Launch fees for Buder Park launches

I neglected to mention launch fees last week when I announced the park launch scheduled for Saturday. Each flyer or family (i.e. parent with young children) who is not a paid member of SLRA will be charged a launch fee of $3. This covers as many flights as you want to do for the day, and goes towards upkeep of our launch equipment and purchase of new equipment.

SLRA members who have paid 2016 dues, or new members who want to join at the field, will fly for free. This is a change from last year's policy, when club members paid the launch fee in addition to their dues, but we felt this was a good tradeoff to give people incentive to join. If you want to check to see whether we've received your dues payment, or just don't remember whether you renewed or not, please email and I will be happy to check.

The weather forecast for this weekend looks terrific, so we hope to see a lot of you at Buder Park on Saturday!

R&D design paper on rocket gliders

[I apologize for the February meeting announcement which got sent to some of you - obviously an error.]

The third and final post from last night's meeting is the R&D paper presented at a past NARAM entitled "Development of a Series of Rocket Gliders for 1/4A Through G Power." John brought a D motor powered example of his design, which is pictured below, and made the paper available to our members. Thanks, John!

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Figure 1: D Rocket Glider in launch configuration. The motor pod is held in place by a string which passes over the motor's ejection charge.

Figure 2: D Rocket Glider in glide configuration. After the ejection charge burns through the string, a rubber band pulls the motor pod back.

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Group hotel rate for May 21-22 NAR Regional Launch

Our second announcement from last night's meeting is that John Buckley was able to secure a group rate of $74.95 plus tax per night at the Lamplighter Inn North for the weekend of our May 21-22 launch in Walnut Grove, MO. You will need to call the hotel directly to receive this rate; it is not available when making reservations online. Tell the hotel clerk that you are attending the "NAR Walnut Creek Regional." You may need to clarify that the reservation is for the regional and not for NARAM, to avoid confusion.

2820 N. Glenstone Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803
Toll Free: (800) 707-0326
Local Phone: (417) 869-3900

Launch schedule updated

Our meeting last night was quite productive, so I'm happy to say that we have a lot to communicate to our membership. This is the first of three posts that should be going out today.

We have updated the launch schedule to add our monthly model rocket launches in Buder Park. We will mostly keep to the same schedule as last year, when we set a launch date for the Saturday following the monthly meeting (which put it on either the second or third Saturday of the month), with a couple of exceptions:

  • Due to conflicts with a couple of other events, the April launch is scheduled for April 23rd.
  • Since the regular launch day in July falls on the weekend before NARAM 58 begins, I am listing that event as tentative because a lot of people will probably be busy preparing for that event.

Please see the event calendar for details, including a lengthy discussion of the insurance and safety restrictions that go along with our park launches. If you've flown with us in the past, it will be nothing surprising, but we want to make sure everyone understands the rules - particularly that all flyers must be current paid NAR or Tripoli members to be covered by liability insurance, and this in turn is a requirement to participate directly in the launch. People who are not NAR or Tripoli members will not be permitted to fly their own rockets, although they can hand them over to NAR/Tripoli members to inspect and fly on their behalf. Non-NAR/Tripoli members will also be asked to sign a liability release.

If you have any questions about the event, please email And as always, check the website for up-to-date status on the day of the event before heading out. If you expect to arrive later than 11:00 am, please call (314) 630-7619 to make sure the range is still open - we will continue to fly past noon as long as the weather is good, the battery holds out, and people have rockets to fly.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 General Membership Meeting Announcement

SLRA is having our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, April 12th, 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 and are registered on the website, you can view minutes of previous meetings on the Minutes and Bylaws page. The meeting minutes will be the basis of our "old business" discussion.

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

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

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