2011 MASA Holiday Party
On Saturday evening,
December 10, about 30 MASA members gathered at the residence of Buzz
& Kathy McDermott in Blaine for the annual club holiday party.
There was plenty of food to eat and holiday treats to enjoy, plus
rockets and other mementos to look at.
Thanks to Buzz and Kathy
for hosting the party! Thanks to everyone who attended!
The annual MASA gift
exchange game was once again a popular activity with nearly all the
attendees participating. As usual, there were a couple "hot
ticket" items that changed hands a few hundred times.
2011 MASA Year in Review
- MASA’s 13th year
- We now have more than 150 members
- 12 club launches were held in 2011, including a 2-day
regional contest (stats are courtesy of Alan Estenson):
- 1100+ flights (second highest in club history)
- 1200+ engines burned (second highest in club history)
- Nearly $8000 worth of engines used (a club record!)
- The total number of MASA flights to date is nearly
- We had 71 high power flights, which is the most ever in
one year (and nearly double last year’s total)
(all stats are courtesy of Alan Estenson)
- We were fortunate to have some amazing flying weather this
season, with only a few launches needing to be rescheduled.
- We held 9 meetings plus the summer picnic and winter
- We had 7 members completed their L1 and L2
certifications (5 L1s and 2 L2s). In the first 10 years of
MASA, approximately 25 members completed their L1 or L2 HPR
certification. In 2010, we had 12 members completed their
L1 and L2 certifications (6 of each). Approximately 30% of
our total club members have obtained their HPR certification
at some point in their rocketry career.
- We supported many outreach events, including long-standing
events like Westwood and TARC, and new events with some boy/girl
scout troops and homeschool groups.
- MASA held is third annual regional contest.
- About 10 club members traveled to Cincinnati, OH for NARAM
53 (and some are already making plans for NARAM 54 in Muskegon,
- A HUGE thank you to Buzz and Kathy for hosting this
year’s holiday party! We appreciate it!!
- Thanks to Neal Higgins for his service as MASA Vice
President, and to Gerald Meux for his service as MASA
- Thanks to Jeff Taylor for his service as editor of the
(multiple award winning) MASA Planet newsletter.
- Thanks to Mike Erpelding for serving as event director of
MASA’s regional contest (first, second, third, and counting).
- Thanks to Alan Estenson for running a number of fun
contests, and serving as MASA Webmaster, flight statistician,
and Section Advisor.
- Thanks to Ted Cochran for his continued service as the NAR
- Thanks to all those who volunteered their time to serve RSO/LCO
shifts this year: Todd Carpenter, Ted Cochran, Mike Erpelding,
Alan Estenson, Chris Feld, Neal Higgins, Ken Hoyme, Carol Marple,
Gerald Meux, Buzz McDermott, Bob Moyle, Glen Overby, Kent
Peterson, David Schaffhausen, Todd Schweim, Dwayne Shmel, Jeff
Taylor, and David Whitaker. Our launches run smoothly and are
safe because of all of you!
- Thanks to all the newsletter contributors: Ted Cochran,
Jason Colt, Mike Erpelding, Alan Estenson, Art Gibbens, Ken
Jarosch, Ray King, Carol Marple, Buzz McDermott, Gerald Meux,
Jason Pokorny, Todd Schweim, Alyssa Taylor, Jeff Taylor, and
- Thanks to all the meeting topic presenters: Caleb Boe and
the Inver Thrills USLI team, Ted Cochran, Alan Estenson, Carol
Marple, Buzz McDermott, Jeff Taylor, and the many club members
who participated in build sessions and show ‘n tell sessions we
held throughout the year.
- Congratulations to Caleb Boe and the Inver Thrills USLI
team. They competed in the NASA USLI contest, and placed 4th out
of 33 teams.
- Thank you to Kurt Knox, who is the new MASA Planet Editor.
Thank you for volunteering your time to make sure the club
continues to have a great newsletter!
- Congratulations to the 2012 MASA Officers: Neal Higgins
(President), Art Gibbens (Vice President), and Gerald Meux
(Treasurer/Secretary). Thank you for volunteering your time for
2011 MASSY Awards
MASA tradition, club president Carol Marple presented a few special
Service to the club - Jeff Taylor
Jeff recently retired from his position as MASA Planet Editor,
after serving for 4 years in the role. During that time, the
MASA Planet won the LAC/North American Rockwell Trophy for best
NAR Section Newsletter three times (in 2008, 2009, and 2010).
The newsletter also won Honorable Mention in 2011. Thank you,
Congratulations to those with successful Level 1 certification flights
Congratulations to those with successful Level 2 certification flights
2011 Prang Awards
a number of notable prangs this year - in no particular order.
