aviation has developed over the last decade, so too the CAFE Foundation
has focused its efforts on this burgeoning industry. Now, the CAFE
Foundation is pleased to announce its restated mission:
To advance the development of
low-emission flight by fostering and promoting early entry practical
CAFE occupies a unique position in the electric aircraft industry. As
an independent nonprofit organization, CAFE is able to achieve its
mission by bridging disciplines and industries, helping to identify
trends and innovations, building strategic collaborations and ensuring
on-going coordination. The CAFE Foundation has identified three key
areas where it will focus its contributions to this industry:
Promoting the commercial implementation of cutting-edge
technologies needed to achieve near-term practical electric flight.
Facilitating the communications, strategies and market
opportunities that support the industry’s growth and success.
Assisting in obtaining regulatory and funding support for
The full CAFE Foundation Strategic Concept Statement can be read [here].
Dec 19, 2015
For over 30 years, the CAFE Foundation has successfully pursued its mission to create and advance the understanding of personal aircraft technologies through research, analysis, and education. CAFE is proud of the legacy it has created with one of its signature programs - the Electric Aircraft Symposium, or EAS. This annual conference, which focuses on developments in the world of electric flight, is known for the timeliness and relevance of its topics, the quality of its speakers, and the networking opportunities that it offers.
The Board of the CAFE Foundation was recently surprised and disappointed to learn that its former president, Brien Seeley, has attempted to co-opt this CAFE program. In October of this year, Brien resigned from the CAFE board in order to pursue his own aviation endeavors. Since then, Brien has apparently formed a new nonprofit, and has now announced that he will be holding "EAS2016". EAS has been, and continues to be, a proprietary program of CAFE. The CAFE Board has notified Brien that he and his organization have no right to use the name, format, history or brand of this CAFE program. Given this turn of events, CAFE has distanced itself from Brien and his activities.
The CAFE Foundation is currently planning its tenth annual EAS conference for the spring of 2016. The Board is expanding the scope and focus of the conference, and looks forward to an exciting program with broad appeal. The CAFE Board will have more information about EAS in the near future.
Change in leadership at CAFE Foundation
Nov 13, 2015
Dr. Brien Seeley has tendered his resignation as President and Board Member of CAFE Foundation.
CAFE Foundation thanks Brien for his 34 years of leadership and wishes him continued success in his new aviation endeavors. We are confident that his boundless energy and inspiration will cause great new projects to take shape and blossom under his stewardship.
"Regional Sky Transit": Aviation's future
July 23, 2015
The CAFE Foundation's AIAA paper on Regional Sky Transit shows its great potential for rejuvenating aviation with a sustainable business success that benefits both the environment and the public.
2015 PADA Awards Dinner
July 5, 2015
The 2015 Personal Aircraft Design Academy will feature two excellent presentations: Burt Rutan on the SkiGull and Nick Borer on the LEAPTECH project. This will be followed by the ceremony to award the esteemed PADA Trophy to a surprise recipient. A reservations-only $20 hors d'oeuvre pre-reception at 6:15 PM on July 24 in the EAA Museum's Fergus Plaza will provide an excellent opportunity to meet with aviation's top personal aircraft designers.
Italy’s Eric Raymond of GFC I Team-eGenius on “Sunstar and the SunSeeker Duo”
Slovenia’s Tine Tomazic of GFC I Team Pipistrel USA on “Converting GA Aircraft to Electric Propulsion”
UCR’s Zach Favors on “Beach Sand for Long Cycle Life Li-ion Batteries”
Northrop-Grumman’s J. Philip Barnes on “Regenerative Electric Flight”
Other presenters included Northrop-Grumman’s Barnaby Wainfan on “Low Aspect Ratio Electric Aircraft”, Scott Sevcik of Stratasys on “ Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace”, Dr. Yi Cui of Stanford on "Materials Design for Battery Breakthroughs: from Fundamental Science to Commercialization", and Michael Meador, Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office at OSTP.
PADA is the Personal Aircraft Design Academy, an annual colloquium for leading aircraft designers, enthusiasts and aero engineers. Each year, PADA awards what many now consider to be the highest honor in personal aircraft design, the PADA Trophy. For 2014, PADA will reveal and honor the Trophy's 12th recipient in a special ceremony. The 2014 PADA presentation program will feature two exciting new aircraft: Richard Hogan from Commutercraft will present “The Innovator—a New 3-surface Aircraft” and Oliver Garrow will present the technical details of a new tilt-wing VTOL aircraft—the Elytron.
The 2014 CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium was our best event yet with excellent presentations by all involved and great attendance. Our thanks go out to presenters and attendees alike for a lively discussion of this rapidly expanding domain.
Historic CAFE 400 Video Released
April 15, 2014
In advance of the CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium we are proud to share an historic video from the CAFE Archive. This 47 minute video shows CAFE's first tech prizes – The CAFE 400 races, which were conducted from 1981 to 1990 at the Santa Rosa Air Center.
These 400 mile flight competitions were scored according to the CAFE Formula of Speed x MPG x Payload and attracted most of the famous aircraft designers from the world of EAA. It is amazing to see how many of their innovations were incorporated into GA aircraft of today. Nearly 50 aircraft competed including Roy LoPresti's factory team from Mooney, Burt and Dick Rutan, Mike Melvill, Tom Hamilton, Gene Sheehan and the perennial winner, Gary Hertzler. The event demanded astute navigation and power management in addition to fastidious preparation of engine and airframe. In the 10 years of CAFE 400 racing, there was never an injury or serious accident."
