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The Utah Rocket Club's annual spring competition known as Pioneer 2011 is quickly approaching. The event will take place on Saturday, May 21. You must be an NAR or Junion NAR member to compete.

NAR model rocket competition is a fun and challenging way to improve your craftsmanship and flying skills individually or as a part of a team. It is an activity that emphasizes patience, skill, and sportsmanship.Any current NAR member can participate in NAR sanctioned competition. 

AHD – A Helicopter Duration
You build or buy a helicopter model rocket that takes an “A” motor and twirls down very, very slowly. I recommend coming to the May UROC member’s meeting for Randall Redd’s class on helicopter rockets. Then call in sick for a couple days so you can build a great winning helicopter. 

OSL – Open Sport Landing
This means you take your favorite model rocket and hope it lands close to the marker. If you have never entered a NAR contest, this one is great for beginners. Make the rest of the club green with envy as you win a trophy for the first NAR contest you’ve ever entered!

BPD – B Parachute Duration
This means that you take your lightest model rocket, use a B6-4 or other “B” motor and time how long the model, using a parachute takes to float to the ground. Hint: A larger parachute will take longer than a smaller parachute.

CRG – C Rocket Glider
You build or buy a rocket glider model rocket that takes an “C” motor and glides down very, very slowly. The rocket can have fins that slide forward to transform into a glider. Again, I recommend coming to the May UROC member’s meeting for Bruce Bell’s class on gliders. Since you’ll already be calling in sick to make your helicopter, you can also make your glider.

PMC – Plastic Model Conversation
This is where, instead of buying a rocket at the hobby store, you by one of those put it together yourself plastic models. Then you drill out the center to make space for the rocket parts. In the end, you’ll have a fierce fighter plane rocket or even a Star Wars x-wing rocket.

As always, check this site prior to driving out to the event in case of cancellation due to weather or fire danger. The following weekend's Sport Launch will have a waiver and facilities. If you have never tried NAR competition, here are some suggestions in order to get you started.

Get onto the NAR website and look up the US Model Rocket Sporting Code, also known as the Pink Book. This is where you will find the rules for all of the events. Look into the rules carefully and build around them. Have a notebook with you and take notes on your own flights and your competitors strategies and tactics. (Model rocket competitors do not keep secrets. They will be quite open to your questions!) 

And of course, always remember to have fun!

There is a $5 entrance fee to pay for the medals and ribbons that you could win.

If you have further questions about this event, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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