I have noticed lately that things such as ROL Auctions, and just user
to user sales of rocket motors and reloads havent been done right and
could cause some issues for the hobby that nobody needs.
I have seen people trying to sell J,K,L and up reloads with just
NAR/TRIPOLI Cert. You need an LEUP there is no way around the law.
Selling an ATF restricted motor the wrong way will cause the fall of
the Rocketry Hobby whether it seems that way when your selling that one
K motor or not. Also I'm not sure on the rules for consumers selling to
other consumers but I'm sure it cant be legal for this reason, In order
for us to sell ATF restricted motors we have out LEDP (Low Explosives
Dealer Permit) so it just doesnt seem like the would want two "Users"
selling. I just want people to be more carefull so that we do not cuase
even bigger problems.
The other issue I see is people shipping motors completely wrong. This
is another big problem. I have noticed and heard that people are just
shipping any motor Parcel Post, or even worse Priorty mail or Fed-EX.
Look under USPS on the Aerotech Reg Resources page. (
There is a list there of what can go USPS and everything else should be
shipped Hazmat with proper paperwork. If you deal with a dealer that
hasnt followed the rules, please do the right thing and report them.
Please also remeber Users are not intented to ship Motors, the list of
motors god to go USPS Parcel post is intended for dealers, and Fed-Ed
ground and UPS just wont let anyone ship hazmat. Take this into account
when buying motors. You arent supposed to be selling them and shipping
them yourself if you decide you dont want them.
Sorry if this came off as just complaining but it is a serious issue
that needs to be fixed, these type of things hurt the hobby and can
cause it to end even more as we know it. We at Countdown Hobbies are
trying very hard to follow every rule correctly to make things better
for the future and a very small group is making it hard on us and our
If you have any specific questions or just want to talk about the issue
feel free to email me ( email@example.com )
On a good note, just got in some of the ROUSE-TECH hardware and it
looks great. We along with most dealers will be offering a "buy 3 get a
motor free" promo soon, some have already started.
Also the Countdown Hobbies online store now offers a "Backorder option"
and is also nearing 700 products!!! that takes a while let me tell you
its not easy.
Hope everyone found this helpful and hope everyone has a great time
flying in the fall!!!
I will be at the CTRA-NARCONN Invitational this coming weekend hope to
see you there! (I will be flying I hope, Not selling)
toll free 1-800-810-0281
- posted 16 years ago