-- Concordia, Bishops and Mount Royal University students to represent Canada in the World Championship --
TORONTO, April 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Not just your average paper plane competition, Red Bull Paper Wings soars to new altitudes. On April 2, at the MX Aerospace Centre, 25 of the country's top paper plane engineers battled it out for a chance to represent Canada in the Red Bull Paper Wings World Championship taking place at Hangar-7 in Salzburg, Austria on May 4 -5. Students from 10 universities across Canada competed in one of three categories: distance, airtime and aerobatics. Earning their ticket on a real airplane bound for Austria will be Zsean Qureshi (Concordia University), William Murphy (Bishops University), and Addison Asuchak (Mount Royal University).
Engineering student, Zsean Qureshi earned top spot in the Longest Distance category. Zsean's paper plane flew 37.4 metres (122.7 feet). "I need to find a high ceiling to practice." Said 24-year old Concordia University student Qureshi. Channeling Ken Blackburn, 22-year old Bishops University student William Murphy took home Longest Airtime and is looking forward to meeting his international opponents in Austria. William's paper plane was airborne for a total of 10.19 seconds. "I had a few designs I was working with." Said Murphy about his preparation for the event.
Representing the Wild West was 22-year old Addison Asuchak who stomped all over his competition in the Aerobatics category. The Mount Royal University student and 2009 Red Bull Paper Wings finalist, Addison wowed judges with his technical designed plane and creative performance earning the top score of 23 points. "This feels unreal - it hasn't sunk in yet. I'm going across the world to represent my country but most importantly Alberta." Said two-time Red Bull Paper Wings National Finalist Addison Asuchak of his win. On hand to judge the action was a team of experts including Canada's own Red Bull Aerobatic pilot, Pete McLeod, who is no stranger with the world of flight.
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Red Bull Paper Wings is a contest event format incorporating two of the most vital assets of Red Bull, flying and creativity and has been developed as a world wide paper plane contest, giving many paper airplane pilots the chance, to actively participate in an airplane contest combining their spirit and sportive ambition in flying! The dimensions of the competition have nearly doubled in just a short time. There were 48 countries that had national qualifiers in 2006. There were already more than 85 countries taking part for the third edition of the contest. The tried-and-tested formula from the World Finals is set to rock Austria for a third time as the finalists do battle in three disciplines: Longest Distance, Longest Airtime, and Aerobatics. The 2012 World Final, taking place at Hangar-7 in Salzburg, Austria will host the national winners from all categories from more than 80 countries, all vying for a place in aviation history.
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