All these steps include the following important note;
Step 1: Decide you want to take the step of certifying as a High Power Flier.
Step 2: Join a club and an organization!
Now you need a place to attempt the flight, and a community to support you. That is where SARA comes in! Join SARA
Step 3: Review the safety codes. These are our guiding lights and are observed at all SARA launches. These set expectations and responsibilities for fliers at the field.
Step 4: Mentor program. Now you will need someone to oversee your launch, at SARA we understand that there are many questions you may have prior to certification day. That is why you should get a mentor, a mentor can help with questions about engine selection, kit selection and construction. In many cases you have a rocket that will be suitable already in your fleet!
Step 5: Read our resident super certification specialist Art Just. This article is fantastic and will help with the steps below.
Step 6: Plan your build using a rocket simulation program. You can simulate flights on different engines and make sure its stable. Art's article mentions the differences between the two programs.Remember that at SARA's launch site, our ceiling is usually 6,500 feet above ground level, so don't choose a skinny dart of a rocket that will soar above our ceiling. SARA (and you!) will get in trouble, and you likely won't see your model again. Low and Slow is more spectacular anyway, so shoot for something under 3000 feet for your certification flight, so you have an easy time recovering your model. Plan for motors you might want to fly to higher altitudes in the future when calculating your model's center of pressure/center of gravity relationship; bigger motors will be heavier, so they will destabilize your rocket by moving the center of gravity backwards. Plan ahead to keep your options open.
Step 7: Buy neat things! After consulting with your mentor or if you are confident in research you have done. Go to a friend of SARA and buy what you need. These vendors help SARA with in person visits, donations and other support. Vendors in this hobby are typically enthusiasts and will be willing to help.
Step 8: Build your rocket (If needed). Need help?
Step 10: Launch!
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