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Goerge Gassaway has created a well-formatted forum to support those Interested in rocketry contests for NAR and FAI enthusiasts:

There are yahoo chat rooms discussing this topic, however, this forum may be more beneficial to the novice.
Launch Pictures / First FAA certified Launch
« on: October 16, 2017, 01:30:23 PM »
The GRC 790 had their first official FAA 3,500 AGL certified launch.  It went really well.  We did not push it too much with the site this day.  The process for calling Prescott Arizona 72 hours in advance was tricky.  The first person I talked to request the NOTAMS was an ass.  I waited about an hour later called back again and had someone else on the phone that was nice and easier to work with.  he provided me with a NOTAMS designator which I would provide to the Seattle Air Traffic Control center 24 hours ahead of the launch date.
The FAA web site had me on the blotter.
24 hours ahead of the launch day I called Seattle tower and the woman I talked with to request activation of the NOTAMs was very helpful and she made sure that the data on the NOTAMs was correct.
30 minutes prior to launching I had to call a different number to let them know we were about to go active and made sure that the phone numbers we had on site would work.
After the launch ended for the day, I called back 30 minutes after everything ended and closed out the NOTAMs.
It went well overall.

The Rocketry Show / The Rocket N00b blogsite
« on: October 10, 2017, 01:00:14 PM »
I really enjoy reading the rocket N00b blog site posts:

Great information.
General Rocketry Discussion / LDRS 1 in Medina Ohio
« on: September 27, 2017, 02:59:39 PM »
I thought some would find this link interesting:

July 1982

General Rocketry Discussion / FAA waiver approved:-)
« on: September 18, 2017, 03:00:21 PM »
I went on the NAR site and read the guidance instructions on how to submit for a FAA waiver.

I read it thoroughly and submitted one for our new club.  It was just for one day in October, November, and December and to see how our newly approved launch field will work out.  It is for 3,500 feet AGL.  So we can launch up to a low powered J.
I received the certificate today from the FAA office approving us to fly those days.  I am excited.
You have to call 72 hours ahead of time to one ATC site first to let them know, then 24 hours ahead of time to a different ATC site.  Thirty minutes before going active you have to call again and provide a good phone number with the tower in case something arises. Then the NOTAM will be active.
One article I found interesting was in 1998.  It was about the January 1997 Delta rocket accident.  My brother in law was working at that base during this time so I found it extremely interesting.  Tha magazine issue didn't really get published until the year 2000.  The magazine was primarily about safety, and it covered a great in-depth two-part article about the PEPCON 1988 explosion in Henderson Nevada. It gives a great background as to why the PEPCON accident occurred and how it affected us the hobby enthusiast.
Ideas for future topics... / Archive database in the works for Tripoli
« on: September 18, 2017, 12:44:27 PM »
There should be an archive database for the rocket enthusiast of paying member (either NAR or Tripoli)
Since it appears that a lot of things are going digital and not hardcopy, it would be a great thing to have an archive.
I will be working to help Tripoli get an archive going for their paying members. 
The organization has been producing great articles since the 60s (168 magazine issues at the 2001 mark).  Attached is just a preview.
The Rocketry Show / Re: [The Rocketry Show] Summer Break Update Episode: 2
« on: September 11, 2017, 12:47:02 PM »
I was able to get ahold of an NCR Maxi X-wing kit off of eBay and will be building it soon.
The video of Gheems X-Wing launch was terrific.
Launch Pictures / club launch successes and failures
« on: August 28, 2017, 11:51:06 AM »
Gorge Rocket Club 790 Club Launch August 26th 2017
Our club had a nice launch this past weekend.  We did have one rocket motor failure that I hope Aerotech can help address.  Dan Peirce built a nice Pro Series Red Max with custom Vinyl letters from Sticker Shock.  It was going to be launched on an Aerotech 29mm G76-7 Mojave Green two grain reload. Dan is experienced with the Aerotech reloads and recently certified to level 1 with an H-128 out at Brothers in July.  It was a picture perfect flight. Why this motor failed is beyond me.
Astron Sprint XL
Cruiser launch:
Bomarc Launch on an F24-4:
Red Max Failure:

I submitted a motor failure report and contacted Aerotech.  This should NOT have happened.

Introduce Yourself! / Re: Hey Y'all!
« on: August 18, 2017, 02:00:43 PM »
Welcome to the Forum Jeff,

Sounds like you had a great time.  I think the group that operate The Rocketry Show Pod Cast are terrific.

I was lucky enough to meet CG and n00b at NARCON 2017 and it was great.

I hope you have more wonderful experiences there with the club.

The Rocketry Show / Rocket California Rocketry Safety test humor
« on: August 17, 2017, 05:25:29 PM »
I found this from an old WARP 9 Newsletter form the 90s and thought some would find it humorous.
Francis G Graham lives in East Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and works at Kent State.

He is recovering from a recent vehicle accident and is planning on launching a real Loki Dart into the mesosphere at Black Rock,  once back in full operation from the accident. 
General Rocketry Discussion / NARAM 59 Live
« on: August 04, 2017, 05:48:26 PM »
For those interested in NARAM 59 but were unable to attend, there is a NARAM live web site that provides photos, video and other interesting tidbits:

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