NRC competition at Buder Park

I have added an NRC launch to each weekend in June at our Buder site. In addition, I scheduled a sport launch and NRC for the weekend of June 29-30. We'll run all of these launches by our standard procedure 9am to 12PM, set up at 8. In the event of weather, we may fly on either Saturday or Sunday, but the launch will be confined to one day.

The official SLRA club launch is Sunday June 30th.

All NRC events may be flown, but we will not provide eggs, payloads or altimeters. A few eggs may be available.

Anyone who is interested in flying at the NRC launches should contact me separately at I will contact those interested with details.

John Buckley

Buder Park launch status and Tuesday, May 28, 2019 General Membership Meeting Announcement

NOTE: Buder Park is (again) closed due to flooding. Please be aware that the status of the park launch currently scheduled for Saturday June 1 is up in the air. We'll be discussing this at the meeting.

SLRA is having our regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, May 28th, at our regular meeting location:

Fallon's Bar & Grill 9200 Olive Blvd. #116 Olivette, Missouri, 63132

The room will be available at 6:00 PM and the business meeting will start at about 7:00PM.

If you're a member of SLRA and are registered on the website, you can view minutes of previous meetings here: Meeting Minutes 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 email if you have new business for the meeting.

Heavy Metal IV update, Saturday canceled but Sunday still on

Due to pending bad weather we are delaying the Heavy Metal IV sport range opening to Sunday morning at 11 AM. The range will remain open to 6PM.

The contest range will open a little earlier at 10AM, set up shortly before that. There will be no contest flights on Saturday. We will run until 6PM Sunday afternoon.

The weather includes heavy rain and high winds all day Saturday. Sunday looks to be a good day for flying though.

John Buckley

Heavy Metal IV update

Heavy Metal IV Update
Right the weather forecast for Saturday looks grim. Lots of rain. Sunday looks like good weather. We will decide Friday morning about status. The current tentative plan is to fly on Sunday if Saturday is a washout. The decision will be made Friday AM>
John Buckley

Heavy Metal IV

A quick survey. Who is still planning on attending Heavy Metal IV in Walnut Grove MO? I'd like to get a rough head count to pass on to the Walnut Grove guys.

Please respond to my email

Below is the launch information.

John Buckley

Heavy Metal IV info
Heavy Metal IV 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. Directions to be provided. 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 IV contest will consist of 7 events selected from the 2018/2019 NRC events list plus 1 additional event. Contestants are free to fly any or all of the NRC events. Results for these events will be submitted to the national scoreboard. C RG will not be submitted We will provide eggs but not payloads or altimeters. NO returns are required for this event except as required by the sporting code for eggloft and payload.
Contest hours will be 9AM (setup time) to 5PM 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, ) discretion. Sport range hours may differ slightly.

Heavy Metal III Contest events
1/ 4 A HD
1/4 A PD
*NON NRC event

Sport Launch:
The sport range will be separate from the contest range and 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

Sport range hours will be approximately 11 AM to 5PM Saturday and 10AM to 5PM on Sunday. These hours are approximate subject to weather conditions and range safety officers discretion.

Launch fee for this event will be $10 per person, to cover the cost of an onsite Porta Potty.