A TV program of 39th Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) 2016 (鳥人間コンテスト2016) was broadcasted on 31 Aug, 2016. 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
Platform of Japan International Birdman Rally and announcement of broadcasting. The picture link to JIBR official website (http://www.ytv.co.jp/birdman/), where the original image is put.
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 team “Mitaka Mobara Shimoyokota”‘s glider piloted by Shoji OKI, that is the winner of glider category in JIBR 2016.
Team “Mitaka Mobara Shimo-Yokota” and their pilot Shoji OKI won the 1st prize with 443.60 meters (approx. 485.13 yards) flight distance in glider category of this year. This is their the 13th win and this flight distance is the 4th longest distance in JIBR glider category. This team and Mr. OKI have been known as the undisputed king of birdman. In the last competition, however, they finished in 6th place with only 258.24 meters (approx. 282.41 yards) flight. They were successful in clearing their name with this win.
Time trial categoty of human-powered propeller airplane
This category is the youngest category in JIBR and have performed 10 times. Machines used in this category have propellers driven by human power. The participants compete on speed of flying on a specified cource which is total 1000 meters and more (going away 500 meters, U-turn and returning 500 meters). In this category, High speed and high maneuverable HPA are required. The game record of this category is 1’43″03.
Flight of team “AirCraft”‘s HPA piloted by Seiichiro ITO, that is that winner of HPA time trial category in JIBR 2016.
Team “AirCraft”, which is HPA club by students of Nagoya university, and their pilot Seiichiro ITO won the 1st prize with 1’46″11. This time is the 3rd fastest record in this category. Their HPA have high speed which is approx. 12 m/s and high maneuverability by flapperon. So it had been expected that they break record. But it did not come true.
Distance category of human-powered propeller airplane
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 such 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).
Flight of team “Nihon university Aeronautical Students Group”‘s HPA named “Möwe33” piloted Shunya YAMAZAKI, that is the winner of HPA distance cateogy in JIBR 2016.
Team “Nihon university Aeronautical Students Group (NASG)” and their pilot Shunya YAMAZAKI won the 1st prize with 21415.53 meters (approx. 13.3 mi). This is their 8th win and this flight distance is the 10th longest distance in this category. Nihon university is pioneer of HPA and achieved the first flight by HPA in Japan. This team have been a distinguished team. However this team had not won in the last 10 years. This team got the first win for the last 11 years in this memorable year when is the 50th anniversary of the japanese first HPA flight by nihon university.
Unfortunately official website of JIBR website performed in this July. If I resolve this problem, I will add link to translated results.
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