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March MASA meeting Hennepin County Southdale Library

The third MASA meeting of 2012 was held at the Hennepin County Brookdale Library on March 1. A total of 7 people attended the meeting.


The next regular club launch will be on Saturday, March 24, at the VFW soccer fields near Elk River.  The launch theme is "Flyin' o' the Green - St. Patricks"


The next meeting is planned for Thursday, April 5 at the Hennepin County Brookdale Library.  The topic will be a Review of Regional Contest Events.  Contest rocket building, prep & strategy discussion. - Led by Buzz McDermott

2012 MASA Secretary/Treasurer:

 One candidate, Jeff Taylor, was nominated for the open position of MASA Secretary/Treasurer.  Jeff was placed unanimously into office by a voice vote of those MASA members present at the meeting.

Summer Regional

The MASA Summer Regional Contest is planned for June 2 & 3 (rain dates June 9 & 10)  The application for contest sanction has been submitted by Contest Direction Mike Erpelding.  The planned events are:

  • G Egg Loft Altitude w/ altimeters, C & T div
  • D Egg Loft Altitude w/ altimeters, A & B div
  • A Helicopter Duration
  • B Boost Glide Duration
  • C Streamer Duration
  • Open Spot Landing
  • Drag Race, C & T div
  • Set Duration (30 seconds), A & B div


  • 2012 dues for new and renewing members may be paid anytime. Dues remain at $12 family (up to 4 members), $10 individual, and $5 junior. If you choose to have paper copies of the MASA Planet mailed to you, there is an additional $6 fee to cover printing and postage costs. Remember that PDF versions of the Planet are always available for download from the MASA website.
  • Editor Kurt Knox welcomes your article submissions for the MASA Planet newsletter.
  • NARCON 2012 is coming up on April 13-15 in Hutchinson, Kansas.
  • MASA's 2012 NAR Section Renewal has been received.
  • MASA's FAA waiver renewal for the Nowthen sod fields has been submitted.

Show -n- Tell:

  • A discussion was held about the launch pads that several MASA members have constructed from tool stands purchased at Menards.

Meeting Topics:

Art Gibbens - "Why the answers are correct" on the level 2 exam.

Art led a discussion on the Level 2 high power written test.  The pool of all possible questions along with on-line practice tests may be found on the NAR web site.

Safety Review, RSO/LCO/Launch Controller Training.

Neal gave a short presentation on safety practices at MASA launches.

Alan has updated the RSO/LCO checklists.  All MASA members (not just RSO & LCO's) should be familiar with these.  The PDF is available for download.

Range & flight safety is everyone's responsibility!

[Alan Estenson]

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