The Second Foam Plate Rubber Band Powered Airplane Contest 2017 – 2018

The Second Foam Plate Rubber Band Powered Airplane Contest

2017 – 2018

This event is incorporated into the 2017-2018 26th World Wide Postal Contest, with the rules changed accordingly. This is an excellent opportunity for school, scout and other youth groups to enter times in an international event.

1. The wing and stabilizers must be made from commercially manufactured foam dinner plates. No reinforcement like wood or carbon spars, tape or stickers. Glue and foam plates only. You may use paint or markers for designs and identification. No limit on size or wing span.

2. Rubber motors only, no limit on motor size. No limit on propellers.

3. The motor stick/fuselage is limited to solid balsa wood only, no coatings or reinforcements, with a 1/8″ x 3/8″ maximum cross section, no limit on length.

4. Contest will run from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Flights must be made between or on those dates. Results must be submitted no later than July 15, 2018. Report your name, age category, times for each entry and location (town and country) through the Comments box below.

5. Age classes are Preteen (0-12), Teen (13-19), Adult (20-64), Cunning Survivor (65 or over). Age is as of the first day of July, 2017. Contestants must report their age category when they submit their results.

6. Flights must be recorded in sets of six. Each set must be completed before beginning another set of six. Not all flights in a set must be made with the same plane (to permit finishing the event if a plane is lost or destroyed). You may fly as many sets of six as you want and report your best. Each flight can be made on any day during the contest period, they do not need to be all on the same day. Each flight must be designated in advance as a contest flight. You may enter as many planes as you like. The score for each entry will be the total of the best three in the six. The fourth best flight will be used to break ties, and so on.


See Bill Kuhl’s page on Rubber Powered Foam Model Airplanes for some general guidance. See his page with detailed building instructions for his Fantastic Foam Flyer. This plane is eligible for this contest.

On EndlessLift, see the building tutorial for the Snowflake. This two minute airplane was designed specifically for this contest.

Also take a look at the Foam Plate Cloud Tramp.

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