All aspects of the NAR Safety Codes for model and high power rocketry will be observed.
In order to avoid invalidating NAR insurance, only rocket motors certified by NAR, TRA or CAR will be allowed. No experimental motors (EX) will be flown.
Rocket motors of “A” through “I” impulse are allowed. Rocket motor flights larger than “I” impulse must be submitted to the BMR Board of Directors for review and approval no later than one week prior to the intended launch date. This is to verify that the flight will not break the waiver, to insure the recovery of the rocket remains within the boundaries of the launch site, and to prepare for any special ground support equipment needs.
A HPR Incident Review Board will review any launch or recovery incidents involving high power rockets. The Review Board will report directly to the Board of Directors, who in turn will advise the Section Advisor of the necessary steps to reduce the possible recurrence of the incident.
When the wind speed exceeds five (5) miles per hour, a launch rod velocity of at least four times the wind speed will be required of all rockets flying on “H” impulse or larger rocket motors.
As per NFPA 1127, no igniters will be placed within rocket motors of “G” impulse or larger until the rocket has been safely placed on the launch pad.
A flight card will be filled out for every flight.
All rockets being flown on motors of “E” impulse or larger must be safety inspected by a Range Safety Officer (RSO) and signed off as such on the flight card before coming to the Launch Control Officer (LCO) for a pad assignment.
Based on their judgment, any RSO can deny any rocket that in their opinion is unsafe to fly. Any decision of an RSO to deny a flight is final. The burden of proof that the rocket will not exceed the waiver falls on the flyer. A hard copy print out of an altitude simulation program from a proven, commercially available rocketry computer simulation program is acceptable proof.
Scale, unproven and/or scratch built designs, regardless of impulse, that are conducting their maiden flight, will be termed a “heads up” flight, and will be launched from one of the HPR pads, providing the optimum safe distance that our range layout can provide between it and spectators.
Any rocket utilizing any electronic recovery system(s) will automatically be termed a “head's up” flight. On board altimeters for the sole purpose of recording maximum altitude are exempt.
The Launch Control Officer (LCO) has total control over launch operations. No one but the LCO will be in control of the launch control system, other than for training purposes. A child or adult may be allowed to count down and launch their own rocket by permission of the LCO, with the LCO directly attending.
The area behind the LCO table has been fenced off and warning signs posted for group and individual safety. After the LCO has announced that the range is closed, no one is allowed past the fenced portion of the range or beyond the warning signs, except for photographers or persons directly involved in the recovery of rockets down range, at the discretion of the LCO.
If your rocket lands beyond the fenced area or beyond the warning signs, you must wait until the LCO announces the range is open before proceeding to recover your rocket.
All persons operating in the capacity of Range Safety Officer (RSO) or Launch Control Officer (LCO) will be active, participating members of the Blue Mountain Rocketeers in good standing with the club, who have satisfactorily completed in-house club training in these fields.
As a youth model rocketry group, The Blue Mountain Rocketeers has adopted a “zero tolerance” position for the use of alcohol and drugs. Any member or guest who is determined to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor and/or drugs during the launch, or who is observed in the act of consuming intoxicating liquor and/or drugs is subject to immediate dismissal from the event, and revocation of all membership privileges.
Every reasonable effort has been made to insure group safety. However, personal safety is the responsibility of the individual. Rocketry enthusiasts who participate in the launch activities of the Blue Mountain Rocketeers do so with the understanding and knowledge of the inherent safety risks involved with the hobby of model rocketry, and assumes all liability incurred for property damages or injuries caused by them. Further, by their participation in launch activities, they also agree to hold harmless the Blue Mountain Rocketeers, its officers and members for any personal damages or injuries incurred as a result of their direct or indirect participation in launch activities.