Greetings all! I am new to the forum, and relatively new to model rocketry. I have a question for the experienced rocketeers....but first a bit of info about me and my experience.
I have only been building and launching rockets since March...so just several months. Overall I have had mostly successful launches and recoveries (approx 9 rockets/approx 20 launches)....but have also lost a few rockets and some electronics as well...(2 altimeters/sonic beacon/small camera). I have done several of each of the different "skill level" rockets and will start on my first skill level 4 build in the next week or so. I do have an interest in the electronics aspect (altimeters/cameras) and now, due to the lost rockets/electronics, a tracking system. My "goals" include...possibly using my next kit (which I can test with a G motor and accepts H & I's) to attempt a Level 1 certification flight....perhaps in October at Air Fest in KS. I will be getting my membership to NAR or Tripoli in the next 2 weeks as well. Here are my questions.......
In regard to which organization to join....is one better than the other? Why choose one over the other...or does it matter?
Am I being a bit too aggressive on wanting to launch bigger, faster and higher flying rockets, considering my amount of experience?
Is there a suggested amount of time before one should think about pursuing a certification? Is the October cert flight plan realistic?
I am still learning alot of the mechanics and building methods and this forum has been great. I appreciate any and all constructive replies. Thank you.