Flyoffs for U.S. Team Selection
Announcement: the flyoffs to select the 2016 U.S. Team will be held July 25-26, 2015 in conjunction with NARAM-57 in Tucson, Arizona. See 2016 Bulletin 1 below.
The U.S. Team is selected by a competitive flyoff process that is open to all NAR members. New participants are warmly welcomed! This website is designed to provide all the information on designs and construction techniques needed to enable new participants to be competitive.
Two teams of three persons are selected for each of the eight events of a WSMC. The Junior team is for fliers who will not have reached their 19th birthday by the end of the calendar year of the WSMC. The Senior team is for fliers older than this.
Participants must register specifically for the flyoffs and must also register as NARAM participants as well, either as weekend “sport fliers” or as all-week competitors. The flyoff is held at NARAM on the opening weekend prior to NARAM’s first day of competition, in odd-numbered years.
Flying is per FAI rules (and NAR Safety Code) with the following exceptions:
- Because fliers are not supported by recovery teams and the NARAM flying fields are not always large enough to support recovery of FAI “max” flights, for S1/S3/S4/S6/S9, fliers are permitted to enter one model per round and are not limited to the FAI rules limit of two models for three rounds.
- For S7, judging is done on a “good” model. Flight(s) may be done using a “boilerplate” model.
- S1 and S5 may be flown at any time (not limited to rounds) and must be flown with altimeters. Adrel or MicroPeak altimeters must be used. S1A and S1B are both required to be flown two-staged with A10-0T to 1/2A3-4T motors only.
- Only NAR safety-certified motors that are on the NAR list of motors approved for contest use may be used. There are currently no 10.5 mm FAI-style motors on this list, so this requires different airframes (motor mounts) than will actually be used at the WSMC.
The fliers who place in the top three places in each event in their age category qualify for the team for that event, as long as the second and third place fliers had a score at lest 50% of the score of the top flier.
No individual is permitted to be on the US Team at the WSMC for more than two events. If a flier qualifies for more than two events based on flyoff performance, then that flier gets to select which two events he/she will fly in. For any event that this flier declines, the next person in the order of flyoff performance for that event moves up and is invited onto the team as long as that person had a flyoff score at least 50% of the score of the top flier.
Additional information will be provided in the “Team Bulletin” for each team cycle. Team bulletins and results for prior flyoffs are available below.
|2013_Flyoff_Standings||HTML||May 28, 2014, 3:35 am||23 KB|
|Bulletin 1 - 2014 US Team||May 28, 2014, 3:35 am||111 KB|
|Bulletin 2 - 2014 US Team||May 28, 2014, 3:35 am||155 KB|
|Bulletin 3 - 2014 US Team||May 28, 2014, 3:35 am||108 KB|
|Bulletin #1 - 2016 US Team||March 28, 2015, 11:43 pm||130 KB|