Japan International Birdman Rally 2019 is looking for participants!

Photo of flying human-powered aircraft over Lake Biwa. Link to English version of TV program introduction of Japan International Birdman Rally in https://ytvcontents.com

Photo of flying human-powered aircraft over Lake Biwa in Japan inter national Birdman Rally. Link to English version of TV program introduction of Japan International Birdman Rally in https://ytvcontents.com
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Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, which is governing body of Japan International Birdman Rally, announced that they are prepare to hold the 42nd Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) 2019 in end of the next July. The 42nd JIBR will consist of “The Glider division” and “The Distance division by human-powered propeller aircraft”.

Additionally, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation announced holding briefing sessions of the competition for persons wishing participate. The briefing sessions will be held at Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation in Osaka on 15 Dec., 2018, and at Convension Hall AP Hamamatsucho in Tokyo on 16 Dec., 2018. If you want to attend the sessions, you need to submit your information by 7 Dec.. The information should be include followings;

  1. The place (Osaka or Tokyo) for the session you want to attend
  2. Your team name
  3. Name of participants of the session (up to two members)
  4. Your street address
  5. Your contact information (mobile phone number is prefered)

You can send the information by a postcard, FAX, or E-mail. You will also need a rule book in the session. The rule book will sell at 500 yen per a book in the place.

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

 

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Overview of a winner in Japan International Birdman Rally 2018

Japan International Birdman Rally was broadcasted on 29 Augst 2018.

Japan International Birdman Rally was broadcasted on 29 August 2018.
Source: http://www.ytv.co.jp/birdman/sns.jpg

A TV program of 41th Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) 2018 (鳥人間コンテスト2018) was broadcasted on 29 Aug, 2018. Yomiuri telecasting corporation, who is organizer of the competition, unveiled results of the competition on their website after broadcasting the program. The TV program has been webcasted within Japan. However, unfortunately it can not be watched officially in other countries. So this article try to introduce you very brief overview of winner of the JIBR and cancelation of HPA category.

Glider category: Student’s team won consecutive by smash the team best!

Glider category is the oldest category in JIBR competitions. Machines used in this category can not have powered propellers. The participants try to fly with their own home-made light weight gliders from 10 metre height above water. The game record of the category is 501.38 meters (approx 548.32 yards) of flight distance.

Taking off of

Taking off of “Tsudanuma Aeronautical Team at Nihon university college of industrial technology”‘s glider, which is named “Gardenia”, piloted by Kento KUMAKURA, that is the winner of glider category in JIBR 2018.
Source: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DlxAhNVU0AE0HzJ.jpg

Tsudanuma Aeronautical Team at Nihon university college of industrial technology and their pilot Kento KUMAKURA won the 1st prize with 446.42 metre (approx. 488.21 yards) flight distance in the glider category of this year. This flight distance is the 4th longest distance in this category and broke the team’s best 440.37 metre, which is the first 400 metre class fight by non-“Mitaka Mobara” team in the last year. Consecutive title of this category has been very difficult. In fact, teams which won consecutive during the past 41 years have been just only three teams, “TOA Birdman Club” which had been led by Mr. SASAKI current chief judge of JIBR, “Mitaka Mobara” a.k.a the undisputed king of birdman and this “Tsudanuma Aeronautical Team” the winner of this year. The former two cosecutive winning team won by same pilots. On the other hand, Tsudanuma Aeronautical Team won consecutively by each different pilots. It is said that experience is one of the most important factors in the JIBR glider category. It is difficult for students team to gain and keep experiences because members must exchange for their promotion and graduation. Therefore this consecutive wins is amazing achievement in JIBR history.

During competitions, surface of platform had been wet and extremely slippy condition here and there due to rain that fell last night. Most of birdman on that day suffered slippy platform as well as fickle wind reaching 5 m/s affected by a typhoon or a few sprinkle. The first and biggest victim is the first performer team MaPPL which students team at Tokyo Metropolitan University. They achieved incredible 450 metre flight but their flight were disqualified as invalid starting because their starting tail support member slipped on the platform and dropped into water in starting sequence. Most of following team did not succeed in start sequence by early release from support members or insufficient acceleration to avoid slipping on the platform.

