Tulsa Rocketry FAQ

This page contains a set of frequently ask questions (FAQ) that should help people new to the hobby and or the club.

Q. Do I have to be a member of the Club to fly a rocket at your launch?
A. No. Anyone can fly a rocket at our launches, whether they are a member of the Club or not. However, adults wishing to fly will need to show proof of insurance (which means being a member of TRA or NAR).

Q. Do I have to be a National Association of Rocketry (NAR) or Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) member to participate in Tulsa Rocketry events?
A. No. Anyone can fly at Tulsa Rocketry events. Membership is open to any persons interested in sport rocketry. However, for liability reasons, adults must be a member of NAR or Tripoli (TRA). Tulsa Rocketry is prefecture #42 of the Tripoli.

If you wish to be certified to fly high power motors you must be a member of either NAR or TRA. A membership form for the NAR can be found on the NAR web site. A membership form for TRA can be found on the Tripoli web site.

Q. Is the Club for High Power fliers only?
A. No, all rocket fliers are welcome. We regularly fly rockets with motors ranging from 1/2A power up through Js and Ks at our launches.

Q. Is there a fee for launching a rocket at your launches?
A. There is no fee for launching rockets using motors up through G-class. For High Power fliers, there is a fee of $5 per day for Club members or $10 per day for non-members.

Q. Do I need any kind of insurance for flying rockets?
A. Technically, no. You may be covered by your homeowners insurance, but you would be wise to check with your agent. In order for adults to fly at a Tulsa Rocketry event, they must be a member of TRA or NAR to be covered by our club insurance. Insurance is provided through the TRA and NAR for individual members, and the club is covered at all launches run by the club. In this day and age, you’d probably be wise to have some insurance in any event.

Q. Can anyone come out and watch your launches?
A. Yes, our launches are open to the public. Just remember, that what goes up must come down. You will be taking a risk to be a spectator (however small that risk might be).

Q. Is there a fee for spectators?
A. Absoluetly not! We love an audience.

Q. If I have a rocket to fly, what else do I need to bring with me?
A. Just bring your rockets and rocket motors (and if you are an adult, your NAR or TRA membership card). The Club has a first-class launch system, PA system and multiple launch pads.

Q. Will there be anyone available to assist me in prepping my rocket?
A. Yes, several members of the Club will be available to assist you in getting your rocket prepped and loaded on to the launch pad. All you need to do is ask.

Q. Can I buy rockets or motors at the launch?
A. Usually. We have an Aerotech dealer who is a member of our club and he usually attends all our launches. If he is on the field, he will have both rocket kits and motors for sale.

Q. Are there restrooms or food vendors at your launches?
A. No, there are no facilities of any kind at our field. You will need to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, hats, lawn chairs, shade canopies, and/or anything else you may need for spending a few hours outdoors.

Q. If I bring my own launch system, can I fly rockets from your launch field on days when the club is not there?
A. No. Our field is a working sod farm and we have permission to be on the field only on the pre-arranged Club launch days.

Q. Can I buy High Power rocket motors at your launches?
A. Yes, if our Aerotech dealer is on-site and you have the proper NAR or TRA certifications.

Q. I may be interested in getting into High Power, but I don’t want to register with BATF? Are there any alternatives?
A. Good news! The propellent used in High Power rockets is no longer regulated by the BATF. No BATF permits are required. Just be sure to join either NAR or TRA.

Q. What is the best way to get started in the hobby?
A. Buy one or more inexpensive entry-level rocket kits, assemble them and come out to one of our launches.

Q. Where can I buy entry-level kits?
A. From our Aerotech dealer on-site or from local hobby stores such as HobbyTown, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or sometimes Wal-Mart.

Q. What are the benefits of joining the Club?
A. By joining the club, you gain access to a wealth of knowledge and experience from other club members. This will save you a lot of time and avoid costly mistakes that we’ve already made. You’ll also find it’s more fun launching rockets with a group than launching them alone. We’d love to have you join us!

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One thought on “Tulsa Rocketry FAQ

  1. Aspire-January 19, 1:00 -3:00 PM – Over 200 female high school pre-engineering students are being invited to gather at Tulsa Community College’s Northeast Campus for instruction on rocketry from Dave Snell, engineering manager for Nordam. The young women will put their new knowledge to practice by launching rockets in the second half of the meeting. Aspire is a cohort of students whose purpose is to provide education, fellowship, and community service opportunities for Tulsa area high school girls who are considering studying engineering at the college level.
    I am writing to ask for input/volunteers from the Tulsa Rocketry Club! Thanks for considering joining us in this rocketry activity. Xan Black

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