I will always build my model rocket using only lightweight materials such as paper, wood, plastics or rubber without any metal airframe
components. My model shall include aerodynamic surfaces or a mechanism to assure a safe, stable flight.
I will only use rocket motors and reloads approved by Natural Resources Canada, Explosives Regulatory Division (NRC/ERD). I will store these
motors in a safe and secure manner as described by the manufacturer and NRC/ERD. I will never subject these motors to excessive shock or
extremes of temperature. I will not attempt to use, alter, or reload commercial rocket motors, except as instructed by the manufacturer.
My model rocket will always use a recovery system to return it safely to the ground so that my model rocket may be reflown. I shall prepare the
recovery system with due care to assure that it will properly deploy.
4) WEIGHT LIMITS.
My model rocket will not weigh more than 1500 grams at lift-off, and the model rocket engine(s) will contain no more than 125 grams of propellant
and produce no more than 160 N-s combined total-impulse.
5) FIRING SYSTEM.
I will always use a remote electrical system to ignite the model rocket engine(s). My firing system will include an ignition switch that returns to
"off" when released, and a safety interlock to prevent accidental ignition. I will never leave the safety interlock key in my firing system
6) LAUNCH SYSTEM.
My model rocket will always be launched from a stable platform having a device to initially guide its motion. My launcher will have a jet deflector to
prevent motor exhaust from directly contacting the ground. To protect myself and other from eye injury, I will position the launch rod or rail so that
the upper end is above eye level, or else I will place a large guard on the upper end between launches.
7) LAUNCH SITE.
I will never launch my model rockets near buildings or power lines, into clouds, or become a hazard to aviation. The area immediately around the launch
system will be cleared of any flammable materials. I will always obtain the permission of the launch site owner prior to using the launch site for my
model rocket activities.
8) LAUNCH CONDITIONS.
I will never launch model rockets in high winds or in conditions of low visibility which may impair the observation of my model rocket in flight, or in a
direction below 30 degrees from the vertical.
9) LAUNCH SAFETY.
I will remain at least 5 metres away from any model about to be launched. I will always announce to persons within the launch site that I am about to
launch my model rocket, and I shall give a loud countdown of at least 5 seconds duration. I shall immediately remove the safety interlock key from
my firing system after the launch of my model rocket.
In the event of an ignition misfire, I shall not immediately approach my model rocket, but remove the safety interlock key and remain back for a safe
period until assured that no ignition will occur.
11) ANIMAL PAYLOADS.
I will never endanger live animals by launching them in my model rocket.
I will never launch my rocket so that it will fall on, or strike, ground or air targets. Nor will I include any explosive or incendiary payload.
13) HAZARDOUS RECOVERY.
I will never attempt to recover my model rocket from a power line, high place, a tree, or other dangerous location.
14) PRE FLIGHT TESTS. Whenever possible, I will always test the stability, operation and reliability of my model rocket designs
prior to flight. I will launch unproven designs in complete isolation from other persons.
15) PERSONAL CONDUCT.
I will always conduct myself in a responsible manner, conscious that the maintenance of safety for myself and other rests with my ability to design and
construct sound working models, and to enthusiastically abide by the CAR/ACF Model Rocket Safety Code.
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