If you have known JIBR, you may want to know a result of the undisputed king “Mitaka Mobara”. The team “Miataka Mobara” and their pilot Mr. OKI made 21.56 metre flight distance. It is indisputable that their flight was a complete failure. Their failure was led by the slippy platform again. A very high-speed approach run at which the team excel was too high risk in that condition. Their tail supporter slipped down shortly after beginning of their approach run. Their glider was not almost accelerated and was accidentally banked left by strong wind blown from right side. Mr. OKI tried to pull up but nothing had worked in that condition beyond physical limits of their glider. At last their glider with Mr. OKI dived straight into water.

The Tsudanuma Aeronautical Team and Mr. KUMAKURA was the last performers of the category as defending champion. It made decrease slippy points that they were the last performer. In addition to that, they attempted their flight in approx. 2 m/s a headwind from right side by good luck. Support member and Mr. KUMAKURA confirmed carefully slippy areas and tried taking fast approrch run. They succeed to make good upwind penetration with high airspeed. He held nose which wants to rise a couple of time, stabilized glide attitude around 2 metre altitude and then started to turn left gradually. It seemed to try to change heading downwind in order to decrease airspeed for improving glide ratio with keeping high ground speed. Their glider kept flying over water by paying its speed and altitude and finally splashed down silently at the point of 446.42 metre from the platform. Unfortunately cockpit hatches which are on bottom of its cockpit fairing was not closed during the flight, It gave some of excess drag to their glider and also took some altitude from their glider. It looked like 15 – 30 metre of their loss of distance at least. However their flight was almost opimal flight in that condition except failure of closing cockpit hatch.

Iwatani Clean Energy Team won the 2nd prize by remarkable 431.34 metre flight distance. The Iwatani team attempted to fly in stronger wind around 5 m/s from right side. They did not make fast approach run due to the slippy platform. It would  lead normally a failed flight. But the pilot kept calm. He made high AOA to take enough lift of strong wind. And He and their glider took ground speed by wind drifting with keeping small sink rate. Those actions may not intent to extend flight distance but his hard training as flier may lead him to do so. As results, their pilot Mr. YANO became third 400 metre class birdman or fourth birdman including MaPPL’s pilot Mr. ANDO disqualified. The Iwatani team took over first place and kept it until the Tsudanuma Aeronautical Team. As an aside, Iwatani is a main sponsor company of this JIBR and their prize money will be donated to a good cause instead of use by the team.

In this competition, most of the teams were not able to show their designed performance in these very difficult conditions. However their hard work to do their best in each limited condition gave us some interesting techniques. Especially it is remarkable that the three 400 metre class flights achieved in each different condition, tail wind, strong cross wind, and head wind. I wish more birdmans show their own best performances in the next JIBR.

Distance of human-powered propeller airplane category: Gust of typhoon “JONGDARI” broke birdman’s wings.

This category is the most famous category in JIBR. Machine used in this category have propeller driven by human power. Some HPAs in this category have high performance as well as Gossamer Albatross. In most of case, it is difficult to fly 30 km and more due to high temperature (approx. 30 deg C/ 86 deg F or higher) of Japanese summer. The game record of this category is 40 km (approx. 24.85 mi), which was longest distance specified by JIBR rule as of 2017. The achievement of longest flight in the previous competition caused to revise the rules. The specified longest distance has set 60 km (approx. 37.28 mi). In order to achieve the longest 60 km flight, the rule requires to around a specified triangle course.

As reported a previous article, this competition of the category was cancelled after 4 flights. According to an original plan, this category will be conducted in second day. However JIBR organizer moved up schedule and informed to each entrants that this category would be start shortly after glider category in the first day since the typhoon JONGDARI was coming close.

The first performer was team Windnauts ,which is students team at Tohoku university, known as one of the most competitive teams. A flight of the team was started smoothly as always. However gusts from their left hand made a little drift of the HPA at point of approx 2000 metre from platform and just after that, the right wing spar of the HPA was suddenly broken. Fortunately their HPA did not sudden crash into water but was forced an emergency landing on water. The next team was Nihon university Aeronautical Students Group, which is pioneer of Japanese HPA and also one of the most competitive teams. Wind had been clam about 2 m/s when their HPA was on the platform. But variation of wind speed got increase. After taking off their HPA, tips of the wings were blown individually. It evoked a feeling of anxiety. And the left wing spar was suddenly broken at the point nearer than attachments of a flying wire. The HPA crashed immediately into water.

