The next launch will be held on 20 February. Based on responses to the recent survey indicating a preference for the 20th, the launch has been officially rescheduled to 20 February.
Volunteer organizations rely on a few people to provide the impetus to manage their programs. So to, NOVAAR relies on volunteers to run the organization, but when the task is providing safe management of large rocket launches the manpower requirement expands beyond the a few people. Without additional assistance that can lead to key volunteer overload. As the largest NAR section we should not accept being in that position. But to fix it we need all members to become invested in providing some assistance and buy into the deal: IF YOU FLY, YOU ALSO WORK RANGE CREW AND IF YOU WORK RANGE CREW IT IS ONLY FOR AN HOUR. If everyone shares the load the efforts required of any one individual are minimized. By expanding range crew opportunities and the educational opportunities they present, we increase the level of launch safety across a wider group of people. Better safety practices are always in demand. Also, there is an element of fairness involved; everyone needs to pitch in.
To improve range crew participation we instituted an online range crew signup list as a trial run in December. The trials in December and January were very successful.. Therefore, we will implement this system for all follow on launches The link will be posted in the Secretary's launch announcement message. If you are coming to the launch, you need to sign up.
NOVAAR follows the Fairfax County Schools in determining if a meeting will be cancelled because of inclement weather. If schools are closed, there is no meeting. Schedule adjustments for other events like launches or build sessions will be announced separately. Launch status will be posted by 8 pm the evening before each launch.
We are the Northern Virginia Association of Rocketry (NOVAAR)
Section 205 of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR)
We Fly Rockets
Launch status will be announced by 8 pm on the Friday before a launch.
- Do you enjoy building and flying rockets?
- Need a good site to fly let alone, launch those big birds?
- Interested in model rocket competition awards or earning achievement awards for flying?
- Interested in rocket science projects?
If you enjoy model rocketry, you are invited to join the Northern Virginia Association of Rocketry. NOVAAR is the public model rocket club in Northern Virginia, and is a chartered section of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). We're one of the most active model rocket clubs in the U.S., with a 40 year history of success, safety and fun in the hobby of model rocketry.
NOVAAR holds meetings once a month. We meet the first Tuesday from 7:00 pm to 8:30 at the Braddock District Government Office. The center is in North Springfield, two miles outside the Beltway (I495) at the intersection of Burke Lake Road and Rolling Road. For a map click here. Come visit a meeting and see why model rocketry would be more fun if you belonged to NOVAAR.
- Free flights at our monthly rocket launch throughout the year including contests, sport fun flying and demonstrations. Non-members pay $1 per flight.
- Assistance with achieving advanced high-power rocketry certification.
- Use of club's permit-approved, launch site with model rocket and high power launching equipment and a 4500 ft waiver equipment.
- Full access to the club website covering club activities plus articles on design and technical subjects.
- Participation in rocket building sessions hosted by experts.
- Regular monthly meetings which include an instructional or demonstration session.
- novaar.org e-mail addresses.
- novaar.org Bulletin Board.
- novaar.org Chat
- access to upload pictures to novaar.org Gallery 2
- access to novaar.org member only pages.
NOVAAR Officers and Coordinators
- President: Joe Woodford
- Secretary: Jonathan Rains
- Treasurer: Frank Prekel
- Senior Advisor: John Hochheimer
- High Power Coordinator: Mitch Guess
- Scouting and Group Coordinator: Carl Curling
- Webmaster: Dan Winings