This there was a paper plane competition. Really more of a party or festival than a competition than a festival but there were contests for duration, distance and accuracy.
As you can see by the video below, there were people of all ages. Thanks to Tony Gaitatzis and a group of volunteers the event went off without a hitch. I think this will be an annual event.
There were prizes and a small fee at the door.
One thing I really enjoyed about the contest is that young children compete on the same playing field as adults.
Highly recommended as a family activity!
Paper planes are pretty unpredictable unless you spend a lot of time mastering it so the randomness kept any demographic from ruling the contest.
As you can see by the video below I showed the children and other facilitators how to make my circle plane. They had a specific contest for the circle plane. You had to catch two of them on a stick to win.
I had the very fine pleasure of attending Eric M’s 40th birthday! It was a great party with lots of people. One of the things I did during the party (aside from a mini Salsa demo) was to make the ERIC 40 paper plane.
As many of you may know the Squirrel model airplane project has been a great success but it’s still a model airplane which requires some skill. It has made model planes accessible to an even wider audience than with traditional model planes.
I am working on a project to start children even earlier with simple aviation.
Meet Circle Plane! I’ve been making this as long as I can remember and recently I am refining it for younger children.
Here is a glimpse of V1. You can download it at Circle Plane.
As you can see it’s a printable design. There is the Outer Message, Inner message and Secret message area. The planes can be pre-printed, printed for colouring/marking or printed as blanks for children to be creative (children as old as decades).
They are great flyers and I will be publishing some video on how to make the three folds (numbered 1-3 in the printed version). If I have not made a video by Wednesday, then I will attempt t make on at Ottawa Modlab this Wednesday.
Here’s a “beginner flying session” at the office today (Dec 20).