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Red Bull
Flugtag 2018.

Sydney,
November 10

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Calling all experienced flyers and amateurs alike!
Get inspired by previous Red Bull Flugtag crafts!

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News

Who will be hitting the flight deck?
Keep up to date on all things Red Bull Flugtag!

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Location

Flying will take place at Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Sydney!

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About Red Bull
Flugtag 2018

Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot home-made flying machines off a 6 metre high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder, or more often, 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 on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft, and showmanship. This criteria has inspired flying tacos, prehistoric pterodactyls and even a giant hamburger to grace the Red Bull Flugtag flight decks! Since the first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1992, more than 150 Red Bull Flugtags have been held around the globe, attracting up to 300,000 spectators for a single event.

This year, Red Bull Flugtag returns to Sydney on November 10 at Mrs Macquarie’s Point. More than 500 teams applied for a coveted spot with only 40 of the highest quality teams being selected. Check out the News section below to see who will be hitting the flight deck!

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  • 1992
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Timeline & Dream of flight

The story of flight

And the story of Red Bull Flugtag as we are "Rich in History, well......sort of"

1480

LEONARDO DA VINCI FIRST STUDIES HUMAN FLIGHT

Leonardo da Vinci made over 100 drawings illustrating his theories.
Notable craft: The Ornithopter

1799

SIR GEORGE CAYLEY DESIGNED MANY MORE GLIDERS

He shaped the wings which allowed correct air flow giving lift to his gliders.

1800

OTTO LILIENTHAL FIRST DESIGNED A GLIDER THAT COULD FLY A PERSON LONG DISTANCES

German engineer, Otto Lilienthal (1848-1896) became known as the Glider King.

1800

Clément Ader
1841-1925

Gaston Tissandier
1843-1899

Alberto Santos-Dumont
1873-1932

Maurice Colliex
1880-1954

1903

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS' FIRST FLIGHT

The two Americans regularly took to the air in gliders. Notable achievement: first heavier-than-air flight of 120 feet at Kitty Hawk.

Helen Ditriye
1877-1961

Albert Ball
1896-1917

Gladys O'Donnell
1904-1973

Many more...

1992

RED BULL FLUGTAG TAKES FIRST FLIGHT!

Bizarre and innovative flying machines took flight in Vienna and has been held every year since.

1997

RED BULL FLUGTAG LEAVES ITS HOME!

The viewing area in Germany was the Wannsee swimming beach in Berlin. The first Swiss Red Bull Flugtag took place in Zürich

1999

DUBLIN HAS ITS FIRST FLUGTAG!

As Flugtag tours Europe, they arrive at our very own Dublin, Ireland!

2000

NEW RECORD OF 62 METERS!

In addition, Johannesburg had the honour of hosting the first Red Bull Flugtag outside of Europe!

2003

BORN TO FLY: USA JOINS FLUGTAG

And Antwerp celebrated the 25th Red Bull Flugtag. London's Hyde Park sets record with 350,000 Brits turning out for the UK premiere.

2004

300,000 CROWD IN HAMBURG'S HAFENCITY

The huge crowd represented the year on year success of this unique event for all the family.

2005

HALF A CENTURY!

Bratislava in Slovakia held the 50th Red Bull Flugtag

2008

ANOTHER ANNIVERSARY! So many Flugtags!

The 75th Red Bull Flugtag was held in the Polish city of Posnan.

2010

A NEW WORLD RECORD!

A whopping 63.09 meters flown in front of 90,000 lucky spectators.

2011

A CENTURY MARKED IN DUBLIN!

On May 22nd the 100th Red Bull Flugtag took place in the Dun Laoghaire Harbour in Dublin!

2012

20TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!

The biggest celebration was met with a new world record of 69.79 meters on May 28th, 2012 in Mainz (Germany). The Red Bull Flugtag spectacle moved on also to Singapore (for the first time!), and finally back to its roots in Vienna (Austria)

NEW RECORD

With 78.5 meters the "Chicken Whisperers" break the record in Long Beach, USA.

CENTURY AND A HALF!

The 150th Red Bull Flugtag took place in Lima, Peru.

3.5 MILLION SPECTATORS

In the last 25 years, over 3.5 million people spectated Red Bull Flugtag.

Any Questions?

FAQ

What is Red Bull Flugtag?

Red Bull Flugtag is an international event where teams will have to construct, display, and launch a self-made flying contraption off a ramp above water! Some will fly briefly, and some will flop in front of thousands watching on the day! The competition is marked by three criteria: distance, creativity of craft and showmanship. A true Flugtag champion flies with flair!

When is Red Bull Flugtag in Sydney?