When the fifth team was on the platform, wind became strong constantly. JIBR organizer decided to cancel this competition almost instantly whereas the organizer usually wants to continue a competition although it may rather dangerous condition. Many students birdman had to return a just normal human without flying their own HPA due to this cancelation. However they made a more sound decision without more serious risk. Finally 3 of 4 HPAs in this category were crashed due to wing spar breaking. The other crashed team was also regarded as competitive team because the team got 3rd place in 2015. In view of their past achievements, their HPAs would be not lack of safety in normal wind conditions and the crashes of competitive HPAs clearly showed strange wind condition. Those means that safety and meteorological determination of organizer and every team admit of improvement. I wish that JIBR and HPAs will be sanely developed more safety from these experiences of this year.

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Results of Japan International Birdman Rally 2018

This article intends to show results of Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) 2018 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 Kento KUMAKURA 20 Nihon university college of industrial technology
Tsudanuma Aeronautical Team
446.42 4th longest record of the category
1st longest students record of the category
The first consecutive winner of students’ team
2 Yoshinori YANO 27 IWATANI Clean energy team 431.34 7th longest record of the category
Team of the main sponsor campany
3 Keisuke UCHIDA 21 Umeda Lab. 234.63
4 “SANSHIROH”・KOMIYA 35 “SANSHIROH”・KOMIYA with Team Hama-Hama 193.63 The pilot was chosen by organizer for the TV show.
He is half of the comedy duo “SANSHIROH”.
Ornihopter developed by team Hamahama
5 Yuki NAGATA 21 Kyusyu University Birdman Team 127.75 Low wing and asymmetry configuration
6 Itsuki YAMADA 27 Tonjo no kai with Flight Works 72.89
7 Tomu KATO 21 Nippon Bunri University
Team Wind Pilots
60.38
8 Kanjuro KOEBA 20 Iwate University Aeronautical study team décoller 60.07
9 Masataka KONDO 31 Woodworking town “Okawa” 29.55 Wooden glider built with craftmanship
SUPPORTER award
10 Naoki WATAYA 20 Ibaraki University aeronautical technology study group 27.01
11 Kohei TSUDA 21 Sophia University
Team Flying Turkeys
23.65
12 Kanta ISOYA 21 Tokyo University of Science
Torica
22.90
13 Shoji OKI 48 Mitaka Mobara Shimoyokota 29.12 The record holder (501.38 metre(2012))
14 Taisei MURAMOTO 21 University of Hyogo
wishbirds
21.56
15 Yusei FUJISAWA 21 The University of Shiga Prefecture
UAfg(Usp Airplane fabricate group)
18.83 Joined wing configuration
16 Kanoko IWAI 18 Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology
Team ЯTR
16.12
17 Yutaka OSA 59 Team Old Guys who want to fly with flapping 12.77 Ornithopter applied Swing like flapping wings system
18 Kesuke UCHIDA 35 Flower’s factory 8.02 THE FRESH BIRDMAN award
19 Yasuaki MIURA 20 Shizuoka University of Science and Technology
Sky Traveler
NM Swept wing, no fin and small stab configuration
Yo ANDO 21 Tokyo Metropolitan University
MaPPL
DQ Disqualified by dropping of start supporting member.
unofficial record: 450.17 metre (the longest flight distance in this year)
Jury’s special award
Kenichi NAGASHIRO 29 Kotoura town Youth organization Birdman club DQ Disqualified by safty issue.

 

HPA category
(HPA Distance category)

Game of HPA category was cancelled after 4 flghts due to strong wind from typhoon “JONGDARI”.

Flight order Pilot Age Team Times Remarks
1 Haruya KOSHINO 21 Tohoku University
Windnauts
2,347.58 Hikone city mayor award
Reference record due to cancellation
2 Takehiro MIURA 23 The University of Electro-Communications
Team U.E.C Wings
470.07 Reference record due to cancellation
3 Yuto HASEGAWA 21 Nihon university Aeronautical Students Group (NASG) 145.97 Reference record due to cancellation
4 Toshiya TAKAO 21 Osaka institute of technology human-powered aircraft project 111.83 Reference record due to cancellation

 

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Entry list of Japan International Birdman Rally 2018

The organizer of Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) 2018 announced entrants and their flight orders on each category, which are the distance of gliders and the distance of human-powered propeller aircrafts. 33 entrants will fly away in the competition. They are 21 gliders, and 12 distance of HPAs. As already announced, time trial of HPA category had been discontinued.

