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Volunteer Descriptions

AIRFest 30 will require plenty of volunteer assistance from all our Rocket Pals each day. Performing one of the range duty tasks is a great way to meet and get to know the many flyers who come to AIRFest from all around the world. You also get up close and personal with lots of really cool rockets. Getting a close look at other people's projects can be a great learning experience for your own personal projects.


Other Prefectures are challenged to reserve an entire shift to man the range with members of their club.


For each shift of Range Duty served, volunteers will be signed-up for the AIRFest Volunteer Incentive Partnership (VIP) which includes a raffle of items donated by rocketry vendors.


Range duty spots are available for the following:


Launch Control Officer (LCO) - The LCO is the person who "punches the button". Responsibilities include ensuring that the range and skies are safe for launches to commence and to keep the flow of the launch moving expeditiously. LCO should be a Level 2 or above rocketeer.


LCO Spotter - Assists the LCO with spotting and queuing rockets for launch. No certification requirements.


LCO Assist - Helps LCO queue pad banks and with flight card handling. No certification requirements.

Range Safety Officer (RSO) - The RSOs inspect and approve all rockets prior to launch. The RSOs will ensure that the propulsion, aerodynamic, and recovery systems of each rocket are adequate to accomplish a safe flight. RSO Duties require a rocketeer with Level 2 or above certification.


Pad Managers - Pad managers assist flyers with racking their rockets and transferring the Flight Cards to the LCO station for queuing launches. No certification requirements.


Away Cell Manager - The Away Cell Manager will assist large projects assigned in the 'M' impulse and above range with scheduling and set-up. After RSO inspection, large project teams must contact the Away Cell Manager for pad assignment and final launch queuing.


Away Cell RSO - Same as RSO above stationed at the Away Cells. Away Cell RSO should have some experience large and/or complex projects.


Away Cell Assist - Provides assistance at the Away Cells with traffic flow and queuing of rockets.


TRA Certs(Prefect/TAP) - Person available to witness and sign-off TRA certification flights. This person is “on-call” during their time slot and will be given a radio to enable contact if certification services are needed. Must be a TRA Prefect or TAP Member.

Registration Assistants - The Registration Assistants will assist at the Launch Registration checkpoint with distribution of flyer's packets, t-shirts, and other information distribution. No certification required. This is a great place for non-flyers (i.e. spouses) to assist.


Parking/Traffic Assistants - Helps out with directing incoming flyers’ and spectators’ vehicles into the Rocket Pasture.

Thanks to all the volunteers who are helping to make AIRFest 30 a success!!!