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locked MTMA Launch Report - March 24, 2019

Mark Recktenwald
 

We had a great turnout for our launch this past Sunday. There were 40 flights made by 12 individuals, several being new members. There were also several spectators.


Although the day started out a little cold and the winds were not as light as expected, we had an awesome day. Brothers Ben & Nathan H. flew their Estes Taser rocket six times on A and B motors. A couple hard landings induced a tube wrinkle followed by a broken fin, ending their day, but it looked like they had a lot of fun. Enthusiasteic new member Nico L. launched a pair of rockets (Estes Athena and Estes Rocket Science) on A through C motors, eventually loosing his Estes "Rocket Science" Model Rocket to the trees after an awesome high altitude flight on a C motor. New member Casey Anderson, who flew as a non-member at one launch last year, flew an impressive array of rockets on motors ranging from B through E, including several single-use and reloadable composite motors. New member Dave Brendorfer put up a newly-built Falcon 9 model that suffered a shock cord separation. The booster tried to turn Bartlett Road into Landing Zone 1 and came down hard on the asphalt (no "hover", all "slam"), while the fairing drifted to the woods looking for Mr. Steven! Dave decided to go home via Mennonite Road to see if he could find the fairing. Hopefully he comes to the next launch with good news.


Later in the day, Casey made a trip to the woods to look for a rocket he lost in a tree last fall. A couple months of Ohio weather took care of his shock cord and the lower section, with a reloadable casing, was on the ground waiting for him!


We saw several flights each from returning members John Eck; Gary Stricker; Bill Berger; John Berkey, his grandson Derrick, and friend Ben Beck; and me. We launched rockets on motors ranging from 1/2 A to F impulse. There were a couple cluster and staged flights, a helicopter-recovery rocket, and a paratrooper in one as well!


I hope to see everyone at the next launch, including those of you that couldn't make it out on Sunday. We are looking forward to a lot of nice launching weather this year to make up for all the poor weather we had last year.


-- 

Mark Recktenwald

MTMA Treasurer



locked Re: Launch Rescheduled to Sunday, March 24, 2019 #go

Casey Anderson
 

Woohoo!!! I’ll be there


On Mar 22, 2019, at 11:10 PM, Mark Recktenwald via Groups.Io <markrecktenwald@...> wrote:

Due to more favorable weather on Sunday (warmer and calmer winds), this weekend’s launch will be rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday. We will start at 10 am and go until everyone has had enough, or 4 pm, whichever comes first.

See you Sunday!

-- 
Mark Recktenwald
MTMA Treasurer


locked Launch Rescheduled to Sunday, March 24, 2019 #go

Mark Recktenwald
 

Due to more favorable weather on Sunday (warmer and calmer winds), this weekend’s launch will be rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday. We will start at 10 am and go until everyone has had enough, or 4 pm, whichever comes first.

See you Sunday!

-- 
Mark Recktenwald
MTMA Treasurer


locked MTMA Meeting Minutes #meeting

Wolfram v.Kiparski
 

This thread is locked.  If you wish to discuss the Meeting Minutes, please create separate threads.

On February 2, 2019 there was an MTMA Business Meeting held in Richmond Heights.

Members present:

Daniel Angyal , Bill Berger, John Berkey, Jeff Kodysz,  Mark Recktenwald, Gary Stricker, John Ulizzi, Wolfram von Kiparski

Treasurer’s Report

MTMA Membership: Estimated to be around 12

Revenue:

$291.00 in dues and range fees collected

Expenses:

MTMA’s share of the port-a-potty expense - $175.00

Domain renewal & Web Hosting – $88.90

Election of Officers for 2019

Jeff Kodyz – President

John Ulizzi – Vice President

Mark Recktenwald – Treasurer

Wolfram v.Kiparski – Secretary/Sr. Adviso

Launch Site Status & Safety Report

Harmon Field is still active.   We have not located an alternative launch site.

We didn’t fly much in 2018 because we had to cancel most of our launches due to bad weather.  

