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September 05 launch report

September 26, 2005

I thought I would get this out, even if it is very, very late. Computer crash and rebuild have delayed things somewhat.

I arrived on site to find the trailer, Bill Munds and Bryon Schopp and his wife, Debbie, on site already. I was late, so I was surprised to find so few people there. It was a harbinger of things to come.

Setup proceeded after Bob arrived with the keys to the trailer. We started flying slightly before noon.

There were some great flights on Saturday, but the crowd was never very large. Only 38 total flights.

Some of the memorable flights that I saw...

Marty's Kiss DD (dual deployment)
Bryon Schopp walking to the pad, again and again...he had a lot of flights
Dave Glass' FauxMark and Mad Maxine
John Hearn's Sylvester
Lou Bragg flying lots of birds...
Bob Yanecek flying Kluge and ~almost~ losing it.

Not many of the usualls showed up for the launch, but there were several new faces. Several of the Whitworth physics class students were at the launch, and their professor was there too. Emerson showed up mid afternoon carrying a foundling from WheatChex, Rich Maes was happy to get his rocket back.

Only four people stayed the night. Bill Munds, Myself, Bryon Shopp and his wife Debbie (right?).

Sunday dawned bright and clear with some light winds. Flying got started around 9 with some models and then the people started to show up. There were more people on Sunday, but not as many as I would have expected to show up on such a beautiful flying day.

Some memorable flights;
Lou Bragg and Bryon Schopp keeping the pads full all day.
Nick and Steve Ramberg showing up later in the day and flying a BUNCH in a short time.
Steve Ramberg getting his Level 1 cert. Congratulations!
Dave Glass' Son of Sam and then flying his A3 at the end of the day after pulling LCO duty for most of the day! BIG THANKS to Dave!
Bill Munds flying his AMRAAM after two days of prep on the last rack of the day
Marty Weiser flying Lucky Man his two stage bird on a J570 to a I211, great flight!
Matt Vanderlip flying a bunch of models through out the day

As I said before, Sunday had a lot more people, many new faces that I think will become active members of the club.

Motor breakdown by Day

Saturday
A - 5
B - 4
C - 9
D - 5
E - 4
F - 4
G - 7
H - 2
I - 3
J - 1
Total motors - 44
Total flights - 38
Two Stage - 4
Three stage - 1

Sunday
A - 6
B - 20
C - 28
D - 8
E - 1
F - 4
G - 1
H - 7
I - 3
J - 2

Total Motors - 80
Total Flights - 69
Two Stage - 4
Three Stage - 1
Clusters x 2 - 1
Clusters x 3 -3
No motor listed - 2
Level 1 certifications - 1 (Steve Ramberg)

All in all a good launch considering the low attendance. I got to fly 3 models and 4 high power flights, a good launch for me.

Next launch is the 8th of October!

Ray Stoner
SPARC President

Posted by ray at September 26, 2005 5:07 PM

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