Back by popular demand, this year's event will be held over three days; Friday, October 5th, Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th. The launch event is open to the all NAR/TRA and non-members as well as the general public. Model rocketry enthusiasts from all over the Pacific Northwest are anticipated to attend this three-day event.
A detailed map with written instructions to our launch site can be obtained by scrolling to the bottom of our launch schedule page
For those wishing to stay in a motel/hotel, there are two locations we recommend:
The Blue Mountain Motel located at 414 West Main Street in Dayton. The motel's phone number is 509-382-3040. The motel is located near the Dayton Mercantile store, which also contains a Subway sandwich shop and the General Store convenience store. Next door to the Blue Mountain Motel is the Fiesta en Jalisco Mexican restaurant.
The Best Western Plus hotel sits on a hill at the east end of Main Street overlooking the town. With 50 rooms/suites, indoor pool, excercise room, and free breakfast, the Best Western is a great place to stay. Call to make reservations at the Best Western by calling 1-800-780-7234.
The Blue Mountain Rocketeer's launch site is located 4.5 miles north of Dayton, Washington, 8/10 of a mile off State Route 12 on Whetstone Road. The site is situated at the west end of a 66-acre alfalfa field in the middle of a low, wide valley. An old livestock corral planted in grass located at the southwest corner of the launch site provides a suitable parking and camping area. The Blue Mountain Rocketeers own a porta-potty located on site for the convenience of its members and guests. We ask that you please don't drive on the alfalfa. In consideration of Broughton Land Company (the land owner) no open campfires are permitted. However, barbeques, camp stoves, portable “patio pits” and lanterns are acceptable, so long as they do not leave burn marks on the ground.
The FAA waiver for Blue Mountain Blast is 5,000 feet AGL (above ground level). The waiver opens at 9:00 a.m and closes at 6:00 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the launch will continue under FAR 101 "Class 1" regulations from 6:00 p.m. to sundown. A list of the motors that can be flown under FAR 101 Class 1 can be referenced HERE.
All aspects of the National Association of Rocketry's model and high power safety codes will be observed. A copy of these safety codes can be obtained from the NAR's website
. Persons can refer to the club's documents page for additional launch site specific range rules
. Those wishing to make high power rocket flights of "H" impulse and above need to insure that they bring their NAR/TRA/CAR membership cards, as you will be required to provide your card to the RSO to verify current national organization membership status and high power certification level.
The Blue Mountain Rocketeers maintain a launch control system supporting 32 launch pads (16 model, 8 mid-power and 8 high power.) The club provides these launch pads, equipped with stainless steel launch rods up to 1/2-inch in diameter, as well as four, six and eight-foot launch rails. Due to land ownership issues at the east (down wind) end of the launch area, as well as compliance with the NAR High Power Safety Code, we must limit the size and impulse of the rockets launched in an attempt to maintain recovery on the field. As a general rule, flights of "A" through "I" impulse are supported.
Further questions about the Blue Mountain Rocketeers or this particular launch event can be directed to our Section Advisor