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November 2016 Launch Report

Sorry for the late post. This was a fun launch that was enjoyed by all.

Here is the list of motors burned.

  • B = 1
  • C = 5
  • D = 1
  • F = 4
  • G = 4
  • H = 5
  • I = 5
  • J = 4
  • K = 2
  • M = 1
  • Total = 32

April 2016 Launch Report

The launch started out a little rough this weekend because of weather, but turned out to be a good one for the last launch of the season. We had some real good K and M flights, including two Level 3 certification flights.

We also had a lot of the TARC flights this weekend as qualifications flights were due. We finished with a total of 72 motors burn.

See you in October.

Here is the list of motors burned.

  • C = 9
  • F = 32
  • G = 8
  • H = 6
  • I = 6
  • J = 6
  • K = 2
  • M = 3
  • Total = 72

March 2016 Launch Report

Again there was mixed results as the weather turned wet on Sunday and the launch had to be scrubbed about 12:30. Mitch Guess had a nice Flight with his full scale Astrobee D on a M motor. Jeff Boldig had a good flight on his Grapeshot on a research K motor that ended up on the power lines. REC was quick to arrive and retrieved it with only a cut shock cord. Also, Scout Troop 17 had some good flights for their TARC quals.

Don't forget our last launch of this spring on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of April .Hope to see everyone there.

Again, we would like to thank Kevin Dunn of Wildman VA Hobbies for supporting our launch on Saturday.

Here is the list of motors burned.

  • B = 4
  • C = 7
  • D = 6
  • E = 2
  • F = 6
  • G = 8
  • H = 8
  • I = 2
  • K = 1
  • M = 1
  • Total = 45

February 2016 Launch Report

This month was a mix of good and not so good. Saturday was good, but with some wind {as usual}, so not many big motors and high flights. Sunday was a washout with rain arriving about 10 am. and only 3 flights. That's O.K. though because our next launch is approaching fast. March 12th and 13th. See you there.

We would like to thank Kevin Dunn of Wildman VA Hobbies for supporting our launch on Saturday.

Here is the list of motors burned.

  • A = 1
  • B = 6
  • C = 1
  • D = 2
  • E = 2
  • F = 14
  • G = 1
  • H = 3
  • I = 3
  • J = 1
  • K = 2
  • Total = 36

The Christmas Launch of 2015 was Great!

December 12 - 13. Christmas came early for all of us at the launch because the weather was perfect,with very little wind,and temps in the 70's. Lets hope our luck holds out for the Jan. 9th and 10th launch. Hope to see you there and have a very Happy Holiday season.

We would like to thank Ken Allen of Performance Hobbies and Kevin Dunn of Wildman VA Hobbies for supporting our launch this weekend.

Here is the list of motors burned.

  • A = 4
  • B = 8
  • C = 4
  • D = 6
  • E = 9
  • F = 12
  • G = 10
  • H = 11
  • I = 11
  • J = 6
  • K = 3
  • L = 1
  • M = 2

The First Launch of 2015/16 Season was Great!

November 13 - 15. The launch site was set up on Friday and we had several flights. Kurt H. had the first flight of the new season.

We had pretty light attendance on Saturday. Probably because the wind forecast was for 12 mph average winds. It never seemed to get that strong all day. Mitch G. flew a research M project off the newly refurbished trailer launcher.

Sunday was a great day and well attended. Jeff B. had a great flight of his Performer 150 named Big Bird from the trailer launcher on a Research M motor. There were numerous K motor flights, a few spectacular flights, and over all, a great time was had by all.

This was the first Launch of the season because Oct was cancelled for Rain. The weather was almost perfect for three days except for some periodic wind gusts. The following is a list of the motors burned. Also we would like to thank Ken Allen of Performance Hobbies and Kevin Dunn of Wildman VA Hobbies for supporting our launch with all of the products they offer and coming to our site for three days.

