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SARA Open Meet April 24, 2016

posted Mar 22, 2016, 10:07 PM by James Cramton   [ updated Mar 22, 2016, 10:52 PM ]
A division Alexander prepping a model on a piston launcher
SARA's next competition meet is now scheduled, sanctioned with the NAR.

SARA Open Meet-1 (SOM-1) will be an Open Meet (our first contest was a Local Meet).

Contest Events:

1/2 A SuperRoc Altitude (Altimeter). This is a NARAM 58 event. Fly a certified altimeter as high as possible on a 1/2 A motor. Scoring in meters multiplied by length in centimeters, between 50 cm and 100 cm.  And don't let it bend! 2 flights permitted; highest altitude counts.

A Boost Glider (A boost glider can separate the motor pod on a streamer or parachute at apogee, leaving a lighter weight glider to return to earth) Free Flight Only; no Radio Control. 2 flights permitted; score is the sum of the flight duration in seconds. 1 rocket must be returned.

C Parachute Duration: Keep a C powered rocket aloft as long as possible under a parachute. 2 flights permitted; score is the sum of the flight duration in seconds. 1 rocket must be returned.

D Streamer Duration (an underpowered version of NARAM 58's G Streamer Duration). 2 flights permitted; score is the sum of the flight duration in seconds. 1 rocket must be returned.

Predicted Altitude: Fly a certified altimeter as close as possible to your predicted altitude.  One flight only; first flight of the day.

Photo: 8 year old Alexander prepares a model 
rocket on a competition piston launcher.
Yeah...shorts and cowboy boots?
This must be Arizona!

Please register here:

I have mentioned before that to enjoy competition, it's best to to read the NAR contest rule book, known as the Pink Book (PB).  Though not exciting reading, it's important to begin to understand the rules that govern the categories of events like Altitude, Duration, Precision, and Craftsmanship.  To download your own shiny, digital copy of the PB, follow this link: 

The second paragraph on this webpage says, "... get the full version in PDF format." Just right click on the link and download the file to your computer. Then, do your best to start reading through it. An informed competitor is actually a happier one!  You don't want to be surprised to have me, your Contest Director, or another competitor, telling you that your model has a problem with rule number, blah, blah, blah...    :)

OK, why are we flying an Open Meet and not another Local Meet? Simply to offer people a few additional, challenging, but exciting to fly events. And because I'm recycling Predicted Altitude and C parachute Duration, you get the chance to reuse a rocket and to get better at these two events having already flown them once.

But keep in mind, the new events being flown, 1/2A Super-roc Altitude-Altimeter, A Boost Glider, and C Eggloft Duration are NOT easy events in order for them to perform as needed and fly well.

I recommend that you focus on flying the event or events that you think will be fun! SARA isn't chasing a section championship so section points isn't important. What IS important is having FUN!    Fly what you will think will be fun.

We're going to start at 9AM and stop once everyone has made all their flight attempts.

You must bring your own altimeter for use in Predicted Altitude and 1/2A Super-roc Altitude- Altimeter.

Please bring a stopwatch. If you don't yet own one, please buy one as I will not allow the use of cell phones. Stopwatches aren't expensive and duration events are the most commonly flown types of events.

PLEASE REGISTER (use the link above) so I know how many contestants there will be!

I look forward to seeing you there. If you have questions about any of the events, please post them here and I will answer them the best I can.


Ed LaCroix, SARA Contest Director