The Icarus Cup
The Icarus Cup was donated by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the first competition was held in 2012 at Lasham airfield. Along with the cup a prize of £1000 goes to the winning team and £500 to the runner up.
The aircraft must all be heavier than air and able to be propelled solely by the physical efforts of the pilot. A series of tasks are available and the teams elect to fly as many of these, and as often as they wish in order to score points. These include distance, speed and slalom courses along with the Jacobson figure-of-eight, a highly demanding task completed for the first time in the UK at the 2018 contest by Niall Paterson.
Other challenges included in the competition are part of the series of Kremer Prize tasks, two of which remain to be claimed. See The Kremer Prize in the “more” dropdown menu.
The full list of challenges and competition rules from the 2018 Icarus Cup competition can be downloaded using the button below.