15th March 2017, 01:15 PM
Rocketry in Slovakia
We will be in Slovakia this summer and are wondering if there is any model rocket activity there. If not, perhaps in Vienna or in the Czech Republic? This post has nothing to do with the UK but it seems this is the only forum about Europe.
15th March 2017, 02:36 PM
WSMC 2012 was there. Several of the Internats competitors should be able to PM you contact info.
15th March 2017, 02:49 PM
I'm curious, why will you be in Slovakia?
My wife and I passed through Slovakia 11 years ago on a visit to five eastern European countries. Beautiful country, but it wasn't very tourist friendly. I distinctly remember visiting this very scenic village (reminded me of Bavaria) with these beautiful one, two and three story rustic buildings. Then on the edge of town were half a dozen hideous fifteen story concrete apartment buildings of Soviet design. Godawful things that looked like they sucked the life out of anyone who lived in them.
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15th March 2017, 07:46 PM
I lived there for 6 years, my wife is Slovak, we still have a house there, and it is really nice there, we go every summer. More tourist friendly now than it was 11 years ago. And yes, almost every town of any size everywhere behind the former Iron Curtain has those disgusting Soviet-style blocks of flats. In Bratislava they are right across the Danube from the historic city center.
I googled WSMC 2012 and there's a lot of info about the competition but not a word about the Slovaks who organized the event, or any mention of Slovak clubs. If anyone has any info, please advise, via PM or otherwise.
18th March 2017, 11:08 PM
I attended the 2012 WSMC, and here's their contact site http://www.sna.sk/
18th March 2017, 11:54 PM
Thanks for the link! Do they do any rocketry? SNA is the Slovak National Aeroclub, look like they are focused on model airplanes rather than rockets. Do you have the names of any individuals interested in rocketry?
19th March 2017, 12:42 AM
I'm sorry, I don't have any names. When we were there they had elaborate opening and closing ceremonies where they introduced a lot of people. However, that website is for what is considered their National Airsport Control organization which coordinates all activities with FAI. So they'll be able to direct you to the proper person because all FAI rocketry activities will go through their group.
19th March 2017, 01:23 AM
OK, thanks, I'll check with those people.
19th March 2017, 05:23 PM
There are two World Cup events scheduled to be held in Slovakia this year listed on the FAI calendar at:
2017 Prievidza Cup
12 May to 14 May 2017
2017 Andritz Space cup
Kamenica nad Cirochou, Slovakia
09 Jun to 11 Jun 2017
Here's another website that may be helpful:
19th March 2017, 06:49 PM
Thanks, that's news, I'll be there for the June event. Looks like the hobby is organized differently in Europe, the FAI encompasses both rockets and airplanes. Here in the USA, rocketeers don't have much contact with the RC airplane people. Just out of curiosity, under which FAI sport category is rocketry? The website lists:
19th March 2017, 07:50 PM
Spacemodeling is found under the "OUR SPORTS" dropdown.
Originally Posted by billdz
20th March 2017, 01:19 AM
Got it, thanks. I've been checking the websites of shops in Slovakia, Czech, and Austria, but I've only seen listings for A-F engines. Where are high power motors sold? Is a USA certification acceptable to purchase and fly high power rockets?
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