[NRVR-Members] Tripoli Mentoring (minors) Program?

Bob Schoner bob.schoner at gmail.com
Wed Mar 28 10:43:03 CDT 2018

I was on the Tripoli BOD when this was discussed and implemented. That was
a few years ago and I am pretty sure it has changed some. I would need to
review it.

Some of the sticking points were:
- CPSC consumer product safety commission restricts under 18 from handling
HP motors
- that is why TRA did not allow for HP certification
- NAR ignored this - from what I remember
- so TRA only had F and G certifications which were not popular


On Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 11:32 AM Chris Maier <maier.chris at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have not "done it" (TMP), but I've worked with a couple of kids that
> have.  Did you have questions?  The kids I worked with belonged to the
> Houston rocketry club, and were flying at AirFest in Argonia.  Sharp
> kids, great mentors.  The kids seemed to be more cautious than many of
> the adults I've flown with.  Probably because allowance money was
> limited and errors are expensive ;)
> Only recently did Tripoli let the kids certification upgrade with they
> become 18.  I don't think the kids can certify past level 1, but with
> a mentor, and because the mentor is the flyer of record, I think the
> child is only limited to what they can fly by the certification level
> of the mentor and the willingness of the mentor to take responsibility
> for a mentee's project.
> Someone with more "prefecture" knowledge than I please confirm/deny
> this:  I think one of the biggest benefits of the TMP program is that
> the child can be a full member of Tripoli and as such, can enter the
> range / be at the launch pads and be covered by the Tripoli launch
> insurance.
> I plan on doing the TMP with my youngest child as well - July 5th is
> when he turns 12.
> Chris
> On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 10:41 PM, Thomas Tweeks Weeks <tom at theweeks.org>
> wrote:
> > Hey all..
> >
> > Any of you all put a minor through the TMP?
> > http://www.tripoli.org/TMP
> >
> > My 11yr old son wants to do it... but I think it's for minors from
> 12-17.  Was just wondering if anyone in the club has ever done this with a
> minor before.
> >
> > It looks like there a test and everything before their ML1 flight.
> >
> > Tweeks
> >
> >
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