​Hi everyone! Looking forward to this weekends 2 day launch. We have a lot in store.... The scouts will be on hand for food on Saturday.  There are some great launches planned and we have some awesome raffle prizes lined up. 

SET UP FRIDAY.......We will be setting up this Friday, 3/15/19, at 5pm. Anyone that could come out and help would be greatly appreciated.

Mike and I recently installed a new gate by the bathroom. Please use this gate to enter and exit the field. The landowner has been working on the roads into the property, please remember to keep your speed 10mph or slower.

And as always, thanks for your continued support, see you at the field!

Rick Waters 


​Hi everyone! Hoping for some good weather this weekend at the 12th Annual Buc Blast.

And as always, thanks for your continued support, see you at the field!

Rick Waters 


​Hi everyone! As expected this time of year, last month's launch brought a little windier conditions than we would have liked. But the dedicated fliers stuck it out and there were many great flights. Quite a few of our great local colleges were there, PolyTech, UCF, UF, and USF. It's great to see the wonderful participation of the programs they have in place. You can see many of their flights here. Thank you so much Jimmy Yawn for all the photos and videos.

​We are truly excited about our new wireless system that we are starting to implement at the field. Again, we can't thank Robert Synoski enough for his hard work on this project.

Five years ago I had the honor of getting together with a small group of rocketeers from USF, which became what we all know today as the SOAR team from USF. They have done many great projects they should be very proud of. None more so than their 2 stage rocket (TAURUS). An idea that their president at the time (Matt Chzanowski) had a vision of building this behemoth. Well, it finally took to the skies on April 20, 2019 sporting an N to an L on it's maiden flight. It was nothing short of spectacular! You can see all of the photos and onboard video here. Thank you Dan Schwitalla. There were hundreds of hours put into this project, and there are plans to fly it in on even larger motors in Kansas at LDRS later this year. Special thanks just to name a few...Matt Chzanowski, Nick Conde, Logan Sveum, Jonathan Fitzer, Stephanie Bauman, Jamie Waters, Jackson Stephenson, John Daughtery. And also our local group of gurus, Gary Horwood, Robert Synoski, Jim West, Mike Nipper and Dan Schwitalla. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Effort equals results!!

Lastly, as many of you know, we lost Candice's mom on April 24, 2019. Candice and I would like to thank all of you for your outpouring of support. This has been a very difficult time for us. Thank you for the bottom our hearts for being there for us.

And as always, thanks for your continued support, see you at the field!

Rick Waters​ 




​Hi everyone! I'd like to first start off by thanking the Boy Scouts, Troop Number 711, from Lakeland, for taking care of us. As usual, the food was great guys!

Congratulations to the USF SOAR team. They had an incredible week at the NASA Student Launch in Huntsville, AL, winning first place for the best looking rocket, voted on by their peers. Great job guys!

​Although the weather was suspect, we actually had a great day of flying last month. We will not be having a 2 day launch until the Buc Blast in October. We were going reschedule for this upcoming weekend, but Sunday is Easter and we feel that is a time for family. We will be flying on Saturday , April 20th though.

Now on to some TTRA business. I would like to AGAIN reiterate an issue that has recently come to light. Any group or person planning to launch any rocket must be certified at the level in which they are flying, or be attempting that level certification flight. Very simply put, if a person or a group is planning to fly a level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 flight, that person, or someone in that group must be certified at that level. This does NOT mean the mentor or advisor of a group can use his or her credentials. This is a very simple rule. TTRA believes that your certifications are a paramount part of understanding model rocketry. If you have any questions or concerns about this issue, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Jim West. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. We feel this is necessary for the knowledge and safety of everyone involved.

And as always, thanks for your continued support, see you at the field!

Rick Waters 

Tripoli Tampa Rocketry Association