Rocketry in BC

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  1. Jul 8, 2018 #1

    gwh

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    Is anybody out here?

    The BC Rocket Club doesn't look like they have been active for several years judging by their Facebook page.
    Coast Rocketry looks like they are shut down.

    Anyone in the province flying?
     
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    Not sure what is going on in BC, but I believe there is something going on in Alberta. Better yet 16ish hours to the south of you is one of the premiere rocket pastures in the world, Black Rock...now that is worth the drive.
     
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    Indeed, the BCRC is no longer active. On Facebook, I saw launch photos by the Fraser Valley Rocket Club.
    I am not aware of their current status. I believe that to be the remaining members of the BCRC plus or minus some members.

    My most recent launch was in Alberta. I went to rock Lake last year. There has been some activity in the Cranbrook, BC area.
    A couple years ago, I flew with a couple guys on Vancouver Island but one fellow moved out East and I haven't heard anything since.

    Launch sites are hard to find out here. (As anywhere I suppose)
     
  4. Jul 10, 2018 #4

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    Thanks, I hadn't heard of the Fraser Valley or Cranbrook clubs before, they both have active Facebook pages at least.

    Living in the desert interior and with lots of ranch land around (if I can ask the owner) it's not terrible where I am for low and mid-power, but anything more is out of the question.
     
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    Hey where in the interior are you?

    im in Kelowna and still looking for a spot to fly. maybe early summer or into September is a good time to fly around here.

    I had a spot a few years ago outside Kamloops that I was flying. Had permission to be on the ranch land

    50°33'54.20" N 120°04'46.22" W



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    I am in Kamloops. Looks like a great spot!

    Hoping to see the fire ban lifted before too long.
     
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    Still on the South Vancouver Island and we’ll be launching again this fall with school groups.
     
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    Hello!
    Whereabouts are you? Looking for folks to fly with. I am in Victoria.
     
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    im on the island aswell, in Port Alberni if anybody is in the area
     
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    Kelowna, Kamloops, Victoria, Port Alberni and Vancouver. I have fond memories of a trip that took me through all those back in winter of '91. Nice place Canada. I skied 19 mountains over 10 weeks, including a ski instructor course at Blackcomb for five weeks. Didn't see any rockets, and wasn't into rockets then ;).
     
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    New to the forum here and have not even built my first rocket yet but I have seen an active Cranbrook club as well as Fraser Valley.

    Cheers from Kamloops
     
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    Hey! I live in Kamloops too, and occasionally launch rockets.
    Have you heard of Kamloops Makerspace? I do all my build work there. 3D printer + laser cutter = rocketeers dream
     
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    I'm living in Kelowna now but not far away. I have not heard of makerspace. Where is it?
     
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    Not in BC of course but there are excellent rocket launches in Washington state. Though, I'm not sure what crossing the border with rocketry gear would entail.
     
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    It's downtown Kamloops at 207 Victoria Street West, the website has more info as well as community forums with more information: http://kamloopsmakerspace.com/
     
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    I have done it through Peace Arch crossing with gear, but no motors. Did not have a problem at all, even with a 5 foot long ARCAS in the back seat plainly visible!
     
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    We should get together in the summer sometime. I'd enjoy checking out maker space in Kamloops!
     
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    For sure! Shoot me a message if you're coming through. I might make it out to Rock Lake also.
     
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    I am on the Island as well, I am certainly interested in flying model and mid power as is my son and grandson who also live here. I am in Mill Bay. Are there places to fly in Port Alberni or close? I would be will to travel up Island, Port Alberni, Campbell River etc, if a flying space can be found.
     
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    there is definately loads of space for low power but mid power is a lil more sparse but i have a friend of a friend who might be willing to let us use his farm for mid power so if it works and he is willing to let us use it i will post about it
     
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    I realize it's fire hazard season but any word on a place to fly? Hopefully in the fall!!
     
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    shouldn't be an issue. We have US and Canadian teams coming and going all the time.
     
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    Yes but not with HP motors, igniters and BP.

    At least from Canada to the US and back again. I can't recall the rule but it is something along the lines of, you can bring up to three E, F or G motors back into Canada.

    I believe it was recently posted a Canadian thread somewhere, if not someone will likely provide the exact details.
     
  24. Jul 20, 2019 at 1:34 AM #24

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    True. Without an explosives permit you cannot bring back any quantity of F or higher. Then on the US you need BATFE export papers.
     

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