Our next adventure takes us on a journey to make flight quiet, in a next-generation electric aircraft built by student innovators! We have embarked on a program that starts with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University designing and building a plane that will be used in tests performed with National Park Service noise experts starting in the Fall of 2015. The Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA is our mission control and will be bringing our story to millions of visitors and students through their educational partnerships.
Quiet Flight – developing a next-generation electric aircraft to demonstrate the potential for significant noise reduction over noise sensitive areas including our National Parks, with testing starting in 2015.
“North to the Orient” – a 2016 expedition retracing the 1931 Lindbergh journey from New York to China, using a floatplane powered by alternative fuel options to demonstrate the potential for cleaner transportation technologies.
Reinventing Aviation – telling the story about the innovators who are changing the future of flight in the emerging electric aircraft industry through multi-channel media projects.
Ensuring a Sustainable Future for Aviation
Our world depends on aviation for commerce, transportation, and recreation. Powering Imagination is dedicated to driving innovations that make aviation: CLEAN, QUIET, and EXCITING through INNOVATION, ADVENTURE, and STORYTELLING.
Erik Lindbergh, grandson of aviation pioneers Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, founded Powering Imagination to continue a long-standing heritage of working toward achieving balance between technological advances and preservation of our natural environment. We partner with the leading innovators, educators, and storytellers to drive the dialog about the future of aviation, and to ensure that practical solutions are developed that enable future generations to experience the dream of flight!
CLEAN – Alternative fuels offer the potential to reduce emissions by up to 80%. Powering Imagination is focused on driving: innovation, awareness, and demand for new fuel technologies. Our goal is to ensure that alternative fuels are both commercially and environmentally sustainable.
QUIET – Emerging electric power technologies offer the potential for significant improvements in making aircraft quiet. Through academic, industrial, and institutional partners; we are conducting real-world testing of these technologies to demonstrate their potential and spur commercial development.
EXCITING – The future of flight requires a new generation of passionate aviators and technologists. Through our partners we will reach tens of millions of students to inspire them with our adventures and the progress being made with sustainable flight.