Red Bull Flugtag Ottawa-Gatineau

27. July 2013

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About Red Bull Flugtag

Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and the brainy to design, build and pilot homemade flying machines, and launch themselves off a 22-foot high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder…or more often than not, plunging into the waters below. 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 based on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft, and showmanship. These criteria have inspired flying tacos, prehistoric pterodactyls, winnebagos with wings and even giant Poutine bowls to grace the Flugtag flight decks! Since the very first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria in 1992, more than 100 Red Bull Flugtags have been held around the globe, attracting up to 200,000 spectators for a single event. Be there at 11am to check out the flying crafts and prepare for takeoff!

Red Bull Flugtag Ottawa-Gatineau
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What are the rules?


The Red Bull Flugtag is a meant to be an enjoyable day out for participants and spectators, but there is clearly an element of risk involved in leaping into a lake off a 6-metre ramp and relying on a homemade aircraft for support. The basic rules here are an absolute requirement for participants. All participants who jump MUST wear the buoyancy aid and helmet provided by the organisers. The Pilot MUST NOT be strapped into the plane, or enclosed in any capsule or cockpit from which they can’t readily escape. Any costume you wear must not pose the risk of getting caught in the aircraft or hampering the Pilot’s ability to see, breathe or stay afloat. All Pilots and Ground Crew who jump must be able to swim 100 metres unaided. When you design your costumes, remember you will have to swim in them… Each team is responsible for the safe design and construction of their aircraft, and obviously we’ll help wherever we can. Your design will be subject to inspection by our Safety Team, who will do all they can to ensure your flight is safe. If the Safety Team isn’t 100% satisfied, you will have to make suitable adjustments. Without an Airworthiness Certificate you won’t fly. When you are finalising construction on site, and when you launch, the Pilot and Ground Crew shall not be under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicant.  This also means not jumping with a serious hangover.  Any team or person who does appear under the influence will be disqualified. If any member of the team is injured during the jump, or feels unwell afterwards, then you MUST be seen by our onsite medical team to ensure nothing is seriously wrong.  Bear in mind that you will be jumping into a lake – it isn’t a swimming pool and lots of things live in there.  The Organisers can guarantee to keep the crocodiles under control, but if you start to feel sick or unwell following the event, be sure to visit your doctor and tell them you have flown into a lake.


You will be launching into water, so make sure your craft floats.  Wherever possible select materials which are lighter than water anyway (wood and plastics) 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 lake on landing.  Only Human Power is permitted – no motors, rockets, battery power or sneaky elastic bands. Your entry must be entirely designed and constructed by the Team; you cannot adapt or amend light aircraft or hang-gliders. Your design must be no longer that 8 metres from wingtip to wingtip (assuming it has such things as wings), and no longer than 8 metres from nose to tail (assuming it has these too). Your aircraft needs to get up the ramp and be recovered from the lake, so make it as light as possible – and preferably use materials which don’t become waterlogged (like heavy fabrics).  This also applies to your costumes. Avoid the use of any toxic material or substance which may dissolve into the lake.  We have a duty to protect the environment we’re using and this means selecting build materials carefully.  You are also strongly advised not to use materials which may fragment or be hard to clear up – don’t make your flotation device out of polystyrene beads, they are hell to clear up and it kills the ducks. When you are designing and building, consider what is likely to happen when it hits the water.  Make sure there are no hard or sharp surfaces around the cockpit which may cause injury.  Round off those corners and make sure no nails, screws or other sharp fixings project near handholds or the Pilot.  At junctions where big pieces join, try to ensure nothing can break in a way which is going to leave dangerous edges or fragments.  Rotating blades or propellers add to the fun, but make sure no-one ends up getting minced. All the aircraft will be recovered from the lake by the Organisers and compacted in a skip on site.  No parts can be returned to participants. Your flying machine should be no higher than 3m.


The team shall consist of four people: one Pilot and three Ground Crew. All team members must be 16yrs or over (please notify us if any of your team members are under 18yrs in your application). All participants must be fit and well at the time of the jump, and free of any medical condition which may be exacerbated by participation. Any team member who jumps off the ramp must be able to swim 100 metres unaided and must wear the buoyancy aid and helmet provided by the Organisers. Make sure you have all read and signed the Legal Disclaimer.


The Red Bull Flugtag Flight Deck is located directly in front of The Canadian Museum of Civilization on the banks of The Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec.  It is easily accessible from downtown Ottawa by foot, bicycle, public transport, and car.*

*NOTE: Alexandra Bridge will be closed to pedestrian access 9:30am - 3:00pm on Saturday July 27, 2013. Please use Portage Bridge as an alternate route. 

Canadian Museum of Civilization

100 Laurier Street

Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8

Location map

By Car

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Canadian Museum of Civilization

By Foot or Bicycle

The Flight Deck is located on the Ottawa River right in front of the scenic Voyageurs Pathway; accessible by both foot and bicycles. Bike racks are available by the main entrance of the Museum.*

*NOTE: Alexandra Bridge will be closed to pedestrian access 9:30am - 3:00pm on Saturday July 27, 2013. Please use Portage Bridge as an alternate route. 

Public Transport

From Ontario: OC Transpo – Route: 8

From Quebec: STO – Routes: 21,31,33,35, 67,77