Welcome

Welcome to the SPARC website.

We are a small group that focuses on rockets flying to altitudes of 7000' or more depending on conditions.

Launch dates will be posted here as soon as they become known. If you sign up as a member (form can be downloaded below), you will receive e-mail notification of impending launches and club activities.

Please check back to the site for updates as they become available.

Directions to our launch site can be found here.

Primary Club Contacts

NAMEPHONEEMAIL
Marty Weiser509-994-9926martyweiser@comcast.net
Mark Howe509-448-7264mwhowe56@msn.com
Bob Yanecek509-220-7280absworld2016@gmail.com
Please, no calls after 8PM!

Dave Glass launch report

May 12, 2019

What a day----not only were we blessed with great weather, but were also graced with the presence of none other than Joe Cooney, who (what a surprise) managed to slip in the first launch of the day. He had one rocket--the only two-stage of the day-- "Morning Dew", which he flew six times. Halfway through, it looked like his run would be ended by a separation, but he managed to find the nose and shock cord and fix it on site to get back in the action. His flight numbers were matched by Dave Bowman, who had the only cluster of the day, the three-C6-3 "Ranger". I managed to get in 11 flights, finally slaking my simmering rocket jones. There was some "entertainment" during the day: Mr. Bowman's "Big Daddy", running an E9-4, stayed burning on the pad for a while before finally taking off in cruise missile mode. My "Space Oddity" was WAY overpowered with an F67-6 and suddenly leaped to a squirrelly takeoff before also going cruisin'. But the big show was when Bob's "GTV" suffered a CATO with its single-use G40-10, resulting in the world-famous "flaming baton trick". It is included in the flight tally because it did reach an altitude of about 50'. There was a decent turnout---somewhere around a dozen (I didn't take an accurate head count). Even Mark Howe was given a break from being shuttled around the country to spend a few hours with us! ‚Äč There were 45 flights with the following motor breakdown: A 2 B 9 C 19 D 6 E 11 F 2 G 4 which totals approximately 8,000 Zortnuks, or 4 1/2 Olivia Newtons. Good day of flying. If you weren't there, you shoulda been!

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May 11 launch concluded

May 11, 2019

It may have been only a FAR 101 launch but turnout was good and activity was brisk. Lots of great flights. Only one CATO which wouldn't bother me except that it was mine. Weather could not have been much better. 2 attendee's from the East coast no less. president bob

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April launch cancelled

April 12, 2019

I drove out to the launch site yesterday and the field is still too soft to support vehicle traffic. Add the rain in the forecast and we have no choice but to cancel this launch. President bob

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First launch of 2019

April 5, 2019

We are currently aiming for our first launch of the season on Sunday April 14'th. Stay tuned for daily status updates beginning at T-1 week. David Bowman will be your launch director. President bob

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Launch cancelled

October 11, 2018

Launch Director Gene and I visited the launch site today. Even without a burn ban, the field would require mowing before safe launching could occur. Therefore, no launch this weekend. president bob

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David Bowman launch report

June 3, 2018

SPARC had a busy weekend hosting youth groups, with two Cub Scout packs launching rockets on Saturday. It was a beautiful day for flying and sunburns! There were a total of 88 launches (34 on B6-4s alone) ranging from Marty Weiser's Cicic Mini glider on a 1/2 A3-2 to Rick Biggerstaff's beautiful future L2 rocket on an I600 Redline. We totaled approximately 2838 N-sec of total Impulse, equivalent to an L motor. We also burned about 1.9kg of propellent ( ~687g of black powder! and ~1240 g of composite). All of the kids had a great time, and were "wowed" by the high power rockets. David Bowman

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June launch concluded

June 2, 2018

We had good weather and were joined by 2 cub scout groups for a great day of launching. We will now stand down until after fire season is behind us. president bob

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David Bowman launch report

May 14, 2018

SPARC had a great Missiles fOr Moms launch, and even had a few moms present! The wind was a bit of a challenge and kept us mostly limited to model pads. There were a total of 44 launches ranging from Mark Howe's Estes Meanie on an A3-4T to David Powers' Patriot on an I366 Redline. We totaled approximately 3015 N-sec of total Impulse, equivalent to an L motor. We also burned about 1.9kg of propellent ( ~386g of black powder and ~1540 g of composite). Thanks for the support to your's truly in my first outing as launch director. Next time we'll name an LCO who knows which direction arms the pad switches! David Bowman

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May launch concluded

May 13, 2018

It was warm and sunny with a sporadic breeze out of the NE. Turnout was moderate but we maintained steady activity until almost 4. I don't think any rockets were lost but, when I left 2 were un recovered due to hanging in trees. president bob

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Nest launch scheduled for Mother's Day

April 14, 2018

We are now aiming for our first launch of the season on Mothers Day, Sunday May 13'th. David Bowman will be your launch director. Stay tuned for daily status updates once we get to T-1 week. president bob

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