SOD BLASTER 2018
This will be our first Labor Day launch and is being hosted by both the Tri-Cities Rocketeers and the Oregon Rocketry Club. It will be held at the Heinen Sod farm approximately 10 miles north of Pasco, WA. Please see our web page (www.tricitiesrocketeers.org) for launch site directions. This site provides the safest place to fly in the Northwest during what is usually a time of high fire danger. We offer dry camping on-site and have many lodging and restaurant locations within a 20 minute drive from the site.
What: Commercial motors, and EX motors Friday and Monday only for TRA members. We are not impulse limited, only altitude limited. We have received our Tripoli Prefecture certification will conduct Friday and Monday as Tripoli launch days.
When: We will be flying from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Monday, with our standard waiver of 9300’ AGL. After 6:00 pm, we will fly under FAR-101 rules. Night launches are weather dependent each night and are FAR-101 only.
Fees: Tri-Cities Rocketeer members fly for free (you are always welcome to join). Non-members cost is $20 for the weekend.
Registration: You must check in and pick up a nametag at our registration table before you will be able to fly.
Camping: Our launch site parking coordinator will be on site by 1:00 pm on Thursday to help organize parking. If you arrive before then, please do not set up camp, or be prepared to move. We have to leave access for the landowner until Friday afternoon, and row things in to leave room for everyone.
Liability Waiver: All fliers and spectators must have a signed waiver on file with us. If you haven’t flown with us before, you can download the form from our website or fill out a waiver at the launch.
Volunteering: We need your help to run this launch. We will keep a signup board at the LCO table and some slots will be open each day that are not covered. We run 1 hour shifts for LCO duty, and if no one signs up for the open slots, we don’t launch for that hour. Makes it really simple.
Raffle: Again for September we will be having a raffle. We have rocket kits and many other really nice prizes donated by vendors from all over the country. The raffle will be held Saturday after the BBQ and you must be present to win. If you have goods you would like to donate, by all means please do so. Every dollar goes towards upgrading our GSE and improving your flying experience.
Apparel: Official Sod Blaster 2018 apparel is now available for pre-order. These are sure to be hot items so don’t miss out! Bonnie Rosco has set up a website so that you can pre-order and arrange for payment. Go to:
You can pick up your order at the launch, and we will have a very limited number of extra T-shirts and hats for sale too.
BBQ: Like last year, we will be hosting a most excellent barbeque Saturday at 6:30 pm. This year we will be serving pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, corn on the cob, and baked beans. If you want, please bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share.
Vendors: Bob Grossfeld of Sun River Nature Center is planning on attending Friday and Saturday for all of your rocketry needs. We will have other vendors there as well selling kits and other items.
Contests: We will be holding egg lofting and sparky motor contests. See our Contest page for details.