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Joe Cooney launch report

November 2, 2014

Halloween has come and gone and with it the 2014 flying season for SPARC. Yesterdays weather was dismal and wet at best. Today looks wonderful, but yesterday was the only day that would work for me.
The previous weekend I spent several hours mowing out a launch area out of the stubble. I was committed to launch today due to work and available options. I arrived at the launch area at around 0900 hours. In my mirror I could see Bob pulling in with the trailer. Coming up the road was Dave G. who claimed he thought he missed the memo for cancelling the launch and was gonna head home. Set up was light, one model pad, one mid power pad and later a High Power Pad was added. Launching was sparse but constant, at one point I counted 8 cars but more showed up. Most people were gathered under my 12x10 pop up tent to stay out of the rain. Friday I went out and purchased a few packs of E-9's. Saturday morning I was reminded why so many people hate those motors. First launch of the day for me, was my 2.6" upscaled Big Bertha with 3 canted 24mm motor mounts. Two of the installed motors went Boom shortly after lift off. MESS report has been filed with NAR and currently working on documenting the damage to file off an email to Estes. I managed to get my first Sparky Motor flight in, unfortunately the rocket has yet to be recovered, it is hanging in a tree south of the field to the south. Thanks to Bob and Alan for getting a good line on it. I was off by 100 feet or more. My other flights went well including my 4" upscaled Baby Bertha on an I-161. Looking forward to next year and better flying weather. My feet were cold and wet and most of my equipment spent the night drying out so it could be put away for the winter. I am thinking of a Class 1, BYOE Launch in January or February this winter. Hopefully there is a little snow on the ground to make finding those white parachutes easier. Guess it time to send in dues for next year and also renew my NAR membership. Joe

Posted by bobble at November 2, 2014 6:29 PM


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