  • A = 1
  • B = 1
  • C = 6
  • D = 4
  • E = 8
  • F = 10
  • G = 8
  • H = 8
  • I = 4
  • J = 5
  • K = 3
  • L = 1
  • M = 2
Hope to see everyone in Dec.

December 13th & 14th, 2014 Launch

The last launch of 2014 and it was a good one. The weather cooperated! Saturday was a little chilly, but the winds were dead calm below 2,500 feet the whole day. Sunday was warmer with only very slight breeze below 2,500 ft.

We had a lot of great flights this weekend. The highlight was Jerry O'Sullivan's Terrier-Sandhawk two stage rocket. It flew on 5 L motors, 4 in the booster and 1 in the sustainer. Watch the flight on YouTube

The following is the breakdown of the weekends flights by power.

  • A = 2
  • B = 6
  • C = 11
  • D = 6
  • E = 2
  • F = 10
  • G = 4
  • H = 16
  • I = 10
  • J = 6
  • K = 4
  • L = 7

March 15th & 16th, 2014 Launch

It was windy and a little chilly on Saturday. The wind dropped and so did the temperatures for Sunday.

Whit Coulon earned his Level 1 certification with a great flight on Saturday!

Mike Kitto, who got his Level 1 cert at the beginning of the Month, got his Level 2 certification on Sunday! He had a great flight and no walk since the rocket almost landed right back in his truck!

Congratulation to all!

The following is the breakdown of the flights over the weekend.

  • A = 2
  • C = 3
  • E = 8
  • F = 13
  • G = 8
  • H = 10
  • I = 2
  • J = 1
  • K = 1

March 1th & 2nd, 2014 Launch

Bryan Reynolds passed his Level 2 test at the last launch, as expected, he got his certification at this launch with a great flight!

Michael Shirillo passed his Level 2 test but passed on a flight due to conditions. We will expect Michael to get his cert at the next launch!

Michael Kitto earned his Level 1 certification with a great flight also!

Congratulation to all!

The following is the breakdown of the flights over the weekend.

  • B = 2
  • C = 15
  • D = 2
  • E = 5
  • F = 9
  • G = 7
  • H = 13
  • I = 15
  • J = 2

January 25th & 26th, 2014 Launch

Bryan Reynolds passed his Level 2 certification test. He was not as fortunate with his certification flights. Expect to see his successful flight next launch

The following is the breakdown the flights over the weekend.

  • C = 1
  • D = 1
  • E = 5
  • F = 11
  • G = 9
  • H = 8
  • I = 4
  • J = 3

April 5th, 6th & 7th, 2013 Launch

This was the weekend we hosted the Battle of the Rockets! See BOTR Results for a list of the winners and here for photos of the 2013 event!

The open or non-contest launches were conducted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There were about 10 flights on Friday and even fewer on Sunday. There were two M motor flights on Sunday by Mitch Guess and Walter Krohn

There were two cerification flight during the weekend.

Marty Downing earned his Tripoli Level 1 certification. He flew a 2.2 pound Wildman Jart on a H110 on Saturday.

Walter Krohn earned his Tripoli Level 3 certification with his scratch built Phoenix. It few from the away pad on a 75mm Aerotech M1297W. The Phoenix weighed 61.8 pounds and flew on Sunday

The following is the breakdown of all 91 of the non-contest flights by power. Most of the flights, about 75, occured on Saturday.

  • A = 0
  • B = 4
  • C = 16
  • D = 1
  • E = 10
  • F = 6
  • G = 23
  • H = 15
  • I = 5
  • J = 3
  • K = 6
  • L = 0
  • M = 2

January 12th & 13th, 2013 Launch

The weatherman was really wrong this weekend!

