ROCSTOCK 50 LAUNCH REPORT

We had a great weekend celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Rocstock with Rocstock 50. Flying conditions and the weather were perfect all weekend.

1/2 A: 2
A: 61
B: 83
C: 138
D: 37
E: 35
F: 32
G: 27
H: 66
I: 51
J: 27
K: 24
L: 5
M: 11

For a total number of flights at 599. There were also 15 cluster flights that had 2-5 motors and 6 two stage flights.

Certification flights:
Jr Level 1: 5
Level 1: 30
Level 2: 5
Level 3: 4

Congratulations to all those that were successful!!
We will see everyone out on the playa on December 14th for our monthly launch.

Cari Schneider
ROC Membership Chair

Reminder Post

Current Excutive Members: no fee for 2020

It’s been a tough year for flying! Much like our east-coast friends, we spent the fall, winter, and spring building rockets instead of flying them due to unstable weather. As a way of saying “Thanks” to all of our Executive Members, ROC is providing FREE Executive Memberships for 2020 to all of our existing Executive Members.

It’s simple, if you are a current, paid Executive Member at the end of this year, December 31st, 2019, then you’ll automatically get 2020 for free! That’s $60 you can spend on rocket gear, motors, or whatever you want!

Detailed Rules:
1. If you paid for a 2019 Membership already, including those that paid in the last three months of 2018, you will automatically be renewed for 2020. There’s nothing to do. To check your current membership status, log-in at: https://roc.wildapricot.org/ or ask at registration.

2. If you join as an Executive member ($60) between now and December 31, 2019, you will receive all of 2020 for free. Join here: https://roc.wildapricot.org/

3. Family membership policy remains unaffected.
4. Non-member fees remain unaffected.
5. Pre-registered Youth Group fees remain unaffected.


Stage II Fire Restrictions Still in Effect!

The BLM has implemented Stage II fire restrictions for our launch site at Lucerne Valley. While this action was taken early in the year, restrictions have not been lifted.

For Stage II restriction no open fires are allowed. Even for camp stoves and similar devices with a shut-off valve, a California Campfire Permit is required. The permit is free, but you must ensure it is issued and you have a hard copy in hand before lighting any such device.

Smoking is limited to an area where there is no vegetation within five feet, so basically the entire lakebed.

From the BLM Order, Number CAD-000-2019-01 (Fire Prevention Orders):

“Stage II Restrictions – Setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using open fire of any kind is prohibited, except campfires within approved fire pits and grills provided for in developed recreation sites; or campfires within the Imperial County Special Recreation Management Areas with a valid California Campfire Permit. Controlled flame devices such as portable stoves and lanterns with shut-off valves, using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed and require a valid California Campfire Permit. Smoking is only permitted within an area that is clear of any vegetation for a minimum of 5 feet in all directions. “


“Drone” Policy has Changed to Prohibit ALL Radio Controlled Aircraft at ROC Launches

Due to guidance from our national governing organizations, as of October 2019, the ROC board has decided to  prohibit the use of all drones, UAVs, RC aircraft and any other flying devices that are not rocket powered boost gliders, regardless of location or time at our events.

Radio controlled rocket gliders are permitted, when following the NAR Radio Controlled Rocket Glider Safety Code.

We have had a number of issues with the conduct of people flying these devices, including an injury earlier this year that resulted from someone not following the previous policy.


Deadline For Self-nomination For Board of Directors

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that the deadline for self-nomination to run for a seat on the ROC Board of Directors is this Saturday, August 31, at 11:59 PM.  This is a three year commitment and a great way to contribute to the organization. Nominations are open to all adult executive members. Please submit a statement/short bio and a photo to: bigbearrockets@cox.net
Thank you,
Mike Ostby,
ROC President