November MASA meeting – Hennepin County
The November, 2013 MASA meeting was held at
the Hennepin County Brookdale Library on November 14. 12
people were in attendance.
The next regular club launch is
scheduled for Saturday, November 23. It will be at the Elk
River / Otsego VFW soccer fields. Remember to bring your
"snowballs" for the Snowball Fight drag race!
The MASA Holiday Party will be on
Saturday, December 7 at Bailey Nursey in Newport.
Click on this link for all
of the party info!
2014 MASA Officer Nominations:
Nominations opened for 2014 club
officers. For the current list of nominees / candidates,
please follow this link!
MASA could use more rockets for the Fly-It,
Take-It box. FITI rockets are kept on hand at MASA
launches. Visiting kids may pick out a rocket, are
provided with an engine, get to fly it and take it home.
If you would like to build and donate any FITI rockets, please
keep them fairly simple and make sure that they can fly on an
- A discussion was held on the possibility of having more
official volunteer positions within MASA. One suggestion
was to have a Club Safety Officer. Discussions about this
idea will continue in January.
- Neal is looking for nominations for the 2013 Prang Award.
If you remember some "suitable" flights from this year, please
send Neal an email!
- MASA is expecting to receive some NAR Safety Grant money to
pay for the PA system equipment replacements/upgrades that were
made this summer.
- Lost rockets - find 'em! It's important not to leave
lost rockets out in crop fields - especially the bigger rockets.
If they get swallowed up by a combine at harvest time, they
could cause significant damage!
Nowthen Field Status:
(see this page for
Summary - the use of the field is
still in "limbo", but we are optimistic that things can be
worked out in time for next year's flying season.
In late October, Neal Higgins and
Ted Cochran, along with members of the R/C flying club, met with
a member of the Nowthen city council. The city council
member presented information in regards to how the city works
and some of the other issues that they are dealing with as the
city grows. He talked about the possibilities of use
permits, limits to the hours of operation, and possible signage
The R/C club members stated that
they would take steps to curtail noise levels in the future.
They did not like the idea of limiting hours of operation since
they have some members with illuminated aircraft for night
flying. They stated that their club could not fund high
MASA presented information about
the NAR, our safety record, insurance, and outreach events
(including with Nowthen Cub Scouts). We relayed that we
have been flying on the field for 9 years and ~6,000 flights.
We have never had any safety problems, complaints, or issues
with the sod farm owner or surrounding land owners.
The city council member wants to
reach a resolution agreeable to all parties. This process
will likely take some months.
As a backup, we discussed the
possibility of using the same sod farm near North Branch as
Tripoli Minnesota and/or having more combined launches with
them. Also, if MASA members have any suggestions for new
flying field locations, please let the club officers know about
Show -n- Tell:
Sean Flynn - showed a
scratchbuilt rocket of his own design. It has unusual fins
made from curved 1/32" plywood. The rocket is 24mm minimum
[nuts, I forgot your name!
Sorry. :-( ] - showed a scratchbuilt 3-motor cluster
rocket of his own design. This inspired some discussion
about the use of booster motors in the side pods.
Jonathan Sullivan - showed an
Estes V2. He used decals from Excelsior and added a
Alan Estenson - showed the new
Estes Pro-Series II "Ascender" kit. He also brought the
booster stage that Estes sells to fit these kits and a package
of the new Estes 29mm black powder E16 motors.