Welcome Rocket Nerds and Nerdettes;
The Post-Launch report of Sat and Sun, 17 - 18 March 2012
We Got Pictures from the Launch, check it out in the photo Gallery.
Anyone else take any pictures this weekend?
Any pictures you have from a recent launch that you would like to get posted on the web site for our embarrassment and your entertainment, just contact Doc Russell at rocketrycarolina at gmail dot com, or as some have done, pass it on a disk or flash drive. We can always get it back to you.
This month’s special launch category was Clusters!
Anything with 2 or more engines ignited at once, we had some good multiples.
We continue with our Range Safety standards by making specific assignments of a RSO=, Range Safety Officer to pre-inspect rockets before flights and the LCO=, Launch Control Officer to check range conditions and control the launch’s in a timely and efficient manner. So far this has worked fine with little to no effect on launch flow.
Check both the WEB site and at the launch’s for info on volunteering for RSO (Cert Lv-2 required) and LCO (Cert Lv-1 preferred, but any responsible and experienced adult can apply).
It’s great for anybody who isn’t flying that day but wants to take part anyway.
And it’s fun to push the red button.
New Insurance Procedures: In order to meet and comply with the Tripoli Rocketry Association and the National Association of Rocketry insurance requirements, our Club, R.O.C.C. has chosen to register our scheduled launchs under the NAR flight regulations and for the insurance coverage that best meets our needs.
All rocket fliers who are members of the National Association of Rocketry are fully covered by NAR liability insurance against damage or injury caused by their rocket launch.
(NAR recognizes TRA membership and covers them under their blanket of coverage)
Fliers who are not NAR or TRA members will be required to sign a waiver on the launch field stating that the Launch organizers, property owner or launch sponsors are not liable for any damage or injury caused by their rocket launch and that they would be flying under their own homeowners/private insurance.
R.O.C.C. will still be registered as a joint TRA and NAR associated club and Tripoli flights and certifications will continue as normal.
Joining the National Association of Rocketry is quite easy.
You will find a application form in every Estes rocket kit you buy, or you can even join on-line at WWW.NAR.ORG. There are 4 yearly annual memberships.
Junior, 15 and under =$25, Leader, 16 –20 =$25, Senior, 21 and up = $62.
Family = with one regular Senior and $12 for each additional family member.
This membership completely covers you for liability, damage and injuries at our launch’s.
The R.O.C.C. club membership is a separate local membership that supports the club only.
SAT 17 March 2012. The weather was great, hardly any breeze at all, and no rain showed up.
We are continuing with our “Big Boy’s Rocket Raffle” with 5 rockets to choose from.
A Aerotech “Arreaux” (Won by Joel Robinson), a FlisKit 2 stage “Nomad” (Won by Curtis Beal) and a LOC “Norad”, a Estes “Executioner” and a 4 ft big bertha like “Long Sword”.
Tickets are $1 each and there is a separate ticket box for each rocket you want to draw for.
We had 2 drawings at this launch and will have the last 3 at the April Campout launch.
We had 39 fliers who put up 104 flights burning 123 engines. That includes multiple flights, multi-stage and additional cluster flights because of the month’s launch category.
A=3, B= 39,(we had scouts who flew a lot of “B”’s) C= 38, D=11 , E= 13, F= 9, G= 5, H= 4, I= 1.
Who flew what? Remember your penmanship influences my spelling of what I can read.
Roy Potter, I flew my 4 inch Estes “V-2” on a F32. The “Three Seas” was my cluster flight on three C6’s. The “Test III” flew on a D12.
Doc Russell, flew the upscale Estes “Interceptor E” on a E20. The Simroc “Laser X” was Doc’s cluster flight on two E9’s. The “Laser Sword” flew on a D12.
Richard Mathers flew a “no named” rocket for a L-1 Cert on a H180.
Dan Mathers flew a Iqsy “Tomahawk” on a F40 and a scratch “MMRX-2” on a G64.
Malcom Smith flew a Fliskit “Star Lord” on a cluster of three B4’s for the cluster flight. The “Lil Cinco” saucer flew on a C11, where the “Super Cinco” saucer flew on a I 218and got a really good height. His “Mini Omega” 2 stage flew on a A8 to a A8.
Michael Hollowell flew a LOC “4-29SS” for his cluster flight on two F23’s and two G64’s with a dual deployment with main chute deployment at 500’. The upperstage of “Thunder and Lighting” , “Thunder without the lightning” flew on a H170 with a dual deployment with main chute deployment at 500’.
Sandy Houston flew his “Formula 54” on a H220. The “Lil Ditter” flew on a H112, and the “Aura” flew on a F40 with a streamer recovery. The Estes “Patriot” flew on a C6.
John Bergsmith flew a scale “Iris” on a C6. A FlisKit “YRES” flew on three C6’s for his cluster flight. The “Mozzie” flew on a F40 and a not so- “Little John” flew on a G64.
Ryan Bergsmith Flew a Fliskit “Star” on a C6 that would look so cool to upscale.
Courtney Tomkinson Flew a “Patriot” on a B6, a “Baby Bertha” on a C6 and a “Payloader” loaded with M+Ms on a C6 to get that special flavor after being highly accelerated.
