COSTAAT and UWI South take flying to new heights in Red Bull Paper Wings qualifiers


COSTAAT and UWI South take flying to new heights in Red Bull Paper Wings qualifiers


Red Bull Paper Wings is currently visiting university campuses in search of the longest flight, airtime and incredible acrobatics from a paper airplane. The cafeteria at the COSTAAT City Campus was packed to capacity for the second stop on Thursday 8th March, where Johdan Bhagwhandat’s paper creation took the longest distance title with 45.1feet, the longest airtime was won by Vinod Maharaj whose plane flew for 3.3seconds. While, Nigel Manoo represents COSTAAT in the acrobatic category with the highest score of 25 out of 30.

Johdan Bhagwandhat, 24 a Civil Engineering student said "I cant believe I won the Red Bull Paper Wings longest distance category at COSTAAT, hopefully in the national finals I can come out on top where I take home the trip to Panama and after that, Austria!"

Meantime, the following day Friday March 9th the energy at the smallest of the three campuses UWI South Campus was through the roof.

The students came out in their numbers to support their fellow classmates as they endeavored to be the best in the 3 categories.

At the end of the day Armond “Hawk” Fernandes, 19 flew to victory in both the longest distance and longest airtime categories. His winning distance was 55.2 feet while his winning time was 3seconds.

Fernandes said “ As you can see the "Hawk" is versed at flying, I am so happy I copped both the longest distance and longest airtime categories, I plan to keep the winning momentum going at the finals next Thursday at UWI St. Augustine.”

Keron Granger was the most dynamic and creative in the acrobatic category earning the judges nod with 25 points out of 30.

The national final will take place at the JFK Auditorium, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus and the national winners will receive an expenses paid weekend at the Nitrocity hotel in Panama Travis Pastrana's newest playground. Additionally they will face the rest of the north Latin America and Caribbean national winners to determine who will get their wings to represent the region in the Red Bull Paper Wings World Final in Austria this May.

All it takes is a piece of paper and the will to fly. It’s of secondary importance what form the ordinary piece of paper A4 (80g/m2) takes when it takes off from the hand. All forms of assistance or supplementary devices are forbidden in the “longest distance“ and “longest airtime“ categories. Solely with the “acrobatics“ are the hobby engineers allowed to use scissors, glues and other materials.

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