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GoFly Prize

Design and build a safe, quiet, ultra-compact, near-VTOL personal flying device capable of flying 20 miles while carrying a single person. Read Overview...
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Overview

VISION

Remember when you were a child and wanted to fly?

We are going to make that dream a reality. We challenge you to make people fly.

The GoFly Prize is a $2,000,000 challenge to create a personal flying device that is safe, useful, and thrilling.

The goal of the GoFly Prize is to foster the development of safe, quiet, ultra-compact, near-VTOL personal flying devices capable of flying twenty miles while carrying a single person.

What we are seeking is an “everyone” personal flying device, capable of being flown by ANYONE, ANYWHERE. It should be a device for ALL: young and old, city-dweller and country-dweller, expert and novice.

Now is the time. Recent advances in propulsion, energy, light-weight materials, and control and stability systems have combined to produce a moment of achievable innovation. What can be accomplished today could not have been attained even a few years ago. Technological and scientific advances have resulted in a time when our most audacious dream—the dream of pure human flight—is now achievable.

GoFly is about flying people, not flying taxis. Today we look to the sky and say “that plane is flying.” We challenge you to create a device where we look to the sky and say, “that person is flying.” The device is for a single person, but what it looks like or how it works is up to you. We welcome revolutionary design, and while all devices must be able to fly a person, you have the option to use a mannequin to simulate the user and can operate the device as a remotely piloted or autonomous UAV. The device should function safely in both crowded cities and rural areas; it should be lightweight and maneuverable enough so that anyone can move it around, and it should be quiet not only for the user, but also for the general public. We are propulsion agnostic, but like all great inventions, the device should be user-friendly--almost an extension of the user’s body, and provide the thrill of flight.

The GoFly Prize is designed to capture our imagination. Indeed, throughout human history, perhaps no dream has been more shared than that of soaring in the skies. It has been pursued by the greatest minds from every corner of the world. It captivated the thoughts of Leonardo Da Vinci, culminating in his ornithopter.  It consumed the thoughts of Wendell Moore and his Bell Labs team, resulting in the first “jet pack.” It charmed an entire generation of children as they followed the chronicles of Superman.

Our goal is the same as Da Vinci’s and children of wonder throughout the ages: Make people fly – safely and effortlessly.

Ready… set… GoFly.

 

PRIZE PURSE

The GoFly Prize Competition will award $2,000,000 in prizes over three phases, culminating in a Final Fly Off in the Autumn of 2019.

Prizes will be awarded for each phase of the Competition as follows:

Phase I                   

  • Up to ten $20,000 prizes awarded based on a written report.

Phase II                  

  • Up to five $50,000 prizes awarded based on revised Phase I material (or for new teams new Phase I material) and demonstrated performance of progress to date.

Phase III                    

  • One $1,000,000 Grand Prize awarded for the best overall fly-off score.
  • One $250,000 prize for the quietest compliant entry.
  • One $250,000 prize for the smallest compliant entry.
  • One $100,000 prize, the Pratt & Whitney Disruptor Prize, awarded for disruptive advancement of the state of the art.

A complete set of Technical Rules can be found here

 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

Teams will keep all of their intellectual property, except that Teams will grant limited media rights to GoFly so that GoFly can publicize and promote the Competition and the Teams.  The details relating to media rights are addressed in the Phase I Competition Agreement and the Media Rights Agreement.  Other than these media rights, any rights a Team has in its inventions, drawings, patents, designs, copyrights and other intellectual property remain with the Team.   

The prize submission information that Teams provide to GoFly as part of the Competition will only be shared with the Judging Panel and representatives of GoFly who are involved in administering the Competition.  Anyone who has access to a Team’s confidential prize submission information will have signed a confidentiality agreement and agreed not to share or use such confidential information, except as may be required by law.  In addition, Teams will not have access to any nonpublic information about other Teams or their technology or performance during the Competition.

 

INNOVATION INCUBATOR

Even the best and brightest minds can use a little help sometimes.  GoFly empowers innovator teams by providing access to experienced Mentors and Masters in design, engineering, finance, law, and marketing.  In fact, every month (and sometimes multiple times each month), Teams will have the opportunity to listen to and engage in discussions with the Masters of Aerospace and Business in global webinars. Have a couple of questions on conceptual design or configuration management? Looking for insight into cutting edge noise mitigation techniques? Trying to raise funding to support your build? Masters lectures speak to those disciplines and more. Learn from DARPA chiefs, NASA gurus, Boeing Senior Technical Fellows, and the luminaries who actually wrote the textbooks. Hear about the aerospace fundraising landscape, and take a deep dive into financing decks and pitching VCs. Learn how to protect your intellectual property from patent specialists. A list of Masters along with their bios can be found in the Advisors section.

