Flyoffs for U.S. Team Selection
The flyoffs to select the U.S. Team for the 2023 World Championships in Austin, Texas were held in conjunction with NARAM-63 (Springfield, Missouri) in July 2022. These flyoffs were run as described in the Bulletin #1 attached 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 (four if at least one is female) 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 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. These flights must be made with Estes 1/2A3-2 or 4T motors.
- For S7, judging is done on a “good” model. Flight(s) may be done using a “boilerplate” model.
- S2P and S5 must be flown with altimeters. Adrel altimeters must be used. They will be available at the flyoff.
- Only NAR safety-certified motors that are on the list of motors approved for this flyoff (see Bulletin #1 below) may be used.
The fliers who place in the top three places in each event in their age category (top four places if one or more of these is female) qualify for the team for that event, as long as these fliers had a score at least 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. The bulletin for selection of the 2023 team is posted below. There are additional special procedures being used for selection of the Junior team for one event, S5B (Scale Altitude). This separate document is also attached below.
|Bulletin #3 for 2023 U.S. Team Selection||June 4, 2022, 1:46 am||403 KB|
|FAI Flight Card||November 4, 2021, 2:06 am||224 KB|