To be eligible to qualify for the 2015 Young Scientist Paper Plane Challenge or the Regional High Flyers competition, school events and individual qualifying throws must be conducted following each of these rules. These rules are a modification of the Red Bull Paper Wings International Rules.
- All events should preferably be held indoors or in an outdoor location where the wind speed is at most gentle.
- Paper planes must only be constructed out of one piece of paper: standard 80 g/m² paper, A4 format (297×210mm).
- The sheet must be modified by folding only! No ripping, gluing, cutting, stapling or ballasting is allowed!
- Paper planes have to be built on site with the provided official paper.
- Two trials per participant are allowed. Different planes can be used, the better attempt counts.
- An adult (teacher, parent or other) must be present to verify any qualifying throw and their contact details must be included in the online registration.
- In events where multiple students throw at the same time, a re-throw is permitted if two or more planes come into contact.
Furthest Distance Event
- The student is allowed to have a run-up.
- The aircraft must be launched by one student throwing the aircraft unaided from behind a straight launch line marked on the floor. 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 student 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.
- The distance is recorded to the first point where the paper plane hits the ground or any object.
- Distances need to be recorded in metres, preferably to 2 decimal places e.g. 13.72 m.