" Largest Wingspan"

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 flight of the paper aircraft with largest wingspan flown indoors over a distance of 50ft, 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 measurement is not feasible.

  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. Attempts declared or rendered void under guideline 7 below shall not be recorded as an attempt.

  7. The aircraft must be constructed from paper of paper weight no more than 150gsm. Use of glue is permitted for the purpose of creating joints but lamination of paper using glue should be restricted to main structural components only. Glue must not cover the main areas of the wing surface. Paper clips or staples are not permitted.

  9. The scrutineers shall measure the wingspan of the paper aircraft immediately prior to the first launch attempt and within the view of the public. The scrutineers shall measure the wingspan from wingtip to wingtip.

  11. The aircraft can be launched from a horizontal platform of maximum height 10ft, by one person (the "thrower") throwing the aircraft unaided. A 10ft run up on a level surface (floor or platform) is permitted as part of the launch. The horizontal platform must be placed on the main floor area. The aircraft must be released before the thrower leaves the platform. The aircraft must not fly 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. The final launch height of the aircraft is dependent upon the combined height of the thrower and the height of the platform. Reasonably flat footwear must be used.

  13. The floor shall be marked with a launch line and a parallel finish line, 50ft apart. If a platform is used, the launch line shall be marked on the floor immediately below the front launch edge of the launch platform. The scrutineers shall determine whether the aircraft wholly passes beyond the finish line. If the whole aircraft does not pass beyond the finish line, the scrutineers shall call a foul. 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.

  15. If the aircraft hits any object such as a wire, lighting, etc during the flight, the flight shall be deemed to have finished at the point on the floor immediately below the point of contact, the flight shall be recorded as a valid attempt and the scrutineers shall determine whether the aircraft had crossed the official finish line at the deemed point of contact. Additionally, should any object, flying or fixed, benefit the aircraft in flight or is deemed to do so by a scrutineer, that scrutineer shall 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 any flight record being disallowed 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.