LIMA – San Martin de Porres University’s School of Aeronautics Science organized a drone and paper airplane contest as part of a week-long celebration leading up to Aviation Day on Sept. 23 in Peru.
“Among the activities and different contests, we have the paper airplane competition to select our representatives to the (Red Bull) Paper Wings world competition,” aeronautics school director Jesus Huaman told EFE.
About 20 students from the school entered the contest, folding a sheet of paper into different models and flying them in the university’s arena.
The world paper airplane competition has three categories: range, which gives an award to the model flying the longest distance; length of flight time; and acrobatics, Huaman said.
“We only had contests for the first two categories,” the aeronautics school director said.
Jose Luis Vasquez won the range competition with a 16.37-meter (53.67-foot) long flight, followed by Sergio Jesus Perez Aguirre with a model that flew 14.97 meters (40.08 feet) and Fabricio Rengifo Salas, whose contraption flew 12.7 meters (41.69 feet).
Vasquez was awarded an international flight ticket and, along with his peers, will participate in the next Paper Wings World Championship in Austria.
Piero Chacaltana Davila won the drone competition, and students will participate in contests with aerostatic balloons and precision flight with real aircraft.