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Mark Howe launch report

April 14, 2014

What a great day for flying! Like Bob, I’m worn out from the days activities. Not only was the weather the best ever for an April launch (as Marty stated previously), but the # of people who attended was phenomenal for our first launch of the year.
. I guess there was a lot of pent up energy from what seemed like a long Winter. I arrived on site a tad late to find most of the range already set-up, and stayed throughout the day and assisted with the tear down at ~4PM. I personally put up 8 flights, starting with a chad staged (D12-0 to D12-5 combo) in an old Estes Broadsword, and ended with a small C6-5 in a Fire Flash. One of my rockets, the “Moondog”, came in ballistic but it was lightweight and only using a 13mm A10-3T motor so the propensity for damage was minimal. The soft early Spring ground was a welcome site for the number of rockets that unfortunately lawn-darted into the surface. We had a few unstable sky-writers and two pad fires. One fire was caused by a “fire-storm / sparky” motor at the hi-power pads, and another very small fire on a mid-power pad due to an igniter that was spit from the rocket and ignited the ground below it. The fires crews were right on top of things and both incidents were quickly brought under control. In the future we’ll need to make sure the area around the pads are cleared a bit better, and anyone flying a “sparky” type motor should inform the LD, RSO, or LCO for confirmation that it’s “good to go” for the current weather/ground conditions. There was a large quad-copter on site that was used to capture the video of a high-power flight and recovery. These are amazing devices and I hope the video ends up being posted on-line somewhere so we can all take a look. That being said, I believe we need to be careful about our airspace. I’m not sure if permission was requested and/or granted to allow the quad-copter to fly within the active range boundaries when the range was “closed”. As these unique craft become more popular we may need to develop some new club regulations governing their use. I’m not trying to be difficult here...I enjoy quad-copters immensely and personally own 6 of various sizes. Lots of people had great flights and I’m looking forward to seeing the flight-card recap Joe Cooney is putting together. Joe stumbled upon a set of 4-point deer antlers while out searching for rockets, and has alluded that “Jack O’Cooney” our beloved Halloween mascot rocket might be sporting some new headgear at the November launch! Regards, Mark

Posted by bobble at April 14, 2014 7:39 AM

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