STAC Flyer Site Safety and Operationsl Rules
A sport rocketry range is a potentially hazardous area. Objects sometimes fall from the sky - occasionally at a very high speed. The South Texas Aerospace Club (STAC) range is located at the Beeville Municipal Airport which is a 24 X 7 active municipal airport. Safety is of the utmost importance while on the airport/city property.
STAC has rules and procedures to make this activity safe for everyone as possible, but bad things can happen if the rules are not followed. If you are not a current active member of NAR, Tripoli or the AMA, prior to flying or acting as a spectator, you will be required to sign a liability waiver to come into the launch area at a South Texas Aerospace Club launch or event. If you are not willing to sign the waiver, you will not be permitted to come into the launch area. Please review the waiver before traveling to the launch! Liability waivers are available here or on the South Texas Aerospace Club web site.
All persons flying model aircraft, model rockets and mid/high power rockets mustunderstand and adhere to the following STAC Flyer Site Safety and Operational Rules at all times to ensure safety. Failure to comply with the Flyer Site Safety and Operational Rules will result in loss of flying privileges during any STAC sponsored flying activities and events at Beeville Municipal Airport. All rocket flights are limited to FAA Class I and Class 2 rockets:
Flyer Site Safety Rules
1. Compliance to these safety rules is the responsibility of each flyer.
2. NAR Model Rocket, NAR High Power Rocket, Tripoli Rocketry and AMA Model Aircraft Safety Codes are in effect during ALL flight events, for ALL flyers.
3. Arrangements MUST be made in advance for ALL certification flights!! NAR and Tripoli Level 1 & 2 exams will be given upon special request. Various NAR and Tripoli members will be on hand to assist you. If you are making a certification flight, please recruit your certification team BEFORE you come to the launch table.
4. Impulse of rockets motors are limited to “K” class. Some L impulse flights are permitted for flyers who have submitted design information prior to the launch. Even with prior approval, all complex, K & L flights will be subject to the usual RSO/LCO or the SCO/ALCO checks on site to determine the rocket's flight worthiness.
5. Overnight camping IS NOT permitted on Beeville Municipal Airport Property. BBQ grills and camp stoves are also not permitted.
6. Pets are not allowed on the Beeville Municipal Airport property. If you have a pet, please make arrangements to keep your pet at home.
7. Please DO NOT bring any radio-controlled toys to the flying site due to the use ofradio control devices in rockets and aircraft. ALL radio-controlled toys/deviceswill be impounded!
8. Parking, (other than vendors) will be on a first come first server basis please do not park in any areas designated for vendors or for launch administration and do not block any road in or out of the airport.
9. Do not drive wheeled vehicles in the spectator area. This includes ATV’s, bicycles, tricycles, etc.
10. Please drive slowly as you approach the launch area, and within the parking area. A vehicle moving fast can be VERY dangerous to pedestrians and raise a surprising amount of annoying dust!
11. Please leave the airport personnel alone. We don’t want to intrude on them.
12. Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are strictly prohibited on site at all times. If you are caught with alcohol or illegal drugs on site or show up intoxicated, you will be asked to leave. Smoking is permitted only in the spectator area. Smoking is not allowed within 25 feet of flight prep, check-in, vendor, or flying areas.
13. All children under the age of 16 years old are to be supervised at all times bytheir parents/guardians.
14. Children under 18 years of age are NOT permitted beyond the spectator areaunless under the DIRECT supervision of an adult or under flight instruction.
15. Please use only the provided toilet facilities. Please do not throw any trash into komodes or porta potties!
16. EVERY PARTICIPANT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS OR HER OWN GARBAGE.Please keep control of your trash. At the end of the day, please check your prep area carefully. Pick up all trash in your prep area and throw it into a trash receptaclebefore you leave. When loading your rocket onto a launch pad, please place any used igniters in the trash pails provided. DO NOT THROW CIGARETTE BUTTS ON THE GROUND!
17. Flying of RC aircraft and model rockets is not permitted at the Beeville MunicipalAirport facility without a VHF aviation two-way radio or aviation radio scanner forthe purpose of monitoring general aviation manned aircraft traffic.
18. The established club radio frequency control plan will be in force at all times.
19. Do not use FRS channel 9 or 8 except for emergencies. Other FRS channels are available for use.
20. All RC aircraft and model rocket radio transmitters must display their frequencyidentification.
21. RC model aircraft and model rockets will be flown only in pre-designated areas,and will always yield right-of-way to full-size manned aircraft.
22. Deliberate flying of RC aircraft and model rockets behind the safety lines is prohibited.
23. Flight operations will stop during rain storms, electrical storms, airport emergencies, refueling of manned aircraft, manned aircraft landings and manned aircraft takeoffs.
24. It is strongly recommended that RC aircraft pilots do not fly alone.
25. Mufflers are considered optional on all model aircraft.
26. Taxiing of RC aircraft is NOT allowed in the pit area.
27. All rocket flights that are predicted to fly to anywhere near or above 7000’ MUST utilize a dual recovery system.
28. Any rocket flight that will go over 15000’ will require a one hour launch notification, (call in window), to the proper airports. It is also strongly recommended that all of these high flights be drogue-less and use a dual recovery system.
