The Southampton University Human Powered Aircraft Society (SUHPA) designs, builds and tests its own human powered aircraft. These flying machines are powered exclusively by the pedaling of their pilot, and represent an enormous engineering challenge. The Society is currently developing its Super Lazarus aircraft design, after our first aircraft flew for the first time on the 14th of June 2021 and won the RAes formula flight prize.

Welcome to SUHPA! We are a group of student engineers building our own human powered aircraft, the "Super Lazarus". With a wingspan similar to a private jet (24m), weight of only 45kg, and the legs of the pilot as its sole powerplant, the aircraft is a huge engineering undertaking! We are the only student team building an HPA in the UK at the moment.

We have three teams working on the project that you can get involved with: the design team, the manufacturing team, and the flight crew. 

Our older "Lazarus" aircraft successfully lifted off during flight tests in 2021, as well as at the Icarus cup competition organized by the British Human Powered flying club. Join us for a chance to get hands on with the Super Lazarus and help fly it at the 2022 Icarus cup!

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The Committee

All clubs and societies within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Human Powered Aircraft this year are:

Thomas Andrews
Event and Social Manager
Alfred Taylor
Health and Safety Officer
Charles Dhenin
President
Thomas Andrews
Secretary
Yaseen Reza
Treasurer
Robert Oxford Pope
Vice-President
Alfred Taylor
Welfare Officer

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Membership Information

These are the current membership fees offered by Human Powered Aircraft, although many clubs and societies offer a free period for new members to try out their activities.

You must be a member of the Students' Union to join a club or society
NameCostValid PeriodDetails
2021/2022 SUHPA membershipFREE01/10/2021 - 30/06/2022Becoming a member gives access to all meetings, socials, activities and flight sessions of SUHPA. Members can join a team, take part is design work, manufacturing, and flying.

Constitution

All SUSU clubs & societies must have a Constitution which governs how they run

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Health & Safety

All clubs & societies are required to risk assess their activity to ensure it is carried out in a safe manner for members. Current risk assessments for Human Powered Aircraft are available to view below