After beating off fierce competition from thousands of contenders across the country, Australia’s three most talented paper plane flying students have been selected to represent the country at the Red Bull Paper Wings World Finals in Salzburg, Austria on 9th May, 2015.
Throughout March and April of this year, hopeful University students from around Australia eagerly competed in adrenalin-inducing “qualiflyer” rounds which took place on campuses across the country. Points were then tallied to decide on three overall Australian winners: longest distance, longest airtime and aerobatics.
Arun Neelakandan defied odds in longest distance overall with a flight of 40.97 metres. He spent many years making paper planes in his home in India. Jack Smith, training to be a jet pilot, championed the longest airtime category with a flight time of 9.3 seconds while Sonat Erozen, who already has his pilot licence was crowned winner for his aerobatics display.
Each winner was thrilled with their selection and the opportunity to travel to Austria to compete in the World Finals, thanks to Qantas, the Spirit of Australia. The winners will also score themselves 20,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points for a future adventure.
The Red Bull Paper Wings World Finals will be held at the stunning Hangar-7 building at Red Bull’s global headquarters in Austria on 9th May, 2015. At the event, the Australian team will meet hundreds of talented competitors from over 76 countries as they each attempt to redefine the limits of physics in the world’s most extreme paper plane flying competition.
Thanks to all of the participants who took part and we congratulate everyone who took part, especially all of the Qualiflyer winners who have taken home 20,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points for their Qualiflyer win.