Red Bull Paper Wings Finale 2012 - Information

World Final 2012

Red Bull Paper Wings Finale 2012 - Information

 

Program

Friday, May 4th
8.00 am – 3.45 pm         Free training session (all disciplines) in Hangar-7
3.45 pm – 4.00 pm         Warm up for Pre-elimination “Longest Distance”
4.00 pm – 6.30 pm         Pre-Elimination “Longest Distance”

Saturday, May 5th
8.00 am – 10.00 am       Warm up session for all three disciplines
10.00am – 12.30 pm      Pre-elimination “Aerobatics”
1.30 pm – 4.30 pm         Pre-elimination “Longest Airtime”
5.00 pm – 7.00 pm         Red Bull Paper Wings Super Finals

 

The Sky’s the Limit as World Paper Plane Elite Comes Together in Salzburg

The countdown is now on to crown the world’s best paper plane flyers at the Red Bull Paper Wings World Final on 4-5 May in Salzburg’s Hangar-7. After proving themselves against the best their countries could throw at them, the world’s finest will be looking to up the ante in Salzburg in a quest for the coveted title and, who knows, maybe even a new world record!

The chosen few charged with the honour of representing their country at the World Final have to show their mad paper skills at the National Qualiflyers first.  The tried-and-tested formula from the World Finals in 2006 and 2009 is set to rock Austria for a third time as the finalists do battle in three disciplines: Longest Distance, Longest Airtime, and Aerobatics.

Judging the action will be a team of experts. The world class jury will be on hand to award valuable points in the Aerobatics category and to ensure the official Red Bull Paper Wings rules are observed at all times.

The event begins on Friday 4 May with the pre-elimination round in the category Longest Distance and continues on Saturday with the pre-eliminations in the categories Longest Airtime and Aerobatics. The super final in all three disciplines will take place on Saturday evening, with the winners crowned Red Bull Paper Wings World Champion 2012.

 

Red Bull Paper Wings Categories

The winners will be determined in the following three disciplines, participants can start in one or more disciplines.

Longest Distance
Winner of this category will be the plane (made out of just one sheet of paper) that flies the longest distance between the lift-off and the landing point within the official Air Space. The distance will be counted in m; cm; mm / feet
Official World Record holder in this discipline is Stephen Krieger (USA, 2003) with 63.19 m/ 207 ft 4 inch.

Longest Airtime
Winner of this category will be the plane (made out of just one sheet of paper) that manages to stay in the air the longest. Results will be counted in tenth of seconds.
Official World Record holder in this discipline is Takuo Toda (Japan, 2009) with 27,9 sec.

Aerobatics
Creativity & style - that is what it takes to make a paper plane fly artistically through the air. A jury will determine the winner according to following criteria:

  • Construction (technical) of the paper plane
  • Creativity (art & design)
  • Flight performance

There are no single categories for special manoeuvres (e.g. steady circles, steady loops).

 

Red Bull Paper Wings International Qualiflyer Rules

Challenging the existing world records needs to be done according to the international rules developed by the Paper Aircraft Association (PAA) and the Guinness World Record regulations. Assuring world wide comparability of the results requires following these official Red Bull Paper Wings rules.

Longest Distance

  • All contests need to be held indoor without any wind.
  • Paper planes must only be constructed out of one piece of paper: standard A4 format (297x210mm), not more than 100gms. The sheet must be modified by folding only! No ripping, gluing, cutting, stapling or ballasting is allowed!
  • Paper planes have to be built at site with the provided official paper.
  • The aircraft must be launched by one person throwing the aircraft unaided from behind a straight launch line marked on the floor. Passing over the launch line leads to an invalid attempt. Touching the launch line or any point beyond during the launch, leads to an invalid attempt. The thrower may move beyond the launch line, after the paper plane hits the ground or any object.
  • Two trials per participant are allowed. Different planes can be used, the better attempt counts.
  • The longest distance has to be measured with a standardised tape measure or laser / video facility. Decisive for measurement are the base point on the starting line and the first point where the paper plane hits the ground or any object. Results need to be counted in m/mm or feet.

Longest Airtime

  • All contests need to be held indoor without any wind.
  • Paper planes must only be constructed out of one piece of paper: standard A4 format (297x210mm), not more than 100gms. The sheet must be modified by folding only! No ripping, gluing, cutting, stapling or ballasting is allowed!
  • Paper planes have to be built at site with the provided official paper.
  • The aircraft must be launched by one person throwing the aircraft unaided from a reasonably static position. The participant needs to have both feet firm on the ground during the attempt.
  • A run-up or fast walk as part of the launch is not permitted, nor the use of ramps or like devices.
  • Two trials per participant are allowed. Different planes can be used, the better attempt counts.
  • Decisive for measurement are the moments when the paper plane leaves the hand and first time hits the ground or any object. Results are counted in tenth of seconds.

Aerobatics

  • All contests need to be held indoor without any wind.
  • The body of the plane needs to be out of paper but there are no restrictions with regards to paper quality, size, construction technique and support material of the used planes.
  • Planes are not allowed to be remote controlled nor to use stored energy (battery, etc.)
  • Ready-made planes can be brought along to the competition.
  • There are no limitations with regards to the body style while throwing.
  • Each participant has a time slot of 1 minute to perform in front of the jury.
  • The following criteria have to be judged:
            - Construction (technical) of the paper plane
            - Creativity (art & design)
            - Flight performance
  • With regards to flight performance, the jury should base their points on the execution of the flight, e.g. diameter (of the loop / wave / circle), steadiness & duration of the flight.
  • Each jury member can award 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 points. The jury consist of three members, where each member has to judge a different criterion. The summary of the awarded points will show the result.
  • The Aerobatics pilot representing a country at the World Final can either be defined at a National Final or via video online voting. If the online voting system is applied, 10 out of the total of 30 points can be achieved from votes. The remaining 20 points are coming from two judges being able to give a maximum of 10 Points each. Both judges evaluate construction, creativity and flight performance.

These Rules are approved and officially stated by the Flight Director who will be responsible for their observation in order to ensure a fair competition. Questions and disputes will be cleared after stated by the concerned participant to the Flight Director who can order recurrence.

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