Lilly Waiver Received; Launch Rescheduled For May 3

Due to the efforts of Leonard Boswell (GAMMA President) the FAA has re-issued the waiver for the field near Lilly, Ga.  What this means is that we will be able to fly high power on that field the rest of the year.

And so, the launch originally scheduled for this weekend, April 26 has been rescheduled for May 3 to give our high power flyers a little time to reschedule their lives.  The launch schedule for the rest of May will also be modified, so check back for those changes.

To reiterate, SoAR will sponsor a High Power launch at the field near Lilly, GA on Saturday, May 3rd, (and possibly Sunday, May 4th).  The launch starts promptly at 10 AM and ends either at 5 PM or when everyone is done flying rockets.

If you are new to SoAR, the field near Lilly is approximately 1/2 mile square.  Losing a low/mid-power rocket on this field can be done, but it takes some effort.  The field altitude restriction is 5,000 feet.

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Creekview Teams Make TARC Finals

Two teams from Creekview High School in Canton, teams 1 and 3, have made the finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) for 2014. They will be headed to The Plains, Virginia for the flyoff on May 10.

TARC is a co-production of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), and has been running since Fall 2002.

Approximately 7,000 students from across the nation compete in TARC each year. Teams design, build and fly a model rocket that reaches a specific altitude and duration determined by a set of rules developed each year. This year the rules challenge each team to design and build a model rocket that can travel to a height of 825 feet and back within 48 to 50 seconds. Each rocket must also deploy two identical parachutes carrying precious cargo — two raw eggs that must return safely to the ground undamaged. Scores are determined by how close they come to the required height and time; damaged eggs disqualify the flight. TARC poses a different challenge each year, and 2014’s dual-parachute requirement combined with the tight timing window and other structural criteria make this contest the most difficult in the competition’s 12-year history.  The contest is designed to encourage students to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace.

The top 100 teams, based on local qualification flights, are invited to Washington, DC in May for the national finals. Prizes include $60,000 in cash and scholarships split between the top 10 finishers. NASA invites top teams to participate in their Student Launch Initiative, an advanced rocketry program. AIA member companies, such as Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have sponsored additional prizes such as scholarship money and a trip to an international air show.


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Report From the March Hoschton Launch

Jeff Coons compiled the flight cards from March 22 and gives us this report: “A huge variety of rockets filled the skies at Hoschton on a blue sky March afternoon. Member turn-out was good as the warm air, welcoming skies, and not-as-gentle-as-we-would-have-liked winds were all generally favorable. Most remarkable were the number and variety of scratch built rockets. Of the 155 total flights we saw 34 interesting scratch-built creations.

We also had a broad variety of motors used throughout the day, ranging from 1/2A3-2T up to G77-4F. There were a total of 6 flights on G motors and a whopping 20 total flights on various F motors, 27 flights on E motors, and 28 D motors, 25 Cs, 26 Bs, and 26 A motors. We also saw a variety of stages with one flight boosting with 3 (B6-0 / B6-0 / A8-3) as well as a few clusters.

Also of note were the 23 first flights (winter projects coming out) a few cameras were used, rocket boost R/C glider, some E-powered and G-powered spools, cones, and saucers. Variety was indeed the theme of the day!

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Membership Dues are Due!

It’s that time of year again.  Please renew your memberships before March 1.  Do it online, by mail, or pay Kevin Scholberg directly at a launch or meeting.  Please update your contact information, cert level, and family members.

We are going back to our standard policy of charging flight fees to anyone that does not have a currently paid membership and is wearing their badge.

Kevin will be making newly designed SoAR membership name badges for everyone that is paid-up as of March 1, 2014.  You will be required to wear your new name badge if you want to fly for free.  If you forget your badge it’s 50 cents a flight.

If you pay after Feb. 28, Kevin may not get around to making you a new badge for several months (it’s a pain) and you will have to pay for every flight.  Hah!

Also, after March 1st, Kevin will remove non-members from the SoAR Business YahooGroup.  (You would still be able to access SoAR Chat if you subscribed to that.)

Now, go back to getting ready for GRITS, but don’t forget about updating your memberships…  P-L-E-A-S-E!!!!!

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Dale’s Bucket O’Rockets Still Here!

At each SoAR launch there is usually a bucket (white, about 12″ diameter), whose location on the field is chosen at random, that is designated as Dale Windsor’s Bucket O’Rockets. Land any part of your rocket in that bucket (after a safe flight and recovery!) and you’ll win a jackpot of rocket kits. If no one gets in the bucket at a launch, the prizes will roll over to the next launch, and another prize will (seldomly!) be added!

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Where Do I Fly My Rocket?

(Updated 9/7/12, see below) A dilemma faced by many: “I, or my son or daughter, received a model rocket for Christmas (or birthday, or graduation, or other occasion). Where do we go to launch it?”  So here is a short guide to flying a model rocket in the metro Atlanta area.

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