June 2000 meeting minutes (6/5/2000)
MASA President Russ Durkee started the June meeting at just after
7pm on Monday, June 5. A few things were brought up:
- Tonight's meeting was in a different room than normal.
The August meeting will also be in this room. [It's on the way
to the regular room and on the same floor.]
- The next launch will be on the 24th. We hope to have it
at Blaine. Watch the web site for the final decision.
- Ideas were solicited for the "Fat Boy Flyoff" at the
June launch. We will probably have some sort of duration
contest as well as a popular vote for the best Fat Boy
rocket. Details will be posted to the web site.
- The location, date, and time of the July club picnic and swap
meet have not been decided yet.
Joe Kimmes gave an interesting and informative 40 minute
presentation on aviation and airspaces. (As he put it, his
"ground school class for rocketry".) Joe talked
about the two classes of rockets that MASA launches and how they're
governed by the FAR's (Federal Aviation Regulations). He also
educated us on the 5 types of airspace, how altitude is defined in
two different ways, airways, navigation, and how to understand the
weather report. Thanks, Joe!
For show-and-tell, Ted Cochran brought his little G-Wiz
accelerometer that he won through the rmr design contest. Alan
Estenson brought a miniature Fat Boy - scaled down to bt-60
size. Steve Robb brought his scratchbuilt rocket that he plans
to use this weekend to attempt his level 1 high power
certification. Art Gibbens had some 1970 vintage Estes
The details of the July picnic will be announced on the web site
as soon as we know what they are...