New launch guidelines

10 months 2 weeks ago #229 by silgan01
There is no doubt in anybody's mind that the last launch was not a success. Since then the launch system has been addressed and our wired system prepared for use as a backup. There will also be several changes in the conduct of the launches to ensure a safer and more professional conduct of future launches.
The following guidelines that will be in effect for all future launches:
1. There will be a prelaunch brief at about 10AM for all flyers prior to commencement of launch operations
2. Each flyer will sign in  on the sign in sheet when first bringing a rocket to the RSO
3. Each flight will have a flight card
4. Each flight will be checked by the RSO to ensure flight safety
   a. Is the rocket structurally sound-fins, launch lug, rail buttons solidly glues (not taped) onto the body at an appropriate strength/size for the model, body tubed not crimped
   b. Does the rocket appear to be stable--center of gravity one or more body diameters ahead of the center of pressure (which is normally just forward of the fin leading edge)
   c. Is the rocket motor on the list of NAR certified rocket motors
   d. Does the rocket motor have sufficient thrust to give the rocket a safe liftoff velocity and a delay time that will not result in the rocket having excessive upward or downward velocity at ejection
   e. Is the motor properly restrained in the model---with an engine hook or with enough tape that the ejection charge will not pop it out and it cannot be easily removed by hand
   f. Does the nose cone fit properly-- not loose enough to fall off of its own weight, not so tight that significant force is required to remove it
   g Does the rocket have a recovery system that will return it at a safe landing speed and is the recovery system properly and recently packed, structurally sound and protected with sufficient flame-proof wadding that it will properly deploy
   h If the rocket is high-power (H or larger motor), is the modeler certified for the power level of its motor? Note a High-Powered Rocket  check-in must be  done by an HPR certified person.
  5. Club members are expected to contribute to the safe and efficient conduct of the launch. Other interested flyers are welcome to assist. A sign-up sheet will be available for the following positions for the launch:
   a. LCO (2 hour slot)
   b. RSO (2 hour slot)
   c. Set up (start 1 hour prior to scheduled launch commencement)
   d. Tear down (after cessation of launch operations)



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