In the first day, which is 28 July, the glider category will be started at 7:30 am. In the second day, which is 29 July, distance of HPAs category will be started at 6:00 am.

The competition of the glider category will be live streamed on JIBR official website from 9:00 am (UTC+9),28 July. (Note: Author does not confirm that the live streaming can be watched from other countries.) Unfoutunately the HPA category will not be live streamed.

UPDATE: According to recent weather forecast, typhoon #12 “JONGDARI” will cross over central to west  japan on 28 July night. Therefore JIBR organizer is going to move up the schedule. Refer to officical information. A unconfirmed information is said that flight order of two categories will be mixed, starting will be moved up and the competition will be completed just only on 28 July.

Glider category
(Start: 7:30 am TBD 28 July)

Flight order Pilot Age Team Times Remarks
1 Yo ANDO 21 Tokyo Metropolitan University
MaPPL
23
2 Kanta ISOYA 21 Tokyo University of Science
Torica
12
3 Yasuaki MIURA 20 Shizuoka University of Science and Technology
Sky Traveler
8 Swept wing, no fin and small stab configuration
4 Kesuke UCHIDA 21 Umeda Lab. 1
5 Wataru MATSUI 35 Flower’s factory 1
6 Kanoko IWAI 18 Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology
Team ЯTR
16
7 Yuki NAGATA 21 Kyusyu University Birdman Team 36 Low wing and asymmetry configuration
8 Kanjuro KOEBA 20 Iwate University Aeronautical study team décoller 3
9 Itsuki YAMADA 27 Tonjo no kai with Flight Works 4
10 Naoki WATAYA 27 Ibaraki University aeronautical technology study group 3
11 Maki Furukawa 20 Toyota Technological Institute
SOLAE
4 Declination
12 Masataka KONDO 31 Woodworking town “Okawa” 4 Wooden glider built with craftmanship
13 SECRET GUEST PILOT GUEST with Team Hama-Hama 1 The pilot was chosen by organizer for the TV show.
14 Yoshinori YANO 27 IWATANI Clean energy team 9 Team of the main sponsor campany
15 Shoji OKI 48 Mitaka Mobara Shimoyokota 31 The record holder (501.38 metre(2012))
16 Kohei TSUDA 21 Sophia University
Team Flying Turkeys
17
17 Yutaka OSA 59 Team Old Guys who want to fly with flapping 5 Ornithopter applied Swing like flapping wings system
18 Kenichi NAGASHIRO 29 Kotoura town Youth organization Birdman club 1
19 Yusei FUJISAWA 21 The University of Shiga Prefecture
UAfg(Usp Airplane fabricate group)
3 Joined wing configuration
20 Tomu KATO 21 Nippon Bunri University
Team Wind Pilots
11
21 Kento KUMAKURA 20 Nihon university college of industrial technology
Tsudanuma Aeronautical Team
14 Defending champion
Students’ record holder (440.37 metre(2017))

 

HPA category
(Start: 6:00 am 29 JulyTBD)

Flight order Pilot Age Team Times Remarks
1 Risato YASHIRO 21 Tokyo Metropolitan University
T-MIT
19
2 Toshiya TAKAO 21 Osaka institute of technology human-powered aircraft project 14 Twin prop configuration
3 Haruya KOSHINO 21 Tohoku University
Windnauts
20 Team best: 36,000.00 metre (2008)
4 Ikumi TAKEMOTO 21 Osaka University
albatross
8 Tailless configuration
5 Kento TERATANO 20 Shizuoka University
Hiko-ki bu
8 Low wing configuration
6 Tatsuro SUZUKI 23 Team Altair 1
7 Kazuki OKAMINE 20 EHIME University Aerodynamics study group
NINOMIYA Sho Kai
7 Low wing configuration
8 Takumi KOIKE
Wataru SOMA
20
21
Shibaura Institute of Technology
Team Birdman Traial
21 Two-seater HPA
9 Yuto HASEGAWA 21 Nihon university Aeronautical Students Group (NASG) 38 Team best: 34,654.10 metre (2003)
10 Takehiro MIURA 23 The University of Electro-Communications
Team U.E.C Wings
5
11 Rintaro YAMANAKA 20 Ritsumeikan university Aircraft Project Team – RAPT 14
12 Yuta WATANABE 31 BIRDMAN HOUSE Iga 3 Defending champion
Record holder: 40,000.00 metre (2017)

