More and more flights are featuring electronics of some sort, once considered extreme and highly
unique, they are becoming more and more commonplace. More fliers are also attempting to get their
HPR Level 4 Certification. In response, CAR has developed the Electronics Endorsement Program.
The CAR Electronics Endorsement Program is not mandatory or required for any flight other than
starting the HPR Level 4 Certification process. For Model Rocketry and HPR up to L impulse, the
Electronics Endorsement is an official recognition of achievement and a demonstration of the skills and
knowledge required to integrate and use electronics in rocket flights.
It's possible for F and G impulse flights to be used for Electronics Endorsement certification flights. As
long as the rockets and the recovery systems meet the requirements below, even Mid-Power Rocketry
enthusiasts can earn their Electronics Endorsement.
The CAR Electronics Endorsement is a prerequisite for CAR Level 4 Certification. Any HPR Level 3
certified flier wishing to fly an HPR Level 4 Certification flight must already have his or her Electronics
Endorsement. This requirement is not new. The HPR Level 4 Certification has always required the flier
to have flown two electronics-equipped flights prior to their certification flight. The Electronics
Endorsement is the formal process for demonstrating compliance with this requirement.
The CAR Electronics Endorsement is also a requirement to be considered for L4 Certification Committee
(L4CC) membership. The CAR Electronics Endorsement is also a requirement for attaining the Rocket
Inspector Level 2 designation.
There are no age restrictions in the Electronics Endorsement Program. Any current CAR member,
senior or junior, can earn the Electronics Endorsement.
The program is very simple. just fly two flights on two different rockets, both in dual deployment
configurations, with electronics controlling the deployment, (for HPR flights, have the RI performing
the pre-flight inspection initial the certification form), and then have 2 Senior CAR members sign the
form after each successful flight. Then submit to CAR HQ along with the processing fee. CAR HQ will
then update the database and issue the flier a certificate and a new Membership Card indicating that
they have the Electronics Endorsement.
Use the Electronics Endorsement Certification Form
available for download from CARweb, at www.CanadianRocketry.org, or from your local club's
CAR Liaison, or write to CAR HQ to have one mailed to you.
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