February Launch Canceled

The February 9th ROC launch is canceled due to the weather forecast and a saturated lake bed.

We’ll try again in March
Mike Ostby,
ROC President

January Launch Cancelled

The Jan 12th launch is cancelled. The government shut down has delayed the FAA from issuing our 2019 CoA (waiver). The lakebed is also in marginal condition. Although the surface may be dry, below the crust it’s still wet. The forecast also is calling for a chance of wet weather this weekend and several days next week.

ROC is encouraging folks to fly with our friends to the south, Tripoli San Diego. Their launch is a go for this weekend. Please see their website. http://www.tripolisandiego.org

December 7-9 Rocstock Canceled

Due to the wet weather today and a forecast for possible rain this Saturday, and another storm next Wed and Thursday the ROC Board has decided to cancel the December 7-9 Rocstock Launch.

We are coming up with a plan to hold the Annual Membership Meeting/Holiday Gathering. Most likely a lunch at a pizza parlor Sat the 8th. If this sounds like fun please let me know (mikeostby@gmail.com) so a large enough room can be reserved. Stay tuned for details.

December ROCstock Update

We are monitoring the weather forecast and conditions of the lakebed closely.  Unfortunately, the lakebed cannot tolerate much rain at all. The October storm really saturated the ground.  As of the this morning several sources are forecasting for Lucerne Valley a 100% chance of significant rain later this week and 30% later next week.  If the lakebed gets any amount of measurable rain between now and December 7th, ROCstock will be canceled.

Mike Ostby,


Board of Director Election Results

Annually, per our Bylaws, ROC elects a portion of the Board of Directors, usually 3 positions. Occasionally, due to resignations (folks may move, etc…) there are more than 3 positions available.

In 2018, there are 3 slots for 3-year terms, and one 2-year term. By convention, the top 3 vote getters get the three-year terms and the fourth place vote getter gets the 2-year term. This year, we have five candidates for these positions. ROC would like to send out our appreciation to everyone that put their name in the hat to run for the BoD. Per the Tripoli Bylaws, we must elect our Prefect as well. Since ROC is a corporation, the President of the Corporation is not the Tripoli Prefect. There was one candidate for Prefect this year so we voted to affirm them.

For the first year, we used our Membership database software to conduct an online vote. This year, we had a 44.6% turnout so thanks to everyone that voted. If you would like to leave any feedback on our election this year, please use our feedback page on the website, or talk to any BoD member at a launch.
The Results:
Elected to 3-Year Terms:
Kurt Gugisberg
Gary Schneider
Neal Hunstein
Elected to a 2-Year Term:
David Smith
Rick Magee was affirmed as our Prefect for another year.
Again, thanks to everyone that ran and please attend our Annual General Membership Meeting at ROCStock in December!