Announcing the 2016 CATO Scratch Build Contest Challenge
Brian Goodrich came across a bunch of 3" X 24" tubes that were being thrown
away. Well, what do we do when we find spare cardboard tubes? Turn them
into rockets, of course!
Brian is running the 2016 CATO Scratch Build Contest Challenge. Participating
is easy. Just get a tube from Brian and turn it into a rocket. All contest
rockets will be flown at the July launch. Highest altitude (within our field
restrictions) wins. We will also choose a winner in the 'Most Creative/Coolest'
- Rocket must be scratch built from one of Brian's 3" X 24" tubes
- Rocket must stay within field restrictions (i.e., no high power flights over 2000ft)
- Rocket must be returned, in flyable condition, to the RSO table after flight
- Rocket must fly with some kind of altimeter for proof of altitude
Brian will have the required tubes at upcoming launches. Contact Brian at
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
CATO Announces 2016 Officers
- President: Brad Oestreicher
- Vice President: Eric Henderson
- 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
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!
Picture of the Month for September 2015
Dan Nocera rejoined CATO after a several year hiatus and brought along some extra help.
Dan and his daughter flew this beautiful Mega Der Red Max on a G80T.
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.
Sad News from CMASS
The rocketry community suffered a great loss when Bill Spadafora passed away suddenly
on May 22. Bill was a real gentleman and was an avid proponent of rocketry as a teaching
tool, participating in both local and national TARC and SLI launches. Bill was an unwavering
supporter of the mission of the NAR, president of CMASS and an all around great guy. He
offered his time at many rocketry events across the country. He assisted many other clubs
that were just getting started and built ground support equipment when he saw a need,
asking for nothing in return. He will be missed by all that knew him. The board and
membership of CATO would like to extend their condolences to the Spadafora family as
well as his extended CMASS and MMMSC families
Picture of the Month for March 2015
Boy, are these pictures sad! This is why the March launch was cancelled.
First, we have to get our trailer unstuck from that pile of snow, and
then we would be flying on this field. See everyone in April!
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!
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.
Christian Manasoiu earned his L3 at URRF with his scratch built Patriot.
Brad Oestreicher flew his Nike Smoke on an M1297W to earn his L3 at URRF.
Jeanne Hogan flew a rocket named "Autism Speaks" on a J335RL to earn her L2 at URRF.
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!