UPDATED: Record of JIBR 2016 was added and link was recovered.(25-Sep-2016)
Glider category is one of categories in Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR). The machines used in the glider category are not human-powerd aircraft which is theme of this blog. But information of the handmade light weight machines may give inspiration to us.
The following video shows the longest flight of the glider category. The longest record is longer than 500 meters.
In the glider category, competitors can use handmade flying machine without propeller. This means that ornithopter is categorized in the glider category. However ornithopter may not be competitive compared with normal gliders.
As same as the other categories, the competitors take off using their handmade machines from 10 meters hight stage called “Platform”. Size and weight of the handmade machines are unlimited. 3 or less members of team can support their machine in start their flight.
Finally, a list is shown below. This is list of the top 10 of glider category in JIBR as of 2016.
|Rank||Flight distance [meters]||Pilot||Team||Year|
|1||501.38||Shoji OKI||Mitaka Mobara × Kanagawa Institute of Technology||2012|
|2||483.47||Shoji OKI||Mitaka+Mobara adventure group||2007|
|3||460.07||Shoji OKI||Mitaka Mobara × Kanagawa Institute of Technology||2013|
|4||443.60||Shoji OKI||Mitaka Mobara Shimoyokota||2016|
|5||421.11||Shoji OKI||Mitaka+Mobara adventure group||2010|
|6||420.48||Shoji OKI||Mitaka+Mobara adventure group||2003|
|7||417.49||Shoji OKI||Mitaka+Mobara adventure group||2001|
|8||414.33||Shoji OKI||Mitaka+Mobara adventure group||2002|
|9||407.03||Shoji OKI||Mitaka Mobara Shimoyokota||2014|
|10||394.11||Kota SATA||Active Gals Family||2014|
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