Everyone: There was a hearing this week to see if the ATF is complying with the courts to get their testing done to prove that APCP should reside on the explosive list. They did comply and have had the Air Force Labs conduct these test. Unfortunately it will take them time to compile the results so that means another delay. A new hearing is scheduled for Oct. So, until then we are still under the same restrictions, nothing has changed. Check out the TRA and NAR sites for the Joint Statement. Note, Bob Schoner (Former ROCC prefect) was at the hearing representing TRA. You the man Bob! Thanks, Ralph Roberts ROCC President and Prefect.
Everyone: I am willing to take time to host a little workshop/information sharing tomorrow at my house from 12:00 - 2:00. I have had a couple express interest is week. I have small workshop and lots of shade in the backyard. I am off The Plaza, 6 blocks out from Eastway Drive at 620 Aintree Rd., 3rd house up on the right, Brick house with yellow trim. You see my green Toyota truck in the driveway. Note: we are painting indoors so the house is a mess with limited space. I'll have a cooler available but it will be BYOB. Those interested in dropping by give me a call at 704-568-1070 tonight or in the morning. Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez
Everyone: I got in touch with Locust city hall only to find out James has been in the hospital and will be out of work for another week, week and a half. So, on that note, is there any interest in a ROCC meeting to talk about building or taking L2 test. My focus is going to try and run down Steve Herring to find out about the big field off of Hwy 601. Note: The August Orangeburg Launch is going to do a NAR competition and it would be a chance to show our skills, anyone interested? I'll try to find out if it would be OK to attend and fly mono y mono. I'll let you know. Would like to know what NAR members would be interested in attending. See there contest at www.tripolisc.org Thanks, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez PS Steve or Ted Thomas contact me and let me know how to get up with you. 704-568-1070. Ted, you know Steve through the RC Cars.
Everyone: I must apologize for dropping the ball this week. Work has been awful, I have not had any time to finalize the details for the Locust site. I will try tomorrow to talk to James Inman to see what our options are. However, I don't think we will have enough time to be ready for this weekend. As soon as I have word I will contact Steve to pursue NAR Insurance and notify the masses. Sorry for the let down, I'll try to do better, thanks Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez
Everyone: Brent was unable to get permission from the owners of the Sod Farm property up in Mooresville. In an email Wednesday, he noted that we should pursue our other options. So, on that note, I am going to get with James Inman, the City Manager of Locust, NC and try to set up something for our July date at the Locust City Park (Behind the Elementary School). We have preliminary permission, I just want to get all the details worked out. The field is small, I am thinking D and under power. I'll try to get an aerial photo ASAP. Launch times will be between 3:00pm to 7:00pm There is another location south of Monroe,NC that we are looking at. It has potential, however, we have to get the ball rolling to contact the landowners. We will keep you posted. Thanks, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez
Received this message from Tom Henderson, the prefect of Tripoli South Carolina: Just to clarify one point... The 2nd and 3rd are, indeed, Research rule launch days. However, under the latest rule revisions, if you are a TRA L2 or 3 flyer (not NAR, sorry), you can also fly commercial motors on those days! This means that those two days are not restricted exclusively to EX motors anymore. If you have not attended a Research (previously "EX") launch before because you couldn't fly on those days, this has now been corrected. From what my sources tell me, there may be quite a few "M's" and "??" ;~) Hope to see you there! Tom Henderson Prefect - Tripoli South Carolina firstname.lastname@example.org_ (mailto:email@example.com)
Everyone: Brent Johnson has worked hard to finalize our deal with the SOD Farm owners, however, due to slow response to our request and the fact that Brent will be unavailable to attend a launch this weekend we are going to abandon our effort for this month on the Mooresville site. We hope to have everything in the works by July. Also, I have had no contact from anyone regarding a building session for this month either. So since it is Father's Day weekend we will postpone till next month. Enjoy your weekend, buy Dad some rockets. Again, Orangeburg's SKIPOWER launch JULY 1st, 2nd and 3rd is expected to be pretty big according to Oburg's Prefect. Remember, Saturday will be a Sport launch with the other two being EX only motors. So, plan on Saturday only. Go to their site to get details. I plan on attending Saturday and Sunday. Any questions contact Ralph at RoccPrez at bellsouth dot net Thanks, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez
