Joe Cooney launch report
May 12, 2014First off, thanks to Alan for stepping up for the duty to put this launch together. A specials Congrats to Mark Howe, it has been a long while since someone has put up more flights than me.
Dave Glass launch reportI guess I'll put in my two cent's worth.....First, let me add to the thanks for Allan setting this thing up and Dave Luders for the emergency facilities.
Mark Howe Launch Report
May 11, 2014“I finally beat Joe in # of flights”! It was close...and it has been quite awhile since I captured the coveted “most flights” title. I flew 12 rockets ranging from a Ninja on an A3-4T motor to a Estes Patriot on a cluster of 4 D12-7’s (which equates to a F48-7).
May launch complete
May 10, 2014Well, the weather today was a very pleasant surprise. Arrived to a low cloud deck that gradually cleared to mostly sunny skies and light breeze. Good crowd, steady activity all day. Our next public launch is currently scheduled for Saturday November 1'st with Joe Cooney as your Launch Director. president bob
Alan Roberts launch report
April 15, 2014Indeed it was a beautiful day with and fantastic turnout. It was great to see so much enthusiasm for the first launch of the year.
Joe Cooney Launch reportApril's Launch is in the Book and hopefully a preview to the coming flying season. As reported Weather was excellent and flying was furious.
Mark Howe launch report
April 14, 2014What 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.
Marty Weiser launch reportIt was a great day for flying rockets - the best April weather I can remember. Thanks to everyone who pitched in and made serving as the Launch Director easy. An absolutely huge THANKS to Dave Luders for mowing well over an acre of stubble for the launch site – it sure helps that he has the right mower for the job.
Dave Glass launch reportWell, my personal report starts with one word: RUSTY! I forgot to bring a rocket. I forgot to bring the GSE for another rocket. I forgot to charge my altimeter.
April Launch complete
April 13, 2014SPARC's April launch has concluded. What a great day for ROCKETS!! Stay tuned for launch reports. president bob
Mark Howe November Launch report
November 12, 2013Well, after a couple of postponements SPARC finally held its' (presumably) last launch of the 2013 season. There's a rumor going around that we might have quickly scheduled "pick-up" launch sometime in December, but if it happens it will be a BYOG (Bring Your Own GSE) type event. I inadvertently slept in and arrived at the range later than planned...it was ~95% set-up by the time I parked my car.
Joe Cooney November launch report
November 10, 2013It may have taken a few weekends to get this launch in the books, but the third time was the charm. Weather was terrible at my house in the morning, nothing but FOG. I was wondering if it would be that way up north. On the way to the launch site this morning the Fog cleared and the skies were BLUE! Sadly I was not the first person there, nor the second or third. The worst part was as I entered the field the Launch signs were already posted. Bob had beaten me to the launch, unheard of before today.
Mark Howe June Launch Report
June 9, 2013What a nice day for flying rockets, the temperature was perfect. The wind could have been more cooperative but all in all it was a great ending to our 2-day launch.
June Launch complete
June 8, 2013Our June launch is now history. Two different cub scout packs (#340 & 3226) helped keep the range hopping. Weather was great. The knee high wheat made for some interesting search efforts. Thanks to Mark Howe for Launch Director duties. Midway Elementary 5'th graders got in 89 flights on Friday. A total of 18 rockets were lost. 11 of these were recovered on Saturday and will be returned to Midway early next week. This concludes our early flying season as we will now stand down until after fire danger is past. president bob
Alan Roberts May Launch Report
May 13, 2013Many thanks to everyone who helped make the "Mothers Day" Launch so much fun. I would list each person's contribution but don't for fear of forgetting someone so I will just say how fortunate we are to have so many people who chip in and do the things to make for a successful launch and club.
Marty Weiser May Launch ReportIt was great to get out and see everyone even if I only flew once. I spent all morning prepping for a ground test of dual deployment of one end of the tube in my 4” KISS’DD which is a bit trickier.
Mark Howe May Launch ReportI spent most of my day labeling the trailer and butt-sniffing...only managed to put up 6 flights, 3 of which were gliders. My “Deltie” was a little nose heavy due to a previous repair and needs to be re-trimmed. The “Gemini” twins and “Ci-Ci” both glided great!
