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 duration 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.
  2. 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 time measurements. Each scrutineer shall use a digital stopwatch. The scrutineers shall have the power to call a foul where the guidelines have been breached or the duration cannot be reasonably or feasibly measured.
  3. Ten attempts at the record are allowed. A foul shall be recorded as an attempt but shall not be valid for setting the record. Attempts declared or rendered void under guideline 7 below shall not be recorded as an attempt.
  4. 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, paperclips or staples are not permitted.
  5. The aircraft must be launched by one person (the "thrower") throwing the aircraft unaided from a reasonably static position. A run up or fast walk as part of the launch is not permitted, nor the use of ramps or like devices. The thrower must endeavour to keep both feet on the ground during the launch. The aircraft must not be launched from a balcony or any other area that is higher than the main floor level.
  6. The launch height is dependent upon the height of the thrower. Reasonably flat footwear must be used. 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 go below the main floor level and then rise again, for example by flying down into a pit or basement area and up again to the main floor level.
  7. The duration shall be measured by the scrutineers from the point in time when the aircraft leaves the thrower's hand to the point in time when the aircraft first touches the floor or is subject to guideline 8. The duration record shall be measured to a tenth of a second but scrutineers' stopwatches shall measure to a hundredth of a second and times shall be rounded up or down in accordance with the following example: times from 20.91 to 20.95 seconds round down to 20.9 seconds; 20.96 to 20.99 round up to 21.0 seconds. The scrutineers each shall compare their times measured to determine jointly a fair or average time. Where the average of two time measurements generates a time to two decimal places, the time shall be rounded up or down in accordance with the above example. If the two scrutineers cannot agree on a fair or average time, then the time shall be disallowed and the throw shall be void as an attempt.
  8. If the aircraft hits any object such as a wire, lighting, etc during the flight, the duration should only be recorded until the point of contact. Additionally, should any object, flying or fixed, benefit the aircraft in flight or is deemed so to do by a scrutineer, that scrutineer shall call a foul. It only requires one scrutineer to call a foul; with the attempt being counted and time stopped or 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.