• How To Section is Live/ Desert Heat Announcements
    We have created a "How To Section" for the site. We have articles about tips about certification from Art Just and a special feature from James Cramton about setting up your workspace. Both are very cool! Check them out, we will have Ed LaCroix doing competition articles soon, and we will be asking members to do various "How To's" as we go along.

    We have an 2 special rocket launch announcements for desert heat!  How about a 17 foot tall, 10 inch diameter "Thor" rocket on a M motor! We also have AZ Rocket Team planning a large M launch!

    We also have some great donations for the Desert Heat raffle! A Jolly Logic Chute Release & Altimeter Three, A Mini Bomarc, Batray and other goodies from Madcow Rocketry, A Loc Viper 4 and a US Rockets AeroRoc kit from Countyline Hobbies, Many excellent harnesses from OneBadHawk, something mysterious from Missile Works, and a bunch of CTI engines! There is much more too! Stay Tuned and save up for those raffle tickets.

    Posted by Randall Shanyfelt
  • 2016 Membership Raffle!

    It's that time, 2016 SARA Membership is due, since the X-Files had a scene with a Mercury Redstone model rocket being launched, we are going to do a raffle for one!. Anyone who signs up for 2016 membership by 02/28/2016 will be entered to win a Estes Rockets Mercury Redstone kit with a pack of C6-3's!

    With so many exciting things going on at SARA,  it is still only $25.00 for a family. Desert Heat is a go, Competition launches, Local Outreach Events, High Power Vendor visits and so much more! Join today and enjoy the benefits and possibly win a cool prize! 

    Those who have already joined will automatically be entered to win!

    Posted Jan 30, 2016, 11:07 AM by Randall Shanyfelt
  • AMW Pro X Visit
    We Have AMW Pro X making the trip all the way from Massachusetts to visit our launch next month. During their visit last year they brought motors, parachutes, kits, parts and all kinds of other goodies. They will have a large inventory of motors, the only items they would like a heads up on is 75mm and 98mm engines. For 75,98 and larger re-loads call or email them as soon as possible to make sure they have what you need. 

    You may pre-order online at amwprox.com and select pickup,in the comments section just type "Hold for SARA".

    If you were holding off on doing a Level 1 certification flight because of the hazmat fee being charged and only being able to get 1 reload, this is a great opportunity to get certified! Let us know if the club can help during construction and there are plenty of Level 2 and 3 fliers on site to get you certified.

    Save on Hazmat and get some cool rockets to add to your build pile! 

    You can contact AMW via email at gloria@amwprox.com or robert@amwprox.com


    Posted Jan 27, 2016, 8:58 PM by Randall Shanyfelt
  • SARA Local Meet-1 (SLM-1) Results
    By Ed LaCroix, SARA Contest Director. Edited by James Cramton. Photos by Steve Fraser.

    On Saturday January 23, 2016, eight members of SARA met on a somewhat chilly and surprisingly windy morning at the SARA launch site for what is hoped to be the first of a growing number of SARA/NAR sanctioned contests. NARAM 57 Contest Director (CD) and new SARA member Ed LaCroix served as the CD for what was SARA Local Meet-1 (SLM-1).  Of the eight competitors, seven were C Division (>=19yrs) and one was A Division (7-13 yrs).   It should be noted that when there is not at least two people in an age division, the age divisions are combined. That means poor Zachary had to do battle with the adults.
    The good news is that as the day wore on, the winds diminished significantly and the thermals came out to play!

    There were three events flown, two of which are events to be contested at this summer's national championships, NARAM 58*

    Open Spot Landing*, Predicted Altitude, and C Parachute Duration*.

    In NAR competition, greater points are earned 1st thru 4th place. Below 4th, a contestant with a qualified flight receives flight points. Here's how the chips fell.

    With just 8 contestants, the range was run informally, so-called 'misfire alley,' with each contestant coordinating their own launch system with the other fliers.

    Photo: Zachary prepares his Open Spot Landing model for his first flight of the day

    Open Spot Landing- (Only one flight allowed and must be first flight of the day. The measurement in meters is from a designated landing "spot" to the tip of the models nose
     cone. Wind played a BIG factor, except for John. Places are recognized only for models that landed <=50m from the landing spot. Rick and Ed were out in the weeds.)
    Terrill, John, and Jim measure John&#39;s Open Spot Landing flight

    A Division
    Place Name Flight 1 Points
    No Place
    Zachary Cramton DQ: Unstable 0
    C Division
    Place Name Flight 1 Points
    John Grove 4.98 meters (m) 40
    Steve Lubliner 28.83 m 24
    3 James Cramton 37.0 m 16
    4 Jeffrey Ryan 39.4 m 8
    -- Rick Chapek > 50 m 4
    -- Ed LaCroix > 50 m 4

    Photo: John, Terrill, and Jim measure the distance from the marker to John's Open Spot Landing flight--just inside of 5 meters!  

    Jeff prepares his Predicted Altitude flight on our nearest historical landmark--Steve&#39;s &#39;vintage&#39; launch pad!  Is that &#39;patina&#39; I see on the launch pad, Steve?
    Predicted Altitude-Altimeter-
     (The contestant predicts how high his/her model will go in meters and at our event, the altitude was determined by a NAR approved altimeter which the contestant's model had carry on board. Altimeters used at SLM-1 were Jolly Logic Altimeters 2 and 3, and PerfectFlite P'Nut. These are not the only approved altimeters. Competitors are allowed one flight.  The difference between the prediction and the recorded altitude is expressed as a percentage deviation.)

