UNIC Crane Helps Red Bull’s Flying Daredevils
In September, a 4-tonne capacity mini crane hired from KMB Stavebni Servis s.r.o., the official UNIC distributors in the Czech Republic, made its way to the Dvorak waterfront in Prague to help lift the Red Bull Flugtag.
The Red Bull Flugtag Prague 2013 saw 40 teams attempt to fly their own creations from a 6-meter tall pier in front of 30,000 spectators. According to the competition rules, each homemade airplane in the Flugtag could weigh no more 200kg and had to be completely human powered. The teams were judged on the distance flown, the creativity shown in their team’s design, and the showmanship demonstrated in their plunge.
A UNIC URW-547 spider crane was placed onto a pontoon on the River Vltava where it rescued each flying machine from the water once the teams had launched themselves off the pier. Its 5010kg lightweight chassis meant it could safely float on the pontoon, quickly removing the aircraft from the river before the next team’s jump.