When one-on-one help is needed, all Teams will have access to our Mentor program, where Teams work directly with Mentors in their specific areas of need. Operationally, the Mentor program is organized so that Teams contact GoFly to request a Mentor within a particular discipline. Upon contact, that Team will be matched with a Mentor (or multiple mentors) in that area. During these Mentor sessions, a Team works directly with the Mentor to answer the Team’s specific questions related to their technical build (or financing, or corporate documents, etc.).  his is one-on-one support for the Teams, geared to the precise needs of each Team. GoFly believes that providing this type of support is the best way to help aspiring inventors all over the world create the kind of ground-breaking devices that the Competition seeks.

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

GoFly believes that solutions can come from anyone, anywhere. Scientists, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs, and other innovators with new ideas from all over the world are invited to form a Team and register to compete. To participate, a Team may organize their own members, recruit additional experts to join them, and can add new members at any time throughout the Competition. 

To be eligible to participate in the GoFly Prize, Teams must complete all registration and administration forms, including a short bio for each Team member, certain legal documents, and be accepted by GoFly into the competition.

For more information, see “Eligibility” below.

 

TIMELINE AND DELIVERABLES

The GoFly Prize Competition is a two-year Competition launched on September 26, 2017.  There will be three sequential rounds of the Competition.

Phase I                   

  • Submission of a written report and preliminary drawing

Phase II                  

  • Submission of an updated written report and demonstration of progress in development of the personal flying device

Phase III                 

  • Final Fly Off competition


A list of important dates is set forth below:

Description                                                                                                            Date

Competition Launch and Open of Registration                                                   September 26, 2017

Phase I submission deadline                                                                                 April 18, 2018

Phase I awards issued                                                                                           June 14, 2018 

Phase II registration deadline                                                                                December 14, 2018

Phase II submission deadline                                                                                February 6, 2019

Phase II awards and Phase III fly-off invitations begin to be issued                  March 26, 2019

Phase III Fly-off planning review and Registration deadline                              October 1, 2019

Fly-Off Planning Review complete                                                                       January 31, 2020

Final Fly-off                                                                                                             February 29, 2020

Dates and other information are subject to change at the discretion of GoFly. GoFly will post changes on the Competition website to ensure that all registered teams are informed of any change. All submissions must be submitted electronically through the GoFly Competition website.

 

REGISTRATION AND LEGAL DOCUMENTS

To compete in the GoFly Prize, the participant must be a registered Team that has been approved by GoFly.   Note that the information below is only a summary for your convenience.  For full details, please refer to the legal documents for each phase referred to below.

PHASE I:

Innovators can compete in Phase I both as Individual Innovators and in groups.  To begin the registration process for Phase 1 (the Paper Report phase of the Competition) and be accepted to participate, you must:

  1. Sign the Phase I Competition Agreement
  2. Sign the Release of Liability and Indemnification Agreement

All forms can be found here, and all may be accepted and submitted online.   

Submission of the documents will enable access to the Phase I submission form for competing.  There is no registration fee, but upon submission of a Team’s Phase I competition entry, there will be a fee of $250 for Individual Innovators or a fee of $500 for Teams with two or more persons.

 

PHASE II and PHASE III:

There is a big difference between designing on paper and actual building/flying, so the documents involved for the different phases of the GoFly Prize vary as well.   In order to proceed from Phase I (the paper, technical specifications phase of the competition) into the actual building (Phases II and III of the Competition), ALL Teams must submit an additional application and be accepted as a Phase II or Phase III Team by GoFly. Under no circumstances should any off-paper work, building or testing take place before a Team is formally admitted into Phase II or Phase III of the GoFly Prize. Should any work be done off-paper before being accepted into Phase II or Phase III in contravention of the foregoing, such work is done entirely outside the scope of the GoFly Prize.

