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Archive for December, 2008

Don’t miss the SEARS January 10th Launch

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

The next SEARS monthly launch is January 10th in Samson, AL. The events are:
       General: Anything but a Chute day.
       Youth: Make a colorful streamer and fly in a rocket
       Challenge: Fly a helicopter rocket
       Advanced: Fly a monocopter rocket

All event flights are on a green flight card. We will draw a green card at random for a pick from the prize pool. Note Art Applewhite is a good source for many rockets that don’t require chutes including his new monocopter kits. I am going to try out his Helix monocopter. I’ll bring a launch pad for his style of monocopters. Also note Apogee and Fliskits have helicopters. Oh yes any glider would work also.  The Edmound Glider Kits are good and available from JonRocket. So you have many options this month.


Tom Rackers loading up his
Tom Rackers loading his Big Birdie. Also notice the Estes Skywinder and Hefty Saucer rockets on the pad.

January 3rd 2008 Tripoli Research Launch

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Tripoli Central Alabama is hosting a research launch on January 3rd beginning at 9am. This launch is open to all Tripoli members to fly commercial motors, and L2 certified to fly research motors. Please come out and enjoy some homemade motors with us and possibly some catos…. We will collect a $10 range fee for this launch to pay for our renewal. We will also hold prefect elections. Chris’ Rocket supplies will be there to supply commercial stuff for you.
Chris Short

S.E.A.R.S. appreciates our Sponsors

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Please patronize these sponsors of SEARS Launches

Greens Grass Farm 
877 Sod Road,
Samson, AL 36477
(334) 898-7901

We appreciate the use of the field at Greens Grass Farm for our launches.

Portable Toilet Service
2321 N Range St
Dothan, AL 36303
Phone : (334) 794-2144

PTS provides excellent service at our launch site in Samson.


Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

SEARS fliers enjoy themed launches. But in 2009 were are unleashing a new concept. General, Youth, Challenge and Advanced categories. General will be on the green flight cards and there will be the drawing for a prize pool item. Youth is for fun and will you will likely get your picture on the web site. Challenge is to develop your rocketry skills. Advanced: This categoy is for those who have the basic skills down and have been flying rockets for a year or more with appropriate certifications. These flights will be flown from the wireless launcher if they present a greater risk than normal flights. That would be monocopters, billiard balls, four stage rockets, 7 motor clusters and the like. The stand off distance will be determined by the Club Advisor. Details will be supplied on the next cut. Let me know if you have any tweaks to the events.


Jan 10, 2009
       General: Anything but a Chute day.
       Youth: Make a colorful streamer and fly in a rocket
       Challenge: Fly a helicopter rocket
       Advanced: Fly a monocopter rocket See

Feb 7, 2009
    General: Egg Loft Day
    Youth: Decorate eggs as Eggstronauts
    Challenge: Egg Loft Duration
    Advanced: Billiard Ball Loft

Mar 14, 2009
     General: Maiden Flight Day
     Youth: Decorate A Rocket Contest
     Challenge: Kit Mash, build a rocket from two or more commercial kits.
     Advanced: Fly a Hybrid Rocket

Apr 18, 2009
        General: Peep Spot Landing
        Youth: Launch three different kinds of peeps
        Challenge: Deploy four or more peeps. The more the better
        Advanced: Fly a peep to as close to 1500 feet as possible based on an altimeter

May 9, 2009
        General:  Classic Day: Any published design or kit over 20 years old including clones and upscales.
        Youth: Bring a friend to the launch and show them how to fly a rocket
        Challenge: Scratch Build an original Design
        Advanced: Fly a dual deploy rocket

Jun 13, 2009
        General:  Multi Stage Day
        Youth: fly a two stage rocket and find both the booster and sustainer
        Challenge: fly a three stage rocket
        Advanced: fly a four stage rocket

Jul 11, 2009 
        General: Glider Day
        Youth: Bring a hand glider and fly it
        Challenge: Glider Duration
        Advanced: Fly an glider with 24 inch wingspan or greater (Maybe R/C)

Sep 12, 2009 
        General: Sci-fi / Futuristic / Alien Day
        Youth: decorate a rocket to have aliens on-board
        Challenge: Fly a Mars Lander type rocket
        Advanced: Warp Factor

Oct 10, 2009  
        General: Odd Roc Day
        Youth Build and fly an Applewhite 13mm saucer
        Challenge: Build an totally original Odd Roc
        Advanced: Fly an rocket on K or larger motor

Nov 14, 2009 
        General: Cluster Day
        Youth: Paint a rocket the same color as a pumpkin
        Challenge: Modify a rocket to take three motors instead of one
        Advanced: Cluster 7 or more motors 

Dec 12, 2009 
        General: Drag Race day
        Youth: Decorate a rocket for Christmas
        Challenge: Drag race a matched rocket and motor with a friend
        Advanced: Drag race H or larger rockets

Season’s Greetings from S.E.A.R.S.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!