Worth a Mention:
Buzz’s “Candy Striper” on 3
D12-5s with Quest Q2G2 long-lead igniters. In his own words, “I
was hooking up to an Estes controller that had been modified for
12 volts. As soon as I put in the safety key, one of the motors
list. There wasn’t enough current to light more than 1 of 3,
though. The rocket lobbed 50 feet into the air and then pranged
right next to me. Ejection was AFTER impact.”
Neal’s 4” Crayola crayon rocket
on an H165 in the Back to School drag race. The chute did not
open, it came close to hitting Ken, and he got a very impressive
core sample. Neal said, “I think it would work great for
cutting new holes on putting greens.”
Neal’s LOC Norad in the
OctoberFAST G80 drag race. According to Neal, “Watching 6
rockets take off and 1 explode made for a very exciting drag
race. Jeff and I posted pictures of the CATO aftermath. It
will get rebuilt and fly again next year.”
Todd Carpenter’s beautifully
steampunked “Steamship One” on a D13-7, which suffered late
ejection and lawn darted.
Alan’s Fat Boy on a C6-5, which
suffered rod whip, turned into a cruise missile, lawn darted,
and then ejected.
Neal’s “Angry Bird” on an
E20-7, which shredded at ejection.
Neal’s “Tres Super Alpha” on 3
B6-6s, or at least he attempted to light 3 motors… only one
lit, it lawn darted, and then the ejection charge went off.
Dave Schaffhausen’s “Mega
Baron” on a D12-3. According to the flight card, it suffered a
core sample and “explosion.”
of the Year Award:
Crayola Crayon Rocket on an H165
Nomination – With 50% of the notable prangs, Neal has earned
the 2011 Prang Award. The specific flight that earned him this
honor was his 4” Crayola Crayon rocket that core sampled during
August’s Back to School drag race.
Prizes for RSO/LCO volunteers and meeting presenters
(The names of everyone who had served RSO/LCO duty OR presented a
topic at a meeting during 2011 were placed in a "hat")
We didn't record who won
what, but the prizes given away were a $10 Hub gift card, a
History of NASA DVD set, a one-year free MASA 2012 membership,
and a Stanley motor toolbox
Free Door Prizes
Prizes provided by MASA
Custom "Liberty" kit - Andy Heren
Estes "Der Red Max" kit - Jeff Taylor
Estes "Astron Elliptic II" kit - Maaren Schweim
Estes "Hyper Bat" kit - Susan Shmel
Pegasus "Apollo 27 Rocket" plastic model kit -
Estes C11-3 engines - David Whitaker
Estes D12-5 engines - Alan Estenson
hobby knife - Nancy Schaffhausen
hobby knife - David Whitaker
15 minute epoxy, Sig-Bond glue, Sig Super-Weld
glue, Medium & Thick CA - Kurt Knox
Independence Day DVD - Mike Erpelding
Paid MASA 2012 membership - Nancy Schaffhausen
Prizes donated by Hub Hobby
Center, Little Canada
Aerotech "IQSY Tomahawk" kit - Todd Schweim
Semroc "SPEV" kit - Buzz McDermott
Estes "Sky Duster" rtf rocket - Ethan Erpelding
Prizes donated by Sirius Rocketry
(Thanks David & Evie!)
Detail decal sheet set - Dave Schaffhausen
9" nylon parachutes - Nancy Schaffhausen, Alan
Estenson, Dave Schaffhausen, Kari Kieger, David Whitaker
Interrogator kit - Gerald Meux
Discount coupons for everyone!!!
Prizes donated by MASA club
members (Thanks to Alan Estenson, Jeff Taylor, Gerald Meux, Carol
Marple, Dwayne Shmel, and Rick Vatsaas!)
Vaughn Brothers "Buzzard" kit - Neal Higgins
BMS "Gyroc" kit - Dave Schaffhausen
Semroc "Aerobee Hi" kit - Kathy McDermott
Estes "Orbital Transport" kit - David Miller
Estes "BLU-97B" kit - David Whitaker
Holverson Designs "Tangent" kit - Bob Moyle
Rockets of the World poster - Kari Kieger
Quest "Terrier Orion" kit - Todd Carpenter
Formula 54 kit - Evie Miller
Semroc "Moonglow" kit - Mike Erpelding
Estes "Satellite Interceptor" kit - Aimee
Semroc "Astron" kit - Dwayne Shmel
LOC Mini Missiles "Cruiser Mini" kit - Ted
Quest C6-5 motors - Dwayne Shmel
Sunward "Star Watcher" kit - Alyssa Taylor
Squirrel Works "Space Ranger" kit - Rick Vatsaas
FlisKits "Thing-a-ma-jig" kit - Austin Whitaker
Quest "Superbird" kit - Jeff Flansburg
FlisKits "Adfecta" kit - Jen Flansburg
Congratulations to the winners! (apologies for
any misspelled names)