The Phase II and III Application forms will be available in May 2018.  Each Phase II and III Team is required to complete the package of legal documents which will govern the Competition, including the following:

  • Master Team Agreement
  • Certificate of Insurance (as required by the Master Team Agreement)
  • Updated Team Release of Liability and Indemnification Agreement
  • Updated Team Member Release of Liability and Indemnification Agreement
  • Media Rights Agreement
  • Participant Equity Agreement, including the Company Questionnaire and the other documents referenced therein.

Of note, Phase II and III Teams must register and participate as legal entities, and not as individuals.  See “Eligibility” below for further details.


FOR ALL PHASES OF THE COMPETITION:

Teams must sign all legal documents and comply with all requirements therein to be admitted to the Competition.  Once GoFly determines that a Team has complied with all requirements of the legal documents and these Competition Guidelines, it will notify the Team that it is approved for entry into the Competition.

Team shall designate a Team Member to act as “Team Leader”. The Team Leader will be responsible for communicating with GoFly and the Judging Panel. The Team Leader (and all Team members) must be at least 18 years old (or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, if such age is older than 18 years). Team may add and/or remove Team Members at any time through the Team Portal.  Team has sole responsibility for adding and removing Team Members.

At registration, each Team must list each individual that is part of the Team, and such list shall include all individuals or entities involved in the design, development, or testing of the Submission, including employees (“Team Members”). All Team Members must register at the Competition website and sign the Phase I Competition Agreement. Team may add and/or remove Team Members at any time through the Team Portal.  Team has sole responsibility for adding and removing Team Members. 

Teams may revise registration information at any time and are responsible for keeping information up to date. All Teams wishing to continue on to Phase II and III must complete all Phase II and III legal documents by the Phase II and III registration deadline. New teams who have not participated in Phase I or Phase II are still eligible to participate in Phase III by completing registration documents by the Phase III registration deadline.

As part of this Competition, GOFLY may receive some of Team’s and Team Members’ personal information. The collection, use, and disclosure of this information will be governed by GOFLY’s Privacy Policy. The Privacy Policy includes several ways to contact GOFLY with questions.  By submitting such information, Team agrees that (i) GOFLY may use the personal information collected as described in the Privacy Policy and (ii) GOFLY may disclose such Team’s and Team Members’ contact information and Competition registration information to Boeing, other Competition sponsors, and GoFly affiliates and investors.  Team expressly authorizes each of the foregoing to contact Team if Boeing so desires.  Teams have the right to access, withdraw, and correct their personal information. 

 

ELIGIBILITY

Phase I Eligibility:

Individual Innovators: The Competition is open to individual Innovators who (a) are at least 18 years old (or the age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence if it is older than 18), (b) comply fully with all terms and conditions of the Phase I Competition Agreement, and (c) are able to participate without violation of any third-party rights or obligations, including without limitation an employer’s policies or procedures.

Exclusions: Individual Innovators may not be (a) a Boeing employee or a member of any Boeing employee’s immediate family, (b) located in a jurisdiction where participation in the Competition is prohibited or otherwise restricted by law (or an individual with a residence in or who is a national of Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea or Sudan) or (c) subject to export controls or sanctions of the U.S.

Business Entities:  The Competition is open to legal entities that wish to compete as a team and (a) are validly formed and in existence under applicable law, (b) comply fully with all terms and conditions of the Phase I Competition Agreement, and (c) are able to participate without violation of any third-party rights or obligations.    

Exclusions:  Entity Innovators must not have any presence in Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea or Sudan or be subject to export controls or sanctions of the United States.
 

Phase II and Phase III Eligibility:

Among other requirements, the Competition is open to business entities that wish to compete as a team and (a) are validly formed and in existence under applicable law, (b) comply fully with all terms and conditions of the Master Team Agreement, (c) have completed the full package of required legal documents, and (d) are able to participate without violation of any third-party rights or obligations.    

All Team Members must (a) be at least 18 years old (or the age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence if it is older than 18), (b) comply fully with all terms and conditions of the Master Team Agreement and all other GoFly legal documents, and (c) be able to participate without violation of any third-party rights or obligations, including without limitation an employer’s policies or procedures.

Exclusions: A Team Member may not be (a) a Boeing employee or a member of any Boeing employee’s immediate family, (b) a Pratt & Whitney employee or a member of any Pratt & Whitney employee’s immediate family, (c) located in a jurisdiction where participation in the Competition is prohibited or otherwise restricted by law (or an individual with a residence in or who is a national of Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea or Sudan) or (d) subject to export controls or sanctions of the U.S..  Additionally, Teams must not have any presence in Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea or Sudan or be subject to export controls or sanctions of the United States. In all cases, each Team’s legal documents, forms and questionnaires are subject to GoFly’s review and approval.

