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.
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 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 24-feet wide and not more than 440 lbs. (including the pilot), and craft pilots must be at least 18 years old.
WHERE CAN I APPLY?
Think you’ve got what it takes? We are now accepting applications at www.redbullflugtag.com until May 1st, 2016. – JUST CLICK THE LINK ABOVE
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.
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.
What am I allowed to bring to the event?
What you CAN bring:
- Umbrellas (small hand-held style)
- Baby Strollers
- Portable/collapsable chair
- Professional camera equipment
- Water in sealed bottles (2 liters and under only)
What you CANNOT bring:
- Backpacks/ large bags
- Weapons of any kind
- Glass containers
- No illegal vending is permitted
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.
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