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  • Launch Report
    What a great weekend out at the site. We had an all day launch as a reward for SARA volunteers and their friends. A great pot-luck with burgers and tacos as well. Then there was a significant amount of AP burned during the day and night. We then had a great turn out on Sunday's scout launch. Everything went very smoothly and we could not have asked for greater scouts and scout leaders. Parachutes actually opened and they listened to feedback, fixed their rockets, and checked back in.

    We will likely repeat this in October!





    Posted Mar 12, 2017, 6:11 PM by Randall Shanyfelt
  • Volunteer Day & Night Launch and Scout Launch Day!

    March 11 and 12, 2017 will see an all day launch opportunity for SARA volunteers, along with a night launch, and an opportunity to become a SARA volunteer if you have not already done so. Note that there are 2 separate Signup Genius links below, and we need you to visit each of them to let us know if you will be attending each day. Here's the scoop:

    Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 9 am - 9 pm, SARA volunteers are welcome to come enjoy the fruits of your labors, with a quiet launch day and night, away from the crowds and spectators. This will be a waivered launch, up to our typical 6,500 foot AGL ceiling, and 3,000 feet AGL after dark. We will take breaks for pot luck picnic lunch fixins, and a pot luck dinner with grillables. Then, at dusk, we will start our night launch, subject to SARA's night launch safety rules. Volunteers and their guests are welcome to camp East of the parking lot. Porta potties will be on site, but there is no potable water at the launch site, so be prepared. Please let us know if you plan to attend the volunteer launch, and what you intend to bring by completing our Volunteer Launch Signup Genius:

    www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C44ABA622ABF58-march1 

    If you haven't had a chance to volunteer to help keep SARA running in recent months, do not worry!  You can 'pay it backwards' by committing to attend Sunday's Scout Launch. We trust you, and besides...we know where you fly! Read on!

    Sunday, March 12, 2017, from 9 am - 1 pm, we need help with our inaugural Scout Launch Day. We will be helping around 100 Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts get their rockets in the air!  Please come out and help us make this a successful event we can repeat once or twice a year!  This launch may have some Class 1 demonstration flights, but we will not have a waiver in place, and the focus will be on making sure all scouts have a chance to fly. Please look for available slots on our Scout Launch Day Signup Genius and reserve your space.

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44aba622abf58-march 

    If you represent a scout unit that would like to participate in Scout Launch Day, please contact outreach@sararocketry.org.

    As always, the use of spark producing motors is subject to the Range Safety Officer's review of field conditions.  Do not automatically assume that spark producing motors may be flown.

    We hope to see you out there!

    James Cramton
    President
    Southern Arizona Rocketry Association
    Posted Feb 27, 2017, 11:26 PM by James Cramton
  • Member Launch Sunday, February 19, 2017 9 am - 1 pm


    SARA has received FAA authorization to operate Class 2 high power rockets from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the TIMPA facility in Avra Valley. The operating altitude is from the surface of the Earth to 6,500 ft. above ground level. This launch is open to current SARA members and their guests. If you have not renewed your membership for 2017, now is the time to do so!
     

    Weather Notice

    Note we are expecting cool and wet weather, so be prepared. Be prepared for the possibility that a low cloud deck may limit your altitude on Sunday. We are proceeding with the launch, and if weather presents a problem, we will change gears to work together on some gear maintenance work at the TIMPA barn.
     

    AMW Pro-X On Site for the Launch!

    Our friends Gloria and Robert of AMW Pro-X will be on site for our February Members Launch!  This is reason enough to make the effort to attend our February launch! They will have their full stock of motors on site, as well as model rocket kits and accessories, so please come out and support one of our key vendors, and save on your usual HAZMAT fees!
     

    Ina Road and I-10 Detour Notice

    Starting in February, 2017, and lasting 2 years or more, Ina Rd at I-10 will be closed to traffic to permit major changes to the interchange, so avoid Ina Rd. at I-10. If you are heading West on Ina from Tucson, detour North on La Cholla Rd to turn Left at Magee Rd, which becomes Cortaro Farms Rd, and then Cortaro Rd when it crosses I-10. Follow Cortaro till it dead ends at Ina Rd, and turn Right on westbound Ina Rd, described below. Approaching Ina Rd. from the South, you can use Silverbell Rd. to avoid the construction, and turn Left onto westbound Ina Rd. West of I-10.
     

    The Fine Print

    As always, the use of spark producing motors is subject to the Range Safety Officer's review of field conditions.  Do not automatically assume that spark producing motors may be flown.

    We hope to see you out there!

    James Cramton
    President
    Southern Arizona Rocketry Association
    Posted Feb 18, 2017, 7:07 PM by James Cramton
  • January Launch











    We Had a great turnout for January's public launch! 

    Those in attendance got to see a K sparky from Brett Rathi and an I600 "Broadhead" by Terry G as well as many other great flights from A-K!

    Next launch is for members or up to 4 friends of members. Remember, if you have not already, to join up for 2017 and we will see you out there.

