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

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.

Third Tuesday
CIA business meeting at Papa Del's Pizza, 1201 S. Neil St., Champaign.
Occasionally we will meet at various other restaurants around C-U. Locations we 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 Monticello, 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, 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 or if you wish to be added to the list without creating a Yahoo account.


2017 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 3 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Rocket Videos
Due to the holiday schedule at the Springer Center this month's meeting will be held at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. in Champaign. The meeting will be in the Robeson Pavilion Room C, just to the right of the lobby as you come in the front door of the library.
7 - 9 p.m. Champaign Public Library
February Tuesday 7 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Presentation of U of I Student Launch Rocket Design by U of I Aerospace Students
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
March Tuesday 7 Membership Meeting
Annual membership meeting and election of club officers.
Meeting Topic: Gary Slater has built a few "strange and different" rockets. He will talk about the challenges with designing and building those kind of projects.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
April Tuesday 4 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Greg Smith will make a presentation on the new launch control system.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
May Tuesday 3 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Introduction to model rocketry for new members and anyone who is interested.
New board members take office.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
June Tuesday 6 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: OpenRocket - Wes Cravens will give a presentation on designing rockets and simulating their flight using OpenRocket, a free open-source model rocket design and simulation program
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
July Tuesday 11 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: GARLO Followup
Due to the holiday on the 4th of July our meeting this month will be held one week later than usual.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
August Tuesday 1 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: TBA
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
September Tuesday 5 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Introduction to Medium and High Power Rocketry
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
October Tuesday 3 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 7 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: High power rocketry beyond Level I
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
December Tuesday 5 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Annual Wrapup, Rocket nostalgia and "Tall Tales". Bring stories and artifacts to share.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center


2017 Special Events

February 21-24 Agora Days rocketry class at University Laboratory High School
One hour each day, 2:00 - 2:50
UNI
February Saturday 25 Insect Fear Film Festival
Theme: Paul Hertzberg: Class of 1971!
Films: 2 Lava 2 Lantula (2016), Caved In (2006) and assorted short subjects
6 p.m. Foellinger Auditorium
March Tuesday 28 Afterschool program on rockets for Edison Middle School students 3 - 5 p.m. Champaign Public Library
April Saturday 29 Build and Fly Model Rocket Workshop
We will be helping kids build and then fly their rockets in Douglas Park. This event is FREE, but participants must register by calling the Douglas Branch of the library at 217/403-2090.
12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Champaign Public Library Douglas Branch
May Tuesday 2 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Introduction to model rocketry for new members and anyone who is interested.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
May Saturday 13 Build & Fly Workshop
Fee $24, call 398-2550 to register.
9 - 11 a.m. Leonhard Center
June Monday 26 The CIA will assist the students of the Illinois Aerospace Institute (Session 1) at the University of Illinois in building rockets 7 - 9 p.m. TBA
June Friday 30 The CIA will assist the students of the Illinois Aerospace Institute (Session 1) at the University of Illinois in flying their rockets 1 - 5 p.m. Dodds Park
July Saturday 1 GARLO 2017
Theme: The Edge of the Envelope
All-day rocket launch, followed by an awards ceremony/potluck picnic.
Rain date: Saturday, July 8
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dodds Park
July Monday 17 The CIA will assist the students of the Illinois Aerospace Institute (Session 2) at the University of Illinois in building rockets 7 - 9 p.m. TBA
July Friday 21 The CIA will assist the students of the Illinois Aerospace Institute (Session 2) at the University of Illinois in flying their rockets 1 - 5 p.m. Colbert Park in Savoy
August Saturday 5 Demo Rocket Launch at Space Jam 11 Noon - 1 p.m. Rantoul Aviation Center
August Saturday 26 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 Tuesday 5 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Introduction to Medium and High Power Rocketry
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
September Saturday 9 Rocket Launch
Followed by night launching of rockets equipped with lights, beepers, etc.
Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
October Saturday 14 Heartland Maker Fest 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana


2017 Contests

The NAR has changed the way they organize and run contests. We haven't yet determined how this will affect our local events. Once we work out what we want to do with our local contests we will announce them and update this calendar.

We currently schedule 4 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.

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

February Saturday 27 Rocket Launch
CIA Section Meet: The Rocketeer Who Went Out in the Cold
In addition to the usual sport launches of the day there will be the following contest events.
A Altitude (Altimeter)
A Streamer Duration
Open Spot Landing
Set Duration (30 seconds)
Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
May Saturday 28 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.
D Super-Roc Altitude (altimeter)
1/2A Boost Glider Duration
Streamer Spot Landing
Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
July Saturday 23 Rocket Launch
CIA Section Meet: Insurrection Launch
In addition to the usual sport launches of the day there will be the following contest events.
A Helicopter Duration
A Parachute Duration
B Streamer Duration
Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
September Saturday 24 Rocket Launch
CIA Section Meet: Missiles of October
In addition to the usual sport launches of the day there will be the following contest events.
Plastic Model Conversion
B Altitude (altimeter)
Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park


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