We have a Waiver!

We have our Certificate of Authorization (AKA FAA Waiver) for 2019 in hand. It is essentially the same as 2018. The standing waiver will be 14,500 feet above ground level. For NSL and the November ROCstock there is the potential for call-in windows to 19,000 AGL with FAA approval.


Lakebed is Still Very Wet!

The ROC board continues to monitor lakebed conditions. Currently the lakebed is saturated, it has been raining lightly today, and there is more precipitation in the forecast.
 
There is a significant chance that the March 9 launch will also be cancelled.
 
These photos were taken February 15 by board member Gary Schneider. There has been a some additional rain since they were taken.
 
With current weather patterns, it is hard to say when the lakebed will dry out enough to launch. We will continue monitoring and publish conditions when there are changes.


New Year, Renewed Safety Message

With a new year upon us, it is a good time to stop and consider the way we run our launches and what it takes to do so.
The Board of Directors has members in attendance at every launch, and usually fill the major roles, such at Launch Director, Range Safety Officer, etc. None of the range positions requires membership on the board, and we could not operate without a large group of volunteers who fill positions such as Launch Control Officer, Pad Manager, and of course range set-up and break-down. These volunteers literally keep our club running. Our policy outlining the expectations for each position are linked below.

Safety should always be our overriding priority, with every rocket and every flight. We will be working with range volunteers to ensure we maintain our standards, and follow our written policies without exception. We need everyone to help with this! Please follow the flyer responsibilities, and if you see anything that doesn’t look safe to you, please discuss it with the RSO, LD, LCO, or any board member immediately.

Mike Ostby, President
Gary Schneider, Vice President
Neal Hunstein, Secretary
Kurt Gugisberg, Director
Allen Farrington, Director
Adam Dean, Director
Gregg Halligan, Director
Andrew Wimmer, Director
David Smith, Director

Read more information on flyer responsibilities here: https://rocstock.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/roc-flyer-responsibilities.pdf

Volunteers run our launches. Read more about their range duties here: https://rocstock.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/range-duties-policy.pdf


We are looking for a few Volunteers for the NSL 2019 Committee

ROC is hosting NAR’s National Sport Launch for 2019. It will be held in place of our June ROCstock, June 7 to 9, at Lucerne Dry Lake.

We are looking for volunteers for the NSL Committee, to help plan and execute the launch and associated activities. We have a bit under six months to get things together.

Needed Committee Members:
*T-Shirts/swag coordinator(s)

*Vendor coordinator

*Contests/Competitions coordinators
-Special launches/projects
-Scale contests, static and/or flying?

*Support for Level 1 and 2 certification (Should be NAR level 2 or 3)

Of course, we will need volunteers for all our normal positions at the launch.

To volunteer, please contact Greg Lyzenga, Dave Smith, or email your interest to nsl2019@juno.com


December Launch is Canceled!

IT IS WET.

IT IS MUDDY.
IT IS RAINING!
Work on your build pile.
Spend friendly time with the people you live with.
But, do not go to the lakebed. It has a lake in it!