Skybusters, NAR #535

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Launch Rules

    Safety Code: National Association of Rocketry(NAR) MODEL ROCKET & HIGH POWER Safety Codes are in effect for the entire launch for ALL flyers.

    Registration: You MUST check in before flying. High Power flyers must present proof of CURRENT NAR/Tripoli membership with the proper certification level. No certifications or other high power flights will be allowed with “expired” status. IF YOU ARE 15 YEARS OLD AND YOUNGER, you must have parental supervision to fly reloadable motors and/or motors above F impulse. EACH rocket flight requires that a flight card be properly completed before launch. These cards are provided at the time you pay your launch fee. You can also download a flight card by clicking HERE.

    Range: NO ALCOHOLIC or other types of intoxicants will be allowed on site. If you feel the need to alter your perceptions while at the launch OR show up intoxicated, you will be asked to leave. Smoking is permitted only in the spectator area. NO SMOKING allowed within 25 feet of prep, check-in, vendor, or flying areas. ALL children/young adults under the age of 16, flyers OR spectators, are to be supervised at ALL times by their parents/guardians. Pets must be on a leash. If your rocket lands in one of the launch pad areas, wait until that area is declared "SAFE" by the Launch Control Officer(LCO) before recovering your rocket.

    Range Safety Officer(RSO): The RSO can refuse a flight for ANY reason. NO ARGUMENTS!!

    Trash: EVERY PARTICIPANT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS OR HER OWN GARBAGE. Please check your prep area carefully at the end of the day and remove all trash. When loading your rocket onto a launch pad, please place any used igniters in the trash pails provided.

    Waiver: We have secured an FAA Waiver. Please be prepared to provide flight simulation data to ensure that the waiver will not be broken. Remember that an FAA Waiver gives us the right to SHARE the airspace with other users. It does NOT give us the exclusive use of the airspace. Therefore, we suspend operations temporarily when aircraft approach.

    Cloudy Weather: It is a violation of FAA regulations to fly rockets into any cloud. In the event that we experience cloudy weather, we will try to determine the approximate cloud ceiling so that you may legally fly beneath it. Please don’t bring rockets to the safety check-in table that will exceed the cloud ceiling.

    Recovery Systems: All high-power rockets must use a recovery system such as a parachute so that all parts of the rocket return safely and undamaged to be flown again. Use only flame-resistant or fireproof recovery wadding in the rocket.

    Altimeters/Timers: Any rocket with an onboard ignition system for motors or recovery devices must have a safety interlock. These devices will ONLY be armed AFTER the rocket is loaded onto the launch pad.

    Radio Control Devices: Due to the possible use of Radio Control devices in rocket projects, ALL radio-controlled devices will be impounded! In addition, please DO NOT bring any radio-controlled toys to the launch site.

    Launch Rod Angles: It is each flyer’s responsibility to angle his or her launch rod so that rockets do not fly over the spectator area. Give the Pad Managers and LCO your full cooperation in making sure that we fly smart: please angle your rocket away from the crowd. Rod angle is also important to keep rockets away from roadways and buildings!

    Rocket Motors: Only motors CERTIFIED by NAR or TRA will be allowed to fly. Whenever there is a certification conflict, the NAR list will take precedence. Igniters for High Power(H-L) motors will ONLY be installed in the motor(s) AFTER the rocket is loaded onto the launch pad!!

    Impulse: Impulse of rockets will be limited to 1/8A - J. Some K and L impulse flights will be permitted for flyers who have submitted design information prior to the launch.
    NOTE: Even with prior approval, all Complex, K & L projects will be subject to the usual RSO checks on site to determine the rocket's flight worthiness.

    Complex Rockets: While we have seen our share of staged and clustered flights, please be sensible in the projects you expect to fly. Keep in mind the size of the field and its proximity to roads & buildings. It would be helpful to provide us with data on complex projects such the CP/CG, Thrust to Weight ratio, flight simulations, or whatever else might be useful for the RSOs to use in determining whether the rocket may fly. No thermalite airstarts are permitted.

    Safety Eyewear: WE REQUEST THAT ALL FLYERS WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN HANDLING EJECTION CHARGES. If you are inexperienced in preparing ejection charges, don’t be ashamed to ask for help! Ear plugs are also recommended to be worn for small children on the flight line during high-power launches.

    High Power Certification: Arrangements MUST be made in advance for ALL certification flights!! NAR Level 2 exams will be given upon request. Various NAR members will be on hand to assist you. If you are making a certification flight, please recruit your certification team BEFORE you come to the RSO Check-in table.

    Tripoli certifications, you MUST make arrangements in advance with the NOTRA Prefect, Chris Pearson OR 440-449-2246.

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