 

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Japan International Birdman Rally 2018 is looking for participants!

Photo of flying human-powered aircraft over Lake Biwa. Link to English version of TV program introduction of Japan International Birdman Rally in https://ytvcontents.com

Photo of flying human-powered aircraft over Lake Biwa in Japan inter national Birdman Rally. Link to English version of TV program introduction of Japan International Birdman Rally in https://ytvcontents.com
Source: https://ytvcontents.com/ytv/open/open-category!image?categoryId=7

Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, which is governing body of Japan International Birdman Rally, announced that the 41 st Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) 2018 will be held in end of the next July. The 41 st JIBR will consist of “The Glider division” and “The Distance division by human-powered propeller aircraft”.

Additionally, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation announced holding information sessions of the competition for persons wishing participate. The information sessions will be held in Osaka on 13 Jan, 2018 and in Tokyo on 14 Jan, 2018. If you want to participate the sessions, you need to submit your information by 5 Jan. The information should be include followings; 1. The place for the session (Osaka or Tokyo) 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 (mobile phone number is better). You can send the information by a postcard, FAX or E-mail. You will also need a rule book in the session. The rule book will sell at 500 yen per a book in the place.

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

 

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Overview of winners in Japan International Birdman Rally 2017

 

Japan International Birdman Rally was broadcasted on 23 Augst 2017.

Japan International Birdman Rally was broadcasted on 23 Augst 2017.
Source: http://www.ytv.co.jp/birdman/sns.jpg

A TV program of 40th Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) 2017 (鳥人間コンテスト2017) was broadcasted on 23 Aug, 2017. Yomiuri telecasting corporation, who is organizer of the competition, unveiled results of the competition on their website after broadcasting the program. The TV program has been webcasted within Japan. However, unfortunately it can not be watched officially in other countries. So this article try to introduce you very brief overview of winner of the JIBR.

Glider category: Student’s team won by breaking 400 metre barrior!

Glider category is the oldest category in JIBR competitions. Machines used in this category can not have propeller. The participants try to fly with their own home-made light weight gliders. The game record of the category is 501.38 meters (approx 548.32 yards) of flight distance.

Flight of

Flight of “Tsudanuma Aeronautical Team at Nihon university college of industrial technology”‘s glider, which is named “Squalo”, piloted by Hikaru SATO, that is the winner of glider category in JIBR 2017.
Source: http://www.ytv.co.jp/birdman/toripedia/?team=C06

Tsudanuma Aeronautical Team at Nihon university college of industrial technology and their pilot Hikaru SATO won the 1st prize with 440.37 metre (approx. 481.59 yards) flightdistance in the glider category of the year. This flight distance is the 5th longest distance in this category. 400 metre class flight had been occupited by just only team “Mitaka Mobara” and thier pilot Mr. OKI known as undisputed king of birdman since Mr. OKI’s first 400 metre flight 16 years ago. Therefore 400 metre as flight distance of the category was a impregnable barrior for participants except Mr. OKI. JIBR TV program called area farther than 400 metre as “OKI zone” with paying respect.

The Tsudanuma Aeronautical Team and Mr. SATO was 4th performers of the category. Support member and Mr. SATO took steady and fast approrch run and he pulled up their machine smoothly at proper altitude. As a result, He successed giving their machine good speed and keeping enough altitude. Clam wind which kept water surface clean looking like a mirror helped his machine to keep ground speed. Good design, good engineering, good training and good condition carried him farther than 400 metre from platform. Mr. SATO became the first pilot flew over more than 400 metre except Mr. OKI. They took over first place and kept it until Mitaka Mobara and Mr. OKI’s attempt.

