Moomba Long Weekend 11-14 March 2022

Birdman is back

Will they flop or will they fly?

Aided by a nifty flying machine or simply superhero bravado, courageous competitors don inventive homemade flying devices as they hurtle themselves over the Yarra all in the name of charity and – of course – a whole lot of fun! A fundraising battle unlike any other, competitors are busily raising money in the lead up to their leap. The amount they raise will add extra points to their final score. Kicking off on Sunday 13 March from 11am, the hilariously spectacular Birdman Rally is a long-held Moomba tradition that is guaranteed to have you in stitches.

Fly Competitors

These competitors don't mess around – they mean business and bring top quality sportsmanship, building techniques and aerodynamic expertise to the competition.

GOSSamer Wing

This regular on the Birdman circuit is back but will he be better than ever? Pilot Andrew is the longest standing participant in the rally and each year he spends hours designing and building the ultimate craft with the aim of taking home the winning trophy. The veteran is confident his craft made of hot air balloon fabric, aluminium fabric and bamboo will see him soar over the Yarra all for a good cause – the Peter Mac Hospital.

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Kavinci Flyer MK III

Pilot Mick may be a veteran at the Birdman Rally but his crafts are far from tired. He’s been making courageous and aerodynamic leaps into the Yarra since 1991, each year one-upping his design, athleticism and form. This brave Birdman pilot draws inspiration for his craft from the OG of flying machines – Leonardo da Vinci making it a top contender for the day. Mick is putting all his efforts into raising money for his charity of choice – MS Australia.

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Metro Bird

After a successful Birdman flight in 2020, Pilot Anna and team Metro Bird return to the rally for another impressive display of comradery. The team will be bringing its louder-than-ever cheer squad along with a craft made from all sorts of recycled materials for a mind-blowing flight across the Yarra. Dressed as a band of merry pirates, the team is putting all of its effort into raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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The Flying Fox

Brendan Fevola a.k.a Fev made a name for himself kicking the footy for Carlton and the Brisbane Lions before hanging up the boots and being named ‘King of the Jungle’ on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here in 2016. Fev now tackles early morning starts, co-hosting alongside our Moomba Queen Fifi Box and some guy called Nick Cody on 101.9 The Fox. This elite specimen will make a point of being able to deal with the pressure of excelling in Birdman while he raises money for Make-A-Wish® Australia.

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The Liver Bird

In a Moomba first, representing Melbourne’s Diplomatic Corp, British Consul General Steph Lysaght has teamed up with graduate engineers at BAE Systems Australia to create a very high-tech and versatile craft – The Liver Bird. Will Pilot Steph get first-time jitters on his flight across the Yarra or will it be a piece of cake? You’ll want to keep your eye on this one folks, we’ve got a good feeling this pilot will go the distance as he raises money for The Salvation Army.

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Flop Competitors

These competitors are in it for a bit of a hoot. They may not fly the furthest or have the fanciest craft but they sure have the gusto and enthusiasm to at least take that brave leap off the platform.

Clint Stanaway

He’s our go-to guy for the latest in sport on 9News but this Moomba he’ll be flipping the switch and honing in on his own athleticism for the most prestige competition of all – the Birdman Rally. With his plethora of experience in the sports world, we’ve got one important question to ask the journo – will you flop or will you fly? Clint will be raising funds for two charities close to his heart; the My Room Children’s Cancer Charity Ltd and Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

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Diadem

This group of graphic designers and industrial engineers have got the goods to build a killer craft and nifty costumes to boot, but will their skills put them in the lead? All will be revealed when they take their craft to the Birdman platform and hurl Pilot Liam into the murky Yarra waters. Fun fact: this brave pilot once caught a live octopus with his bare hands!

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PD Avengers

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s team PD Avengers who are set to conquer new heights at Birdman Rally and raise a tonne of donations for Parkinson’s Victoria. With a handmade craft of recycled materials, the team thinks they’ll be flopping rather than flying and will be relying on the superpowers of Pilot Geoff—along with a mighty cheer squad to give them that motivational boost.

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Say NO to MelaNOma

What’s that bright yellow thing in the sky? It’s the glowing craft led by team Say NO to MelaNOma. While they may not be expecting to break any records, this team of amateur craft engineers is ready to give everything they’ve got to raise a decent pile of coin for the Morgan Mansell Fund—a charity named after Pilot Peter’s late daughter that raises money for melanoma research.

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Tristar Flyers

We’ve got an aviation professional on our hands folks! Pilot Rachael of team Tristar Flyers has been flying aircrafts for a number of years and is now on her way to the ultimate aircraft challenge—the 2022 Birdman Rally. Looking sharp in her pilot’s uniform, this brave Birdman participant and her crew will be raising funds for Little Wings—a non-profit organization that provides free flights for sick children and their families in rural NSW.

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Yarraville Ranger Guides

Give it up for team Yarraville Ranger Guides and their mighty and brave pilot Lily! This team of Girl Guides reckon their craft made of recycled tent materials, duct tape and thread will be flopping rather than flying. Even so, the main aim of their game is to raise a generous amount of coin for Backpacks 4 Kids – a charity providing backpacks and nappy bags to Victorian children in need.

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