What are the restirctions/requirements to play with model rockets in your country? Answered
I wanted to start again with an old hobby of mine and buy some rocket motors and one or two easy rocket models.
Just for the fun of seeing things to fly high and come down slow you know?
Depending on which country you can call your residency now you might luagh about what happened to me:
I went to first model building shop I could find nearby in my Yellow pages.
Of course that had no clue about rockets, not even remote controlled cars as they only build build models for multiplayer board games.
Next shop was selected a bit better with a focus on all things remote controlled.
Here I was told that only a few shops actually sell any rocket related stuff due to the tough legal requirements of storage, handling and selling - WTF?? (excuse the language!)
But at least I got an address for a shop that would be abe to help me figuring it all out.
Last but not least I finally entered a shop filled with all sorts of model rockets, from simple to realist replicas of Saturn 5 engines.
"Can I see your permit please?"
"Do you have a club memebrship card stating you can buy engines?"
"Can you provide the required details on your storage facilities and fire control system?"
That were just a few of the questions thrown at me when I went to the checkout with 3 little rockets asking on where to find the engines and ingintion kits.....
Turns out here in AU it is far easier to obtain a firearm and license than to get what you need to shoot a plastic rocket 100 or 200m high in the air....
Without being a member of a recognised model rocket club you won't have access to a legal launch area.
Without your club permit you can't obtain a license required to buy a model rocket engine - yes we are taking about these paper tubes every kid uses....
Without the license, club membership and the required club permits you will never (legally) buy a rocket motor...
To make things worse the 4 clubs I contacted only supply motors they buy to their members, at about 20% above market price of course and you won't get a card to buy your own until you are a member for at least three years...
I already know in Germany and the US things are quite different but I would still like to know how exactly it works in your contry or if your face similar problems outside US and EU territory.