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 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.