AT filing for chapter 11 - consequences?

Howdy,
I don't know how Aerotech is going to fare with the news that got
announced on RO recently but I have to tell you that it's been close to 2
years here in Canada that mid-power motors (E/F/G) have been unavailable
from Aerotech and it's hurting our clubs alot.
In the case of the A3maQ (Quebec Rocketry club,
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it's decimated our membership since most of our members were flying E, F
and G rockets.
We've been squeaking along using Estes "D" clusters and Pro38 G motors
however there's a large number of members that have older 29mm rockets
that just can't be retrofited easily.
Is there any light at the end of this particular tunnel?
- Yves
Reply to
Richard
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Yes, but it's the headlight of an oncoming train.
Reply to
Ed
AT is still in production, and apparently is in no immediate danger of going out of business. So eventually you should be able to get more of their small motors.
Reply to
RayDunakin
Easy MakeYour Own! I do
Reply to
hmasmmb
Ray you are as clueless about regs and bankruptcy as everything else.
Aerotech is holding on by a THIN string. They have to focus all resources on domestic PRODUCTION before they can reenter foreign markets with their low volumes and high costs. Giving this guy hope is VERY LIKELY false hope.
If you are in Canada, graduate to HPR (G,H,I,J) and fly CTI.
Jerry
Reply to
Jerry Irvine
Sad but likely true. The #7 train.
Reply to
Jerry Irvine
Have taken it many times. From Main St. to Grand Central and Times Square.
Jerry Irv> >
Reply to
Gene Costanza
It's been my experience that when you've got customers crawling over each other to give you money and you can't take it, you're in serious trouble. I hope that Aerotech can pull this off. Certainly with some good management it can be done. But I'm not terribly optimistic. You are right on that they need to focus their production, both from a product and marketing standpoint. Right now they just need to get product on their retailer's shelves.
Reply to
Gwen and Jeff
That, sir is a GOAL at both TRA and NAR and not particularly an "emphasis" at other clubs either.
Jerry
Reply to
Jerry Irvine
Howdy,
Jerry wrote:
That's nice but unfortunately, as much as I love CTI motors (I'm level 2 Cert CAR and Level 1 TRA), most people in Canada fly low/mid power. It isn't everyone who can blow 30$CDN or more per flight on HPR motors. Also, it's alot more work to organise HPR launches than it is to get a monthly LPR launch done since there's alot of paperwork involved to do with transport canada to get an HPR launch off the ground.
In our club (a3maq), we're about 8 core members who do HPR. You can't really have a club and survive in our parts with that low number of flyers. We need low-power to make the club work.
I guess we'll have to make do. I hope a motor manufacturer (AMW/CTI) will consider going into the 24mm/29mm motor business.
Gwen and Jeff wrote:
Indeed.
- Yves
Reply to
Yves

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