The BHPFC needs funding and technical support.
Are you the right kind of company to help promote this unique project?
Since humans started watching birds fly some 3 million years ago, they’ve wondered if they could do likewise. This desire was embodied in the ancient Greek legend of Daedalus and Icarus. But did you know that the legendary flight of Daedalus has been achieved in real life by a human-powered aircraft of the same name? It was flown more than 70 miles across the sea from Crete to Santorini.
Until recently, human-powered aircraft (HPAs) were the domain of highly funded groups with great technical and manufacturing back-up. But now, due to advances in materials, production methods and general understanding of HPAs, they can be built and flown by groups of ordinary people.
So were are starting the BYDKYCF campaign (bet you didn’t know you could fly). It will be run by the British Human-Powered Flying Club in association with the Royal Aeronautical Society.
HPAs fly so low and slow that they can be piloted by people without licences and with little danger. The campaign is aimed mainly at young people, to interest them in STEM subjects as well as to encourage leadership, teamwork, practical skills and fitness, you have to pedal pretty vigorously to get an HPA of the ground!
But we need your help. We need assistance in areas such as materials, design, tooling, manufacture – and finance. Without funding, none of these aircraft projects can go ahead. We need to address that issue first.
Will you help us encourage young people to take an interest in STEM subjects and aerospace? Will you help us guide young people towards careers in engineering, which are primary wealth-producers for our nation? Will you help us tempt them away from their phones and into the real world?
The very first HPA was designed and built by students at Southampton University in the 60s. Southampton University still has an HPA society and is expected to compete at next year’s Icarus cup competition.
Members of HPA teams are highly motivated individuals with a broad range of skills and talent. HPA events are a great place to bring together employers and high-quality future employees!
As a flying instructor, engineer and HPA pilot, I’m passionate about this campaign. I know that I can ignite the same passion in you, given half a chance.
Please get in touch if you would like to be part of this ground-breaking and fascinating project.