Paper Airplane Contest 5 (Closed)

Although my previous PAC4 competition failed to attract any entries, I have decided to reboot it—with relaxed specifications. Paper Airplane Contest 5 (PAC5) takes a step back, decreasing the minimum range requirement by 10%, and the decreasing the longevity requirement by 33%. I specifically designed this contest to appeal to the concerns of those who analyzed the specifications of PAC4.

For this contest, the specification is again for a long range plane.


1. Aircraft Requirements:
• Ability to fly at least 50 feet from a launch height of 5 feet or higher
• Durability to fly at least 20 flights
• Provisions for landing gear and/or skids (not required for flying wings)
• Use of less than 8 inches of Scotch tape in construction
• Use of less than 3 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in construction
• Usage of glue or wood (excluding toothpicks) is prohibited
• Aircraft must be named

2. Instructables Requirements:
• 1 page strictly devoted to materials required in construction
• 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft
• The instructable's license must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)"
• This sentence and link must be displayed on your entry's intro page:
“This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 5 (”

For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 5 performing paper airplanes* one patch each.
However, unlike previous contests, each patch will feature its respective aircraft, rather than medals. The first place winner will also receive a 3 month Instructables Pro membership.

*Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide however, each entrant can only win one prize.

How to Enter:
To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “My Paper Airplane [Member Name Here]” with your instructable's URL included. I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Entries".

For this contest, I have decided that I will judge all the planes myself based on abilities. I have decided this way because I believe judging on performance rather than shape is a more objective approach.

The contest begins Friday, May 27, 2011 and ends Thursday, June 30, 2011. Entries must be published before Thursday, June 30, 2011. From July 1 to July 3, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, July 6, 2011.


DJ Radio:
"Super Bullet" (

The Skinnerz:

"The 50 Calb."


1st Place:

“The 50 Calb.”

2nd Place:

“DJ Radio”:
“Super Bullet”

3rd Place:

“The Skinnerz”

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OrigamiAirEnforcer (author) 6 years ago
Contest Results:

1. The 50 Calb. was a very stable airplane. The 50 Calb. proved to be the easiest paper airplane to make, owing to its great commonality with the Super OmniDelta. In flight testing, the aircraft proved quite durable. Lastly, with its numerous expanses, several surfaces are available for additional control surfaces. A great new variation of the Super OmniDelta with potential for further development too!

2. The Super Bullet was an airplane that was suited fairly well for fast flight. Because of this though, it relied solely on its energy transferred upon launch. It had no wings to contribute lift, and was only perhaps a lifting body. As a result, its range was directly limited by the amount of energy transferred. Ultimately, what kept it from flying into first place were the crash characteristics--which led to poorer flights later in testing. However, its potential for high speed and overall design makes it a seemingly ideal, conformal pod—a development I plan on experimenting with in the future.

3. The Goose was the very distinct aircraft of the contest. Unlike its competitors, the Goose used all paper allotted, and had a wing and tailplane. The only surface missing were vertical fins. Although the Goose was a somewhat conservative design, its relative complexity proved to be its Achilles’ heel. The many cuts and separate parts required lead to an intricate airplane, which had a significant portion of its weight aft of the wing. To compensate for this, several paper clips were placed on the wing to bring the CG forward. Although the Goose was a neat, sleek airplane, it ultimately lost out to its challengers. Nonetheless, it was still an awesome entry that obviously received quite a bit of thought in designing.

I'd like to thank the people who entered the contest. Its very obvious that each entrant put quite a bit of thought in how to approach the requirements. Prizes will be issued tomorrow, Wednesday, July 6th, 2011.
DJ Radio6 years ago
omg second place!
Goodhart6 years ago
I don't think I will get to even finish my last project by June 30th, much less start this.....things have been....busy, to say the least.
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
Ah but, there is another opportunity already: PAC6: (! :D 
LOL yeah, I can hardly get a simple one to fly, I can see me attempting to fold an origami a-plane. I could probably get a wadded up piece of paper to fly much further then anything I have "folded" :-)
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
Well, PAC6 is actually geared toward simpler planes for use as trainers--so perhaps there may be a chance for you to look into your papercrafting skills...
Goodhart6 years ago
I am still finishing up my LED project.....I will see what I can do after tomorrow...
OrigamiAirEnforcer (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
That's good, hope your project goes well.
I hit a few "snags" (you'll get that little joke if and when I get my ible published LOL) and have to delay publishing until later...
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