Ready for Take Off? Boeing Launches Contest to Make Personal Flight a Reality

The competition was announced at the Society of Aerospace Engineers’ recent 2017 AeroTech Congress and Exhibition in Fort Worth.

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Boeing Co. is hoping to jumpstart widespread personal flight in a new innovation competition encouraging creators to design and build flying devices. 

Registration is currently opened for the GoFly Prize competition, a two-year team contest dedicated to, in the words of the GoFly website, “make the dream of personal flight a reality.” The competition was announced at the Society of Aerospace Engineers’ recent 2017 AeroTech Congress and Exhibition in Fort Worth. Boeing is the lead contest sponsor, but other partners include the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 

“We’re excited to see how the visionaries of the future will take on this ambitious and exciting challenge.” 
Greg Hyslop

“The GoFly Prize competition aligns with our company’s goals of inspiring people across the globe and changing the world through aerospace innovation,” said Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop in a release. “We’re excited to see how the visionaries of the future will take on this ambitious and exciting challenge.”

GoFly encourages designers, engineers, builders, and inventors to design and build personal flying devices that can carry a person 20 miles without refueling or recharging. Those devices must be able to be flown by anyone, without training or licensure. Though GoFly will assist by providing access to mentors and experts in design, engineering, finance, law, and marketing, the device’s actual design and functionality will be up to the invention teams.

A total of $2 million in prizes will be awarded in three phases, with the culmination taking place in a “Final Fly Off” in fall 2019. Inventors receiving the best overall score will receive the $1 million grand prize.

Registration for Phase 1, involving written technical specifications, will remain open through April 4, 2018. Registration for Phase 2, involving prototypes, will close on Dec. 8, 2018.

For additional information, visit herox.com/GoFly.

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