This calendar may be subject to change. Events may be added, deleted or changed as the year progresses. Before attending any event listed here, contact Greg Smith, Director of Operations, at 217-840-1678, or through email to operations@ciarocketry.org

Special Notice
Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak we may be cancelling some of our events. We will try to keep the web site up-to-date on this, but if you have any doubts contact Greg Smith, Director of Operations, at 217-840-1678, or through email to operations@ciarocketry.org.

General Schedule Meeting Topics Special Events Contests Complete Schedule
January February March April May June July August September October November December


General Schedule

Regularly scheduled events will be held each month as follows:
First Tuesday
Membership meeting at the Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St. in downtown Champaign or occasional special events elsewhere.
We generally have a presentation or particular topic planned for these meetings. However, there is always plenty of time for discussion of any and all rocketry topics.

Third Tuesday
CIA business meeting will be held at Papa Del's Pizza, 1201 S. Neil St., Champaign and Hickory River Smokehouse, 1706 N. Cunningham Ave, Urbana on alternating months.
Occasionally we will meet at various other restaurants around C-U. Locations will be announced on the email list.

Second & Fourth Saturdays
Rocket launch at Dodds Park. Rockets are limited to 4000' MSL (~3250' AGL) altitude and "H" motor impulse by FAA waiver and site dimension restrictions. In late fall and early spring we will hold some of our launches at our alternate high-power sites at the Rantoul Aviation Center and near Forsyth, Illinois. At these sites we have a waiver to 10,000 feet. Contact our Director of Operations, Greg Smith, at operations@ciarocketry.org if you plan to fly motors of "L" impulse or greater.
Until the COVID pandemic has cleared we will be following Special Rules to allow us to fly and still keep everyone safe.

Launch Times
The times listed for most of our launches are "Noon - 6 p.m." This generally means we will meet around noon to set up and flying will commence around 1. However, when there is soccer in the park in the morning we may have to wait until they have finished before setting up.

The ending time will depend on a number of factors. We can often fly until dark, so we sometimes stay later than 6, and sometimes we have to end earlier than that, depending on the time of the year.

These dates may vary depending on holidays and various other schedule conflicts.

There are often other events added, such as a "bad movie night" at a member's home, or a rocket build-and-fly workshop. To receive announcements of launches, meetings and other CIA activities subscribe to the CIA email list. Find out about the list and subscribe here. Contact cia-list-owner@ciarocketry.org if you have any trouble with the list.


2021 Meeting Topics

We have scheduled topics for the monthly meetings this year. However we are always looking for ideas as topics of future meetings.

Our meetings will be held on Zoom until further notice
January Tuesday 5 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: TBA
This meeting will be held on Zoom
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
February Tuesday 2 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: TBA
This meeting will be held on Zoom
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
March Tuesday 2 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Annual Election and TBA
This meeting will be held on Zoom
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
April Tuesday 6 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: TBA
This meeting will be held on Zoom
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
May Tuesday 4 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Introduction to model rocketry for new members and anyone who is interested.
New board members take office.
We hope that conditions will be such that we can safely hold this meeting in person. However, depending on the situation with COVID restrictions at the time the meeting is scheduled we may be forced to make it a virtual meeting on Zoom. In either case we will need to have everyone register with the park district in advance. If the meeting is held in person we may have a limit to how many can attend. If it is held online then we will need to get the details to everyone so they can participate on Zoom.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
June Tuesday 1 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: GARLO Prep
This meeting may be held on Zoom, depending on conditions
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
July Tuesday 6 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: TBA
This meeting may be held on Zoom, depending on conditions
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
August Tuesday 3 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Introduction to Medium and High Power Rocketry
We hope that conditions will be such that we can safely hold this meeting in person. However, depending on the situation with COVID restrictions at the time the meeting is scheduled we may be forced to make it a virtual meeting on Zoom. In either case we may need to have everyone register with the park district in advance. If the meeting is held in person we may have a limit to how many can attend. If it is held online then we will need to get the details to everyone so they can participate on Zoom.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
September Tuesday 7 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: TBA
This meeting may be held on Zoom, depending on conditions
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
October Tuesday 5 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Our annual swap meet. Bring your surplus rocket related equipment and supplies to buy, sell and trade with other members.
This meeting may be held on Zoom, depending on conditions
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
November Tuesday 2 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: High power rocketry beyond Level I
This meeting may be held on Zoom, depending on conditions
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
December Tuesday 7 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Annual Wrapup, Rocket nostalgia and "Tall Tales". Bring stories and artifacts to share.
This meeting may be held on Zoom, depending on conditions
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center


