NZRA Altitude Records

New Zealand Altitude Records


The NZRA maintains a list of records in a number of different categories. The intent of these records is to encourage (friendly!) competition amongst our members, as well as promote innovation and development to advance the sport of amateur rocketry in New Zealand and worldwide.

There are two main categories of records, each of which are divided into classes according to the total impulse of the motor(s) used.

  • Single Stage - Altitude: Max altitude for rockets using a single motor for propulsion.

  • Staged/Clustered- Altitude: Max altitude for rockets using more than one motor for propulsion in a parallel (clustered) or series (multiple stages) arrangement.

Single Stage - Altitude

"A" Class

Holder: Tom, Antoni & Emilia Mackenzie

Date: 14 June 2020

Motor: A8-3

Altitude: 915 ft.

"B" Class

Holder: Tom, Antoni & Emilia Mackenzie

Date: 6th February 2021

Motor: B6-6

Altitude: 884 ft.

"C" Class

Holder: Jack Davies

Date: 8th July 2012

Motor: C6-5

Altitude: 846 ft.

"D" Class

Holder: Jack Davies

Date: 1st December 2013

Motor: D24-T

Altitude: 2119 ft.

"E" Class

Holder: Jack Davies

Date: 31st May 2014

Motor: E12

Altitude: 2608 ft.

"F" Class

Holder: Jack Davies

Date: 9th March 2014

Motor: F24W

Altitude: 3307 ft.

"G" Class

Holder: Olliver Bonner & Alex Heffer

Date: 3rd December 2017

Motor: G80T

Altitude: 5225 ft.

"H" Class

Holder: Jim Hefkey

Date: 6th May 2012

Motor: H268R

Altitude: 8240 ft.

"I" Class

Holder: Joel Schiff

Date: 9th May 2010

Motor: I154J

Altitude: 3665 ft.

"J" Class

Holder: Joel Schiff

Date: 3rd May 2014

Motor: J510

Altitude: 18,373 ft.

Joel and Martin's J record airframe "Blackbird" was built from scratch, specifically to take the "J" Class record.

"K" Class

Holder: Joel Schiff & Martin Aspell

Date: 7th April 2013

Motor: K480

Altitude: 20,127 ft.

Joel and Martin's K record flight utilized the long burn Aerotech K480 in their modified 3 Dogs Rocketry Kestrel Kit. Flying from their aluminium launch tower into clear blue skies, the rocket used single deployment for recovery and was recovered 7km down range.

Flight Video

"L" Class

Holder: Kim McVinnie

Date: 9th February 2020

Motor: VTP L546

Altitude: 15,307 ft

Kim McVinnie's Middle Earth flew on a long burn VTP L546 to it's record setting altitude during the NZRA's "Havoc in the Paddock" International rocketry event in February 2020. The heavily modified Wedgetail 4 kit is a 75mm minimum diameter airframe that Kim originally used to get her L1, 2 and 3, and has gone on to make several L & M flights, as well as numerous flights on J & K class motors.

"N" Class

Holder: Martin Aspell & Joel Schiff

Date: 20th February 2011

Motor: Aerotech N1000W

Altitude: 33,701 ft.

Joel and Martin used a Performance Rocketry Mongoose 98 kit as the basis for their record flight.

100mm in diameter and 2.6m long, it flew on the long burn Aerotech N1000W to Mach 1,6. The onboard GSM tracker stopped working during descent and the rocket was misplaced for two days, before being discovered by a farmer 4km down range.

Flight Video

Staged & Clustered - Altitude

"E" Class

Holder: Dean & Grayson Spittle

Date: 10th January 2021

Motor: 3 x Quest D18-6

Altitude: 988 ft.

Dean and Grayson's "Fuster Cluck" is Mach 1 Rocketry Trivecta 318 kit. 40mm in diameter, 687mm long, it set the vacant E class record using the new composite Q-jet motors.

"I" Class

Holder: Jack Davies

Date: 3rd May 2014

Motor: I200W, G64W

Altitude: 1,884 ft.

"N" Class

Holder: Craig Packard

Date: 20th February 2011

Motor: Aerotech M1939W, air starting 2 x J800T, 2 x K700W

Altitude: 10,409 ft.

Craig Packard's "Big Red" made it's maiden flight at the NZRA's National Launch day 2011, setting a new clustered "N" class record in the process. 8" diameter, 12 feet long. and fully scratch built by Craig with a 98mm central motor mount and 4 54mm outboards. The Central M1939 was lit on the ground, with the J800 's airstarted moments into the flight. The K700's were lit after a short coast from the M burnout.

Flight Video

"O" Class

Holder: Craig Packard

Date: 5th February 2012

Motor: AeroTech N2000W, air starting 4 x K700W

Altitude: 12,986 ft.

Not satisfied with the "N" record, Craig Packard's "Big Red" went on to set the "O" record at National Launch day 2012. This time, Craig went with a central N2000 and 4 K700 outboards air started in sets of two.

Flight Video

The process for NZRA Members to claim a new record are published on the members only website here.