GENERAL LAUNCH INFO / RULES
Our launches are open to the public. In addition to our own members, others are welcome including non-members, spectators and TRA or NAR members. Persons under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
Since we are a prefecture of Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA), our launches follow the Tripoli Research Safety Code.
National Association of Rocketry (NAR) rules are observed as well, Model Rockets Safety Code and High Power Rocket Safety Code.
Any flier wishing to fly Level 1, 2 or 3 must have their current TRA or NAR membership card indicating their level.
Tripoli insurance is in effect during the launches.
Michiana Rocketry, TRA or NAR memberships are available at our launches.
Level 1 and Level 2 qualification for both TRA and NAR are available at our launches provided you inform us in advance. We must have proper paperwork and a qualified person on hand. Proper qualification is necessary to fly H motors and above.
The dirt in the area fields is very black and often has wet spots. Wear proper footwear and don't wear your best jeans.
Please pick up your trash and take it with you.
Please supervise your children.
Register for the day at the registration table.
EVERYONE that launches a rocket must fill in and sign a daily form. You will be asked to show your TRA or NAR card if flying Level 1, 2 or 3.
Prepare your rocket (without igniter) and bring it to the RSO (Range Safety Officer) for inspection.
Check with the LCO (Launch Control Officer), he will suggest the pad for your rocket.
Finish prep and igniter at the prep table and put your rocket on the proper pad.
Write the pad number on your flight card and give it to the LCO.
Wait for your flight to be announced.
For all certification flights, check with the Prefect before any launch procedure.
DAILY LAUNCH FEES
Children Under 18 Years of Age FREE
Adult Member Low Power G motors & smaller FREE
Adult Member High Power H motors and Above $10.00
Adult Non-Member Low Power G Motors & Smaller $5.00
Adult Non-Member High Power H Motors & Larger $15.00
Season launch pass (covers launch fees and does not include membership dues) $30.00
Membership extends from November 1 to October 31st Annual dues $20.00
Rocket Launches can be dangerous
By attending our launches all spectators, members, family, friends and absolutely anyone and everyone who attends our rocket launches agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Michiana Rocketry, all members and club officers, Tripoli Rocketry Association, the National Association of Rocketry, and the landowners from any liability during these rocket launches. This includes any bodily injury or even death that might incur. This also includes any and all damage to any vehicles which include cars, motorcycles, trucks, campers and/or damage to any personal property. If you attend any Michiana rocketry launches it is at your own risk, and you are personally solely assuming this risk by entering the launch field, road to launch field, and all related activities at our launches and you fully understand that Michiana Rocketry, members and club officers, and land owners are not able to assume any liability of any kind at the launches. If this is not agreeable do not attend the rocket launches.
MOTELS - Three Oaks Area
All the motels convenient to the Three Oaks launch field are just west of I-94 on or near Laporte Rd. at Exit 1. Exit 1 is the first exit south of your exit to Three Oaks.
Holiday Inn Express, 1500 Holiday Drive (just off Laporte Rd. and visable from I-94). 269-469-3436 or 1-800-465-4329
Best Western Plaza Hotel, 18800 Laporte Rd. 1-800-780-7234
Rodeway Inn, 18830 Laporte Rd.
Edgewood Motel, 18716 Laporte Rd. 269-469-3345
O'Briens Inn & Resort, 11539 O Brien Ct. 269-627-4364
DIRECTIONS TO THREE OAKS LAUNCH FIELD ( ALSO SEE MAP)
Traveling from North or South on I-94, take Exit 4 East toward Three Oaks/Niles.
Continue East past Three Oaks 2 miles, turn South on Avery Road, after about 1 miles, watch on your right for vehicles, porti potti, etc out in the corn fields.
Turn right on the farm road just before the drainage ditch.
If you're driving West on US 12, Avery Road is about 4 miles West of Galien.
GPS coordinates (driveway onto launch field) N 41o 46.615 W 086o 34.348- Altitude 700