1/5/2008 Meeting MinutesMeeting began shortly after 7:00PM on January 5th, 2008 at Peace Lutheran Church in Puyallup.
Officer ElectionsVoting for the 2008 club officers occurred during December. There was some concern that due to the number people that joined the club at FITS we would have trouble reaching a quorum. There was ~60% participation in the email voting system, which resulted in a valid results. The club officers for 2008 are:
President: Kent Newman
Secretary/Treasurer: Carl Hamilton
Launch/GSE Operations: Mike Wyvel
2008 Club GoalsKent outlined some of the goals he believes the club should pursue during 2008.
- Updated mid/low-lower power launch controller -- Andrew MacMillen is already working on this.
- Updated mid-power pads -- these would be scaled down K-pods.
- Updated PA/FM transmitter.
- Newsletter to be published bi-annually
- Work toward hosting NARCON in 2010
- Hold at Museum of Flight in coordination with the G. Harry Stine Exhibit.
- Visits to Boeing would be a related draw.
- Would provide excellent PR for the club and the NW rocketry community.
- Jim Wilkerson will begin discussions with NAR officials and the Museum of Flight to determine its viability.
- Achieve 90% of our 2007 income
- 2007 income will be available by February's meeting, giving this goal a hard target.
- It's critical to make our trailer payments.
- Continue the search for a Western Washington launch site.
Meeting ScheduleKent provided a rough schedule for topics and presentations for future meetings.
- Level 1 certification tips
- Performance tips
- March -- to be held at Microsoft campus in Redmond
- Level 2 certification tips
- Recovery components
- Electronic deployment -- single and dual
- Motor building
- May -- to be held at Dan Work's place
- Cleaning/tune-up party in preparation for FITS
- June -- to be held at Dan Work's place
- Post FITS cleaning party
Western Washington Launch SitesProgress on locating a high-power launch site continues slowly. Potential launch site have been assigned to people to research (http://www.washingtonaerospace.org/launch_sites/), but additional information has only been gather for a few sites.
Dan Work described two potential sites you spotted. One new Toledo, WA (maybe this field: http://tinyurl.com/295xt6) and another near Chehalis, WA.
Two areas near McChord AFB were also discussed where free-flight airplanes are flown on a regular basis: areas 14 and 15. While free-flight airplanes have been allowed on these fields, it seems unlikely that rockets would be.