Paper Airplane Competition — Official Rules

Western High School

Paper Airplane Contest, 2018

General Rules

  1. The Competition is open to Western High School Students in Mr. Truex’es engineering classes. Students will participate in teams of three, unless otherwise assigned.

  2. Participation in the competition is mandatory, unless specifically excused for good cause. The Competition includes two events: longest distance and longest airtime (hang time). Each competition is conducted separately. Student teams must compete in both events.

  3. Airplanes must have the general body of a plane as determined by the judge (wings, aerodynamic structures). For example, it cannot be a crumpled piece of paper

  4. Each plane can be built from one sheet of 8 ½ x 11 inch (standard US letter size) paper which will be supplied by the teacher. No other material (e.g. glue, tape, paper clip) will be allowed.  The only allowed modifications to the paper is folding.  For example, no cutting is allowed.

  5. The competition may begin with a short practice session. Paper airplanes cannot be altered after the competition begins.

  6. Participants can have a maximum of two different planes, one for each event.

  7. Each competing airplane is required to be marked with the name of all team members’ names.

  8. Intentional violation of these rules is considered cheating and may result in (i) disqualification from further participation in either competition; and (ii) no credit for any score, credit, or grade related to the competition.

  9. The teacher retains the right to check each competing airplane and reject those outside the established rules.

  10. The class teacher is the judge in all matters or questions relating to the competition. The judge’s calls are final.

Longest Distance

  • This event values the maximum range an airplane can travel.

  • Competitors stand behind the START line and cannot get a running start or jump when throwing the plane.

  • Each competitor can have three attempts with the best one counting in the competition.

  • The judge will measure the distance from the starting line and the point where the paper plane stops.

  • In the event of a tie, the participants will continue to compete until there is a clear winner

Longest Airtime

  • This event values the maximum time an airplane stays in the air.

  • Competitors stand behind the START line and cannot get a running start or jump when throwing the plane.

  • Each competitor can have three attempts with the best one counting in the competition.

  • The airtime will be measured using stop watches.

  • The judge will measure the time between the moment the paper plane takes flight and when it first hits the ground or any object. Results are counted in seconds.

  • In the event of a tie, the participants will continue to compete until there is a clear winner