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This page provides an archive of older news items. Current news items may be accessed on the News page. Newsletters from prior years may be accessed on the MTMA Flyer Archive page.


2012

On January 14, 2012, the annual section meeting was held at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library. A PDF copy of the meeting minutes may be found in the File Cabinet. The officers elected for 2012 were:
    Mark Recktenwald    President
Wolfram v.KiparskiSenior Advisor
Cornelius GouldVice President
Ted SchaetzleTreasurer
Michael NowakSecretary


2011

On January 8, 2011, the annual section meeting was held at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library. A PDF copy of the meeting minutes may be found in the File Cabinet. The officers elected for 2011 were:
    Mark Recktenwald    President
Ted SchaetzleSenior Advisor/Treasurer
Cornelius GouldVice President
Glenn KarrasSecretary


2010

On January 9, 2010, the annual section meeting was held at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library. A PDF copy of the meeting minutes may be found in the File Cabinet. The officers elected for 2010 were:
    Mark Recktenwald    President
Bruce LevisonSenior Advisor
Andrew KleinhenzVice President
Michael NowakSecretary
Ted SchaetzleTreasurer


2009

On March 4, 2009, a meeting was held with the City of Aurora Director of Parks and Recreation and officers of the Flying Aces of Aurora radio control aircraft club. At this meeting we discussed our activities at the Harmon Flying Field in 2008, requested an expansion to the parking area at the field, and coordinated a schedule of dates between the two clubs for 2009. A key point of discussion at this meeting was the exclusivity of each club's use of the field. MTMA will have primary access for club launches on the dates requested and listed on the Launches page. The Flying Aces of Aurora will have primary access for their club on the remaining dates. MTMA members who hold a current NAR membership may launch on other dates, between 10:00 am and dusk, provided that they coordinate their activities with any members of the Flying Aces of Aurora that may be using the field at that time. Members of the Flying Aces of Aurora are to be afforded the same courtesy on our dates. Any person not complying with the NAR Model Rocket Safety Code shall be personally liable to the City of Aurora for the result of their actions.

On March 1, 2009, five rocket competitions were announced for 2009. These competitions will be NAR-sanctioned meets. The dates of these meets and the events to be held at each are contained in the various Meet pop-up pages linked on the Launches page.

On February 28, 2009, MTMA registered the domain name www.mtmarocketry.org. Our web site is now accessible at http://www.mtmarocketry.org/ as well as through our old URL at x3fusion. Support for our old URL ensures that our site will be reachable in the future by those who have bookmarked our site and by those who click on links in old posts or on outside sites.

On February 28, 2009, eleven MTMA members participated in a build session at the Twinsburg Public Library to build rockets for the NARAM-51 Fly-It/Take-It event. Fourteen rockets were assembled, while several unbuilt kits were taken home for assembly by family members who could not attend. The finished rockets will be collected for shipping to NARTS in time for distribution to first-time fliers at this year's NARAM in Johnstown, PA.

During the February 28 build session, a few business items were discussed as a follow-up to items discussed at the section meeting three weeks earlier. The costs of establishing MTMA as a non-profit entity were discussed. With fees of at least $425, this will be deferred for the future. The cost of registering the domain name www.mtmarocketry.org and options for web hosting, including preserving the validity of our old URL were discussed. Revisions to the MTMA Bylaws were discussed. These will be sent out to all members via the MTMA e-mail list at Yahoo! Groups. A special meeting will be held at our next launch to vote on the revised Bylaws.

The 2009 section meeting was held on February 7, 2009, at the Twinsburg Public Library. We reviewed the club's membership and financial status; discussed the status of current launch sites, improvements to launch safety procedures, and changes in FAA regulations; discussed the club's inventory of ground support equipment; reviewed the club's activities in 2008; planned a launch schedule for 2009; elected officers for 2009; discussed changes to the club's bylaws; discussed plaque; discussed membership cards; discussed incorporation as a non-profit; discussed equipment needs for 2009; discussed nearby regional/national launches; discussed hosting competitions at the Harmon Flying Field; discussed options for domain name registration and web hosting for the club's web site; discussed the club newsletter; and discussed community outreach and publicity activities. A PDF copy of the meeting minutes may be found in the File Cabinet. The MTMA officers for 2009 were:
    Bruce LevisonPresident
Mark Recktenwald    V.P./Advisor
Daniel CutlipTreasurer
Michael NowakSecretary


