Competitors hope to fly well at Sywell

Magnificent men and their flying machines will be taking to the skies above Northamptonshire later this month
Magnificent men and their flying machines will be taking to the skies above Northamptonshire later this month
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Magnificent men and their flying machines will be taking to the skies above Northamptonshire later this month.

The British Human Powered Flying Club (BHPFC) will hold a competitive event at Sywell Aerodrome from Saturday, July 16, to Sunday, July 24.

Human powered aircraft are powered solely by the energy provided by the pilot and are highly efficient in design and construction, weighing between 30kg and 52kg.

The pilots, who are also the engines of these aircraft, need to pump out about 300 watts continuously to keep the aircraft in the air.

Pilots need to keep physically fit by training and stay current in their flying skills to remain focused on directional control as well.

Five teams have confirmed their intentions to compete in this year’s competition: Aerocycle 3, designed and entered by John Edgley; Volaticus, designed and built by students of the University of Sheffield; The University of Bath, Betterfly, Designed and built by David Barford; and Airglow entered by P&M Aviation.

Visiting constructors from around the world will be giving talks during the event.

Competition flying will take place (weather permitting) from around dawn until 8.30am and from 7pm until dusk.

Competition rules have been ratified by the FAI and include varied tasks for the competitors to perform which are designed to test every aspect of the aircraft’s capability.

The competition is scored for both pilots and aircraft teams.

The winners will be the team and pilot who have accrued the most points.

For more information call the BHPFC Chairman Roger Warren at 07935 901093 or email info@bhpfc.org.uk.