February 9, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
Two pioneering general aviation aircraft designs, and two advances at the other end of the aircraft spectrum, have been nominated for the National Aeronautic Association’s 2011 Robert J. Collier Trophy.
The award nominees include the human-powered Gamera helicopter, Pipistrel’s electric-powered Taurus G4 aircraft, the C-5M Super Galaxy, and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the NAA said in a news release.
The winner will be announced at the NAA Spring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on March 13. The 31-member selection committee assembled to choose the winner includes former Collier trophy winners Dick Rutan, Joe Lombardo, Bobby Sturgel, and Jeff Pino.
The 2011 Collier Trophy will be presented at the annual Collier Dinner on May 10 in Arlington, Va. The winner of the 2010 Collier Trophy was the Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. X2 Technology demonstration team.
The trophy has been awarded annually since 1911 “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year,” the NAA said.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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