Red Bull Flugtag will touch down at Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Sydney Harbour on Saturday November 10, 2018, with the event commencing at 11:30am. There will be a large flow of spectators during the day, so please allow yourself plenty of time to move around the site if you are meeting friends.

When will the teams be announced?

Our top 40 flyers have been chosen! Check out the Team Pages below to find out who will be hitting the flight deck on November 10.

What is the People's Choice Award?

In addition to first, second and third place prizes, there will also be a prize for the team who captures the hearts of the public with their charm and engineering prowess! To have your say, vote via the Team Pages below.

What does Flugtag mean?

Flugtag, which is pronounced FLOOG-TOG, means “flying day” in German.

What do the crafts typically look like?

Depends on your imagination! Red Bull Flugtag flying machines range from realistic plane replicas to, well, anything really! Past crafts include Santa and his sleigh, a flying toilet and even a cheeseburger with wings. To gain showmanship points, participants often wear outrageous costumes, act out skits, and dance to their own music soundtracks!

What are the rules?

All flying machines must be human-powered.
That means no engines, no petrol, batteries, electrical cords, catapults etc. allowed!
Craft pilots must be at least 16 years old. Each team is made up of 4 people.

Dimensions:
At most 5m wide, 2.5m high and 6m long
Max. weight: 180kg (including pilot)
Safety check has to be in place for each flying machine, prior the event

Additional Rules/Regs:
No catapulting (must be pushed from rear)
No Parachutes

For the full rules, click (yes you’ve guessed it) ‘Rules’ down below!

What is the furthest flight in the history of Red Bull Flugtag?

The current world record flight is 78.5 meters and was set on 21st September 2013, in Long Beach, CA by “The Chicken Whisperers”. Good cluck beating it this year!

Is there an entry fee to spectate?

To spectate, all are welcome to come and watch the action for free!

How do I get there to watch?

The closest train station to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is Circular Quay, which is about a 15 minute walk. The closest bus stops outside Andrew Charlton Pool, Mrs Macquarie’s Rd.

There will be limited parking and some road closures, so we recommend taking public transport!

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Does the event have access and amenities for people with disabilities?

Yes, Fleet Steps venue is wheelchair friendly.

What should I bring to enjoy the day?

Not much! You will be able to purchase food and beverages throughout the day at the event, but spectators are welcome to bring their own picnic lunch.
We recommend bringing sun protection and suitable clothing for all weather.

What should I not bring?

Please, for the safety of the event, do not bring alcohol, glass containers, pets and skate/long-boards.
Please remember the enjoyment of the other spectators. No tents, shade structures or beach umbrellas that might obstruct other people’s view.
Please leave your portable BBQ at home. Also, please remember the environment and use the bins provided, or even better take it home to recycle!

What about the weather?

If it rains, the event will go on! But if there is extreme weather, check the Facebook event page for more details.

Can I bring my boat and watch the event from it?

Yes, but we are expecting lots of boat traffic, so we suggest getting to your preferred position as early as possible. There is an exclusion zone where you will not be permitted to enter due to safety reasons which will be marked on the site map.

The rules

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Red Bull Flugtag is meant to be an enjoyable day out for participants and spectators, but there is clearly an element of risk involved in leaping into a harbour off a 6 metre high ramp and relying on a homemade aircraft for support. The basic rules below are an absolute requirement for participants.

All participants who jump MUST wear a life jacket and helmet provided by the production team.

The Pilot MUST NOT be strapped into the plane, or enclosed in any capsule or cockpit from which they can’t readily escape. Pilots must ride on top of the craft in a crouch position. Craft and Pilot must not exceed 2.5 metres in height (at the discretion of the safety/craft inspection crew).

Any costume you wear must not pose any risk of getting caught in the aircraft or hampering the Pilot’s ability to see, breath or stay afloat. Pilots must also have a clear view with no obstruction to Pilot’s face (mask, glasses, etc).

All Pilots who jump must be able to swim 30 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 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 adjustments.

When you are finalising construction on site, and when you launch, the Pilot and Ground Crew shall not be under the influence of alcohol.  This also means not jumping with a serious hangover.  Any team or person who does appear under the influence will be disqualified.

Check out Terms and Conditions of Participation

You will be launching into water, so make sure your craft floats.  Wherever possible select materials which are lighter than water (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.

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 a light aircraft or hang-gliders.

Your design must be no wider than 5m from wing-tip to wing-tip (assuming it has such things as wings), no longer than 6m from nose to tail (assuming it has these too).

Craft and pilot combined cannot exceed 180 kgs.  The pilot on top of the craft must be in a good crouch position, not exceeding 2.5m high, from the top of their head to the flight deck.  For two-part crafts (where the base separates from the craft) the launcher base cannot exceed a height of 1.5 metres.

