So do we. Leftover Apogee 10.5mm motors are used for FAI development
flying and practice.
If you have a few left over, consider sharing with your favorite US
I offered to donate mine in exchange for something simple like cool
sticker to go on the range box but I think that got too complicated.
The team seems to be well connected to a European source which they
get to once they get over there which blows the practice practice
practice mantra out of the water...
The same exact reason NAR will not certify USR motors.
It does not matter if the motors are made under a DOT EX number, ATF
permit or not, business license or not, lease or not, tax ID or not, DOT
shipper registration or not, certified boxes or not, tested to NAR specs
or not, meeting all the temperature specs or not, compatible with the
"model rocket religion" or not.
Sometimes the excuse is "all the names don't synch" because the EX
numbers were issued in 1986 and just like Estes motors they have changed
ownership (Centuri in the case of Estes) (another in the case of USR),
the fact they are OEM (contracted out) and thus much of the paperwork is
associated with the contractor under contract in a way the GOVERNMENT
agencies approve of fully, but the NAR refuses to recognize for purely
And MOST of the FAI motors are in a similar boat, or worse, are missing
many or most of those elements of paperwork.
So they are screwed and the oligopoly is safe. If you take the hybrid
manufacturers out of the list and look ONLY at firms NAR CURRENTLY will
accept motors from for cert, the list is a short oligopoly.