    The next public launch is in April but we have many scout troops and special launches coming up including a competition launch in May. See Competition Rocketry for rules. It is themed around the cars and personalities of Fast and Furious! 




    Posted Jan 22, 2017, 8:43 PM by Randall Shanyfelt
  • January Public Launch moved to Sunday, January 22, 2017 9 am - 1 pm
    Note the date change!
    High winds and a moderate chance of rain are forecast for Saturday's scheduled launch window, so SARA has moved the scheduled January 21, 2017 launch to Sunday, January 22, 2017 9 am - 1 pm. Sunday's forecast calls for cool temps in the 40s and 50s, winds between 5 and 10 mph, and a low chance of rain.

    SARA has received FAA authorization to operate Class 2 high power rockets from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. this Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the TIMPA facility in Avra Valley. The operating altitude is from the surface of the Earth to 6,500 ft. above ground level.

    As always, the use of spark producing motors is subject to the Range Safety Officer's review of field conditions.  Do not automatically assume that spark producing motors may be flown.

    We hope to see you out there!

    James Cramton
    President
    Southern Arizona Rocketry Association
    Posted Jan 20, 2017, 10:33 AM by James Cramton
  • Happy New Year!
    Happy New Year to all our Rocketeers! May your 2017 be filled with new builds, rebuilds, and many great flights! 

    Happy New Year from SARA!

    Posted Dec 31, 2016, 5:28 PM by James Cramton
  • December Launch and Volunteer of the Year!
    We had a light turnout on a chilly and damp Saturday. We did award the 2016 Volunteer of the Year as Steve Fraser who donates his time to us by taking those awesome liftoff shots on the website.

    We run on volunteers, if you can help we can always use any skills you can bring! See How to Help


    Videos are up on SARA You Tube and Photos on Flickr

    Posted Dec 17, 2016, 4:52 PM by Randall Shanyfelt
  • December 10 2016 Membership Meeting Highlights
    The SARA end of year luncheon was a good opportunity to get together outside a launch to buy and sell gear at the swap meet, get to know each other a bit better over lunch, vote on our first set of bylaws changes in a decade, and vote on the 2017 SARA Board of Directors.  26 individuals were in attendance, with the 17 voting SARA members present required for a quorum. Here are some highlights:

    Swap Meet

     SARA members at the 2016 Swap Meet  
    • We raised $330 for SARA in the Bob DeBerry auction. Thank you Bob!
    • Club members sold off motors, tubes, models, components, range boxes, launchers, and tools. Some of us were lucky enough to leave with less stuff than we brought to the swap meet.
    • A certain 9 year old learned a lesson in not bidding up auctions for items he doesn't understand. 
    • Plans are afoot to build a new SARA rocket that is easier to carry around than the SARA crayon rocket, using some 5.5 inch tubing of Art's.


    Presentation from Membership Meeting

     
    December 10 2016 Membership Meeting Discussion
     James Cramton led a discussion of various topics, including Thanks to our members, volunteers, and vendors (Friends of SARA), as well as a 2016 year in review, plus the 2017 launch schedule and priorities. We also presented (in absentia) a new award this year: the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2016 to Steve Fraser for his dedicated work sharing his launch photos with the public. Thank you Steve!

    2016 December Membership Meeting Presentation
    Discussion during the presentation included concerns from Terry and others about the cancellation of Desert Heat, and reduction of scope of public launches, particularly the night launches and the proposed requirements of night flights.  Steve, Ken, and James responded with a couple points:
    • Night launch restrictions had 3 safety related goals:
      • Ensure compliance with FAA requirements--redundant lighting system on high power rockets
      • Require LED lights to increase visibility on low power rockets by eliminating glow sticks;  model rockets without active lighting are more or less invisible on the way down
      • Increase visibility of individuals at launch pads so the LCO can see who is on the range better
    • Clubs across the country are canceling night launches, and we want to keep them going, but we must implement reasonable safety standards, and the Board did its best to keep restrictions to a minimum, while ensuring compliance with law, NAR and TRA safety guidelines, and practical experience.
    • While public interest in night launches is high, keeping our night launches limited to the subset of members who volunteer to help keep SARA running helps promote safety by limiting the crowd size to a group of participants and spectators more attune to the risks of night flight.
    • The number of people organizing and running recent night launches is less than a dozen. As we build a regular base of volunteers at SARA events, we hope to be able to return to higher profile events we can staff with more volunteers, but we need to establish the lines of communication and the work habits first.

