Daytona airport hosts paper airplane challenge for National Aviation Day

In honor of National Aviation Day on Aug. 19, Daytona Beach International Airport is hosting its first kids’ paper airplane challenge.

Young aerospace enthusiasts can create their miniature aircraft using paper as the main material, and each creation will be compared to see which is the most accurate flyer and which is the most creative. Pilots with the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University flight team will judge the paper planes.

“We know most families are still spending a lot of time at home, so this is an opportunity to get children involved in celebrating this important day with a fun and creative activity,” said Joanne Magley, the airport’s director of marketing and customer experience.

The paper models can be dropped off by the “Welcome” sign at the Daytona Beach airport 9-11 a.m. Aug. 13, 14, 17 and 18. Planes should include the child’s first name and age, as well as a parent’s email address. Participants ages 18 and younger are eligible to participate.