Gregory Ashworth LDRS launch report
July 28, 2007
Yes Hot does seem to be the proper description. I flew a Polecat Aerospace
7.5" Hawk Missle that is the first known field build 7.5" Hawk. Many thanks
to Andy Woerner (owner of What's up Hobbies) for his help in construction and
the use of his trailer for building. It was flown on a Cesseroni K1440-10
with motor ejection to approximately 4000 feet (no altimiter unboard so
exact height is unknown). Pictures from the trip are online at
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July 20, 2007
Kudos to SPARC member Gregory Ashworth for getting in a flight at LDRS
the 3'rd weekend of July near Las Vegas!
Unfortunately, he flew on Friday and I didn't show up until Saturday so
I really can't report any details. Hopefully Greg will pipe in with
some specifics. There were several other Northwest fliers in attendance
so I'm sure more flight reports will be forthcoming as they motor their
way back up towards home.
I managed to attend portions of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and
witnessed one of the best organized launches I've ever seen. If success
is measured in the details, they didn't miss a trick.
It was HOT!
Brutally HOT, yet activity continued throughout the event.
Water and Ice were available for sale.
The food vendor had awesome Kielbasa dogs along with other items that I
never got around to testing.
The LAUNCH air conditioned tent was like being on another planet. I
only stuck my head in briefly to snag a free copy of their magazine and
then decided the cold - hot combo disagreed with me. While an extended
visit surely would prove comfortable, I couldn't stand hearing a rocket
rip skyward without watching.
Not only were the porta potties serviced regularly, but water and
pumping services were available for the motor home weenies.
Shade was something to covet and there was plenty to be found. Mega
thanks to Tsolo as my dad and I used his motor home as our primary shade
Wind was an intermittent yet significant factor throughout the event.
Most mornings were clear, calm, and somewhat cool (less hot would be
As the days progressed, the playa morphed into 'poof dust' due to
vehicle traffic. The often present dust devils generated tremendous
dust storms that seemed to get bigger and ornerier not because of more
devils, but due to the increasing amount of dust available to work with.
On Monday as we were driving out, we had to stop multiple times due to
zero visibility which thankfully only lasted a few minutes before clear
conditions allowed for safe travel.
What a treat to wake up this morning and actually enjoy a hot cup of
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