Tim Durbin of Giant Leap Rocketry will be out at this weekends launch. He has just come back from a relaxing vacation, so it's time to put him to work. Ralph says that Tim has in a order of Mid-power single use engines and reload kits. It may be to little time to try and do a 2-way conversation but you can e-mail him at email@example.com, and let him know what you are looking for, that way he can make sure that he brings it along. Tim also will have a collection of cones, tubes, parts and kits so take the opportunity check it all out. Hope to see you on the field and remember to keep those exhaust nozzles clear. Roy, ROCC Sec.
Everyone: The June Launch is a go at Williams Farm for June 23rd and 24th. The Barley is cleared on the North field and the Soybeans are being planted and there are even some of the beans coming up so watch your step. The South field is being cut this week, they should be cleared by the weekend. We will be running the launch from 11:00AM to 8:00PM Saturday and Sunday. Note: Due to the recent dry weather and the fact that the barley stalks will still be there. There is still a small threat for a grass fire. So be cautious in your planned flights. We will NOT have the Porta-A-Potty at this launch. There has not been a huge number of folks requesting information about the launch so I am not going to get one. However, if a lot of people request it by Wednesday, I will reconsider. Usually there is a light turnout in June and the summer months so I figured we could pass. Camping: ------------ I know of only 3 folks who where planning on camping, again unless you contact me by Wednesday night, I'd say would should not camp due to weather conditions and lack of interest. I know I can not camp this month. Attire: -------- It will be Hot this weekend, bring lots of water and sunscreen and shade if you have it. I will have my tent as well by the flight line. Note: With the leftover barley stalks, long pants and or long socks may be a good thing, they can be sharp. Vendors: ------------ At this time no Vendors are scheduled to be at the launch. However, Tim Durbin may come if he returns from vacation by Friday. Brent Johnson from Hobbytown USA ordered some mid power motors from Aerotech but he is also on vacation. The best thing to do there is call his store to see what is in stock. Also, I have need for folks to assist me in flying some High-power projects/motors. If interested, contact me ahead of time to let me know if you can help. I have several motors I would like to burn this launch. Launch Duty Roster: ----------------------------- Please let me know who and when you can help with the launch. It will be Hot and we should cycle folks in and out to help ease the burden. New Setup Rules: ------------------------- Due to an incident at our April Launch. We will no longer setup rods or rails on the High Power pads during the setup. Just assemble the Tri-pods with the launch rod holders. Lay out rods and rails in the back by the white PVC pipe so people can pick and choose what they need. As Mid-Power and High-Power fliers come back they can choose the rod or rail they need. Everyone, when you do insert a rod or rail into the launch rod holders be sure to tighten down both the rod/rail Eye-bolt plus the angle-adjust Eye-bolt and pull test to make sure it is locked in place. We don't want it to tip and fall before or during a launch. We need as many people as we can to make our flyer fee goal. April we had a small turnout at our make-up launch. We need everyone and their donations so please contribute if you fly. Remember our recommended donation is $8.00-$10.00 per flyer per day, families with lots of young flyers maybe a $10.00 donation would be good. Again, these are recommendations not harden rule yet. The requested weekend land fee from the land owner is $250, so we need everyone to drop a little something in the jar. Anyone needing to certify, please contact me ahead of time. We need to make sure the NAR guys can arrange to have the Level 2 NAR test delivered to the field. Plus for Tripoli Certs I will be leaving the launch at 3:00pm sharp on Saturday. I will be at the launch all day Sunday. We will meet at around 2:00pm on Saturday and 3:00pm on Sunday for a general meeting to discuss Summer dates plus any other business. Thanks, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez 704-568-1070
Everyone: Those of you who are Level 2 and above that are interested in "Research Rocketry" a.k.a. Making your own rocket motors, your time as arrived. Tom Henderson, Tripoli SC and ICBMs Prefect and is wife Kay are the proud owners of Dynamic Propulsions Systems. They are now offering classes in AP based rocket motor building. They had a class schedule in Florida June 30th, however, due to a conflict that was canceled. He has decided to go ahead and offer the class but have it at his house in Newton, NC right off HWY 321 just south of Hickory, NC Saturday June 30th. About 1 hr 10 minutes from Charlotte.
