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About Red Bull
Flugtag 2017

Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot home-made flying machines off a 22-foot 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, winnebagos with wings and even Snoopy and the gang to grace the Flugtag flight decks! Since the 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 300,000 spectators for a single event.

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Any Questions?

FAQ

WHAT IS RED BULL FLUGTAG?

Red Bull Flugtag is a free family-friendly event where teams of up to five people have worked for months to build homemade, human-powered flying machines to then send them off an elevated flight deck in an attempt to fly in front of thousands of people. Some will soar and some will flop. The flying machines are referred to as “crafts” and come with a themes that the entire team rallies around.

WHEN IS RED BULL FLUGTAG – PITTSBURGH?

Red Bull Flugtag – Pittsburgh will hit the shores on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

WHAT DOES FLUGTAG MEAN?

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

WHAT DO THE CRAFTS TYPICALLY LOOK LIKE?

How much imagination do you have? Red Bull Flugtag flying machines range from realistic plane replicas to anything the imagination can conjure up. Past crafts include a Flying Purple People Eater, Santa and his sleigh, a flying toilet and even a flying cheeseburger. To gain more showmanship points, participants often wear outrageous costumes, act out skits, and create their own music soundtracks for the flight.

WHAT ARE THE RULES?

All crafts must be human-powered – no engines or external energy sources allowed.

Craft pilots must be at least 18 years old. Each team is made up of 5 people.

Dimensions:
Length = 20 ft. max (Craft body 10ft max)
Width of Wings = 24 ft. max
Height = 8 ft. max
Weight = 400 lbs. max with pilot

Additional Rules/Regs:
-No catapulting (must be pushed from rear)
-No Parachutes
-For 2-part crafts (base and craft), the base cannot exceed 5 ft.

Great advice: Resist the urge for political references in your craft design.

WHEN WAS THE FIRST RED BULL FLUGTAG PRODUCED IN THE UNITED STATES?

The first US Red Bull Flugtag was produced in October 2002 in San Francisco. Since then, Red Bull Flugtag has landed in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, Portland, Long Beach, Baltimore, Cleveland, Tempe, Nashville, Tampa Bay, Washington D.C., the Twin Cities, Philadelphia, Louisville and Boston.

WHAT IS THE FARTHEST FLIGHT IN THE HISTORY OF RED BULL FLUGTAG?

The current world record flight is 258 feet and was set on September 21, 2013 in Long Beach, CA by “The Chicken Whisperers”.

HOW MANY TEAMS BE COMPETING?

38 from throughout Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas will be participating.

IS THERE AN ENTRY FEE OR AGE REQUIREMENT?

All team members must be over 18 to participate in Red Bull Flugtag. There is no entry fee to apply or compete.

 

There is no entry fee or age requirement to spectate.

 

Can I see the crafts up close on Saturday, August 5?

Get on board with all the wanna-be pilots along with their super creative homemade flying crafts at the Red Bull Flugtag Open Hangar on Saturday, August 5! Located on Art Rooney Way across from the flight deck when doors open at 10AM, 38 teams will be aplenty in full costumes and with all the feels. Take pictures, shake hands or wish them well on their journey over the waters of Pittsburgh during the first ever Red Bull Flugtag in Pittsburgh!

How do I get there to watch?

All bus routes, commuter rail, and public transportation details with routes/schedules can be found here: http://www.portauthority.org/

Real-time parking information for downtown and North Shore garages can be found at: www.parkpgh.org

The best places to enter are on North Shore Dr. near Gate A of Heinz Field, the Art Rooney Ave. intersection, or Chuck Noll Way intersection.

Can it be watched from the water?

While we encourage and welcome boaters to attend Red Bull Flugtag on the Three Rivers, we kindly ask you to review and abide by the safety rules put in place during the event.

If you choose to spectate from the water, please note:

There will be no boat parking along North Shore River Front.

Do not anchor or tie to the buoy line.

For the participants’ safety the water patrol will be asking you to stay out of the buoyed area marking the flight path of the Red Bull Flugtag flying crafts and that you observe all marine markers.

There will be no dock or land access from the water during the event.

We kindly ask all large boats to be respectful of the smaller boats that would like to view the event

Pre show starts at 10am

For more info, please visit Yougottaregatta.org

Will there be a bag check? What can I bring?

Anyone entering this event is subject to a bag check, including, but not limited to bags, purses, fanny packs and backpacks. All bags are subject to search upon entry and within the event.

PROHIBITED ITEMS INCLUDE:

Alcohol
Ammunition
Drones
Explosives
Firearms
Fireworks
Grills
Knives or Razor Blades
Laser Pointers
Mace / Pepper Spray
Overnight mooring
Pop-Up Tents
Selfie Sticks
Structures
Stun Guns
Tasers
Toy guns
Weapons of any kind
Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards.