1. General Information
1.1 The Tripoli Tampa Rocketry Association launch site is located on private property, within a working cattle ranch. All persons attending a TTRA launch event, whether as a participants, vendors, or spectators, are required to follow and abide by these procedures intended to protect the landowner's property, and everyone's safety. Failure to follow these procedures may result in your being asked to leave the launch site, or other action as deemed appropriate by the TTRA Prefect, Range Safety Officer (RSO), and/or the Launch Control Officer (LCO).
1.2 The launch site is available only thru TTRA affiliation, on the posted launch dates and times. All permissions are negotiated by, and granted exclusively to the Tripoli Tampa Rocketry Association in order for maintain launch site insurance under the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA). For that reason, all launches require TTRA approval. No rocket launches are permitted at any time without the acknowledgement and approval of the TTRA Prefect. All launch events require the presence of at least one (1) TTRA officer.
1.3 If for any reason a special launch time/date is needed for TARC, NSL, school events, scouts, etc., please contact TTRA to make a formal request. Requests must be received at 2 weeks in advance in order for TTRA to obtain permission from the landowner. Requests for special launch dates/times may or may not be approved, depending on TTRA and landowner requirements.
1.4 Launch dates/times may be cancelled or rescheduled without notice due to weather conditions and/or landowner requirements.
2. Launch Site Procedures
2.1 TTRA practices minimum-impact operations. Our goal is to leave the site after each launch event with little or no evidence that we were there. We must ensure that we do not adversely impact the land, livestock, or wildlife. We are guests on the property, and must act accordingly. We need the landowner more than the landowner needs us.
2.1(a) Leave all gates just as you find them. If you must open a gate, ensure that you close it behind you. Do not assume that someone else will close it for you.
2.1(b) Do not attempt to approach, feed, pet, or in any way harass livestock or wildlife you may encounter on the property. While driving on the launch site property, livestock will always be granted the right-of way.
2.1(c) The entry and exit roads into the launch site area are one-way only. Please observe and follow all signs and markers. Do not attempt to go "cross country" or take a short cut across the main field. There are a number of drainage ditches crossing the field, and you may encounter one suddenly.
2.1(d) Cutting, uprooting, or destruction of trees or other vegetation is prohibited. Do not cut down or damage trees to recover a rocket. If needed, we may ask the landowner for assistance.
2.1(e) We may drive and park in the open pastures as needed to launch and recover rockets. Please keep to the existing ranch roads and trails as much as possible. Motor vehicles must operate at or below 10MPH.
2.1(f) TTRA has been granted permission to operate one (1) ATV for rocket recovery operations. The operation of other ATV/RTV's is not permitted.
2.2. The “outhouse” facility has been provided by the landowner for our convenience. It is our responsibility to maintain it, and keep it neat and clean. Please follow the directions posted inside the facility, and do not dispose of trash in the toilet.
2.3 Bring any lost and found items to the LCO or RSO tables.
2.4 Do not pick up or move any rocket, unless you have the owner's permission.
2.5 All adult participants at a TTRA launch event must be a member of either the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) and/or the National Association of Rocketry (NAR).
2.5(a) TTRA will permit non-member adult fliers to attend two (2) consecutive launches as a guest flier, with an additional guest fee. After this period, the individual will not be permitted to launch until joining one of these two national organizations.
2.5(b) Current TRA and NAR members who are not TTRA members will be permitted to fly as guests, within their current certification level.
2.6 Minors under the age of eighteen require a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Minors are permitted to use commercial motors only, with the following restrictions:
2.6(a) Minors under the age of fourteen (14) are limited to rockets with a combined impulse of 40 N-sec,or the equivalent of a single "E" motor.
2.6(b) Minors aged fourteen (14) and fifteen (15) are limited to rockets with a combined impulse of 80 N-sec, or the equivalent of a single "F" motor.
2.6(c) minors aged sixteen and seventeen are limited to rockets with a combined impulse of 160 N-sec, or the equivalent of a single "G" motor.
2.6(d) These requirements may be waived for minors participating in the Tripoli Mentoring Program, Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), NASA Student Launch Initiative (NSL) , scout and/or school programs, or any other program recognized by TRA and/or NAR.
2.7DO NOT bend a launch rod to install a rocket on the launch pad. Tilt the pad head over, use the ladder provided in the launch pas area, or ask another TTRA member for assistance.
2.8 A separate flight card is required for each flight. The flight card must be completed legibly, and presented to the LCO prior to proceeding to the launch pad area. Illegible or incomplete flight cards will be returned to the flyer, and and the rocket will not be launched.
2.9 During 2-day launch events, overnight camping at the launch site is permitted with prior permission from the TTRA Prefect and the landowner.
2.9(a) Contact the TTRA Prefect at least 14 days in advance of the event, in order to obtain permission from the landowner.
2.9(b) Any and all fires must be contained in a grill or other aboveground container designed for this purpose. Ground fires are not permitted.