Each Team’s compliance with these requirements and eligibility for the Competition will be determined by GoFly in its sole discretion.  Only Teams meeting all of the eligibility requirements set forth in the Master Team Agreement as determined by GoFly and who are otherwise qualified and accepted by GoFly will be recognized as participants in the Competition. 

Each Team must obey all local, national, and international laws in undertaking any activities related to the Competition.  Team must fully comply with all applicable laws and acquire all necessary licenses, waivers, and/or permits from the applicable regulatory bodies or other applicable third parties. GoFly is not required to advise Team regarding such legal and regulatory compliance, and GoFly shall have no responsibility for Team’s compliance with laws applicable to Team and disclaims any responsibility for advising on the applicability of laws or regulations applicable to a Team’s participation in the Competition or Team’s compliance therewith.  GoFly’s acceptance of Team into the Competition does not constitute approval of Team’s compliance with laws applicable to Team.

 

TEAM SUBMISSIONS

For each Phase of the Competition, Teams will be required to submit the materials and writings described in these Guidelines (“Submissions”).  All Submissions must comply with the following requirements:

  • Except for purchased or licensed content, any Submission must be original work of Team;
  • Submission must include only content (including any technical information, algorithms, designs, music, audio, visual or illustrative content, including logos, images, graphics, art, or other content, information, or materials protected any intellectual property right) that Team owns or has proper rights to use;
  • Team is required to disclose any purchased or licensed content that is part of a Submission.
  • Submissions must not contain any incomplete, corrupt, damaged, or malicious material;
  • Submissions must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, copyright, trade secret, patent, trademark, publicity or any intellectual property rights;
  • Submissions must not disparage GoFly, any Competition sponsor, any GoFly affiliate or investor or any of their respective affiliates, officers, directors or employees;
  • Submissions must not contain material that is inappropriate, offensive, indecent, obscene, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous and must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age; and
  • Submissions must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to laws or regulations.

 

JUDGING PANEL

INDEPENDENT JUDGING PANEL

No Judge, nor any member of Judge’s immediate family, shall participate in any team.  All members of the Judging Panel will promptly disclose to GoFly any such current, former, or expected future conflict of interest with GoFly, Boeing and/or any Team or Team member.

ROLE OF THE JUDGING PANEL

The duties and responsibilities of the Judging Panel will include, but not be limited to: (i) evaluating teams’ compliance with the Competitors Agreement, these Competition Guidelines, and the Rules and Regulations for the purposes of the Competition; and (ii) the awarding of points and selection of teams that will receive prizes for each phase of the Competition.

GROUNDS FOR JUDGING PANEL DECISIONS

Official decisions made by the Final Round Judging Panel will be approved by a majority of the Judges that vote on such decision after careful consideration of the testing protocols, procedures, guidelines, rules, regulations, criteria, results, and scores set forth in the Master Team Agreement and these Competition Guidelines. If any vote of the Judges results in a tie, then the Judging Panel shall determine, in its sole and absolute discretion, the mechanism to settle the tie. Similarly, if one or more teams are tied at any stage during the competition, the Judging Panel shall have the sole and absolute discretion to settle the tie. 

DECISIONS OF THE JUDGING PANEL ARE FINAL

The Judging Panel shall have sole and absolute discretion: (i) to allocate duties among the Judges; (ii) to determine the degree of accuracy and error rate that is acceptable to the Judging Panel for all competition calculations, measurements, and results, where not specified in the Rules and Regulations; (iii) to determine the methodology used by the Judging Panel to render its decisions; (iv) to declare the winners of the competition; and (v) to award the prize purses and other awards. Decisions of the Judging Panel shall be binding on teams and each team member. Teams agree not to dispute any decision or ruling of the Judging Panel, including decisions regarding the degree of accuracy or error rate of any competition calculations, measurements, and results. Teams shall have no right to observe other teams’ testing or evaluation, or to be informed of other teams’ calculations, measurements, and results, unless such information is made publicly available by GoFly. 

 

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE AND CURRENCY

The official language of the Competition is English. All communications with GoFly must be in English. All references to currency are expressed in United States Dollars (USD).

