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Recent News:

11/11/16 We are GO for the last METRA launch of the season this weekend, to Nov. 12-13.

Notes:
1) Please come by 8:30am to help with setup tomorrow.
2) We will start clean up at 2pm Sunday, please plan accordingly. We need to do a little winterizing, so please help out.
3) No sparky motors
4) Please remember to tahnk our vendors for supporting our club: Lloyd and Nadine, Rick Comshaw, Teddy Chernok.
5) Consider joining the METRA board and being a larger part of the club. Watch for an official announcement soon.
6) Please thank those that help out the club for all they did in the last year, and make having METRA launches possible.
7) We will have all our vendors present this weekend, Nadiine’s Dogs, Onebadhawk, Loki, Wildman CT – stock up!

See you Saturday on the field.

11/9/16 The last METRA launch of the season is this weekend, to Nov. 12-13.

Many will also have Friday off for Veteran’s Day. If you are a Vet, thanks for your participation in keeping America Great! Whether you are a Vet or not, if you have Friday off, its a good time to prep some rockets, so no more excuses ! Right now the weather looks perfect for this weekend, though getting a bit cold – please plan accordingly. As usual, we will post a final GO or NO GO on Friday.

We expect to have our full compliment of vendors onsite this weekend. Lloyd and Nadine’s Dogs will have for food/drinks. Rick and Wildmans CT, Teddy and OneBadHawk/Loki will have all your rocketry supplies. This is your last chance to stock up, so take advantage of our vendors! Its a good chance to grab a kit or harnesses/hardware/electronics/etc for the winter build season, or maybe some new and larger motor hardware and reloads.

As before, we still have a ban on Sparky motors. Please don’t bring them at all, so we don’t have any mistakes.

I want to thank everyone who has been helping out this season, and suggest if you have not that you make an extra effort this weekend to get involved. We may try to do a little winterizing of our gear on Sunday, so that would be a great opportunity to step up.

See you Saturday on the field.

11/2/16 We are postponing the last METRA launch by 1 week, to Nov. 12-13.

We apologize for any inconvenience. This upcoming weekend conflicts with too many other commitments, and we would be too short-staffed. Please update your calendars, and we will see you in a week and a half !

10/14/16 GO! for launch this weekend, Oct. 15-16

Hopefully the delays won’t keep many away, so bring out your projects!

Remember:
NO SPARKIES
No Nadine’s Dogs, but Dave will have burgers and dogs.
Come early to help with set up (8:30am).
Sunday clean up starts at 2:30pm, so plan to have your flights compete before that.

See you there!

10/12/16 METRA launch scheduled this weekend, Oct. 15-16

Our makeup launch is this weekend. So far the weather looks pretty good, unlike last weekend that turned out to be a total washout. Hopefully the delay has not been a problem for folks, and you will be able to join us this weekend. As usual, we will post a final GO or NO GO message on Friday.

A few important notes:
1) The sparky motor ban is still in effect, as requested by the property landowner. Please do not even bring sparky motors, we don’t want to have any mistakes (points finger at myself). Plan to bring and use other motors, NO sparkies.

2) Our food vendor Nadine’s Dogs will unfortunately not be able to come this weekend.

3) Lucky for us, Dave M’s Rocket Cafe will step up this weekend, and will have some dogs and burgers, water, soda, chip’s, and maybe a some other goodies.

4) The turnout early to help set up and help with cleanup at the end has been good. Please keep it up! If everyone helps out, we get these tasks done quickly and have more time for flying.

5) As usual, we will plan to shutdown by 3 on Sunday, starting cleanup ~2:30. Please plan accordingly.

See you this weekend!

10/7/16 NO GO for launch this weekend, Oct. 8-9

Due to poor weather forecast for this weekend AGAIN, we are NO GO for launch.

We are postponing the launch for another week, to Oct. 15-16, hoping for some better weather.

Thanks.

9/30/16 NO GO for launch this weekend, Oct. 1-2; Postponing!

Due to poor weather forecast for this weekend, we are NO GO for launch this weekend.

We are postponing the launch until next weekend, Oct. 8-9.

Thanks.

9/2/16 GO! for launch weekend Sept. 3-4!

Looks like the weather forecasts have improved, so we are GO for launch this weekend, both days. We will begin cleanup on Sunday at 2pm, please plan accordingly and volunteer to help out.

Setup Saturday starts at 8:30 AM as usual;

The landowner has told us that we are NOT allowed to fly sparkies this weekend, the fire danger is too high, and we have amazingly flammable dirt at METRA. This is not a joke. Please don’t even bring a sparky to the field. Quite a few years ago, we had 1 member make a successful motor with METRA dirt in it. We have also had some bad fire in the past – it can be sneaky and duck underground and flames come up a little ways away.

We have also been informed there is new crop in some of the fields, and we are asked not to go into them. We may move the range head to get farther away, and will have a designated person to retrieve rockets at the end of the day if you land in the field. This will be fully decided on the field, so be sure to attend the flyer’s meeting before the launch (9am or so, depending on setup).

