[rocketlaws-ca] Re: Tuesday Update

  • From: Fred Shecter <fredeshecter@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <rocketlaws-ca@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 May 2012 08:42:50 -0700

 is now at 2013 revision which will be published and go into effect in a
 few months (superseding the 2008 revision). 1125 is now at the 2012 
revision and is published and online.

The individual Model Rocket Motor propellant mass limit of 62.5 grams is now 
125 grams.  125 grams per motor and 125 grams per Model Rocket. (You can have 
one 125 gram motor or a cluster or stages that do not exceed 125 grams total.)

-Fred Shecter

> Date: Wed, 16 May 2012 14:28:10 -0700
> From: rtd@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> To: rocketlaws-ca@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [rocketlaws-ca] Re: Tuesday Update
>  On Wed, 16 May 2012 13:57:31 -0700, "mjerauld @dslextreme.com" 
>  <mjerauld@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > I am making this my summer project.  I will post news
> > as get it.  We'll get this done.
>  Thanks, Mike.  Your efforts are definitely appreciated.
>  I've attached a copy of the CA "Fireworks Handbook 2011" from the CA 
>  OSFM web site.  It brings together all of the CA laws and regulations 
>  covering fireworks (and rockets) in one place.  I'll also be posting a 
>  copy on the http://RocketLaws.org web site for reference.
>  I'm making it my project to go through this 187-page book, identify all 
>  of the parts that deal with rocketry of any variety, and annotate what I 
>  see as problems with the way it's currently written, and how I'd like to 
>  see it changed.  I've only just begun, but I've attached that document, 
>  as well, so you can at least see where I'm headed with it.
>  I'd appreciate as much help as I can get with this effort.  I'll be 
>  happy to collect all of the suggestions, and combine them all into a 
>  single document, but I don't relish the thought of doing it all by 
>  myself (plus, I'm sure that I'll miss things, and won't necessarily have 
>  the same viewpoint as everyone else, so additional eyes and perspectives 
>  will be helpful).
>  My personal goals and motivations for any re-write of the laws and 
>  regulations are:
>  1) Eliminate any and all EXTRA burdens that California imposes on 
>  rocketeers, over and above those that exist elsewhere in the country.
>  2) Avoid "hardcoding" limits and technologies based on the current 
>  situation.  Technologies change, best practices change, and the hobby, 
>  as a whole, changes over time.  Our laws and regulations have to be 
>  flexible.  (For instance, if we refer to NFPA codes, we should ALWAYS 
>  refer to the current OR LATER EDITION, rather than limiting ourselves 
>  just to the current version.)
>  3) Eliminate any and all extra burdens that California imposes upon 
>  manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, and retailers, over 
>  and above those that exist elsewhere in the country.
>  4) As much as is possible within the regulatory framework, defer to the 
>  expertise and authority of the various national rocketry organizations.  
>  As one example, rather than requiring the CA OSFM to "classify" all 
>  rocket motors as model or high power rocket "engines", accept 
>  certification as model or high power rocket motors by NAR, TRA, or CAR 
>  as an alternative.  As another, rather than requiring PyroOp/Rockets 
>  licensing for HPR flyers, accept NAR/TRA/CAR flyer certification as an 
>  alternative.
>  Cheers,
>   - Rick Dickinson

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