March 2019 Member Meeting minutes
March 14, 2019
MaryBeth called the meeting to order.
Report of Officers:
Greg Young Secured the waiver for 2019; 12600’ MSL 12000’ AGL
FAA wants a phone call 1 hour prior to launch window, 15 minutes prior and at close of window.
The HP waiver will be open until 20:00 hours
Evan Brown Reported club funds
Requested the club vote on purchasing a new Wilson F/X launch box at the cost of $610.
o Motion was made to purchase the launch box for $610 by Evan Brown
o Motion seconded by Greg Young
o Motion carried by unanimous vote of present club members
MaryBeth Reported that 3 flyers have already registered for NYPOWER.
MOOG Rocket Initiative date has been set for October 15th
Eileen will be at NYPOWER with 4 teams (30 kids)
Tom McCarthy has secured two food vendors for NYPOWER
3 Legged Pig and Twister (same vendors from NSL)
NYPOWER T-Shirts are posted for voting
Tee Shirt design will be sent out on Monday the 18th
Bill Clune re-worked the NYPOWER website, putting in many hours (Thanks Bill!)
There will be a NYPOWER meeting Thursday the 21st
The February build session was a success and a March session is planned for the 30th in the Swanson Building starting at 10:00
The Spring Cleaning session is planned for May 4th at 10:00, lunch will be supplied.
Bill Clune Reported that Dan Michaels is offering a 30% discount on Aerotech Motors.
o Orders must be placed ASAP directly through Dan
o Bill will pick-up your order at Red Glare next month
There was a discussion on Vendors and Motors. More to come on this in the near future
Todd Smith Discussed the idea of MARS rocket challenges.
Challenges would encourage members to build and fly
Challenges would include all ages and skill levels
There was interest in the subject, Todd will put together some official challenges and report back in April
Evan Brow suggested an alphabet challenge that requires the flyer to design build fly and recover a single rocket on seven different flights using motors ranging from A to G
Todd and Troy Juris will be developing Night Flight Challenges for NYPOWER.
Show and Tell:
o Showed his collection of Mach 1 kits. These kits are BT sized fiberglass kits made with thin wall fiberglass and G-10 fins. The kits are complete and look great with the StickerShock23 decals. Both kits will fly on G64s with Jolly Logic Chute releases.
o Tom also had a 4inch Goblin Clone that was built from scratch after he found a 3.90 LOC nose cone at a RC Plane swap meet. This build to was decked out in StickerShock23 decals that incorporated an axial twist that runs linear along the airframe. One side of the twist is yellow and the opposing side is red. This was an idea of his grandson and makes for a really cool effect.
o Showed his Madcow 2.6inch Tomach. The kit was nicely built and finished in Florida Gator colors. The rocket is dual deploy capable but can be flown in single recovery set-up as well. Eric plans on obtaining his level 1 with the rocket.
o Showed a bucket rocket that he repaired and brought back to flying condition. The rocket lacks paint but will be completed when weather permits.
o Showed a “Maker Beam”. The maker beam is a micro version of the launch rail (10 mm). The micro launch rail has been in use for several years however there has never been a good way to attach the rail to the pad, until now. Bill designed and 3D printed a device that allows the rail to attach to the pad easily. The rail will be available on the low power rack for those who use micro buttons on their mod rocs. The buttons are available from railbuttons.com
o Showed his LOC 4inch Goblin finished in a Green paint scheme. The nose cone has been modified with a bulk head apposed to the standard ABS shoulder hook. The shoulder was cut open and the plywood bulkhead was secured using a new JB Weld product that is for use with plastics. In true Evan fashion he reports that a CTI 38mm 6XL case “will just fit”.
The giveaway raffle kit was an Estes Hornet won by Evan Brown.