ROC Statement Regarding the Aliso Viejo Explosion

The Rocketry Organization of California confirms that Stephen Beal was once a member of ROC.  He has not been a member in recent years.

As a family oriented club, ROC is saddened by the Aliso Viejo event.

ROC and it’s members have been contacted by the press, however, this event is not a hobby rocketry story therefore ROC will have no further comment.

The Rocketry Organization of California is a non-profit corporation established to provide a safe and legal environment for its members to enjoy hobby rocketry.

April Launch Report

Hello all.

Well, if you did not make it out to the April launch you missed out on one EPIC day!! The weather was fantastic as well as the flights and the company. Conditions could not have been any better with a chilly morning to start then it warmed up to the upper 70’s with just an occasional light breeze all day. We launched until about 2:30pm and had many great flights and over 20 cert. flights including Payton Kramer’s successful level 1, 2 and 3 flights all in the same day. Congratulations Payton!!

Please note – ROC will NOT be holding the May launch due to most attending LDRS 37 on May 16th – 20th.

Flight numbers…..

A – 16
B – 18
C – 54
D – 2
E – 24
F – 13
G – 11
H – 26
I – 21
J – 15
K – 4
L – 1
M – 1

Level 1 attempts – 11
Level 2 attempts – 9
Level 3 attempts – 1

21 total cert. attempts with all but 3 successful!

Total flights – 206

Hope to see everyone ROCstock, June 8th – 10th. Remember we will NOT be holding the May launch due to most attending LDRS 37 on May 16th – 20th in Helm, CA. We encourage all to attend LDRS 37.

Gary Schneider

No May Launch Due To LDRS

Just wanted to remind everyone that there WILL NOT be a May launch. We encourage everyone to attend LDRS hosted by our friends to the north of us, Tripoli Central CA. Make sure to sign up via the LDRS website. There will be a limited area reserved for ROC or you can find an open spot on the flightline. LDRS promises to be awesome with several special events and drag races. Information and details can be found here:

Mike Ostby, 
ROC President

March Launch

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend. We hope to have the range open at 7:00 and will flying until we run out of rockets or the weather deteriorates. Please note that it is expected to be cloudy Saturday morning and likely rainy later, so please plan on being flexible with your motor choices to avoid flying above the cloud ceiling. Additionally, given the weather, it is always possible we will shut down within a few hours of opening up at 7am, so if you have important flights, be sure to arrive as early as possible. Help with setup and tear down is always appreciated. As usual, dress for the weather and pack out what you pack in.

Additionally, please note that we will not have any vendors onsite for this launch.

February Launch Report

Greetings all.
Despite concerns and a forecast for a for the evil “W” blowing out the launch, conditions were actually very nice throughout the morning.  At 7:30am temps were warmer than expected at about 55 degrees and the range was open shortly after thanks to Mr. Mike Ostby, Presidente extraordinaire for having the trailer on the lakebed by 7am. and help from the club getting the range setup fast.
There were quite a few flights and no waiting with just a few light breezes.  Around 11am someone did flip the “W” switch to the high “on” position and we had to shut down the range pretty quickly.  Within 10 minutes it went from 5-10mph to 30+ with gusts to 40mph.  That is pretty typical timing for the lakebed though.  Overall it was a great launch hanging out with friends and flying rockets. 
Membership cards will be available at the March launch.  Remember, for Executive Members there is no longer a $5.00 fee but you will still need to sign in at registration each month and will be asked to show your ROC membership card.  When you pick up your membership card you will also receive a lanyard and ID card holder to make it easier to remember to bring and show your membership card at the launch.
Flight numbers…..
A – 3
B – 8
C – 6
D – 7
E – 4
F – 5
G – 10
H – 11
I – 9
J – 3
K – 2
L – 1
3 rockets left on pads when the wind came up and we had to close down.
Total flights – 69
Hope to see everyone in March!
Gary Schneider