Saturday, March 25, 2017

Launch Report 2017-1 (NARHAMS)

Location: Mt. Airy, MD
Weather: cloudy to sunny to cloudy; 71 -79 degrees; wind 3 - 6 mph
Total flights: Today - 10; YTD - 10
Total motors: Today - 11; YTD - 11
Motors by class YTD:  B-1; C-5; E-4; G-1

The weather was nice except that the wind was vectored toward the trees. I got a lot of flights in before the wind picked up and the large group of scouts arrived. By then I was on rods and rails that they didn't use so they didn't hold me up too much. Perfect timing. By the time my Leviathan went up, the wind had died back down.

I must give special thanks to Mike K for the loan of the igniter! Mine have been failing at a high rate. I got over ten years from the last dip kit and I thinks it's time to break out a new one this season.

My Flights:
  1. Heavenly Hobbies Resistor 224 on 2xC11-3 - CR@300' - Nice flight.
  2. Estes Crayon on a B6-4 - Slow off the rod and early ejection but otherwise a good flight. This will be a good rocket for the kids.
  3. Estes Crayon on a C6-5 - This was slowish too and I didn't see the ejection. Recovery was good.
  4. Art Applewhite Mirror Gold Saucer on an E9-4 - No boom on this one (the other from the same pack popped). The scouts really liked this flight and several jotted down Art's website. 
  5. Estes Super Alpha on a C11-3 - Nice flight.
  6. Sacrificial Bertha on an E16-8 - This went out of sight and luckily someone was looking down the field instead of up like everyone else. It was recovered on the far side of the tree line.
  7. The Launch Pad Rapier on an E20-4 -  Chute Release at 200'. Nice flight but the chute snagged on the large fins. Three fins snapped.
  8. Half A$$tron on a Quest C6-5 - No ejection - RIP. After ruling out the typical reasons, it appears that, after MANY flights, the motor mount failed and let gasses escape out the rear.
  9. Estes Majestic on an E16-6 - Nice flight but too close to the trees for comfort.
  10. Estes Leviathan on a G74-6 - CR@200' - It took three igniters, but the flight was great.
Here's my photo album (click it if it doesn't scroll).

NARHAMS 2 15 2017

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