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Alan Roberts April Launch Report

April 15, 2013

It certainly was a great day. The weather cooperated and only improved as the day went on. We had a great crowd with a good many flights despite the tepid interest when discussing the go/no go decision. We also had some fun and entertaining flights.
My flight report is rather brief as I only put three birds in the air. Not knowing what the weather was going to be I did not show up with anything prepped for flight. My first flight was my Pro-Maxx on a G75 Metalstorm. The boost was nice and straight with lots of sparks. I really enjoy those sparky motors and so try and fly one or two of them at the first two launches before fire danger becomes a concern. Motor ejection was a second after apoggee with recovery to the west short of the trees. Many thanks to Bob Y and his binos who saw that the motor and 29/38 adapter was spit at ejection (still got the chute out) and was able to recover that portion for me. My second flight was a Der Red Max with full decals on an E9-6. I agreed to a drag race with Joe C without knowing that he was going to try and shoot down my Der Red Max. At least that's what it felt like when his E-9 CATO'd on boost right next to my rocket. The chute did not deploy correctly (cold??) but recovery was fine as chute acted like a streamer. My third flight was my ISIS on a G40 White Lightening. Great straight boost with motor eject right on top. Recovery was to the west again just short of the trees. I hope to have paint on some new rockets for the May launch and with enough confidence around the weather will prep some bigger motors. Many thanks to Mark Howe for all of the work that you did at the launch labeling our equipment and where it goes in the trailer. Mark was on a serious mission with that label maker! Great seeing all of you and I look forward to seeing everyone again on May 11th.

Posted by bobble at April 15, 2013 12:29 PM

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