SARA Returns to Flight!

posted Jun 11, 2020, 7:05 AM by James Cramton   [ updated Jun 11, 2020, 7:08 AM ]

After a 3 month hiatus from launch activities, SARA is pleased to return to flight at our 14 June 2020 launch.  However, since we continue to operate in a public health emergency, there are a number of special provisions we will follow for this launch. We will continue to adjust our operating protocols as the situation merits.  Here are the highlights:
  • - This is a member launch, limited to 30 attendees.
  • - Preregistration is required. Priority given to current members, then recent members who renew before the launch (this is you), and then the general public who become members before the launch. Pre-registration is not a reservation; attendance will be on a first come, first served basis, so sign up as soon as you can.
  • - If you don't like the terms on the pre-registration form, you should stay home. It's common sense stuff for running a group event during a pandemic, designed to help ensure the safety of our attendees. We're trying to make the best of a challenging situation, so we ask for your patience and cooperation.
  • - Check-in at the entrance to the parking lot is required for entry. We are doing as much of this as possible touch-free, including pre-registration, check-in, safety inspection.
  • - There is a mandatory $5 fee (even for members) to cover the new cost of the port-a-potty SARA is required to provide, since access to the traditional TIMPA facilities will be limited. This fee applies to all attendees, even if you don't use the facilities.
  • - Details are in the pre-registration form, but key provisions include:
    • - Face masks are mandatory
    • - Social distancing at all times
    • - If you or anyone in your family are sick or may have been exposed to someone who's sick, stay home.
    • - Consider staying home if you or any family member is at an increased risk of COVID-19 complications.
    • - It's been 3 months since anyone used the SARA launch site. Attendees are required to help prepare the field for use. This is primarily a weed clearing chore, so brig a stirrup hoe and/or a rake.

You can join SARA here: http://www.sararocketry.org/join

You can pre-register by completing this form: https://forms.gle/edN38vRFe674GEDL7


We're glad to be able to get our members flying rockets again! We hope to see you out there!

James Cramton
Secretary
Southern Arizona Rocketry Association

SARA 's full announcement is available here.

SARA Launches Suspended until Further Notice

posted May 4, 2020, 4:04 PM by SARA Administrator   [ updated May 4, 2020, 4:10 PM ]

Due to COVID-19 precautions at the state, county, and city levels, SARA has suspended its scheduled launches until further notice. We will post on SARA's website when public health guidance permits organized launches again. This includes scheduled monthly launches at the TIMPA and Udall Park locations; neither of these locations is open for organized gatherings at this time.

Thank you,

SARA Board of Directors

April 19 2020 SARA Launch Cancelled

posted Apr 18, 2020, 8:24 PM by James Cramton   [ updated Apr 18, 2020, 8:25 PM ]

Due to COVID-19 precautions in place state wide, and NAR and Tirpoli policies, SARA has cancelled its the previously scheduled April 19 2020 launch.  SARA will review the state and federal public health recommendations and NAR and Tripoli policies later in April and announce any changes needed to our May schedule.  We will send updates through this email list, SARA's Facebook page, SARA's Google Calendar, and SARA's website, http://www.sararocketry.org.

We hope you are able to stay healthy and safe, and enjoy time with your families during these unusual times.

Thank you,


SARA Board of Directors

April Udall Park Launches Cancelled

posted Mar 29, 2020, 8:06 AM by James Cramton

As of March 29, 2020, National Association of Rocketry COVID-19 policy has instructed local sections like SARA to postpone launches and other group activities through April 16, 2020. In accordance with this policy, SARA's 2 planned Udall Park launches scheduled for April 3 and 5, 2020, have been cancelled.  SARA has yet to make a decision on its April 19, 2020 launch, pending further clarity on the state of the outbreak response.  SARA will continue to evaluate NAR policy, as well as city, county, state, and federal public health guidelines as we make decisions for SARA activities in the coming months.  We'll keep this page up-to-date with plans.

March SARA Activities Cancelled

posted Mar 15, 2020, 7:38 PM by James Cramton   [ updated Mar 15, 2020, 7:40 PM ]

Due to COVID-19 precautions, SARA has canceled March activities.  Check back in each month for updates on that month's activities.

