Beerlofting Tonight 730 CDT

One of the traditional NARAM events is beerlofting, a social gathering where NARAM fliers get together, drink beer and socialize.

If you would like to attend let me know ASAP and Ill send you the information. And here it is:


Beerlofting!

Over the Hump, Pics, Pics, we need Pics, Scale Data Turn-in Deadline



We are over past the halfway point in the launch window, with 18 days of flying left! We have 150 entries (up from 106 last week) across the events comprised of 227 flights. Note that about half the cash prize places have not yet been filled with entries. Free money, folks! Don’t leave it on the table.



You can still join in, registration is free, and you can register anytime through the end of launch window on August 23. All you have to do is send an email to Don Carson (fulldec2001@yahoo.com) and/or Chris Flanigan (ccflanigan@alum.mit.edu) and include your NAR number.



Pics! Show off that rocket of yours, take a selfie of you and your Virtual-NARAM rocket (before or even after you fly). You can post them on the NAR Facebook page or the Virtual NARAM Facebook Photo Album(https://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=oa.10157281250785887&type=3) or send them to Don atfulldec2001@yahoo.com. It is only fitting in this brave new virtual world. We need these photos for Sport Rocketry magazine or else the article will be just words – BORING! We want to see people in addition to rockets.



Reminder:, Scale Data turn-in final deadline is this Sunday, 8/9. If you’re thinking of entering Sport Scale, you must turn-in your data for static judging by 8/9.



Have you had a flight that did not go so well? You may have a Best Midwest Qualified Flight entry! Send the story to Chad Ring, details here: https://www.nar.org/site/virtual-naram/bmqf/


John Buckley

NRC contest launch and Virtual NARAM

I have set up an NRC sanctioned launch for this weekend. We can fly either day Saturday or Sunday. We can also fly virtual NARAM at this launch. This will be a bring your own equipment launch. I will have a tower and one small estes launch pad. Sport flyers welcome too.

So, is anyone interested in flying for a bit this weekend? I am hoping for a few good flights. Would Saturday or Sunday work best?

If you are interested please email me at jbuckley1996@gmail.com or call at 636-734-0762.

As always SLRA social distancing and attendence rules are in effect. Contact me and to sign up for the launch.

John Buckley

Two Day Walnut Grove MO launch, July 18-19

NRC, Virtual NARAM, and High-Power Sport Launch
July 18-19, 2020
Walnut Grove, MO
Launch will be a combined effort (High Power, Virtual NARAM 2020, and NRC contest) of St Louis Rocketry Association (St. Louis) and Tripoli MO-KAN (Walnut Grove MO). The event will be held on the site of NARAM 58 in Walnut Grove MO, July 18-19, 2020. Site location is at - 37.4486N, 93.61565W.
John Buckley will host a model rocket competition range sanctioned under NRC rules.
Gary Cole will host the Sport Range. On the sport range rockets up to and including M impulse class may be flown. The maximum permitted altitude will be 12,500 feet AGL. Rockets projected to go over 8,000 ft, require a simulation prior to flight. Also, if you plan to conduct a Level II certification flight or have any questions regarding the sport range operation, please contact Gary Cole at shellknobrocket@gmail.com. Gary Cole is Range Safety Officer over all aspects of the launch including contest. Currently there is no local attendance limit in effect. However, we will follow current local and state health department guidelines as follows.
General Guidelines for Missourians
• Citizens who feel sick should stay home!
• Continue to practice good hygiene, including:
o Washing hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces;
o Avoiding touching your face;
o Sneezing or coughing into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow; and
o Disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
• Avoid socializing in groups that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing. When in public (parks, outdoor recreation spaces, shopping malls, etc.), individuals should maximize physical distance from others.

