There was no RAeS Icarus Cup in 2016, however a human powered flying rally was held by the British Human Powered Flying Club(BHPFC) at Sywell Airfield from Sat 16th July to Sun 24th July 2016. 

The 2013 Icarus Cup for Human Powered Flight, supported by Breitling, took place at Sywell Aerodrome from 19 - 28 July.

Visitors were able to see the aircraft that had been designed, engineered and constructed as well as watch as the pilots pedaled their aircraft to get airborne. Flying took place daily between 06.00-09.00 and 18.00-22.00 daily on most days as weather permitted.

Follow @AeroSociety (#IcarusCup2013) and the Royal Aeronautical Society Facebook page for up to date information and we'll be posting regular reports on the Society news pages.

Media personnel should contact Emma.Bossom@aerosociety.com for more information or call 07843 090395.

The 2013 Icarus Cup was supported by


In 2011, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first flight by a human powered aircraft. The origins of human powered flight begin in 1959, when the Royal Aeronautical Society Human Powered Aircraft Specialist group was formed. Two years later, November 1961 marked the first human powered flight by Derek Piggott. Since then, human powered aircraft enthusiasts have been competing for the Society’s Kremer Prizes .

One of the Human Powered Aircraft Group’s objectives is to promote human powered flight as a sport and encourage wider participation, perhaps one day appearing at the Olympics. The idea of the Icarus Cup was conceived as a way to inspire more people to design, build and fly aircraft themselves and provide an environment for them to meet, compete and share knowledge.

Enjoy this video of some of the footage of human powered flight history and current activity...

The inaugural competition

The 2012 Icarus Cup Competition took place on 13 – 22 July at Lasham Airfield and a total of five teams put their aircraft designs to the test. The entrants were: 

 - Airglow
 - Betterfly 
 - EA12 
 - Noctule 

The competitions covered multiple aspects of human powered flight, including duration, 100 metre sprint, 1 kilometre race, slalom course, take-off and landing accuracy test, and distance around a triangular course. The challenge not only lies within the tasks, but also the construction of the aircraft and the athleticism of the pilot. Planes must be durable, yet lightweight and the pilot must be able to produce enough power to remain airborne whilst maintaining control of the aircraft.

During competition, teams are awarded points for each task. The team who accumulates the most points at the conclusion of the competition is awarded first prize and the Pilot who achieves the highest individual score is awarded the Icarus Cup. A total of three trophies and cash prizes are given to the three highest scoring teams.

Icarus Cup 2013 took place between the 19 to 28 July 2013  at Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton. Icarus Cup 2013 was sponsored by Breitling.

For more information about 2013 Icarus Cup visit the event page read daily reports on the Society news website or view some of the video of flights on the Royal Aeronautical Society YouTube Channel. To view full details of all of the flights and the scoring of the task attempts, download the full results table.