    Combined A and C Division
    Place Name Flight 1 Prediction Actual Points
    Steve Lubliner 6.10% 165 m 155 m 80
    John Grove 9.90% 372 m 409 m 48
    3 Ed LaCroix 10.00% 108m 99 m 32
    4 Jeffrey Ryan 12.70% 205 m 179 m 16
    5 Rick Chapek 13.10% 282 m 245 m 8
    5 Zachary Cramton 13.10% 160 m 139 m 8
    7 James Cramton 13.70% 160 m 42 m 8

    Photo: Jeffrey prepares his Predicted Altitude flight on our nearest historical landmark--Steve's 'vintage' launch pad!  Is that 'patina' I see on the launch pad, Steve?

    Terrill Willard prepares his C Parachute Duration model for launch
    C Parachute Duration-
     (In most NAR duration events, the competitor's scores reflect the SUM of two flight of which one must be returned. So long flights are most often lost as what happened to poor Zachary who pummeled the adults [FB]. Time is expressed in seconds for each flight and the total is the sum of the two flights in seconds.)

    Combined A and C Division
    Place Name F1 F2 Total (seconds) Points
    1 Zachary Cramton 98 403 501 90
    2 Terill Willard 276 276 54
    3 Ed LaCroix 133 136 269 36
    4 James Cramton UNS 260 260 18
    5 Steve Lubliner 48 60 108 9
    6 Jeffrey Ryan 35 34 69 9
    7 Rick Chapek 23 32 55 9
    8 John Grove 29 29 9

    Zachary&#39;s winning C Parachute model takes flight from a launch tower
    Photo Right:
    Terrill prepares his C Parachute Duration model for flight.  Leave it to the electric company employee to land his model on the only power lines for miles around! Good luck living that one down, Terrill!

    Photo Left: Zachary's winning C Parachute model takes flight from a launch tower. This is one of those high performance models made of little more than air and a leaf.  But as Steve and John showed in the overall standings, sport models can be competitive as well!

    John Grove&#39;s winning Open Spot Landing model

    Meet Champions-
    A Division
    Place Name Notes Points
    1 Zachary Cramton Champ! 98
    C Division
    Place Name Notes Points
    1 Steve Lubliner Champ (Oh, Ed, how will you live with this!) 113
    2 John Grove (Way to go, John!) 97
    3 Ed LaCroix (I'm coming for YOU, Lubliner!) 72
    4 Terill Willard (Flew only one event-cheater…) 54
    5 James Cramton (I'm coming for all of you!) 42
    6 Jeffrey Ryan (I'm the new Treasurer and I'm raising all your dues! 33
    7 Rick Chapek (Sportign the BEST, and frankly the only goatee of the bunch.) 21

    I hope all of you had as much fun as I did. Keep the trash talk appropriate but coming. And watch out for Zachary...wolf in kids clothing!

    Photo: John Grove showed up the seasoned competitors with a 2nd place finish in the C division with his Black Brandt sport model.  Nice work, John! And let's not forget that Steve Lubliner placed first overall with his True Big Bertha! Better luck next time, Ed and Terrill!

    Posted Jan 26, 2016, 10:06 PM by James Cramton
  • January 21 2016 Board Meeting and Desert Heat Planning Meeting Minutes
    A lengthy and productive Desert Heat planning meeting Thursday evening continued to build momentum for Desert Heat 2016. Key SARA and Desert Heat highlights include:
    • Membership card design approved; membership renewal drive imminent. Cards will be distributed with SARA lanyards, and they will serve to make it easier to associate a face with a name, and they have handy information like your NAR or TRA numbers and your certification level.

    • 2016 launch schedule approved and ready to go to printers. The calendar in the right side bar and the calendar tab have the same dates as is published in the traditional paper (PDF) flier.
    • Desert Heat volunteers will be invited to a volunteers-only launch and pot luck picnic shortly after Desert Heat. It's a unique way SARA can say Thank You for helping make Desert Heat a success! It's not a secret; all you need to do to join us is volunteer!
    • There will be a $1 per ticket raffle for various prizes, both rocketry related and otherwise. We are also looking to offer a silent auction for some nice mid and high power rocket motors and motor hardware. Some motors require proof of L1 certification to win.
    • Volunteers will be on call to observe Level 1 and Level 2 certification attempts. Preregistration is appreciated, especially for TRA L1 and NAR L2 flights, due to the written test requirement. But mainly, it's just nice to let us know how many certification flights to expect ahead of time so we can have enough volunteers available.
    • Level 3 flights must be cleared at least 1 week in advance. Registration process to follow by March 1. Use of Sparky motors will be subject to field conditions at the discretion of the RSO. Must bring own launch equipment and clear any radio control launch equipment with RSO. Ceiling will be the same 6,500 foot ceiling that applies to the rest of the daytime launch.
    • Quadcopter/sUAV restrictions apply to this site--only AMA members approved and coordinated by the RSO and flying in accordance with AMA, TIMPA, and common sense guidelines will be permitted. Full policy is available in our Range Procedures page.
    • Camping will be $5 per head, with exemptions available for pre-approved volunteers. Registration process to follow by March 1.

    Stay tuned for more details in the Desert Heat section of the website, and on Facebook, or at our January, February, and March club launches.

    Posted Jan 24, 2016, 4:59 PM by James Cramton
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