Competitors perform at the Red Bull Flugtag in Athens, Greece on 24 June, 2012. Photo: Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool
Attention all aspiring pilots and plane designers. This is your captain speaking. Redbull’s Flugtag is taking its maiden flight into Singapore this 28 October, 2012 At Siloso Beach, Sentosa.
So what is Flugtag? Pronounced “floog-tag”, it means flying day in German. Up to 40 teams are expected to take part in this inaugural event here.
The winning team will be taken to Salzburg, Austria to visit Red Bull’s Hangar-7, the home of the Flying Bulls and other amazing fleet of aeroplanes and choppers. The prize, worth over $14,000, will also include an additional skydiving package for the winning pilot. The first runners-up will get flights to a destination of their choice in Europe worth $5,000 and the third-placed team gets a tandem skydive experience worth over $2,500.
Redbull’s flugtag is basically a competition where a team of four, comprising of one pilot and three helpers get together to design, build and fly homemade flying contraptions! Besides being able to actually fly off and reach the landing base, competitors will also be judged on flight distance, creativity of the craft and showmanship.
The Flugtag has inspired a myriad of wacky designs ranging from wedding cake, bears, tacos and pterodactyls. Flugtags have been extremely popular around the world, and more than 100 flugtags have been held, since its inception in 1992.
For competitors, the streak to beat is 69.79 m, set by team Die Rückkehr der Teich fighter (The return of the pond fighter).
More information will be released soon, but for now, if you think you got wings, you can register here. Who know you could be Singapore's very own Howard Hughes.