The official results of the Nasa PAV Centennial Challenge are in! We add an insider’s story written by Michael Coates, the winning pilot. See the impressive performance of Pipistrel yourself.
The official results can be found at the official NASA Challenge homepage:
And the background story:
Over here, we have the exclusive insider’s story written by Michael Coates, the winning pilot of the competition. Below are his impressions about the Challenge and Virus’ stellar performance.
Notice Pipistrel’s Vance Turner in the background trying to look innocent !!
The event was well-attended by the press and public, who enjoyed the PAV Technology Pavilion hosted by EAA Chapter 124. The Pavilion exhibited hands-on demonstrations of several of the key enabling technologies for PAVs, including NASA’s fly-by-wire intelligent flight deck, synthetic vision, and the exciting new bio-fueled aircraft engines from GSE.
What makes the Pipistrel’s results even more amazing was the aircraft were flown at the MTOW of 585 kgs…. (1290 lbs).
The aircraft were continually weighed after each event both with fuel and without fuel so the real performance could be calculated.
Ken from NASA kept us entertained, not only with clarification of the rules but also with his talented ukulele playing.
Some extra photos from the event: