Our one day Launch is on for Saturday March 22nd from 10:00-7:30. Setup at 9:30 sharp. I am upping the start time to encourage the TARC teams to get there early to get their flights in before the winds pick up. As you know the forecast is for higher winds in the afternoon say 10-20. WUNDERGROUND.COM shows only a max of 12MPH by 2:00pm, I hope they are right. Ken with Performance Hobbies will be back so please come out and support Ken as he will not be here next month. Also, please come out and donate to the flyer fees. We came up sort the last two months and I am looking to make around $150.00 to turn a profit for the month.
(Bumped to top of list) ROCC Members - one of the largest NAR launches of the year is coming to Orangeburg, SC on Memorial Day weekend - National Sport Launch 2008. For those new to the Hobby, this is really a special event. Flyers from all over the country will attend this launch and will fly everything from 1/2 A's to N motors. PLEASE, we need volunteers to help with range duties and general goings-on... please hit the "Read More" button...
Welcome all you Rocket Jockeys and Jockettes. Post Rocket Launch, Part 2 for March, Sunday the 16th. After the bedlam Saturday, and a much-enjoyed bedlam it was, Sunday was a quiet, casual easy going, lazy kind of launch day. When you got something prepped, bring it up and lets fly it. We expected a smaller crowd. It was originally forecasted to be windy, and we got just those who couldn�t come out Saturday or those who wanted a second chance to get some of their own flights up after working launch control and assisting the scouts all day Saturday.
Welcome, Welcome All you exhaust sniffing Rocket Jockeys. Some of you already know, especially those who came out at Saturdays launch, the 15th or March, that it was an unusually successful event under the forecasted weather circumstances. Weather was forecasted for an early morning rain to pass through with a break before the expected heavy rain storm to come later in the afternoon. We were set up by 11 Am just before the front started to pass through. Ralph was on the phone with someone who was watching it live on a weather map giving him minute-by-minute updates.
Brad Shea posted a question on our group site at RocketryPlanet.org, "What was your favorite flight of the weekend? I didn't have to think long, It was the First rack of Rockets on Saturday. For the first time in club history spanning back to the years of The Carolina Space Modelers say around 1993 we had 24 Estes and Mid Power rockets on the Pad in one rack. Plus, in a span of less than 3 and a half hours Saturday we flew over 145 rockets. We also had the most ever participants in a drag race, 5 rockets left the pad in one launch. Thanks to the efforts of many dedicated ROCC members that helped Saturday we "ROCCed the house". Dave Hutchinson and the Pack 214 scouts deserve a big hand in helping us set these records on a day that almost did not happen cause of the weather outlook. Also, we have to give a big thumbs up to Charlie Ogino who had a qualifying flight for the TARC competition that is almost a shoe in for the finals. Doc Russell got his NAR L2 cert Saturday and Mike O'hara got his NAR L1 on Sunday. Should I say more about our group, nah, if you missed this launch, shame on you. Thanks to All, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez and Prefect
I wanted to issue a much deserved and heartfelt THANK YOU to all who have helped me complete my L2 this weekend. Especially Brad, Todd, Ralph, Terry and most of all my wife Jean. Thank all of you who were there with your good wishes as well on this, as well as my 2 previous attempts! Y'all are just the greatest.
Sunday's launch is a GO. However, due to the rain it will be important for you to drive on the sides of the runway. Set up at 10:30 flights start at 1100. Be advised that winds are forecast to be between 8-15 but should settle as the day goes on. Ken allen from Performance hobbies did confirm that he will be down Sunday as well. I suggest you come out and support Ken has he will not be at our April launch due to scheduling conflicts. Next Saturday March 22nd. We still plan have a "make-up flight day" Yes we know we may have a low turnout because its Easter Weekend, but it's the best we can offer to those who may missout this weekend. And the different TARC teams may need that last chance to get qualifying flights before the April deadline. I would like to leave the start time flexible to allow for best flight conditions. Questions. Ralph Roberts. email@example.com 704-568-1070 home 704560-0147 Cell.
Everyone: This is a hard weekend to call, we have strong winds out in front of a strong cold front moving in. As of Thursday late forecast Saturday looks rough. The forecast of severe weather weighs heavy on our decision. So, this will not be official until 5:00pm Friday afternoon as we understand more the dynamics of the upper level disturbances and the front and its position by late afternoon. Please check back tomorrow evening for more updates. That said we are leaning for a scrub of the launch Saturday and going for a one day launch Sunday. However, winds are not in our favor on Sunday behind the front and we may have to call Sunday due too high winds. We understand the TARC teams are running out of time and only have a few more weeks to get their qualifying flights in. So we feel that we will attempt a one day make up launch on Saturday March 22nd from 11:00-7:00. Ken please advise your schedule for March 22nd, lets us know if you could come down pending the launch. More to come, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez
Everyone: Official launch announcement for ROCC Sport Launch: Saturday and Sunday March 15th and 16th from 11:00 to 7:00 each day This month's launch looks a little iffy with a front moving in Saturday. Please keep checking the website and email for further launch details. We will not have an option to go around due to the Easter holiday the following weekend. We will try to get this launch in the best we can. Large Boy Scout group to attend early Saturday. David Hutchinson from Pack 214 is bringing at least 47 scouts out for a day of launching. We may be pretty busy Saturday morning. They came out last year and we had a really great time. I would ask all senior members of the club to make yourself available to assist in either with pad management, or to just be available if they need help with prepping, repairs, etc. We will have our new Estes PVC pads available that Todd has been working on. I hope to have all 24 pads up and running at this launch. Please, READ MORE
Welcome, welcome everyone to the February Post-Launch Rocket Report, being brought to you by Louise Ferrell, Assistant Secretary. The forecast for the entire weekend was cold, windy and rain, but, fortunately once again the reports were in error. The weather overall was very good but we had winds that varied from almost calm to strong gusts which made predicting rocket course at times difficult. (Roy�s Note: I myself had two MP flights come in ballistic behind the flight line so we need to take extra care on a rockets angle and try to take into account the effect of �wind Cocking�.)