National Air Sport Control of Japan recognized the official governing body of Human-Powered Aircraft in Japan!!

Mr. HAMANO (center) , who is the chairperson of EXAL (EXperimental Aircraft League), is holding an issued certificate of JAA (Japan Aeronautic Association) official human-powered aircraft organization and board members of JAA are around him.

Mr. HAMANO (center) , who is the chairperson of EXAL (EXperimental Aircraft League), is holding an issued certificate of JAA (Japan Aeronautic Association) official human-powered aircraft governing body and board members of JAA are around him on 26 Jan. 2017.
Source(Japanese): http://www.aero.or.jp/koku_sports/koku_sports_top_new.htm

 

Japan Aeronautic Association (JAA), which is the japanese national air sport control membering FAI, announced that JAA recognized Experimental Aircraft League(EXAL) as the official governing body of Human-powered aircraft in Japan on 21 December 2016. Additionally JAA issued a certificate of governing body of human-poered aircraft to EXAL on 26 January 2017. EXAL have been recognised as the governing body of experimental aircraft in Japan even up to now. Therefore EXAL becomes the official governing body for the former 2 category of air sports. EXAL have not announced officially about human-powered aircraft as the official governing body up to posting this article.

Some amateures of human-powered aircraft in Japan are feeling both anxious and excited. The reconition of the official governing body may make flights or competitions of human-powered aircraft one of official air sports. In that case, it may become easy to attempt setting FAI records or to take place officially new competitions such as BHPFC rally in UK or KARI competition in Korea. On the other hand, it may become difficult to fly human-powered aircraft. A part of amateures have specific concerns. One of the concerns is application of Civil Aeronautics Act for human-powered aircraft as experimental aircraft. For example flights of experimental aircraft governed by the EXAL needs long time, which is known that it is normally several months or more  at first time, for approval of civil aviation bureauunder. The approval is also required when the experimental aircraft is modified. Most of human-powered aircraft needs many modification from initial design through test flights for safyty, stability and controled fllight.If participants of Japan International Birdman Rally are required to gain same approval as owner of experimantal aircraft, participants may have to take huge time, which may be sevral years, to develop and modify their human-powered aircraft. If so, it may be difficult that high performance human-powered aircraft entry the annual japanese birdman rally as well as until now. Especially for students’ team, it may be difficult to develop high performance human-powered aircraft needing consistent development because of frequent change of owner ship of active members including pilot with their promotion or graduation.

Although there are some concerns, I wish that the recognition of the governing body of human-powered aircraft encourages activities human-powered aircraft in Japan to impressively grow.

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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
Source: http://www.ytv.co.jp/english/programs/index.php?g=g06&p=&pId=g06_19

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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The 39th Japan International Birdman Rally will be held in July 2016.

Taking off of Tohoku University "Windnauts" in the former competition. The picture link to introduction of the JIBR 2015 in Youmiri TV webpage which shows the original picture.

Taking off of Tohoku University “Windnauts”‘s HPA in the former competition. The picture link to introduction of the JIBR 2015 in Youmiri TV webpage which shows the original picture.

[Updated Feb. 10]
According to some unofficial information, the organizer informed deadline to submit application documents in information sessions written in following.
If you seriously want to participate JIBR 2016, I suggest you contact the organizer.
[end of Updated]

Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation announced that the 39 th Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) will be held in end of the next July. The 39 th JIBR will consist of “Distance by Glider”, “Distance by human-powered propeller aircraft” and “Time trial by human-powered propeller aircraft” as same as the former competition.

Additionally, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation announced information sessions of the competition for persons wishing participate. The information sessions will be held in Osaka on 23 Jan, 2016 and in Tokyo on 24 Jan, 2016. If you want to participate the sessions, you need to submit your information by 19 Jan. The information should be include followings; 1. The place for the session you want to go, 2. Your team name, 3. Participator’s name (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.

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

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Special exhibition of 50 years history of HPA in Japan at Museum of Aeronautical Sciences

A human-powered aircraft and many related material of Japanese HPA for 50 years has been exhibited at Museum of Aeronautical Sciences which is adjacent to the Tokyo-Narita airport. This exhibition will have been by 25 October.

The exhibition shows HPA history in Japan through out Nihon university’s HPAs. Nihon university is pioneer of HPA in Japan. Prof. Hidemasa Kimura, who participated two long-range flight record projects as known Koken long-range monoplane and A-26 in Tokyo university, started HPA study as student’s graduation work in 1963. Their first HPA, which is also the first HPA in Japan, flew on 27 Feb. 1966. Their HPA study as student’s graduation work had been performed and had been built 13 HPAs for 22 years. The famous “Stork” is included in them. The “Stork” achieved 2093 meters flight in 1976. It was world longest flight before MacCready’s Gossamer Condor. Then Their HPA study was handed over to students club named “Nihon university Aero Study (Students) Group/ NASG”. The club have been built 32 HPAs known as “Möwe” series named by Prof. Kimura since 1984. Their “Möwe” have achieved 3 times Japanese national record. Especially Möwe21’s Japanese national record of duration and straight distance in 2005 have not been broken by today.

The exhibition shows a HPA. The HPA is Möwe31 designed and built by NASG. The HPA was supposed to fly in Japan International Birdman Rally 2014. Unfortunately the HPA could not take off because very bad wind at the time. The exhibition is also a priceless oppotunity to watch one of the highest duration performance HPA in Japan.

 

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Birdman teams meeting 2015 spring was held at Kanazawa Univ.

A semi-annual meeting of Japanese birdman teams meeting was held on 14 Mar. 2015 at Kanazawa University, Ishikawa, Japan. Most of participants are belong to human powered aircraft club or birdman-type glider club of university/college throughout Japan. Of course, members of non-students teams also participated.  The meeting have been intent to facilitate exchange between other teams. It consisted of general lectures and some meetings regarding each components of HPA or birdman’s glider. In this meeting, three speakers gave lecture. One of them was lecture regarding methods of test flight of HPA more safe. another was announcement regarding HPA flight exhibition which will be held in this summer. The other one was announcement regarding activity of a certain non-student team. Throughout the meeting, Participants built their network of contacts to make their activity excellence in future of HPA and birdman rally. The next meeting will be hosted by a birdman rally team of Soka University in next fall.

 

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New HPA exhibited in 3M Sendai Science Museum

Human-powered aircraft built by team

Human-powered aircraft built by team “Windnauts”, which is HPA club in Tohoku university, is exhibited in 3M Sendai Science Museum.
[Photo by Contri – https://www.flickr.com/photos/contri/17159083597/. License: cc-by-sa-2.0]

A new Human-powered Aircraft (HPA) have been exhibited in 3M Sendai Science Museum located in Sendai city, Miyagi, Japan since Nov. 29,2014. The aeroplane is the fifth HPA, four aeroplanes and one helicopter, which is permanent exhibited in Japanese museums.
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