This calendar may be subject to change. Events may be added, deleted or changed as the year progresses. Before attending any event listed here, contact Greg Smith, Director of Operations, at 217-840-1678, or through email to operations@ciarocketry.org

Special Notice
Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak we will be cancelling many of our events this spring and summer. We will try to keep the web site up-to-date on this, but if you have any doubts contact Greg Smith, Director of Operations, at 217-840-1678, or through email to operations@ciarocketry.org.

General Schedule Meeting Topics Special Events Contests Complete Schedule
January February March April May June July August September October November December


General Schedule

Regularly scheduled events will be held each month as follows:
First Tuesday
Membership meeting at the Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St. in downtown Champaign or occasional special events elsewhere.
We generally have a presentation or particular topic planned for these meetings. However, there is always plenty of time for discussion of any and all rocketry topics.

Third Tuesday
CIA business meeting will be held at Papa Del's Pizza, 1201 S. Neil St., Champaign and Hickory River Smokehouse, 1706 N. Cunningham Ave, Urbana on alternating months.
Occasionally we will meet at various other restaurants around C-U. Locations will be announced on the email list.

Second & Fourth Saturdays
Rocket launch at Dodds Park. Rockets are limited to 4000' MSL (~3250' AGL) altitude and "H" motor impulse by FAA waiver and site dimension restrictions. In late fall and early spring we will hold some of our launches at our alternate high-power sites at the Rantoul Aviation Center and near Forsyth, Illinois. At these sites we have a waiver to 10,000 feet. Contact our Director of Operations, Greg Smith, at operations@ciarocketry.org if you plan to fly motors of "L" impulse or greater.

Launch Times
The times listed for most of our launches are "Noon - 6 p.m." This generally means we will meet around noon to set up and flying will commence around 1. However, when there is soccer in the park in the morning we may have to wait until they have finished before setting up.

The ending time will depend on a number of factors. We can often fly until dark, so we sometimes stay later than 6, and sometimes we have to end earlier than that, depending on the time of the year.

These dates may vary depending on holidays and various other schedule conflicts.

There are often other events added, such as a "bad movie night" at a member's home, or a rocket build-and-fly workshop. To receive announcements of launches, meetings and other CIA activities subscribe to the CIA email list. Find out about the list and subscribe here. Contact cia-list-owner@ciarocketry.org if you have any trouble with the list.


2020 Meeting Topics

We have scheduled topics for the monthly meetings this year. However we are always looking for ideas as topics of future meetings.

January Tuesday 7 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Rocket Media
Bring book, videos, etc. to share.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
February Tuesday 4 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Forum on rocket design and construction methods.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
March Tuesday 3 Membership Meeting
Annual membership meeting and election of club officers.
Meeting Topic: NAR Rocket Competition
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
April Tuesday 7 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Rocket Photography
This meeting has been cancelled
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
May Tuesday 5 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Introduction to model rocketry for new members and anyone who is interested.
New board members take office.
This meeting has been cancelled
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
June Tuesday 4 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: GARLO Prep
This meeting has been cancelled
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
July Tuesday 7 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: TBA
This meeting has been cancelled
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
August Tuesday 4 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Introduction to Medium and High Power Rocketry
This meeting has been cancelled
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
September Tuesday 1 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: How to Build and Fly Boost Gliders
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
October Tuesday 6 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Our annual swap meet. Bring your surplus rocket related equipment and supplies to buy, sell and trade with other members.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
November Tuesday 3 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: High power rocketry beyond Level I
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
December Tuesday 1 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Annual Wrapup, Rocket nostalgia and "Tall Tales". Bring stories and artifacts to share.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center


2020 Special Events

January Wednesday 1 New Year Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
February Monday 17 4-H Learn & Fun Day Noon - 2:15 p.m. Trinity Lutheran School
Bloomington, IL
February Saturday 22 Insect Fear Film Festival
Theme: Crustacean Fear Films
Films:
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
The Bay (2012)
and assorted short subjects
6 p.m. Foellinger Auditorium
April Saturday 4 Build & Fly Workshop for Woodford County 4-H
This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule it at a later time.
Noon - 4 p.m. Eureka College
Eureka, IL
May Tuesday 5 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Introduction to model rocketry for new members and anyone who is interested.
This meeting has been cancelled
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
May Saturday 9 Build & Fly Workshop
Fee $24, call 398-2550 to register.
This workshop has been cancelled
9 - 11 a.m. Leonhard Center
May Tuesday 12 4-H Model Rocketry Tech Workshop
This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule it at a later time.
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. McLean County Extension Office
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL
June Monday 22 The CIA will assist the students of the Illinois Aerospace Institute (Session 1) at the University of Illinois in building rockets
This event has been cancelled.
7 - 9 p.m. ESPL
June Friday 26 The CIA will assist the students of the Illinois Aerospace Institute (Session 1) at the University of Illinois in flying their rockets
This event has been cancelled.
1 - 5 p.m. Dodds Park
June Saturday 27 GARLO 2020
Theme: 2020 Vision
All-day rocket launch, followed by an awards ceremony/potluck picnic.
Rain date: Saturday, July 11
This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule it at a later time.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dodds Park
July Monday 13 The CIA will assist the students of the Illinois Aerospace Institute (Session 2) at the University of Illinois in building rockets
This event has been cancelled.
7 - 9 p.m. ESPL
July Friday 17 The CIA will assist the students of the Illinois Aerospace Institute (Session 2) at the University of Illinois in flying their rockets
This event has been cancelled.
1 - 5 p.m. Dodds Park
July Friday 24 The CIA will assist the students of the WYSE Aerospace Camp at the University of Illinois in flying their rockets
This event has been cancelled.
1 - 5 p.m. Dodds Park
August Tuesday 4 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Introduction to Medium and High Power Rocketry
This meeting has been cancelled
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
August Saturday 22 Rocket Launch
Annual Nostalgia Launch featuring rockets and launch equipment more than 30 years old. Dig out those old rockets and get them flying again.
Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
September Saturday 12 Rocket Launch
Followed by night launching of rockets equipped with lights, beepers, etc.
Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
October Saturday 3 Heartland Maker Fest
This event has been cancelled. They hope to reschedule it in 2021.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana


2020 Contests

The NAR has changed the way they organize and run contests. We have decided to give a try at holding a contest this spring. If it works out we may hold more in the future.

We hope to hold some NAR competitions each year. The dates listed are the first dates we will try to hold these events. If the launch is cancelled, due to bad weather for example, then we will attempt to hold the contest at the next scheduled launch. If a contest gets postponed too many times we may have to cancel it.

Basic information about competition can be found at NAR Rocketry Competition.

For a quick overview of the different events for beginners check out the document Competition for Casual Competitor (PDF - 155 KB)

Details of the contest events can be found in the NAR U.S. Model Rocket Sporting Code (AKA "Pink Book").

May Saturday 23 Rocket Launch
CIA Section Meet: Illinois Missile Crisis
In addition to the usual sport launches of the day there will be the following contest events.
1/2A Boost Glider Duration
1/2A Streamer Duration
1/2A Altitude (Altimeter)
B Payload Altitude (Altimeter)
This launch has been cancelled
Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park


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