Pour la première fois en France est organisée une compétition de HPA (Human Powered Aircraft) : la Human Impulse Cup

This first edition of the Human Impulse Cup should have a maximum of 3 teams and will be organized in Gironde. The « Communauté de Commune de Montesquieu » (CCM) welcomes us on its aerodrome of Saucats managed by the Aeronautical Center of Bordeaux Léognan Saucats (CABLS).

Human Impulse Cup is free

The competition is associated with the Festival BIG BANG of Saint-Medard-en-Jalles « La Terre vue d’en haut ». The HPA will be visible on the festival Big Bang on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the 8, 9 and 10th of June.


It’s organized by the university of Bordeaux and the IMA (center of resources in Engineering of aeronautical maintenance) and of volunteers of the University of Bordeaux, teachers or students, of the association FHPA (French Human Powered Aircraft association), the CABLS and France HPV. All the members of the competition are voluntary.


Supported by the University of Bordeaux, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the French Human Powered Aircraft association.

The competition will take place at the Aerodrome of Saucats, from May 28th till June 3rd before the festival Big Bang in Saint-Medard-en-jalles.

The executive committee is composed by:

  • theproject team leader (David Reungoat)
  • committee members of the project Human Impulse (Denis, Loïc, Benoit, Gilles, François, David)
  • Flight director (CABLS)
  • flight and runway safety (CABLS)
  • public safety (CABLS + IMA)
  • aerodrome relations to the (Denis)
  • media relation (Julien)
  • Team leader congress (Loic)

The first briefing will take place in the morning between 5:30 am and 6 am then the flights take place from the day rise at about 6:30 am till 9 hours. At 9 am all the HPA will be back towards their hangar.


People are free till 2 pm when sometimes it could be planned an activity / animation till 5 pm with professionals, volunteers or with students.


Between 5 pm and 6 pm will take place the second weather briefing of the day for the next day.


During the spare time of the competition, if the number of volunteer is sufficient it will be planned a visit of Château cru classé (wine castle) to discover Regional specialties (Programm will done by email in one month).


The competition will end by a prize-giving on Sundays

The tasks from 1 to 5 resume the tasks of the Icarus Cup (BHPFC & RAS).
The tasks 6F, 7F and 8 F are specific tasks for the French competition Human Impulse Cup.


1) Duration

3) 1km time trial

4) 500m slalom course

5) Unassisted takeoff performance

6F) Distance around a triangular course (each side of 300m long)

7F) 100m time trial

8F) 300m Hurdling trial


All Rules & Regulations (similar to Icarus Cup) could be sent to you by email (on line in few days): Contact[@]

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