Human Powered Aircraft

An overview of all Dutch HPAs to date. Three have already flown successfully, numbers 4 and 5 are being designed: less weight, better performance!

HPA-AbhilashaAnjaliAnujaHPA 4HPA 4
Wing span[m]2632243024
Wing area[m2]41.644.833.64436
Mass[kg]5850423538
Wing airfoils-L7769DAI1336DAE21DAE21DAE21
Empennage airfoils-N0009N0009N0009N3409N0009
Configuration-standardstandardstandardcanardstandard


2020 – HPA4 & Starter HPA

The foundation has plans for new HPAs. One will be an improved version of HPA Anjali, this time with a canard configuration for more maneuvrability. Flying a figure-of-eight should be possible! The design power will be below 3.8 W/kg, such that also untrained cyclists can fly for several hundred meters. A trained cyclist could fly much, much further!

Another HPA design that is being worked on is the Starter HPA: a simple and cheap HPA with modest performance, ideal for first-time HPA pilots to make their first flights and learn to fly. The design is based on HPAs Anjali and Anuja, and meant as an accessible first project for new student teams of schools and universities.

2015 – Anuja

The Belgian TV-show ‘Het lichaam van Coppens’ wanted to have their presenter fly on human power. It was a real challenge given the tight schedule and low budget, but a redesign of HPA Abhilasha and a great effort by the construction team made it possible. This HPA was flown in 2015 by Mathias Coppens and Jesse van Kuijk, at Kempen Airport. The HPA is no longer functional.

2012 – Anjali

This HPA was a design of Jesse, modified to enter the Japan International Birdman Rally (JIBR) in 2012. The Dutch Consulate in Japan wanted to join this famous and televised HPA competition with the first Dutch entry ever. The HPA was designed in the Netherlands, and built in Japan over a period of 9 weeks by a team of Japanese volunteers, led by Jesse van Kuijk and Tori Uzura. The Dutch university student Rik Houwers flew the JIBR competition flight.

2009 – Abhilasha

The first successful HPA in the Netherlands. Designed by Jesse van Kuijk at the age of 16. Construction started in 2006 and first flight took place on August 9, 2009, at Kempen Airport. After a few more flights in 2010, this HPA became part of the Aviodrome aerospace museum collection. It was on display for many years, and is now in storage.