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Red Bull Flugtag

Red Bull Flugtag



See competing wacky aircrafts debut.


At this unconventional event, participating teams will give flight to aircraft modelled after Singaporean icons like Chilli Crab and Durian, off a six-metre ramp. 40 teams will battle to beat the current German world record of 69.79 metres for the longest flight and the winning team will go to Salzburg, Austria, to visit Red Bull's impressive fleet of airplanes and choppers.

Be blown away at this unconventional event where teams will attempt to “fly” machines modelled after Singaporean icons—including delicacies like Chilli Crab, Durian and Satay—as far as possible off a ramp. In Southeast Asia for the first time, Flugtag (pronounced “floog-tag”) which means “flying day” in German, will see Singaporean teams conceptualise and propel their man-powered flying machines off a six-metre ramp into water.

Marvel at the complexity of the flying machines' designs as a total of 40 teams battle it out for supremacy of the skies. The teams will be judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity and showmanship. Each team is limited to four people, including one pilot. Only three teams will make the podium. Expect well-crafted machines with intricate construction blueprints and special materials (some even sourced from overseas). The teams' goal is to beat the current German world record of 69.79 metres for the longest flight.

Look out too for other crazy aircraft modelled after movies like Star Wars, cartoon characters (including Mega Zord from the Power Rangers) and even a flying candy house based on a Brothers Grimm tale.

The winning team will head to Salzburg, Austria, to visit Red Bull’s impressive fleet of airplanes and choppers. Also part of the prize is a skydiving package for the winning pilot. The team in second spot wins a trip to any destination in Europe, while the team in third place gets to go to New Zealand with a Bungee Jump extravaganza on the cards.

DATE: 28 Oct 2012, Sun

DURATION/OPENING HOURS: 12pm - 5pm

TICKETING DETAILS: Free

VENUE: Sentosa, Siloso Beach

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38 teams to fly or crash in S'pore's 1st 'flying' event

38 teams to fly or crash in S'pore's 1st 'flying' event



38 teams of wacky aviation enthusiasts will pilot their self-made crafts off a 6m high platform at Siloso Beach, Sentosa, as part of Red Bull Flugtag.

Paul Lim
Sat, Oct 27, 2012
AsiaOne


SINGAPORE - 38 teams of wacky aviation enthusiasts will leap from a 6m high runway and pilot their self-made crafts through the air tomorrow at Siloso Beach, Sentosa before landing with a splash in its sparkling, blue waters.

These aviation adventurers are taking part in Red Bull Flugtag, a 'flying' event which sees participants building their own crafts and trying to keep it airborne for as long as possible.

Flugtag, which means 'flying day' in German, is being held for the first time in south-east Asia, with Singapore being the first country in the region to host this event. It was previously was held in countries such as Germany, Austria and the United States.

While some of the crafts may look flimsy or aerodynamically-inefficient, participants more than make up for it with wacky designs and an unwavering 'never-say-die' spirit.

Team members have been working on their entries for more than a month, with some taking extended leave from their workplaces to compete. One participant even delayed the start date of his new job to compete in Flugtag.

Mr Samson Han, a 27-year-old quality engineer, said he pushed back the start date of his new job by two weeks to take part in Flugtag.

"I have a new job waiting for me, but I told my company I want to push back the start date because of this," he said.

His team, Pok Pok K, chose a chicken for their design because it is unique and different from the usual ship and plane designs.

The team members are all NUS graduates who met each other while staying in one of the university's residence halls. They have taken part in similar competitions before, such as the 'NUS Rag'.

Other teams include Team Super Sevens, a group of pilots looking for something more fun and low-tech than the jumbo Boeing 777s they regularly fly. The eight-man team is made up of airline pilots and a stewardess.

Mr Aaron Mak, a 34-year-old airline pilot and the team's spokesperson, said the team went back to their aviation textbooks to create the perfect flying machine.

"We took out our old textbooks and revised the materials so that our craft will be air-worthy. The design of our craft is based on real-life airplane designs, such as these holes which help to reduce weight," Mr Mak said, while pointing to circular holes cut into the sides of the wings.

Their entry is based on old fighter planes such as the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire.

Other than being aviation enthusiasts, some teams joined Flugtag for nostalgic reasons.

