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5/5/17 First launch Sunday, May 7 !!!

Our equipment cleanup and first launch will be on Sunday.

Unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating for Saturday, but the weather report looks good for Sunday.

Please come and support the club Sunday morning starting at 8:30 AM for the cleanup. As noted before, if you want to fly, you need to help out. Those who help out will fly for free when we are done.

See you Sunday!

5/3/17 First launch of the season this weekend, May 6-7 !!!

Dust off your rockets and gear!!! Our first launch of the season is the weekend. The weather looks good, but a chance of rain is in the forecast Sat. PM. As usual, we will email and post to the website a final GO or NO GO Friday afternoon.

If the field is not too soft, pads will be out in the field rather than on the grass border. There is no restriction on sparky motors, but if it gets dry or we have a fire concern later in the season, we will need to disallow them again.

This will be our cleanup launch, where we clean the rods and rails, grease up the pads, etc.. The cleanup will begin at 9 AM on Saturday. We need everyone possible to help out, and make it go quickly so we can get down to flying rockets! In the past we have had a good turnout to help, thanks in advance. We will have all the supplies needed, we just need willing hands. It can be messy, so bringing gloves is a good idea. Feel free to bring any tools you like to use. With ample help, we should be flying before lunchtime.

** Please note: as in past years, if you want to fly on Saturday, you MUST show up and help with the cleanup. Folks that help with the cleanup will additionally pay no flyer’s fee for the weekend. Those that don’t help out, and show up on Sunday will need to pay a regular flyer’s fee.

Lloyd and Nadine’s Dogs will not be at the launch on Saturday, but will be there Sunday. Please plan accordingly.

Break down will begin on Sunday at 2:30-3 pm. As with setup, please plan to help out.

As this is our first launch of the season, here are updates and reminders for flying at METRA. Please read through them.
0. When driving on the farm property, the speed limit is 10 MPH. If you are raising a dust cloud, slow down!

1. Please clean up after yourself; flyers are responsible to remove their own trash from the site.

2. You must be a METRA member to fly, and have signed a waiver form. First time visitors can fly for one day if they sign a waiver, and pay $5 + a flyer’s fee – the 5 bucks can count towards METRA membership if you opt to join after. http://metrarocketclub.org/join-renew-v2/

3. All METRA launches are Tripoli research launches. To fly high power, you must also be a member of either Tripoli or NAR. Research flights are only allowed by Tripoli level 2 and higher members. Tripoli requires at research launches that only members 18 and older may go to the high power pads. The only exception to this is for junior (12-17) members who have completed either the Tripoli TMP or NAR Jr. level 1 program.

4. All flights must meet Tripoli flight/safety codes. Please take a look as a reminder: http://www.tripoli.org/SafetyCode
Rockets must be designed to fly AND be recovered safely. We cannot leave rockets or parts in the field, as it can damage farm equipment. Consider using a tracker, or at the very least a beeper.

5. We will be using wristbands this year to show who has paid flyer’s fees. If you don’t have a wristband, you will not be allowed to fly. Please see a board member to pay your flyer’s fee; the person collecting will be announced at the flyer’s meeting.

6. In the past few years we have had a problem getting folks to volunteer for RSO duty – checking & approving rockets for safety. Often the RSO also is called on to act as LCO and launch rockets. An RSO needs to have level 2 certification, but the LCO does not. A shift is 2 hours, at the RSO/LCO tables where folks can find you. We need more people to volunteer for these positions! Its not fair to the few people that often get roped into doing this all the time – they want to fly rockets too. If we do not get volunteers, we may need to stop the launch until someone steps up.

If you have any questions, please ask a board member, we can help!

Wishing everyone a fun,safe, and successful flying season, and hope to see everyone this weekend !

3/29/17 First launch cancelled.

Unfortunately, the weather is still against us. The field still has a little snow, and is muddy. It may also rain on Saturday. Because of all this, we have agreed with the landowner that we should not be on the field, and we have cancelled the April launch. Since LDRS is the following weekend, we will have our first launch May 6-7. We will have our equipment cleanup in the morning of the 6th.

Take advantage of the extra time, and get something new built!

3/21/17 First launch postponed until April 1.

Unfortunately, there is still snow on the ground in Pine Island, and our landowner has asked us not to be on the field this coming weekend. We are thus postponing our first launch until April 1, 2017. This is planned to be our equipment cleanup launch, and will likely be a Saturday only launch. More details will follow next week once we know that the field is clear of snow, and we are OK’ed to be there.

1/25/17 The 2017 METRA flying season begins soon!

Welcome to 2017 ! Hope all is well, and you are busy building all kinds of cool new rocketry projects.

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 !

Please renew your membership for 2017 on the website (paypal). Afterwards, you can fill out the membership form & waiver and bring it to a launch, or mail it in.

Join / Renew Membership


You can’t fly if you are not a member, so please renew soon!

The schedule for next year will be finalized soon, with our first launch in March. Like last year, we will spend part of Saturday at the first launch doing some equipment cleanup/repair/prep for next year. All members are strongly encouraged to help out. Details will be available soon.

Have a great time for the remainder of the rocket building season, and hope to see everyone back once the flying season begins!