing aircraft will be held Oct. 3, 2011 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
The Expo will consist of static displays of the aircraft that participated in the challenge; exhibits of green transportation technology companies, aircraft companies, other green companies and NASA displays; fly-bys of participating aircraft; and an awards ceremony to recognize the winners of the challenge.
The Green Flight Challenge sponsored by Google (GFC) was announced at AirVenture 2009 in Oshkosh, Wis., on July 31, 2009. The flight competition focuses on efficiency. The aircraft need to meet stringent safety and noise requirements as well as reasonable speed and range. The driving requirement will be to exceed an equivalent fuel-efficiency of 200 passenger miles per gallon. The GFC marks the first time in history that full-scale electric-powered aircraft will fly in competition. To compute the equivalence, the energy content of the electricity or fuel will be compared to one gallon of gasoline.