As a reminder, please visit our onsite vendors !
1) Lloyd and Nadine’s Dogs – the best lemonade on a rocket field, plus great food options.
2) Wildman CT with a wide range of rocket goodness
3) Onebadhawk harnesses, and Loki Research motors

See you Saturday!

8/31/16 Launch scheduled this weekend Sept. 3-4!

Please keep an eye on the weather – there is a storm coming in. It looks now that Saturday will be good for flying, but Sunday may not. We will send out a final Go/NO GO on Friday.

Thanks much to all the folks that helped out with setup and breakdown last launch, it was greatly appreciated, and made it go quickly and easily. I hope we can continue to all pitch int the same way!

We will have vendors onsite this weekend:
1) Lloyd and Nadine’s Dogs – the best lemonade on a rocket filed, plus great food options.
2) Wildman CT with a wide range of rocket goodness
3) Onebadhawk harnesses, and Loki Research motors
Please visit our vendors, and see if they have anything you need!

Get your rockets ready!

8/5/16 GO! for launch scheduled this weekend August 6-7!

There may be a few drops on Saturday, but we will fly inbetween them!

Please:
Help with setup
Help with cleanup
Bring food & water – our food vendor will not be onsite
Bring suntan lotion
Bring cool rockets and motors!
Bring a tracker
Visit our onsite rocketry vendors
Keep your speed UNDER 10 MPH on the farm property
Keep in mind we will shut down starting 2:30, finishing at 3pm on Sunday
Bring a friend and get them hooked on rocketry!
Have a good time!

See you there!

8/4/16 Launch scheduled this weekend, August 6-7.

Please keep an eye on the weather as Saturday may be rainy. We will make a final call on Friday when we are more sure of the situation. Sunday still looks great !

A few notes:
1) Our food vendor will not be present this weekend, so please bring your own food and drinks. Stay hydrated! Nadine’s father passed away, and she and Lloyd will be with their family. Please join us in expressing our condolences next time you see Lloyd and Nadine!

2) We have had some complaints that more folks are not helping out with setup and cleanup. These jobs are everyones! Please help out, and setup/cleanup afterwards. Its simply not fair that a small group of folks end up doing all of the work! At the last launch we had a visitor that did more work than many members! Lets fix this problem !

3) On Sundays, we need to clean up earlier. We have many folks that need to fight the NYC traffic, and waiting until late means sitting in traffic for a looooong time. These are the folks that end up doing a lot of the cleanup as well, so they can’t leave until everything is put away. We will close the range by 3pm on Sundays. Make sure you get your flights in earlier. Do NOT start prepping a rocket unless you can fly it before 3pm. Please don;t ask for us to keep the range open later, its not fair to those that need to fight the traffic later.

Hope to see you this weekend!

7/1/16 We are GO for launch this weekend, July 2-3!

The weather looks great, so come on out and show off your rockets and lets have a lot of cool flights!

Follow up from the last message:
1) CORRECTION: Nadine’s dogs will ONLY be onsite Saturday with snacks and drinks, so please plan accordingly.

2) NO SPARKY MOTORS ALLOWED.

2) Keep your car’s speed under 10 MPH. SLOW DOWN!

3) Please come to the field by 8:30 AM to help with set up.

4) Tracking ! Beepers!

See you Saturday!

6/26/16 Launch this weekend, July 2-3!

The weather looks good right now, and as usual we will post a GO or NO GO announcement on Friday.

Important notes:
1) NO SPARKY MOTORS ALLOWED this weekend, at the request of the landowner. There will be no exceptions.

2) We are also told we need to keep our speed down to under 10 MPH on the property by the landowner. This is to keep dust from being kicked up and coating the crops. If you are raising a big dust trail, SLOW DOWN!

3) Please come to the field by 8:30 AM to help with set up on Saturday, and stick around on Sunday to help clean up. These are everyone’s responsibility, not just a few. Please help out, and the work can be done quickly!

4) We will have our usual complement of vendors onsite this weekend, including Nadine’s Dogs, Wildman CT, OneBadHawk Harnesses, Loki Research. Please visit our vendors, maybe get a spicy sausage and lemonaide, plus some motor hardware and reloads, and maybe even some of them thar fancy kevlar harnesses to hold your rockets goodies together! Support our vendors that come out to support you !

5) Crops, crops, crops. Yep, they are there. Please remember your trackers and beepers.

6) By the way, it will probably be warm, so don’t forget your suntan lotion and water to drink !

See you Saturday!

6/4/16 NO GO for Sunday June 5!

Today was a beautiful day, and we did had lots of great flights. Unfortunately, the weather for tomorrow has not changed, and it looks like thunderstorms are quite likely. For that reason, we are NO GO for Sunday, and we will see everyone at our July launch.

6/3/16 GO for Saturday June 4!

We are go for launch tomorrow. We may cancel Sunday due to rain, but will post a decision for Sunday tomorrow evening. Please come down to help set up at 8:30-9am.

Hope to see you there.

6/1/16 Launch this weekend, June 4-5!

