Launch reports 2012

Launch Reports 2012

This page contains the launch reports from February 2012 until December 2012.

Launch report May 2012

The weather again was not friendly with winds blowing rockets on their parachutes all over the place.

Matt and the Davies boys were first on site and set up the range, they were shortly followed by Steve and Baz.

We were very pleased to see Malcolm from Rockets and Things arrive , even thought it was only a month since we last saw him.

There was a good range of flights, with everything being flown from B motors to J. Even with the winds there were some nice and high flight just tickling the max altitude of the site. George impressed us all with hybrid flights. There were  several cluster flights. A total of only 24 flights took place,would have been more given the number of rocketeers present, but the wind slowed things down a tad.

Matt and Paul were the RSOs.

The most impressive thing about the May launch was how the entire club spent time walking up and down corn fields looking for other poeple’s rockets. the Davies boys and Mike were especially pleased to get their rockets back -thanks guys, it’s great to see a club were everyone looks after each other and not simply a collection of individuals with a shared hobby.

and now the awards…………….

Most flights: Davies boys.

Best flight: Baz- really liked the phone tracker.

Really award: Chris S, small rocket, corn field……………..

Big bird: George for his J flight.

Spectator award: Nice to see Paul again!

Range closed at 4pm – Saw the farmer to pay for the flying session.

PLEASE DRIVE VERY SLOWLY THROUGH THE FARM YARD.

Here’s hoping for clear skys and no winds for next month.

Hope to see some of you at FoR.

Matt Gillard

April 2012 Launch report

The weather was not great, cold and far too windy.

Adam and Steve was first on site at 10:30am shortly followed by Matt. Pads were set up, and then moved to allow the microlights to use the other runway.

We were very pleased to see Malcolm from Rockets and Things arrive in the afternoon, even thought it was only a month since we last saw him, quite a few of us still were buying stuff, esp. as he had a new stock of aerotech .

There was a good range of flights, with everything being flown from A motors to H, microhybrids, 2 stagers, gliders and odd rocs.  Matt was the RSO.

A total of 19 flights.

In addition to flights, there were a few other note worthy happenings:

Howard showed us all how micro hybrids are supposed to work after last months efforts.

George was unlucky with his 54mm skyripper motor, a leak and some overly hard olives meant that he had to dump NOX twice. great to see you George and Paul, hope you come back next month as we need your expert guidence.

Adam flew a rocket. Just the one, but that’s an improvement.

“the committee” tested the new electronics for the deployment in their hybrids – and the electrons failed. thankfully the motor ejection charge was used as a back up.

Great to see so many new faces, with the guys from QEGS and a few new faces. Hopefully next month will not be so windy and you can see the bigger rockets fly.

and now the awards………………..

Best lawn dart:  Matt H, failed separation of a two stager.

Spectator award: David, and we all saw your rockets in your car!

Most flights: Matt.

Best flight: Adam, Sky Torpedo on an E.

Really award: Matt H– did you really think that top stage section of the orange rocket was going to be found.

Big bird: Matt’s lost in the clouds.

Range closed at 4pm – Saw the farmer to pay for the last three flying sessions.

Here’s hoping for clear skys and no winds for next month.

Matt Gillard

March 2012 Launch Report.

The weather man got it right and it was a near perfect day for rocket flying.

Matt was first on site at 10am and set up the pads.

We were very pleased to see Malcolm from Rockets and Things arrive, after along drive from down south. There were quite a few of us stocking up on motors and other bits and bobs. Hopefully Malcolm will come up any join us again later in the year.

There was a good range of flights, with everything being flown from A motors, to vintage NRC rockets, CHADs, lots of cluster, the new CTI Pro 24 motors, gliders, and Hpr. Matt was the RSO

A total of 28 flights (not including UKAYRoC)

In addition to flights, there were a few other note worthy happenings:

We all watched with some interest as Adam tried, tried and tried again with his micro hybrid – a true testiment to Adam’s OCD. Finally, at the end, a perfect ignition – so next month a rocket that uses it?

Matt had a Birthday and so brought some cake bars for everyone. Steve’s wife did one better where she sent Steve with lots of individual home made cup cakes in their own rocket design boxes – very nice. A BBQ was had, with sausages slowly being cooked to perfection- eventually.

Rare for the Twycross site, we lost rockets in the trees, and we very rarely lose rockets.

Malcolm showed off his new stock of CTI Pro 24mm range with a 3 grain demo in an Art Applewhite Scimiter – there’s some power in that motor, and Malcolm has got alot of them in stock – buy now, you will not be disappointed.

and now the awards………………..

Best rocket collection:  The wood,  (now has Steve’s bull pup, Matt’s pop pod, and Chris C’s rather nice upgraded Big Daddy )

Best lawn dart:  Dr Fish.

Spectator award: Adam – Seriously, fly a rocket.

Most flights: Matt.

Copper head award: Steve

Best flight: Malcolm’sPro 24 3 grain – just too powerful for a scimitar.

Really award: Dave – did you really think that nose cone clip would hold forever.

Big bird: Malcolm’s son with a H flight.

 

Range closed at 4pm.

Big thanks to those who helped tidy up and pack away.

Here’s hoping for clear skys and no winds for next month.

Matt Gillard

Launch report February 2012

First launch of the year.

Dr Fish was first on the site, followed by Matt and Chris C. They set up the range and were soon joined by Adam, David (with two grandsons) and new visitors Simon and son.

The weather was lovely, next to no winds and not as cold as we had expected, muddy underfoot.

A total of 26 flights were made, ranging from A to G motors.

The range closed at 15oohrs, thanks to Adam and Chris C for tearing down the range, the remaining flyers went off to McDs.

Awards:

Best flyer: Simon’s son, three perfect flights.

Best lawn dart: Matt destroyed a Big Daddy after anejection failure.

Best power prang: Adam’s only flight had a proto type rocket (wisdom) go horizontail 10 feet off the pad and spank the ground

Best Cato: A quest motor in dr fish’s Osso; no damage to rocket.

Best Core Sample: Dr Fish’s Vega had a separation issue, the core sample went for the road which only managed to destroy the top 3/4 inch so the rocket will fly again.

Big Bird: David had the biggest flight on a CTI G79 in a Bull puppy.

Most: Matt flew the most with 8 flights.

Despite the several mishaps, the other flights went very well. Most upsetting for the adults was that the children present didn’t put a foot wrong and their 5 flights were perfect. Chris C flew 6 perfect flights including a few new ones. Matt tested his CFM- Salute. Was great to see some new faces, and MRC hopes that you come back.

Alot of chat was had about Hybrids, as we have just aquired 5 new skyripper hybrid motors.

Thanks must go to those who have paid this year’s fees. – cheers Matt, Adam and Chris C. (the rest of you need to pay up!)

Next month’s launch in on the 11th – see you there.