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About Red Bull
Flugtag 2018

Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot homemade flying machines off a 6-metre high flight deck, in the hope of soaring into the wild blue yonder…or more often, to plunge 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. These criteria have inspired flying tacos, prehistoric pterodactyls, and even Snoopy and the gang to grace the Flugtag flight decks!

In 2011, Dublin celebrated the momentous 100th anniversary of the Red Bull Flugtag series and we are bringing back the madness to the capital in May 2018. So mark your calendar and be ready for more flights, fun and foolery!

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Timeline & Dream of flight.

The story of flight

And of Red Bull Flugtag, as we are rich of history, sort of...


Leonardo da Vinci first studies human flight

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


Sir George Cayley Designed Many More Gliders

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


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.

More 19th century aviator legends

Clément Ader
1841 - 1925

Gaston Tissandier
1843 - 1899

Alberto Santos-Dumont
1873 - 1932

Maurice Colliex
1880 - 1954


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

and many more...


Red Bull Flugtag takes first flight!

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


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


Dublin has its first Flugtag!

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


New record of 62 meters!

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


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.


300,000 crowd in Hamburg's Hafencity

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


Half a century!

Bratislava in Slovakia held the 50th Red Bull Flugtag


Another anniversary!

So many Flugtags! The 75th Red Bull Flugtag was held in the Polish city of Posnan.


A new world record!

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


A century marked in Dublin!

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


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)

Any Questions?



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 that day! The competition is marked by three criteria: distance, creativity of craft and showmanship. A true Flugtag champion flies with flair!


Red Bull Flugtag will arrive at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Sunday, 20th May 2018, with the event commencing at 12pm and running until approximately 4.30pm As there will be crowd control measures to manage the flow of spectators, please allow yourself plenty of time to move around the site if you are meeting friends.


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 18 years old. Each team is made up of 5 people.

At most 6m wide, 2.5m tall and 6m long
Max. weight: 200 kg (excluding pilot)
Safety check has to be in place for each flight 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!

How do I get there to watch?

You can take the Dart or bus from the Dublin city centre to the station of Dun Laoghaire, walk towards the harbour and you are there!

You can also come from Tallaght, Loughlinstown, Kilmacanogue, Killiney, Kilternan on the bus and from Greystones on the DART.

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

For more information on road closures, parking and transport click here

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

Yes, it will be located on Carlisle Pier. Entrance to the area is beside the Royal St. George Yacht club. Carlisle Pier is the pier that will have the Red Bull Flugtag ramp positioned on. Parking for persons with disabilities will be located to the side of the Royal St George Yacht Club (next to the ferry terminal building). Space is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis. When the parking has reached capacity, the area will be used as a drop off only.

What should I bring to enjoy the day?

Not much! You can get food and drink at local restaurants, cafes and shops, but spectators are welcome to bring their own picnic lunch.
We recommend bringing sun protection, and suitable clothing for all weather… it is Ireland after all!

What should I not bring?

Please, for the safety of the event, do not bring alcohol, glass containers, pets, and hover/skate/long-boards.
Please remember the enjoyment of the other spectators. No tents, shade structures, beach umbrellas; so essentially no reserving of unattended areas or anything that would obstruct other people’s view. Just be sound!
Also, please remember the environment! No plastic sheeting/tarp on grass and no barbeques or sparklers. And finally please 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 website for further details.

The rules







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 river off a 9-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 a top of the craft in a crouch position.

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 (no obstruction to pilot’s face (mask, glasses, etc).

All Pilots and Ground Crew who jump must be able to swim 100 yards 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 finalizing 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.

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 longer that 6 metres from wing-tip to wing-tip (assuming it has such things as wings), and no longer than 6 metres from nose to tail (assuming it has these too). Max weight is 200 kg (excluding pilot) with the craft height no more than 2.5 metres.

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

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 river by the production team and trashed on a barge….

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

All participants must be over the age of 18.

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.