The Flight Exhibition of Human-Powered Aircrafts 2016 was held.

On 27 August 2016, The Flight Exhibition of Human-Powered Aircrafts 2016 was held at Fujikawa (or Fujigawa) gliderport in Shimizu wead, Shizuoka city, Shizuoka prefecture. In this meeting, Two HPAs took into the sky as flight exhibision and were exhibited on the ground after their flights. In addition to the HPA flights, items regarding HPA activities were exhibited. Participants discussed about those exbisions and HPAs in point of view of engineering, operation technique and so on.

Quoted photo from exhibition flight of HPA developed by team Sky project (students' team of Tekyo university). The photo is linked to official blog of the meeting showing the original file.

Quoted photo from exhibition flight of HPA developed by team Sky project (students’ team of Tekyo university). The photo is linked to official blog of the meeting showing the original file.

The HPA flights of this flight exhibision meeting is a brief competition. The competition is scored according to a points system awarded to the team for approprate controlled flight. The controlled flight consists of stability in runing, pitch stability in taking off, stability of height, speed and attitude in flight and controlled and targeted soft randing. Prior to the meeting, some points also are aweard for results of load test and test flights from point of view of safety. In this meeting, two teams entried in the exhibision flight. one of them was Teikyo university team Sky project and the other was Tokai university team TUMPA(Tokai University Man-Powered Aircraft). Finally the Sky project got 533 points and won this brief competition. TUMPA’s HPA, which got 425 points and which was high speed and high manuverability HPA for JIBR HPA timetrial, would be unmatch with the point system.

In items exhibition, several items were provided from several teams. For example, propeller hub for variable pitch propeller, some propeller blades, gearbox, propeller jig and balsa wood seedling were exhibited. The propeller hub were provided by famous team Aeroscepy, which have been aiming at breaking great world record set by MIT deadalus. A team member of the Aeroscepcy gave a explanation of mechanism of the variable pitch hub to many participants from students’ team.

The Flight Exhibision of Human-Powered Aircrafts has been held annualy since 2010 except 2014. All of staffs is volunteer and cost of the meeting was funded by donations. This meeting is a very smaller event than Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR), which is organized for TV program by YOMIURI TELECASTING CORPORATION. Flyable area of this meeting which is limited in the 850 metre length runway also very smaller than flyable area of JIBR. Of course, audiences of this meeting was less than JIBR. Although this meeting is tiny, it is important event for HPA amatures other than JIBR. The reason why This meeting was planned is that JIBR, which had been held anually since 1977, was not held in 2009 because of effects of global financial crisis. It shocked most of HPA funs who assumed that JIBR 2009 was going to be held. A part of HPA funs planned another occasion for many audiences to watch HPA flights by a number of teams. At last they started this meeting.

Currently one of major intentions of this meeting is to provide HPA teams alternative target to JIBR when they were rejected in applicant screening of JIBR. Many teams, which may be about twenty teams, are rejected in the applicant screening and most of them also have started to build their HPA at the time because of long building time. The rejected teams lost target of their project. Ofcourse they will continue their activity in order to gain know-how of design, building process, training of pilot and HPA operation. But losing their target much impact on motivation of members of the project. Finally the team may give up their HPA activities of the year. It may affect their activity in the next and later year. The Flight Exhibision of Human-Powered Aircrafts will encourage the rejected teams to keep their motivation.

Another intention is to provide occasion of interaction while watching flyable HPAs or actual HPA parts. In JIBR, it is difficult for audiences to watch HPAs from close up it because HPAs in JIBR is surrounded by narvous participants to get ready for their flght in the serious competition. On the other hand, in the flight exhibision meeting participants can watch and even may touch HPAs.

This Flight Exhibition meeting is a tiny event but it is a meaningful event providing different value from bigger JIBR. The meeting will be supporting more growth of Japanese HPA scene.


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Yomiuri TV is looking for participants of 40th Japan International Birdman Rally which will be held in July 2017!!

English version of TV program introduction of Japan International Birdman Rally

English version of TV program introduction of Japan International Birdman Rally

Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, which is governing body, announced that the 40 th Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) will be held in end of the next July. The 40 th JIBR will consist of “Distance by Glider category” and “Distance by human-powered propeller aircraft category”. Please note that the governing body has already decided to discontinue “Time trial by human-powered propeller aircraft category” which had been held in the last 10 competitions. According to official Facebook of the competition, the governing body would like various teams having different background to entry the competition. Ofcourse the “various teams” include a team consisting of non-Japanese people.

