We have received our FAA waiver for 2016.
We will be able to launch high power rockets at the February launch, on Saturday, 2/13!
The weather is shaping up to be great, with the high temperature about 74°F. Fairly calm in the morning and picking up as the day goes on.
Hope to see everyone on the lakebed! As usual, set up will start between 7AM and 8AM, with launching to begin when we are set up…
Update: upon reviewing the new waiver we have good news and bad news.
Our standard waiver will now be 14, 500 feet above ground level, with no need to call the FAA. Our previous standard waiver was 7,000′.
The bad news is that there will be no call in waivers for our regular launches.So 14,500′ AGL will be our maximum altitude, down from 19,000′.
The temporary good news, is that ONLY for LDRS we will be able to get call in waivers to 19,000′ AGL. SO, if you simply must go that extra mile, plan to do it at LDRS in June.
The ROC Board of Directors has made some changes to our range duties policy.
The most important change is that we will be insuring we have one Range Safety Officer overseeing the launch and responsible for making the launch as safe as we can.
Instead of “Roving RSO” the folks in brightly colored vests will be “Flight Safety Reviewers” (FSR). They will still be inspecting rockets and signing flight cards.
The difference that the RSO will be in charge of safety for the entire launch.
We have also provided clear guidance for each position. Please review the Range Duty Positions an Procedures and launch information pages on this web site.
Why the changes?
In November of 2015 Tripoli Rocketry Association published an update to the Range Safety Guidelines, which is available on the TRA web site.
The ROC board was already conducting a review of our practices and procedures, and looking for way to improve safety at our launches.
Later that same month there was a fatality at another launch in Southern California, held the same weekend as ROCstock.
With the information from the new TRA guideline, a study of lessons learned the hard way by others, and review of our performance, the board has made some changes in our range practices and policies.
The policy document is posted on the board page, and the affected pages of the web site have been updated.
The weather for Saturday’s launch is looking great.
However, we do not have our 2016 waiver in hand yet.
Rather than cancel, on what is shaping up to be a great weather day, the ROC board has decided to go ahead with the launch. If the waiver does not arrive, we will launch low power rockets. SO, we may be limited to no larger than “G” motors.
If the waiver comes through, we will update.
Either way, we will be launching something on Saturday, February 13.
ROC has a long history of support for the Team America Rocketry Challenge.
“Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is an aerospace design and engineering event for teams of US secondary school students (7th through 12th grades) run by the NAR and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). Teams can be sponsored by schools or by nonprofit youth organizations such as Scouts, 4-H, or Civil Air Patrol (but not the NAR or other rocketry organizations). The goal of TARC is to motivate students to pursue aerospace as an exciting career field, and it is co-sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers, Estes Industries, the Department of Defense, and NASA.”
ROC has a special launch discount for TARC teams that is separate from our youth group discount. At almost all ROC launches there are TARC mentors on hand to assist with timing and observation of flights.
If you know of a TARC team that could use some help, encourage them to contact us or come to a ROC launch. They can fill out the form on the “Youth Group” page of rocstock.org
For more information about TARC:
Members of ROC who are also TARC mentors:
Rick Dickinson, Apple Valley, CA
Richard Dierking, Temecula, CA
David Smith, Lake Elsinore/Barstow, CA
David Erbas-White, Mission Viejo, CA
John Wahlquist, Rosamond, CA