GROUND CONTROL TO PILOTS: ALL CLEAR FOR RED BULL PAPER WINGS 2015 TAKEOFF
Air traffic across the world will sharply increase this month when some of the world’s best paper plane pilots will take on their rivals in hundreds of national qualifiers for a spot in the Red Bull Paper Wings World Finals in the iconic Hangar–7, home of the Flying Bulls at Red Bull HQ in Austria on May 9, 2015.
Forget cockpits, jet engines and the sweet smell of kerosene. All the equipment needed is an ordinary, commercial sheet of paper. But the recipe for success also requires a strong dose of exceptional folding abilities as well as creativity, imagination, and a grasp of basic aeronautic rules.
Tens of thousands of self-trained pilots will put their extraordinary skills to the tests in more than 80 countries on four continents for one of the world’s most unusual international event and the top paper plane contest. New Zealand will host qualifiers at eight locations including Auckland University, Unitec, AUT, Massey Palmerston North, Victoria University, Waikato Wintec, Otago University and Canterbury University.
There will be three winners from New Zealand that will take out the aerobatics competition, longest airtime and/or longest distance title. All of whom will travel to Austria with all expenses paid to compete in the Red Bull Paper Wings World Final.
The University of Auckland held its qualifier last week, where Johansen Miller took out both the longest distance and Aerobatic title with a 20.8m flight. He will now have to wait for the remaining qualifiers to be completed before finding out if he will be traveling to the World Final.
“The paper plane that won me the distance throw has been the plane I've always made since primary school,” comments Miller. “Who would have thought that folding skill would lead me to winning the Paper Wings qualifier and potentially take me to Austria!”
A star-studded jury will pick the winners for the most aerobatic flight, who along with the winners for the longest airtime and the longest distance travelled by their paper planes will advance to the finals on May 9.
Fold it, calibrate it and check the aerodynamics before releasing the plane for a place in the record books. More than 37,000 fierce competitors from 83 countries took part in the qualifiers in 2012 and that number is set to rise this year as they chase to dethrone Lebanon’s Elie Chemaly, who won with the longest airtime of 10.68 seconds in 2012.
Students can sign-up for a national qualiflyer and watch the teaser video clip via www.redbullpaperwings.com now!
RED BULL PAPER WINGS NEW ZEALAND QUALIFIERS
Auckland University | Recreation Centre | Thursday March 12 | 11:00-2:00pm. *Completed.
Unitec | Sports Centre | Wednesday March 18 | 11:00-4:00pm.
Massey Palmerston North | Recreation Centre | Tuesday March 24 | 12:30-2:30pm.
Otago University | Union Hall | Wednesday March 25| 11:30-2:30pm.
Victoria University | Recreation Centre | Thursday March 26 | 12:00-2:00pm.
Canterbury Uni | The Foundry | Thursday March 26 | 5-8pm.
Waikato (Wintec) | Atrium, Wintec City Campus | Wednesday 1st April | 11:00am.
AUT University | Details TBC.