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Red Bull
Flugtag 2016.

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY AUGUST 27th

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About
Red Bull Flugtag

Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot home-made flying machines off a 30-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 1991, 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

WHO CAN ATTEND AND CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN?

Definitely! Red Bull Flugtag is FREE and OPEN to all ages. No tickets are needed.

WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS?

11:00am – ­ Doors Open

12:00pm – Opening Ceremony

12:15pm – First Craft Flies

4:00pm – Awards and Closing at Hatch Shell

WHAT AM I ALLOWED TO BRING WITH ME?

What you CAN bring:

  • Blankets
  • Umbrellas (small hand-held style)
  • Baby Strollers
  • Portable/collapsable chair
  • Binoculars
  • Professional camera equipment
  • Water in sealed bottles (2 liters and under only)

What you CANNOT bring:

  • Backpacks/ large bags
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • Coolers
  • Glass containers
  • Food
  • Pets
  • Tents
  • No illegal vending is permitted

See the post in the news section

WHAT IS RED BULL FLUGTAG?

“Flugtag” literally translates to “flying day”. It is a unique flying contest just for the public, where daredevil teams and budding pilots have the chance to show off their creativity, inventiveness & adventurousness in building human powered aircrafts that are launched from a 22-foot-high ramp.

When did the first Red Bull Flugtag take place?

The first ever Red Bull Flugtag took place in Austria back in 1991.

Is Red Bull Flugtag a “world series” of events?

No, each city’s event is run independently, but Red Bull has spread its wings all over the world, with over 150 events taking off in cities like Stockholm, Moscow, Ottawa, Chicago, Buenos Aires and Abu Dhabi.  In 2016 the US will host 2 events; Louisville, KY & Boston, MA.

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. Prefabricated crafts will not be accepted. Each craft must be less than 28-feet wide and not more than 400 lbs. (including the pilot), and craft pilots must be at least 18 years old.

 

What's the furthest flown at a 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”.

I haven't entered but I can bring my own craft along?

We’re afraid not. Our fearless teams have worked hard to earn their place on the Red Bull Flugtag ramp. Only these teams will fly on event day.

HOW MANY TEAMS ARE INVOLVED?

Thirty-six teams from throughout the Midwest have been selected to compete.

HOW WILL TEAMS BE JUDGED?

All crafts must be human-powered – no engines or external energy sources allowed. Each craft must be less than 28 feet wide, 24 feed long and not more than 400 lbs. (including the pilot). Craft pilots must be at least 18 years old.

A panel of judges has been recruited for the day to rank and rate each team’s performance across three categories, as follows:

Creativity: This is all about the design and originality of both the flying machine and the  crew, the more inventive the better.

Showmanship: Teams will have to perform on the platform before take-off.

Distance: Self-explanatory really. Just try to fly as far across the water as you can.

Each team has been encouraged to give equal consideration to all criteria to ensure they score the maximum amount of possible points.

WHEN IS RED BULL FLUGTAG – LOUISVILLE?

Red Bull Flugtag – Louisville will hit the shores of Kentucky’s Waterfront Park on Saturday, August 27th 2016.

 

IS THERE AN ENTRY FEE?

Nope! The event is 100% FREE to the public.

WHAT TIME SHOULD WE ARRIVE?

Gates will be opening as 11:00am on August 27, 2016. We strongly encourage you to get there at close to 11:00am as possible.

*Attendees should allow extra time for entrance into the event, as everyone will be required to pass security checkpoints.

IS THERE PARKING?

There is NO onsite parking. We strongly suggest that finding alternative means of transportation to the venue.

CAN IT BE WATCHED FROM THE WATER

YES  see the post in the news section

CAN I TAKE AND SHARE PHOTOS OR VIDEOS?

Yes, you’re invited to share photos and videos and remember #REDBULLFLUGTAG

WHEN DOES THE EVENT START?

The gates open to the craft area at 11am EST. Please come talk to the teams, check out their crafts and vote for the fan favorite! The first flight is at 12:15pm EST.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT ON-SITE?

There will be food and beverage vendors stationed in the event site.

DO THE TEAMS WIN ANYTHING?

