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

Color Codes for Calendar Items
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 February March April May June July August September October November December

January 2016
January Friday 1 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
January Tuesday 5 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Rocketry Videos
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
January Saturday 9 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
January Tuesday 19 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. TBA
January Saturday 23 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Monticello
 
February 2016
February Tuesday 2 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Presentation by U of I students on their NASA rocket competition projects.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
February Saturday 6 Efest All Day U of I Armory
February Saturday 13 4-H Learn & Fun Day Noon - 2:15 p.m. Pontiac Junior High School in Pontiac, IL
February Tuesday 16 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. TBA
February 16-19 Agora Days rocketry class at University Laboratory High School
One hour each day, 1:00 - 1:50
UNI
February Saturday 20 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
February 26-28 NARCON
The National Association of Rocketry's National Convention
Dayton, OH
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
February Saturday 27 Insect Fear Film Festival
Theme: Exploding Arthropods!
Films: Bug (1975), Lavalantula (2015) and assorted short subjects
6 p.m. Foellinger Auditorium
 
March 2016
March Tuesday 1 Membership Meeting
Annual membership meeting and election of club officers.
Meeting Topic: Rocket Design and Construction Tips. Presentations on fiberglass tube making and the OpenRocket design and simulation program.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
March Saturday 12 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. Monticello
March Tuesday 15 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. TBA
March 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.
Noon - 6 p.m. Monticello
 
April 2016
April Tuesday 5 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Rocket Competition - Learn more about participating in our NAR contests.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
April Saturday 9 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Rantoul Aviation Center
April Tuesday 19 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. TBA
April Saturday 23 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Rantoul Aviation Center
 
May 2016
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
May Saturday 14 Build & Fly Workshop
Fee $24, call 398-2550 to register.
9 - 11 a.m. Leonhard Center
May Saturday 14 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
May Tuesday 17 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. TBA
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
May 24 - 26 National Sport Launch OManchester, TN
 
June 2016
June Tuesday 7 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Rocket Books - bring any new books you have or ones that new rocketeers might be interested in looking over.

In addition we will be spending much of the time of the meeting building the rockets we will be giving away to kids at GARLO on June 25. We'll have the kits and glue, etc., but bring any tools you like to have when building rockets.

7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
June 8 - 12 LDRS 35 Lucerne Valley, CA
June Saturday 11 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
June Tuesday 21 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. TBA
June Saturday 25 GARLO 2016
Theme: A Space Oddity
All-day rocket launch, followed by an awards ceremony/potluck picnic.
Rain date: Saturday, July 2
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dodds Park
June Monday 27 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
 
July 2016
July Friday 1 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 Tuesday 5 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Rocket Videography - Greg will be telling us about his experiences in putting video cameras in rockets and show us some of his videos.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
July Saturday 9 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
July Friday 15 The CIA will demonstrate rockets for kids from the Champaign Park District Summer Camps at the Douglass and Leonhard Recreation Centers
(set up starting at 11:00)
Noon - 1 p.m. Dodds Park
July Friday 15 The CIA will assist the students of the GAMES Camp at the University of Illinois in flying their rockets 1 - 5 p.m. Dodds Park
July Monday 18 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 19 Business Meeting 7 - 9 p.m. TBA
July Friday 22 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 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
July 23 - 29 NARAM
National Association of Rocketry Annual Meet
Walnut Grove, MO
 
August 2016
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 2016
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 2016
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 2016
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 2016
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 2016
January Sunday 1 Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park


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