As I step into my firefighters' outfit courtesy the
To my knowledge, this has not been discussed in awhile
and was curious to see what everyone thought.
It would seem that given the state of consumer rocketry
in general, a merger between the NAR and the TRA would
be in order for several reasons:
1) In dealing with government agencies and regulatory
bodies, presenting a united front would be easier and
more efficient for everyone involved. While we know
the differences between the two associations, government
agencies make little, if any differentiation between the
two. In their mind, both are lobby groups for "people
who send objects vertically up in the air using flammable
solids. " To a certain extent, it would seem prudent to
align ourselves as the outside world sees us.
A house divided among itself cannot stand. Strength in
2) Both groups, if joined together, would not have to
give up their autonomy over their parts of the hobby.
Such a merger, should it occur, would see the Tripoli
leadership keeping sway over the High Powered
activities, while the NAR would deal with lower powered
rockets. As it is, things seem to be working out along
those lines, since people are often members of both
3) The newly-merged organization would create a
mutually symbiotic relationship. The low-power
wing would naturally feed members into the higher-power
wing and vice versa. Also, the combined buying power
(finances, market etc.)
that the new association would represent would increase.
Money has weight. More money, more weight.
4) TRA would gain since it would put itself on
tax exempt status.
5) The range of rockets launched at meets would increase
even futher. One could imagine a NARAM under the new
organization - launches of everything from 1/4 A's to
staged, clustered air started K's. Bigger event, more
of a media attraction, more press for the hobby.
6) Proposed setup:
National Association of Rocketry
Low Power Division High Power-Tripoli Division
- Regulate activities - Regulate activities
1/4 A - E class engines F - O class engines
- Run certification program
- Run RC rocket glider program
The existing committees that are duplicated by both
organizations would be merged to keep representation
of both organizations about equal.