    Updated Bylaws Approved

    By a vote of 17 - 0, SARA's first revision to its bylaws in a decade passed, subject to some amendments, which are published here for membership review. Barring objections, they will go into effect January 1, 2017. If you have questions or concerns about this revision, please discuss with the whole membership list at members@sararocketry.org. Here is a summary of the changes from our current 2005 version:
    • Grammatical, semantic, formatting, and other minor changes 
    • Expanded the number of potential Board members, but provided flexibility to fill Board positions with as few as 3 individuals. Changes to the Board membership include separation of the Secretary and Treasurer position (though they can be held by the same person), and more Members at Large.
    • Expanded the voting eligibility to permit SARA members 12 or older to vote in club business--future bylaws revisions, elections, or other open membership votes. 
    • Up to three of the four Member at Large position on the Board of Directors may be held by junior SARA members 12 years of age or older who are appointed by the Board. 
    • Specified that no more than 2 members of the same family may serve on the board simultaneously. Family extends from grandparent to grandchild, including siblings in between.
    • Explicitly permitted videoconference and teleconference participation in board meetings.
    • Clarified procedures for electing Board members, and for determining when an office is vacant. Also for filling Board vacancies and removing Board members from office. Specifically, a position on the board may be declared vacant by a majority vote of the Board, and the position may be filled by a majority vote of the membership at an election held no sooner than 30 days after the announcement of the vacancy. 
    • Specified that with the exception of parental consent for children, "written communications" can include either electronic or pen and paper formats. That is in line with modern practice.
    • Clarified core responsibilities of each role on the Board of Directors, and of expected participation commitments of Board members. 
    The final bylaws revision, is posted here and is now open for member comments. The bylaws will take effect January 1, 2017, barring objection from SARA membership before then. Please email any objections for discussion to members@sararocketry.org.

    2016 SARA Bylaws Approved Changes

    2017 Board of Directors

    All positions on the Board of Directors for 2017 were unopposed, and the slate was approved by a vote of 17-0. The Board of Directors for 2017 will be:
     Position    Office Holder
     President  James Cramton
     Vice President  Ken Weaver
     Secretary  Brett Rathi
     Treasurer  Randy Shanyfelt
     Member at Large  Miles Anderson
     Member at Large  Kevin Westfall
     Member at Large  Bill Temple
     Member at Large  [Not filled]
     Tripoli Prefect     Art Just 
     NAR Sr. Section Advisor  [Filled by appointment in 2017]

    The first Board meeting of 2017 will be scheduled in the next week or two, expected to fall in the first half of January 2017. All members are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend board meetings, which will be announced as far ahead of time as possible. On the agenda for the first Board meeting include:
    • Appointment of NAR Sr. Section Advisor and Jr. Member at Large positions. Current nominees for these positions include Steve Lubliner and Zachary Cramton
    • End of year 2016 financial report 
    • Discussion of goals and priorities for 2017
    • Minimum cleared distance (of flammable material around pads) status


    Posted Dec 13, 2016, 8:53 AM by James Cramton
  • 2017 Join or Renew!

    It is 2017 renewal time!

    Member benefits are;
    -4 Members "only" launches with the ability to invite 4 other non-members. 
    -No range fees
    -Access to certification assistance via email
    -Cool Lanyard ID cards
    -Support STEM education initiatives

    If you want to join or renew go here;
    https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr…

    If you would like to further support SARAs outreach activities you can donate here.

    https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr…

    Thank you for your support and membership!

    Posted Dec 11, 2016, 12:47 PM by Randall Shanyfelt
  • Last Call! 2016 Membership Luncheon December 10

    Alright, the time has finally come!  It's time to order food for our 2016 Membership Luncheon, so we need a final headcount. We hope you are able to join us this Saturday, December 10 from 11 am - 2 pm at Esperero Canyon Middle School for opportunity to look back at 2016, and forward to 2017. Here is what is on the agenda:
    • Socializing with your fellow SARA members and their families
    • Special awards and achievement recognition for our members
    • Discuss 2017 launch schedule
    • Lunch provided by SARA--Subway sandwiches and Brushfire Barbeque
    • Swap meet, where you can buy, sell, or trade rocketry supplies. 
      There will be two 'retirement collections' from members who have decided to leave the hobby. There are some pretty cool items up for grabs, including tools, supplies, motors, and models. One of the collections has been donated to SARA, so proceeds go directly to SARA.
    • Discussion and vote on proposed SARA bylaws revisions
    • Nominations, candidate statements, and election for 2017 SARA Board of Directors
    Time and Place:
    11 am - 2 pm Saturday, December 10, 2016 
    Esperero Canyon Middle School
    Just across the street from Sabino Canyon

    Whatever you call it--a holiday party, an end of year banquet, or whatever, it will be a great chance to get together to to enjoy each other's company and to discuss what we have achieved this year, and what we hope to achieve next year. We hope you and your families can join us!


    2017 Board of Directors Nominations

    SARA will be accepting nominations for positions on the board of directors electronically (email to secretary@sararocketry.org) through 11 am Saturday, December 10, 2016.  After that point, we will accept nominations from the floor at our Saturday, December 10, 2016 Membership Luncheon at Esperero Canyon Middle School.  Serving on SARA's Board of Directors is a great way to get involved in club activities and decision making, and to help keep the club going. all members are always welcome to attend and participate in board meetings, which are scheduled and announced roughly monthly. But if you would like to get involved, please email secretary@sararocketry.org.


    Posted Dec 7, 2016, 6:53 PM by James Cramton
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