Everyone: Field status: Option A - Mooresville,NC (Near the DEI Race shop) As of June 9th we are still working on trying to get permission for a field near Mooresville, NC. Brent Johnson from Hobbytown, USA (Mooresville) has been working on this for our and his benefit. Due to his vacation schedule and request from the landowner that he be present at the launch(s) we will not be able to fly by next weekend. We will keep pursuing this field for the July and later launches. Option B - Locust, NC - Locust Elementary School and Park Long time member Julius Burris has been talking with James Inman (Locust city manager) about using the fields behind the school (Only large enough for D and under) We have permission to fly there, however, there is still some cleared wooded area that still needs some cleanup. Due to the fact we are close on the Mooresville site, I would like to wait at least one month to see what happens. Option C - Hwy 601 South for Monroe, NC Steve Herring - Please contact me - 704-568-1070, I did not get your number at the last launch to discuss that field you saw. Option D - Morganton,NC Vic Welland has said we could fly up there, however, it is a long way away, if we cannot workout the other sites we will pursue this one. Alternative Launches June 10th and 11th - Orangeburg, SC - They are having a two day NAR sport launch. July 1st, 2nd, 3rd - Orangeburg, SC - Saturday Sport launch. Sunday and Monday EX motors only (Level 2 only). Billed as an alternate to LDRS, the SKIPOWER launch will be a good opportunity to see some big rockets fly. Go to Tripoli SC's site for more details. Greenville, SC NAR group - I emailed Neal Montgomery and got a response back from Alan McNeer saying they still are flying the 4th weekend of the month, however, they are faced with losing there field to an apartment building. Bob B. thought it would be good if we could schedule a NAR contest with them. I will keep working on this as well. Meeting and Building sessions In the past, during the summer months, we have had a general summer meeting as well as a building session to pass along tips and information for Low, Medium, and High Power construction and flying in a indoor session. David Deason has agreed to host a session if folks would like. His business is out off of Independence near I-485. As you can see, we have not given up on flying during the summer, it just takes time to get these things done. Brad Shea and a few others have done some great ground work to get some fields, however, they don't always work out. As Ken would say, "The Grain is our Pain." If we did not have to fight the crops life would be a lot easier. So please give me your feedback on a build/meeting session and we will work something out. Thanks, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez
This is an email I received from one of the proud parents. He included a bunch of pictures, which you can see here. Ralph Thank you for the nice article on the web site. The team was REAL EXCITED to win the TARC event. They launched very early in the day and knew that they had an extremely good score (1.79) but then had to wait for the remaining 89 teams to complete their flights. They hit the 800 foot target EXACTLY and only missed the in-air time by 1.79 seconds (hence their score). The final hour was the most tense. We all huddled around the scoreboard anxiously awaiting each new result. It really became exciting when the final results were known and it was apparent that Statesville Christian School had won. I don't think that winning a lottery could be any more exciting.
Everyone: I got great news tonight about the Statesville Christian School's TARC team. Bob Bernatchez called me on my cell to tell me they won the 2006 Team America Rocket Challenge competition. I called Doug Knight, their mentor and ROCC member, to discuss their trip. He confirmed that it was true. Way to go team! He also gave me a little history about their team. He informed me that their team lost two members in separate automobile accidents in Nov of 05 and Jan of 06 right after the TARC teams were forming. The current team members Michael Goetz, Will Cobb, and Myles Dunlap which we all knew from their visits to the farm went onto the National Finals this past Saturday (May 20th) and won with a perfect alt. of 800 ft and off on time by 1.74 seconds. Almost perfect, and per Doug, had they not landed in a tree and actually landed on the ground they would have been only a .5 seconds off, based on their predictions. They had an experience of a life time and got to meet and greet with NASA folk and others and their fun is just beginning. I and along with the other members of ROCC would like to congratulate them on a job well done. They worked hard and they succeeded, they even dedicated their victory to the fallen teammates. What a great group of guys to deal with such adversity and apply themselves in a common goal to succeed and become the best of the best. Doug has promised pictures from the finals so we can show their smiling faces. You know, it is days like today and knowing people like this that make those long hours helping others worth it. This hobby can be so rewarding in so many ways. To say you have seen these guys grow from test flights to qualifying flights to National Champions is awesome. You guys are truely awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez News story from Aero-News network follows at the "read more" link: