Model Aircraft: There shall be no flights of drones, quadcopters, UAVs, model airplanes, or other remote controlled aircraft anywhere at the TIMPA facility, day or night. Violators will be required to leave the TIMPA facility.
Night Launch Safety Rules
Desert Heat provides its flyers with the spectacular opportunity to fly at night! To help ensure the safety of all spectators and participants, the following range safety protocols will be in place at the night launch. Please read this carefully if you plan to attend the night launch, as some of these rules will require advanced planning. Be prepared.
· Personal Visibility: All participants who enter the range--either the launch pad area or downrange to recover rockets--are required to wear reflective vests and a light emitting source; red lighting is preferred. Personal light sources may be battery powered lights or chemical glow sticks.
· Rocket Lighting: All rockets, regardless of size, must be actively lighted to be visible at night from at least 300 feet away. Lights must be visible all the way up and all the way down. All separable sections must comply with lighting requirements independently of each other. Glowsticks do not meet this requirement. LEDs can meet this requirement, but they must be properly secured to the model.
· High Power Rocket Lighting: High power rockets must have dual redundant lighting systems. Redundant means no shared power supplies, switches, etc. The RSO will need to see each circuit illuminated independently, so no single point of failure can cause a failure of all lighting systems. At least one of the circuits should flash, strobe, or blink. High power rockets must be checked in with the RSO before dark.
· Night Launch Motor Impulse: No motors larger than K impulse.
· Night Launch Ceiling: 3000 feet above ground level is the maximum permissible altitude.
· Night Launch Complex Rockets: No complex (staged or clustered) rockets.
· Sparkies: The use of spark producing motors is subject to the Range Safety Officer's review of field conditions. Do not automatically assume that spark producing motors may be flown.
There are many reasons behind these rules, and we have done our best to keep the rules simple and limited in scope, without compromising safety. But some of these rules deserve a bit more explanation:
· The airspace is reserved exclusively for rocket flights authorized by the Range Safety Officer (RSO) and under the control of the Launch Control Officer (LCO). Launch operations will stop if any unauthorized aircraft are in the area. Operators of remote controlled aircraft will be required to leave.
· The reflective vest and personal light requirement is to ensure that the LCO can see anyone who is at the launch pads or down range recovering a rocket. Inexpensive vests and lights are available online, commonly sold for biking, running or walking. The RSO will not permit anyone on the range who is not clearly visible at a distance.
· Glowsticks do not produce sufficient light to track a rocket--particularly a model that does not deploy a recovery device. Small, inexpensive LED lights are available online, but they must be properly secured to the model.
· Individuals may have vests and lighting to loan or sell at the event, but do not count on others to help you comply with these rules. Be prepared and bring your own supplies.
If you have questions about these rules, please email firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand or see the Range Safety Officer on the night of the launch.
Range Procedures for Spectators (And Everyone!)
Spectators are welcome at Desert Heat! We do ask that you register for the event as a spectator for free and that you abide by these rules:
· Everyone attending Desert Heat (both fliers and spectators) should understand and follow these rules to ensure safety
· Firearms: No firearms or other weapons are allowed at the TIMPA facility.
· Parents, please keep your children under control and be sure they understand these rules.
· Unless you have a wrist band, you will be required to remain south of the chain link fence; you may not enter the ramada area past the registration desk.
· If the LCO announces a flight as a "Heads Up" flight, that means get on your feet and pay attention until the rocket's recovery device deploys or until the rocket is on the ground.
· Pay attention! Every flight is potentially dangerous to you and your family. If the Launch Control Officer (LCO) yells "Heads up!" or activates the siren they mean it!
· Do not attempt to catch any rocket as it lands. Even a small rocket can cause an injury.
· Do not pick-up or move any rocket that is not yours, unless you have the owner's permission.
· No motorized vehicles are permitted on the field except those given permission by the RSO, LCO, or event director.
· Please drive slowly as you approach and within the launch area. There are children present and a vehicle can raise a surprising amount of very annoying dust!
· Please keep control of your trash and carry it off the field when you leave.
· TIMPA is a desert location. The hazards associated with desert living include critters, e.g. rattlesnakes, gopher holes, dehydration, sunburn, thorns, and heat exhaustion. Please exercise adequate precautions to avoid injury during the Desert Heat event.