In the current edition of the NAR's Sport Rocketry magazine (November/December 2015, Vol. 57, No. 6) is an advertisement. I have seen mention of a certain ad on another forum which said thread was concerned about the size of a particular rocket, but that is not the one that caught my attention.
There is an ad for a certain Black Brant II rocket kit which states the nose cone is Fiberglass Filament Wound, conical with an Aluminum Tip.
Aluminum Tip??? Am I the only one concerned about the effect that tip might have on human flesh? Is there no rule in high power rocketry against having structural parts made from metal?
Even if we hadn't just suffered a fatality in the rocketry world, I would have questioned this, but now it strikes me as reason for even greater concern. Far too many High Power people think that they are justified by the high cost of their rockets to use building techniques and materials to make their rockets like tanks.
If such building practices continue, I feel it should be made mandatory for the Organizations licensing these individuals to require a self destruct device be built into the rockets and the triggering key be given to the RSO.