Level 1 Certification allows flyers to fly High Power Rockets with a total installed impulse up to 640 newton-seconds.
The rocket must be built by the flyer. The rocket shall have a display on the exterior identifying the calculated center of pressure. The rocket must be of "conventional rocket design". "Odd Rockets" including flying pyramids, saucers and flying spools will not be allowed for any certification flight. The rocket may be either a kit or scratch built. Scratch built rockets may contain commercially built components.
Standard parachute recovery is required. Non-parachute recovery methods (e.g. tumble, helicopter, gliding, etc) are not permitted for certification flights. If the rocket is using dual deployment, the first recovery event may be via a drogue-less or streamer as long as the main or second event uses a standard parachute.
The certification flight must be with a single certified H or I motor (tested total impulse between 160.01 and 640.00 n-sec). Staged and/or Clustered rockets may not be used for certification flights. The flyer shall be observed by the Certifying Authority or their designated representative during the assembly (if a reload or hybrid) and preparation of the motor.
Electronics are not required for level 1 certification flights.
Level 1 Certification flight may take place at any insured launch. The Certifying Authority (i.e. Prefect, TRA Director, or TAP Member) must be present and witness the certification flight. The Certifying Authority must witness the rocket ascend in a stable manner and descend in stabilized manner controlled by the recovery system.
The rocket must be presented to the Certifying Authority for inspection. If the rocket cannot be recovered, but can be inspected in place (power lines, tree, etc...) this is acceptable. The Certifying Authority shall inspect the rocket for excessive damage. Excessive damage shall be considered damage to the point that if the flyer were handed another motor, the rocket could not be put on the pad and flown again safely. Damage caused by wind dragging will not cause a disqualification.
Any of the following will result in non-certification for a certification flight:
- Motor Cato
- Excessive Damage
- No recovery system deployment or tangled recovery system deployment
- Rocket drifting outside the specified launch range
- Components coming down not attached to the recovery system.
- Any other violation of TRA safety code associated with this particular flight.
- Any other legitimate reason the Certifying Authority deems merits non-certification