2008

On April 1, 2008 (no joke!) MTMA member Bob Ferrante informed us of a field owned by the City of Aurora on Bartlett Road. It seems that Mr. Ray Harmon, a philanthropic farmer who was a descendant of one of the town fathers, left his farm to the City in his will. This land was only being used as a contract hay field with designs of possible contract farming in the future. Along with a group of radio control aircraft fliers, we met with the City of Aurora Director of Parks and Recreation and eventually were given a chance to make a formal request to the City of Aurora Parks and Recreation Board. A few meetings and a legal agreement later, and it was official, the MTMA had a new field! See the Harmon Flying Field page for more information and directions. What a great field and wonderful owner we are dealing with. They made us a drive and a parking lot. Closely mowed a range-head and pathway from the parking lot to the range-head, provided a porta-potty, and even plowed the snow for us before the Turkey Shoot launch in 2008. Here's looking forward to a long and friendly relationship with people who know what it means to SERVE someone!

On March 25, 2008, we were informed by our contact at the Summit County Fairgrounds that the area of land where we held our launches had been sold to Metro Parks Serving Summit County. Over the course of the following 30 days, we went through an intense process of meeting with the Munroe Falls Metro Park Supervisor, discussing our club's educational and community outreach activities, preparing an application for a special use permit to hold model rocket launches at the field (with appropriate supporting attachments), and filing an appeal when that application was rejected--all to no avail as our use was rejected. After nine years of flying at that site with no personal injury or property damage, and hundreds of Scouts and TARC team members helped, we get the boot. Metro Parks Serving who?

Seven members of the MTMA braved the cold and snow on Sunday, February 10, 2008, and met in the craft room at the Twinsburg Public Library to build rockets for the NARAM-50 "Fly-It/Take-It" event. We built 10 rockets with a few more kits going to homes to build. Estes "Vikings" were the kit du jour and variations of it were built as well as straight builds. The members took them home to paint and delivered them back to the club for shipping to NARTS prior to NARAM-50.

The 2008 section meeting was held on January 12, 2008, at the Twinsburg Public Library. We reviewed the club's membership and financial status, revised our club's range fee structure, discussed the club's inventory of ground support equipment and the status of current and new fields, planned a launch schedule for the year, discussed outreach and publicity activities, discussed last year's launches and special launches for 2008, and elected new officers. A PDF copy of the meeting minutes may be found in the File Cabinet.The MTMA officers for 2008 were:
    Bruce LevisonPresident
Mark Recktenwald    V.P./Advisor
Daniel CutlipTreasurer
Michael NowakSecretary

For 2008, annual membership dues remain $5. Members who have paid their annual dues get a reduction in range fees. Range fees are no longer "stepped" based on engine size. Member range fees are $1. Non-member range fees are $5. Dues and fees are all "per-family". Range fees are "once-per-day", not "once-per-flight".


2007

The 2007 section meeting was held on January 13, 2007, at the Twinsburg Public Library. We reviewed the club's membership and financial status, discussed the club's inventory of ground support equipment and the status of current and new fields, planned a launch schedule for the year, discussed outreach and publicity activities, discussed last year's launches and special launches for 2007, and elected new officers. A PDF copy of the meeting minutes may be found in the File Cabinet.The MTMA officers for 2007 were:
    Bruce LevisonPresident
Mark Recktenwald    V.P./Advisor
Jim HartmanTreasurer
Ben LevisonSecretary


2006

MTMA published its first newsletter, MTMA Flyer, on March 3, 2006. A recap of 2005 launch activities and other club news can be found in the newsletter. A color PDF copy of the MTMA Flyer (670 KB file) may be found in the File Cabinet.
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MTMA Flyer #1

The 2006 section meeting was held on January 14, 2006, at the Twinsburg Public Library. We reviewed the club's membership and financial status, discussed the status of current and new fields, planned a launch schedule for the year, discussed outreach and publicity activities, discussed contest launches, and elected new officers. Member Ben Levison gave us an update on the status of the launch pad that he is building for the club as his Eagle Project for Boy Scouts. A PDF copy of the meeting minutes may be found in the File Cabinet. The MTMA officers for 2006 were:
    Mark Recktenwald    President
Tod HiltyAdvisor
Jim HartmanTreasurer
Bruce LevisonSecretary


2005

On August 6, 2005, MTMA held its first launch of 2005 at the Summit County Fairgrounds (SCFG) field. A beautiful summer day was enjoyed by several old members, a handful of new members (including a local TARC team), and an "army" of Scouts (with friendly and helpful parents). A- through G-power flights were logged and a good time was had by all. It's great to be flying again!