On the other hand, the “undisputed king” team Mitaka Mobara Shimo-Yokota and their pilot Mr. OKI had to try flying in difficult conditions which are strong and rapidly changing wind as time goes on, because they were the last performers of the category as the defending champion according to JIBR rules. They made sure of wind condition carefully and Mr. OKI took off from the platform. However the fickle wind beated expectation of the team. In the latter half of their flight, their machine turned to upwind unintentionally and lost their groundspeed. Finally their machine splashed down with “only” 390.07 metre (approx. 426.59 yards) flight distance. At that moment, Tsudanuma Aeronautical Team became winner of the category. It is the first win for the Tsudanuma Aero nautical Team.

Distance of human-powered propeller airplane category: 40 km flight was came true!!

This category is the most famous category in JIBR. Machine used in this category have propeller driven by human power. Some HPAs in this category have high performance as well as Gossamer Albatross. In most of case, it is difficult to fly 30 km and more due to high temperature (approx. 30 deg C/ 86 deg F or higher) of Japanese summer. The game record of this category is 36 km (approx. 22.37 mi), which was longest distance specified by JIBR rule as of 2008. The specified distance has been 40 km (approx. 24.85 mi) since 2010. In order to acheve the longest 40 km flight, the rule requires to go and return on 20 km distance.

Flight of

Flight of “BIRDMAN HOUSE Iga”‘s HPA piloted by Yuta WATANABE, that is that winner of HPA category (former HPA distance category) in JIBR 2017.
Source: http://www.ytv.co.jp/birdman/toripedia/?team=J15

Team “BIRDMAN HOUSE Iga” and their pilot Yuta WATANABE won the 1st prize with 40,000 metre distance and 1 hour 38 minuits 20 seconds flight. They showed their own full performance in very confused condition without missing a little chance. Actualy, in that morning, it was rainy and start of the game was delayed. A typhoon was in far south sea but the typhoon changed the wind direction to unusual direction. Flight order was shuffled because the morning rain confused teams to prepare their own machines. Organizer was also confused to decide game start time. Finally the game started around 9:00, when it was about 3 hours delay. After starting the game, the unusual wind continued and change of the unusual wind direction was also unusual. However luck was on the “BIRDMAN HOUSE Iga”‘s side. It changed calm wind during almostly just only the team’s flight. After the team’s flight, wind blowed up increasingly from unusual north east. As a result,a chance of the longest flight was granted to the “BIRDMAN HOUSE Iga”.

Mr. WATANABE had made a tenacious effort until this win. Mr. WATANABE belonged to F-tec, which was HPA club at University of Tokyo, and he was rejected in JIBR screening in his university days. Most of student birdmen give up his/her second HPA activity when his/her chance of entry JIBR was lost because of lack of time, money, manpower or motivation. However, Mr. WATANABE did not give up. After graduating the university, he entered DMG MORI Co.,Ltd, which is famous machine tool company as you may know. And he restarted birdman activity just only him alone as “BIRDMAN HOUSE Iga”. He had gone forward with designing and manufacturing his HPA little by little in his off-time. His company allowed him to use some company-owned machine tools, In the last year, he was accepted to entry JIBR for the first time and he got some team members in his company. And he won the 3rd prize with 17 km flight in spite of a few member of the team and a little training. For this yeas’s competition, he modified design of his HPA to reduse machine weight to 28 kg for 32 metre wing span and he trained harder than in the last year as a pilot.

Mr. WATANABE and his team member showed an amazing performance. In this category in this year, many team were also very competitive although it was difficult condition. Team “ROKKO WORKS”, which won the 2nd prize, got 30 km flight. Top 6 flight achieved more than 10 km and total flight distance of 15 teams is 155 km. It is the longest record in JIBR. The last team flew in almost dusk. Finally the game took around 9 hours. An aword ceremony and a closing ceremony were canceled beccause they were out of time. The 40 th JIBR became unforgettable competition in many aspect.