Joe Cooney May Launch report
May 12, 2013What a great day for a launch. I got out there just after 0800 hrs and found the Dog Pound already in place. Jim and I proceeded to put a couple of rockets in the air right off the bat. I managed three flights before Bob showed up with the trailer. There was some confusuion on where everything would be located, so the early parking was hap hazard in the morning. Finally Bob and Alan showed up with the master plan on how the field would be laid out. A few minutes later the flightline was established by moving every vehicle to a better location and then set up began. I made some quick improvements to the Model Pads and a short time later we were ready to fly.
David Powers May Launch ReportWhat a perfect day for a launch. I had a good day, thank you all. After starting with a copperhead no light, the next two attempts were A OK and put my Night Job and Gib up nicely on their E18 - 7 W motors. Burned up a few E9-8s and a couple of E12-8s all for good flights. Ended the day with a no show of my Dawg, a Purple and Gold rocket with a BT55 to BT 20 transition toward the top.
Dave Glass May Launch Report
May 11, 2013Despite the heat, it was a great day......I was unable to launch three rockets for various reasons, but the ones I did get off went rather well.
May Launch concludedOur May launch is in the books. Good weather, good flights, good fun. Next up is Midway Elementary 5'th graders on Friday June 7'th followed by a regular SPARC launch on Saturday the 8'th. President bob
Joe Cooney April Launch Report
April 15, 2013Thankfully cooler heads prevailed and Flyers showed up. I did not get a count of the number of cars along the flightline, but there were quite a few. I got there at around 0830 and was joined by Gene Carson a short time later. I personally forgot most of the NEW E9 motors I purchased last week and all of my Parachutes for Model Rockets. So sad, not enough motors for Flying the "E" birds and not enough chutes for the Models. Somehow I managed to get 16 flights in the air (actual number was 15, because of the E9 CATO on Bad Bertha), so I must have had enough combinations to make it through the launch.
Alan Roberts April Launch ReportIt 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.
Marty Weiser April launch report
April 14, 2013I was very apprehensive about the weather, but it turned out great. I got in a total of 7 flights today.
April Launch completeSPARC's April launch is complete and the weather was a most pleasant surprise. Morning was cool and cloudy but we still had the range open around 0930 and steady flights up to around 2000'. By noon or so, the clouds began breaking up and then the sun was out and everyone was shedding layers, prepping rockets and getting some 'recovery' exercise. I think we got in 60'ish flights, only one lost rocket, a couple H-I impulse flights and one very nice dual deploy flight. president bob
Joe Cooney Veterans day launch report
November 12, 2012Well the last Scheduled Launch of the season is in the books. It definitely took some determination to pull it off and slipping the launch date two weeks. While the weather was bearable with a cloud deck at around 4,000 feet, the winds were calm and the fire pit was warm. There were only a few bodies hanging around at 0900 when the trailer showed up. We milled around and waited to set up, finally deciding on one low pad, two mid power pads and two high power pads.
November Launch complete
November 11, 2012Decent condituions. Good crowd. Nice fire. Great flights. That's it for 2012. See Ya next year. president bob
Midway Elementary launch report
June 12, 2012You just have to love a back-up date. Friday was Midway Elementary schools primary launch date and the forecast was far from optimal so the decision was made to slip to Monday, the designated back-up date.
SPARC Launch June 9th – Bringing East Coast Rocketry to Spokane
May 29, 2012This year our launch site is much closer to Wild Rose than normal. We are 1500 ft. from the road so we can launch high power rockets, but our maximum altitude is 3,000 ft. since we are so close to the road.
Joe Cooney Launch report
May 14, 2012What a great day for flying and talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire. Congrats to Mark on pulling off an awesome launch. This despite the fact that our usual launch area was freshly plowed and planted. A little searching helped up find a patch of real estate to set up the launch area and a good thing too as this well could be the most attended SPARC Launch ever. I can remember launches with lots of vehicles, but I have never seen a launch where we had to form a line to organize the model pads, how great is that! Two separate but equally enthusiastic groups of kids converging upon a wheat field for a Mother's Day Launch. There was a group of Scouts from up on the South Hill, who invited me out to help them assemble both Baby Bertha's and Big Bertha's late last month and added to that was an Awana group flying Alpha III's. The unofficial, total vehicle count was just over 40, and you couldn't ask for any better weather for family fun and flying.
Mark Vanderlip launch report
May 13, 2012What a GREAT day!!! At first arrival, it was not looking so great—not because of the weather, which was perfect, but the big green tractor! Fortunately we found a suitable area and with permission, we were a go for one of the best turnouts ever!
