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.
After reviewing ongoing Extreme Fire Danger Warnings and the fact that the Fire Potential Outlook for southern Arizona is "very dry" on Sunday, the SARA Board of Directors has decided conditions make it prudent for us to scrub the club launch on June 26th.
Although the launching of rockets is scrubbed, we would still like to invite everyone out to just get together, discuss rocketry and maybe someone can do a training session or some kind of "workshop" for an hour or so.
We will provide donuts for those hardy rocketeers who make it out to the field!
We regret having to cancel the launch, and appreciate your understanding. Air tanker drops are really cool to see, but we really don't want to have to pay for them!
The long-range weather forecast for Sunday at noon is for temperatures around 97° with wind gusts of about 17 MPH, very low relative humidity around 13% and 0% probability of precipitation. This means an Extreme Fire Danger Warning will likely still be in effect during our club launch hours.
The first priority of SARA is safety, and we meet and exceed the minimum standards for rocketry hobby fire safety at all our launches. Because of the extreme conditions expected, the SARA Board of Directors has implemented additional precautions for the Sunday, June 26th launch:
Last year, the club purchased six pole-mounted modular launch systems that were designed by Eric Burch. These have proved to be a great asset and have proved themselves over hundreds of launches including two Desert Heat events.
The club is planning to buy more of the pole-mounted modular launch systems for club use and we need your help.
First, what do you think would improve the system. Eric's design is certainly able to be improved and he would like to gather all the good ideas out there - it helps the club.
Once we get a summary together of proposed changes as well as an anticipated cost of a unit we will let you know.
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