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Paper Airplane Contest 10 (Closed) Answered

After several of my contests drew no entries last year, I decided to give the community a break and wait a while before hosting another contest. As a result, this contest has come 6 months after its closest predecessor began. In addition, the requirements for aircraft have been greatly relaxed.


1. Aircraft Requirements:
  • Ability to fly at least 10 feet
  • Aircraft must be named
2. Instructable 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 10.”

For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 5 paper airplane instructables* one patch each. Each patch will feature its respective aircraft. The first place winner will also receive one 1 year Instructables.com Pro membership. The second place winner will also receive two 3-month Instructables.com Pro memberships. The third place winner will also receive one 3-month Instructables.com Pro membership.

Prize Distribution:

1st Place:
1 Patch
One Instructables 1 Year Pro Membership

2nd Place:
1 Patch
2 Instructables 3 Month Pro Memberships

3rd Place:
1 Patch
1 Instructables 3 Month Pro Membership
*Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide however, each entrant can only win one patch.

How to Enter:
To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “My Paper Airplane [Your 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".

I will judge entries based on aircraft performance, and quality and presentation of its instructable. The contest begins Monday, March 12, 2012 and ends Friday, April 20, 2012. Entries must be published between these two dates. From April 20 to April 22, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Monday, April 23, 2012 and issue them their prizes Tuesday, April 24, 2012.


The Bat


The Breeze

The Lightning Bullet

The Mighty Falcon


The Mighty Falcon

The Breeze

The Lightning Bullet

The Bat


Based on the success of this contest, I am willing to host another contest. However, I'd like to know if the community would like me to.

Please respond to this message if you would like me to.

Yes Sir! Pls, I agree to do that too, while I can invite my friends and people to this. I agree this Sir!

Thank you Sir..! This is the first time I won a prize, and I didn't even think to get first, but I got it, and when I see the messages, I can't believe myself even! Thank you sir.... And I got a patch too.... Thank you very much sir..... but I don't know how to turn my account into a pro membership using a code.... Please help me with that..........

I would like to compete in PAC11 also... So I am going to make a new plane......

Thank You!

I would love for there to be a PAC11 cause I really enjoy making interesting paper planes

Delighted to win the 2nd prize

Contest Results:
  1. The Mighty Falcon proved mighty indeed flying very well in testing. Its range easily surpassed the minimum 10 foot requirement. Handling was good, and stability was no problem. In testing, I noted great potential for further development.
  2. The Breeze performed well, but it could not surpass the Mighty Falcon's range. In testing, it displayed a tendency to enter a dive, later remedied by adding some dihedral to the wings, per its instructable. The Breeze was a very good design, and it proved to be quite formidable in comparison to the other entries during testing. The Breeze displayed great potential for additional features like those of the very similar Super Dart.
  3. The Lightning Bullet flew well, but range and stability were somewhat problematic. In addition, the rubber band technique proved difficult at times, with the aircraft only slightly managing to exceed the minimum requirements in testing. Nonetheless, the aircraft showed potential for being a "catapult plane" and flew into third place.
  4. The Bat was the radical paper airplane of the contest, having a flying wing design stabilized by two small fins. Unfortunately, in testing it displayed poor stability, suffering from phugoid. Although 3 different test vehicles were tried, each displayed the same instability, and each failed to meet the required 10 foot range, with each aircraft topping out at only around 8 feet. Despite this, I believe that, with a few modifications, the Bat can be one of the best flying wings on Instructables.

I'd like to thank each of the entrants in the competition, as each your instructables showed your efforts and creativity. Each of your prizes will be issued tomorrow, Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

Paper Airplane Contest 10 (PAC10) is now closed. The testing period has now begun.


6 years ago

I am entering this man(){}:">?!@#$%^&*()

How did you mail him? I don't know how! Help! I am a Myanmar, that meant that I am not familiar to English. I don't understand him! Help! It will be closed tomorrow!

Do not worry, I understand what is going on, and your airplane will no doubt be listed soon. :)

Thanks Sir! I have even broken sweat and was worrying because USA and Myanmar is about 12 hours different and I thought that something must be wrong not seeing my one though I refresh the page! Thanks for accepting my one!!!

Does the ten feet have to be constant or can it sometimes not go the ten feet? (Like say maybe a...humid day?)

The aircraft must demonstrate an ability throughout its testing of a minimum flight range of 10 feet. Therefore, I believe it is best to have a constant range of at least that much.

As far as humidity goes, testing will likely occur with such conditions.

Over my years at elementary school, I noticed that the more humid it was the lousier the plane flew. So, I meant if you go and test it on a humid day some planes may fly very lousily.

I have come to similar conclusions when testing my own airplanes in less humid environments.

However, due to the likelihood of relatively high humidity during testing, I can only suggest that aircraft performance be high enough to compensate for the loss of some lift.

Uhmm... You will make it and test it? If so,.... I used a thin A4 and used my tips written in my instructables. Will you do like that and test?

Can I soak the paper and roll it into a baseball to throw?

Eh, I wouldn't say that its against the rules...but I don't think it truly upholds the spirit of the contest.

I have got competition I am not the entry alone