May launch concluded
May 12, 2012Wow, what a start to the day. Perfect weather and an early concern that we had nowhere to launch. For reasons that remain unknown, our expected launch site had been planted ...... yesterday. We located an unplanted spot, got ahold of the planter and confirmed foot traffic OK, and finally got around to setting up the range. A steady stream of cars heralded the beginning of our most well attended launch in years. Stay tuned for more launch reports and a flight card count. President Bob
May Launch concluded
May 11, 2012Wow, what a start to the day. Perfect weather and an early concern that we had nowhere to launch. For reasons that remain unknown, our expected launch site had been planted ...... yesterday. We located an unplanted spot, got ahold of the planter and confirmed foot traffic OK, and finally got around to setting up the range. A steady stream of cars heralded the beginning of our most well attended launch in years. Stay tuned for more launch reports and a flight card count. President Bob
Jeff Halstead launch report
April 17, 2012The 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.
Mark Howe launch report
April 16, 2012In my efforts to assist in kicking off the SPARC 2012 flying season I managed to put 8 rockets in the air. I arrived on site at 9AM to an expanding number of cars along the flight line. The GSE was almost completely ready to roll by the time I showed up.
Joe Cooney launch reportA short launch report for the first launch of the year. I woke up early and packed the car with two boxes of rockets and a few larger ones sitting on the side. My goal was 10 or more flights and I figured I would get out to the launch area early.
April Launch concluded
April 14, 2012Sure was a good day for rockets. Clear skies, calm to moderate winds, great crowd, and lots of rockets. Joe Cooney's new launch controller was piece of beauty, and it worked ;-) Stay tuned for a count of how many motors we burned and hopefully a few launch reports. Next launch is scheduled for Saturday May 12'th with Mark Vanderlip as your launch director. president bob
Joe Cooney October launch report
October 30, 2011What 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.
Presidents October launch reportWoke 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.
Alan Roberts June Launch report
June 15, 2011The following is my launch report for the Midway Elementary School Launch on Friday 6/10 and the SPARC launch on Saturday 6/11. Friday 6/10 It was such fun to see the kids and their rockets for the Midway Elementary School launch. Boundless energy and excitement is the best way to describe things. For those of you that have not attended this event before, you really should put it on your “to do list” and tap into some of that youthful energy.
Dave Glass June launch report
June 14, 2011Looks like Bob beat me to the punch and hit most of the highlights, so I'll just add a few personal notes.
Presidents June launch reportForecast called for 50% chance of heavy rain. Web site was down so I could not post a last minute status report. I woke to bright sunshine on the hill behind the house so headed out. The launch site remained partially set-up from yesterday’s Midway event and, based on the dark clouds heading towards us, we weren’t in any rush to complete setting up the range. Before 1000, a cold drizzle started and everyone became best friends with anyone who had a tarp up. The cold drizzle lasted for less than an hour then the nasty looking cloud moved north and our weather improved dramatically resulting in a very warm afternoon of rockets.
June launch has concluded.
June 11, 2011From cold drizzle to hot and sunny we got started a little late but once the skies cleared, we launched till after 5 P.M. Next launch is scheduled for Saturday October 29'th. President Bob
Presidents launch report
May 15, 2011I suppose one could debate whether today’s weather was better or worse than Mothers Day when we cancelled but we did launch all day under mostly sunny skies with significant breezes and a few rain drops.
Marty Weiser launch summaryWe had 79 total flights using 83 motors. This included one chad staged flight and 3 clusters.
May launch concluded
May 14, 2011Today's May 14'th launch has concluded. Lots of sun, a good bit of wind, and even some rain drops but we launched all day. Next launch is Saturday June 11'th with a pre-launch on June 10'th in support of Midway Elementary 5'th graders. Dave Glass and myself will be performing Launch Director duties. President bob
April Launch complete
April 16, 2011SPARC's April 2011 launch has concluded. The weather gods may not have been friendly but they were kind. Stay tuned for a flight card count. Next launch is Mothers Day (Sunday May 8). President Bob
David Powers launch report
June 10, 2010I would like to thank Mark for his gracious understated "a few unstable" comment. It was not my most successful day in many ways including a Wheat Field Hat Trick.
