No Launch This Weekend Due to Forecast of Rain

November 20, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

The next opportunity to launch will be December 6th. Watch the web site for further updates.

John Buckley pictured in Sport Rocketry Magazine

November 18, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

If you’re a NAR member, check out page 8 of the new issue of Sport Rocketry. Our NAR section chief, John Buckley, is pictured with his other group, Launch Crue, bedecked in medals at NARAM 56. Congratulations to John and Launch Crue on what looks to be an impressive haul of awards!

Tuesday November 11, 2014 General Membership Meeting Announcement

November 10, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

Next Meeting: SLRA is having our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday
evening, November 11th, at our  meeting location: Google Map Link

Here is the web site event link to the meeting.

Bandana’s Bbq Sunset Hills
11750 Gravois Road
Sunset Hills, Missouri, 63127

We are continuing to meet at  Bandana’s BBQ Sunset Hills. Even though Bandana’s Sunset Hills doesn’t have a minimum food purchase, we are encouraging members to purchase something to support the use of the room. We have the room from 6:30 to 9:00 and we’ll need to leave promptly since 9 pm is the closing time.

The room will be available at 6:30 PM and  the business meeting will start at about 7:00PM. We’ll need to be out of the room by 9:00 PM (closing).

If you’re a member of SLRA, the meeting minutes from the August meeting will be available here: Meeting Minutes Page, The meeting minutes will be the basis of our “old business” discussion.

We’ll be discussing the outlook for fall Elsberry launches and the status of the landowner’s field.


The standard agenda for all meetings is as follows:

1. Treasury Status.

2. Recognition of Achievements

3. Recognition of Contributions

4. Members expenses.

5. Old Business – please review minutes for last month’s meeting for topics

6. New Business

On line and paper membership forms with payments received by mail  to be processed by treasurer and president.

Please comment on this post or email me at if you have new business for the meeting.

Heino Pull
SLRA Secretary

Web Site Emails To Users – Hotmail/Yahoo Members Please Take Note

October 30, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

I found out a week ago that Hotmail in particular is blacklisting any email sent from the web site. I’ve been informed by our hosting provider that our particular server was blacklisted due to the activities of other users on the same server. We are going through a blacklist delisting process which can take several weeks before this may get resolved.

If you sign up for an account on this web site, you should be getting emails automatically but Hotmail and Yahoo mail users probably will not. If you see this message on the web site and think you should be getting emails, you can sign up on the web site for an alternate email delivery.

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Midwest Power – Information For Those Who Would Like to Fly November 1st Weekend

October 29, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

(From Dan Crank)

If you still want to fly and don’t mind a little bit of a drive, Midwest Power ( is going on this weekend in Princeton, Illinois – about a four hour drive north of St. Louis. I confirmed that walk-up registration is available.

Crops Are Not Out At Elsberry – No Launch on Nov 1

October 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dan Welling was to get a call back from the landowner if he made enough progress for us to access the field and this hasn’t happened. There isn’t  a weather committee consensus on rescheduling to November 7th.

Current Status November 1st Launch at Elsberry

October 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

We’ve received a number of requests to fly at Elsberry on Saturday November 1st if the crops are out and the weather is ok. We should have enough members to help setup, but there are several other dependancies. Several have indicated they would like to certify and we need a prefect for Tripoli certifications and a level 1 NAR member for NAR certifications. I don’t currently know of anyone who plans to certify with NAR. If anyone would like to certify with NAR, please add a comment to this post.

Chapie, who is our Tripoli prefect, indicated he cannot attend this Saturday, so we would have to have a proxy prefect and our normal candidate is Dan Welling. I don’t know his status as of yet for this weekend. Dan also contacts the landowner prior to the launch and would have to activate the waiver for this weekend. If Dan cannot attend, I don’t know of any other candidates to be our proxy prefect. This would also be a problem for the waiver.

We’ll find out more as the week progresses.

I will keep the web site updated with the status of a launch this weekend November 1st.


Boy Scout Launch Event Tomorrow 26 October in Union, MO

October 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

With the Elsberry HP Launch being cancelled this weekend, there is still an opportunity to launch and perform some community service. Mike Fischer and I are heading to Union, MO to conduct a demonstration launch for a Boy Scout recruitment activity. The event is going to be at the Union, MO City Park. We will be launching from the Middle School practice field that is located adjacent to the park. Due to the size of the recovery area, I would limit engine size to A. The Event runs from 2:00-4:00. Let me know if you can help out.

Happy Rocketeering!

Dave Kovar

October 25th Elsberry High Power Launch Cancelled Due To Crops and Wet Conditions

October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dan Welling was able to contact the land owner who indicated there are too many crops still in and that the fields have not dried sufficiently.  We were hopeful with the good forecast and lack of rain, but the launch was not meant to be.

We would normally reschedule to Saturday November 1st but this is the same date as Midwest Power in Wisconsin and we need some idea of interest in flying on November 1st at Elsberry.  Please comment on this post or email if you are interested for an Elsberry high power/research launch on Saturday November 1st.




Volunteers Needed for Sunday Boy Scout Event in Union, MO

October 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Let me know if your can help out with a Boy Scout recruitment event that is being held this Sunday from 2:00-4:00 at the Union, MO City Park. I will find out tomorrow from the Scout leader if this is going to be a rocket demonstration or competition. Either way, it is going to be a fun flying event. I look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Rocketeering!
Dave Kovar
SLRA Vice President