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Presidentialaunch report

May 10, 2009

Sure couldn’t have asked for much in the way of better weather this Mothers Day weekend. Last count had 133 flight cards and lots of sun drenched skin.
Two local neighbors dropped by and, for a change, both were supportive, friendly , and interested in what we were doing. Due to our lack of pre-season maintenance, we had a high percentage of ignition failures. Many thanks to today’s launch director, Joe Cooney for volunteering to haul the trailer to his home in an effort to get some maintenance performed. On top of that, Joe had a camping trailer with him so he got stuck with two trips just to get home…..Thanks JOE!! Ray Stoner and Jim Jopson spent the night Friday and had the range completely laid out (not set up (don’t to give too much credit ;-)) in a new and improved orientation by the time folks arrived. This new set-up has the flight line parallel to the access road with parking also oriented that way. Model and mid power pads headed straight west then the high power pads diagonal towards the NW putting them on a slight knoll. This orientation allows more flexibility in launch angle with respect to the wind and reduces the odds of a rocket boosting over the crowd. Next launch is Wheatchex with Midway Elementary on Friday June 5’th followed by Saturday AND Sunday of rocket launching opportunities. If anyone is interested/willing to put up a demo launch on Friday while Midway is on-site, please let me know along with some details of your project. Other than crummy weather last year, things went well with Midway so this year we’ll aim for the same type of plan where Midway takes control of the A and B pads along with performing LCO duties. All ‘commercial’ fliers will utilize the C and D pads (we’ll have model rods through 1515 rail available) as ‘away’ cells. This will allow Midway to launch as fast as possible with us tagging in when we’re ready to launch. As with a normal launch, everyone fills out a flight card. Stay tuned for more details once we get FITS behind us. President Bob

Posted by bobble at May 10, 2009 5:21 PM


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