Received from Ken Good, president of TRA. As many or most may have heard by now, Judge Reggie Walton's office contacted TRA/NAR legal counsel Marty Malsch at about Noon on July 26, to notify him that the hearing of July 27 was canceled, and the court would get back to him on rescheduling. No further information was provided, and it is not always expected that the staff person who called would be able to do so. Mark Bundick and I were already in transit to Washington when Marty was able to get in touch to let us know. We therefore met with Marty for a dinner meeting, in which we discussed what this may mean and also future strategic steps we may take, depending on the outcome of the case. In brief, Marty could not say for sure why the judge canceled, although it is possible that he recognized that this status hearing (for which date he had previously expressed that he would be able to render the court opinion on the cross motions for summary judgement) was not required, and he has enough documentation to rule from the bench in the very near future. This is speculation on our part at the moment, but Marty (after conferring with our senior counsel, Joe Egan) did express that this could be a positive sign. In any case, Marty's best assessment was that he did not expect the judge to delay for very long whatever he was going to do, whether it is to reschedule a hearing for oral arguments or issue rulings. I know we were all waiting in great anticipation of an outcome on July 27 or shortly thereafter, and believe me, Mark Bundick and I share everyone's frustration that this has not yet occurred. As soon as we receive any further information from the court, I will pass it along to the membership. Ken Good
Again, Welcome, Welcome to all you Rocket Scientists, young and old, male and female, nerd and geek. It is good to be a Rocket Science Geek. As you already know Saturdays launch was PACKED. We had the 22 Scouts with family members and friends plus many of our regular fliers. Again, thanks to Mr. Brad McLelland and Mr. David Hutchinson with Cub Scout Pack 214 of Matthews for the kind Thank-You letters. Like Ralph, our clubs Prez said, we really enjoyed having you come out, consider yourself welcome any time. We found 4 rockets we think are Scouts by end of Sunday. So you got to come back. Sunday the 22nd of July was suppose to be better than Saturday but it to was a bit breezy. Not as bad but it did not really get dead calm till later in the afternoon early evening. The attendance was quite a lot lighter and many didn�t arrive till after 1pm so we had a non-rushed, fly�em when your ready routine for most of the day. Everyone was able to take their time with prepping and fly when they were ready.
Welcome to all you Rocket Scientists, young and old, male and female, nerd and geek. Saturdays launch on the 21st of July was PACKED. We had 22 Scouts (that indicated as Scout on the sign-in sheet) from Pack 214 in Matthews come out. Plus all family members and friends. Thanks to Mr. Brad McLelland and Mr. David Hutchinson with Cub Scout Pack 214 of Matthews for the kind Thank-You letters. Like Ralph, our club Prez said, we really enjoyed having you come out, consider yourself welcome any time. We found 4 rockets we think are Scouts by end of Sunday. So you got to come back. So, with our regular members also on site, we had 56 actual flyers, with a whooping 153 documented flights for the day, which ended at 8pm dusk dark with Mark Ferrell�s high powered �Skid-more� launch, which was beautifully spectacular in the near dark. SO that is why I�m putting out Saturdays report separately first. It is going to be a big listing of fliers and flights all by it self. Also, many of you with business and school e-address have blockers or maximum limits on your e-mail reception.
The July Launch is a go at Williams Farm for July 21st and 22nd. The soybeans are coming up about 2"-3" two weeks ago and per Kip, he felt they would not be an issue except for the smallest of rockets. Be sure to watch your step as you recover rockets. The South field is 1/3 planted in corn to the lower side. It is tall and will eat rockets. I will have walkie-talkies to help in recovery.
We will be running the launch from 11:00AM to 8:00PM Saturday and Sunday, with one small exception. I group of around 30-40 cub/boy scouts are coming out early Saturday to launch their scout projects, so we will setup the range by 10:00am to get them started. I need volunteers for early setup and to help RSO and Pad Manage to launch as many of their projects as possible.
Ken Allen from Performance Hobbies will be here this weekend, this is rare for him to come down in the summer. He has the new redline load for the 29mm 40-120 Hobby case.
Brent Johnson from Hobbytown USA will be her Saturday only, he also has a fairly fresh supply of mid-power aerotech motors.
Weather is favorable for a campout this weekend, would there be any interest. Let me know ASAP so that may ask Kip.
Again 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 Thursday night, I will reconsider.
Usually there is a light turnout in summer months so I figured we could pass. We will have a Porta-A-Potty this month.
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.
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.
Setup Rules: (reminder)
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. In June we had a descent turnout at the 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. I will be at the launch both days for TRA certs.
We will meet at around 4:00pm on Saturday and 4:00pm on Sunday for a general meeting to discuss August and September dates plus any other business. I promise I will get to it this time.
PS Mark, were you going to have a another run of T-Shirts ready this launch? I believe we were going to duplicate the first order. Help me remember, I have forgotten.