Joe Cooney WHEATCHEX launch report
June 7, 2010Another Launch has come and gone and Saturday's weather couldn't be beat! Thanks to all who helped set up and tear down, especially to Mark who did most of the set-up, while I raced home to retrieve the Battery cord that Bob sent me in the mail. Left it right there on the table, where it had been sitting since arriving a week or so ago. I also want to thank Doug and Joel Phillips and young Mathew for spending the night. They alone saved the day by not having to tear down the range on Saturday night.
Mark Howe WHEATCHEX launch report
June 6, 2010Joe Cooney, the launch director for the event arrived at the site ~8:30 on Sat with trailer in tow. I arrived next about 8:50 and Joe already had ¼ of the range setup. We got busy and pulled the rest of the gear from the trailer. At 9:15 Alan Roberts pulled in as Joe headed back to his house to pick up the connection for the PA system. Alan and I finished getting things connected and tested as people slooowly stared arriving…I was a little wary of small initial turnout, but the crowd got better as the day progressed.
Mark Howe Boy Scout launch/event report
May 24, 2010Thanks to the BSA for inviting SPARC to participate in an unusually large and exciting scouting event this past weekend.
Joe Cooney Boy Scout launch/event report
May 10, 2010Well the launch is officially over and in the books. Next up is the Boy Scout Jamboree and then June 5th & 6th launch.
Whitworth launch report
May 6, 2010What is a college education? Whitworth college physics program offers a rocket class every other year and this was an ‘on’ year.
Alan Roberts launch report
April 21, 2010This is the first time that I have posted a launch report so please bear with this neophyte. First many thanks to Jeff for stepping up to Launch Director duties so we could have a launch and many thanks to Joe for accurately forecasting a beautiful day even in the face of steady drizzle and cloud cover at the start of the day. Great job guys!
Mark Howe launch report
April 19, 2010Saw some new faces today… An elderly gentleman who lives north-west of the launch site. He’s seen our signs on Wild Rose Road over the past couple of years, and finally decided to check us out. I think he’ll be back for the Mother’s day launch. Pat Rice, who is the activities coordinator for the BSA Camporee coming up on May 22nd, also paid us a visit along with his son, Marcus. I’m pretty sure he was impressed with what he saw. He also talked to Ann Yanecek regarding the dog-sled organization which may have a booth at the Camporee. It’s still not too late to volunteer! (shameless plug for assistance).
Joe Cooney launch report
April 18, 2010Well the April Launch is in the books and the SPARC Flying Season is under way. Thanks goes out to Jeff Halstead for doing a superb job of getting us started.
Jeff Halstead launch reportApril showers may bring May flowers, but today it brought an afternoon of great launch weather. As SPARC members gathered at Emerson's field before 9 a.m. this morning, rain fell and temperatures hovered in the high 40's. Jim Jopson's motor home became the staging area for coffee, doughnuts, and conversation.
April launch concluded
April 17, 2010The first launch of the season is now history. I left home this morning with moderate rain falling. Soon after 0900 the remaining drizzle fizzled and conditions only improved as the day progressed with steady flights until around 1600 when we packed up and headed home. Next launch is Mothers Day Weekend with Joe Cooney as Launch Director. President bob
Mark Howe Launch report
November 8, 2009The last launch of the SPARC 2009 season has come and gone…Boooooo. It was pushed a week from the originally planned 10/31 Halloween launch…Booooo. Weather forecast was real sucky….Booooooo. It was windy all day…Booooooo. Did we have a good time anyway? You betcha’!!! While the wind was present all throughout the day, the rain never arrived, so least we were dry.
Marty Weiser launch reportWe held SPARC's last scheduled launch of the year today under reasonable conditions. Joe Cooney was our launch director. One of Joe's favorite holidays is Halloween and he was very happy to have signed up lead the launch on Halloween. Unfortunately, some things came up and the launch had to be postponed until Nov. 7.
Joe Cooney launch reportFinal Launch has concluded for 2009 and despite a bad weather forecast, the early morning hours were clear skies and winds to 10 knots. Set up began on a whim at around 0800 hrs and Ray & I were mostly finished when the first cars started to show by 0845. All together we had 18 fliers accounting for 55 flights. There were also numerous spectators and a local Boy Scout Troop on hand. Actually that was a lot more people than I expected based on weather reports.
