March 25th Dawsonville Launch Report

For the March Dawsonville launch we had twelve participants launch sixty-three rockets into partly cloudy skies.  Once again we were challenged with winds that were gusting heavily later in the day, but during more moderate periods we saw many mid-power launches.  Jeff Eshbaugh sent his LOC Viper III up on a cluster of three E9-6s and his Estes Argent skyward on a F15-6.

We saw an impressive launch of Kevin Scholberg’s Estes Saturn V on an E28-4T and his brightly colored Estes Scion on a F42-4T.  Top shot goes to Steve Bellio who brought out his LOC Mothership (Heavy Duty Beauty) and used a G71-7R to send it streaking off the launch pad.  Tethered chute releases on Steve’s launches kept recoveries less of an inconvenience.  Alan L. also used this technique successfully on his scratch-built Soft Iron and Launch Pad Bolo, both powered by E30-7s.

Coyote Rocketry attended the event and sponsored a give-away drawing for an Estes Bull Pup 12D kit and launched three Estes Crayons on C6-5s for youngsters to retrieve and then own.  Lots of smiles!  Additional Launch Photos

Motor Ignition Counts:
A – 10
B – 13
C – 19
D – 10
E – 14
F – 3
G – 2

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March 11th Mill Springs Launch Report

The March Mill Springs Launch event had thirty participants launch ninety-six rockets.  The early afternoon hours provided the best time for launching as winds were light at both higher altitudes and at field level.  Coyote Rocketry attended the event and provided rocket kits as giveaways to lucky participants whose flight cards were randomly drawn.  The event saw some interesting motor clusters being tried by Jack Bentley with his Estes X Prize Starchaser Industries Thunderstar on two A8-3s, Jim Cain’s Semroc Defender on three B6-4s, Steve Bellio’s TMRK Aries attempted on four C11-3s although two of the motors appeared to have malfunctioned, and Kevin Scholberg’s LOC Starbright with a pair of D12-3s.

We enjoyed watching multiple flights of Jacob Schwartz’s Estes Quinstar and the scratch-built creations brought out by Kevin Scholberg including his Cosmic Wedgie flown with a E28-4T.  We also had Semroc Mars Landers flown by Jim Cain and Tom Thurmond successfully on C6-3s.  There was a thrilling drag race between Maddy’s Estes Purple Crayon and Sara’s Silver Crayon each flown on C6-5s.  Late in the day as the cloud deck lowered and a few rain drops appeared with stronger chilly winds, the event ended a bit early.  Event Photos by Kevin Boyd
Motor ignition counts:

  • 1/2A – 4
  • A – 11
  • B – 34
  • C – 32
  • D – 13
  • E – 7
  • F – 0
  • G – 2
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February 11th Mill Springs Launch Report

On a mild but cloudy and sometimes breezy February afternoon thirty-seven participants accomplished a total of 123 flights at the Mill Springs launch.  With the wind direction holding steady down the length of the field many were not discouraged in attempting maximum low power altitudes even if it meant a bit of a walk to recover.  Those who came to observe were not disappointed.  Once again, Steve Bellio provided some mid-power excitement with his LOC EZI-65 authoritatively launched with a G74-6W and was also successful in launching his LOC Heavy Duty Beauty (mothership) with a cluster consisting of an E15-4 supplemented with six C11s (two staged) – it worked beautifully, but not sure how.  The crowd applauded.  Future aerospace tycoon Oliver Long sent his Estes Argent up on an E16-4 and Kevin Scholberg launched an Estes Nike Smoke on an E16-4 – a fun to watch scale model.  There were many other excellent flights and breath-holding moments.  The day of launches went smoothly and at a steady pace with many families providing encouragement and emotional support for the few rockets that will be staying behind at the field.
Motor ignition counts:

  • 1/2A – 10
  • A – 20
  • B – 49
  • C – 32
  • D – 10
  • E – 8
  • F – 3
  • G – 1

Event Photos provided by Kevin Boyd

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January 28 Dawsonville Launch Report

Despite the brisk January winds, we had fourteen participants launch twenty-seven rockets. It was a day well suited for streamers and tethered parachutes to help make recoveries less troublesome. And although all rockets were eventually retrieved the winds certainly carried a few that were riding down on parachutes far afield, especially for those who reached for higher altitudes. Still, there were some impressive flights like Tom Thurmond’s Estes Argent launched with a F42, Brody Patton’s Maxi Alpha on a F44-4W, Alan Luebs’ scratch-built Soft Iron lofted by a F15-7, and Frank Patton’s Aerotech Initiator on a F15-7. I was also amused by Jack Bentley’s Garbage Rocket (dishwashing soap bottle with fins?) on a C6-3. Due to the unrelenting winds, the event wrapped up early. A special note of appreciation to all of those who helped take down the launch equipment.

Motor ignition counts:

  • A – 2
  • B – 4
  • C – 8
  • D – 7
  • E – 2
  • F – 4

Additional Event Photos

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