Accordingly, we will do the following:

(1) Have hand sanitizer at several locations at the field
(2) Will not provide pens or pencils for common use to fill out flight cards - please bring your own
(3) Will not permit congregating at the LCO table or other areas on the flight range and LCO activities will be conducted in shifts, permitting sanitizing the launch controllers, PA system, etc.
(4) Will not operate model rocket racks due to lack of proper distance - rather, we will have discrete pads for the model rocket flights
(5) Encourage everyone to be mindful of maintaining appropriate safe distances
We recommend checking in advance the status of the launch before attending.
Range hours will be approximately 12 PM to 6PM Saturday and 10AM – 4PM Sunday. These hours are approximate subject to weather conditions and range safety officer’s discretion. Contest hours may be extended or shortened at the Contest director’s discretion (John Buckley).
A block of hotel rooms in Springfield has not been planned as yet, but may be if there is sufficient interest.
We will host a model rocket competition sanctioned under NRC rules. The Heavy Metal V contest will consist of the 6 events of the 2019/2020 NRC events list plus the three additional Virtual NARAM events. Contestants are free to fly any or all or none of the NRC events. Results for these events will be submitted to the national scoreboard. We will not provide payloads or altimeters. NO returns are required for this event except as required by the sporting code for altitude events.
Flight cards and contest paperwork will be available. NRC flight data will be submitted by the CD but Virtual NARAM flight data must be documented on the virtual NARAM website by the contestant. Virtual NARAM events that are also NRC events must be conducted under Sporting code rules. No returns required; actual durations will be used for the virtual scores. Virtual NARAM events that are flown will count toward the meet championship.
Contest hours will be 12PM (setup time) to 6PM Saturday. Contest flights will begin sometime after that. Sunday will begin at 8AM and the contest will end promptly at 3PM. These are approximate and subject to weather conditions and the contest director’s (John Buckley, jbuckley1996@gmail.com ) discretion. Sport range hours may differ slightly.
For flying of drones and radio control aircraft anyone operating a drone must be a member in good standing with the AMA (they will need to show us their card). Anyone flying off the sport or contest range must be either a NAR or TRA member. Nonmember guests will need to have a TRA member take responsibility for their flights.



Heavy Metal V Contest events
C SRA-alt*
1/2A FW BG*
Sport Scale*
1/ 2A HD
1/2 A PD
1/2A BG
1/2A SD
1/2A ALT-alt
B PAY-alt
*Virtual NARAM 2020 event

High Power Launch in Walnut Grove June 20th

There is a high power launch in Walnut Grove on June 20th, particulars are below. I have scheduled an NRC rocket contest to go with it and I will be attending. The Walnut Grove folks would like an estimate of how many from St Louis will attend. If you are planning to go, please reply to jbuckley1996@gmail.com or text to 6367340762.

Here are the particulars.

John Buckley

Launch will be a combined effort (High Power and NRC contest) of St Louis Rocketry Association (St. Louis) and Tripoli MO-KAN (Walnut Grove MO). The event will be held on the site of NARAM 58 in Walnut Grove MO, May 18-19, 2019. Site location is at - 37.4486N, 93.61565W.
John Buckley will host a model rocket competition sanctioned under NRC rules. Sport range equipment will be used.
On the sport range rockets up to and including M impulse class may be flown. The maximum permitted altitude will be 12,500 feet AGL. Rockets projected to go over 8,000 ft, require a simulation prior to flight. Also, if you plan to conduct a Level II certification flight or have any questions regarding the sport range operation, please contact Gary Cole at gary.cole@att.net. Gary Cole is Range Safety Officer over all aspects of the launch including contest.
Sport range hours will be approximately 12 PM to 5PM Saturday June 20th These hours are approximate subject to weather conditions and range safety officers discretion.
Attendance at this launch is limited to 50 people. Please check in with the Range Safety officer to get clearance to attend.
Launch fee for this event will be $10 per person, to cover the cost of an onsite Porta Potty.

Support for Woodbridge Middle School TARC team

Tuesday we had teacher visitors from this school. They have a TARC team and are looking for support. I am too far away to make meetings on a regular basis, Keith Vinyard too. I am looking for some one who is close enough to be able to look in on them and look over their shoulder and give them basic advice on how to build rockets. You dont need to know anything about TARC I can help remotely on that.

They have 10 kids and a $2500 grant to buy stuff. They have a good shot at launching a team.

I'm looking for a volunteer. If you want to help or discuss this send me an e-mail at jbuckley1996@gmail.com or call me at 636-734-0762. This is a great opportunity to pay it forward.

John Buckley

October Fly XVIII

Reminder!
This weekend we are running October Fly XVIII at Buder Park in St Louis. We'll fly Saturday and Sunday. I will be on the field on both days by 8AM with the goal of starting flying by 9AM. Saturday we'll stop around 5PM approximately. Sunday we will have a hard stop at 3PM.

I will be using a misfire alley range setup. . Sport flyers are welcome, but bring your own launch equipment.

John Buckley