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Red Bull
Flugtag 2015

Portland, August 1st

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About Red Bull
Flugtag Portland

Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot home-made flying machines off a 28-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?

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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 aircraft that are launched from a 28-foot-high ramp.

When did the first Red Bull Flugtag take place?

The first ever Red Bull Flugtag took place in Austria back in 1992.

Where and when does it take place?

All over the world, but this year, the event will take place at Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park on August 1, 2015.

Has Red Bull ever run a Flugtag event before?

Yes, Red Bull has hosted over 100 Flugtag events since 1992.

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

No, each city’s event is run independently, but Red Bull has spread it’s wiiings all over the world, with events taking off in cities like Stockholm, Moscow, Ottawa, Chicago, Buenos Aires and Abu Dhabi.

How many teams are involved?

This year, there will be 40 teams chosen via submitting an application.

What’s the furthest flown at a Red Bull Flugtag?

It’s a staggering 258 feet!  The record was set in Long Beach, California in 2012.

Can teams still enter this years’ Red Bull Flugtag in Portland?

We wish! The highly competitive application phase kicked off March 18th and ended on May 12, with only the first 500 applications being considered.

I haven’t entered but can I bring along my own flying machine and use the ramp?

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 will the teams be judged?

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

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

Showmanship: Your team will have to perform on the platform before take-off. This is your opportunity to wow the judges with your talents and win over the crowd – which can only help! Please think about your music well in advance, and which part of the track it will be, as we will need this information prior to the event.

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.

Will there be any other entertainment at the event?

Yes, there will be lots of other activities on site to keep you entertained for the day but the main event is the 40 fearless pilots throwing themselves and their handcrafted, human powered machines off the 28-foot-high flight deck!

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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 river off a 28-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.

 

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 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!

 

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 or older with a pilot 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.

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01/06/2015

Fearless Flyers From Across the US Selected!

Monday 01. June 2015

Fearless Flyers From Across the US Selected!

Red Bull Flugtag, the wildest homemade human-powered flying competition, will return to Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park on August 1. 45 teams have been selected to attempt flight over the Willamette River with the hopes to break the American record for furthest flight of 258 feet. Before testing their “wiiings” the teams will perform self-choreographed skits in costume in front of thousands of cheering spectators.

GETTING CRAFTY

After receiving hundreds of applications from all over the nation, 45 teams were chosen to compete and carry out their boldest performance for the crowd. The home state of Oregon is fielding over 30 teams for this year’s Red Bull Flugtag, with other hopeful aviators boldly representing California, Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington, and Vancouver B.C.

With crafts that range from animal themes such as adorable pugs, slippery fish, and majestic narwhals, to pop culture crafts inspired by medieval fantasy television shows, space travel and cult classics, this year’s participants are as creative as ever. With a number of great entries locally themed around Portland’s famed doughnut shop, professional basketball team, and the city’s rich history in micro brewing, the event will reflect the quirky, fun-loving attitude of the Rose City.

JUDGING THE COMPETITON

Teams will be judged on three criteria: distance, creativity, and showmanship. Determining the winner at this year’s competition are judges Gregory Gourdet, famed Executive Chef at Portland’s popular pan-Asian restaurant, Departure and finalist in Bravo’s 2105 Top Chef Competition. Other judges include 2015 Transworld Snowboarding’s Rookie Of The Year, Ben Ferguson, elite snowboard half-pipe rider and Red Bull Double Pipe 2015 co-champion. Along with Nate Herse, captain of the current 258-foot world record holding team from the 2013 Red Bull Flugtag Long Beach competition, the “Chicken Whisperers.” One lucky member of Portland’s general public will also have a chance to be the competition’s “citizen judge.” More details to come at @redbullPDX.

05/05/2015

Top 10 Tips from a Red Bull Flugtag Pro

Tuesday 05. May 2015

Top 10 Tips from a Red Bull Flugtag Pro

Nate Herse from the team ‘Chicken Whisperers‘ has some advice on how to make your Red Bull Flugtag experience the best day of the year.  Listen up, his team build a craft that flew 258 feet and looked good doing it.

1.  Style points. You might not break the record, so you better look good trying.

2.  Practice your dance, a lot! The crowd will be large, and you will be on YouTube forever.

3.  Use good wheels. The greatest plane wont get to launch if you break a wheel on take off.

4.  Jump off the deck. You just pushed your pilot off, follow him or her or you’ll get booed!

5.  Start early. If you design and build your craft on the event day everyone will know.

6.  Practice. Find an empty street and practice the push at the very least.

7.  Keep it light. The lighter you build, the further you’ll fly. This includes you pilot.

8.  Keep it simple. Whatever you design and build, do it well and don’t make it overly complex.

9.  Perfect your center of gravity. Pitched up backflips and nose diving are great for the crowd but no fun for the pilot.

10. Have fun. If you aren’t having fun during the entire build and during the event you’re missing the point.

19/03/2015

ANNOUNCEMENT: Red Bull Flugtag is Back in Portland!

Thursday 19. March 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT: Red Bull Flugtag is Back in Portland!

17/03/2015

Red Bull Flugtag Schedules Return Flight to Portland

Tuesday 17. March 2015

Red Bull Flugtag Schedules Return Flight to Portland

Red Bull Flugtag, the world’s wildest homemade, human-powered flying craft competition, announces the return to Portland’s McCall Waterfront Park on August 1, 2015. The highly competitive application phase kicks off today and ends May 12, with only the first 500 applications being considered.

Starting today, brave and brainy teams of five can enter their crazy flying concepts through the formal application found here. Past applicants have used inspiration such as their favorite food, pop culture, technology, and mythology, and have even attempted to drum up hometown support with crafts based on colleges, sports teams and other elements that their city is famous for – all in the name of testing gravity’s limits for the public’s entertainment.

On the day of the competition, each team of five will take their contraptions on a great flying leap off a 28-foot-high flight deck into the water below as they try to break the world record, currently standing at 258 feet (78.64 meters). As this is no ordinary flying competition, teams will not only be judged on flight distance, but also their creativity and showmanship.

Translating to “flying day” in German, Red Bull Flugtag has taken place worldwide for 23 years, entertaining more than 500,000 people annually, including two previous Portland stops in 2004 and 2008. The fun packed, city-stopping event is known for drawing crowds of 50,000 – 80,000 spectators.

Applying to participate in Red Bull Flugtag Portland is free! We just require pilots to be 18 years or older.

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Location

Portland

Tom McCall Waterfront Park

SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97204

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