MONTREAL, July 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Birds, planes, automobiles and other
human-powered flying machines from across Canada will dare to defy gravity on
August 3rd, 2008 at Red Bull Flugtag Ottawa-Gatineau. After carefully
reviewing close to 200 applications, over 30 teams received their boarding
passes and are preparing for take-off for the ultimate flight experience. Yes,
you got it, these respectable, stand-up Canadian citizens will launch
themselves and their custom-winged creations off of a 22-foot high flight deck
into the Ottawa River for a piece of aviation history.
If you're German is a bit rusty, Flugtag means "flying day", but, don't
expect to see anything resembling a plane launch into the Ottawa-Gatineau
skies. Instead, they will be filled with a Flying Dutchman, a homemade
Beavertail, a couple tanks, a Flighthouse (think a lighthouse with wings)
imported from the east coast and a couple Banana Hammocks. These daredevils
visionaries are given the chance to stand on a flight deck built at the
Canadian Museum of Civilization with nothing but the Ottawa River between them
and a triumphant flight to foot of the Parliament Buildings.
Since its debut in 1991, there have been more than 30 Flugtags held
around the globe from Ireland to Israel. The panel of celebrity judges will
take three criteria into account in deciding who makes the podium: distance
flown, creativity of the craft, and the team's showmanship on stage. Each team
will have two minutes to perform an original skit to win over the crowd and
impress the judges, before pushing, dragging and ultimately launching their
homemade crafts off the flight deck into the Ottawa River below.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
If you were a product of the '80s you will definitely see a few familiar
faces step on to the flight deck. "I pity the fool" will be chanted through
the crowd when the A-Team rumbles east of Toronto into government territory,
while the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will try to prove that even though it's
not easy being green, it's possible to fly with a tortoise shell.
This is not just all fun and games; we do have some serious competitors
vying for a record-defying flight. Flighthouse consists of a couple
aero-mechanical engineers mixed with a few avionics engineers. While the
National Aeronautic School, L'avion de papier will be representing with a
selection of its best professors and blueprints. No doubt, both will satisfy
the appetites of aviation enthusiasts.
Of course, showmanship and distance is only part of the judging criteria.
Creativity will be on display with two of our all-girls teams - Surf in the
City and the Striker "Chicks with Balls" (bowling balls that is). Hopefully
they keep their Manolo's at home or who knows what will happen at lift-off.
Although, we all would love to fly by the seat of our pants and pretend
there are no rules, not the case here. Yes, it's true; there are some rules
and regulations involved in this flying contest. Rule #1: All flying machines
must be entirely human-powered! That means no external energy sources or
stored power of any kind. Rule #2: The width of each craft is limited to
9-metres wide. Rule #3: All crafts must weigh no more than 200 kilos, which
includes the pilot.
Teams will be competing for a bevy of amazing prizes. First place wins a
pilot's training course (cash value $7,500). Second place wins skydiving
lessons (cash value $3,000). Third place wins paragliding lessons (cash value
$1,500). There are also a special prizes awarded for the Most Creative craft
and People's Choice.
Gates open at 12:00 pm so come early to stake your claim to the best
viewing spots. First flight departs at 1:00 pm. Event is free to the public
for the Ottawa-Gatineau premier of this unique aeronautical show. For more
information, including team bios, photos, video or to play the Flugtag online
game, visit www.redbullflugtag.ca.
For further information:
For further information: media inquiries including interview requests:
Sonia Klinger, Red Bull Canada, (416) 542-7493, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Josée Laperrière, Red Bull Canada, (416) 542-7485,
email@example.com; Rosalie Bergeron/Emilie Verret, Edelman,
(514) 844-6665 ext. 242/242,