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TOPIC: Anyone interested in promoting model rocketry?

Anyone interested in promoting model rocketry? 5 years 4 months ago #1773

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Hello all,

I wanted to contact someone here, but couldn't figure out a way to do it without joining the forum... so I joined the forum. I'm with an R/C aircraft club out of Seymour, Indiana (Southern Indiana Flying Eagles www.siferc.com). We are planning on having an event later this summer (probably mid July, but maybe August, plans should be hashed out this weekend). We are wanting to make the event more interesting, rather than just some people flying some planes. To that end, we are considering a exhibit area suitable for 10x10 canopies common for outdoor activities. It will be outside during some hot weather, so that will have to be considered. However, we'd be very interested to have model rocketry represented for the public to learn about. We are also inviting the Civil Air Patrol, EAA, a military model club (plastic) and other similar organizations to give you an idea of what we are after.

Admittedly this will not be a huge event. On our end, we hope to see 20-40 fliers and hopefully 100-200 spectators throughout the day. At least the attending pilots would be a captive audience. The event will likely run from 10am to 4pm and there will be food and drink available on the site.

As far as what we'd like from you, we'd like to see something that'd be suitable for a 10x10 space. A few examples and a person on hand to answer questions would be great. If someone feels you can do more with event, please feel free to shoot us some ideas.

If someone would like get more info, email me at rc_brooks(at)yahoo(dot)com

Or I will reply on here.

As far as other info, our flying field (Freeman Field) is on the airport which served as an Army Airfield during WWII. There is a small museum there, which we are planning to have a portion of our proceeds go to.

Thanks for your time,

-Chris
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Re: Anyone interested in promoting model rocketry? 5 years 4 months ago #1774

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Hi Chris-
I'll bring this up at our next meeting, this sounds like something that we'd like to participate in. If possible, we'd probably like to do a demo rocket launch too. Maybe just some low power model rockets, nothing too big depending on the launch field. Will there be electricity available? We could show a ROCI club promo video if there is, and otherwise we would certainly have several rockets on display and some informational and promo handouts. We have tables, and we could provide our own 10x10' canopy if needed. Keep us posted and I'll let you know, and I'd like to check out that museum too if it will be open during the event...

-Gary Degler
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Re: Anyone interested in promoting model rocketry? 5 years 4 months ago #1775

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Fantastic! We were going to try this last year, but there were issues we had to take care of first. The museum will be open the day of our event.

We will be having a meeting to hammer out the final details tomorrow.

There is no direct power at the site, though we will have at least one generator. Most of our power needs will be from inverters and batteries. We will have a couple flight simulators out there, but running off of laptops (with 12v batteries w/ inverters) to handle those chores.

Regarding a rocket demonstration, we had thought something like that might be great, but as the airport is an active airport we will have to talk to the airport director about that.

As soon as we have our details from our meeting tomorrow, the event plan will go to the airport board for approval. We will definitely keep you in the loop.

Thank you for getting back to me. I realize it's not going to be a huge event, but I am hoping it will be interesting for spectators who do make it out to the event.
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Re: Anyone interested in promoting model rocketry? 5 years 3 months ago #1777

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OK, the event has been approved. Date is August 17th.

Benefactor: Freeman Field Museum

Date: 8/17

Time Registration 9am registration, 10am to 5pm:

Theme : Open fly, Fun Scale (520) after 1:30pm

Name: Freeman Field Radio Control Aircraft Show

Features:
Open Flying until 1:30pm. Fun Scale (520) Static Judging starts at 11am, Fun Scale (520) Flying starting at 1:30pm
Exhibitor Area for community organizations and vendors
Food

It is rain or shine.

As far as a rocket launch, we'd like to hold off this first year. We do hope to have demonstrations in the future, so hopefully everything goes smooth this year. We want to involve the scouts as well... but everyone in our club feels we need to have at least one under our belt before adding more components. It'll be interesting. If you have an questions about setting up or such, please let me know.

Now that all being said, we have done two aviation days with the scouts the past couple years. Perhaps it would be possible to do more with that. Those types of discussions are outside of my normal sphere and deal with the airport board and such... but it's an idea.

-Chris
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Re: Anyone interested in promoting model rocketry? 5 years 2 months ago #1780

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Oh, ignore those registration fees. Those are only for people flying... darn cut and paste.
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Anyone interested in promoting model rocketry? 4 years 9 months ago #1927

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Ok, event's a couple weeks away. I wanted to touch base and see if anyone is still wanting to come out. After speaking to a couple people, we would be able to do a mid day launch, if you are still interested in that.
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