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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do you know where else I can fly my rockets?

CRASH does not maintain a list of locations where it is safe and legal to fly rockets in the Denver metro area. Our launches are free and open to the public, come fly with us!

2. Do I need to call in advance to fly rockets with CRASH?

Individuals and families are welcome at any launch.

If you are a group of ten or more we ask that you contact us and schedule a date. We ask that groups arrive at the start of the launch at either 10:00 or noon when we go over the rules. We do not always stay to the scheduled end time. Groups of ten or more are requested to use rockets from kits that are built according the manufacturer's instructions. Kits that deviate from the instructions may be prohibited from flying at the discretion of the Range Safety Officer.

3. How to I get access to the web site?

There is no content on the web site that requires a log in to read. All club conversations are found on crash-talk. If you have requested access to the web site, and are still locked out. Please contact Ron, and he will unblock your account. We have so many fake registrations, that we cannot keep up. The only way we know you are legitimate is if you email us directly. Please include your user name and the date you registered.

4. Launch site rules:

a. Club officers have the final authority on safety issues, including stability evaluation, and launch area rules. Individuals who disregard club officers’ instructions will be asked to leave the launch site.
b. You need a flight card for every flight, even if it is the same rocket. Please complete the flight card with as much information as possible. You MUST have your motor information entered on the flight card.
c. When the range is closed, do not enter the area unless specifically directed to by the LCO.
d. While the range is closed, spectators along the front rope line must stand up, and be prepared to move quickly in case of a problem.
e. In case a rocket goes unstable or otherwise crashes, the range is closed, and adults only take firefighting equipment to the site and determine if there is any fire danger.
f. If a rocket goes onto or over the dam, please take the road along the top, rather than going up the face of the dam.
g. If you have a rocket on the pad do not leave the area. We will not launch without your permission. If you do not acknowledge your name, or pad assignment then you will be skipped and have to wait until the next round.
h. Please keep the entrance to the range clear.
i . All rockets require some form of motor retention. Rockets with loose motors will not pass safety inspection.
j. Do not bend the launch rods. If you need help getting your rocket on the pad, please ask.
k. Do NOT attempt to catch a rocket. They move faster than they look and pointy fins or nose cones or other parts can give your eyeball a really bad day.

Dry weather launch restrictions:
No flights in greater than 10 mph winds.
No flights that have the potential to glide.
No questionable clusters or staging.
No heads up flights.
No first flights unless a proven design and/or built per manuf. instructions.
No flights during a red flag warning.

It may seem extreme, but we are there all year and there are plenty of launches where potential grass fires are not an issue. We are lucky to be there and there is no need to jeopardize the club's permission to fly at Bear Creek. So, save the spaceship ones for when there is no one around and there is snow on the ground.