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Sooner Boomer

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Way back when I was into firearms, we would frequently hold postal matches between members of the forum/maillist. The match usually consisted of a simple set of shooting "exercises" that were carried out in the competator's local range. The results were then (e)mailed to the person running the match. The shooting course or exercise should be witnessed, and is dependant on the honesty of the individuals.

Any chance something like that could work for rocketry?
 

mcderek

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I don't see why not. I compete in and have hosted free flight aeromodeling postal competitions. Pick an event and run with it.
 

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Isn't that how NAR competitions are run now?
Instead of launching at a big meet, you launch at your local field with another NAR member present.
Submit your results, honor system applies.
EDIT: It's called the "National Rocketry Competition (NRC)".
Info here: Contest Flying | National Association of Rocketry (nar.org)
Excerpt:
"In 2017 the NAR completely revised the competition process to eliminate the annual accumulation of competition points and shift emphasis to individuals flying competitively against other individuals from throughout the U.S., each at their own local launch, in a half-dozen events that are standardized for each contest year but change between years. This new process is called the “National Rocketry Competition (NRC)”. Any two NAR members (at least one of them an adult) can get together and fly any or all of the NRC events anytime, anywhere as long as you register the launch event 7 days or more in advance through “Launch Windows”. Anybody can do this, it does not have to be done through an NAR section.

When you’re done flying one of the NRC events, you just report your flight scores and they get posted to a national “Scoreboard” where you can see how you are doing in that compared to everyone else in the US that year."
 
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Ez2cDave

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Isn't that how NAR competitions are run now?
Instead of launching at a big meet, you launch at your local field with another NAR member present.
Submit your results, honor system applies.
EDIT: It's called the "National Rocketry Competition (NRC)".
Info here: Contest Flying | National Association of Rocketry (nar.org)
Excerpt:
"In 2017 the NAR completely revised the competition process to eliminate the annual accumulation of competition points and shift emphasis to individuals flying competitively against other individuals from throughout the U.S., each at their own local launch, in a half-dozen events that are standardized for each contest year but change between years. This new process is called the “National Rocketry Competition (NRC)”. Any two NAR members (at least one of them an adult) can get together and fly any or all of the NRC events anytime, anywhere as long as you register the launch event 7 days or more in advance through “Launch Windows”. Anybody can do this, it does not have to be done through an NAR section.

When you’re done flying one of the NRC events, you just report your flight scores and they get posted to a national “Scoreboard” where you can see how you are doing in that compared to everyone else in the US that year."
That is not REAL Competition, as Modelers are flying in different locations, altitudes, and weather conditions.

Actual Competition should be contested by Competitors flying under the same circumstances, "head to head".

Dave F.
 

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It might not be REAL to you but postal competitions are lot's of fun. And its often the only way one can compete in a particular class. It's not 'head to head' but you do get to launch your contest models. Nothing wrong with that.
 
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