Jeff K. mentioned that over the past two years our main safety issue is that we need to do a better job of keeping people out of the launch area, which includes the range head.  People stand too close and crowd the range head. Children have been known to suddenly run into the launch area during a countdown. We even had an incident where a child suddenly jumped forward and without permission pressed the launch button as soon as the pads were armed.  Bill B. asked if we should be getting back to requiring flight cards for every launch. Both Jeff K. and Mark R. replied, yes. Wolf suggested setting up a table behind the range head as a prep area. Jeff K. emphasized the need to have dedicated LCO/RSO positions at the range head.  Wolf mentioned that staffing needs to stay at range head and not be off in the parking lot socializing and prepping their rockets. Jeff K. stated that we must always adhere to formal launch procedures utilizing model check-in with safety-check, flight card, and pad assignment. The LCO must always know what’s on pads.  No one other than a flier who has been assigned a pad should be in the launch area. To achieve this level of organization will require the dedicated support of all members.

Club Equipment Storage Shed  

We had discussed and approved the expense for a storage shed and associated support equipment at the 2018 business meeting.  The shed would be located at the Harmon field.

Jeff stated that he will seek permission from the City of Aurora for setting up the shed.  If permission is obtained, all members present at the 2019 meeting approved of the expense for purchasing a pre-manufactured 10x10 wooden shed that would be trucked to the site and set up on level ground.  We will apply to the NAR for a grant to offset the expense of a shed. The shed might be located near the shelter and port-a-potty, near the gas well close to the entrance, or wherever the City prefers. All of our club ground support equipment would be stored in the shed.  The shed would be equipped with a solar trickle-charger for the batteries. We could also use a cart for hauling launch equipment from the shed to the launch site.



New Business

MTMA Membership and launch fees restructured

John U. made a motion to extend 2018 MTMA membership through all of 2019.  The rationale was that we hardly flew during 2018. Dan A. seconded the motion, and all present approved.  
If you paid dues in 2018, your dues count for 2019.

Wolf inquired if National Association of Rocketry (NAR) membership should be required by MTMA.  Jeff K. agreed. The matter was discussed and all present approved of the motion. These are the elements of the membership restructuring:

  1. A NAR membership requirement will be phased in.  Effective 1/1/2020, anyone seeking MTMA membership shall be a NAR member.

  2. Effective immediately, any new MTMA member who can show proof of NAR membership shall have their first year of MTMA membership dues waived.

  3. MTMA membership dues are $20.

  4. MTMA members pay no launch fee.

  5. MTMA members who are also NAR members can participate in club-only launches.

  6. Non-members pay a $5 launch fee.

  7. Non-members can only participate in formal launches that are open to the public.


2019 Launch Schedule:

Changes from 2018:

  1. Return to 10:00 am start times, or as otherwise noted in the launch announcement on the MTMA Groups.io message group.

  2. We are seeking special launch dates to accommodate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.  Launch dates for July 2019 will not be published until these dates have been finalized.

Launch times:  10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or until everyone present has had enough, whichever comes first.  MTMA does not guarantee maintaining launch operations to a certain hour.

The following dates have been approved:

March 9, March 23, April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25, June 8, June 22, August 10, August 24, September 14, September 28 (night launch), October 12, October 26, November 9, November 23

Apollo 11 Anniversary

We are planning a special commemorative launch in July.  The launch will feature a sport scale and spot landing competition with prizes.  The scale modeling event will be a Mercury/Gemini/Apollo theme – get building!

More MTMA Meetings

Jeff K. suggested that we meet for business and discussion more often than just once a year.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 21, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, at the Beachwood Meeting Room of the Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Non-profit Status

This year we will seek to incorporate MTMA as a LLC non-profit corporation rather than just a tax-exempt organization.  There is a one-time fee of $125 and it takes a few months to happen.

Outreach

Jeff K. mentioned wanting to place fliers at area hobby shops.

Cub Scouts will probably fly with us again – traditionally this happens in August.

Dan A. mentioned contacting area 4H clubs.

T-shirts?

We talked about making up some club t-shirts but made no firm plans.


locked Event: MTMA-NAR Member-Only Launch - Saturday, 27 April 2019 #cal-invite

MTMA@groups.io Calendar <MTMA@...>
 

MTMA-NAR Member-Only Launch

When:
Saturday, 27 April 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm
(GMT-04:00) America/New York

Where:
http://maps.google.com/?q=Harmon%20Flying%20Field%2c%20619%20Bartlett%20Rd%2c%20Aurora%2c%20OH%2044202

Description:
This is a model rocket launch for MTMA/NAR members-only.  MTMA club membership and National Association of Rocketry membership is required to attend.