Updated Green Flight Challenge Info on NASA Website
CAFE at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aviation 2013 Conference
Oct 25, 2013
The CAFE Foundation's Sky Taxi concept continues to grow support after being presented at the National AIAA Conference in Los Angeles. Imagine a new mode of travel that is cheaper and safer than a car and 4X faster, can take you anywhere within a 400 mile radius, is immune to gridlock and DOES NOT NEED ROADS.
8th Annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium
April 25, 26, 2014 - Call for Papers
Oct 20, 2013
The CAFE Foundation is accepting presentation proposals for the 8th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium, to be held April 25- 26, 2014 in Santa Rosa, California. This international graduate level program will cover a comprehensive range of topics and will emphasize the latest breakthroughs in the rapidly growing domain of electric powered aircraft. Faculty and attendees will include experts from leading aerospace, electronic and energy companies. Topics will include aerodynamics, motors, energy storage, energy harvesting, control systems, recreational aircraft, propulsion, robotics, avionics, airspace integration, manufacturing, business cases and airport land uses.
The 7th Annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium begins tomorrow. Welcome to all who have come to participate in this gathering of experts. Key enabling technologies will be discussed, including a special slick new aircraft coating, battery management systems, and an ingenious propeller safety device. Several major aerospace companies will be attending as this exciting new domain of aviation takes flight.
Announcing the CAFE Foundation Advisory Board
April 23, 2013
CAFE is proud to announce the formation of the CAFE Advisory Board. This board of esteemed experts will advise CAFE on current and future initiatives. More info soon.
CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium 2013
April 19, 2013
The 7th Annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium Final Program has just been posted. It has added even more key enabling technologies, including a special slick new aircraft coating, battery management systems, and an ingenious propeller safety device. Several major aerospace companies will be attending as this exciting new domain of aviation takes flight.
The 7th Annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS VII), April 26, 27 of 2013 is delighted to confirm several outanding presenters. Headlining EAS VII will be NASA Chief Scientist Dennis Bushnell on "Frontiers of Exotic Energetics", Pipistrel's Tine Tomazic on "Hybrid Panthera" and the "Ideal Electric Trainer" and photovoltaic breakthrough developer Dr. Loren Kaake of UC Santa Barbara. Also invited are Eric Raymond's new SunSeeker Duo, battery breakthrough experts Dr. Winfried Wilcke of IBM Labs and Sibani Lisa Biswal of Rice University, along with Adam Bry and his amazing self-flying autonomous aircraft.
Astounding Final Results from the Green Flight Challenge Sponsored by Google
The 2011 Green Flight Challenge sponsored by Google marks an historic achievement in aviation—the first demonstration of practical, cross-country emission-free flight. Team Pipistrel-USA.com’s winning 4 seat, electric-powered aircraft, the Taurus G4, flew nearly 200 miles non-stop while achieving 403.5 passenger MPG! Its astounding efficiency was more than twice that of the piston-powered aircraft in the competition. Equally promising: Team e-Genius won the Lindbergh Prize for Quietest Aircraft, with a peak take off noise of just 59.5 dBA at a 250 foot sideline. This achievement heralds the real transformative potential unique to electric powered aircraft—the capability to be quiet enough to land very near dwellings and businesses.
Years from now, these first Green Flight Challenge team members will be recognized as the pioneers of the Age of Electric Flight. CAFE is already discussing plans for GFC II and will publish more on that here soon.
Thanks to Everyone Who Made the Green Flight Challenge Happen!
The CAFE Foundation wishes to thank all of their sponsors, partners and volunteers for making this historic competition happen. Together we have achieved something great and the future for Green Flight looks bright!
The Google Green Flight Challenge Exposition hosted by NASA
The Google Green Flight Challenge Exposition hosted by NASA on October 3, 2011 saw all of the special aircraft that competed in the challenge on display at Moffett Field. Nearly 20 leading green aviation technology exhibitors showed their products and ideas in the tent tech faire nearby the aircraft ramp.
NASA's Chief Technologist Joe Parrish presided at NASA TV's 30 minute Awards Ceremony inside the NASA Ames Conference Center, where he awarded the NASA prizes of $120,000 for Eric Raymond, leader of the 2nd Place Team e-Genius, and $1,350,000 for Jack W. Langelaan, leader of the 1st Place Team Pipistrel-USA.com. The ceremony included sponsor Google representative Anita Yuen expressing Google's commitment to green technologies and concluded with the unveiling of the beautiful CAFE Green Flight Challenge Trophy designed by Ralph Carlson (pictured).
Jack W. Langelaan, leader of the 1st Place Team Pipistrel-USA.com poses with
the CAFE Green Flight Challenge Trophy
Dedicated to Advances in Personal Aircraft
For almost three decades the aviation enthusiasts at the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency Foundation have been carefully measuring personal aircraft performance with innovations in flight testing. Their passion for this stems from the thrill of working with state-of-the-art aircraft and the geniuses who create them.
Out of this passion has emerged a unique and knowledgeable team [ Meet the CAFE Board ] that is honored and thrilled to have been selected by NASA to host their Centennial Challenges for Aeronautics.