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 admin@stlouisrocketry.com 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

Tuesday October 14, 2014 General Membership Meeting Announcement

October 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Next Meeting: SLRA is having our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday
evening, October 14th, at our  meeting location: Google Map Link

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 possible October  18th Elsberry launch and October 25th Scout event.


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 heyno@heino.com if you have new business for the meeting.

Heino Pull
SLRA Secretary

Information For Those Interested in the Elsberry High Power/Research Launch on October 18

October 9, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

Since our launches at Elsberry are Tripoli high power/research launches we welcome spectators at the launch, but you must be aware of the rules in place if you plan to fly or spectate.

Our launches information is available in the event section of the web site with a link here to the October 18th event. Please check the information at the link for directions, times, and flier rules.





October 11th High Power Launch at Elsberry postponed to October 18th. October Fly Contest Moves To Buder Park on the 11th

October 8, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

The weather committee has been conferring on this weekend’s planned launch at Elsberry and all factors point to rescheduling to the 18th. John Buckley indicated he’s  planning to move to Buder Park for the October Fly Contest on Oct 11th  if we can’t fly at Elsberry and he’s planning on an update on the contest status tomorrow.

The weather forecast is indicating solid rain at Elsberry starting tomorrow and this is a killer for access to the field. Dan Welling had a call in to the land owner earlier this week and hasn’t gotten a response yet on the crop condition (if it is out yet), but harvesting crops seems to be delayed around the area. The rain makes the issue of the crops being out moot.

All details of the Elsberry high power launch are the same and we’ll go through the weather decision process all over again next week.  We’ll also have to confirm that the crops are out  and the land owner – as always – will make the final decision if we’re allowed to access the field.

I will not be able to make the launch next weekend and Dan Crank has volunteered to update the web site before the 18th with status for the launch.  I will have very bad access to the Internet starting Thursday 10/16 through the weekend.

To repeat – John Buckley is still planning to have the October Fly Contest at Buder Park this weekend  (October 11th) and look for updates from him over the next few days.

Thanks for your patience and we hope we can have a great high power launch on the 18th.  If the 18th is canceled, the launch will be rescheduled to Oct 25th.


Next launch – October Fly NAR Contest and High Power/Research Launch at Elsberry Missouri Saturday 10/11/2014

October 2, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

Our next launch is an Elsberry high power/research launch and NAR contest (October Fly) on Saturday October 11, 2014. The public is invited to the launch, but please check the event listing for the rules for fliers. We cannot have the launch if the farmer’s crops are not out of the field yet, so please check the web site before leaving for the launch. If the launch is rescheduled due to the crop issue or rain just before the launch, it will be rescheduled for the next weekend – October 18.

New members need to be aware that the land owner is very concerned about any road damage at the field and rain a few days before the launch will almost always cancel the launch unless it is very light and the dirt roads have dried completely. The landowner is contacted usually the Thursday before the launch and will give the final decision to the club. October 11 is also very early and it is very possible that the crops will not be out yet. Please check the web site/email before leaving for the launch on Saturday morning.

John Buckley will be running the October Fly contest at Elsberry and may move the contest to Buder Park on the same day, if Elsberry is not available.

The event link for the launch is here.


Boy Scout Event on Sunday 26 October

September 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello everyone,

I received this email from Carrie Moore. Her Scout Troop participated in our Apollo 11 Precision Duration Competition.

“I was hoping your group could help us with a scout recruitment day. The date is Sunday October 26th at the Union, MO at the city park from 2-4pm. I was hoping to have the scouts make the rockets and/or watch a demo”

Let me know what you think. My thought is that this a a great education and outreach opportunity for the club. Since it is on Sunday, it will not conflict with an Elsberry launch if we happen to be there on on 25th. If you are interested, let me know if you can help out as well. I think we could do a scout launch and demo, just like we did this last weekend. All of the scouts, and scout parents, who attended our launch yesterday really seemed to enjoy themselves.

Note: Union, MO is out I-44, past Six Flags and Gray Summit. From the I-270/I-44 interchange, it’s approximately 45 minutes to the City Park.

Happy Rocketeering!

Dave Kovar
Your VP

SLRA Buder Park Sport Launch a GO for this Saturday 20 September from 9:00 – Noon

September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello everyone,

We are go for the SLRA Sport Launch at Buder Park this Saturday 20 September.  Set-up is from 8:00 – 9:00 with the Sport Launch from 9:00 – noon.  Thanks to SLRA members Dennis Tuchalski, Dan Crank, and Ken Gianino for offering to help out with the launch.  It looks like we are going to have nice weather for flying!

Happy Rocketeering!

Dave Kovar

Still Need Members to Help With The Saturday Buder Park Launch

September 18, 2014 in Mail_All_Users

Fellow Rocketeers,

I got one response from Dan Crank with regard to being able to attend the Sport Launch this weekend.  I need at least one other members (and hopefully more)  to attend in order the safely help the scouts out with launching their rockets.  Please respond to this email ASAP to let me know if you will be able to help out on Saturday.  I will need to have to get the word out to the Boy Scout leader tomorrow (Thursday) if we need to postpone.


Happy Rocketeering!!

Dave Kovar

Members Needed to Support SLRA Buder Park Sport Launch This Saturday September 20th

September 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Just a reminder that we have a Sport Launch coming up this Saturday at Buder Park from 9:00 – noon. There is a boy Scout group (troop 310) that will be in attendance to launch rockets they have built. Total scouts expected in attendance is 15. We need at least 3 SLRA members to support this event. Please let me know if you will be able to attend. Set-up is from 8:00 – 9:00. I could use some help with set-up as well. Hope to see you there. The weather so far looks good for Saturday morning. Keep your fingers crossed.

Happy Rocketeering!

Dave Kovar