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Joe Cooney Launch report

November 3, 2008

The last launch of the season is now in the books; weather was good, flying was better. Not sure how many people showed up, but for a time there were a few parked two deep on the flightline.
Thirty-three flyers accounted for 109 flights. There were 123 motors flown with a total impulse of 4406 ns. Motor usage is as follows: 2(1/2A’s), 6(A’s), 16(B’s), 29(C’s), 34(D’s), 18(E’s), 6(F’s), 8(G’s), 1 (H), 1(I) and 2(J’s). There was a great mix of flyers, from first time flyers, to seasoned veterans with several decades of flights under there belts. First flight of the day honors went to William F, who just received his first rocket, an Estes “Blue Ninja” a few weeks earlier. Last flight of the day and a surprising winner of the most flights flown went to Mark Howe, congratulations Mark. I will be better prepared this coming spring. Personally I barely got enough rockets into the air to tie for second with 12 flights. I actually had twelve and half if you count the CATO I suffered on my Mean Machine Flight. Half the rocket actually did fly, although the other half stayed on the pad and no recovery was evident due to the burning motor fragments also soaring through the air. That was not worst part of my flying day though; Marty had to bail me out with homemade igniter to get my 29mm Fat Boy, aptly named “Heaven Help the Fool” off the ground. I also took several attempts to get my toilet plunger rocket named Antwerp’s Placebo (The Plumber), off the ground. Left my New LOC Aura in a tree and lost the sustainer section of my CC Express. I did manage several good flights during the day, my Storm Caster named Smokestack Lightning flew straight and true on an E9-8 and I spent a considerable amount of time pushing the launch button at the LCO table. A local scout pack came by to put there well crafted Quest Aerospace Courier Rockets in the air. They really know how to put the FUN into rocketry; I am not sure how many eggs were purchased, but I have a good idea none of them left the field intact. Michael M, gets credit for the most original idea on how to break an egg. After an unsuccessful attempt to break an egg lofted from his Red Streak, he sent the next offering up with an Open Canopy, basically the egg was the nose cone. Much to shouts of joy and leaping in the air, it was apparent the egg suffered the same fate as good ole Humpty Dumpty. It was great seeing the scouts having so much fun breaking eggs. Dave and Doug Powers wore out the pads with an impressive 16 launches between them, Doug accounting for 12 of them up. I have personally never seen so many gliders put in the air during one launch. They racked up half of the 10 Glider flights flown during the launch. All of the flights seemed to just float endlessly, except for the Trans-wing glider flight, which was just too underpowered for a good separation. Marty Weiser and Mark Howe accounted for the other 5 glider flights. Marty managed to put up 6 flights; his “Fat Boy?” a 3” upscale, with an impressive 7x24mm motor cluster. Although all seven motors lit the flight was less than stable and landed hard in the field to the left. According to his flight card he also managed to launch his first mid power rocket. I am assuming he has launched this bird before, or maybe he just skipped that whole Mid-power scene and went straight into High-Power. Mark Howe steadily launched rockets all day; however he seemed to get most of his flights in while I was looking for one of mine or trying to figure out how to get that LOC Aura out of the tree. I only saw a few of his birds fly. The most impressive flight I saw had to be the Flis Kit “Decafeinator” a very large Styrofoam Coffee Cup rocket with a parasite glider attached to it. Great boost and recovery, the glider flew perfectly winding tight turns in the sky till gravity took over and grounded it. I just want to know who flies an Estes “High Flier” rocket on an A8-3. I would have shoved a C6-7 in it at the very least, maybe a D21-7 for fun, but then again Mark probably takes all his rockets home after the launch is over. I am not sure how many I have lost in the few years I have been flying them. Ray Stoner brought out Charm, an upscaled Estes “Quark”, for an exciting J285 flight, Charm was recovered just short of Wild Rose Rd. He held the title for Largest Impulse flight until Lou Bragg unleashed his Binder Stealth on a J350. This was also the only dual deployed flight I remember seeing. Lou had several other flights that day and easily flew the highest total impulse (740 ns) of the day with only 4 flights. President Bob gets credit for the best recovery, his “Please go Away” rocket was returned on the back of an ATV, driven in by a neighbor from down the road. Better luck next time Bob. Before I finish I would like to extend a welcome to our newest Club Members. I would also like thank all those who helped out with the launch; both set up and tear down as well as all those who took turns at the LCO table. I would have to say the launch was a great end to a memorable flying season. I will be busy this winter building and finishing some new rockets, as well as repairing the ones I broke this year. I look forward to seeing all of you April 11, for our first scheduled launch of 2009. Have a Fun winter. Joe Cooney

Posted by bobble at November 3, 2008 9:16 AM


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