2.9(c) Firewood may be gathered on the property, but is limited to trees/branches that have already fallen. Do not cut or trim any standing timber, regardless if it is alive or dead.
2.9(d) Cut firewood into small enough pieces that it will fit entirely inside the fire container, and will burn completely in one evening.
2.9(e) All fires must be completely extinguished and the ashes scattered prior to leaving your site. Fires will not be left unattended, burning, smoldering, or smoking.
2.9(f) No one may enter or leave the launch site property after dark, except in an emergency.
2.10 Prior to leaving the launch site, pick up and remove all trash and take it with you. This includes any bags, cups, paper, or other items that may blow into or thru your area.
2.10(a) Pick up and remove all igniters, wires, plastic plugs/caps, in the prep and launch areas. These items may be hazardous to grazing animals.
3. Launch Site Safety
3.1 All non-high power rockets will comply with the Model Rocket Safety Code of the National Association of Rocketry.
3.2 All high power rockets will comply with the High Power Safety Code of the Tripoli Rocketry Association, and/or the High Power Rocket Safety Code of the National Association of Rocketry.
3.3 Any rocket flight anticipated to be over 5,000 feet AGL MUST use a dual-deploy type of recovery system to ensure that the rocket recovers within the launch field area.
3.4 Any recovered rocket with unfired motor(s) and/or ejection charge(s) MUST be rendered safe PRIOR to returning the rocket to the prep area.
3.5 If a low power rocket fails to launch due to a faulty igniter, the rocket will be removed from the pad and returned to the prep area for igniter replacement.
3.6 If a high power rocket fails to launch due to a faulty igniter, the igniter may be replaced at the pad, if the pads are located at least the minimum safe distance from the low power pads as specified in the Tripoli High Power Safety Code.
3.7 No smoking within 25 feet of your own or any other rocket prep area, the launch pad areas, or inside the outhouse facility.
3.8 Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted during launch events.
3.9 Pay attention! Rocketry is not a passive activity.
3.9(a) If the LCO announces suddenly announces “HEADS UP!” there is a reason! Stand up and look all about you for the possible hazard. Pay close attention to the LCO announcements.
3.9(b) If the LCO announces a launch as a "HEADS UP" flight, stop whatever you are doing, stand up on your feet, and pay attention to the rocket flight until the rocket's recovery system has deployed, and the rocket is safely on the ground.
3.9(c) Do not approach the pad area(s) until the LCO has announced that the "PADS ARE OPEN". Once the LCO has announced that the "PADS ARE CLOSED", do not approach the pad area without permission from the LCO.
3.9(d) Armed launch pads are indicated by an elevated strobe light. The pads must be rendered safe prior to placing any rocket on the pad.
3.9(e) When returning to the prep are with a recovered rocket, always assume that the pads are closed, and walk well away from the pad area.
3.9(f) Do not attempt to catch a rocket as it lands. Even a small rocket can cause an injury.
3.10 Be observant of local conditions, and plan accordingly.
3.10(a) Sun protection is highly recommended all year. If possible, bring some type of portable shade with you. There is no natural shade available at the launch site.
3.10(b) Thunderstorms may appear quickly and with little advance warning, especially during the summer months. As the launch site is within a large open field, lighting is a definite hazard, and all launch operations will cease when lighting or thunder is within 10 miles. If a storm approaches the launch area, take shelter within your vehicle, and remain there until the storm has passed.
3.10(c) Bring plenty of food and water. We do not have a food or drink vendor on site, and there are no nearby stores.
3.10(d) Drive slowly - at walking speed or less - at all times in the spectator, prep, launch, and parking areas. Watch out for children running out from between cars, or adults walking out while looking up to follow a rocket.
3.10(e) If you bring children to the launch, you must pay attention to both the rockets and the children. They do not have the attention span or experience that you have; it is your responsibility to keep them safe.
3.11 All personnel must remain behind the marked flight line unless cleared by the LCO.
3.12 The RSO and/or the LCO may request to inspect and verify the safety of any rocket prior to launch. Any rocket deemed as unsafe or unstable will not be launched.
3.13 The decisions of the RSO, LCO, and/or Prefect are final, and are not open to repeal.
3.14 Any person who disregards safety practices, uses unsafe or dangerous motors, or in any other way jeopardizes or appears to jeopardize the safety of others, will be asked to leave the launch site, and will be escorted off the property by a TTRA officer.
3.15 Any person who continuously or routinely follows unsafe practices may be barred from future TTRA launch events.
4. Research Flights
4.1 Research flights are permitted during all scheduled TTRA launch events, under the Tripoli Research Safety Code.
4.2 Current Tripoli members certified as Level 2 or 3 are permitted to use research motors.
4.3 Current Tripoli members certified as Level 1, or not high power certified, will be permitted to use certified commercial motors only.
4.4 Current NAR members will be permitted to use certified commercial motors only. NAR does not permit it's members to conduct research launches.
4.5 All flights must be within the member’s current certification level, except for certification flights. Research motors are not permitted for certification flights.
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