From September 25 through October 1, electric and hybrid-powered aircraft teams will compete for the “Green Flight Challenge (GFC) sponsored by Google” at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport. A total purse of $1,650,000, funded by NASA, will be awarded. The CAFE (Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) Foundation will conduct the multi-day flight competition in which aircraft must demonstrate at least 100 mph and 200 passenger mpg on a 200 mile flight.
The dedication of the first Electric Aircraft Charging Station, a facility sponsored by Google and powered by more than 115 kW of geothermal energy, will occur at noon on 1 October at the CAFE Flight Test Center.
All GFC aircraft will be displayed free to the public at the Google Green Flight Challenge Exposition hosted by NASA at Moffett Field from 9 am to 4 pm on 3 October 2011, where a noon ceremony is planned to announce the winners. The Google Green Flight Challenge Exposition will include more than 22 exhibits by companies specializing in the technologies related to the future of green aviation. These will range from vertical takeoff personal aircraft, autonomous vehicles, fast prototyping equipment, advanced motors, propellers and more.