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SPAAR conducts regular monthly sport launch activities at our Penn Manor Launch Facility
on the grounds of Penn Manor Middle School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

Our launch equipment consists of an 8 pad launch controller for model rockets and a four pad relay system for high power rockets.
Up to eight pads can be available for 1/8" to 3/16" rods with four additional pads available for 1/4" rods and up.
Our Penn Manor facility is limited to 160nt-sec of total impulse and the models can weigh up the NAR safety code limit of 3.3lbs.

Some launches are held at one of two other facilities (see below for directions).  Please check the SPAAR calendar for launch locations.

Launch Schedule (Click HERE for the SPAAR Calendar)

SPAAR Flight Cards (PDF)
Note: This PDF can be filled out electronically and printed prior to a launch.
You can fill in your name and other information that may not change from flight to flight.

Unless otherwise noted all launches are from 1 PM to 5 PM, weather permitting.  (Launches will not be rescheduled if cancelled)





Penn Manor Launch Site
Located at:
2950 Charlestown Rd.
Lancaster, PA 17603-9758

Note:  Due to school construction, location of launch area may vary.  Last launch location was located off of Charlestown Rd. just past the new school building.  Look for cars parked in grass just off main road.


Fort Indiantown Gap Launch Site
From Lancaster follow Route 72 North to Route 322 West to Route 934 North to US 22 West Approx 8/10 of a mile turn right on Harrison School Road and follow almost to the end. We are 2500 feet from the 443 interchange on the left side.

**If you miss the US 22 interchange just keep going straight on route
934 North and follow the direction below from the 81 interchange.**

From Interstate 81 North or South get off at the Fort Indiantown Gap exit and turn right and follow Route 934 North to Asher Minor Road and, turn left, Follow this for about 1/2 mile and, turn left on
Boundary Road. Follow boundary Road until the dead end then, turn left on Route 443. Approx 2000 feet, turn left on Harrison School Road and we will be on the right side approx 2500 feet in.


Hold Harmless Form:
(Note: All flyers and spectators must have these forms filled out and submitted at the Fort Indiantown Gap launches)

FIG Hold Harmless Form (2012) (PDF)


Halifax Launch Site:

Google maps coordinates are 40.477525,-76.931505 for Fort Halifax across the street.
Mapquest address is 570 N.2nd st, Halifax PA 17032

If you use mapquest, it might tell you to take RT255N over Peter's mountain, we recommend you avoid that route. Going over the mountain requires you to make two hairpin turns, one at the top of the mountain and one at the bottom. The other way to go is to go past the RT 225 exit about 4 more miles to RT 147 North. By going this way you avoid going over the mountain and actually go around it. There is one sharp right turn on RT 147, but nothing like on RT 225.

Directions from Scott are:
PA Rt 283 to I-283 (towards Harrisburg)
I-283 to I-83 North (also signs for Rt 322 and West)
I-83 North to I-81 South (towards Carlisle)
I-81 South for about 2 miles to RT 322 West (towards State College)
RT 322 West for about 10 minutes to RT 147 North (2nd Halifax exit)
RT 147 North to Stop light (the only stop light) make left. Still on RT 147/RT 225 North.
RT 147/RT 225 for about 1.25 miles, make left (still on RT 147 North)
Go to stop sign and make right (you don't have to stop to make right turn. Still on Rt 147 North)
This also now 2nd Street.
Go about 1 mile. Field on right.