Joe Cooney Launch report
June 9, 2009Wheatchex 2009, The weekend started out with great weather, Midway Elementary showed up around 1000 and things got started shortly afterwards. While the kids were gathering around I got things started with "Brightside of the Road", and Estes Fly it before you can buy it, Pre-Clone. Flew nicely on an E9-6 and I managed to get 10 flights in the first day. I ended our time with the Midway kids by flying "Antwerp's Placebo" a scratch built plunger rocket on another E9. I ended the day flying my E9 modified Baby Bertha named "A to E Flat Jam". All in all a great day with weather being much gooder than last year.
Luders Launch Report
May 11, 2009This is Teresa Luders. Our son Brian invited two of his friends to the event and it was a huge success. As is typical for teenage boys, we didn't see enough KATOs but David manage to burn a hole in one of the pads when his rocket ignited, flamed, then failed to take off. Very impressive!
Joe Cooney Launch ReportWeather was perfect both days, even if I spent most of Saturday watching my daughter play soccer. I got there late Saturday sometime around four in the afternoon. Judging form the flight card stack, Saturday was extremely busy.
Marty Weiser Launch ReportI showed up about 9:30 Sat. and the everything was ready to go. I got in two great dual deployment flights in my 54 mm Go Bucks III - Sat. on an I366 to 4372 ft. and Sun. on an I195 to 2843 ft. (big difference in the same 6 grain 38 mm case).
Jopson Launch reportGreat launch! Arrived Fri evening to Ray and Krys camped S of the flight line. Parked the Den and had a nice evening with Ray supplied pizza. Spring (planting) moon rose to the Southeast looking HUGE.
May 10, 2009Sure couldn’t have asked for much in the way of better weather this Mothers Day weekend. Last count had 133 flight cards and lots of sun drenched skin.
Mark Howe Launch Report
April 13, 2009Here's my brief report on the Sat 04/11 SPARC 2009 kick-off launch. Arrived on-site at 8:40AM and was greeted by rain. As the day progressed the rain turned to showers, then disappeared completely. Launching in the late morning and afternoon was cloudy but fine. Ray & Krys and their mobile home were already on site when I arrived. Jim Jopson was next, followed by Jeff Halstead (the launch director) and Bob Y. Unfortunately I was "takin' care of business" for my company and tied up on a conference call...was not able to join the crew for schmoozing until 9:50.
Jeff Halstead Launch reportAlthough we got a soggy start, SPARC fliers kicked off the 2009 season yesterday at Emerson's field. While most of the crowd was comprised of our old crew, we were graced by visitits from a few families. Bret Simpkins and his son drove up from the Tri Cities to wow us with his beautiful scratch-built birds. Showing up between and after soccer games, Joe Cooney for once took a second place to Mark Howe in number of birds lofted. Mark flew consistently from beginning to end and had 11 flights.
Mark Howe Launch Report
November 3, 2008Here's my personal summary of SPARCs last scheduled launch for the 2008 season. I arrived on-site around 9:20AM, setup was already well under way.
Joe Cooney Launch reportThe last launch of the season is now in the books; weather was good, flying was better. Not sure how many people showed up, but for a time there were a few parked two deep on the flightline.
2008 launch season is complete
November 2, 2008Conditions were fantastic on Saturday November 1'st when we had our final launch of the season. Check back here for launch reports and data about next season over the next few weeks. president bob
wheatchex report Joe Cooney
June 11, 2008Well the weekend has come and gone, three days filled with varying weather, but all things considered I think it was a total success. All in all 100 different fliers put up at least one rocket. That is nothing short of outstanding.
Wheatchex report Bob Yanecek
June 9, 2008Windy, rainy, nice. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. That was WHEATCHEX.
Wheatchex report Mark Howehe SPARC Wheat-Chex launch was expanded to 3-days this year to accommodate assisting the Midway Elementary School 5th graders in launching their classroom built models. It's a good thing we made it a 3-day affair because the weather on Friday (although very windy), sure did beat the rain we had for most of Saturday! I arrived in plenty of time to assist with range-setup , which was completed before the arrival of two busloads of anxious/excited kids.
Wheatchex report Marty WeiserWe had a great turnout today with less than ideal conditions - rather breezy and some passing rain showers. The Midway Elementary 5th graders along with their teachers, parents, and other interested adults were present in force. I estimate that the 73 students got in close to 100 flights on their Alphas, stretch Alphas, and other rockets. After this well behaved crew cleaned up we held a raffle for about 10 kits that were donated by various SPARC and other rocketeers.
Wheatchex report Lou BraggWheatchex 08 was a three day deal with Friday being primarily for Midway Elementary stundent launching. I wasn't able to make it but I heard that the kids had a great time and got to see some really neat demo flights.
