Before every launch, WSR holds a flyers’ meeting to go over the rules for the launch. Understanding that not everyone arrives at the beginning of the launch window, we need to present these to you so they can be referenced later.
- Launch window times are from 11am to 5pm EST unless otherwise announced; our waiver limit is 10,000′ AGL (no call-ins); we will stand down from launching if surface wind reaches or exceeds 20mph.
- We will check for Jr L1/L1/L2 certification flights and Jr L1/L2 exams needed, if there are teams flying together, if there are heavies (>20 pounds), or complex HPRs (staging/cluster).
- No driving onto or through the field FOR ANY REASON. Vehicles must stay on the grass at ALL TIMES. To get to other side of field you must use the roadside entrance (don’t attempt to cross the creek in a vehicle).
- RSO on duty has absolute and final call on all flights.
- Established WSR members can peer RSO on LPR/MPR/HPR kits. New members or non-members must be checked by RSO on duty or other senior WSR member.
- All scratch-built models must be submitted for inspection (you must know where your CG/CP are; sim data is very helpful).
- Complex HPRs (staging/clusters) must be RSO’ed by two L2 club members
- Flight card is required for every flight regardless of motor, and MUST bear an RSO’s initials. Please include Dual Deployment info (Chute Release or Main deployment altitude), cluster/staging motor info, and if it is a heads up flight (again, subject to RSO’s discretion).
- We would like to ask for LCO Volunteers to run the launch controller for half-hour shifts (the club president usually takes the first shift).
- Before loading your rocket on the pad and before hooking the igniter clips to the igniter, touch the clips together to ensure there is no current passing through them. If they spark, DO NOT USE the pad and NOTIFY the LCO and RSO IMMEDIATELY.
- The LCO controls the flight line. The LCO will wait until the last rocket off the pads has deployed its recovery device, and then declare the pads safe. Flyers must wait for pads safe to enter the range, or to stand in place in the recovery area if instructed to allow a launch to happen or any other event that requires your attention.
- The use of Sparkies will be announced at the beginning of the launch, subject to field conditions. If declared a go, anyone launching a sparky must place a fire blanket under the pad, and obtain a 2-person fire crew who must respond to any smoldering.
- Deployment electronics and pyros: They must only be armed at the pad and only once the pad is upright and locked. DO NOT turn on a deployment altimeter with charges connected in the spectator or prep areas.
- Non-deployment using electronics: If you had a failed deployment event, ensure your electronics are disarmed before re-entering spectator area.
- Misfires: Leave your rocket in place until the LCO clears the other loaded pads, and only approach when the pads are declared safe and after waiting an appropriate amount of time.
- THE ONLY TIME for racking & launching at the same time: The away cell is open for loading while LPR is launching.
- IF IN DOUBT, ASK. Get an RSO or a senior club member. We are here to help you fly as safely as possible, for all of our sake.
Have fun, watch out for each other, drive slowly and respect the field.
Wright Stuff Rocketeers Board Of Directors
Dave Combs, President