FLIGHT: DOHA TO SALZBURG
3 paper plane pilots from Qatar are ready to spread their wings at the Red Bull Paper Wings World Finals in Austria!
Doha, March 26th 2015
A sheet of A4 paper, a runway and good folding techniques is all that is required to be a paper plane pilot. But to be the best – you need more: The right technique to throw the plane for the “Longest Distance”, creativity for the “Aerobatics” flying and good height for the “Longest Airtime”.
Over the last 2 days, students from 5 different campuses in Qatar showed their competitive spirit and passion for winning at the Red Bull Paper Wings national qualifiers.
The event was hosted at University of Calgary in Qatar on the 24th of March and College of the North Atlantic – Qatar on the 25th of March. Students were asked to fold their paper planes live at the event and sign up in up to three of the categories, whereby most students were competitive enough to try out in all three. Up to 110 paper plane pilots prepared for take-off on the day of the qualifiers.
All unleashed their wings but only 3 students earned their seats on the flight to Salzburg, Austria:
The “Longest Distance” winner was Mohammed Hazari with 33.85 meters. Previous benchmark from the University of Calgary qualifier was by Bayhanov Gahrymar with 20.1 meters.
The “Longest Airtime” winner was Abdullah Nour with 7.03 seconds. Previous benchmark from the University of Calgary qualifier was by Abdulrahman AlSweidan with 5.5 seconds.
University of Calgary qualifier Mohammad Jan tied with Nabig Abdulhameed at 27 points for “Aerobatics” until Marcjan Lazaro broke their tie through convincing the judges by spiraling his unique paper plane design through the air and winning 30 points.
Mohamed Abu Issa (Red Bull athlete – rally quad) was the judge on both days. The judging panel on day one also consisted of Khalifa Haroon (also known as Mr. Q from “I Love Qatar“) and Chris Pickens (representing University of Calgary in Qatar) and on day two, Captain Richard Hatzel (Chief Ground Instructor at Qatar Aeronautical College) and Bryan Holmstrom (Math Instructor with an extensive paper plane background).
These 3 winners from College of North Atlantic – Qatar will be proudly representing Qatar on 8 and 9 May and with enough practice win the World Finals championship!