Cleared for takeoff at Fresno Pacific

The Red Bull Paper Wings’ international competition made a stop Thursday at Fresno Pacific University.

The competition, a spinoff of the popular Red Bull Air Race, is geared toward college students with about 75 qualifiers being held in the U.S. (including the one at Fresno Pacific) and many more being held worldwide.

“Pilots” must achieve thresholds in any of three events — air time, distance or aerobatics score — to advance to the global finals in Salzburg, Austria, May 8 and 9.