ok but does that mean that if your not certified you cant purchase high power engines at all or you can't launch with the NAR with high power motors. i've already went to a few sites to see if it would ask for any certification to buy high power motors and they didn't ask for any
Typically your suppose to be certified to buy high power motors.
Sometimes vendors, especially at launches, just assume you are already certified or are buying a motor to use for your certification.
I have seen the same from on site vendors.
I bought some high power motors from online auctions, no questions asked.
Certification requirements as far as buying from vendors is self policed but I think there could be trouble in these same vendors getting motors from manufactures if word was to get out.
There, as far as I know, are agreements between major motor manufacturers/dealers and TRA/NAR not to sell to non certified flyers.
Oh and check out tripoli.org also
Nar and Tripoli both certify high power.
There are age restrictions to certify for both Tripoli & NAR, and I believe they're based on NFPA 1127 (National fire code). NAR, however, is preparing to offer a Junior HPR certification. I believe it would allow a certified adult to purchase HPR reloads for your use, under their supervision. Any NAR guys out there want to clarify?
i was lookin at one site where the company charges 10 bucks more than the price of the engine, and then they will not give you the engine, but launch it for you... so its legal, since your not buying it...
The short and simple story is that Federal law prohibits the sale of high power single use motors and all reloadable motors to anyone under 18, so a minor is prohibited from purchasing or possessing these motors and therefore can not legally fly high power rockets.
Under the present federal laws and court decisions, any adult (18 and over) can purchase single use high power motors and "easy access" reloads without a license. These adult individuals can launch them on their own if they comply with all federal, state and local laws which include obtaining a written waiver from the FAA for launches into controlled air space (most of the US). All other launches are prohibited.
It is much simplier to belong to either NAR or Tripoli since the club orgainzers do all the paperwork, but you have to be high power certified to fly high power at all NAR or Tripoli sponsored launchs.
You have to be 18 to be high power certified in NAR and Tripoli. A junior HP certification is under discussion in NAR but I don't understand the rationale for it given the federal age restrictions.