Your aircraft needs to get up the flight deck ramp and be recovered from the harbour, 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 water.  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 clean up.

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.

All crafts will be recovered from the water by the safety team and they will dispose of the crafts thoughtfully.

Each team shall consist of four people: one Pilot and three Ground Crew members.

All participants must be over the age of 16.

All participants must be fit and well at the time of the jump, and free of any medical conditions which may be exacerbated by participation.

Calling the fearless, the fun loving and the foolhardy.

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Fast is good, but outrageous is even better.

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Let your imagination take flight.

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News

17/08/2018

PERMISSION TO LAND: THE TEAMS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN

Friday 17. August 2018

PERMISSION TO LAND: THE TEAMS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN

Thank you to all who applied for this year’s Red Bull Flugtag. After a hard and lengthy judging process at Air Traffic Control including many late nights and Red Bulls to match, we have our Top 40 Flyers…

For choosing our finalists, we stuck to the same three criteria that will be used for competition day; flight distance, creativity of the craft and showmanship. This year did not disappoint; from blue-sky thinking to aviation artistry, we have an exciting Red Bull Flugtag ahead…

With team updates going live on the website, you can join in on the team’s journeys and watch craft concepts jump from paper to plane, right up to flying day, on Saturday November 10 at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

 

The Teams

Aussie Bobsledders

Blackbird

Rooster Run

Chip off the Old Block

The Flyrannosaurus

Aussie Space Ship 1

Pickle Rick

Splashed Avo

Swan Dive

The “Millennial” Falcon

The Bat Wing

The Grand Failure

The Munch 4

The Soar-sage Sizzle

YMAC (Young Men’s Aviation Club)

Time Kinda Flies

Apeeling Flights

Between the Flags

The Kelly Gang

Bite the Bullet

To Bee or not To Bee

Team Step Brothers

Team Sparticorn

Rory’s Bottom Turn

Mr T-Arius

Captains Run

The Bin Chook

Flamin’ Gal-Air

Budgy Smuggler 2

Fallout 76

The Red Baron

Flying Survival Tool

Super Suede

Scissors, Paper, Rock

Flying Ricciardo

Roaring Richard

A Shrimp on the Barbie

Pedestrian’s Stunned Mullet

Parenthood vs Science

Sky Patrol

A massive thank you to everyone who entered and we cannot wait to see you all at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on November 10!

Stay up to date by following #RedBullFlugtag on FacebookInstagram Twitter over the next few weeks and don’t forget to check back to see all the team profiles.

23/07/2018

Registrations Close and the Judging Begins!

Monday 23. July 2018

Registrations Close and the Judging Begins!

And just like that, Red Bull Flugtag registrations have officially closed!

Over the last few weeks we have been inundated with weird, wacky and wonderful designs that are bound to blow you away on November 10.

But who will be hitting the flight deck you ask? Well we are currently in the process of reviewing all applications but judging such ingenious designs is a hard and lengthy process including many late nights at the office and Red Bulls to match! To find out who will be soaring at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair you’ll have to check back in on August 10 when we announce our top 40 flyers!

02/07/2018

RED BULL FLUGTAG RETURNS TO SYDNEY!

Monday 02. July 2018

RED BULL FLUGTAG RETURNS TO SYDNEY!

Ever wanted to fly? Consider yourself handy with a hammer? Not afraid to bust some moves?

After eight long years Red Bull Flugtag has returned to Sydney and we’re calling amateur aviators Australia wide!

Red Bull Flugtag is an international event where teams of four design, build and launch self-made flying machines off a 6-metre high flight deck above the Sydney Harbour. The competition is marked by three criteria: creativity of the craft, ramp performance and flight distance.

Before we begin, let us share the physics of flying, plane and simple!
Step 1, build an aircraft with wings that will, hopefully, catch some air. Step 2, crack a can of Red Bull and wait for your wiiings. Step 3, with a run-up, launch the aircraft from the flight deck and (hopefully) soar…

But that’s not all… We’ve all seen a regular plane in the sky *yawn* but what about a flying unicorn? Or a flying Vegemite Sandwich? Shock us!

If you are creative (or crazy) enough to (potentially) defy gravity, applications are now open! All you have to do to get involved is apply for an application kit by playing the game or calling 0434 735 078. Once you’ve received your kit, recruit a team of four, sketch your best craft design and get it back to us by July 20 for judging.

For any of you sensible enough to stay on solid ground, support your flying friends online with the Red Bull Flugtag conversation and join them for a day of fun at Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair on Saturday, November 10!

The sky’s the limit!

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