The launch will be conducted in accordance with the NAR Model Rocket Safety Code ( http://www.nar.org/safety-information/model-rocket-safety-code/ ). G-impulse max.  No high power.

In the event of poor flying conditions, the following Sunday will be the backup flying date. Stay tuned for last minute updates.

We fly until everyone has had enough, or 4:00 pm, whichever happens first.

Please park in the main parking lot.  Do not drive out into the field.


locked Event: MTMA-NAR Member-Only Launch - Saturday, 23 March 2019 #cal-invite

MTMA@groups.io Calendar <MTMA@...>
 

MTMA-NAR Member-Only Launch

When:
Saturday, 23 March 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm
(GMT-04:00) America/New York

Where:
http://maps.google.com/?q=Harmon%20Flying%20Field%2c%20619%20Bartlett%20Rd%2c%20Aurora%2c%20OH%2044202

Description:
This is a model rocket launch for MTMA/NAR members-only.  MTMA club membership and National Association of Rocketry membership is required to participate.
The launch will be conducted in accordance with the NAR Model Rocket Safety Code ( http://www.nar.org/safety-information/model-rocket-safety-code/ ).
In the event of poor flying conditions, the following Sunday will be the backup flying date. Stay tuned for last minute updates.

We fly until everyone has had enough, or 4:00 pm, whichever happens first.

Please park in the main parking lot.  Do not drive out into the field.


locked Re: Tomorrow’s launch scrubbed #nogo

Jim Seibyl
 

thanks Mike, ill let you know. the school has fields in Hunting Valley thats where we have been testing, not ideal but ok. we have all out own launch gear.

Sent via iPhone

On Mar 11, 2019, at 4:47 PM, Mike Nowak <@Mikemnowak> wrote:

I am available with advanced notice

Mike Nowak

On Mar 11, 2019, at 3:10 PM, Jim Seibyl via Groups.Io <jseibyl=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hey guys!

I have 2 TARC teams that will need to qualify, they are looking at the weekend of March 30 sat or sun. Is there someone who could spot us at MTMA? We could use our field in Aurora or our field in Hunting Valley. Thoughts?

“We need more boom.”

On Mar 8, 2019, at 7:03 PM, Jeff Kodysz <@JeffK813> wrote:

Despite the mild temperatures forecast for tomorrow, there is the threat of rain later in the day. Also, due to the recent wet weather and the thawing ground, the field is pretty soggy and would not hold up well to a lot of foot traffic.

Sunday is forecast for high winds as well. This we will be scrubbing the launch. We are hoping that this is not an omen of things to come.

Club members, please keep an eye on your emails over the next few days as we will be sending out some information concerning dues, both last year’s and a structure change beginning this year.

We will also be announcing an exciting event for this year’s flying season, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Stay tuned!!!!

Jeff





locked Re: Tomorrow’s launch scrubbed #nogo

Mike Nowak
 

I am available with advanced notice

Mike Nowak

On Mar 11, 2019, at 3:10 PM, Jim Seibyl via Groups.Io <jseibyl=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hey guys!

I have 2 TARC teams that will need to qualify, they are looking at the weekend of March 30 sat or sun. Is there someone who could spot us at MTMA? We could use our field in Aurora or our field in Hunting Valley. Thoughts?

“We need more boom.”

On Mar 8, 2019, at 7:03 PM, Jeff Kodysz <@JeffK813> wrote:

Despite the mild temperatures forecast for tomorrow, there is the threat of rain later in the day. Also, due to the recent wet weather and the thawing ground, the field is pretty soggy and would not hold up well to a lot of foot traffic.

Sunday is forecast for high winds as well. This we will be scrubbing the launch. We are hoping that this is not an omen of things to come.

Club members, please keep an eye on your emails over the next few days as we will be sending out some information concerning dues, both last year’s and a structure change beginning this year.

We will also be announcing an exciting event for this year’s flying season, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Stay tuned!!!!

