September Launch Report

By:  Cari Schneider
What a great September launch we had! The range was set up and open by 7:30. By 11 we were nearing 100 degrees with little to no breeze. With the heat continuing to rise, launching stopped about noon and no more than 5 minutes later the “W” switch was turned on! There were 180 flights including several clusters, two stages, and crowd pleasers!  There were also 3 successful certification flights. 1 Jr NAR Level 1, 1 NAR Level 1 and 1 NAR Level 2. Congratulations to Shawn Bower, Chris Sandberg, and Mike Swanson on your certs.  All in all a great day!
Launch Report:
1/2 A’s= 1
A’s = 26
B’s = 37
C’s = 54
D’s = 9
E’s = 6
F’s = 7
G’s = 11
H’s = 13
I’s = 8
J’s = 4
K’s = 4
Thanks to the volunteers and Board members who make ROC launches run smoothly month after month!  We’ll see everyone back on the playa for ROCtober which will be held October 13 – 14!

September Launch

Weather looks great for the Sept ROC launch!  Mid to high 90’s so remember to stay hydrated. We plan to open the range at 7:30 and fly until 1:00 .  As always, help with set up, LCO, FSR and picking up is appreciated.  See you Saturday!


Board Of Director Election

Only 16 days remaining! If you’ve ever wondered about the “behind the scenes” of your club, wanted to become more involved in club decision making, simply want to “pay it forward” or just want to learn more about rocketry then consider self-nominating for a seat on the ROC Board of Directors.
There are three full term (3-year) and one 2-year term Director seats up for election this year. David Erbas-White has once again volunteered to collect the nominations. Andrew Wimmer is this year’s Election Chairman. Any adult ROC member in good standing can self-nominate by writing a Statement of Self-Nomination.  Make sure to include a photo. Please send to: bigbearrockets@cox.net . The deadline for self-nomination is August 31st, 2018 at 11:59 PM.  Ballots will be cast electronically via the Wild Apricot Membership Portal during Sept and Oct.  Results of the election will be announced during the Annual Members Meeting November 10th, 2018 at ROCstock. If elected, your annual club fees are waived.
Please consider running for a Board of Director seat. It’s a great way to become more involved and have fun while making a difference in the hobby we all love so much!

August Launch Announcment

Temps are forecast to be anywhere from the high 90’s to over 100° next Saturday.  We plan to open the range at 7 AM and fly until 11 AM.  Possibly noon depending on how hot it gets.  If you plan to launch a special project or something that requires a lot of prep time please be ready to fly between the hours of 7 – 11.  The trailer will be on the lakebed by 6:15 AM and with the help of volunteers we should be set up by 7.  Reminder to bring and drink plenty of fluids and stay in the shade as much as possible.


July Launch Report

What a great July launch we had!  The weather cooperated with very light to no “W” and temps in the high 90’s.  There was as a total of 143 flights.  Congratulations to the four successful Level 1 certifications, five Level 2 and a beautiful Level 3 cert flight on an M1939 by John Williams.  Payton Kramer’s hybrid rocket “Wasting Dad’s Money While I can” flew flawlessly on an Contrail M1491!  There were four 2-stage flights and five cluster flights including a really sweet launch of Derek Jamieson’s “Night Hawk” on three G125s and four G80s!  Brian Morilak’s upscale Comanche III “Three Times The Fun” was really cool as was Rob Lees Polecat Wocket on a J250 Skidmark.  There were many other crowd pleasing flights and a few spectacular cato’s throughout the day.  All in all a great day!

Thanks to the volunteers and Board members who make ROC launches run smoothly month after month.

Mike Ostby, ROC President