SEARS 572 October 28th 2000 Launch Report
The Southeast Alabama Rocket Society (S.E.A.R.S. NAR # 572) held the first launch of the winter season on Saturday, October 28, 2000 at the Baxter Farm in Headland, Alabama. The weather was perfect... mostly sunny, temperatures in the low to mid 80's and three to ten MPH winds (occasionally gusting to 15 MPH). Attending were Bob Hvarven, his wife and granddaughter, Gary Goldenbaum and his son William, Bob Hewes, Cliff Oliver and John Stein and his wife Sherry.
There were 69 total flights with the smallest being Quest Micro Maxx and the largest an AeroTech J350. The breakdown is as follows:
Bob Hewes certified Level One with his Launch Pad plan-pack SCUD on an AeroTech H128-6. A perfect flight with no damage. John Stein certified Level Two with a LOC EZI-65 on an AeroTech J350-14, Missile Works RRC2 altimeter with dual deployment and a recorded altitude of 3,800 feet. Perfect flight with no damage.
Cliff Oliver and Gary Goldenbaum hope to be ready with their Level One attempts by the December 2nd launch.
Other highlights included a Micro Mosquito flown by Bob Hewes on a Micro Maxx motor - a 1/4 inch launch lug with nose cone and three fins painted florescent pink. It was found by William Goldenbaum (the young ones have the best sight, you know). Bob also flew a QCR Bi-wing glider on an Estes B6-4 for a very good flight. And of course his successful Level One flight. Bob also had great flights on a number of Launch Pad kits including the PAC-3 Patriot, Sidewinder, Pershing and Exocet.
Gary Goldenbaum had very nice flights with his Super Big Bertha on an AeroTech G33-7 and his Maxi Alpha 3 on an AeroTech F39-6. Both were just right with ejection at apogee and safe returns.
William Goldenbaum is working on his NARTREK program and was trying for the 30 second streamer duration. He tried several times with a Custom Sam X (flown single stage) and his best time was 25 seconds. He'll get it next time. William assembled an AeroTech G64-4 (with Gary's supervision) and launched a LOC Stovie for an excellent flight. William also gave us an exciting flight with his Estes Sidewinder on an AeroTech D13-7 18 mm RMS - wow!
Bob Hvarven had the first High Power launch of the day with his NCR ¼ scale Patriot on an AeroTech I200-M. Talk about starting things off right! This is an outstanding rocket/motor combination for a loud and exciting flight. Bob's Big Skeeter (an upscale Estes Mosquito) on a G80-7 always pleases the crowd. And his final flight of the day was with his Centuri Marauder flying on and Estes D12-0/D12-7 combination for an out of sight flight. Both the booster and sustainer were recovered.
Cliff Oliver had several excellent flights including two flights with his LOC Viper 3 on Estes D12's. Next time, he says, three G's. He also flew his Estes Fat Boy on a D12-5 and his shortened (1/2 size) Mean Machine on a D12-5 for great flights.
John Stein flew an Estes Commanche 3 with D12-0/C6-0/C6-7 motors and all stages were eventually recovered (William found the second stage...remember those young eyes?). John's other flights included his Cluster R four inch Jayhawk on an AeroTech G75-6, a scratch-built Maxi Alpha on an F24-7 and the EZI-65 (without altimeter bay) on an H128-6. And of course the Level Two flight on the J350. John was also four for four with Copperheads.
There were a few loses, too. Gary and Cliff both lost AeroTech Mustangs using single-use motors that did not have working ejection charges. Gary's G33-5 and Cliff's F24-7. Cliff's Mustang was re-kitted when it came in ballistic - ouch! Gary's Mustang was never seen again, and no one on the field heard an ejection charge fire. MESS reports will be filed with the NAR on the verifiable engine failures.
Bob Hvarven's NCR Big Brute was destroyed when a G80-4 suffered a blow-by, totaling the inside structure. An e-mail has been sent to AeroTech about the failure. Bob also momentarily lost his Check Six and 24 mm RMS case when it flew out of sight on an E11-5J. It kept going and going and going. Bob found the rocket as we left the field...about 1/4 mile from the launch site with no damage.
Bob Hewes' Mini Crayola, a very short four inch crayon rocket, suffered a separation. The body tube was destroyed on impact. Nose cone, chute and engine mount can be used again.
All in all - a fun day was had by all. Great weather and friends getting together for a wonderful day of rocketry.