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Paper Airplane Contest 8 (Closed) Answered

As summer ends and school begins, the need for great paper airplanes increases again. Because of that, I have decided to attempt to coax instructablers everywhere into designing a new paper airplane to perform common requirements. In addition, I have decided to increase the prize values. Instead of the first place being a 3 month Ibles Pro Membership, I have raised it to a 1 Year Ibles Pro membership. Perhaps that will stir interest among this site's many innovative creators, eh? :)

For this contest, the specifications are for a multirole airplane.


1. Aircraft Requirements:

• Ability to: (A) fly at least 50 feet; (B) perform at least one full loop, wingover and/or half Cuban eight and fly a further 15 feet; and (C) carry at least four 100mg toothpicks
• Up to three differently configured variants can be submitted to fill the A, B and C capabilities. Between these three there must be at least 60% commonality in construction.
• Durability to fly at least 20 flights
• Use of less than 15 inches (0.381 meters) of tape in construction
• Use of less than 6 pieces of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper in construction
• Aircraft must be named (if there are multiple variations, identify each distinctly)

2. Instructable Requirements:
• 1 page (not the intro page) strictly devoted to materials required in construction
• 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft (if there are multiple variations, illustrate how to fly each)
• The instructable (or instructables’) 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 8.”

For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 3 performing paper airplanes* one patch each. Each patch will feature its respective aircraft, rather than medals. The first place winner will also receive a 1 Year Instructables.com Pro membership if his/her plane meets or exceeds all specifications.

*Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of prizes 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 PAC8 Paper Airplane [Your Member Name Here]” with your instructable(s)’s URL(s) included. I will then put the link(s) and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Entries".

I will judge all the planes myself based on their abilities. I have decided to test this way because I believe judging on performance and suitability, rather than shape, is a more objective approach. The launch height of all test flights is 5 feet above ground level.

The contest begins Friday, August 26, 2011 and ends Friday, September 30, 2011. Entries must be published before Friday, September 30, 2011. From October 1 to October 5, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Thursday, October 6, 2011 and issue them their prizes Friday, October 7, 2011.