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2011 season complete

October 31, 2011

Our last launch of the season has concluded with a fantastic day flying. Regular annual dues of $20 are reduced to $15 if you sign up before 12/31/11. Membeship forms can be downloaded from the 'Club Forms' section of the web site. President Bob

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Joe Cooney October launch report

October 30, 2011

What a great day for the last launch of the year at SPARC. Weather was perfect for pushing the upper limits of field and the show was most spectacular, although I did not hear what the exact high temp for the day was, it was plenty warm enough. Got to the launch site at around 0830 and started setting up my rockets. Prepped my first dual deploy flight, a modified LOC Starburst to fly on 29mm motors. Marty was nice enough to perform Launch Control duties early and he started the day off on the D pads, so I got first flight of the day around 10 or so. From there on it was go time. I cannot remember a time when the D pads got so much use at one of our launches. There were twenty flights from our "D" pads today!! Thanks to all who were nice enough to sit in for Launch control duties (Marty, Mark & Rob, sorry if I miss someone), with the "B" pads down, the "A" pads were being worked overtime. It was great to see a large crowd enjoying the day of flying, which lasted well after 4. As a whole we came up just short of 100 flights (but I think I am missing a few), but it was a very busy day anyway. There were 97 Flights Total We Used 109 Motors: (C & E were the motor of choice with 21, D was one shy with 20) First Flight: Myself Most Flights: Myself with 17 (My legs felt good enough to walk today, although when I got home I realized I may have over done it) First Flight: Ireland A, Quest T minus 5 Rocket, she came out to watch her uncle fly some big rockets (later in the day, she was still carrying that rocket with her) Junior Level 1: Although I know for a fact we had a Successful Jr Level 1 Flight, the flight card is missing or not marked as such. Largest Motor: Rob Emanuele Cesaroni K454 (Very Nice Flight Rob, I'm glad the weather cooperated) Last Flight of the Year: Doug Powers, Thanks for closing out our flying season. There were many entertaining flights today, unfortunately some of them were mine. I think I had fouled chute, one land shark, and one auger in. The highlight of my day was flying Jack O'Cooney. I spent the last two months rebuilding him from last years crash (which can be viewed on youtube). He was upgraded with electronics and they performed well as he head blew off spilling candy and the chute deployed bringing him slowly and safely down for a perfect landing just behind the low power pads standing tall. A small gust of wind finally spilled him over, a special thanks to the genius of Marty, who built Jack two years ago. Great flight and he will back next year ready to go again October 27, 2012 just before the end of the world. So our flying season comes to an end and I will be ready to go come spring, with several new rockets recently added to my collection and some old flyers as well. I have another dual deployment rocket almost finished, a 4" Baby Bertha and a 3" Deuce is Wild. So thanks to all of you who made this last launch possible and looking forward to seeing everybody next year. Joe

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Presidents October launch report

Woke to freezing fog, soon followed by sunshine and blue skies. A few dicey spots on the road if the sun hadn’t hit it yet. Other than cool temps, conditions were ideal. A great crowd showed up for SPARCS annual Halloween themed late October launch. Joe Cooney was Launch director and brought his ‘brother’ Jack-O-Cooney along for flight #3 (this time with a recently transplanted A/V bay). Jack had a great flight, dumping his brains of candy at apogee and ‘sticking’ the landing albeit headless at that time. Dang B pads were dead all day but once we figured that out (it was a Halloween theme), the only problem was full racks on the A pads. We’ll have to fix that………later. Members of the Colville TARC team showed up. Looks like they are poised to make a run for TARC 2012. Someone masquerading as Marty Weiser (another Halloween theme ?) showed up prepped and ready, flew to over 6K’, recovered, and left….. I think it was Jeff Halstead ;-) Alan Roberts was showing off a really nice brush on paint job (something about signs and hairs from squirrels) that really did look great, but the rocket flew like @#$%^&! Thanks for the LD duty, along with Joe Cooney, Mark Howe, Marty Weiser, anyonelse?? Dave Glass flew what is my favorite rocket of his, the boosteDart. As with previous flights, this one was awesome though I’m confused why the booster ‘peeled off’ at separation. His unexpected “Dude, where’s my camera” flight ended with the camera still ‘someplace’. Ann (my wife) stopped by with our kids (3 dogs) and lunch, stayed for a few racks then headed back home (I love it when that happens). I managed to get 1 flight, a non minimum diameter 38X29mm rocket on an H-128 w/motor eject (at least I still used a tower). Good boost, good deployment, good recovery less than halfway to Wild Rose, ……burntoo many holes in the X-form chute……………...Chute. Our most wonderful landowner, Emerson Grafmiller stopped by and stayed for a couple hours, enjoying the activity. Mark Vanderlip got in a few flights along with continued search for his lawn dart from the June launch. I think David Wickman left his chair (now I’m stuck with it) and put up a big heavy purple rocket on a sparky push + a couple others. Rob Emanuele joined the “Oh Crap, that’s my main on top” club though recovered just fine. He also had a weird CTI CATO and a nice big K sparky push that took advantage of our waiver. It was good to see Mark and Bryce Hollenbeck, remnants from SPARC’s early days. In addition to LCO duty, Mark Howe also flew though he kept landing so close to the pads that I think someHOWE ;-), he was cheating. David and Doug Powers flew, crashed, and recovered all day. I think they lit the most motors. Doug took home the Dave Glass Donated 29m hardware set for 25 bucks. The sun was just setting as I cruised that wonderful 15 minutes home. Thanks to everyone who was going to remind me to dump the fire extinguishers during tear down for winter storage. I guess my proposal of 6 folks spaced 10 paces and ‘firing’ made them lose interest. Guess I’ll be ‘shooting in the wind’ tomorrow as I prep the trailer for winter storage. President bob

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