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Paper Airplane Contest 6 (Closed) Answered

To coincide with the publishing of my one hundredth instructable, I am hosting a sixth paper airplane contest (PAC6). However, unlike my previous contests, this one is aimed at origami aviators just beginning their flights. Although the previous “PAC5” has yet to conclude, I feel it is an appropriate time to start up another contest, due to the different aims of the two.

For this contest, the specification is for a trainer paper airplane.


1. Aircraft Requirements:

• Ability to fly at least 25 feet (7.62 meters) from a launch height of 5 feet or higher
• Durability to fly at least 25 feet, at least 15 times
• At least two of the following must be featured on your aircraft: flaps, elevators, rudders, ailerons, spoilers, elevons, decelerons, spoilerons, flaperons, air brakes, slots, and/or slats
• Allowed materials include: 2 sheets of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper, 8 inches of Scotch tape, scissors, a stapler, 5 staples, a ruler, a pencil, pen, and 2 paper clips
• Aircraft must be named
2. Instructables Requirements:
• 1 page (not the intro page) devoted solely 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 6 (https://www.instructables.com/community/Paper-Airplane-Contest-6/)”

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 NGT Paper Airplane [Member Name Here]” with your instructable's URL included. (The “NGT” acronym refers to Next Generation Trainer, in order to distinguish it from PAC5 entries). I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Entries".

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 and suitability, rather than shape, is a more objective approach.

The contest begins Friday, June 17, 2011 and ends Friday, July 15, 2011. Entries must be published before Friday, July 15, 2011. From July 16 to July 18, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, July 20, 2011.


"Hammerhead Glider II"

"Smoothliner IV"


1st Place:

"Smoothliner IV"

2nd Place:

"Hammerhead Glider II"


Contest Results:

1. The Smoothliner IV cruised into the lead by maintaining its range overtime, while proving capable of other roles as well. Its leading edge extensions and compound swept wing gave it a speed advantage, giving its operator the option of using it as an advanced trainer or a fast striker. Its speed, agility, and versatility gave it the edge in the competition that made it the winner, as the maximum range difference between the two aircraft was less than 1%. Overall, its long range, multirole abilities were the largest factors in its success. An excellent airplane, which excelled at its intended roles and others.

2. The Hammerhead Glider flew into second place. Unfortunately, its slower speed, lower agility, and higher drag hindered its performance in almost every trial. If range had been the sole requirement, it would have been a fierce runoff. The lower performance than its challenger can be attributed to the position of its center of gravity, and its somewhat obsolescent design basis. Although the Hammerhead Glider seemed to have a wider range of trainer potential, these capabilities were not outlined in the aircraft’s instructable, and as a result could not be counted. It was a good flier, and for a new aviator, I’m sure it’d work well as a stepping stone to the next aircraft.

Thank you to the winners, you will each receive your prizes tommorrow: Tuesday, July 19th, 2011.

Is there going to be a PAC 7 ? If there is I am definitely entering it coz I have another cool paper airplane idea!

PAC7 and PAC8 are in the future, however, their goals are still in question. It will be at least 1-2 weeks before PAC7 starts in any case.

As far as the idea goes, you must always consider that design choices are key for every contest, meaning, a shape for one contest may be inappropriate for another.

Oh Ok! Hope my design will be appropriate for the PAC7... if not I will try to come up with an appropriate one!

I gave my 3 Month Membership to wat. because I thought his airplane deserved the membership!

Can't wait for the patch!

Cool I won!

What there is only 1 entry! Is it possible to enter photo instructables....can I enter my photo instructable right now?

Because there is only one entry, and you seem quite eager to participate, I will allow entries until the end of tomorrow morning (11:59 AM PST, 7/16/2011).

Keep in mind though, that the entry must still fulfill all requirements.

The future goals of PAC7 are currently being determined.

For people wondering how a trainer might be configured, one could look to the new Harrier or the older Mentor for design considerations.

The general checklist for a trainer is:
  • Is it simple?
  • Is it stable?
  • Is it adaptable?
  • Will it help the operator learn?
Both of the cited planes are good examples of trainer configurations that fulfill the needs of the checklist. Their respective configurations can be seen below: Harrier (left), Mentor (right).