Remember Marc Brown’s Star*Lite? That came out in the early 80’s as a result of an EAA facilitated design competition, but yes, it has been a while. EAA under Tom bought into the legal liability paranoia and that hamstrung future design contests. Also, EAA felt they didn’t need to have more contests, because the kit industry was building its own momentum in the market and Tom P was more comfortable dealing with corporate types than the grassroots plans-builders that were drawn to his dad. Recently, however, EAA has held annual competitions for best ideas and hardware/software that will save your butt in a loss of control situation, or prevent it from getting in one, and other low cost safety enhancements. EAA feels that’s where they need to put their efforts, as the engine & airframe folks seem to now have plenty of money and incentive to develop new hardware on their own.