1st place:  Red Bull Air Race US Trip

2nd place:  Skydiving experience with the Red Bull Air Force

3rd place:  wind tunnel experience

People’s Choice:  Midwest Festival VIP Trip

 

Afterparty Details

The official Red Bull Flugtag afterparty will take place at 4th Street Live and will feature music act; Young The Giant

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT RED BULL FLUGTAG?

Information is available at www.redbullflugtag.com. For questions about your application please contact our Pilot Liaison at FlugtagKY@us.redbull.com.

Rules

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You will be launching into water, so make sure your craft floats.  Wherever possible select materials which are lighter than water (wood, foam etc.) 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 than 28 feet from wing-tip to wing-tip (assuming it has such things as wings), and no longer than 20 feet from nose to tail (assuming it has these too). Craft and pilot combined cannot exceed 400 lbs.  The pilot on top of the craft must be in a good crouch position, not exceeding 10 ft high.

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…. down by the river!

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 22-foot-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.

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.

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.

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

All ground crew members must be at least 16 years of age and the pilot must be 18 years of age or older.

Calling the fearless,
the fun loving and the foolhardy.

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Fast is good, but outrageous is even better

TEAMS

The Dukes of H...

Bmore Aerodynamic

Frogeyes

Kentucky Flyin...

The Hindenwurst

Millennial Falcon

The Louisville...

Mercy-No-Mercy

Fear and Loathing

Cardinals

The Ville Tin ...

Team Nebuchadn...

The Flying Bou...

Whosyerwings

The Ville-ocir...

Air Force Fun

Plaque Attack

Freedom Flighters

Thrilla In Lou...

General Energe...

Vinyl Frontier

Bacon 2.5

When Blofish Fly

Team SOKB

Team Black Ops

Choppers Show ...

Kilroy's

Team Zissou

Bourbon Flight

The Glorified ...

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Kentucky Power

Calling the fearless,
the fun loving and the foolhardy.

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Stay up to date

News

12/08/2016

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Friday 12. August 2016

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Friday 12. August 2016

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11/08/2016

Local Artists Create Flugtag-Inspired Mural

Thursday 11. August 2016

Local Artists Create Flugtag-Inspired Mural

Jeremy Lewis,  founder of Often Seen, Rarely Spoken – midwest art collective with Kentucky ties, teamed up with Louisville native, Tim Faulkner to create a Flugtag-inspired mural for the city to enjoy.

Stop by 900 East Main to check out their work.

 

03/06/2016

RED BULL FLUGTAG LOUISVILLE TEAMS ANNOUNCED!

Friday 03. June 2016

RED BULL FLUGTAG LOUISVILLE TEAMS ANNOUNCED!

RED BULL FLUGTAG LOUISVILLE TEAMS ANNOUNCED!

40 Teams Take to the Skies August 27TH

LOUISVILLE (June 2, 2016) – Teams from nearly ten states across the nation will dare to defy gravity with their human-powered flying machines on August 27 at Red Bull Flugtag Louisville. After reviewing hundreds of applications, 40 teams were selected to participate in the quirky flying competition. Teams like Mercy-no-Mercy, Kentucky Flying Colonels, Millennial Falcon, U of L Sustainability and Team Zissou will entertain the crowds as they launch their crafts with hopes of soaring across the Ohio River.

Since 1991, Red Bull Flugtag (which translates to “Flying Day” in German) has made stops around the world challenging competitors to build and pilot homemade human powered flying machines. With the backdrop of the Ohio River, the outrageous flying competition will make its Midwest debut at Waterfront Park on Saturday, August 27th.

Red Bull Flugtag will boast 40 outrageous crafts, ranging from a flying toilet paper roll to supersized blowfish built by participants ranging from college students to aviation experts. Half of the selected teams, including Thrilla In Lou-villa, Bourbon Flight, and The Ville-ociraptors, to name a few, originate out of Louisville itself, with other participants traveling from homes as far as Oswego, OR and Jupiter, FL. Each team of five will need to bring out their inner daredevil in order to truly make a splash against a wide array of talent.

