Top 10 flights of JIBR glider category

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

Like & Reference;
鳥人間コンテスト│読売テレビ(Japanese): Japan International Birdman Rally | YOMIURI TELECASTING CORPORATION(Official website)
(Google translated link – English)

poor English better than Japanese – thank you