While Saturday looks good right now, please keep an eye on the weather, its possible that rain will shut us down on Sunday. We will post a GO or NO GO announcement on Friday for Saturday, and will evaluate Sunday’s weather on Saturday. If we cancel Sunday, we will post it Saturday Night.

As usual, we will have vendors on the field for all your rocketry needs. Check them our, and spend some $ to support our vendors! We expect to have Wildman CT and Nadine’s Dogs onsite.

The crops are growing in the field, so please be sure to have some sort of tracking or beepers (or both) on your rockets. We can’t abandon rockets in the field because we can’t find them, as they can damage the farmers’ equipment. After setup Saturday, we will have an important flyer’s meeting to discuss the crops, please make every effort to attend the meeting. We will be setting up a bit closer to the bridge to get some space between us and the sensitive crops in the fields in front of the container.

We need all the help we can get for setup of the field, starting at 8:30 AM Saturday. Please help out! If you can’t help out with setup, please plan to help out with cleanup at the end of the day.

Keep your speed to under 10 MPH on the farm property, bring water to drink, and plan to take out all of your garbage.

See you Saturday!

5/13/16 We are GO! for this weekend, May14-15!

lease keep an eye on the weather – it may rain tomorrow afternoon, and be a bit windy on Sunday, but we will give it a shot. Please come down to help set up at 8:30-9am.

Hope to see you there.

5/11/16 Our next launch is scheduled for this weekend, May14-15!

We will have Lloyd and Nadine’s Dogs onsite for food. We will have a porta john of course. For vendors, we plan to have One Bad Hawk Saturday (also carrying Loki motors), plus Wildman CT both days. Be sure to visit our onsite vendors !!!

Please try to come to the field by 8:30-9am, and help with setup. The more that show up to help, the faster we can be launching! Same goes for cleanup at the end of the day, we need your help! Its everyone’s club!

We will make a final GO or NO GO call on Friday. The weather keeps changing, but looks promising.

Please keep you speed on the field to under 10 MPH. If you have a large dust “rooster tail” behind your car, you are going too fast!!!

As usual, bring water, food, and plan to take out all of your garbage.

If you have not renewed your membership yet, please consider doing it on the website with paypal; otherwise cash on the filed is always accepted.

Join / Renew Membership

You might want to print out some flight cards as well:
http://metrarocketclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/flightcard.pdf

Hope to see you Saturday!

4/2/16 NO GO! for launch on Sunday!

NO GO for launch on Sunday, due to the poor expected weather.

Thanks much to those who came by to help out with our annual cleanup. It went quickly thanks to you, plus we now have clean rails/rods and greased up pads.

Hope everyone enjoyed a little flying today, especially when the sun and blue sky came out!

We’ll see everyone at the next Metra launch, May 14-15, and possibly Red Glare at MDRA next weekend.

4/1/16 GO! for launch on Saturday!

Please come early to help with cleanup, so we can get some rockets in the air in the afternoon!

We will have the usual porta-john on site, and our food vendor Lloyd will be onsite for only a few hours around lunchtime with just snacks this time.

See you there, 9am!

A decision about Sunday will be made on the field, but right now the weather does not look promising.

3/31/16 1st METRA launch this weekend!

As noted before, we will start out Saturday with some equipment cleanup work, followed by launching some rockets !!!!

Please try to come to the field by 9am, and help with the cleanup. The more that show up to help, the faster we can be launching! We will have limited supplies on the field; if you can, bring gloves, WD40 spray, green and steel scrubbies, rags or baby wipes to clean up the rods and rails.

We will make a final GO or NO GO call on Friday.

Note that Sunday’s weather right now looks like way too windy for flying. We will try to make a final determination by Friday, but may make a last minute decision on the field.

Please keep you speed on the field to under 10 MPH. If you have a large dust “rooster tail” behind your car, you are going too fast!!!

As usual, bring water, food, and plan to take out all of your garbage.

If you have not renewed your membership yet, please consider doing it on the website with paypal; otherwise cash on the filed is always accepted.

Join / Renew Membership

You might want to print out some flight cards as well:
http://metrarocketclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/flightcard.pdf

A few folks that requested t-shirts last year have still not picked them up. If you don’t at the first launch, be sure to contact Andy Cook if you still want them, or they will be put up for sale. There are a few shirts unspoken for if you’d like to get one, particularly in smaller sizes.

Be sure to visit our onsite vendors !!!

Hope to see you Saturday!

1/22/16 The 2016 METRA flying season begins soon!

Get your winter builds done – we hope to see some really cool projects this year. Let people know what you are up to on our Facebook page !

The launch schedule for 2016 has been posted ! Our first launch is April 2-3. In the morning of the 2nd, we will do a little equipment cleanup before the launch. We need everyone to help out to make it quick! More details will follow.

Please be sure to renew your membership for 2016 !.

Please support you club board for 2016, and plan to help with launch setup (8:30am), teardown (end of day), and remember to volunteer for range positions – if we don’t get volunteers, we won’t fly!

We are looking forward to a great year of flying, please see all of our launch rules and fees located on the club site.