CMASS Club Launch and NRC Event - 04 September 2021 - Acton, MA

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We will fly from the Acton School Street field on 04 September from 10 to 4 as long as the weather and the volunteers hold out. As usual, Acton is a small field so we are limited to low- and mid-power rockets. Be careful pairing your motors and rockets to be sure you recover on the field especially as the wind is likely to change direction through the day. There will be food service at this launch. Stay hydrated and fed. Esther's Engines will be on the field; check out this post on our website if you need any motors from her.

COVID-19 is making a comeback so your club would like you to be safe for you and others. People who have not been vaccinated should wear a face cover at all times; people who have been vaccinated have the option to wear one but are encouraged to do so. Please follow this link, read the entire guide, fill out and print the form to bring along to the field. While some of the information in the guide is dated and no longer apply, we still want you to fill out the tracing form. If you do not submit a form, you will not be allowed to fly. Face covers and social distancing will still be required as you line up for the safety check and are near the launch control area. You are responsible for supplying your own face cover.

Thanks to Stephen Maire and the folks who volunteered to help with timing, this Club launch has been approved by the NAR for flying under the National Rocket Competition (NRC). We will be flying the following contest events:

1/4-A Streamer Duration
1/2-A Rocket Glider
A Parachute Duration
A Helicopter Duration
B Eggloft Altitude (altimeter)
B Altitude (altimeter)
Sport Scale (flight qualification only, no scale judging)

Members attending the launch will be asked to help with the timing events. Members flying the altitude events will need to provide their own altimeter and hardware needed to access the altitude data.
Flying of the contest events will be from 10:30AM to 14:00PM.
Entries must be accompanied by a Contest Flight Card. Cards will be available at the launch, but you may also download a card and complete beforehand at this link: http://www.nar.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/FC-1.pdf
All entries flown must be flown on an NAR certified engine. The list of certified engines may be found at: https://www.nar.org/SandT/pdf/CombinedMotorsByImpulse.pdf
Detailed rules for each event may be found in the NAR Pink Book available at: https://www.nar.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/USMRSC_2019.pdf
Section 13 of Pink Book also describes the structure of competition flying in the NAR.

If you noticed, I mentioned volunteers in the first line and we'll need help with timers during the NRC events. We had a good number of people volunteer at our summer launches but we need more to fill out the ranks. Please use the sign-up sheet on the club website's home page; if we don't get the help, we can't host a full launch. You must be a Senior member of NAR to work at Safety Check or Launch Control. Anyone can help with set-up and tear-down; no sign-up needed, just lend a hand. To help with the NRC, check with Stephen at the field.

Follow the thread on the website Forum for any further updates.
 
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