12k Waiver

If you have something big you feel like flying at NARAM, bring it on out! We have FAA clearance to 12,000′ AGL, with simple “N” motors. If you plan to fly a rocket with an L or larger motor you must pre-register on the, “Big Rocket Guidelines/Application” page. NARAM is a big event and we really need to have a good idea what to expect to support them and you. If you show up with a rocket that you have not pre-registered, your flight will be allowed only at the discretion of the BFR Manager.

R/C Flying

Use of Radio Control—R/C rocket-boosted glider flights originating from the either the contest or sport range will leave the area directly over the range following the boost phase of flight so that other models may be launched. R/C model flights that are not part of NARAM competition or sport rocket activities must take place at safe distances from spectators or at the appropriate flying site.

No-fly zones will be addressed at the Sport and Contest Flier’s briefings and a map included in your NARAM packet.

Sport Range/High Power Area

  • The NAR will host a Sport Range area. The Sport Range will be managed by MARS, the site host club.
  • An FAA Waiver will be in place to fly up to 12,000′  AGL.
  • Staff on-hand can certify you for both NAR and TRA L1 & L2 (including administration of Level 2 tests) There will be two L2 test events taking place during the week. See the schedule for more information.
  • Flights up to simple “N” motors can be accomodated.
  • Pads will be available with all standard rod and rail sizes up to 1.5″ rail.
  • If questioned, fliers must provide evidence that any high-powered rocket that they present for flight will not exceed the 12,000′ waiver ceiling limit in effect.
  • A NARAM name badge required for access past the spectator barrier.
  • No one under-age or not certified for the applicable motor impulse will be allowed past the safety check with a rocket containing a high power motor unless accompanied by an appropriately certified sponsor.
  • All igniters for high power rockets will be installed only at the pad before the flight, They must be brought to the safety check-in desk separately from, but along with the rocket.
  • Sensitive igniters (such at “electric match” and” flash bulb” ) must be shorted out until hooked up to the range launch control system at the pad.
  • Altimeters with ejection charges are not to be powered up until the rocket is at the pad and raised for flight .
  • All motors must be currently certified to be flown on the NARAM field.
  • HP composite cluster flights must be wired in “Parallel”, thrust ratio must of 5 to 1 must attained by 2/3 of the installed engines.
  • HP staged rockets are limited to a max altitude of 8K and the flyer must provide a sim.
  • The range safety officer will designate the rail angles depending on the wind speed and direction. The angles are designed to keep rockets from flying over the flight line and towards the museum buildings. There may be temporary altitude restrictions if the wind blows towards the NWM to prevent recovery drift into buildings or airplanes.
  • MARS requires all high power and mid power rockets flying on F and G motors to use rail button. Launch rails are superior to round rods in every way and are an integral part of our system to control rocket flights. Saucers, spools and mono-copters are exempt from the rail button requirement.
  • MARS recommends all high power rockets fly with some form of tracker, MARS has 12 Big Red Bee loaner units available.


“We will be broadcasting LCO announcement on FM radio.

The staff will be using FRS radios to communicate during NARAM, you are welcome listen in. An announcement will be made at the Flier’s Briefings of the FRS frequencies in use for event staff. Please use frequencies other than those specified for your personal use.

Weather Delays and Emergencies

Severe weather is always a possibility during July and August. The Contest Director and either Range Safety Officer may call for a break in flying for weather.

In the event of lightning storms or other severe weather all participants will be asked to leave the range and return to the host hotel. The Contest Director will either cancel the remaining flying for the day or make a general announcement that flying is re-opened. Flying will resume no sooner than 20 minutes after this announcement is made. At the discretion of the Contest Director, flying may or may not be extended to make up for lost flying time.

Severe weather announcements are expected to be complied with immediately. Participants should remain aware of developing weather and be ready to depart the field in the event of a severe weather announcement.

Anyone failing to comply with the direction of the Contest Director or Range Safety Officer for weather delays or emergencies will be asked to leave the field for the day.