Safety Protocol

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All high power launches are required to have redundant ejection systems aboard.  At a minimum, all HP flights will have two completely independent systems for ejection of a recovery device at apogee.  These systems can be in the form of a motor ejection charge with a flight computer controlled ejection charge, or two flight computers controlling separate ejection charges.   High apogee achieving G motor rockets are strongly encouraged to incorporate these redundant ejection systems also.  Tripoli L2 and L3 members may fly research motors.  

From the LCO (Launch Control Officer):

If, at any time, you would like to leave the immediate area to search, or retrieve, please go to the LCO desk first and let them know the approximate area you will be searching. He/she will hand you a radio .. that radio becomes your confirmation that you and the LCO are in agreement that you can proceed. Even if you have your own radio, it will be necessary for you stop by the LCO desk to obtain clearance to proceed.

When the LCO announces that the pads, or range, are/is "open" you may cross into the pad area at will. Please remember that the LCO, or RSO, might (and can) deny your request to cross the flight line while the range is "closed/hot/active". 

For both rocketeer and spectator, high/mid/low power rocket flight comes with risk.   We can minimize these risks by following a few guidelines.  Please understand that all in attendance do so at their own risk.

1.  Get on your feet and WATCH each launch carefully.  Know where the rocket is during it's flight.    Pointing at it can help others find it in the sky.

2.   Listen to the announcements/directions of the LCO (Launch Control Officer).  These announcements will be make over the PA system and transmitted on the FRS channel 7.    Only emergency communication between you and the LCO should occur on Ch 7.   Please move conversations between you and others to another channel.   Don't forget to verify that your private channel features are disabled before launch day. 

3.  All spectators must stay behind the flight line.    The flight line is an imaginary line at the front edge of the LCO's table extending in both directions. 

4.  Never chase after or pick up a rocket.   As a general rule, rockets are retrieved by the rocketeer, or a designee only.

5.  While 4CRA members want YOU to become certified so that you can fly with us, attempting to engage a rocketeer in conversation while he/she is prepping a rocket for launch is not the best idea.   If you need help in finding someone to talk to about becoming certified, seek out the LCO and allow him/her to point you to one of our members that is not engaged in launch preparations.    They will be able to give all of your questions the careful consideration they deserve.

6.  Children are welcome, but must be supervised at ALL times by parents/guardians.   Please insure that your children understand and follow all guidelines.    

Thank you....  and we're happy you've joined us!