2021 Special Events

January Friday 1 New Year Rocket Launch Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
May Tuesday 5 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Introduction to model rocketry for new members and anyone who is interested.
We hope that conditions will be such that we can safely hold this meeting in person. However, depending on the situation with COVID restrictions at the time the meeting is scheduled we may be forced to make it a virtual meeting on Zoom. In either case we will need to have everyone register with the park district in advance. If the meeting is held in person we may have a limit to how many can attend. If it is held online then we will need to get the details to everyone so they can participate on Zoom.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
May Saturday 9 Build & Fly Workshop
Fee $24, call 398-2550 to register.
We hope that conditions will be such that we can safely hold this workshop in person. However, depending on the situation with COVID restrictions at the time the workshop is scheduled we may be forced to cancel it. In any case we will probably need to limit the number of participants and everyone will need to register with the park district in advance so we will know how many will be there. We probably won't be able to have people register at the door on the day of the workshop.
9 - 11 a.m. Leonhard Center
June Saturday 26 GARLO 2021
Theme: 2021 Vision
All-day rocket launch, followed by an awards ceremony/potluck picnic.
Rain date: Saturday, July 10
Special Contests:
Best Recovery Method
Best Mars Lander

Until the COVID pandemic has cleared we will be following Special Rules to allow us to fly and still keep everyone safe.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dodds Park
July Friday 30 The CIA will demonstrate rockets for kids from the Champaign Park District Summer Camp
(set up starting at noon)
1 - 2 p.m. Dodds Park
August Tuesday 3 Membership Meeting
Meeting Topic: Introduction to Medium and High Power Rocketry
We hope that conditions will be such that we can safely hold this meeting in person. However, depending on the situation with COVID restrictions at the time the meeting is scheduled we may be forced to make it a virtual meeting on Zoom. In either case we may need to have everyone register with the park district in advance. If the meeting is held in person we may have a limit to how many can attend. If it is held online then we will need to get the details to everyone so they can participate on Zoom.
7 - 9 p.m. Springer Center
August Saturday 28 Rocket Launch
Annual Nostalgia Launch featuring rockets and launch equipment more than 30 years old. Dig out those old rockets and get them flying again.

Until the COVID pandemic has cleared we will be following Special Rules to allow us to fly and still keep everyone safe.

Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
September Saturday 11 Rocket Launch
Followed by night launching of rockets equipped with lights, beepers, etc.

Until the COVID pandemic has cleared we will be following Special Rules to allow us to fly and still keep everyone safe.

Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park
October Saturday 2 Heartland Maker Fest
This event was cancelled in 2020. They hope to reschedule it in 2021.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana


2021 Contests

The NAR has changed the way they organize and run contests. We had decided to give a try at holding a contest in 2020, but it ended up being cancelled. We will try again at some point in the future.

We hope to hold some NAR competitions each year. The dates listed are the first dates we will try to hold these events. If the launch is cancelled, due to bad weather for example, then we will attempt to hold the contest at the next scheduled launch. If a contest gets postponed too many times we may have to cancel it.

Basic information about competition can be found at NAR Rocketry Competition.

For a quick overview of the different events for beginners check out the document Competition for Casual Competitor (PDF - 155 KB)

Details of the contest events can be found in the NAR U.S. Model Rocket Sporting Code (AKA "Pink Book").

May Saturday 23 Rocket Launch
CIA Section Meet: Illinois Missile Crisis
In addition to the usual sport launches of the day there will be the following contest events.
1/2A Boost Glider Duration
1/2A Streamer Duration
1/2A Altitude (Altimeter)
B Payload Altitude (Altimeter)
This launch has been cancelled
Noon - 6 p.m. Dodds Park


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