On July 6, 2005, the Summit County Agricultural Society approved eleven additional launch weekends at the SCFG field. A PDF copy of the notification letter may be found in the File Cabinet.

On July 1, 2005, the new web home of MTMA on X3Fusion.com was announced to the membership and RMR. Our free domain name of nar606.tk was redirected to point to X3Fusion.

On June 22, 2005, our application for free web hosting at X3Fusion was accepted. All content from our temporary free hosting at atspace.com will be migrated to X3Fusion and some long-lost pages will be updated and brought back online.

On June 20, 2005, insurance certificates for MTMA and the SCFG field were received. PDF copies of the 2005 MTMA insurance certificate and SCFG insurance certificate may be found in the File Cabinet.

On June 16, 2005, the new Section Charter was received from the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). A PDF copy of the 2005 Charter certificate may be found in the File Cabinet.

On June 15, 2005, the Summit County Agricultural Society gave permission for one launch weekend at the SCFG field. We will receive notification of additional dates pending further approvals.

On June 10, 2005, an application was sent to the NAR for renewal of the MTMA Section Charter and payment for landowner insurance for our SCFG field. On that same date, a request was sent to the Summit County Agricultural Society for approval of our 2005 schedule of launch dates at SCFG. PDF copies of the section charter application and permission request letter may be found in the File Cabinet.

On June 4, 2005, a section meeting was held at the Twinsburg Public Library. Three members attended the meeting and two past officers were contacted by telephone during the meeting. We discussed the possibility of folding the group and merging with the Tri-City Sky Busters, but decided we would see what level of participation we would get at launches this year before calling it quits. Dues and range fees were kept the same, while contests and group projects were tabled pending more active participation at future events and meetings. A PDF copy of the meeting minutes may be found in the File Cabinet. The MTMA officers for 2005 were:
    Mark Recktenwald    President/Advisor
Jim HartmanTreasurer
Bruce LevisonSecretary

After a nearly-silent 2004, Mark and Bruce met at a Boy Scouts' Space Exploration Merit Badge Launch on May 21, 2005 and planned a meeting to re-start the MTMA as an active NAR section.

May 16, 2005 - MTMA turns 6 years old!

On May 7, 2005, pending Mark's ISP change, the MTMA's web pages (long a part of Mark's free personal space) were temporarily moved to the free hosting provider atspace.com. A free domain name of nar606.tk was set up with a redirection to our pages at atspace.


2004-2003

The Ohio Open Rocket Tournament - 2 was held on one or more dates between September 13 and November 22, 2003, at the Montville Township field. Click here for a listing of events.

The NEO Local Meet was held on July 26, 2003, at the Montville Township field. Click here for a listing of events and results.

On April 19, 2003, insurance certificates for MTMA and the Summit County Fairgrounds (SCFG) field were received.

On April 13, 2003, Wolf announced that we had been granted access to a field in Montville.

On April 6, 2003, at the annual section meeting Mark stepped down from the Treasurer postition (took year off for knee surgery). The members present decided to table elections for a later date. No later meeting was ever held. By default, the MTMA officers for 2003 (and 2004) were:
    Wolfram v.Kiparski    President/Treasurer
Tod HiltyAdvisor
Larry GraceffoVice President
Mike LefflerSecretary


2002

The Ohio Open Rocket Tournament was held on July 14, 2002 at SCFG. Click here for a listing of events and results.

