We simply can’t get enough of Red Bull’s exciting Flugtag events. An event that never ceases to amaze, the Red Bull Flugtag event challenges teams of people like yourselves to build homemade, human-powered flying machines that could take them to the skids off a 6 meter high ramp. Giving us more entertainment, Flugtag is coming back to Kuwait this October, meaning more imaginative machines, bigger challenges, and even bigger splashes.
It’s official, the construction phase for the Red Bull Flug Tag event has taken off! After almost two months since the earlier announcement of the application phase, 46 out of 285 teams are officially, and carefully, selected to get prepared to participate in this October’s 3rd Red Bull Flugtag event in Kuwait. Scheduled to kick off on the 19th of October, the selection process for the participants was not easy feat. A collection of several criteria must be met: innovation, creativity, execution and flying skills. The teams of daredevils and ingénues were finally picked and were given the green light to start building their flying machines for the 3rd Red Bull Flugtag.
The selection of participating teams come from the heart of Kuwait with a common goal in-mind: to achieve their dream of human-powered flight! “Flugtag”, or “flying day” in German, will put all teams to the test, challenging them to launch their homemade flying machines off a six-meter high ramp.
In addition to the inspirational ideas, uniqueness of concept, color mixes and artistic reproductions, some designs also displayed high technicalities with clear engineering skills, putting the principles of aviation physics in-action.
The pool of teams reflects the local community and its diversities in Kuwait, with members from different nationalities, backgrounds, ages and professions. University students and teachers, corporate employees, aviation faculty students, friends and colleagues, have all put their energies together in aim to fly their hand-built machines. Simultaneously, and under the haven of Red Bull Flugtag, this is their opportunity to experiment, feed their curiosities and express their passions in realizing the dream of flying in an innovative, witty and fun-loving way.
The 46 participating teams will have around 2-months to turn their designs into flying machines, and take-off from Marina Crescent on October 19th, 2012 to fly in the sky before plunging into the water.
So what does it take to be a top Flugtag finisher? Teams are of course judged on how far they go but also on whether or not they can put on a good show – which means creativity and showmanship to please the fans. While folks here will be the newest members of amateur aviators, they follow their earlier Flugtaggers, who spread their wings in Vienna, Austria, for the first time in 1991. Since then, more than 100 Red Bull Flugtags have been held around the world attracting up to 300,000 spectators at one event! The international record for the farthest flight to-date currently stands at 69m set in May 2012 at Red Bull Flugtag Germany.
The sky’s the limit on imagination, but being in a competition, there are still a few rules and regulations. First, all flying machines must be entirely human-powered (no external energy sources or stored power). Second, all crafts must be less than 8 meters wide. And finally, no matter what they say, size does matter – therefore; all crafts must weigh no more than 180 KGs (including the pilot).
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