Categories and Rules

Categories and Rules

Categories and Rules

 

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

  • 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

  • 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.

 

Regional Finals

One representative from each category will be chosen to represent Latin America and the Caribbean (Colombia, Peru, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama) among all the national winners in the Red Bull Paper Wings World Final in Austria in May.

 

The representatives from the longest distance and most time on air will be the national winners with the longest distance and time on air among all the national winners of the mentioned countries.

 

To determine the regional representative of the Acrobatics category, a video of each national winner will be uploaded to www.redbullpaperwings.comand fans will be able to vote for their favorite. The winner will be the one that receives the most votes.

 

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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