Jeff




locked Re: Tomorrow’s launch scrubbed #nogo

CG
 

We have a field in Hunting Valley?


locked Re: Tomorrow’s launch scrubbed #nogo

Jim Seibyl
 

Hey guys!

I have 2 TARC teams that will need to qualify, they are looking at the weekend of March 30 sat or sun. Is there someone who could spot us at MTMA? We could use our field in Aurora or our field in Hunting Valley. Thoughts?

“We need more boom.”

On Mar 8, 2019, at 7:03 PM, Jeff Kodysz <@JeffK813> wrote:

Despite the mild temperatures forecast for tomorrow, there is the threat of rain later in the day. Also, due to the recent wet weather and the thawing ground, the field is pretty soggy and would not hold up well to a lot of foot traffic.

Sunday is forecast for high winds as well. This we will be scrubbing the launch. We are hoping that this is not an omen of things to come.

Club members, please keep an eye on your emails over the next few days as we will be sending out some information concerning dues, both last year’s and a structure change beginning this year.

We will also be announcing an exciting event for this year’s flying season, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Stay tuned!!!!

Jeff


locked Re: MTMA model rocket launch #cal-reminder - Sat, 03/09/2019 #cal-reminder #cal-notice

Jeff Kodysz
 

FYI There is NO LAUNCH FOR TODAY. 

On Mar 9, 2019, at 10:00 AM, MTMA@groups.io Calendar <noreply@groups.io> wrote:

MTMA model rocket launch #cal-reminder

When:
Saturday, 9 March 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm
(GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:
Harmon Flying Field, 619 Bartlett Rd, Aurora, OH 44202

Description:
This is a regular model rocket launch to be conducted in accordance with the NAR Model Rocket Safety Code ( http://www.nar.org/safety-information/model-rocket-safety-code/ ). In the event of poor flying conditions, the following Sunday will be the backup flying date. Stay tuned for last minute updates.

We typically set up 30-60 minutes before the launch. Please arrive on time. We fly until everyone has had enough, or 4:00 pm, whichever happens first. If you arrive late, you may find that we have already flown and packed up.

Please park in the main parking lot.  Do not drive out into the field.


locked MTMA model rocket launch #cal-reminder - Sat, 03/09/2019 #cal-reminder #cal-notice

MTMA@groups.io Calendar <noreply@...>
 

MTMA model rocket launch #cal-reminder

When:
Saturday, 9 March 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm
(GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:
Harmon Flying Field, 619 Bartlett Rd, Aurora, OH 44202

Description:
This is a regular model rocket launch to be conducted in accordance with the NAR Model Rocket Safety Code ( http://www.nar.org/safety-information/model-rocket-safety-code/ ). In the event of poor flying conditions, the following Sunday will be the backup flying date. Stay tuned for last minute updates.

We typically set up 30-60 minutes before the launch. Please arrive on time. We fly until everyone has had enough, or 4:00 pm, whichever happens first. If you arrive late, you may find that we have already flown and packed up.

Please park in the main parking lot.  Do not drive out into the field.


locked Tomorrow’s launch scrubbed #nogo

Jeff Kodysz
 

Despite the mild temperatures forecast for tomorrow, there is the threat of rain later in the day. Also, due to the recent wet weather and the thawing ground, the field is pretty soggy and would not hold up well to a lot of foot traffic.

Sunday is forecast for high winds as well. This we will be scrubbing the launch. We are hoping that this is not an omen of things to come.

Club members, please keep an eye on your emails over the next few days as we will be sending out some information concerning dues, both last year’s and a structure change beginning this year.

We will also be announcing an exciting event for this year’s flying season, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Stay tuned!!!!

Jeff


locked MTMA model rocket launch #cal-reminder - Sat, 03/09/2019 10:00am-4:00pm #cal-reminder

MTMA@groups.io Calendar <MTMA@...>
 

Reminder:
MTMA model rocket launch #cal-reminder

When:
Saturday, 9 March 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm
(GMT-05:00) America/New York

Where:
Harmon Flying Field, 619 Bartlett Rd, Aurora, OH 44202

Organizer:
MTMA

Description:
This is a regular model rocket launch to be conducted in accordance with the NAR Model Rocket Safety Code ( http://www.nar.org/safety-information/model-rocket-safety-code/ ). In the event of poor flying conditions, the following Sunday will be the backup flying date. Stay tuned for last minute updates.

