Whether you choose your own paper, or purchase my special pre-printed Vortex-Star Paper, you’re in for a fun time!
Vortex-Star Paper Airplanes made with typical papers, such as printer or academic papers, have a tendency to fly about 15 to 20 meters (40 to 60 feet) on a good throw. This by itself is enough to beat most casual paper airplane contests.
In contrast, the record with my special Vortex-Star Paper has been measured to fly an amazing 36.8 meters (121 feet)! All distance tests take place in a single-floor windless enclosure for maximum precision.
If you choose to use your own paper, search for 4 key characteristics.
1) The paper must be heavy like card-stock. More mass = more kinetic energy. However if the paper is too thick, the folds will crumple and cause increased friction.
2) The paper must crease along a thick fold line, not crumple like card-stock and construction papers do.
3) The paper must hold an arc without crumpling, and be somewhat re-shape-able. Most printer and academic papers, as well as card stocks, do not do this very well.
4) The paper must be as smooth as possible to reduce friction. The smoother the better. Try gloss or semi-gloss finishes.
Best of luck! And happy flying!