Additionally, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation announced holding information sessions of the competition for persons wishing participate. The information sessions will be held in Osaka on 4 Feb, 2017 and in Tokyo on 5 Feb, 2017. If you want to participate the sessions, you need to submit your information by 31 Jan. The information should be include followings; 1. The place for the session you want to go, 2. Your team name, 3. Name of participant of the session (two people or less) 4. Your street address and 5. Your contact information. You can send the information by a postcard, FAX or E-mail.You will need rule book in the session. The rule book will sell at 500 yen in the place.

[UPDATED 28 Jan. 2016] Regarding those sessions, JIBR organizer also gives a welcome to brand-new teams who want to participate JIBR 2018 or later.

If you want more detail information, please visit the official JIBR website.

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Results of Japan International Birdman Rally 2016

This article intends to show results of Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) 2016 in English because google translation can not work for results page of JIBR official website.

NOTE: Some team names are defined with only Japanese. So they were forcibly interpreted by author in following.

Glider category

Position Pilot Age Team Flight distance [metre] Remarks
1 Shoji OKI 46 Mitaka Mobara Shimoyokota 443.60 4th longest record of the category
2 Kaho SUNAGA 21 Tokyo Metropolitan University team MaPPL 392.06 1st longest students record of the category
3 Koki SAKAGUCHI 21 Kyushu University Birdman Team 332.91
4 Masaya OZAWA 31 Team Teputo 278.71
5 Toma KANEHIRA 26 Team SOLAE (Team at Toyota Technological Institute) 277.56
6 Ryotaro KINJO 19 Soka University Birdman Club 250.50
7 Keita FUKUMORI 57 Team Hamahama 221.09 Ornihopter applied PUMPABIKE like drive system
8 Masaki KURAKAMI 20 Tokyo University of Science Team Torica 203.72
9 Takumi DOSAKA 20 Tsudanuma Aeronautical Team (team at Nihon university college of industrial technology) 153.00
10 Tsukasa KAWAJIRI 19 Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology Team ЯTR 138.92
11 Tomohiro NAKAYAMA 21 Shizuoka University of Science and Technology Team Sky Traveler 60.57 Swept wing and small stab configuration
12 Nobuyoshi YAMADA 38 Shijonawate young man’s group 54.93
13 Kiichi SAITO 20 Osaka Sangyo University birdman project 54.51 Biplane
14 Izumi KONNO 20 Muroran Institute of Technology aeronautical study group 40.44 Canard configuration
15 Wataru KOIDO 20 Sophia University Team Flying Turkeys 30.93
16 Hitoshi ICHISE 26 IWATANI Clean energy team 30.93  Team of sponsor campany
17 Nozomi KADOSUGI 30 Kari-ko Dream (team at Kanda technical high school) 14.78
18 Hiroki HISAMATSU 20 Hosei unversity Team HoPE 13.14

HPA time trial category

Position Pilot Age Team Time Remarks
1 Seiichiro ITO 21 Nagoya University Team AirCraft 1m46s11 3th fastest record in the category
2 Hiroto KITTAKA 20 Tokyo Metropolitan University Team T-MIT 2m08m60
3 Shu INOUE 20 University of Tsukuba team Tsukuba Birdman Works 2m31s41
4 Mitsuru Ohara 49 MPACII with Takikko DNF
5 Ryota HAGIWARA 20 Waseda University WASA (Waseda univ. Aeronautics & Space Association) DNF
6 Seiya MATSUSHITA 21 Osaka Prefecture University WindMill Club DNF Mid propeller configuration

HPA distance category

Position Pilot Age Team Flight distance [metre] Remarks
1 Shunya YAMAZAKI 20 Nihon university Aeronautical Students Group (NASG) 21415.53
2 Ryosuke AKAISHI 20 Tohoku university Team Windnauts 19699.59
3 Yuta WATANABE 29 BIRDMAN HOUSE Iga 17854.09
4 Nobutoshi FUJIHARA 21 Hiroshima University Team HUSE 2483.20 Twin propeller
5 Kodai KOMIZU 20 Hokkaido university TEam Northern Wings 1967.13
6 Masanori IWASE 25 Flight Works 1029.75
7 Toshihiko HIRASAWA 20 Kyoto University Team Shooting Stars 853.82
8 Haruka OGIKUBO 21 The University of Electro-Communications Team U.E.C Wings 694.90 Female pilot, Ita-HPA (decorating the wing with fictional girls “Lagopus-tan sisters”)
9 Kazuma SAKAI 33 Osaka institute of technology human-powered aircraft project 475.22 One blade propeller
10 Hiroyuki KASHIWAGI 36  Next generation aircraft research group 424.19 Twin boom + V tail
11 Michihiro HOJO/Ryo SHIGEMATSU 20/21 Shibaura institute of technology Team Birdman Trial 24.27 Two-seater HPA
12 Takeru IBUKI 20 Ritsumeikan university Aircraft Project Team – RAPT 14.45

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