Announcement of entrants in Japan International Birdman Rally 2016

The organizer of Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) 2016 announced entrants and their flight orders on each category, which are the distance of gliders , the distance of human-powered propeller aircrafts and the time trial of human-powered propeller aircrafts. 36 entrants will fly away in the competition. They are 18 gliders, 6 time trial of HPAs and 12 distance of HPAs as many as last year.

In the first day, which is July 30, time trial of HPAs category will be started at 7:00 am. After the finish of the time trial, gliders will be started. In the second day, which is July 31, distance of HPAs category will be started at 6:30 am.

If you will go to see the JIBR by car, you should pay attention to a car park for spectators. In this year, a official free car park for spectors will be provided. The organizer also suggests that you go by a shuttle bus. The shuttle bus will run from platform No.5 at west exit of JR Hikone station.

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39th Japan International Birdman Rally 2016 will take place on 30th and 31th July!

Taking off of

Taking off of “Iwatani clean energy team” ‘s glider from platform. “Iwatani” is a main sponsor of JIBR. The picture link to introduction of the team’s activity for the JIBR 2016 in Iwatani Corpoeration’s webpage which shows the original picture.

Organizer office of the Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) officially revealed dates of the Japanese birdman rally of this year.  According to the official announcement, the 39th JIRB will take place on 30th and 31th July 2016 at Matsubara beach, which it is on east shore of Lake Biwa, in Hikone city, Shiga.

 

Participants may officially be announced with their each flight order in mid-July.

 

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A brief overview of rules of recent Japan International Birdman Rally

In this year, the 39 th Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) will be held. The competition is one of birdman rallys held in around the world. However the Japanese birdman rally is almost serious competition of aeronautic and athletic. But you do not forget that  for organizer who is TV station the competition is a pure game show but is not educational, academic or engineering event although the participants try to fly very seriously. If you know rules of the competition, you would more enjoy watching the competition. So I try writing a overview of the JIBR rules for your convenience. Please note that the following rules is not official. There is no guarantee that the rules is exactly.

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Japanese high school students made towing flight with their HPA.

Towing flight of High school students’ HPA belongiing Higashi Okayama Technical High School.

10 high school students who belong to mechanical department of Higashi Okayama Technical High School made successfully towing flight with their handmade human-powered airplane in front of presses on February 8, 2016. They flew the HPA two times on that day. The first flight was distance of 24 meters and maximum height of 20 centimeters. The second flight led to breaking their HPA. The first flight is the fourth successful flight and the longest flight for the school since 2001, when students of the school started HPA building and flight trial as graduation study.

Their HPA has aluminium tubular structure, strut and wire braced high wing monoplane, wing span of 24 meters, tractor-type 2 blades propeller of 3 meters diameter, length allover of 7 meters and empty weight of 50 kg. The HPA is the fifth machine of the school. The HPA tried towing flight and crashed 2 years ago. The HPA had been repaired and  modified in the last 2 years.

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人力飛行機 飛行本番(機械科) « 岡山県立東岡山工業高等学校:  Human-powered airplane flight (Mechanical department) <<Higashi Okayama Technical High School  (Google transrated link – English)

過去最高24メートル、人力飛行機飛ばしたぞ 東岡山工業高の生徒ら😦Google transrated link – English)

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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

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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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[JIBR2015 HPA-distance] Tohoku univ. Windnauts won by 35.3km flying!!

The TV program of Japan International Birdman Rally(JIBR) 2015 was broadcasted on 2 Sep.
Yomiuri telecasting corporation, who is organizer of the competition, unveiled results of the competition on their website after broadcasting the program. This article introduces results of the competition in HPA distance category with my brief comments. Please note that this article is a part of unofficial fan’s activity and may be inaccurate.

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

1st prize
Team: Tohoku university –  Windnauts / 35,367.02 meters (approx. 21.98 miles)
The Windnauts achieved 5th victory by their flying in this competition. Their flight distance is second longest record of the JIBR HPA distance category and it is almost same distance of Gossamer Albatross flight for Kremer channel prize. The team is one of the top three teams of JIBR HPA distance category and achieved the longest flight 36 km of the HPA distance category in 2008’s competition.

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