A Sport Launch will
be held on the Saturday of NARCON with the assistance of
Tripoli Southern Minnesota (TSM). A high power waiver will
be in effect, and a motor vendor will be present at the
flying field. This event is for those NARCON attendees
who wish to get out in the fresh air and fly some rockets.
There is an additional $10 fee for those wishing to fly rockets at
the Sport Launch. This fee will not be collected in advance;
it will be payable at the launch site. There is no fee if
you're attending the launch as a spectator.
If you have any
questions, please contact the Sport Launch Coordinator,
launch report and more photos from the NARCON 2007 Sport Launch,
please click here!
The Sport Launch will be
held at the TSM flying field near Maple Island, MN. Maple
Island is near the intersection of I-90 and I-35. The
launch site is about a one-hour drive from the host hotel in
Rochester (roughly 60 miles).
The launch site
is on the property of Reynen Farms. Please remember, we are
able to use this field by the good graces of the landowners.
Please respect their property and pick-up after yourself
when leaving the launch site. Report any damage to property
immediately to the LCO or RSO. Your cooperation will help
TMS to continue using their launch site!
The launch will be held on
the Saturday of NARCON, March 15. A Flyers meeting will be
held at 10am. The launch will commence immediately after
the meeting and last through 4pm.
9,000 feet MSL (about
8,000 feet AGL). A window may be arranged to 12,000 feet
MSL (about 11,000 feet AGL) if desired.
Only motors on the
CAR/NAR/TRA Certified Motor List will be permitted.
Flights using motors of "K" class and above must be approved in
advance of the launch. Up to "M" class motor flights can
be accommodated with advance warning.
A $10 fee will be
collected from NARCON attendees wishing to fly at this launch.
This fee will be collected at the launch site. This fee is
separate from and in addition to the regular NARCON registration
fee. This fee is nonrefundable. There is no fee if
you're just coming to watch.
Fliers may attempt their
NAR Level 1 or 2 high power certifications at this launch.
(Level 3 by prior arrangement.) Please contact us in advance if you plan to attempt a cert flight of any
level at this launch.
In case of inclement
weather (wind, snow, rain), this launch will be canceled.
If the launch is held, but ends earlier than expected due to
encroaching bad weather, collected launch fees will not be
still winter in Minnesota, so expect to see snow on the ground
(and quite possibly mud wherever there isn't snow).
Average temperatures may be in the mid 30's, but they can range
from the mid 20's to the mid 40's. Dress appropriately!
- Tim Young of Rocket Technologies, LLC will be an onsite vendor
at the Sport Launch.
http://www.rocket-technologies.com/ Tim sells motors
of all sizes from companies such as Estes, Aerotech, and
Cesaroni. He also sells kits from a variety of companies.
If you have questions or specific motor needs, please contact
email@example.com Thanks, Tim!
PDF file of
to the Launch Site from the Host Hotel
PDF file of driving directions
Start out going NORTH on 2ND AVE
SW toward W CENTER ST. (<0.1 miles)
Turn RIGHT onto W CENTER ST. (0.1
Turn RIGHT onto S BROADWAY /
US-63 S. Continue to follow US-63 S. (9.6 miles)
Merge onto I-90 W toward AUSTIN.
Take the US-218 N exit- EXIT 177-
toward OWATONNA. (0.2 miles)
Turn RIGHT onto US-218 N. (5.5
Turn LEFT onto MN-251 / 280 ST.
Continue to follow MN-251. (8.5 miles)
Just prior to getting into MAPLE
ISLAND, look for first dirt/chat road east of Maple Island
turning off to the LEFT (south). This chat road has a
line of telephone poles. Follow this line of poles
directly to the launch site (it dead ends at the Maple
Island Missile Range. (We will mark this road with a
Takes about one hour to drive from the host hotel.