29. All high-power rockets must use a recovery system such as a parachute, streamer or tumble recovery system so that all parts of the rocket return safely and undamaged to be flown again. Use only flame-resistant or fireproof recovery wadding in the rocket.
30. All electronic Recovery systems must use commercially manufactured electronic matches. Home-made hot head’s or conductive primer igniter’s are not allowed.
31. Radio Control (RC) systems used on the range connected to any pyrotechnic devices (igniters or backup charges) must be commercially available systems that are specifically designed for remote ignition of pyrotechnic devices (such as, but not limited to, the Missile Works WRC or Digifire systems). No car, aircraft, or boat systems can be used for ignition or backup charges. We will coordinate RC aircraft frequencies with RC aircraft demonstration flyers. A “No RC aircraft or cars on the range or parking area while it’s open” will be in force. This restriction does not apply to RC boost gliders, only their ignition and ejection charges.
32. All NAR, Tripoli and AMA members operating model aircraft or rockets must display their NAR, Tripoli or AMA membership cards for easy identification at all times. All other persons flying aircraft or rockets must display STAC guest flier identification badges issued to them by STAC at all times.
33. A first aid kit is available at the launch table during all STAC sponsored flying activities and events.
34. Certified fire extinguishers and/or water hoses are available at all times at designated rocket launch pads and model aircraft flight line areas.
35. Emergency telephone numbers are posted at the rocket launch table during all STAC sponsored flying activities and events. Emergency telephone numbers are as follows:
Local Hospital – (361) 354–2000
Police – 911
Fire – 911
Ambulance - 911
36. You must check in before flying. High Power rocket flyers must present proof ofcurrent NAR or Tripoli membership with the proper certification level. No certifications or other high power flights will be allowed with “expired” status. If you are 15 years old or younger, you must have parental supervision to fly motors above E impulse. Each flight requires that a flight card be properly completed before flight. These cards are provided at the flight check-in tables. Please fill out the flight card for your flight before arriving at the launch table.
37. All rockets must be inspected and approved by the RSO/LCO or SCO/ALCO prior to each flight. Please be able to show that your rocket will have a stable flight, and that it will recover safely.
38. It is a violation of FAA regulations to fly rockets into any cloud. In the event that we experience cloudy weather, we will try to determine the approximate cloud ceiling so that you may legally fly beneath it. Please don’t bring rockets to the safety check-in table that will exceed the cloud ceiling.
39. Control line equipment shall be inspected before the initial flight each day.
40. Helicopter flights are allowed in designated flying areas only.
41. Sailplane high start lines are to run parallel to active runway.
42. Direction of flight is determined by the wind direction, etc.
43. The RSO/LCO or the SCO/ALCO can refuse a flight for ANY reason. NO ARGUMENTS! If you feel the RSO/LCO or SCO/ALCO has rejected your rocket unfairly, you may appeal to the STAC Jury Committee.
44. The RSC/LCO will assign your pad after the rocket is approved by the SCO/ALCO. If you have any difficulty with your pad, please ask the Pad Manager for assistance.
45. It is each flyer’s responsibility to angle his or her launch rod so that rockets do not fly over the spectator area. Give the Pad Managers and RSO/LCO your full cooperation in making sure that we fly smart. Please angle your rocket away from the crowd. Rod angle is also important to keep rockets away from roadways and buildings.
Flyer Site Operational Rules
1. Absolutely NO flying before 7:00 AM CST. Night flying is prohibited w/o prior permission from STAC.
2. Testing of all model aircraft engines is to be performed in designated areas only.
Ground testing of rocket engines is absolutely prohibited.
3. Shelters are not to be used as a pit area.
4. The NAR, Tripoli and AMA Safety Codes will be displayed when the field is open for flying.
5. Do not enter the rocket flying range to load or recover a rocket until the Range SafetyOfficer/Launch Control Officer announces, “The range is open”.
6. Only pilots and their assistants are allowed on the RC aircraft flight line.
7. Only rocket flyers and their assistants are allowed on the rocket flying range.
8. Pilots shall make appropriate announcements when taking off, landing, or in emergency situations.
9. All participants must be behind the safety barrier during control line speed flying.
10. Do not attempt to catch any rocket as it lands. Even a small rocket can cause an injury.
11. When retrieving your rocket; DO NOT drive any vehicle onto the flying range or into any of the nearby fields. DO NOT block any of the field access roads when parking. DO NOT drag your harnesses or rocket parts in any of the nearby crop fields.
12. You may pick up or move another fliers rocket that has landed only under the following conditions:
You have the owner’s permission to do so.
If you are a long distance away, and the rocket is undamaged, and no one appears to be looking for it, you may carefully bring it back to the launch table; if the rocket is damaged, please note the location and report it to the RSO/LCO.
If the rocket is being dragged by the wind, please carefully stop the rocket and place the parachute under its body tube or nose cone, and note the location and report it to the RSO/LCO.
13. If you find a reloadable motor casing that has been ejected from a rocket, wait until it has cooled off and bring it back to the launch table.