Contest Range

 Contest Range

The NARAM-65 contest range will be running Saturday August 3rd through August 9th.  Saturday and Sunday will feature the US Team Flyoffs/North Coast Cup.  Monday through Friday will feature the NAR National Championships competition.  On Monday there will be an additional area for the US Team Flyoffs/North Coast Cup designated just south of the contest range.

General Notes

Combined Motor List—The CAR/NAR/TRA certified motor list can be found here. It designates all motors that are approved for contest use.

Competition Rules—NARAM is being flown under United States Model Rocket Sporting Code.

Current NRC Standings— Check out the National Scoreboard for standings in the race for National Champions!

Mission Points—For events that use mission points in their scoring, the worksheet can be found here.

Name Badges—All fliers must wear their name badges indicating registration status while on the contest range.


Pad Assignments—Pad assignments will be issued based on the order in which fliers clear safety check-in with ready to launch models and the availability of pads of the appropriate type. Assignments will be made only to unoccupied pads. Fliers with personal launching equipment at an occupied pad have the option of moving their equipment to an unoccupied pad, or waiting until the pad with their equipment is available. No stacking or pre-allocated flight cards for a particular pad will be allowed.

Misfires—Misfires that can be corrected with a new igniter at the pad will be permitted to recycle without returning to Pad Assignment. The flight card will be removed from the ready to fly queue and re-entered when the flier signals readiness. If a flier must leave the pad area to correct a misfire, the flight card will be returned to Pad Assignment.

Range Duty—All fliers are subject to being required to perform some form of Range Operations Duty on a “fair share” basis, based on any preference they indicate at registration and on the needs of the event. Judging is considered performing range duty as well. The Contest Director may suspend flying privileges for participants that refuse, are late, or do not show up for their assigned duties. Contest judges and NAR members directly involved with the operations of NARAM-63 on a continuous basis are not involved in Range Duty.

  • Range Duty consists of a 1 hour and 45 minute shift each day on the field to cover the operation of the NARAM event. Thursday is planned (unless weather forces us to make up flying) to only be a 1 hour and 15 minute shift, while Friday will only be a 1 hour shift.
  • Range Duty shifts rotate their schedule throughout the week.
  • Your Range Duty will be clearly assigned on a schedule in your NARAM-63 contestant packet.

Blast Deflectors—All flyer provided launch devices must include an adequate blast deflector that prevents motor exhaust from directly impacting the ground.

Launching Rockets—There will be two ranges set up for rocket activity: The Contest Range and the Sport Range. These areas will be the only locations from which rockets may be launched. Competition flights will only be flown from the competition range and designated adjacent areas. Practice flights for competition models may be made from the Sport Range. Record attempts may be made from the contest range, but priority will be given to any contest event flights prior to ANY record attempt.

Range Closing—Check-In for each event will close 10 minutes prior to the end time for that event. Pad assignment will close at the event end time. After the close of an event, all flights will be processed out of the launch queue through a single launch attempt. Misfires on the pad after event close will not be granted additional launch attempts.

Returns—Returns for ALL events of that day end 2 hours after the flying day ends. Returns made between the close of the range and the 2 hour window, should be made to the CD or his designated official. Contact information will be supplied at the contestants briefing on Sunday evening. IT IS THE CONTESTANTS RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THEIR RETURN HAS BEEN PROPERLY RECORDED ON ANY FLIGHT CARD.

Rule 10.4-Return of Inaccessible Models—Rule 10.4 does NOT apply to Egg Lofting Altitude or Payload Altitude events. These both require actual return of the portion of the model containing the egg or payload for inspection. For all other events where Rule 10.4 does apply, the contest official will not enter any property marked with ‘No Trespassing’ signs. However, if the model can be seen from outside the ‘No Trespassing’ boundary with or without the use of binoculars, the contest official will rule it a Rule 10.4 Return if he/she is satisfied it meets the criteria of the rules. Limits may be placed on distance an official may travel for this rule.

Use of Radio Control—R/C rocket boosted glider flights originating from the either the contest range or sport range should leave the area directly over the range following the boost phase of flight so that other models may be launched. A R/C Frequesncy board will be provided if necessary to manage avoid conflicts.

R/C model flights that are not part of NARAM competition or sport rocket activities must take place at safe distances from launch activities, people, and parking/prep areas. All R/C flyers shall be familiar with and in compliance of all FAA UAV regulations including TRUST certificate and registration markings if required on aircraft.