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Red Bull Paper Wings I Qualifying Event

Red Bull invites the best designers, innovators and aviators to compete for a spot in the Global Paper Plane Competition in Austria. 

Forget about cockpits, jet engines and the sweet smell of kerosene. All the equipment needed is an ordinary, commercial sheet of paper to compete in the Global Paper Plane competition Paper Wings that will take place from May 8 - 9, 2015 in Salzburg, Austria. 

Fold it, calibrate it and check the aerodynamics before releasing the plan for a place in the record books. More than 37,000 fierce competitors from 83 countries took part in the qualifiers in 2012 and that number is set to rise this year as they chase to dethrone Lebanon's Elie Chemaly, who won with the longest airtime of 10.68 seconds in 2012. Tomas Beck from the Czech Republic is the titleholder when it comes to distance with 50.37 meters. 

The recipe for success lies in exceptional folding abilities as well as creativity, imagination and a grasp of basic aeronautic rules. The longest airtime will be judged as well as the longest distance traveled. 

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When: Dc qualifier will take place on April 2, 2015. Pilot check-in starts at 6pm and the competition begins at 7pm. Onsite sign-ups will be accepted up until competition time. 

Where: The qualifying event will take place at the Georgetown restaurant Malmaison located at 3401 K Street NW. The May event in Austria will be hosted at the iconic Hangar-7 home of the acrobatic Flying Bulls.