Spoke to Kip last night. I hate to say he is still in the process of cutting the Barley out of the fields at the farm. He has cleared the field to the North, behind the farm house, however that is as far has he has progressed. Needless to say he needs to complete all before we can fly. He has his equipment down there and is planning on getting it out ASAP as long as it stays dry. So at this point we will have to check back with him next week to see where he is at. I also spoke to him about the stalks that are left once he does cut the Barley out. It would still be a bad fire hazard if they don't receive any rain. So we need to hope it stays dry enough to harvest then wet enough for us to fly by the 23rd. Anyway that is where we are at. I will be out there this weekend so I will personally check everything out, but at this time we are still on HOLD for a launch. Thanks, Ralph ROCC PREZ and PREFECT
OK, after a one month break for me and my sanity, I guess I need to get back to work. Mainly answering email and voice messages, pursuing and solidifying the next two launch dates, and other club business. The tentative dates are June 23rd, 24th and July 18th, 19th.
Well, we had some really strange e-mail problems between Bob Bernachez's and our e-mail server for the last 2 weeks, but I think we've got it worked out, so here's the results for the contest last month. Sorry it took a while, but just click on the "Read More" link below....
Well, we just got a phone call from Ralph, and he said that the build part of Build n' Blast went great! Brendt had about 20 builders at the store and they're really excited..... BUT The weather is really playing havoc with the Blast part scheduled for tomorrow. They've decided to push the blast off (oh, what a pun!) till another weekend, maybe in June. Stay tuned, we'll let you know when. There's an experimental launch going in Oraqngeburg for those who just have a case of AP burning a hole in their pockets! OW! another terrible pun! I'd better stop right now! DR
Man, did we have a great launch this past weekend! Thanks to all who came out and participated in the contest as well as all of the sport flyers we had. It was great to see some new faces as well as some that have been absent too long... come back in June! Just a reminder, if you have pix or video, send 'em to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Saturday 21 April, 11:00 - 7:30 Overnight Camping is optional for those interested. (let Ralph know) Sunday 22 April, 10:00 - 7:30 Weather, Looks very good, clear, sunny, temps up into the seventies, have some sunblock on hand. Vendors not confirmed at this time. NAR Contest at this launch. NAR Rocket Contest "D" streamer duration "C" Eggloft duration "A" SupeRoc duration See website and NAR Pink book for details. Prizes - $10.00 Hobbytown gift card for 1st place in each contest, NAR ribbons and points to the rest. Need volunteers, Mainly Setup on Saturday, Ralph will be at his daughters soccer game, Roy will be out of town, so contact Ralph at hm= 704-568-1070 cell= 704-560-0147 so he knows who can help out. Also if anyone is camping out so he can coordinate. Pre Launch Task Steve B. - Launch slips, how are we doing. At least a couple of tablets should do. John H. - Confirmed waivers until 7:30 pm. Ralph R. - Need to let Setup team know where to set up depending on projected wind direction. Upcoming Launch schedule: This will be the last launch until the Barley is cut. No May launch at the farm. Still Working on an alternate site. June launch after Barley is Harvested, hopefully the 3rd weekend. July launch at the Farm normal weekend (Soy beans will be coming up) New T-Shirts are in, if you have paid for one please come and get them. They are going fast. Note: As stated, Ralph will not be there for Setup Saturday, will be at launch by 2:00pm. Thanks, Ralph Roberts ROCC President 704-568-1070 email@example.com_
Everyone: Based on a few flights in the last two months that had some unusual flight profiles and the fact that I have had request for three more Cert Level 1 attempts I thought this would be a good time to remind everyone of our field restrictions, rocket liability and the Waiver Form we have on-site for all High-Power fliers to sign. As Jim Conn, former prefect of Tripoli, SC, notably said a few years ago: "You are always one flight away from losing your field". Hopefully, we will never experience this nor should any rocket club. So, I challenge each and everyone flying to consider the worst case scenario if your rocket was to suffer a catastrophic failure.