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Archive for October, 2008

Oct 25th 2008 Webelos Rocket Rally

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

SEARS had the pleasure of supporting the Webelos Rocket Rally on October 25th 2008 at Emerald Coast Skydiving in Elberta, AL.  The October weather was perfect and the Skydiving center has a beautiful field.  There were over sixty Webelos this year, the biggest turn out yet and it could double next year. Russ Roberts and Greg Lane put on two rounds of demo launches. The Webelos launched their Starhawk rockets twice individually and then they did mass launches with the SEARS Mass launcher. We enjoyed the Skydivers between launches. The event was well orchestrated by Richard Gean and his team of leaders. The response to the demos and mass launch was very positive. Of course we plan to return next year.  See all the pictures at

Loading Star Hawks for Mass Launch
Webelos load their rockets for the mass launch


S.E.A.R.S. T Shirt Order

Friday, October 24th, 2008


Taking orders for the classic, authentic, nostalgic, vintage, rare, orignal, limited edition, printed in Alabama SEARS shirts. You can’t get them in stores. Great for Christmas gift giving. So put your request in by an email to LaneKG  Orders close Nov 1st 2008.

Available in Adult L, XL, XXL, XXXL and Child M & L

Adult L & XL for $12

Adult XXL & XXXL for $14

Child M & L for  $8

Please pay John Hansel (Treasurer) if you like when you see him or pay when you pick up the shirts. 


Don’t Miss the Nov 1st S.E.A.R.S. Launch

Monday, October 20th, 2008

The next monthly S.E.A.R.S. Launch is November 1st at Samson, AL. The event is Cluster Day. A cluster rocket has two or more motors in a single stage. We setup at 8:30 AM, the waiver opens for launches at 9:00 AM. We usually go untill about 4:00 PM. Beginners are welcome. Bring the whole family!. Everyone is also invited to Crews BBQ in Samson after the launch. For more info see

Greg Lane

S.E.A.R.S President

Hydra Drag Race they are off

Two seven motor Hydras drag race


Oct 25 Tripoli Research Launch Planned

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Tripoli Central Alabama is hosting a research launch on Oct 25 at the Samson Site. The launch will begin at 10Am and go until dark. Tripoli research rules will be used. Tripoli insurance is also going to be used. All members who are 18 years old and a tripoli member are welcome to come fly commercial motors. If you are L2 certified, you may also fly homemade motors. We will have 3 pads and controlers. If you plan to fly estes rockets, you need to bring your own launch equipment. Spectators are allowed to attend, but cannot be in the rocket range for any reason. Chris’s Rocket Supplies will be on site, and has a 30%off retail sale running at this launch only. For more reserch information, check out or give Chris Short a call at 850-554-6531. We have L1, L2 and a L3 cert attempt going on. Hope to see people there.

Note: The next monthly SEARS launch is Nov 1st.

Chris Short's Research L Sparky

Chris Short’s Research L Sparky

October 4th Launch Highlights

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Witches broom flies solo 

A witches broom flies solo and a tombstone on the pad.

The weather was hot but not too humid with light winds the seemed to blow from just about every direction at some time or another.

 Alexa Stetson won the odd rocket contest with her Decaffinator.

We had 13 paying members/families, there were new faces ( Dr. Roy and others) and some old faces (Bill Bosley, John Kegans).

A safe and good time was had by all.

The album for the Oct 4th SEARS Launch is at

and videos at