Congratulating Penn State on NASA's Green Flight Challenge

October 6, 2011

Earlier today from the House floor, I congratulated Penn State Professor Jack Langelaan, contributing departments and all those involved in the first place win in NASA’s Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency Green Flight Challenge, which took place in Charles Santa Rosa, CA, on September 25. The aviation team was lead by Dr. Langelaan and supported by Penn State engineers as well as local aviation businesses and facilities. Truly a team effort!

Remarks as prepared: 

Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson

October 6, 2011

Mr. Speaker, the future of electric aviation is upon us in the Centre Region of Pennsylvania.

Pipistrel and Pipistrel-USA, an aviation company in State College, won first place in NASA’s Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency Green Flight Challenge, which took place Sept. 25 near Charles Santa Rosa, CA.

Sponsored by Google, the Green Flight Challenge was created to advance aviation fuel efficiency technologies.

Fourteen teams registered and collectively invested more than $4 million in the challenge.

The winning aircraft had to fly 200 miles in less than two hours and use less than one gallon of fuel per occupant, or the equivalent in electricity, and would be awarded a $1.35 million grant.

Pipistrel-USA’s aircraft achieved twice this requirement, flying 200 miles using just over a half-gallon of fuel equivalent per passenger.

The team was lead by Jack Langelaan, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State University and supported by engineers and faculty from numerous departments, local area aviation businesses and facilities. It truly was team effort.

I want to congratulate Pipistrel-USA, Penn State, and all those involved in this project for their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  I yield back.