Devon Tompkinson Flew a LOC “Onyx” on a E23 and a Estes “Big Daddy” on a D12.
Randy Bird flew a “no name” 2 stage rocket on a D12 to a D12.
Mitchell Bird Flew a Estes “Eagle” Glider on a C6 that was a bit too strong and melted the tail. The “Blue Angel” and “Heat Seeker” both flew on a C6’s.
Terry Baucom flew a LOC “ONYX” on a E30, and the “2-Up” on two E9’s for a cluster flight.
Matthew Baucom flew a Estes “Outlaw” on a C6.
Brian Gossiaux flew a Aerotech “Initiator” on a F20 and a LOC “ONYX” on a F40 maiden flight.
Jim Maxagle also flew a Aerotech “Initiator” but on a G54 under Doc’s NAR# .
Adam Shea Flew a original “Motor Pod 3” cluster flight on three E9’s AND three D12’s.
Emily Bell flew a “RipTide’ on C6’s.
Steve Brown flew a “North Star” on a C6, a FlisKit “TRES” on a cluster flight of three C6’s. A Estes “Sizzler” flew on a A8, then a C6, then a D13 for a very, very high flight with a P-nut altimeter. A original “Worm Burner” flew on a F35 after a D12 for a very low+slow flight. Not a Estes “Comanche-1” flew on a C11 and E9 with the P-nut altimeter. A Quest “Full Betty” two stage flew on a C11 to a B6, but the B did not ignite and then Darted but without damage. A original “Gremlin” flew on a C11.
Kent Porter Scout Leader of Troop 108 from Concord brought out the following Scouts.
Jessie Troutman= Flew a Alpha on B6’s and a C5-3 with too short a delay and tore the anchor.
Ian Hawks Sct= flew a “Magician” on a E9, the “Interceptor” on a C6, and a “Alpha” on B6’s.
Dillon Bassette sct= The “Thunder” flew on aC6, then Ian and Dillon Estes “Mean Machine” on a E9 that hooked on pad the 1st try then a majestic flight later.
Dylan Bessette= Flew his “Alpha” on B6’s.
Andrew Miller sct= Flew his “Alpha” on B6’s.
Nick Shue sct= “Beasty Bob”, his “Alpha” flew on B6’s.
Ben Shue sct= His “Hornet” flew on a C6. He flew his “Alpha” on B6’s.
Taylor Robinson sct= Flew his “Alpha” on B6’s.
Nick Thompson sct= “Red Tail”, his “Alpha” flew on B6’s.
Hunter Honeycutt sct= Flew his “Alpha” on B6’s.
Brian Hudson sct= “# 83”, his “Alpha” flew on B6’s.
Thomas Murphy sct= Flew a Estes “Ricochet”on a B6 then a C6 for big flight. He flew his “Alpha” on B6’s.
Jan Murphy= Flew his “Alpha” on B6’s.
Lucas Porter sct= Flew a “Athene” on a C6, the “Loadstar” on a C6, the “Der Red Max” on a C6, and flew his “Alpha” on B6’s.
Jeremy Fink sct= Flew his “Alpha” on B6’s then on C6-5’s the last too short a delay and tore the anchor. His and another’s nose and chute were recovered.
Carolyn Fink sct= Flew his “Alpha” on B6’s.
Josh Cox sct= no flts noted
Lucas Cox sct= no flts noted
Sunday, 18 March another great day, T-shirt weather and little to no breeze.
Ken Allen was here and had a lot of business and seemed to magneticly attract a number of rockets to almost land on top of him. Thinking of parking next to the out house next time.
We had 34 fliers who put up 99 flights burning 114 engines. That includes multiple flights, multi-stage and cluster flights.
A=6, B= 12, C= 36, D=13 , E= 20, F= 5, G= 1, H= 11, I= 9, J= 1.
Who flew what? Remember your penmanship influences my spelling of what I can read.
Roy Potter I flew the “Bumble Bee” on a F52 with a chute that decided to open at the last possible second. The “Test III” flew on D12”s, and the AreoTech “ARCAS” flew on a F40 then a F50.
Doc Russell Flew his “Ariel” on a H128, a “Blue Ninja” on a D12, the Farmers Green and yellow “John Deer” flew on a I 211.
Dan Mathers flew the “MARK-2” for a L-1 cert flight on a slow burning H87.
Richard Mathers (? spelling of last name) flew the “Pot Luck” on a H128.
Malcom Smith flew the “Ugly Bertha” on a cluster of two B6’s. The “Son of SPEV” flew on a cluster of four E9’s.and the big 38mm “Cinco” saucer flew on a I 245.
Johm Metcalf, his “Wild Child” flew on a F23 with only a 10’ walk to recover. The LOC “Forte” flew on a Pro 38 G60Redline, and a “Retro 27 YO rocket” flew on a D12, the “Blue Ninja” on a E9.
Michael ? (no last name given) flew a Estes “Mean Machine” on a D12.
Michael Hollowell Had volunteered to push the red button for most the day and had fun doing it, but still flew a NOC “Initiator Recycler” on a F52 for a great flight.
