1st Red Bull Flugtag Qatar
November 1, 2013
Time to rewrite aviation history.
Time to rewrite aviation history.
Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot human-powered flying machines off a 6 meters high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder…or more often, plunging into the water below.
Red Bull Flugtag, which means "flying day" in German, pushes the envelope of human-powered flight, but competitors need more than airtime to reach the podium.
Teams are judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft, and showmanship. This criteria has inspired flying tacos, prehistoric pterodactyls, winnebagos with wings and even Snoopy and the gang to grace the Red Bull Flugtag flight decks!
Since the first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1992, almost 100 Red Bull Flugtags have been held around the globe.
And now it’s time for Red Bull Flugtag to crash land right in Qatar! For the first time ever, Qatar will spread it’s proverbial wings and take the plunge! Many will swim, one will win...find out November First!
- All flying machines must be launched from the 6 meters high runway using only human power.
- No auxiliary lifting devices, power sources, or stored energy (e.g. elastic, batteries, clockwork springs, rocket fuel etc.) may be used.
- Modified aircraft – e.g. paragliders, hang-gliders, jet-fighter planes, light aircraft, commercial jets etc. – are not permitted.
- Pilots are not permitted to be physically attached to the flying machine.
- The wingspan of your flying machine must be less than 8 meters.
- The wheelbase of the flying machine can be no more than 4 meters wide and 4 meters high.
- The maximum weight of your flying machine is 180kgs (including a pilot) - any heavier and our salvage teams might drown.
- All flying machines must have some kind of buoyancy device on all major parts of the plane to avoid them submerging on landing.
- All competitors must wear the buoyancy aid and helmet provided by the event organizers.
- For their own safety, all competitors must be able to swim unassisted a distance of 50 meters.
- Teams may have no more than 4 members, including one pilot and a team captain (the pilot can also be the team captain).
- The pilot age should be 18 & above and the other members 16 & above by the entry deadline of Monday, June 10th, 2013
- For safety, changes may need to be made to the flying machine at the discretion of the scrutineers.
- Approved flying machines will take off from the runway of the Museum of Islamic Art Park
- After the flight all flying machines will be cleared by our water safety crew and gathered in our bone yard.
- Unfortunately our salvage teams cannot return any part of your flying machine, so don’t use anything you’re not prepared to leave at the bottom of the sea.
- All designs and special launching systems must be approved by the Ground Controler
- Special launching systems should be approved by the Ground Controler
- Installation time should not exceed 30 seconds on the ramp
- Branding cannot exceed 30x30cm per machine and subject to prior approval from the Ground Control (1 sticker only per machine)
- Branded uniforms are subject to Ground Control approval
- No loose parts or sharp edges are allowed on the flying machine
- You will be launching into water, so make sure your craft floats. Wherever possible select materials which are lighter than water like wood and plastic rather than metal. Obviously there may be parts of the craft which require metal in their design, in which case, make sure these are attached to some kind of flotation device. Wherever possible use tube and box-section materials rather than solid. This will help with the recovery of the craft and also means you don’t run the risk of being dragged to the bottom of the sea on landing