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Jeff Halstead launch report

April 17, 2012

The good weather was a first in the four-plus years I have been April launch director. Where in past years we have huddled in either Ray’s or Jim’s RVs sipping coffee and eating doughnuts while waiting for poor weather to break, Saturday’s launch day dawned bright, beautiful and relatively warm.
Saturday morning’s ideal weather made for excellent launch conditions. The skies were blue and there was little or no breeze. In about 2 ½ hours, we had 74 flights. The motors burned broke down into the following impulses: A – 6 B – 10 C – 18 D – 21 E – 16 F – 5 G – 4 H – 4 I – 3 J – 1 We had numerous successful clusters and stagings. We closed down the range at 2:30 due to wind and the threat of rain. Unquestionably, the highlight of the day was the unveiling of the new launch system Joe Cooney built for the club. While we had a few launches delayed due to a bad battery, Joe’s launch system worked flawlessly. Thank you so much Joe! During the launch, we passed the hat for donations to reimburse Joe for the $800+ he spent on materials for the new launch system. The consensus was that a donation of $25-30 from each club member or frequent flier was a reasonable request (which is basically a second dues assessment this year). We would ask you to send your donation this week to our club president: Bob Yanecek 5056 B Swenson Rd. Deer Park, WA 99006 I would like to thank all of you who assisted with LCO and RSO duties and help with set up and tear down of the launch system. With numerous helping hands, all of this went smoothly. SPARC’s next launch will be Saturday, May 12. We hope to see you all there! Jeff Halstead April Launch Director

Posted by bobble at April 17, 2012 6:12 AM

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