AUSZEICHNUNG Antares 20E wins 2011 Berblinger Flying competition
This award not only honors our concept of a self-launching, high-performance glider certified according to the strict EASA certification conditions with its low-noise, ecological propulsion system, but also recognizes a pioneer of electric propulsion for gliders in the person of Axel Lange.
Out of 36 applicants from six countries for the competition, which focuses on innovative environmentally friendly and resource-saving design and propulsion systems, eight participants were ultimately able to successfully complete the flight task of a cross-country flight from Friedrichshafen to Ulm, including the Antares 20E, superbly flown by Mr. Stefan Senger.
The participating aircraft had previously been put through their paces over several days by an independent jury consisting of representatives from the aerospace industry, universities, research institutes and the city of Ulm in terms of innovation, environmental friendliness, flight performance and practical suitability. The €100,000 prize was ultimately divided among three participants with very different technical characteristics.
"All participants have proven how much of Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger's pioneering spirit is in them," praised Ulm's Lord Mayor Ivo Gönner at the award ceremony. "We have seen a variety of innovative designs, impressive solutions for new propulsion systems that will certainly shape the future of civil aviation."
We are very pleased to receive this award, which gives us even more incentive to excel in the development of electric flight.