Central Illinois Aerospace
The Great Annual Rocket Launch of 2014
The 25th Annual Launch-and-Lunch
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014
north and west of the intersection of Bradley and Mattis, in Champaign, IL
- GARLO is a purely-for-fun rocket launch. NAR Safety Code approved
We will be awarding ribbons and prizes
for the winners of several fun (for fun) events
- There will be a potluck cookout dinner at the
home of one of the CIA members after the launch.
We'll have burgers, etc. and suggest that people bring salads, side dishes,
desserts and drinks. Directions will be available at the launch.
- We have an FAA waiver to 4000' MSL (~3250' AGL), H motor limit
- Admission is free, but there will be raffle to raise funds to pay for
GARLO. We'll have some great prizes of kits and motors. Tickets will be
available at the launch and will cost $1 each or 6 for $5.
- While supplies last we’ll be giving away some free rockets for kids
(6-12 years old) to fly at the launch.
- In case of bad weather the rain date will be Saturday, July 5, at the
same time and place.
As usual we will be issuing a GARLO 2014 shirt.
The price this year will be $12.00.
The shirts will be light blue and the
design will be the same as the graphics at the top of this page.
As always these will be a limited edition collectors item.
We will be
ordering a selection of adult sizes and will have them for sale at the
launch, but if you want to guarantee yourself a GARLO 2014 shirt we
recommend that you reserve it in advance. Call Jonathan at
217/359-8225 or by email at
to place your order. Be sure to specify
number and size(s). Payment can be made when you pick up your shirt(s),
in cash or with a check made out to "Central Illinois Aerospace".
- Some pictures from previous GARLO's
GARLO 2013 Part 1
GARLO 2013 Part 2
Print out a GARLO 2014 Flier (PDF - 523 KB)
and pass it along to your friends.
Contest Rules for GARLO 2014
Best Scale Model Rocket
This is our theme event Upscale, Downscale. The judging for this is
pretty wide open, but the idea is to impress the judges with a model that is a
larger, or smaller, replica of a well-known model rocket, fantasy spacecraft or
real space vehicle. Every entry must make a safe, stable, successful flight,
and you need to indicate that you're entering the event on the flight sheet you
hand in before launch. We'll be looking at how accurately the model reflects
the lines of the original it imitates, workmanship and finish, and the
impressiveness and stability of the resulting flight. "Mission points" can be
awarded for things like staging, clustering, parts that separate, payloads,
gliders, radio control, etc. that add to the complexity and awesomeness of the
in-flight display. Extreme scale factors (like a 10-foot-long Mosquito or a 3"
Saturn V) might also win you extra admiration. Note that almost any
traditional "scale" model could qualify for this event, as well as larger or
smaller reproductions of classic model rockets. Mostly it's a subjective,
just-for-fun event and the results are at the sole discretion of the judges!
Depending on the number of entries and their quality, we might award separate
prizes in the "upscale" and "downscale" categories.
This is a variation on the usual spot landing event. All rockets in this event
must carry an electronic altimeter. The landing point will be measured from a
spot on the ground directly under the launch rod or rail where the rocket took
off, to the tip of the nose cone of the rocket where it comes to rest. We'll
divide the landing distance by the altitude recorded to get drift as a fraction
of the altitude. (It doesn't matter whether you measure in feet, meters or
parsecs, as long as the units of altitude and distance are the same.) The
score closest to zero wins. Every rocket must make a safe flight and properly
deploy an active recovery system (parachute, streamer, glider, helicopter,
etc.) -- no "featherweight," "saucer" or "birdie" type models allowed. Sorry,
but you're out of luck if the altimeter doesn't record the altitude. You'll
need to get a judge to measure your distance and record the altitude BEFORE you
pick up the rocket off the ground. The judges can refuse to measure rockets
that land more than 100 meters from the launcher, on rooftops, in trees or in
other difficult or dangerous to access areas. Any actively controlled models
(R/C gliders, onboard GPS seekers, etc.) will be judged in a separate category.
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