On August 27th, selected competitors will take the plunge off the 22-foot-high flight deck in front of thousands of roaring fans as they attempt to break the 258-foot distance record, set in 2013. In its first visit to Louisville, KY and the only Red Bull Flugtag in the Midwest in 2016, the pressure is on for this year’s Flugtag flyers to blow that record out of the water!

Gates open at 11am and the first craft launches for flight after 12pm.

For more information, including rules, photos, and video footage from past Red Bull Flugtag events, visit www.RedBullFlugtag.com.

For media inquires, please contact Laura Raymonds at 262-309-5343 or laura.raymonds@us.redbull.com.

Through the Red Bull network, hi-res video and still images are captured and made immediately available for editorial use for all media channels including television, film, print, mobile, and digital. The content is centrally located in the Red Bull Content Pool for media partners at www.redbullcontentpool.com.

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14/04/2016

GoToLouisville.com Joins the Fun!

Thursday 14. April 2016

GoToLouisville.com Joins the Fun!

13/04/2016

7 Flying Machines We Want to See in Louisville, KY

Wednesday 13. April 2016

7 Flying Machines We Want to See in Louisville, KY

24/02/2016

Red Bull Flugtag Takes Flight in Louisville, KY!

Wednesday 24. February 2016

Red Bull Flugtag Takes Flight in Louisville, KY!

GET READY FOR TAKEOFF! RED BULL FLUGTAG IS COMING TO LOUISVILLE

Applications Now Being Accepted for the August 27TH Flying Competition

 LOUISVILLE (February 24, 2016) – Red Bull Flugtag is flying into the Midwest this summer with its inaugural debut in Louisville, Kentucky and challenging wannabe pilots to push the limits of human flight.

Since 1991, Red Bull Flugtag (which translates to “Flying Day” in German for those who don’t sprechen sie Deutsch) has made stops around the world challenging competitors to build and pilot homemade human powered flying machines. With the backdrop of the Ohio River, the outrageous flying competition will take place at Waterfront Park on Saturday, August 27th. If you’ve got the guts, want the glory, or just know someone you’d like to push off a 22-foot high ramp, don’t miss out on what could be the flight of your life!

The application phase launches today and calls for teams of carpenters, athletes, designers, engineers, entertainers, and everyone in-between to turn their dreams of flight into reality. Five-Member teams of aspiring aviators and courageous craftsmen and women can apply for a chance to compete at Red Bull Flugtag 2016 by submitting flying-machine plans to www.RedBullFlugtag.com. The deadline to submit craft designs is May 1st.

Applications will be reviewed and teams will be selected by end of May. On August 27th, competitors will take the plunge off the 22-foot-high flight deck in front of thousands of roaring fans as they attempt to break the 258-foot distance record, set in 2013. In its first visit to Louisville, KY and the only Red Bull Flugtag in the Midwest in 2016, the pressure is on for this year’s Flugtag flyers to blow that record out of the water!

Red Bull Flugtag 2016 will take place at historic Waterfront Park. “Our city worked hard to land Flugtag because the event represents everything Louisville is – creative, authentic, energetic, weird – and it celebrates our Ohio River heritage. Flugtag will also add to Louisville’s economy, drawing fans and participants from around the region and country, and it’s a comedic brother of our city’s other popular air show, Thunder Over Louisville.” – Mayor Greg Fischer

While the sky may be the limit on creativity, there are a few flight regulations. First, all flying machines must be entirely human-powered (no external sources or stored power, so forget about the slingshots, catapults, or anything besides your own burliness). Additionally, all crafts must be less than 28 feet wide, and must weigh no more than 400lbs (including the pilot).

Applying to participate in Red Bull Flugtag is free. Pilots and participants must be 18 or older. For more information, including applications, rules, photos, and video footage from past Red Bull Flugtag events, visit www.RedBullFlugtag.com.

For media inquires, please contact Laura Raymonds at 262-309-5343 or laura.raymonds@us.redbull.com.

Through the Red Bull network, hi-res video and still images are captured and made immediately available for editorial use for all media channels including television, film, print, mobile, and digital. The content is centrally located in the Red Bull Content Pool for media partners at www.redbullcontentpool.com.

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Location

Louisville, Kentucky

AUGUST 27, 2016

Waterfront Park

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