" Distance"

NTRODUCTION - Andy Chipling has been working closely with the
"Guinness Book of Records" to produce the following rules for
the world's top Paper Aircraft Record holders to use: -


Record Guidelines



  1. The record is for the distance of a flight of a paper aircraft flown indoors, in a closed air environment, where the general public may view the event. Outdoor flights are not eligible for the record.

  3. Two independent scrutineers must be appointed. The scrutineers must be persons of good character who shall be responsible for the proper application of these guidelines within the spirit of fairplay and shall take and authenticate the measurements. The scrutineers shall have the power to call a foul where the guidelines have been breached or the distance cannot be feasibly measured.

  5. Ten attempts at the record are allowed. A foul shall be recorded as an attempt but shall not be valid for setting the record.

  7. The aircraft must be constructed from one sheet of paper only (using either a sheet of A4 or 8" x 11" quarto sized paper). The weight of paper must be no more than 100gsm. The paper can be cut, but any piece of paper cut off cannot be rejoined. The use of standard light-duty clear cellulose adhesive tape of width 25mm and total length 30mm is permitted on any one aircraft. The tape may be cut up into smaller pieces but shall be used to hold down folds only and shall not be layered, joined together, used as a weight, used for laminating a surface nor used as a control device such as a trim-tab or flap. Glue, paper clips or staples are not permitted.

  9. The aircraft must be launched by one person (the "thrower") throwing the aircraft unaided from behind a straight launch line marked on the floor (the "launch line"). A run up of 10 metres before the launch line is allowed but the use of ramps or similar devices is not permitted. The thrower's body (including feet and clothing) must not touch the launch line or any point beyond it during the launch and the scrutineer shall check that the thrower does not so touch the launch line or beyond during the launch. After completion of the launch, the thrower may move beyond the launch line. The launch line shall be 10 meters in length. The launch line shall be marked at the central point at which all throws shall be made. The launch line central point is the mark from which distance measurements shall be taken.

  11. The launch height is dependent upon the height of the thrower. Reasonably footwear must be used. The aircraft must not be launched from a balcony or any other area higher than the main floor level. The floor on which the thrower stands during launch must be level with or lower than the point where it first lands. The aircraft must not dip below the launch line and rise again, for example by flying down into a pit or basement area and up again to the main floor level. When in flight the aircraft should not roll more than 4 times along its longitudinal axis.

  13. The flight distance shall be measured in a straight line. Distance shall be measured form the central point marked on the launch line to the point where the aircraft first touches the floor, unless guideline 8. below applies.

  15. If the aircraft hits any object such as a wire, lighting, etc during the flight, the distance should only be recorded at that point. Additionally, should any object, flying or fixed, benefit the aircraft in flight or be deemed to do so by a scrutineer, the scrutineers shall either (a) Measure the distance to the point on the floor immediately below and before any effect occurred or (b) Call a foul. Either or both scrutineers may call a foul. It only requires one scrutineer to call a foul; with the attempt being counted and the distance measurement lost.

Authentication: Within a reasonable time after the record attempt, the thrower:

  1. must provide signed statements of authentication from the scrutineers confirming the facts and that the attempt was carried out in accordance with the guidelines above;
  2. should provide independent corroboration where possible in the form of local or national newspaper cuttings.
  3. should provide reproducible colour photographs or transparencies of the event.
  4. should provide a standard play VHS video tape recording which shows the aircraft in full view at all times.

BEFORE THE ATTEMPT, NOTE THAT we cannot provide scrutineers but you should notify The Guinness Book of Records of your attempt at least 28 days in advance. You should confirm the guidelines with us prior to your attempt. It is the responsibility of the person attempting the record to ensure that they AND THE SCRUTINEERS (a) use the most current version of the guidelines and (b) are aware of the official interpretation of the guidelines. 21/6/98AJC.