Rocket Flying Rules
One: All pyrotechnic rocket flying will be conducted according to the United Kingdom Rocketry Association (UKRA) Safety Code, Version 5.0 ~ full details at: -
Two: All rocket flying will be under the authority of a Range Safety Officer (RSO), at the appropriate Level (UKRA Model or Level 1, 2 or 3 RSO’s).
Three: All pyrotechnic rocket flying will be under a NOTAM (with specified hours for each day, as above) issued by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and in co-ordination with Air Traffic Control at Glasgow Airport, in observance of the Air Navigation Orders (ANO) covering rocket flying (see UKRA Safety Code). All rocket launches will be in Launch Windows arranged with the local Air Traffic Control centres (through Glasgow Airport ATC). No rocket launches will be permitted outside of Launch Windows or the specified NOTAM hours.
Launch Windows at the FMRS.
1.For rocket flights up to 3,000 Feet (915 Metres) AMSL an “Open Window” (Block Approval) for the duration of the day's rocket flying will be arranged.
2.Flights above 3,000 Feet (915 Metres) to 16,000 Feet (4,876 Metres) AMSL require specific Launch Window times to be arranged with and through Glasgow Air Traffic Control.
3.All Launch Windows will be arranged each flying day on a rolling basis with and through GATC by a Launch Control Officer (or sometimes the Duty RSO) by means of Mobile phone communications from the FMRS scene of operations with the Duty Watch Manager at GATC. Flyers will be kept fully advised of Launch Window times, durations, and maximum altitudes by the duty RSO’s.
Please Note: The 2 Nautical Mile radius, 16,000 Feet AMSL volume of airspace in which rockets are flown above the FMRS is a complex mix of Controlled and Uncontrolled Airspace, used by Glasgow and Prestwick Airports, and the Scottish Airways Control Centre, for commercial passenger and cargo carrying air traffic, and also private light aircraft and helicopters flying through at low altitudes. Over many years a good working procedure has been developed with the CAA and the local Air Traffic Control centres that we communicate with, enabling safe co-ordination of rocket flying and air traffic movements through and above the FMRS air space. To ensure that this continues to be the case the above Rules will be strictly observed and if necessary enforced. Deliberate infringement of these Rules by any rocket flyer will result in immediate and possibly permanent grounding of their flying at the IRW.
Four: All pyrotechnic rocket flying – that is with combustible Solid, Hybrid and Liquid propellants – requires valid current UKRA Membership to be held by all flyers, or reciprocal membership arrangements for non-UK rocket flyers at the IRW. This is necessary to ensure that all rocket flying at the IRW is covered for Third Party Civil/Public Liability Insurance (as provided in UKRA Membership by its inclusion of Membership of the British Model Flying Association – the BMFA – by which UKRA Members have their flying insurance cover). In reasonable cases, for first-time flyers only, some Model Rocket flights only may be permitted without UKRA Membership (*), but strictly under supervision and mentoring by a valid UKRA Member, and under all of the other rules stated above. (* As provided for under the BMFA Insurance rules – see “Extensions”, paragraph (g), page 11 of the current, 2010 Edition, of the BMFA Members’ Handbook.)
Flyers are asked to please physically have their UKRA Membership Cards and Insurance Documents with them at IRW.
Non-UK flyers are asked to please have their reciprocal (UKRA) membership and insurance documents physically with them at the IRW.
Temporary UKRA Membership can be bought at the IRW.
Full UKRA Membership and Application details are available at the UKRA web site (see above).
Five: Where required by UK Law all rocket flyers must have valid up to date Explosives Certificates and Recipient Competent Authority (RCA) documents for the rocket propellants that they are using, and they must physically have these documents with them at the event, as flyers may be asked to produce documents at the request of an RSO. Also, at any time during the event the IRW could be subject to a visit and inspection by the Police, either at the Lapwing Lodge Base Camp, or a the FMRS Flying Site. All propellants must be suitably and safely stored and handled at the Base Camp and Flying Site. Information and advice about the Explosives Certification required to acquire, store, transport and use solid rocket propellants (whether for use in Solid or Hybrid Motors) is available on the UKRA web site (as above). Or contact the IRW Organising Committee (see contact details in Important Information).
Six: Experimental/Research rockets. This type of rocketry (primarily in the High Power or Large Rockets class of rockets) is covered in Section 5: Research of the UKRA Safety Code, at www.ukra.org.uk/safetycode
Anyone intending to bring and fly a Liquid Propellant Rocket at the IRW is urged to contact the Organisers as soon as possible (again, please see Important Information).
Seven: Large Rockets, i.e. rockets of over 10,240 Newton-Seconds installed Total Impulse (N and above motors, or motor combinations amounting to the same), require to have: -
b.Special Permission from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Such Special Permission is required to be individually and separately issued for each and every Large Rocket launch. To obtain the Special Permission required for a Large Rocket Launch, application must be made in writing to: -
CAA Airspace Regulations Operations,
Tel: 0207 453 6599