The August SARA launch is usually greeted with some fear and trepidation by Tucson rocketeers, since we all know how hot even the mornings can be this time of year. However, a record crowd for an August launch braved the heat, and were rewarded with a beautiful day of flying.
A high, thin cloud cover kept the sun at bay, and the winds went from light to nonexistent as the morning progressed. Other than some occasional squinting to try to see light colored parachutes against the white cirrus clouds, it could not have been a more perfect day for flying rockets.
The motor breakdown was as follows: 1/2A - 5; A - 14; B -24; C -19; D -17; E -10; F -10; G -5; H – 12; I – 6; J -5. There were 74 flights on 1/2 A through D power, with five of those two stage flights. E, F, and G flights totaled 24. High power rockets flew 24 times.
For those rocketeers willing to brave the heat at the August launch, we will be having a great raffle! 1-Hour Flip Video MinoHD Camera
Prizes will include more of the rocket kits donated by Ben Nead, a rocket built as a display model and donated by the owner of the former Craycroft Hobbies. Grand Prize is a 1-Hour Flip Video MinoHD Camera.
Tickets are $1 each, or six for only $5.
The drawing will be held before the club member meeting scheduled for noon immediately following the launch. You must be present to win!
To facilitate a vote to fill the vacant Secretary/Treasurer position on the SARA Board of Directors, a members meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, August 21st, at Noon immediately following the launch.
At this time, the only person nominated for the position is Jeff Ault.
Please note that you do not have to be a member of SARA to attend and participate in any discussions at this meeting. The only limitation is that non-members will not be permitted to vote on any motions made at this meeting.
If you would like to participate in the vote, you can still become a member and join SARA during the launch to qualify!
SARA held its monthly sport launch at the TIMPA site on July 16, 2010 with an FAA waiver to 4,500 feet AGL in effect from 8 am to 10 am and to 6,500 feet AGL from 10 am till noon. The weather was nearly perfect, even if a little on the warm side. There was almost no wind and only a few high clouds.
There was a nice crowd with fliers making 107 flights, two of them 2-stage models. Motor use was: ¼A - 1; A - 1; B -22; C -23; D -12; E -11; F -7; G -10; H – 7; I – 8; J -7.
Several visitors, both adults and children, were at the launch. We welcome them and hope that all had a good time and will return.
Many thanks go out to all who helped with range set-up and tear down. We would like to encourage more people to assist with the operation of the range to help insure that the 'regulars' do not incur excessive 'burn-out' (they also like to fly rockets!)
Special thanks to Eric Burch for doing most of the RSO/LSO duty, with relief from Art Just and Craig Brewer. We are always happy to train folks in these important tasks, so please step forward if you would like to help out.
The annual SARA October Night Launch will be held in conjunction with the 2011 TIMPA (Tucson International Modelplex Park Association) Tucson Aerobatic Shootout on Saturday, October 8th, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Tucson Aerobatic Shootout is Radio Control Aerobatics at its finest! Pilots from around the world will compete for cash and prizes totaling over $100,000.00. The week-long event (October 5 – 9) is one of the largest and hottest R/C aerobatic competitions in North America, providing a great opportunity for SARA to introduce the rocketry hobby to R/C flyers from across the country.
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