Urvam :- It is The French
Translation of:-Man Powered Flight Association .
pour la Réalisation
du Vol Athlétique
We started in 1959 (Yes, it's
not a mistake!).Pilots technicians and other aeronautics passionnates
have created the URVAM.
Some times after, one of the first objectives was to match
in the Kremer Price which has been won, as you know, by the
"Gossamer Condor" of the American Mac Cready in
1977.Followed by the flight over the Channel with the Gossamer
Albatross" in 1979.
In 1988 , an MIT team flew 115km with the "Daedalus"
On the contrary of what had been always said, they proved
that Human Powered Flight was Possible!
Of course it was not our air-bicycle....:-too delicate , high
cost and necessity of crew...!
-Would it be possible to do better?
-Yes!said URVAM which continued ,because some of us, thought
that, with the example of Nature, the real solution could
perhaps be obtained by copying what birds and insects do very
well for a million years, I mean, in flapping their wings.
For that reason and many others ,the URVAM's partners have
attempted, individually or by teams, the development of some
experimental models or normal sized flapping wings prototypes,
though modified gliders or complete new airplanes.
Public shows,on the ground, have been made at Vincennes or
Le Bourget airfields in 1987, 1988 and 1990.
Technical researches and many experiences were tested, especially
with French Institutes.
Non coventional models with elastic or rigid profiles, fixed
plus beating wings, with single or multiples surfaces, have
Three Man powered ornithopters airplanes are now tested. One
of them seems able to maintain horizontal flight during 5
minutes.We will publish official results at soon as possible.
We are looking forward wihe Micro Powered Flight too(even
if not Ornithopters),but on these conditions: -small power,
safety , lightness, and low cost.Very often, those projects
are the result of original principles, such as :- Round wing,
Flying Flea, Controled elastic wing ,Vibrating wing,Inflated
wing, Bird or insect shaped wing, Hovering flight, etc...
Even if Man powered is not involved, this activity is a complement
of it , by the fact that similar energetic, mecchanical, materials
or aerodynamic researches are requested.
URVAM is an Association , declared under the French law of
1901, as same as a Sporting Club, or a Cultural Group, With
non commercial or lucratives intents.
It has an Important Documentation a disposal of our Members
and organizes Technical Meetings.We maintain contacts between
us in publishing reports, 4 times a year.
It is affiliated to the Aeroclub de France , the oldest Aeroclub
in the World (100 years) and is in relation with Air and Sport
We are in correspondance with people concerned in the same
activity of : Australia,Canada,Germany,Great Britain, Italy,JApan,
If you want to join the URVAM team, contact
us thought our e-mail.
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Secrétariat : Gerard Lesieux
30 rue Ledru Rollin