Congratulations to Randy for his Level 3 Certification!

posted Mar 4, 2019, 8:19 AM by SARA Administrator   [ updated Mar 4, 2019, 8:20 AM ]

Congratulations are in order! SARA Member Randy Shanyfelt successfully completed his Level 3 Certification flight at Tripoli San Diego's Holtville Havoc launch March 2, 2019! Randy's Cinco de Sober stands 10 ft 10 inches tall, 5.5 inches diameter, weighs 42 lbs on the pad, and flew on an M1160 green motor to 6984 ft with 2 onboard video camera pods. And if you haven't seen this rocket up close, it's one of the most original designs you'll see. Styled after Mountain Dew, it features a nutritional info card with the rocket specs, a photo of Randy's little Pomeranian dog Lilly wearing a sombrero, and flies with a ballast of a 6 pack of Mountain Dew! Outstanding job, Randy!


 Randy's Cinco de Sober on Pad  Randy's Cinco de Sober L3 Certification Launch



Public Launch Saturday, January 19, 2019 9 am - Noon

posted Jan 18, 2019, 4:38 AM by James Cramton


SARA has received FAA authorization to operate Class 2 high power rockets from 9:00 a.m. to Noon this Saturday, January 19, 2019, at the TIMPA facility near Picture Rocks. 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.

Launch site information

We hope to see you out there!

James Cramton
President
Southern Arizona Rocketry Association

Member Launch Sunday, September 16, 2018 9 am - 1 pm

posted Sep 14, 2018, 11:52 AM by James Cramton


SARA's September Member Launch is a go! SARA has received FAA authorization to operate Class 2 high power rockets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, September 16, 2018, at the TIMPA facility near Picture Rocks. The operating altitude is from the surface of the Earth to 6,500 ft. above ground level. Note that despite the hot weather, this is our first launch of the season on the winter schedule, with a later start and longer hours.

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.

This launch is also a NAR-sanctioned NRC launch, so come out to try your hand at NAR competition rocketry in these events:
  • A Boost Glider Duration
  • 1/4A Helicopter Duration
  • 1/4A Parachute Duration
  • B Payload Altitude
  • C Egg Loft Altitude
  • B Egg Loft Duration
Rocketry Works will be on site with a supply of Estes black powder motors for sale at 10% off for SARA members. You can shop on site with credit card or place your order online ahead of time with free delivery at the launch. Just use the coupon code SARA 2018.

Sunday's weather forecast calls for sunny skies with low winds, and temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Be sure to come dressed for a morning outside in the Tucson summer weather, with long sleeves, long pants, closed toe shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water!

We hope to see you out there!

James Cramton
President
Southern Arizona Rocketry Association

Launch Cancelled June 16 2018 due to rain and muddy range conditions.

posted Jun 16, 2018, 7:42 AM by James Cramton



It is currently raining hard at the SARA launch site, and the field conditions are very muddy. While the rain may let up later in the day, the muddy conditions will take longer to dry, so we are cancelling our June launch. On the plus side, it would have been a great day to fly sparkles!  We will pick up launch operations again July 15, 2018 from 8 am - 11 am. 


Enjoy your weekend!


James Cramton

President

Southern Arizona Rocketry Association



Watch This Spot for June 2018 Public Launch Weather Status

posted Jun 15, 2018, 1:22 PM by James Cramton

SARA has received FAA authorization to operate Class 2 high power rockets from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, June 16, 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.

Weather notice: Weather forecasts for Saturday have been highly variable, but most now point to heavy rains overnight Friday night and again Saturday, although there may be a lull in the rain and low clouds during the 8 am - 11 amplanned launch.  I will be at the launch site at 7 am Saturday to make a go/no go decision, and I will reply to this thread and announce on the SARA website and SARA's Facebook page whether or not we will set up launch range. So stay tuned, but my advice is to come out early, help set up, and be prepared for a rain delay or a cancellation.  The concern is not just the rain, but the low cloud deck, so don't plan to fly very high Saturday. Remember the safety code mandates that we not fly above the cloud deck. Most low power flights should be fine, but flights over 3,000 ft AGL will likely not be possible. A rain date on Sunday is unlikely due to scheduling conflicts and anticipated windy weather.

James Cramton
President
Southern Arizona Rocketry Association

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