When: Monday, May 8th
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, Florida
Pilot, artist, educator and entrepreneur, Erik Lindbergh has a thirst for adventure and a quest for balancing technological advancement with preservation of the environment.
Erik holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and glider ratings. In 1996, he helped launch the XPRIZE Foundation and in 2002 Erik retraced his grandfather’s epic 1927 New York to Paris solo flight - raising over a million dollars and 500 million pre-social media impressions for XPRIZE. This small team helped to jump start the private spaceflight industry and is detailed in the NY Time’s bestselling book: How to Make a Space Ship
In 2011 Erik awarded the Lindbergh Prize for Quietest Aircraft at the NASA Green Flight Challenge and inspired by the potential, created Powering Imagination to help create a clean, quiet and exciting future for flight.
Erik’s story is one of triumph over adversity. He won the Washington state gymnastics championship at age 11 and excelled in water-skiing, and alpine and telemark ski racing during his teens. After climbing and skiing Mount Rainier at age 21, he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and by age 30 was completely disabled. Total knee replacements and a breakthrough biotechnology drug gave him a second chance at living an active life. Inspired by nature, he is an avid mountain biker and backcountry skier and has been creating wildwood furniture and sculpture designs for over 25 years.
Committed to a life of service to future generations, Erik is a passionate public speaker and serves on the Board of Trustees of the XPRIZE Foundation, the board of directors of NatureBridge - Olympic National Park. Erik also served as a founding director of Raisbeck Aviation High School in Seattle which is now the #1 ranked school in Washington State.