The Next Scheduled Launch is CATO 251

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Saturday November 18, 2017

  Punkin Chunkin Contest!  
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White's Field, Durham CT

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That's Right! It's the Annual CATO Punkin Chunkin Contest

Get your Punkin Chunkin rocket ready now! The rules are simple ...
We will supply some small pumpkins, they will fit in a four inch body tube.
Launch it any way you want. The longest in the air, that is returned to the RSO table undamaged, wins.
What do you win?? Well let me tell ya ... You get to say you won. There is even a small (very small) possibility that others will grovel at your feet while chanting "all hail the Great Punkin".


Picture of the Month for October 2017
Your faithful webmaster flew this LOC Big Cletus. As you can see, I got the 'UP' part right. Sadly, the 'DOWN' part proved more of a challenge. The chute did not deploy and the rocket is now lots and lots of itty bitty pieces :-(
Ready for L1   There is goes!
Video of the Month for September 2017
Al's got a new toy! It a drone, and Al shot video of our September launch as he got used to the drone's control.
Next, an ealier video where Al stuck a camera to the TOP of a launch pad so we can see the rocket as it launches.
CATO Announces Price Reduction for Pre-Paid Launch Fees!!

You read that right, the membership decided at the annual meeting to reduce the pre-paid launch fee rate to $60 (in addition to your membershp fee). Pre-paid launch fees were previously $100. So you get $40 to buy more motors with.. woo hoo!!

Membership dues remain $20 for an individual and $25 for a family. Launch fees, when paid at the launch, remain $10 for members, and $15 for non-members. Of course, kids flying low power rockets never pay lauch fees.

And (hint, hint!) ... it is 2017 and time to renew you membership.

CATO Announces 2017 Officers
  • President: Eric Henderson
  • Vice President: Brad Oestreicher
  • Treasurer: Ray DiPaola
  • Secretary: Karen Gloer
  • TRA Prefect: Sean Hogan
  • NAR Section Advisor: Al Gloer
  • Director at Large: Ross Tracey
  • Director at Large: Dave Cannell
Punkin Chunkin Winners 2016!!

Al Gloer was kind enough to file this report on the Punkin Chunkin contest ...

We had our annual Punkin Chunkin at the last launch. Multiple eager participants showed up and there were all and sundry Rube Goldberg ideas marched up to the LCO (who was, for some reason, in a suit of armor). Several flights less than 20 seconds resulted pumpkin pie filling. There were successful flights from 2-5 minutes. At first it looked like Eric was going to win with a bit over two minutes and then Rick stepped up with an impressive flight of over four minutes. Sadly Rick was not able to recover his gourd (the parachute was later found). In a surprising move from the outfield, Al Gloer stepped up with a half of a quarter scale Patriot [editor's note: What the heck is a half of a quarter scale Patroit?] and pulled off about three minutes. Of course Al had to tree the air frame so we are going to call it a draw this year, if you were out of your gourd enough to fly a gourd, you were part of a fun and winning event.

Next year we will try to keep better score.

Congratulations to Jack Sweeney On His L1 Cert!
Jack successfully flew his rocket named 'J Bar 1' on an H123W motor to earn his Level 1 certification. Being a particularly brave soul, Jack participated in the Punkin Chunkin contest by flying a pumpkin in his L1 flight!
Ready for L1   There is goes!
Picture of the Month for September 2015
Dan Nocera rejoined CATO after a several year hiatus and brought along some extra help.
Ready to fly
Dan and his daughter flew this beautiful Mega Der Red Max on a G80T.
Der Red Max
Picture of the Month for June 2015
Congratulations to Karen Gloer on a successful L2 certification flight! On May 23, Karen flew a 5 inch Jart on a J350W motor at the National Sport Launch in Orangeburg, SC.
Karen Gloer's L2 Flight
Picture of the Month for September 2014
Edward Lakatos flew this amazing scratch built foam rocket on two G40W motors. Edward's rocket is ten feet tall but only weighed 36 oz on the pad!
Scratch built foam rocket
Picture(s) of the Month for June 2014
Special Edition : CATO Cert Flights
We had one Level 1 certification at the June CATO launch, and three CATO members flew certification flights at URRF 2 in Potter, NY. (What, you weren't at URRF? You missed great weather and a 23500 ft ceiling!)
Congratulations to all who certified and who now qualify to spend evern more money on motors.
Richard Haufman flew his Wildman Jr on an H152BS to earn his L1 at the June CATO launch.
Wildman Jr on an H152BS
Christian Manasoiu earned his L3 at URRF with his scratch built Patriot.
Christian L3
Brad Oestreicher flew his Nike Smoke on an M1297W to earn his L3 at URRF.
Nike Smoke on an M1297W
Jeanne Hogan flew a rocket named "Autism Speaks" on a J335RL to earn her L2 at URRF.
(Jeanne Hogan and 'Autism Speaks')
Picture of the Month for April 2014
(OK ... It's really a video)
This amazing video is submitted by our illustrious president, taken from his Formula 54 flying on a CTI G88SS.
Now, there are plenty of rocket videos. What makes this one truly amazing it that it is Al's rocket, and it didn't blow up, crash, or burst into flames for no apparent reason at all!
Awesome Pic from CATO 207
First time visitor (and photographer) Roy took this picture at our March launch. Thanks Roy!
Sparky motor from CATO 207