1. Paper planes must be made on the day with provided paper (A4, under 100GSM).
  2. Paper planes are to be made by the student competitor.
  3. Only folding is allowed, no cutting, gluing or taping.
  4. Only one piece of paper per plane may be used.
  5. There will be two categories: Distance & Airtime.
  6. Competitors may compete in one or both categories.
  7. Only K-12 school-aged students are allowed to compete. You may qualify at school, home, holiday activity groups or out of school activity groups – you just need an adult witness to verify your throw.
  8. There will be 6 age/year groups for each category. See below for age/grade groups.
  9. In both Preliminary rounds and Finals, each student will get 2 throws. Students may use the same plane for each throw or construct a new plane for the second throw.
  10. Each Distance throw must land within the marked competition area.
  11. If Paper plane hits the roof or ventilation ducting then one extra throw will be granted for that particular throw.
  12. Students must not overstep the marked ‘throwing line/mark’, if a thrower steps over the line the throw will not be counted or measured.
  13. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the throwing mark to where the plane first hits the ground or an object (whichever first).
  14. Time will be measured from the moment the plane leaves the hand to when it hits the ground or an object (whichever first).
  15. Cheating or tampering with paper will warrant immediate disqualification.


Age/Year groups will be defined by the students current school grade on the day of the competition. Please see below for the category you’ll be competing in.

  1. Trainee Pilots: Years K – 2

  2. Junior Pilots: Year 3
  3. Intermediate Pilots: Year 4 

  4. Master Pilots: Year 

  5. Senior Pilots: Year 6 

  6. Advanced Pilots: Years 7 – 12


The REGIONAL HIGH FLYERS PAPER PLANE CHALLENGE is designed for students who live in remote areas or outside of NSW altogether. To compete in this category schools must run their own competition abiding by the rules above. Each school should submit their best distance and airtime results through the ‘Regional High Flyers’ entry page on this website.

For us to validate throws to be in line with the competition rules all throws must be recorded on video, a requirement on the entry page. Additionally throws must be conducted indoors or in a shielded ‘no wind environment’. This may be difficult in some schools, we will take ‘wind assistance’ into consideration if we believe a throw was over-aided by conditions when judging the winner. Please check the ‘NEWS’ section of this site closer to August for the latest information!


To qualify for the 2019 STANSW YOUNG SCIENTIST PAPER PLANE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP you’ll need to throw over a specific time or distance. Please refer to the below distances to make sure you qualify before entering.

     YEAR K-2: Airtime: 5s | Distance: 12m
     YEARS 3-4: Airtime: 5s | Distance: 15m
     YEARS 5-6: Airtime: 6s | Distance: 18m
     YEARS 7-12: Airtime: 6s | Distance: 20m