Upcoming Launch Schedule

2013 - 2014 ROCC Season

April 26-27, 2014 (4th w'end due to Easter)

May 17-18, 2014

June 14-15, 2014

July 19-20, 2014 (depends on crop rotation)

All launches are at the Midland, NC site unless otherwise stated.

Set-up starts at about 9:00, launches commence about 10:00. Field closes about 30 min. before dusk so we can clean up. Watch the site front page for specifics.

Friday
Apr282006

More weather updates for the weekend

Club Secretary here with some good weather news. It looks like the Rocket Weather Gods are going to smile down upon us this weekend. Saturday is projected to be mostly clear and sunny, 45 in the morning with a projected high of 69 degrees. As most of you know, it will be, or seem warmer out at the farm as the open fields act like a solar collector. Over night temps will be in the mid 40's with a Sunday wake-up of about 45 degrees again and a high of about 65 degrees. Only a slight chance of any rain late Sunday, so we should have the whole day to fly before we have to take down the flight equipment before dark. So, if your camping over, pack and be pre-paired for the cool night. Plan ahead and use common sense in that you are camping and walking around on a farm field. If your going to cook on site, bring a proper container for your fire. Portable and single use grills are a good choice, or like me, be sure you have a good portable fire pit. That way we can sit around the camp telling the story about "The Headless Rocketeer". OK, I hope to see everyone out on the farm this weekend and if everyone helps out, everyone will have a good time. Roy.

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Wednesday
Apr262006

LAUNCH UPDATE

Everyone: As of Wednesday evening, weather forecasters are predicting a chance of showers, Saturday afternoon, evening and all day Sunday with a chance of a Thunder shower Sunday afternoon. The percentages are varying all over the place. Based on the current forecast I feel Saturday may be the best day for flying. Sunday will have to be a Saturday night decision, mainly due to the runway conditions if we get a lot of rain. At this point I don't want to cancel any activities for the weekend, just make you aware of the situation. I have not spoken to Ken Allen from Performance Hobbies yet regarding the latest conditions. Note: You need to PRE-ORDER... especially High Power motors. Also if you call him with orders that will help him decide if he wants to drive down regardless of conditions, please contact him ASAP. www.performancehobbies.com One note on the history of Williams farm, the lay of the land in the area just south of Midland is that whenever there are showers around the Charlotte area, they somehow skip over the farm. A lot of times when it has been raining in Charlotte, we stayed dry on the farm. Will this be one of those times, who knows? I would suggest you contact my cell, 704-560-0147 for the latest conditions at the field. Those planning to camp, prepare for the rain as well. My take is that if we get a lot of showers, I will pass on the camping. Just using a little common since here. Thanks, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez PS : If we get only one day in this weekend, we will go around for one more day next weekend, May 6th or 7th. Note: Ken cannot come back that weekend due to launches in Maryland.

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Saturday
Apr222006

The Fastest Man Alive

Scott Crossfield, at one time the "Fastest Man Alive", passed away while doing what he loved, flying. He was at one time a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base, and flew a wide variety of aircraft, including the X-15. Read more about this amazing man here: http://www.edwards.af.mil/history/docs_html/people/pilot_crossfield.html Here's the news from Space.com: http://www.space.com/news/cs_060420_crossfield_obit.html

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Wednesday
Apr192006

February 2006 Launch Report, Part 2

Welcome to the Make-up weekend February post-launch report Pt II. As stated in February�s Post-Launch Report, Part I, we did indeed have a rocket launch in February. In fact we ended up having 3.

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Wednesday
Apr192006

February 2006 Launch Report, Part 1

Welcome. As a lot of you might remember, we did indeed have a rocket launch in February. In fact we ended up having 3. Because as you might also remember, the weather was really kind of on the nasty, wet and on the cold side for our regularly scheduled 3rd weekend launch. So Ralph, doing what good club presidents do, worked out a make-up launch for the following weekend. Cool, huh?

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Saturday
Apr152006

April's Spring Camp-Out Rocket Launch

Everyone: Ralph Roberts here, ROCC Club President and hard worker; The April Spring "Camp-Out Launch" is a go at Williams Farm for April 29th and 30th. we are moving the launch to the 5th weekend of the month. The launch is moved back due to the Easter holiday and the chance to get Ken Allen down to one last launch before he is committed to launch's up north and we may or may not have a launch field depending on the crop situation. So do your shopping this weekend. Every year we have a campout in the Spring, it gives us extra flying time and a chance to get together Saturday night for good food and conversations. This year we are going to have it at the April launch, mainly due to the fact that if we wait till May, as the corn begins to grow it will be harder for folks to retrieve the smaller rockets. In the past folks have brought telescopes to view the stars, it gets a little dark out there with very few outside lights to compete for the star light. (Roy will be looking for UFO"s). I will take my grill to the launch, and people may borrow to grill, a lot of folks will bring there own as well. (Roy will have his fire pit, everyone is encouraged to bring your charcoal or wood with you) I will post further details about the campout as we get closer to the weekend.

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Thursday
Apr132006

April Launch moved to 29th and 30th

The latest word from Ralph is the launch will be the fifth weekend of the month. See you then.

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Sunday
Apr092006

New Server in Place

One week, one motherboard and two head colds later, the new server is up. If we hadn't both got stuffy heads, it would have been here Wednesday. Thanks for bearing with us. Jean

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Wednesday
Mar222006

Contest Results

Results of Contests * C Eggloft Duration * Bob Bernatchez 64 Sec * Ralph Roberts 40 sec * Doc Russell 32 sec * Steve Bumgardner 22 sec * 1/2A Boost Glider * Bob Bernatchez 59 sec (2 flights) * Steve Bumgardner 37 sec (1 flight) * 1/2A Parachute Duration * Bob Bernatchez 128 sec (2 flights) * Brad Shea 11 sec (2 flights) * Roy Potter DQ (2 flights) * Steve Baumgartner DQ (1 flight) * Total NAR Contest points awarded * Bob Bernatchez 400 * Steve Baumgartner 166 * Doc Russell 96 * Brad Shea 42 * Roy Potter 0 _________________________ * ROCC 704 Congrats to all those who participated. Contest prizes will be awarded at the next launch.

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Tuesday
Mar212006

Request for date change for April Rocket Launch

Due to Easter falling on our normal launch weekend, we want to move our date so as not to conflict with everyone's Easter plans. There was a discussion and a straw vote at the March Sunday launch of moving the April ROCC launch date to the last (5th) weekend of April, the 29th and 30th. By doing this it would provide a better weekend for having a camp-out launch. Also, since the Williams are going to plant Milo and Corn, it may be one of the last launches we can have before the corn really takes off. Also, Ken Allen said he could come back on that weekend before heading to the summer launches up North. Members in attendance were myself, Steve B., Roy Potter, Bob B, Terry Baucom, Tony Casey, Jim Crabtree, Mark Ferrel. The Sheas and the Lowes, however, they were not there when we had a straw vote. The consensus was to go ahead and move it. I am polling the rest of the current membership for your opinion. Which would you prefer, the 4th or 5th weekend of April. Let me know over the next day or two and we will make a final decision. Call me at 704-568-1070 or email me at roccprez at bellsouth dot net . Also, there was a new joint statement released concerning the Fed vs Rocket Hobby court case and then what we fliers need to do posted by NAR and TRA. Basically, nothing has changed,if you fly HP motors you need a LEUP to purchase. The next court dates may run down into July before we hear anything else. I have just renewed my LEUP and I am expecting it any day. I can still grant permission letters for contingent storage in my magazine so let me know. Thanks, Ralph Roberts ROCC Prez

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