May 2000 meeting minutes (5/2/2000)
MASA President Russ Durkee started the May meeting at just after
7pm on Monday, May 1. Several topics were discussed:
- The weekend of the May launch coincides with "Discover
Aviation Days" at the Anoka County Airport. Due to
the greatly increased air traffic and out of consideration to
the airport tower, the May launch will not be held at the Blaine
sod farm. The launch will probably be held at the Elk
River site and the date changed to Sunday, May 21. (The
field gets used for soccer on Saturdays.) Our use of the
field for this date has to be confirmed, so keep an eye on the
web site for the final word.
- In the future, the club "business" meetings will be
announced in advance and open to any MASA members who wish to
attend. It's at these meetings that the nitty-gritty
details surface and specific club issues get planned and
discussed. Be warned, however, that those members who
attend these meetings invariably end up "volunteering"
to do something!
- Another round of "thank you's" was given to everyone
who helped in Russ' absence and with the last launch.
- Topics for the club meetings have been set through
October. Ideas for topics & activities at future
meetings are still being solicited.
- Alan Estenson mentioned that the "launch themes"
listed on the website are things that he dreamed up while at his
computer. If anyone has other ideas, let him know.
Alan also announced that he is working on the 3rd generation
MASA web site. Ideas and suggestions for the new site are
- Alan also said that he's been thinking about the club picnic
in July. The past two years, it's been held at a club
member's house. However, Alan suggested that, this year,
we look into holding it in a public park. He has been
looking into the parks near where he lives in New
Brighton. The picnic "pavilion" in these parks
can be reserved by a group for a nominal fee. If someone
wishes to volunteer to host the picnic at their house, that
would be fine. If we wish to have it in a park, we should
set a date soon so the reservation can be made.
The topic for the evening was "tips and tricks for building
and repairing rockets."
- Russ Durkee passed along a few tips. He showed various
kinds of fillers and a nifty Olfa circle cutter that's good for
making centering rings.
- Damian Kostron showed us his completed, replica Mars Lander.
[It looks great!] He also showed us how to reverse a
clothespin to make a tool for holding small pieces.
- Glen Overby brought along two scratchbuilt rockets that he has
under construction. One was a scale Apache and the other
was a potential 5-motor cluster.
- Art Gibbens told us how he uses small emery boards (sold for
fingernails) for sanding. He passed along a hint for
securing the top of a payload section with an extra piece of
shock cord; that way, you can't loose it. Phil Gibbens
brought along his completed Scrambler egglofter for everyone to
- Ted Cochran brought a variety of styles of small clamps.
He also had an Edmonds RGX boost glider; it flies on the small
Apogee micro motors.
The next MASA meeting will be on June 5.