Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot homemade flying machines off a 30-foot high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder…or often, plunging into the waters below. Flugtag, which means “flying day” in German, pushes the envelope of human-powered flight, but competitors need more than airtime to reach the podium.

Teams are judged on three criteria:

  • flight distance
  • creativity of the craft
  • showmanship

Since the first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1991, more than 80 Flugtags have been held around the globe, attracting up to 300,000 spectators for a single event. Each team will glide, splash or crash into the Seddon Channel at some point and as of last year there’s a new distance goal to work towards. The record for the farthest flight-to-date was set at Red Bull Flugtag Twin Cities in 2010 and stands at 207 feet.

The application deadline to participate in Red Bull Flugtag 2011 has passed.

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