posted on Mar, 4 2003 @ 10:18 AM
Speaking as an amateur rocketeer, it's niether surprising nor unexpected -- NOR unusual.
Rocket engines are explosives. Some of them are high powered explosives. We can't transport them via airplane (which means if you're going to a
meet, you either drive or arrange to buy at the location) and you have to be careful about how you handle and store them (which reminds me, I need to
go out and finish off firing a set of motors I have.)
They're dangerous. The serious hobbyists know this. If the legislators haven't been around the hobby lately, they may not know that we need to get
FAA clearance for launches (this is a safety precaution and we all follow it. It's not some sort of bureaucratic boondoggle.)
That said, the smaller stuff should probably be exempted but I wouldn't be surprised/disappointed/upset if they tracked the motors that were higher
than Class D.
(you can do a fair amount of damage with a Class D motor, but some of those bigger ones are VERY dangerous!)