Team Mega Aero Zoid, a three-man crew which modeled their entry after the Power Rangers character Megazord, said they wanted to relive sweet childhood memories when they were fans of the popular children's fiction TV series.

"We took part in this event just for fun, and also because we want to bring back memories of our childhood when we used to watch Power Rangers in the 80s and 90s," said Mr Shaifuddin Masdar, a 31-year-old maintenance technician. The team has been working on their robot-themed entry for more than two weeks.

Team Temasek, a group of students majoring in aviation electronics at Temasek Poly, joined because they were passionate about aviation and wanted to put what they learned in school to good use.

Team member Mohd Huzyer, 18, said he and his team members worked out the basic aerodynamics calculations to ensure that their craft can stay in the air.

"Theoretically, in terms of calculation, it should fly," Mr Mohd Huzyer said of their wire, wood and metal contraption.

And it isn't just students who are in on the fun, a team of university academics and administrators from Kaplan, have also signed up as part of a school initiative.

"We encouraged our students to take part and we also signed up ourselves to support them. We didn't expect our entry to get selected!" said Mr Leon Choong, 42, Vice-President of University Relations at Kaplan Singapore.

Team Kaplan's entry is a bright, neon orange clownfish which is designed to "attract the judges' attention".

Other interesting entries include a durian-themed craft under Team King of Fruits. Mr Nigel Zee, a 35-year-old businessman, said the team chose the durian as the theme for their craft because it was more special than anything else, yet still uniquely Singaporean.

King of Fruits have tied-up with Nippon Paint in a philanthropic effort where the paint company will donate $2,500 to charity SimplyGiving if the team gets 1,000 'likes' on their King of Fruits Facebook page.

Winners are judged on a number of factors, such as creativity, flight distance and showmanship.

Ms Cheryl Tan, communications manager for Red Bull Singapore, said Red Bull sent out 389 submission kits based on the number of application requests from the public. The drinks manufacturer received 133 kits back, out of which 44 were selected. Six teams dropped out and 38 remains to either fly or crash tomorrow.

Source: http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2...27-379934.html

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Local team of pilots win S'pore's 1st 'flying' event

Local team of pilots win S'pore's 1st 'flying' event



Nearly a quarter of the teams were inspired by local flair, including team Flurry Express and their MRT cabin, and team ERP with their flying ERP gantry.

Sun, Oct 28, 2012
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SINGAPORE - Singapore's first ever 'flying event' ended with a big splash as a local team of three commercial pilots and a former cabin crew flew their way to victory with their wacky human-powered flying craft.

Spectators at Siloso Beach Sentosa today saw 38 teams of oddball aviation enthusiasts leap from a 6m high runway and pilot their self-made crafts through the air in an attempt to stay in the air for as long as possible.

The international Red Bull Flugtag with a 20 year history made its debut in Singapore and South East Asia today.

Amidst cheers from a 35,000 strong crowd, the aviators aimed to break the Red Bull Flugtag world record distance of 69.79m set in Mainz, Germany earlier this year.

By 11am, eager spectators filled Siloso Beach to its capacity and were treated to views of the crafts on the pit lane preparing for the first take-off at 12 noon.

Nearly a quarter of the teams were inspired by local flair, including team Flurry Express and their MRT cabin, and team ERP with their flying ERP gantry.

Local delights such as chilli crabs, durians, kueh lapis and char siew buns also took the skies, albeit briefly, before making a huge splash in the water below.

A judging panel made up of seven notable public figures - Paul Foster, Georgina Chang, Aide Iskandar, Rosalyn Lee, Felix Huang, Bobby Tonelli and Dee Kosh - judged each team on creativity, showmanship and of course, flight distance.

The creators of the winning craft comprised a group of commercial pilots, except for the actual pilot who flew the aeroplane-shaped craft - former cabin crew and model Cordelia Low.

She and her team mates, Pei Jun Wong, Andrew Tan and Joshua Raj, will be flying to Salzburg, Austria for an exclusive tour of Red Bull's Hangar-7, the home of the Flying Bulls and other fleets of aeroplanes and choppers.

The prize also includes an additional skydiving package for 24-year-old Low.

"We didn't expect to win at all. We just wanted to have a good time and to entertain the crowd," said Wong.

"We wanted a plane that could glide over water and it did just that. Cordelia did well for her first solo flight - in fact, she did so well that only her feet got wet!" he joked.

