GENERAL RULES

  1. Paper planes must be made on the day with provided paper (A4, under 100GSM).
  2. Only one piece of paper per plane may be used.
  3. There will be two categories: Distance & Time Aloft.
  4. Students may compete in one or both categories.
  5. Only current Primary School or Secondary School students are allowed to compete. There is an ‘OPEN’ category for parents and siblings wishing to compete. See below for more information.
  6. There will be 4 age/year groups for each category. See below for age/grade groups.
  7. Each student will get 3 throws, the top 10 throwers in each category will make it through to the ‘final’.
  8. Each throw must land within the marked competition area (for distance and time aloft).
  9. Students must not overstep the marked ‘throwing line/mark’, if a thrower steps over the line the throw will not be counted or measured.
  10. 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).
  11. Time will be measured from the moment the plane leaves the hand to when it hits the ground or an object (whichever first).
  12. Cheating or tampering with paper will warrant immediate disqualification.

AGE GROUPS

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: Kindergarten, 1 & 2

  2. Intermediate Pilots: 3 & 4

  3. Senior Pilots Distance: 5 & 6

  4. Advanced Pilots: 7 – 12 

  5. Ageing Aviators: Open to parents and siblings

‘OPEN’ COMPETITION – AGEING AVIATORS

On the day of the competition we will be holding an ‘OPEN’ event for friends and family. There are a limited amount of spots so make sure you see the marshals on the day to sign up.

THE REGIONAL HIGH FLYERS COMPETITION

The REGIONAL HIGH FLYERS COMPETITION is designed for students who live in remote areas or outside of NSW altogether. This year we’re even allowing international competitors to enter, how awesome is that? To compete in this category schools must run their own competition abiding by the rules above. Each school should submit their highest distance and time in the air result 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 more information on the prize we’ll be offering!

QUALIFYING DISTANCES & TIMES

To qualify for the NSW ALL SCHOOLS PAPER PLANE CHALLENGE you’ll need to throw over a specific time or distance. Please refer to the below distances to make sure you qualify before entering.

     PRIMARY: Time Aloft: 5s | Distance: 12m
     SECONDARY: Time Aloft: 6s | Distance: 18m