My approach to Level 1



The cert process was established to simply show you can successfully launch an H. I was there. I know.

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You think this is about you? Ha!
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Niall Oswald wrote:

With me, it was more that I had a rocket that I had flown on G's and felt that it really needed just a bit more impulse, so I pulled out the cert blank that I'd been carrying around in my range box, lined up a witness, and said "hey everyone watch this - I'm gonna fly an H now..."
Level 2 was interesting... it was kind of a last-minute thing getting written test arrangements made, and due to the uncertainty, I was working on getting things set up for either a NAR or TRA cert, hoping one or the other would be consummated: in the end, both came through, and (having passed each writen exam) I made a flight that was observed by two NAR witnesses and the prefect of the local TRA field, counting simultaneously for certification by both organizations.
-dave w
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wow. I didn't mean to start an argument, nor did I mean to imply anything about the methods people use for certifying L1. To each their own. For me it's all about the "quality of experience".
I could launch any number of kit rockets, with a variety of APCP motors, and certify. For me, not exciting enough. I've built lots of kits, I've launched tons of rockets with engine-based time delays. A bigger engine? Ok. More epoxy. Still essentially same-o, same-o. My goal with this project is to build and launch a L1 rocket, incorporating as many of the requirements for a L3 bird as is appropriate. Partly because of the complexity, partly because of the quality of technique demanded (i.e. external disarm of pyro charges). Partly because I believe that if something is worth doing, it's worth overdoing.
My L1 launch will be a "peak experience", and I want it to be one to remember (hopefully in a good way, eh?) The complexity and personal involvement will leave me progressively more "keyed -up" until the moment of launch. If I fail, that's cool. I promise you I will have learned a great deal that will be incorporated in the next attempt.
I'll admit to a hidden agenda of challenging the local NAR section to grow a bit.... I am the only member shooting hybrids, for example. Only one other member scratch-builds most of their birds. Kits are fine, APCP is fine. Just not enough psychological "oomph" for me.
Of course, I'm warped.
Kevin OClassen NAR 13578
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My point is Phil (and like minded folks) disagrees and wants to impose his view on those certifying, not theirs, and not the rules.
He applies this ethic in a variety of ways and a variety of places in rocketry.
And supports and endorses others that do as well.
All to the detriment of others ocketry experience.
Jerry
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wrote:

Look at the bright side - I have certified quite a few people and have never refused anyone (yet)
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It took some scrounging around the Lab 'O Computers and PAD's before I figured out how to use a 'remove before flight' streamer with my RRC2. What I came up with was a standard motherboard jumper to connect two wires together at J3 for positive power control along with an identical non-electrical plastic jumper. The plastic jumper has the 'remove' flag attached via a lanyard and when installed I know the RRC2 is off. At the pad I will put on the conductive jumper, listen to the beeps, tape it to the wires and tuck it into one of the vent holes. Simple and secure.
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And "Real BAR's do Fault Tree Analysis" on the front :-)
John<==priming the BT this afternoon
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