You have been experiencing what I have seen for over 9 years now and it
works BOTH ways. Where I have been, ALL flyers were welcomed as you said,
regardless of what you fly. The only place I know of an implied continuing
conflict is here on rmr. I've never seen conflicts between HPR and model
rocket flyers, nor TRA / NAR members at the meets I've attended.
Everyone seems to enjoy it ALL and each other.
I've seen launches where they were organized in various ways, with specific
times of the day devoted to model rockets, then a time for HPR, then a time
for whoever is prepped. Personally, I like flying with people that fly all
types of rockets, large, small, NAR, TRA, no affiliation, I just like
flying. I like all types of rockets. I enjoy talking to all types of flyers.
For many reasons, I have been content flying model rockets for many years
but I really enjoy reading about and watching HPR. When the opportunity for
665 to have a Tripoli prefecture I was the one to make the motion we add it
to the club. Several others would have if I hadn't but the point is that I
want the club to be able to offer EVERYTHING rocketry has to offer from mini
motors to HPR including EX. We have members that are NAR, TRA & some are
both. All 3 state clubs want both. 665 is having it's first TRA EX launch in
3 weeks. Check our website for details.
We invite and want everyone to come fly with us.
Ditto, Dave. You have written my sentiments exactly. I joined TRA in
1998 at LDRS specifically so I could fly on EX day. After that, some
issues came to light and I was hesitant to "re-up" on top of having a
very tight budget for a few years. Now, I'm very pleased with the
direction the org is taking and I'll be TRA 7448 once again.
I'm planning on attending XPRS, but not BALLS this year. Maybe we'll
I agree with a lot of what you said here. I do think that the TRA had some
accountability problems in the past, but I also believe that the vast
majority of members don't really give a hoot. Guys are just out to fly and
have a good time, not to get wrapped up in politics.
I joined the NAR a couple of years ago. For me it was a money thing when I
chose an organization. The only reason I joined was for certification. At
the time, the TRA was 70.00, and the NAR was 47.00. So that sealed my
Now they cost about the same, so I might join the TRA when my NAR membership
My club came in to being as a TRA prefecture, and the vast majority of the
membership is TRA - with some holding dual memberships. My experience
is the same as yours. I was welcomed and have never once been ridiculed
I'm in the NAR and not the TRA. Like I already mentioned, most could give a
about the politics of it.
On Thu, 30 Jun 2005 16:36:52 -0700, David Erbas-White
I've decided to "take the plunge", as well. I paid via PayPal, and
emailed to ask about carrying my NAR certification over. I got a
prompt reply from HQ via email, and will be mailing a copy of my NAR
card in the morning.
I tried signing up for the TRA listserv via the instructions on the
TRA website. It'll be an interesting experiment to see whether it
works for me or not, given the troubles reported by others.
Like you, I decided to forego the opportunity to pay for missing
magazines. I'll keep my ER and Sprocketry magazines, and leave it at
- Rick "NAR and TRA and PRS -- Oh my!" Dickinson
Every parliament or congress worldwide should be equipped with a
hundred-pound chunk of sodium in the entrance foyer, such that any
As a quick follow up, I sent my application in by mail on Thursday, June
30. This morning (Tuesday, July 5th) I received a phone call asking for
a street address for delivery of my handbook, etc. (I give a PO Box for
most 'mail' things). Talk about fast service!!!
And as one final (hopefully!) follow-up, I received my membership
package (with my level 2 membership card!) today. I may have even
received it in time to vote -- I took my ballot, selected my candidates,
and mailed it in (handed it to the mailman), so if I'm lucky, it'll get
there in time for the balloting deadline.
There, I feel better already -- part of the process...
On Thu, 07 Jul 2005 17:13:29 -0700, David Erbas-White
It will. They extended the time for the ballots to get there. Not
sure if you are on the newslist. If you are, you've seen what a wacko
Art Applewhite is. Anyway anyone seeing him in action would have to
be nuts before they vote for him. I'd even vote for Jerry before I'd
vote for him.
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