The NAR pledge language was changed just a few years ago.... If you google
aginst this group I'm sure you will find the pro and con for the change. As
Steve pointed out, the pledge langauge for the NAR used to apply to ALL your
rocketry activities: whether you was doing it on your own time or the NAR's
time. The NAR pledge langauge was changed to what it now, to point out that
it only applies to NAR time. Mark B. has said himself numerous times, that
the NAR doesn't care what you do on your own time, but does care for
insurance purposes what you do on NAR time. And rightly so. For example, if
you are NOT a NAR member, and you walk unto a NAR sections field to launch
model rockets , you must agree to adhere to the NAR Safety Code while flying
there. On the other hand, if you are flying by yourself at your local park,
the NAR Safety Code has no applicability. NAR regulations obviously should
not apply to Amateur Rocketry(EX) activites, or non-NAR rocketry actvities.
And yes the NAR does sanction only competition events such as NARAM, other
competition events down through its contest year and also NARCON and NSL are
officially sanctioned NAR events. . It does not formally or informally
sanction NAR "sport" launches. Keep in mind that the NAR is an organization
of approximately 4500 people nationwide: now compare this to the number of
actual people that are involved in model rocketry on a yearly basis. Also
Obvious is the fact that is you are not a member of the NAR, and don't have
to adhere to NAR regukations, you probably will have to adhere to the NFPA
1122 codes which are in your state. Obviously if you don't know them you
can't adhere to them. Thats why I have advised everybody who flies model
rocketry or high power rocketry to have with them when they fly, copies of
NFPA 1122 or 1127 depending on what you are doing, along with a copy of your
specific state law. Ignorance of the law is no defense.
As far as the TRA is concerned, the TRA Safety Code and NFPA 1127 Code for
High Power Rocketry are one and the same thing. This is not so for the
NAR. The NAR has its own different HPR Safety Code that is derived from the
NFPA 1127 code, but they are not identical as is the case with the TRA. I
do not know what the TRA ByLaws say so I cannot comment on them.
now keep in mind that all of the above is all pseudo-legal interpretations
on my part and have no basis in reality.