Standard ROCC July Launch dates July 21st and 22nd 11:00-8:00. Brent from Hobbytown will be down Saturday to Vend. Note: A Large Boy Scout group (30-40 scouts) is coming out at 10:00am Saturday morning to Launch their projects from say 10:00-12:00. We would like some volunteers to help me with early setup and their launching. Note as of Saturday, the soybeans were about 2-3" tall. I would put in a heads up for very small rockets and use streamers for easier spotting. Brent at Hobbytown will borrow the old launch system and the saw horse rack to launch the build and blast rockets on Sunday July 22nd say form 11:30-2:30 at the Mooresville YMCA. Anyone wanting to help Brent on Sunday should contact him or myself. Brent's email is: email@example.com Ralph PS : Tim, tell us your status as a vendor for the July launch.
Welcome to all you Rocket loving Geeks. Well it has been a long time for a lot of us. So it was good for us to get out and be able to launch some rockets again. As everyone who came out knew, it was quite hot and very good for flying. Light winds that blew mostly the right way and only two losses that I know about. One small "ready to fly" in the corn and a lower section of a Este�s rocket that drifted up on thermals over and past the bridge. Thanks to Tim Durbin, vender rep for Giant Leap Rocketry, who came out to the launch the day after returning from a vacation in Myrtle Beach. Like I said, it was pretty hot and everyone did pretty OK for the most part. I think that I�m the only one who didn�t follow my own suggestions and didn�t realize that I was succumbing to the heat myself. I really conked out when I got home and probably was a bit out of sorts for the last half of the day. ROCC Prez Ralph had family obligations and had to leave early so thanks to everyone who helped get everything covered for the night, that made setup the next morning that much easier and quicker for it. Sat, 23 June. We had a very impressive, and unexpected attendance of 29 fliers, plus family, friends and visitors, and we had a odd number of 99 flights for the day. Not all were what we may call a satisfactory flight, but overall everyone had a great time. Wayne Hill, had a �6 footer� on MP, a Long Tom or Mean Machine I think. Also he flew the �X21� on LP, a �Sprint� on HP for a successful Cert-1 flight. Then the �Geminee� with 2 gliders on LP. I know one glider set worked fine, and another darted in before releasing. Then he flew the �VF-261� and the �OSO� both on LP. Roy Potter, flew the �Pirate Ship�, the �Sounder� on MP. The large Estes �V-2� went up on MP but instead of blowing the nose off, it blew out the side of the ejection passage tube from the engine to the nose, blowing the fin canister off one way, the body another and the nosecone off but not enough to push out the chute. Repairable with time. I flew the �Silver Comet� on LP without problems, but the �Whistler� on LP ripped off the chute cord and darted-in, non-repairable. Robbie Kirk, who is off to school a lot, far, far away, gets in as many flights as he can when he can come out to play. He got in 10 flights with his �Red and White� on MP, the �Blue and Silver� on LP, the �Red Checkers� on MP and the �Rainbow� on MP. You will see a correlation between his rockets appearance and their names when you see them. He also flew a scratch built �Phoenix� on MP and a 2 LP cluster rocket named �C-2�. Keith Biddinger flew the �X-Caliber� a few times on MP including a redline that was ruby red even in the daytime. He also flew a �Cool-Spool� on MP. Sandy Houston flew a classic Estes design, a �Up-Scale Alpha� on LP, the �Diamond Back� on LP, �CB Special� on MP, the �Gee-Whiz� on MP, the �Arrow� on MP and a �Big Daddy� on MP. Bryan Little, new visitor and now member, made one flight, not immediately prepared for more, with the �Weasel� on MP. Todd Haring spent his time prepping and then flying a large �Patriot� on HP with altimeter to successfully deploy the main at 400 ft. Max Cunningham also flew a smaller version of the �Patriot� on LP for a couple of flights. Micah Currie had a number of flights, with the Estes �Max Trax� with the built-in altemeter, a �Skybird�, the �Blue Flame�, �Sizzler�, �Sport� and the �Razor� all on LP. He also flew the �Sam X� two stage on LP, but I think the booster section had a regular engine, so it did not ignite the upper stage and it darted. Joshua Currie had 5 flights with the �Snitch� UFO and the Estes �36-D Squared� on a 2 LP cluster. I think the bottom half floated off on a uprising thermal. Nicholas Hutchinson flew a rocket named �X-Glider� on LP that wasn�t a glider but a streamer recovery. Then a new �Code Red� on LP also with a streamer, then a �Cosmic Cobra� on LP. Jake Hutchinson flew the �Metalizer� and the �Red Bullet� on LP. Evan Hutchinson flew a Estes �Blue Ninja� on LP. Brad McLelland flew a rocket named the �Orange-Black� on LP. James McLelland flew one named the �Orange Fire� and the �Red Fire� on