SARA's September 2022 launch is scheduled for Saturday September 17 from 8 am - 11 am at the SARA launch site near Picture Rocks.
We will be starting next weekend's SARA launch at TIMPA Friday afternoon, September 16 at 4 pm and offering overnight camping at SARA's TIMPA launch site. It's rustic camping for tents or RVs, without hookups or potable water anywhere on site. Flush toilets are available 1/2 mile south at the main TIMPA facility. Camping is subject to TIMPA's camping rules. Importantly, no ground fires or charcoal fires are permitted; cooking on gas stoves is fine.
We will meet at the TIMPA barn at 4 pm Friday, gather the SARA trailer and the TIMPA riding mowers, then set up the launch site and do some ground clearing work at the SARA launch site; the summer rains have brought grass back to the infield and the downrange areas, though it is not (yet) nearly as bad as last year's growth. Time permitting, we will get some flights in before dark, and potentially, some flights after dark, subject to SARA's night flight rules. Overnight campers tend to share dinnertime together, and it's a nice opportunity to get to know your fellow club members in a casual setting.
If you'd like to attend only the Saturday launch, the launch officially starts at 8 am, though campers may be flying as soon as it's light.
- Pre-registration is required. Attendance will be granted on a first come, first served basis, so sign up as soon as you can.
- There is a waitlist available, so if you make a reservation and can't attend, please cancel your reservation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund so someone else can use your spot.
- Please consider volunteering to work for an hour during the launch to help keep our launch running smoothly. You must be qualified to serve as LCO or RSO, but the other positions are available to anyone. We will close the range any time we do not have staffing to support the launch.
- Public Health precautions in currently effect include:
- 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.
As always, while a specific waiver altitude and motor limit is expected, field and sky conditions at flight time may dictate restricted operations. Be sure to wear sunscreen, a hat, long pants and long sleeves, closed toe shoes, plenty of water, and always recover rockets with a partner. Watch out for gopher holes, snakes, and other desert hazards when recovering rockets.