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Red Bull Paper Wings takes off in Jamaica

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Winner of the longest distance category of theRedBullPaperWingslocal competition, Kristoff Khouri, prepares for ‘take-off’.

KINGSTON:

Red Bull Paper Wings returns to Jamaica. The international competition, which challenges creative individuals to make a plain sheet of paper fly as far, as long or as artistically through the air as possible, will be held on Thursday, April 9 at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium, University of Technology (UTech), Kingston campus.

Aimed at students, the international competition has three aspects to it, longest distance, longest airtime and aerobatics and must be held indoor with no wind interference. However, in Jamaica, participants will only be allowed to compete in the longest distance category.

The local winner will have the opportunity to fly to Salzburg, Austria to compete in the international finals at Hangar-7 on May 9, 2015.

GOOD EXPERIENCE

Kristoff Khouri, the Red Bull Paper Wings 2012 longest distance winner, remarked that the competition was a good experience.

"It takes me back to the youthful days of building paper planes," he said, adding that his experience overseas in Austria was wonderful and even though he did not win overall, it was really good meeting so many different persons from around the world who enjoyed flying paper planes as much as he did.

Registration for the local competition is open, and persons can sign up by visiting the Red Bull Paper Wings website. All a contestant has to do is visit the site, select your country (Jamaica) and provide the required information. A limited number of spaces is available, so the sooner you register the better the chances to win.

The international competition, held in more than 83 countries worldwide, is done according to the international standards established by the Paper Aircraft Association and the Guinness World Records Regulations, which ensures a level playing field across the board.

For the longest distance category, planes must be built at the competition site using the official paper provided. The plane should be launched by one person, unaided and from a predetermined start point. Each participant is allowed two tries (different planes can be used) and

the better flight attempt will

go towards the final score. Registration takes place at

redbullpaperwings.com.