John Bergsmith flew his Public Missiles “Patriot” on a H123 that apparently suffered burning thru both closures. His “Hyper Bat” flew on a C6 while his “Scrambler” made his cluster flight with three C6’s. His Classic Estes “Maxi Alpha 3” flew on a E15.
Ryan Bergsmith flew the “RLS” on a E9, a fliskit “Star” on a C6, and the “Reflector” on a C6. His “Ranger” flew a cluster of three C6’s, while the “Dragonite” flew on a B6.
Stuart Samuels, always not one to back off from a idea, flew a Russian “Sputnick” made from a Foam ball and long wood dowels for a test flight on a D12 then on a E9 with a unexpected self destruct with the ejection charge. Those Russkies, so paranoid. His Fliskit “Frick-n-Frack” 2 stage flew from a C6 to aC6, not getting the altitude, but you could see how it works. His “Go Deep “ rocket powered Football flew for touchdown on a D12. A Estes engine on a stick “Bottle Rocket” flew on a C6 writing the sky. The “TRR2d” (Total Recycled Rocket) flew on a E9, and a “Boost Glider” on a ½ A to a good height and glide.The “Double Helix” flew on two E9’s, and then a large Green Pyramid, the “Green Lantern” flew impressively on a I 154J.
Charles Ogino flew his upscale “Gizmo” on a colorful J360 Skidmark.
Joe Pettler Flew a Estes “Chrome Dome” on a C6. A Estes “Heli-Cat” on a C5 for a good helicopter recovery, while his Estes “Der Red Max” and “Bull Pup” flew on C6’s.
Sandy Houston flew that pretty multi colored LOC “IV” on a I 210with a dual deployment with main cute at 500”.
Erica Owens Flew her “ Bull Pup” on a C6.
Chadwick Sides Flew nice looking “Sr-71 Black Bird” on a B4 then C6.
Conner Sides Flew a “Alien Invader” on a B6 for a low underpowered flight, then a Estes “Mean Machine” on a D12 then E9.
Armin Laicher Flew a really nice NASA “Saturn V” underpowered on a D12, barely survived, it flew again later on a E15 for a great flight.
Oliver Laicher Also flew one of the many Estes “Mean Machine’s” of the day on a E9. A Estes “Sky Writer” flew on a C6.
Tom Laicher Flew a “Payloader” without a payload on a D12. The “Cosmic Cobra” on a C6. The “Tri Force” (not a cluster) flew on a C6. The a Estes “Mean Machine” on a E9.
Nils Laicher Flew a Estes “Shuttle Express” with and without shuttles on C6’s.
Regina Laicher= Reflew the large Saturn V that previously flew on a D12, now on a E15 for a great altitude and spectacular recovery.
Ralph Roberts Flew The “THUG”, a new kit he found, on a H123 for the last flight of the day at aprox 5:00. His Estes “Big Bertha” flew on a C6, the Estes “Patriot” on a B6, the “Fear Factor” on a H218-Redline with a dual deployment, drougless to main cute deployment at 300’.
David Strunk Flew the “Ornory Machine” on a H128 with dual deployment with main chute deployment at 500’. The “Bigger Bertha” flew on a H255 blue.
Joseph pierno Flew a Fire Hawk on mini A10’s.
Jacob ? , no last name, not on sheet, flew a “Mini Mini” on a mini A10.
Corky Story Flew his nice and big “Black Brant” on a I 357 with dual deployment with Main to deploy at 600’, but the main fell out at apogee. But unstead of a 3 mile walk, it still only landed at the side of runway and after moderate walk he had it back to the site. His “Honest John” flew on a I 357, and a “Small Phoenix” (not so small really) flew on a H97J.
Prof Doug Knight Flew a “D Region Tomahawk” on a E30 after 3 trys, next to last flight of day. The “Formula 54” flew on a cessoroni H410, bang, it’s a mortor round. The next was made out of stuff from around the apt, “White Trash” on a I 248 Mojavie Green. “Cosmic Irene?”, a Black Brant flew on a H410 bullet round.
Eric Evans The “Little Rascal” flew on a B6 and C6, the “Sky Piercer” and the “Bullet” on a B6.
Johnathan Gail A mini “Honest John” has flew on a D12 before and he got it back again.
Daniel Jeffries= Flew a “Cobra-1500” on C6’s.
Jon Atian (can’t make it out)= flew a Red “Big Bertha” on a C6.
Charlie Hardy Flew a Estes “Mean Machine” on a D12 and E9. A LOC “Onyx” flew on E15’s. And a Estes 2stage “Taser Twin” on a C6 to C6.
Brad Shea Flew a really big 38mm giant Plastic “Spool” on a I 297 Skidmark.
Scot McMurray was visiting us with Pack 112 Scouts for a future launch visit.
That was the weekend as a whole. And a big and busy weekend it was.
Thanks to everyone who helped out.
Many times some asks “Who makes that rocket?” so I’m trying to identify the kit maker in the reports so interested fliers know what kit to look for.
Hope to see you on the pads and remember to keep those exhaust nozzles clear.
Roy, ROCC Sec.