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Meet the Teams: Get to Know Team EDEA, From Austria

Aug. 20, 2019, 9:01 a.m. PDT by GoFly Prize

Simon Etlinger may have been only three years of age but the memory of his first time in a plane is as vivid as if it were just yesterday. His dad took him on a flight aboard a Cessna with a friend, who was a pilot.

“The view out of this open door, the air space around us, the mountains, and ground below us, I can still remember to this day,” Simon relates, noting that in the intervening years his dad would deflect any questions about the trip. “I don’t think he wanted my mom to know.”

Anyone who knows Simon now knows that flying a machine of his own creation courses through his veins. Indeed, the captain of the GoFly Prize’s Team EDEA, based in Austria, says matter-of-factly: “Flying an aircraft with my own hands is the best experience I could ever have – it’s only me, my machine and the elements. The world gets small in a moment, like when you see cars driving down on the highway below you. They look like toys.”

Simon views GoFly - which now includes the participation of 3700 innovators from 103 countries - as much as an opportunity to learn and expand his horizons as it is a challenge. He explains that, “you can learn so much from the task at hand.” At the same time, he says there is an advantage to the competition in that there is “one clear goal.”

Interestingly, unlike many of the competitors, Simon’s personal goal in life was not to be a pilot. He often went with his father to lectures about flight at the airport – his father travels a lot for business. And Simon took flight lessons for a time, which he often paid for by landscaping the airport grounds. But he came to realize that, “I’m a technician, and a creator. I never shared this glory aspect of being a pilot. I just like to fly this thing, nothing less, nothing more.”

This “thing” is the personal flyer he is developing for the GoFly Prize. His aim is to create a machine that will positively impact the world of the future – one that will give off absolutely no emissions, help with fire-fighting, and be able to deliver necessities, from food and medicines, to remote and previously unreachable areas. “Only the stars know if I can do this,” he says thoughtfully.

To this end, Simon perseveres despite obstacles. Indeed, he is the father of two small boys and  has what amounts to two full-time jobs between working on his GoFly Prize entry and his entrepreneurship consulting business. Plus, he is a one-man team.  Nevertheless, he follows what he says is the best advice he has ever received: “There is only one forward, fast forward!”


Test Site Assistance

Aug. 15, 2019, 1 p.m. PDT by GoFly Prize

For UA less than 55 lbs, operations under 107 are expected. 

For a UA 55 lbs and over there are two options.

  1. They can support the issuance of a Special Airworthiness Certificate/Experimental Certificate with a test site DAR. A test site DAR may be able to react quicker than an FAA Manufacturing Inspection District Office or a Flight Standards District Office inspector. Location could be external to the test site.
  2. They can help pursue a 44807 exemption utilizing their proven safety case process.

There are negotiations with FAA leadership concerning a new authority under the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 that would allow for civil aircraft waivers (not exemptions) operating at the test sites. If this is implemented in the near future, it could provide an expedited path.

Each test site has its own COAs for operations of aircraft above 55 lbs. All test sites have “blanket” COAs for small UAS.


Update: Fly-Off Planning Review (FPR)

Aug. 14, 2019, 11 a.m. PDT by GoFly Prize

To more accurately reflect the nature of the review and to avoid any confusion with typical aerospace industry uses of the term, GoFly has renamed the flight readiness review (FRR), the fly-off planning review (FPR). This change has been implemented in most current documentation, though FRR may still be present in some documents.


Meet the Teams: Get to Know Team rFlight, a Global Team

Aug. 6, 2019, 6 a.m. PDT by GoFly Prize

Jaka Verbic is a lot like the comic book super-speedy superhero “The Flash.”  Although a self-described quiet kid, “I always liked to move around as fast as possible.  For a long time I thought a car was as good as it got.  Then at age 5, I went on a plane for the first time and immediately thought that it was the ultimate thrill.”

Now, as captain of the multi-national GoFly Prize’s Team rFlight, Jaka and his teammates Rick Kwan, Clarence Akagu, Thierry Marin-Martinod, Amir Morris, Brent Lessard, Brandon Forys, Keith Stormo, among others, are taking the thrill of flying to new levels.

“Indeed, seeing such a strong push in the aviation industry to explore the personal aspects of flight was  the ‘wow’ moment for me,” Jaka relates.  “I know that the time must be right for big steps in the direction of individual flight.”

