Launch Report, Bayboro, November 18-19, 2023

The weather this weekend was great for flying.   The college teams were out and we had a few successful certification.  Saturday was well attended, but Sunday was quite sparse, despite the excellent weather.

For a summary of the motors flown, I have listed cluster flights as total installed impulse and two stage flights as separate motors:

A 1
E 1
L 1

First the certifications, all of which happened on Saturday.  Zane Andersen flew Tempting Fate on a J615 for his Tripoli level 2 certification.  The main chute shook out at apogee, but that is allowable for a level 2.  Congratulations Zane.

Alex Key flew Starcatcher on a H130 for a successful Tripoli level 1 certification and Willaim Vitola flew Little Sean on a H123 for a successful NAR level 1 certification and Peter Tolman flew Adventurer 3 on a I435 for a successful NAR level 1 certification.  Congratulations to all of you.

For the college activities, again all on Saturday, Greg Twiss had a class out from Duke and had two flights.  He flew Duke Blue Blaze and Bojangles, both on J450 motors.  The High Power Rocketry Club at NC State had two separate flights, Pencil Pusher on a J800 and This is How a Rocket Wears Jeans on a J500.  NC A&T came out with a brand new group and flew Baby Pluto on a H268.  Sailor Koeplinger with the NC State team flew Drag Queen on a J435 for a test of an air brake system.

The rest of the Saturday flights, in no particular order follow.  Katherine Jackson flew Riptide twice, both times on a C6-5.  Morgan Willis flew Ferb on a J800 and The Dream Canteen on a J450.  Bart Merkley was busy with four flights.  Yellow Crayon flew on a I405, Tubular Red flew on a D12-5, Yellow Spike flew on a G61 and Mr. Firefly flew on a F25.  Robbie Kirk flew Modified Olympus on a F12 for a nice flight.  Grayson Amendt flew My Star on a H130.  Mark Peot flew Cheerwine on a K695 and finally, Mike Nay flew his Nicole on a M1780.

There were a couple of flights that ended “sub-optimally” but nothing serious and we will leave that at that.

On Sunday we had two people flying and five flights.  Richard Powers was out and had four of those.  He flew Socrates on a A8-3, Big Bertha on a C5-3, Patriot on a D16 and 3 Inch School Rocket on an E35.  Jim Livingston rounds out the weekend with Carbon High flying on an EX motor, an L900 in the CP5 formula.

I want to give a big thanks to the folks who arrived early on Saturday and those who stayed on Sunday to help with the setup and teardown.  This is really a big help.  If anyone else is willing, we generally start setting up around 8:30 Saturday morning and tear down on Sunday after everyone is done flying – or the waiver time slot expires.


Kurt Hesse


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