Welcome to the RAeS Human Powered Flight Group
The Man Powered Aircraft Group of the Royal Aeronautical Society originated in 1959 when the members of the Man Powered Group of the College of Aeronautics at Cranfield were invited to become a group of the Society. Its title was changed from 'Man' to 'Human" in 1988 in recognition of the many successful flights by woman pilots. Without the generosity and enthusiastic support of the late Mr Henry Kremer, human powered flight would probably still be only a dream. By offering prizes for the various competitions which have been set, he has provided a focus for research and made possible the building of extraordinary aircraft. Over the years he has donated over £275,000 of his own money to encourage greater achievement in human powered flight.
Human Powered Flight - Towards a Practical Sport
For designers these machines offer a most exciting challenge. Ultra lightweight materials have revolutionised techniques of construction, producing aircraft with a wingspan of around 25 meters, and an all up weight of little over 30 kilograms. Where the aircraft of the 1970's were so flimsy that they could only be flown in virtually still air, the machines now being built can cope with light winds. We have reached the transitional period in human powered flight. The basic research has been done, and this next stage will lead to more practical aircraft, which can be built by a group of enthusiasts and flown as a sport. For the pilot, the human factors involved are unique, offering a challenge not found in any other branch of aviation. Control of a slow flying, lightweight aeroplane demands a high degree of skill. In addition the pilot must generate sufficient power to take off and stay airborne. As designs progress, so it has become less necessary for the pilot to be a highly trained athlete. Anyone is a potential HPA pilot. One of the ultimate aims of the Group is to promote human powered flight as an Olympic sport.
NEWS AND EVENTS
150th Anniversary Event
This years Young Person's Conference focuses on the theme of 'Management', it is about taking the next step in your career and starting to take on more responsibilities.
2016 sees the 150th celebrations of the formation of the Royal Aeronautical Society, for this reason the Young Persons Committee is delighted to host the biggest and most successful annual Young Persons Conference to date.
150th Anniversary Event
Ex employees of the DH, HS, BAe and Raytheon companies that operated from Hatfield are invited to a get together on the 35th anniversary day of the first flight of the 146 aircraft which is Britain's best selling jet airliner.