And the first step in that direction for Jaka was to assemble the right team. That meant crossing mountains, seas, country borders and even oceans.  In fact, what makes Team rFlight so unique is that it not only includes residents of different countries, but its personal flying machine is being built, part by part, in those countries.  Moreover, all the team members have different areas of expertise.

The one thing that they all have in common is an intense passion for conquering the skies. 

For Rick, who hails from California and is the avionics guru on rFlight, that passion began as a toddler. “When I should have been playing in a preschool sandbox, I was staring at airplanes in the sky, and wondering why some had wings toward the front, like a Piper Cub, and others were further back, like a Douglas DC-6 or Lockheed Electra.”

Clarence, a Texas resident who is on the mechanical and manufacturing teams, had similar childhood dreams. “As a 5 or 6 year old, I would draw flying cars or pods and name the vehicles with a model,” while Thierry, from France, who oversees engineering systems, “always identified myself as the fighter pilots in the movies.”  For Brandon, who hails from Canada, it wasn’t the silver screen, but the small screen.  “I became interested in exploring aviation as a hobby at a young age after playing Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and becoming fascinated by aircraft and how they work.”

Keith -- who designed the competition vehicle and leads its manufacturing and testing -- started flying gas-powered model rockets and airplanes as a youngster, before taking flying lessons in high school and soloing shortly thereafter.  Similarly, Finland resident Amir’s earliest exposure to flight was model planes using glow-plug engines and “working on developing early electrical models, initially using power delivery over the tethering/control line.” 

What draws them and their other colleagues together is GoFly’s emphasis on innovation – as Brent, fromCanada, says so well: “the possibility of re-imagining how an individual experiences flight, and making the individual the focus of that experience.”

For each of the rFlight team members, the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of da Vinci, the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong, and other aviation pioneers only heightens their excitement – and their commitment to invent a new means of transportation utilizing technologies of which their ancestors of flight could only dream.  “This is a chance to rethink how flight should work,” Rick declares.

More than that, though, the rFlight team is equally passionate about the myriad applications for good that personal human flight holds. Explains Brent, “There is opportunity for our craft to be employed where relief aid, medical goods, and trained emergency response staff can be quickly deployed to difficult to reach areas or areas that become isolated due to a natural disaster or other event. This could increase response times, make previously difficult areas accessible, and alleviate the effects of increasingly frequent disasters. It would also be convenient for travel, reducing surface congestion, decreasing commute times, and these flyers would be able to utilize the same infrastructure as cars thanks to the similar size envelope.”

Of course, before all this can occur, the team has to mesh all its talents and experiences – even though the members are not always physically located in the same place.  If a task is overwhelming, Jaka explains, “we divide it into manageable chunks and complete them step by step.  So it is essential that we all listen to each other.”  And as Thierry says, there is a great benefit to working as a team. “The best ideas emerge from the team, problems are solved better and faster from the team. And the celebration of victory is more tasteful when shared with the team!” 


GoFly Regulatory Preliminary Questionnaire and FAA Support

Aug. 2, 2019, noon PDT by GoFly Prize

GoFly is thrilled to announce that Sue and Jim Gardner have partnered with GoFly to engage with all active Phase III Teams who may need support navigating the FAA aircraft and airman pathways. Both are recently retired after an illustrious 30 year career with the FAA.

Jim’s role as a senior executive in Flight Standards with experience navigating both GA airman and aircraft certification, and Sue’s role as the FAA National Aviation Events Specialist, and FAA team member supporting development of pathways for sUAS and unique aircraft (e.g Jetman, flyboards), and Program Lead for the Sport Pilot and LSA rulemaking give them the tools and strong relationships within the FAA to help all our active Phase III teams identify and navigate their way through the FAA certification pathways in an efficient manner. On behalf of GoFly, they will work directly with all active Phase III Teams in a one-on-one capacity to help each team define its FAA certification pathway and then provide an additional 5 hours support for each Phase III team as you process the required FAA paperwork for both your aircraft/vehicle and the pilot/operator.

In order to ensure all active Phase III Teams begin this process now, we have provided this GoFly Regulatory Preliminary Questionnaire to start the process. This form MUST be completed by August 15th for all registered Phase III Teams. Please fill out the form immediately and if you do not have all answers at the moment, just fill in that you do not know.  

For those Teams interested in joining GoFly, GoFly is still accepting NEW Phase III Teams until October 1st.


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