Build Session Tomorrow!

Hello all!!

Just a reminder that our build session is tomorrow. I am going to move it up two hours to get us out of the main heat of the day. So it will be 10AM to 1pm-ish. We can still go as late as 3 or as late as people want to fight the heat. I will have the fans on in the morning, and hit the swamp cooler on about 9am and hope it helps!

 
Bring your rockets!

Officer Election update

Hello all. So for elections this year, Here are the candidates nominated this year:
 
President: Christopher El Sergio Birkinbine
Vice President: John Patwell
Secretary/Treasurer: Kevin Dolber
Adviser 1 (Tehachapi): Joseph Walsh
Adviser 2 (General): Jeremy Louke
Adviser 3: (General): – Carrie Dykes
 
I am recommending since we have no contest for any position that we dispense with voting, and accept these candidates for the 2018/2019 year. If anyone disagrees, please email me at president@skarclub.org Any disagreements will be confidential and only 1 disagreement will be enough to instead bring this to a vote. I’ll give it a few days for anyone to contact me before making it official. Thanks!

2018-2019 SKAR Board of Directors Nominations Due May 31st

Hey everyone, it is that time of year again, time for SKAR Elections!
 
If you are interested in helping out the club by volunteering your time to help with the administration, please submit your self as a candidate at the link below by May 31st.
 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQDstiEituShOAX5vbSbnX0y_Ev5rUthGEuc9cLhJfZz_faA/viewform?usp=sf_link

April Launch Canceled

In classic Air Force manner, the airspace manager has sent an email out last minute canceling their approval for our launch tomorrow.

It has been pointed out that some land that may make a good launch location exists near California City that we originally dismissed due to it being BLM land ( which means we will have to pay to use it). I will check and see if it is outside of the airspace we are currently under and if it is I will verify cost and submit the FAA waivers needed to move our launch location there. This new area is a dry lake bed outside of cal city called Koehn lake.

It has become apparent that the increased weekend use of the airspace by the Air Force, is not a fluke or a temporary thing

March Rocket Lab

Hey all,

 

Just a friendly reminder that we have our rocket lab build session at the usual place and time tomorrow, noon to 3pm! Bring whatever you want to work on, but if you are planning in attending our night launch in July I definitely recommend checking in on the requirements, and getting some work done there! Check events for more details!

Feb 10th Rocket Launch is a Go

Hello Everyone!

Our launch for this Saturday from 0900-1400 has been approved. It is always possible that a last minute mission can happen, but as of right now we are good to go. For directions on how to get to the launch site, go here: http://www.skarclub.org/launch-information/

 
We will have some motors available, all sizes of launch rods, and we will be attempting a makeshift rail setup.
 
If you need motors you can contact Mike at Bay Area Rocketry http://bayarearocketry.com/ or mike@bayarearocketry.com If you order on the site make sure you select launchsite pickup and in the notes write Mojave SKAR drop off.
 
If you order via email just let him know it is for Mojave SKAR drop off then let me know and I will pick it up for you Friday evening, as long as he is coming through the area (which he usually does)
 
you can contact me at skarclub@gmail.com

Updated Update NO LAUNCH Jan 2018

Updated Update.
 
NO LAUNCH this weekend. Yes it sucks, and I am sorry. Received a followup email from the 412 OSS OSO/DO addressing some of the issues. Some of them they are taking care of, like the fact that the R2515 Airspace Management voicemail is full so no one can leave messages.
 
They also restated their authority to deny our launch request on ALL classes. I have forwarded this to the Air Traffic Control Specialist with the WSC/Operations Support Specialist that I had been speaking to at the FAA. Until the FAA clarifies I do not want to do anything to risk losing our Airspace Agreement.
 
I will also begin to look for a new launch site again.
 
Below is the email.
 
 
Hello Chris,
 
Thank you for contacting me today.
 
We checked the R-2515 voicemail and it is indeed full. We’re working to get it cleared out.
 
Our airspace office will make every attempt to let you know when they receive your request. Please be patient. They may not always be able to give you a prompt answer at the time of your request (they may be waiting on the status of certain test missions). They will send approval/denial of your operation as soon as they are able, based on Test Wing (TW) flying.
 
Policy:
IAW CFR 14 101 para 101.5 No person may operate a moored balloon, kite, amateur rocket, or unmanned free balloon in a prohibited or restricted area unless he has permission from the using or controlling agency, as appropriate. IAW CFR 14 101 Subpart C, an Amateur rocket includes Class I rockets.
 
R-2515 is NOTAM’d continuously active SFC to Unlimited. Approval from the Using Agency (the 412 TW/CC) is required IAW CFR 14. When we are not using the airspace for TW missions, we release the airspace (above 6K) to Joshua Approach for shared-use. However, you still require approval from the TW from the SFC to 6K. The TW/CC has approved your operation (via the instructions of your LOA) on a non-interference basis with the 412 TW mission.
 
Please continue to coordinate with R-2515 as normal. If you are unable to get in touch with the R-2515 office, feel free to contact me for assistance.
 
Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.
 
Thank you.
 
V/R
Trish Fisher, NH-III, USAF
412 OSS OSO/DO
235 S. Flighline Ln
Edwards AFB, Ca. 93524
DSN: 527-8582/Comm: (661) 277-8582
Email: Patricia.fisher.6@us.af.mil