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

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Membership Meeting at the Springer Cultural Center
Monthly business meeting
Model rocket launch at Dodds Park
High power rocket launch in Rantoul
High power rocket launch in Monticello
Special event
Education and Outreach
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January 2017
January Sunday 1 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
January Tuesday 3 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Rocketry 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
January Saturday 14 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
January Tuesday 17 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. Papa Del's Pizza
January Saturday 28 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Rantoul
 
February 2017
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
February Saturday 11 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
February 21-24 Agora Days rocketry class at University Laboratory High School
One hour each day, 2:00 - 2:50
UNI
February Tuesday 21 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. Papa Del's Pizza
February 24-26 NARCON
The National Association of Rocketry's National Convention
Dayton, OH
February Saturday 25 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
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 2017
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
March Saturday 11 High Power Rocket Launch
10,000 MSL waiver. Contact Greg Smith, at operations@ciarocketry.org if you plan to fly motors of "L" impulse or greater.
Noon - 6 p.m. Rantoul Aviation Center
March Tuesday 21 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. Papa Del's Pizza
March Saturday 25 High Power Rocket Launch
10,000 MSL waiver. Contact Greg Smith, at operations@ciarocketry.org if you plan to fly motors of "L" impulse or greater.
Noon - 6 p.m. Rantoul Aviation Center
March Tuesday 28 Afterschool program on rockets for Edison Middle School students 3 - 5 p.m. Champaign Public Library
 
April 2017
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
April 6 - 9 LDRS 36 Higgs Farm, Price Maryland
April Saturday 8 High Power Rocket Launch
10,000 MSL waiver. Contact Greg Smith, at operations@ciarocketry.org if you plan to fly motors of "L" impulse or greater.
Noon - 6 p.m. Rantoul Aviation Center
April Tuesday 18 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. Papa Del's Pizza
April Saturday 22 High Power Rocket Launch
10,000 MSL waiver. Contact Greg Smith, at operations@ciarocketry.org if you plan to fly motors of "L" impulse or greater.
Noon - 6 p.m. Rantoul Aviation Center
April Saturday 29 Build and Fly Model Rocket Workshop 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Champaign Public Library Douglas Branch
 
May 2017
May Tuesday 2 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
May Saturday 13 Build & Fly Workshop
Fee $24, call 398-2550 to register.
9 - 11 a.m. Leonhard Center
May Saturday 13 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
May Tuesday 16 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. Papa Del's Pizza
May Saturday 28 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
May 27 - 29 National Sport Launch Alamogordo, NM
 
June 2017
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
June Saturday 10 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
June Saturday 17 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
June Tuesday 20 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. Papa Del's Pizza
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 2017
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 Saturday 8 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
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
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 Tuesday 18 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. Papa Del's Pizza
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
July Saturday 22 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
July 29 - August 4 NARAM
National Association of Rocketry Annual Meet
Muskegon, MI
Calendar Updated To Here
 
August 2017
August Tuesday 2 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Rocketry Electronics.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
August Saturday 6 Demo Rocket Launch at Space Jam 10 Noon - 1 p.m. Rantoul Aviation Center
August Saturday 13 Rocket Launch
Due to soccer activities in the park we will need to start later than usual. Meet at 2 p.m. to set up and plan to start flying around 3.
3:00 - Dark Dodds Park
August Tuesday 16 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. TBA
August Saturday 27 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 2017
September Tuesday 6 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Introduction to Medium and High Power Rocketry
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
September Saturday 10 Rocket Launch
Followed by night launching of rockets equipped with lights, beepers, etc.
Due to soccer activities in the park we will need to start later than usual. Meet at 2 p.m. to set up and plan to start flying around 3.
3:00 - Dark Dodds Park
September Tuesday 20 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. TBA
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)
Due to soccer activities in the park we will need to start later than usual. Meet at 2 p.m. to set up and plan to start flying around 3.
3:00 - Dark Dodds Park
 
October 2017
October Saturday 1 Heartland Maker Fest 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana
October Tuesday 4 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
October Saturday 8 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Rantoul Aviation Center
October Tuesday 18 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. TBA
October Saturday 22 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Rantoul Aviation Center
 
November 2017
November Tuesday 1 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: High power rocketry beyond Level I & Introduction to Rocket Motor Theory
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
November Friday 4
Sunday 6
Midwest Power launch near Princeton, IL sponsored by Quad Cities Rocketry Society 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Princeton
November Saturday 12 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
November Tuesday 15 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. TBA
November Saturday 26 High Power Rocket Launch
10,000 MSL waiver. Contact Greg Smith, at operations@ciarocketry.org if you plan to fly motors of "L" impulse or greater.
Rain date Sunday 11/27.
This launch may be moved to the Rantoul site depending on the situation with the Monticello field
Noon - 6 p.m. Monticello
 
December 2017
December Tuesday 6 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Rocket nostalgia and "tall tales". Bring stories and artifacts to share.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
December Saturday 10 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
December Saturday 17 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
December Tuesday 20 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. TBA
 
January 2017
January Sunday 1 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park


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