We typically set up 30-60 minutes before the launch. Please arrive on time. We fly until everyone has had enough, or 4:00 pm, whichever happens first. If you arrive late, you may find that we have already flown and packed up.

Please park in the main parking lot.  Do not drive out into the field.

View Event


locked Re: launch?

Nicolas Lachina <nlachina23@...>
 

Thanks for the information!
Nico

On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 6:15 AM Jeff Kodysz <jeffk813@...> wrote:
Hi Nico,

The first launch of 2019 has been scheduled for Saturday, March 9th. We will be publishing the complete 2019 launch schedule soon, so keep an eye out on the IO group for details.

Thanks!

Jeff



On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 9:10 AM Nicolas Lachina <nlachina23@...> wrote:
Hi guys,
do you know when the first launch is or do we not have a schedule. I'm not very familiar with the schedule yet because I just found out about this club a few weeks ago.
Thanks,
Nico


locked Re: launch?

Jeff Kodysz
 

Hi Nico,

The first launch of 2019 has been scheduled for Saturday, March 9th. We will be publishing the complete 2019 launch schedule soon, so keep an eye out on the IO group for details.

Thanks!

Jeff



On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 9:10 AM Nicolas Lachina <nlachina23@...> wrote:
Hi guys,
do you know when the first launch is or do we not have a schedule. I'm not very familiar with the schedule yet because I just found out about this club a few weeks ago.
Thanks,
Nico


locked launch?

Nicolas Lachina <nlachina23@...>
 

Hi guys,
do you know when the first launch is or do we not have a schedule. I'm not very familiar with the schedule yet because I just found out about this club a few weeks ago.
Thanks,
Nico


locked Re: Headcount for the Club meeting this Saturday

Tom Augustyn
 

Yeah, I just paid $20 September 2017 and launched twice that fall. That's okay, it's still worth it to me. I hope to get back into building again this winter and launching again with you guys. 

Any club members talking about attending NARAM 61 in Muncie, IN this year?

Take care


-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Recktenwald via Groups.Io <markrecktenwald@...>
To: MTMA <MTMA@groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Feb 1, 2019 2:11 pm
Subject: Re: [MTMA] Headcount for the Club meeting this Saturday

Tom,

Non-member range fees are $5 per launch day.

A Basic club membership is $10 per family per calendar year, and entitles the member family to a reduced range fee of $2 per launch day.

A Frequent Flyer membership is $20 per family per calendar year, and entitles the member family to fly without paying range fees for the entire calendar year.

Dues and fees are all "per-family." Range fees are "once-per-launch-day," not "once-per-flight."

-- 
Mark


On Friday, February 1, 2019, 2:05:31 PM EST, Tom Augustyn via Groups.Io <taugy@...> wrote:

I haven't attended a launch for over a year. What are the fees again per launch/year?



locked Re: Headcount for the Club meeting this Saturday

Mark Recktenwald
 

Tom,

Non-member range fees are $5 per launch day.

A Basic club membership is $10 per family per calendar year, and entitles the member family to a reduced range fee of $2 per launch day.

A Frequent Flyer membership is $20 per family per calendar year, and entitles the member family to fly without paying range fees for the entire calendar year.

Dues and fees are all "per-family." Range fees are "once-per-launch-day," not "once-per-flight."

-- 
Mark


On Friday, February 1, 2019, 2:05:31 PM EST, Tom Augustyn via Groups.Io <taugy@...> wrote:

I haven't attended a launch for over a year. What are the fees again per launch/year?



locked Re: Headcount for the Club meeting this Saturday

Tom Augustyn
 

I haven't attended a launch for over a year. What are the fees again per launch/year?


-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Kodysz <jeffk813@...>
To: MTMA <MTMA@groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Feb 1, 2019 1:47 pm
Subject: Re: [MTMA] Headcount for the Club meeting this Saturday

The launch schedule for 2019 is one of the topics of discussion for this meeting.

Jeff