M&MinM4M Launch report Joe Cooney
May 13, 2008I was able to start my flying on Thursday, joining Bob along with Whitworth College. Never wanting to pass up a good day of flying even if the weather is less than perfect. Overcast & Windy would be a good description, I managed to get 6 flights in, thanks to Bob for lending me his 12v launch system. I launched everything from an E9 to G80 and a few in between.
M&MinM4M launch report Marty day 2
May 12, 2008The traditional offering of doughnuts to the rocket gods managed to hold off the rain and allow recovering off all rockets with at most minimal damage. However, it could not stop the wind – 10 to 15 mph all day.
M&MinM4M launch report bob_day 2Thanks to all who showed up for Mothers Day. We upped our 2008 membership by 2.
M&MinM4M launch report Mark day 1Greetings all, I was the Launch Director for the first day of the 2-day Mothers' Day weekend SPARC launch. Here's my recap and flight statistics for day 1 of this 2 day event. I'm sure Marty (the LD for the second day) will post his report later...
M&MinM4M launch report bob_day 1Turnout was light for day 1 SPARC’s “Marty and Mark in May for Mothers Day” launch.
Whitworth launch report
May 9, 2008Whitworth College has a physics program that includes a course in rockets. The course is only offered once every two years and last time they picked fall which resulted in a November launch date. Conditions on that November day were slightly above miserable with breeze, clouds, and snow making up the weather. So, this time around, they picked spring with a May launch date. All I can say is it did not snow.
Joe Cooney April Launch report
April 14, 2008Well I woke up at 0600 hrs and took the dogs for a walk. While watching the sunrise I thought this is going to be a great flying day, so I went home loaded the Durango and headed out.
Marty Weiser April Launch reportWe had a great day at SPARC today - sunny to high clouds, temperatures in the 60s and perhaps low 70s, and the field slightly damp. As a result we had lots of people show up - I bet there were 40 - 50 cars at one point.
Mark Howe April Launch reportSPARC held its' first launch of the 2008 flying season on Sunday, 04/13. I arrived about 9:15...a little late due to the "fried chicken" not being ready at the local Albertsons's market when I got there, which caused a 15min delay in my travels. There were already half-a-dozen cars at the field and the club trailer when I arrived. After greeting old friends who had not been seen during the looong coooold winter months, we got the range set up and activated the waiver around 10AM.
Jeff Halstead April launch reportDear Fellow Rocketeers, If SPARC members are working their way up the alphabet ladder, they are still largely in "elementary school" as shown by the numbers recorded below: A - 12 B- 36 C- 34 D- 27 E - 22 F - 8 G - 3 H - 5 I - 1
President Bob April Launch reportWell wooHOOOOOO for the beginning of the 2008 SPARC season eh? Of the 16 members we now have, 13 made a showing sometime during the day ranging from member #2 (Dave Glass) and our newest member #74 (Peter Hof).
Mark Howe Launch Report
October 8, 2007Great weather...great flights...few participants...that about sums it up. After being shut-out of local launching due to fire-danger over the last 3 months, it was a welcome relief to finally punch holes in the sky once again.
Lou Bragg Launch reportJust a quick mid launch report. I arrived on site to a fully set up range about 9:50 AM.
October Launch Report & Stats
October 7, 2007
The weather managed to co-operate for both days of the launch. Saturday was the better day for high altitude flights with broken clouds. Sunday was more overcast but with little to no wind for most of the day. Attendance was light, this made for a fairly relaxed launch with pads available most of the time.
Joe Cooney launched 50 rockets. Including every estes motor currently being made.
Jim Jopson Certified Level 2 on Sunday.
Lou Brag spent most of the weekend drilling, hammering and sawing but somehow launched 12 flights.
My own attempt to fly a screeming mimi on an E28 motor (I swear it worked last time) resulting in a short spinng flight followed by the inevitable thud. Examining the rocket after the flight revealed that the red nozzle cap stayed on and may have caused some off center thrust early in the flight.
Despite a late arrival on Saturday Ray Stoner managed 12 flights.
130 Total Flights Mark Howe 12 Lou Bragg 12 Terry Moore-Read 15 Ray Stoner 15 Joe Cooney 50 1/4A 3 1/2A 2 A 9 B 17 C 45 D 37 E 19 F 1 G 1 H 2 I 1 J 2 2 stage flights: 8