LP. Terry Baucom spent most of his time assisting others and prepping a new one named the �Duracell Battery� rocket, you know, the copper topped one, that made its first flight on HP for a successful flight. And he also flew his reliable �LOC IV� on MP. Brian Helms, who makes his out of common household items, flew his �T P Express� a couple of times on LP and the �Ugly Red Thing� also on LP. Brian Eagle had time to fly a Estes �Alpha� and �Big Bertha� on LP and a �LOC Aura� on MP. Doug Knight, our favorite Professor, came out without his students so he could play by himself. He flew a �Big Betty� on a Roadrunner MP that zoooomed off the pad, then the new Estes �Speed Freak� on LP that has a built-in device that displays the speed of the rocket. He also had a scale classic model of the rocket used in an anctent Russian sci-fi movie, the �Frede� for its first flight on MP. He also flew a �Blue Ninja�, an �Extended Initiator� and a �Storm Caster� on MP. The Storm caster also took off like a bullet. Mark Ferrell only had one flight, the �Lil Nuke� on MP. John Lucas flew a Estes �Blue Ninja� and a �Big Daddy� on LP. Kelly Jenkins flew her PML �Bull Pup� on HP and a Aerotech �Wart Hog� on MP. Brad Shea, I thought had additional flights, but I could only find the slip for a new rocket that he spent hours prepping and setting up and removing until all the little �beeps and churps� sounded right. So his Level 2 cert flight with the �Rind a Ding Ding� tubular fined rocket on HP succesfuly roared off the pad. Maddy Haring flew a up-scaled �Der Red Max� on LP and the �Madster� on HP with altemeter to release the main chute at 500 ft. Paul Phillips flew a scratch built hex shaped UFO thing called the �Black Thing� on LP, and the �Round Thing� on LP. Then the great rocket gods called for sacrafice. You have to understand that most of his rockets are like sculpted art work, curving vanes and fins, multible body tubes and such. So the sacrafice was costly. The �SSTOG� HP level 2 cert suffered a electrical failure of unknown cause and came in ballistic near the hog pond for a total loss. Then the Gods clamed his �Python II� on HP that just �shredded� on take off, or as we call a �instantaiuons decomposition�. David Clancy flew a �Out Law� on LP that�s usually a two stager, but I didn�t see if it was flown as a single or double stage, and one named the �X-16� on LP for it�s first and consecutive flights for the day. Rachel Clancy flew her new rocket, �Marvin the Martian� on LP trying to send the lost Martian home. He came back. Colin W-T flew a � scale �Patriot� on HP for a good flight, then a �Fat Boy� on LP and one named �Pimp Daddy� (a modified Big Daddy?) on MP. Carter Strickland our last listed flier, was the littlest flier, flying Micro Max rockets. Those tiny little rockets that you can safely fly in a average front yard. He flew a �Venom� and the �Teeny Tiny Tim� on MMX engines. Sun, 24 June. Was another good day to fly, and I was properly prepared this time including bringing a lunch this time. We only had 8 flyers and 16 total flights for the day. It was a slow lazy kind of flight day where we flew�em when we had�em. Ralph was there all day to assist anybody that needed it and we all just had a good time. Roy Potter, I tried to fly the �Sounder� on a lesser impulse MP engine than normal so it impacted before ejection. Bummer. The �Pirate Ship� flew again on MP and then I borrowed an engine caseing so I could try a high impulse MP engine for a successful flight of the �Science Week Display Rocket� instead of a HP engine. Brandon Jackson flew his �IQSY Tomahawk� on MP and a Estes �Patriot� on LP and then the �Bellatrix� on MP. Brad Shea also returned and flew the �Improved Initiator� on MP with a note that Adam requested this rocket. He also flew a Estes �Blue Ninja� on LP. Mark Ferrell flew his �Lil Nuke� again on MP and a �HV Arcas� on MP. Ralph Roberts took some time to get in a flight of his own with his �Initiator� on MP. Amanda Roberts flew her �UFO� saucer on LP. Dave Hobson flew his Loc �Graduator� on MP. Tim Durbin, our local Vender from Giant Leap Rocketry took some spare time to fly his �Chester Cheatah� on MP to an estimated 2200 ft altitude. Well that was our launch weekend for June. Overall a good weekend. The soybeans will be higher by next month, and the corn will be very high, so we will have to see what our options are for July. Ralph will put out a e-message once he knows what our options are. Also, you can check the ROCC web site at WWW.rocketrycarolina.org. Until then, remember to keep your exhaust nozzles clear and we will see you on the pads soon. Roy ROCC Sec.
Please be advised that with the predicted 6 - 12 mph winds out of the north & west for todays launch that the recovery area will be mostly in the south field... which has CORN in it that's up to 5 FEET TALL. Just think about that... Good Luck and Happy Flying! dr
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.