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YVR Take-Off Friday's First Paper Airplane Competition Lifts Off

Last Friday we held our First Paper Airplane Competition and Workshop in the Public Observation Area, Domestic Level 4, and what an event it turned out to be!

YVR Take-Off Fridays is already a blast, with DJs spinning live music in the terminal and various entertainers positioned throughout the airport, but the First Paper Airplane Competition and Workshop drew a big crowd and provided plenty of excitement.

The festivities kicked off with our Paper Airplane Expert, BCIT aerospace instructor Ralph Heldt, teaching everybody how to fold a proeper plane. The technique was simple enough for kids and even the rankest of amateurs (me) to follow. There were stand-up instructional banners as well (see below).

After everybody had a chance to register and fold their aircraft, 15 lucky people were chosen from a random draw our special emcee Jaeger Mah to participate in the main event.

We had a wide range of competitors spanning multiple generations. With the judges in place (L to R: Robyn Curtis, Vancouver Airport Authority, Eschelle Westwood, Mumfection, and Crystal Kwon, VanCity Buzz, we were ready for the competition begin.

In the end, it was the most unconventional aircraft design that took top honours, as Frank Lam was declared the winner and awarded the Grand Prize of 250 YVR bucks, a night in the Fairmont Vancouver Airport and a special, behind-the-scenes airside tour.

Congratulations to Frank, thanks to everybody who came out and particpated and contributed. And if you missed the workshop, you can still try your hand at folding a paper airplane during YVR Take-Off Fridays at the paper airplane folding station. Can't wait to fly again next year! 



1 Comment

  • Robert Smith wrote on Jul 16 2015 AT 7:06 PM

    It would be fantastic to an age limit implemented.  Frank's 50+ years of wisdom is possibly a slight advantage over the age appropriate the pre-teens participating.
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