Yes, we discussed this quite a bit when SCRA first started using the Santa Fe Dam
Recreational Area as a launch site. Do a Google search since I don't have time
to type it
Airport manager considered all ModRocs to be a "hazard to aircraft and persons"
county park officials to have our park use permit revoked.
FAA officials called him and park officials to state that the FAA *DOES NOT*
ModRocs dangerous and that NAR launches are extremely safe (with examples of
procedure described in FAA literature - spotters, holding when aircraft in area,
when aircraft leave...).
We agreed to stay under 1 pound until resolved by higher-ups. Meetings were
several months of safe launches, we were 'allowed' to resume normal launching
FAA regs for notifying for LMRs.
No problems since then. It's been years.
Huge launch site in Los Angeles basin accommodating up to a single G motor (or
Other folks could get launch sites at smaller locations (school yards, local
private schools) if they would simply recognize the fact that they need permits,
and will have to follow the NAR MRSC limits for the field AND probably limit
altitude to prevent models from ballistically crashing outside the flying field
streets or residential neighborhoods.
Having 20 launch sites with an A or B motor limit would accommodate thousands of
and school kids. (Actually, LA County Fire makes it easy for schools to get a
school program launches. They simply go through their office of the LA County
Inspection Unit. And they have to prove they have a clue about power level and
-Fred Shecter NAR 20117
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