Aussie Red Bull Air Race pilot switches focus

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A file image of Matt Hall. (Balazs Gardi/Red Bull Content Pool)

There’ s {a new|a brand new|a fresh} focus for Australia’ s only Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall this month, as the three-time world championship runner-up turns his attention to paper planes.

Hall, who most know as a pilot comfortable rocketing through race tracks all over the world at 370km/h, 30 feet above the water, {will take|will require|is going to take} his competitor hat off and put his judge’ s hat on for the Red Bull Paper Wings competition.

Comprised of three components of distance, airtime and aerobatics, Hall will judge the aerobatic component, {which is|that is|which can be} being held via {social media|social networking|social media marketing} platform Instagram. It is the world’ s largest paper plane competition.

The victor of the Australian aerobatic competition will win a flight to Salzburg, Austria for the World Finals. There they will compete against the world’ s best at Red Bull Hangar 7, a modern-day mecca of the aviation world.

But that isn’ t {all the|all of the|each of the} Australian winner will receive. {As an|Being an|As a possible} added incentive, they will also win an exclusive opportunity with Hall to experience a proper aerobatic flight in his high-powered two-seater aircraft. In a twist to that competition, Hall will use that flight to try and re-create the aerobatic sequence flown by the Australian victor’ s paper plane.

While Red Bull Paper Wings runs according to a worldwide set of rules and prizes, Australia {has become a|has turned into a|has changed into a} global leader in 2019 {by offering|by providing} a real-life flight {for the|for that|for your} aerobatic paper plane champion. Hall said that it’ s an unique way to engage {a new|a brand new|a fresh} audience with aviation, adding that it would be interesting {to see if|to verify if|to verify that} he could replicate the flight of a paper plane {with the|using the|with all the} real deal.

“ There isn’ t {one person|one individual|anyone} that didn’ t {spend time|spend some time|hang out} making paper planes at school when they were younger, so it’ s great to now create a link between that and what I {and so|and thus|therefore} many others do in aviation, ” Hall said.

“ It’ s {an unique|a distinctive|an exceptional} concept that we’ re doing in Australia. I don’ t think I would have ever thought about trying to replicate the flight of a paper plane with my two-seater, but here we are. ”

Whether or not Hall can accurately reproduce the flight of a paper plane will remain unknown until {a winner is|a victor is} crowned and he has time to plan an aerobatic sequence that matches what the paper plane did.

Back in 2015 the global winner of the Red Bull Paper Wings aerobatic component was budding Lebanese aeronautical engineer Avedis Tchamitchian, who’ s flight was described as “ defying the laws of physics”. They’ re {the same|exactly the same|a similar} laws which might determine {the success of|the achievements of} Hall’ s challenge.

“ If the Australian winner creates a plane so advanced that it defies the laws of physics, {I might|I would} have my work {cut out|minimize|remove} for me, ” Hall said.

“ But paper planes are a great way {for people|for individuals|for folks} to build knowledge about aerodynamics {in a|inside a|within a} fun and risk-free environment. {That really|That actually|That basically} makes Red Bull Paper Wings a great way to engage predominantly young people in aviation, they’ ll learn while having fun… and one lucky person {will get a|will receive a} taste of what it’ s like to be in the Red Bull Air Race too. ”

The Red Bull Paper Wings competitions for distance and airtime have been held at university campuses in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle, Adelaide and Sydney {over the past|in the last|within the last} month.

The aerobatic component is now {all that|everything|everything that} remains, with entries open until 2359 AEST Thursday, April 18 and submitted via Instagram.

Voting will take place from April 19-22, with those voted in the top third {to have|to get|to possess} their flight submitted {to a|to some|into a} judging panel, including Hall.

More details {can be found|are available|is available} on the Red Bull Paper Wings website .
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VIDEO: Highlights from the 2015 Red Bull Paper Wings competition, where Avedis Tchamitchian was crowned the winner, {from the|from your|through the} Red Bull YouTube channel .