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Red Bull Paper Wings 2012 / Hangar-7 / Salzburg / Austria

The goal is to fly, not land

Thousands of pilots, dozen of qualifiers all over the planet. Paper airplanes are going aloft around the world in an attempt to reach the world finals of the Red Bull Paper Wings 2012 World Championship. There are three categories for the finals (Mai 2012, Hangar-7, Salzburg, Austria) – longest airtime, longest distance and aerobatics. But a word of warning: The goal is to fly, not to land.

 

The world champion will be determined for the third time at a location where lovingly restored aviation rarities are usually on display. A selection of students, whose university ID serves as a license to fly, will have the chance for an unforgettable adventure in aviation.
The dimensions of the competition have nearly doubled in just a short time. There were 48 countries that had national qualifiers in 2006. There were already more than 85 countries taking part for the second edition of the contest. Right now 500 qualification events in more than 85 countries are ready to take off.

 

All it takes is a piece of paper. It’s of secondary importance what form the ordinary piece of paper (80g/m2) takes when it takes off from the hand. All forms of assistance or devices

 

Meditating, tinkering and testing the aerodynamics are what needs to be done. 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.

 

Do you want to take off too? Do you think you’ve know the best way to fold a paper airplane? Or do you have the right arm strength for the long distance or longest airtime flights? Or do you have an excessive amount of creativity that you want to pour into acrobatics? If you do, then sign up now.

 

 

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.

 

 

Red Bull Paper Wings 2012 - World Finals - 4/5 May 2012 - Salzburg - Hangar-7

The goal is to fly, not land. Thousands of pilots, dozen of qualifiers all over the planet. Paper airplanes are going aloft around the world in an attempt to reach the world finals of the Red Bull Paper Wings 2011 World Championship. There are three categories for the finals (Mai 2011, Hangar-7, Salzburg, Austria) – longest airtime, longest distance and aerobatics. But a word of warning: The goal is to fly, not to land.

 

 

Final Results 2009

Final Results Longest Airtime:
1. Leonard ANG (Brazil) 11,66 sec;
2. Michael KUMMER (Switzerland) 10,60 sec;
3. Gil DOTAN (Israel) 9,95 sec
 

Final Results Aerobatics:
1. Takeshige Kishiura KISSHII (Japan);
2. Tomasz CHODYRA (Poland);
3. Waldemar HOFFMANN (Germany)/Ryan NACCARATO (USA)

 
Final Results Longest Distance:
1. KOZLICA (Croatia) 54,43 m;
2. Mike OPLAND (USA)  54,30 m;
3. Dylan PARKER (Australia)  40,78 m

 

 

 

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