GoFly Launches Competition to Bring Personal Flying Devices to the Masses

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - Sept. 27, 2017 – A new competition to encourage innovators to create a safe and easy-to-use personal flying device launched today at one of the aerospace industry’s premiere engineering technology conferences. Gwen Lighter, CEO of The GoFly Prize opened registration for the competition at the SAE 2017 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition. The two-year competition, managed by GoFly with Boeing as Grand Sponsor, encourages teams from around the world to leverage recent advances in propulsion, energy, light-weight materials, and control and stability systems to make the dream of personal flight a reality. Prize money of $2M will be awarded to the most innovative teams. FORT WORTH, TEXAS - Sept. 27, 2017 – A new competition to encourage innovators to create a safe and easy-to-use personal flying device launched today at one of the aerospace industry’s premiere engineering technology conferences. Gwen Lighter, CEO of The GoFly Prize opened registration for the competition at the SAE 2017 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition. The two-year competition, managed by GoFly with Boeing as Grand Sponsor, encourages teams from around the world to leverage recent advances in propulsion, energy, light-weight materials, and control and stability systems to make the dream of personal flight a reality. Prize money of $2M will be awarded to the most innovative teams.

Teams will be challenged to create a personal flyingdevice that can be used by anyone, anywhere. GoFly is calling upon the world’sgreatest thinkers, designers, engineers, inventors and builders to constructsafe, ultra-compact, quiet, urban-compatible, personal flying devices capableof carrying a person 20 miles without refueling or recharging with vertical, ornear vertical take-off and landing capability. GoFly will provide teams withaccess to experienced Mentors and Masters in design, engineering, finance, law,and marketing, but the ultimate design and functionality of the device will beup to the imagination of the competitors.

“There is perhaps no dream more universal than thedream of human flight. GoFly is going to make that dream a reality,” Lightersaid. “GoFly is a shift towards embracing innovative solutions to expand thedesire to explore the unknown and push ourselves to new heights. Today we lookto the sky and say ‘look at that plane fly,’ but two years from now we’lllook up and say ‘look at that person fly.’” 

“The GoFly Prize competition aligns with our company’sgoals of inspiring people across the globe and changing the world throughaerospace innovation,” said Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop. “We’reexcited to see how the visionaries of the future will take on this ambitiousand exciting challenge.”

Competition prizes will be awarded in three phases:Phase I will include ten $20K prizes awarded based on written technicalspecifications; Phase II will include four $50K prizes awarded to teams withthe best prototypes and revised Phase I materials; and Phase III will unveilthe Grand Prize Winner, awarded at the Final Fly-Off in the fall of 2019. Thefinal Fly-Off will be judged by a team of experts from Boeing and other leadingorganizations.

Teams will have the opportunity to compete foradditional prizes during the final Fly-Off, including one $100K prize awardedfor disruptive advancement of the state of the art aviation technology, one$250K prize for the quietest compliant entry, and one $250K prize for the smallestcompliant entry. The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $1M for the bestoverall Fly-Off score, calculated by measuring speed, noise, andsize.  

Innovators from all walks of life, includinghobbyists, academics, engineers, and students are all encouraged to submittheir ideas and participate in the competition. The first registration deadlinefor teams participating in Phase I is April 4, 2018, followed by a PhaseII registration deadline of December 8, 2018.

For more information about The GoFly Prize, or to signup for the competition, please visithttp://www.goflyprize.com


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