This year at the Consulate we have made it our goal to participate in the annual Japanese International Birdman Rally. This is a professional competition where you try to fly as far as possible in a plane only powered by you! This is the second time that a foreign team will participate. In 2010 a Chinese team participated and they flew a little over 500 meters which is very good for teams that participate for the first time. The record is held by a Japanese team, it is 36 km. Of course we will participate with the goal of trying to break this record, as all other teams, but I guess we also have to be realistic and hope for the best as these flights are very depending on the wind and as everybody flies at a different time, everybody flies under different conditions. For an impression of the competition, see here. We will try to enter the Human Powered Distance category. Participation is dependant on approval by the organizers Yomiuri TV
What do we need?
1. a student who will design the plane: this we have found, a student from Delft University who has built a plane before.
2. material sponsors: we have found a few sponsors but not enough. We still need mylar for the wings, foam and balsa wood for the wing ribs and bicycle related materials (sprockets, chain etc.)
3. financial support: anybody that wants to support us, please contact me at +81-6-6944-7276 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
4. a team: we cannot do it alone and we will need people that are interested in helping us out build the plane. If birdman experience is present that will be a big plus, nationality does not matter!
5. a pilot: we need somebody that is able to cycle at a constant speed for approximately 2 hours. We are trying to find a professional sporter, but so far no luck yet. She/he has to be between 60-70 kg (max 75 kg) and has to be Dutch! If you know somebody, please let me know.
6. a work place: we are talking with 3 interested parties right now, this will be decided soon
7. a crowd: if we can fly we will need your support at Hikone on the day we fly!
I will try to update this page now and then to show the progress in this project!