The 2002 section meeting was held on April 7, 2002 in the KSU Student Center. We discussed a club High Power Rocket project, planned a launch schedule, and elected new officers. Jeff Sugden agreed to be the Chair for the HPR Project Committee. The meeting minutes have been posted to the MTMA group at Yahoo! Groups. The MTMA officers for 2002 were:
    Wolfram v.KiparskiPresident
Tod HiltyAdvisor
Larry GraceffoVice President
Mark Recktenwald    Treasurer
Mike LefflerSecretary


2001

On February 25, 2001, a section meeting and elections were held. We discussed a possible club project, elected new officers, established dues, planned a launch schedule, and created a new youth launch contest. The meeting minutes have been posted to the MTMA group at Yahoo! Groups. The MTMA officers for 2001 were:
    Tod HiltyPresident
Mark Recktenwald    Advisor
Larry GraceffoVice President
Chuck StrakaTreasurer
Mike LefflerSecretary


2000

On December 10, 2000, (MTMA #15) at the Pioneer Trail launch site, MTMA member David Waner made his Level 1 certification flight with his LOC IV on an Aerotech H128W.

On November 12, 2000, (MTMA #13) at the Pioneer Trail launch site, MTMA member Paul Bauer made his Level 1 certification flight with his LOC Expeditor on an Aerotech H128W-S.

On October 22, 2000, (MTMA #11) at the Summit County Fairgrounds, MTMA member Mike Leffler made his Level 1 certification flight with his PML Small Endeavour on an Aerotech H128W-S.

On September 20, 2000, the MTMA e-mail distribution list was moved to an automated system hosted by eGroups (now Yahoo! Groups). Click here to check out the MTMA group at Yahoo! Groups.

On July 30, 2000, (MTMA #9) at the Pioneer Trail launch site, new MTMA member Tim Zellers made his Level 1 certification flight with his LOC IV on an Aerotech H180W.

On June 16, 2000, (MTMA #8) at the Summit County Fairgrounds, MTMA member Mark Recktenwald made his Level 1 certification flight with his scratch CR4 on an Aerotech H97J-S reload in a Dr. Rockets 29/240 RMS casing. Photos from that flight can be accessed on Mark's CR4 Photo Album page.

MTMA held it's first launch as an official NAR Section on Sunday, April 30, 2000. This was also the first launch at our new Pioneer Trail site in Mantua Township, an as-yet unplanted farm field. The weather was excellent, summer-like and not too windy. A lot of great people showed up with a lot of great rockets for a great launch!

At our first bi-monthly meeting on March 27, 2000, the proposed MTMA Bylaws were ratified unanimously. Additional Section officers were chosen to round out the slate. The full list of officers was:
    Tod HiltyPresident
Randy MillerAdvisor
Chuck StrakaV.P./Secretary
Mark Recktenwald    V.P./Secretary
Stan MikushTreasurer

At an organizational meeting on March 13, 2000, we decided to hold bimonthly section meetings on the last Monday of odd-numbered months (JAN=1, MAR=3, etc.). It was also decided to hold monthly launches on the second Sunday of each month with rain dates of the fourth Sunday of each month. A less-frequent schedule for the winter months will be discussed at a future meeting. This schedule was chosen specifically to alternate with the Tri-City Sky Busters' launch dates of the first and third weekends of each month.

On February 29, 2000, The MTMA received notice from the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) that the MTMA has been chartered as NAR Section #606.

On January 26, 2000, The MTMA sent an application to the NAR for the Charter of MTMA as a NAR Section.

On January 23, 2000, (MTMA #6) at the Summit County Fairgrounds, MTMA member Dan Ledenican made his Level 1 certification flight with his PML Ariel on an H73J.


1999

On November 28, 1999, (MTMA #5) at the Summit County Fairgrounds, MTMA member Randy Miller made his Level 1 certification flight with his Minie Magg on an H128.

The Mantua Township Missile Agency (MTMA) was formed in the Spring of 1999, from a collection of rocketeers who met through the Usenet Newsgroup rec.models.rockets (RMR). Many of us post there on a regular basis. Our first launch was held on May 16, 1999, at a former sod farm in Mantua Township, Ohio. Old launch reports, announcements, and other "nonsensical bs [sic] that . . . does not pertain to anything of importance" can be found on RMR with the acronym "MTMA" in the subject header. Expired posts can be retrieved by performing a search on Google. The text of old launch reports can also be accessed on Mark's Launch Reports page.


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