Standing water on the lakebed, as well as additional precipitation in the forecast will prevent the January launch from being held. Given the heavy rains we’ve seen this season, be sure to keep a close eye on the forecast and our media channels for the February launch.
The good news is that we have received our approved Certificate of Authorization (Waiver) for calendar years 2023 and 2024.
The bad news is that due to the area we launch in and the airspace we share with so many others, the FAA has reduced our maximum flight altitude to 10,000 feet above mean sea level.
This is about 7,000 above ground level at our launch site.
There is no provision for high-altitude call-in windows.
The board is discussing possible options, but for now this is what we have.
What a great launch yesterday where we experienced perfect flying weather and a good crowd. In our annual meeting ROC announced the elected Board members who will serve a full three year term. They are Mike Ostby, Allen Farrington, and Jim Wold. Big thank you to outgoing Board member Gregg Halligan for his service.
After the launch the ROC Board elected our officers for 2023. Here are the results:
President – Gary Schneider
Vice President – Mike Ostby
Secretary – Neal Hunstein
Treasurer – Cindy Farrington
Club Prefect – Rick McGee
See everyone in January…Neal
The December launch will be held on Saturday December 10th. It will be the standard monthly launch, one day, with launching beginning at approximately 8am. We will also be holding our annual members meeting at noon with launching resuming after the meeting. The location will be at the launch site range head. Reminders will be announced throughout the morning. If the weather begins to deteriorate listen for announcements for a change of time for the meeting to be held earlier. Should the launch be cancelled, we will schedule a virtual meeting for all to participate. The meeting agenda is below.
The ROC Board has met and has made the hard decision to cancel ROCstock. Unfortunately, the rain overnight has made the lakebed unsafe to pass with standing water at the road entrances and very soft in other areas. The other deciding factor is that per our BLM permit we must provide facilities when holding an event such as our launches and our facilities provider can’t safely deliver either. See their reply to us regarding delivery below.
Since we will not be able to hold our annual membership meeting at the launch, we will be holding an online election process to vote for the three candidates who submitted their self-nominations for the three open Board of Director seats.
A message to members will be going out soon with the details. After the election we will announce the results via an online (Zoom) meeting or at the December launch.
Also, we will be coordinating with BLM and the FAA in regard to holding ROCstock in December. No guarantees but we will be working on it.
We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to see everyone in December.