ALKAY Airport (previosly known as Cagney)
The following procedures and policies are intended to help you
enjoy the launch and maintain a safe environment

  • General Info
    Team,-1 has a NEW launch site just north of Flint, and west of Clio Michigan at the ALKAY Airport (old name is Cagney).  It's not as huge as other fields we have but we'll still have fun there. We'll have a 5000ft standing waiver and perhaps call in's for flights to 9000ft.  It's a small, yet active airport, so ther may be an occasional Airplane landing that we'll need to watch out for 

    Location: Alkay airport is located just 25 minutes north west of FLINT Michigan .   The site itself a small Airport with hangers we can use to get out of the wind, sun and store the equipment in

    Description: The area is a grass Airport and we will have pretty open use to it. AS WITH THE SHARED AIRSPACE, WE WILL NEED TO YEILD TO AIRPLANES THAT MAY WANT TO LAND!!! We don't have "exclusive" use to the airport. But few if any flights come in for the day.   It is also just south of the BIRCH RUN Outlet center. So the Wife can drop you off and go shopping (and make it a couples day!)
    Weather: Local weather for Clio.
    Check out the Windcast too.
    Accommodations: There are several hotels nearby in the city of Clio (4 miles east), Mount Morris (6 miles South East), Birch Run (6 miles North) or Frankenmouth (about 9 miles north)

    Site Info
    Sanctioning: This is a MICHIGAN TEAM-1 sponsored launch with Tripoli insurance in effect. There is no alcohol allowed on site. You will be asked to leave if you are drinking.
    Keep it clean! There are many trash cans around. Please help keep the area clean (even if the trash you pick up is not your own). Please help by picking up any igniter wires around the pads.
    Waiver:5,000 ft. AGL.
    Launch Fee: Team-1 Members:
    • $10 per day
    • $5 per day for low power
    • Kids fly free
    • $15 for one day
    • $25 for two days
    • $35 for three days
    • $5 per day for low power
    • Kids fly free
    Vendors: TBD 

    Upon Arrival
    • At the entrance to the Airport there is a Parking lot. I think we will be parking there until the field is dry and the landowner gives us more room to spread out.
    • Once you park, proceed to the REGISTRATION table to check in and pay the launch fee (see above). Each flier must register and sign the liability release form. Minors flying with an adult are free to fly rockets below a "G" motor limit. There is no fee for A through D flights.
    • Volunteer! We need volunteers to work at the launch. See the sign up board at the registration table to get a time slot/assignment. You will have First in line, No Waiting priority at the launch lines for volunteering.
    Launch Policies
    • Each flight must be accompanied by a FLIGHT CARD. These cards can be picked up at the registration table. If you are certifying, make sure the appropriate box on the card is checked.
    • Igniters are to be installed at the IGNITER PREP TABLE ONLY.
    • Altimeters are to be armed at the launch pad or the Igniter prep table. Do not stand in the launch line with an armed altimeter and unshunted (i.e. ready to fire) ejection charges or igniters. THIS IS NOT SAFE!
    • Membership in Tripoli or NAR is not required for flying motors smaller than H impulse. Adult fliers must be Tripoli or NAR members, and have the appropriate certification level for flights of H or greater impulse. If you need to sign up to be a Tripoli or TEAM-1 member, the forms are available at the registration table.
    • Large, Complex, K-motor (and above) or Clustered motor powered rockets must be flown from the away cell.
    Launch Procedures
    1. Have your rocket ready, with the exceptions of installing your igniter and arming your electronics.
    2. Fill out a flight card. If this is a certification flight, make sure the correct box is checked on your launch card, and tell the LCO so that he can get the attention of a Prefect to watch the flight. DO NOT assume the LCO will see the box checked, tell him.
    3. Proceed to the end of the registration table to the RSO. (S)he will check your rocket and must approve the rocket prior to flight.
    4. Take your place in the launch line.
    5. As the eight rocketeers at the Igniter Prep table move to the launch pads, the next group of eight people in line should move to the Igniter Prep table to install your igniters. Electronics should not be armed until the rocket is on the pad. If the electronics must be armed prior to placing the rocket on the pad, make sure that no one is in a position where they might be injured should an igniter, electric match or flashbulb accidently fire.
    6. When the pads are clear, the Pad Manager may assign you a specific pad. If not, choose any available pad.
    7. At the pads, change the launch rod if necessary. Under the pad there is a "T" handle that binds the rod into the pad. Loosen this handle, remove the rod, (PLEASE stick the rod into the ground next to the pad, DO NOT lay it on the ground) and install the size you need. Clean the rod with sandpaper if necessary. If your launch lugs are still too tight you may try a different rod. Do not CRAM your rocket down a tight launch rod and do not fly a rocket from a launch rod that is too small!
    8. Near each battery there is an ORANGE PLASTIC "Prescription type" bottle that has a PUSH BUTTON on it. After you have set up your rocket and hooked up the igniter leads, press this button to check CONTINUITY. You should hear it beep. If there is no continuity, please check your igniter leads, and re-test. There are small wire brushes near the pads to clean the igniter clips if they are dirty (it is handy to take some sandpaper out to the pads to clean the clips or rods).
    9. If you have a problem, get the attention of the PAD MANAGER or LCO (or ask your fellow rocketeer for help).
    10. As you return from the pad, you must leave your flight card at the LCO (Launch Control Officer) table. There is a board there with clothes pins on it. Clip your card to the appropriate pad number. If you do not leave your flight card at the LCO table, your rocket will not be launched.
    11. Again, if this is a certification flight, tell the LCO so that he can get the attention of a Prefect to watch the flight.
    12. If your rocket motor fails to ignite, you may be asked to remove the rocket from the pad and install a new igniter. Take your launch card from the LCO table if you remove your rocket from the pads.
    Don't be shy!
    If you need help in any way, ask a Team-1 member. We will assist in any way we can. If you are not sure how to assemble a reloadable motor, or don't know if a motor is safe for your rocket ASK! We are here to help. Assistance can usually be found around the registration table.

    If you need more info, contact our Secretary or our Prefect.