Team Riff Raff Rubber Ruckus with their RubberDuckie craft won second place and flights to any destination in Europe for every member of the team, while team Flurry Express flew away with the third prize of a tandem skydiving experience outside of Singapore skies.

In addition, Red Bull's special prize for the wackiest team performance went to team The Serial Flyers for their samba performance and intricate costumes, which included feather head dresses, inspired by the local dish cereal prawns.

They won flights to New Zealand and a bungee jumping experience for each team member.

The mini prize for the longest flight distance went to team Amphibious Dragonfly Drone, who flew a distance of 18.2m, earning the team an experience to drive a MINI in Singapore for 18 days.

Source: http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2...28-380110.html

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Aim for the sky and end in the sea



Red Bull Flugtag sees 38 teams trying to fly hand-built 'air' craft over and into the sea.

Nathaniel Hong
Wed, Oct 31, 2012
The New Paper


For pilots, the goal is not to crash the plane.

But Mr Nigel Zee did just that - and had a great time making a splash.

The 35-year-old money management executive and three friends took part in the Red Bull Flugtag at Sentosa's Siloso Beach on Sunday.

The international event was held in Singapore for the first time and close to 35,000 people braved the heat to watch pilots fly hand-built flying machines over and into the sea.

Contestants were judged on a combination of flight distance, creativity and showmanship.

Mr Zee's four-man team, which dubbed itself Kings of Fruit, had put together a craft that resembled a half-durian with wings.

"We wanted something with local flavour," quipped MrZee. "Everybody is going to recognise a durian."

The team had built the craft over six weeks. And although they did not win any prizes, they have no regrets.

"It was amazing, watching your craft just fly off. It was a great blast," said Mr Chew Ghee Chuan, 29, a teammember.

"The point is, we built it, we flew it, and that's it," he added with a smile.

The Kings of Fruit also did their part for charity.

They approached Nippon Paint for sponsorship, and now, for every 1,000 "likes'' on the team's Facebook page, Nippon Paint will donate $2,500 to Club Rainbow (Singapore), a local charity helping children who suffer from chronic illness.

A quick check by The New Paper last night showed that the page had garnered 851 "likes''.

Said Mr Zee: "We'd just like to make our participation here more meaningful."

Crash and splash

The event saw a total of 38 craft splash into the water, with strange designs inspired by chilli crab, buns and uniquely Singaporean things like ERP gantries joining the more plane-shaped ones.

One by one, the craft were wheeled onto the runway by their crews, awaiting their minute of fame - including a 30-second performance before taking the plunge off the 6m-high platform.

It was more fall than fly for most.

But while others barely made it off the platform, Team Amphibious Dragonfly Drone took the prize for furthest flight, gliding 18.2m.

Team Wheeee...Whooshima had styled their craft around the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort and team members sported costumes based on local icons, such as the Merlion and the Singapore Flyer.

"This event has international exposure," said Ms Loren Leong, who was dressed like iconic television character Phua Chu Kang.

"What better way to introduce Singapore to the world than using Singaporean icons?"

In an ironic twist, the event attracted many people from the aviation industry.

Temasek and Singapore Polytechnic each fielded a team of aerospace students.

Team members of the Super Sevens were formerly from the aviation industry.

Three of them served as commercial pilots, while their craft's pilot Ms Cordelia Low, 24, was an air stewardess for two years.

The Super Sevens swept the grand prize, with their glider landing with barely a splash.

The team bagged a trip to Red Bull's Hangar-7 in Austria, with Ms Low winning the chance to skydive as well.

"I didn't even get wet!" exclaimed Ms Low in disbelief.

"I never expected to win. We just wanted to have a goodtime, maybe win the long distance award."

She described the experience as "exhilarating and fantastic".

Mr Desmond Wong, 26, an aircraft technician, said that he would definitely attend the event if it was held again. He had gone down to support his friends, who were taking part in the competition.

"You don't get to do this every day," he said. "Who says Singaporeans are boring?"

The Red Bull Flugtag was first held in Vienna in 1992 and has since been held more than a hundred times around the world.

The world record for flight distance is 69.79m, and was set in May this year in Germany.

This is the first time Flugtag has been held in South East Asia.

Source: http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2...30-380441.html

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