 

 

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Results of Japan International Birdman Rally 2017

This article intends to show results of Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) 2017 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 Hikaru SATO 20 Nihon university college of industrial technology
Tsudanuma Aeronautical Team
440.37 5th longest record of the category
1st longest students record of the category
The first flight over 400 metre other than Mitaka Mobara & Mr. OKI
2 Shoji OKI 47 Mitaka Mobara Shimoyokota 390.07 The record folder (501.38 metre(2012))
Known as the undisputed king of birdman
3 Koki SAKAGUCHI 22 Kyusyu University Birdman Team 352.44 Low wing and asymmetry configuration
4 Takayuki TASHIRO 21 Toyota Technological Institute
SORAE
327.99
5 Yuta SHUKUNAMI 21 Tokyo Metropolitan University
MaPPL
325.14
6 Rumina KANO 24 Tokyo University of Science
Torica
318.72
7 Tsukasa KAWAJIRI 20 Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology
Team ЯTR
305.68
8 Masaya OZAWA 31 Team Teputo 246.08
9 Yoshinori YANO 26 IWATANI Clean energy team 187.62 Team of the main sponsor campany
10 Masaya KAI 26 Project Liberte 101.05 THE FLESH BIRDMAN award
11 Keita FUKUMORI 58 Team Hamahama 62.12 Ornihopter applied PUMPABIKE like flapping wings system
12 Yuita TAKENAKA 30 626Lab 31.33 Tailless configuration
13 Kaori YASHIKI 20 Hosei University
HoPE
29.12
14 Taisei MURAMOTO 21 University of Hyogo
wishbirds
24.65
15 Muga YAMAMOTO 18 National Institute of Technology, Niihama College
Team Migrant
24.12
16 Yota TOBATA 24 Team Azamino 23.75
17 Motoki KIDO 20 Hiroshima Institute of Technology
HIT Sky Project
22.08
18 Takuto NAKATANI 21 Kanagawa Institute of Technology
SWIFT
21.63
19 Yuki SATO 22 Fukui University of Technology Birdman Projhect 18.18
20 Yutaka OSA 57 Team Old Guys who want to fly with flapping 16.23 Ornihopter applied Swing like flapping wings system
21 Yuichi YOSHIDA 52 Nerima Challenge Team 14.85 High wing and twin-boom configuration
22 Keita EGOSHI 21 The University of Shiga Prefecture
UAfg(Usp Airplane fabricate group)
11.57 Joined wing configuration
23 Yasuaki MIURA 19 Shizuoka University of Science and Technology
Sky Traveler
9.36 Swept wing, no fin and small stab configuration
Naoki INAMI 21 Soka University Birdman Club DQ Flying into flight prohibited area

 

HPA category
(HPA Distance category)

Flight order Pilot Age Team Times Remarks
1 Yuta WATANABE 30 BIRDMAN HOUSE Iga 40,000.00 THE BEST BIRDMAN award
New record of the category
Longest distance limited by the current rule
2 Sorano MIYAUCHI 31 ROKKO WORKS 30,221.54 Jury’s special award
Co-axial Mid prop configuration
3 Hayato TADA 21 Tohoku University
Windnauts
22,657.79
4 Akira SHIOMI 20 Nihon university Aeronautical Students Group (NASG) 17,406.86 Defending Champions
5 Shunsuke IGARASHI 21 Tokyo Institute of Technology
Meister
16,801.28
6 Tsuneaki AKASE 20 Osaka Prefecture University
WindMill Club
13,797.50 Co-axial Mid prop configuration
7 Ryo SHIGEMATSU/
Takumi KOIKE
22
/
19
Shibaura Institute of Technology
Team Birdman Traial
6,625.68 Supporters award
Two-seater HPA
8 Mitsuru OHARA 50 Toyota HPA study group with Takikko 3,939.97
9 Kohei HUKUNAGA 19 Nagoya University
AirCraft
2,331.10
10 Masaya KAKEMIZU 19 Hiroshima University School of Engineering
HUSE
1,075.92 Twin prop configuration
11 Kojiro YOSHIHASHI 21 Waseda University
Aeronautics & Space Association
WASA
707.80
12 Haruki MOMOSE 21 Tokyo University of Science
Aircraft Makers
164.14
13 Keijiro SAITO 20 Kyoto University
ShootingStars
59.88
14 Takuya HURUNAGA 20 Nagoya Institute of Technology
HPA study group NIEWS
57.22
15 Kotaro ONO 20 Kogakuin University
Birdman project
B.P.Wendy
41.10

 

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