The forecast was for no wind and clouds clearing out by mid to late morning with temps in the 70s. The cloud deck hung about 750 feet until very late in the day and temps never topped 60.  The range was shut down early Saturday, about 3:30 PM and of course the low clouds disappeared by 4:00 PM

Sunday's weather was a repeat of Saturday's. A little more breeze, about 5 mph gave us hope the clouds would leave. They did, about 4:00 PM again. The only flights on Sunday were Class 1. The waiver wasn't called in until 4:00 PM when Kurt Hollenbeck flew his Big Nuke on a J600 Red Lighting to just over 2500 feet. The NASA Student Launch Initiative (SLI) team then flew their SLI rocket on a mid J motor also.

The following is the breakdown of Saturday flights by power. Sunday was about the same except for the two J flights.

  • A = 2
  • B = 8
  • C = 14
  • D = 5
  • E = 1
  • F = 1
  • G = 3

Hope to see you on February 9th & 10th.

December 8th & 9th, 2012 Launch

The weather started out iffy in the morning on Saturday with fog, but cleared in a hurry, to finish the rest of the day with perfect results.  We had 80 flights, with one Level 1 Certification flight by Rick McIver, and one Level 2 flight by Jordan Truesdell.   Congratulations to both. 

The days activities ended with the rocket Club providing Pizza and sodas at the Culpeper Airport with the Civil Air Patrol providing their meeting room. Ivan Gaylesh did a presentation on the Battle of The Rockets that he sponsers and coordinates at the April Launch.   Will Marchant conducted a training session on Radio Direction Finding. Both presentations were very informative and well done.  Thank you both for a job well done.

Sunday was rainy and cold with very low cieling so we could only fly low power to stay under the cloud deck.  Ivan Gaylesh had the first flight of the day and the most flights for the day, five.  We shut field down early because of the weather.

The motors burned this weekend are listed below.

  • A = 3
  • B = 14
  • C = 13
  • D = 6
  • E = 7
  • F = 18
  • G = 12
  • H = 14
  • I = 1
  • J = 4
  • K = 2

Hope to see you next year, January 12th & 13th. MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

November 9th, 10th, & 11th, 2012 Launch

The research launch on Friday was great. Not a lot of flyers, but had some nice HPR flights including a research M flight. The landowner was out picking corn so all of the remaining corn on the north half of the field was gone by Saturday. The weather was almost perfect Friday and Saturday. It was warmer on Sunday but a little breezy, with winds from the SW!

The night launch was a great success with most rockets flying on Sparkie or Metalstorm motors. Although it took a while, all night launch rockets were successfully recovered. Afterwards, 17 of the folks gathered at Poncho Villa restaurant in Culpeper for a great meal and a rehashing of the day's flying.

Sunday's breezy conditions took its toll as at least one Mini-Mag was last seen heading over the hills to the NE. Although there were some long walks, the flying continued until late in the day. Kevin brought out the bagpipes and played a dirge for his own rocket which staked into the ground out near the trailer launcher. Fortunately the bagpipes were seldom heard this weekend.

The following is the breakdown of flights by power.

We had almost perfect Weather for the beginning of the season. There were 143 motors burned in many great Rockets flown in all catagories as listed below.

  • A = 7
  • B = 8
  • C = 24
  • D = 10
  • E = 6
  • F = 17
  • G = 20
  • H = 28
  • I = 9
  • J = 10
  • K = 2
  • L = 1
  • M = 1

Hope to see you on December 8th & 9th. HAPPY THANKSGIVING

March 30th, 31st & April 1st, 2012 - Battle of the Rockets Launch

The Weather for the three day launch could not have been much better. There was a great turnout for all three days.

For the Battle of the Rockets, the University of Cincinnati won the Mars Rover portion and the Chantilly High School team won the target altitude contest. The University of Alabama - Huntsville, the University of Texas - Arlington, Thomas Jefferson High School and a host of TARC team flights provided the highlights on Saturday.

Congratulations go out to Sam Middleton and Donald Johnson for certifying Level 1. Congratulation also go out to Doug Lucy, Kevin Dunn, Tom Chapman, Kurt Hollenbach and Gregory Lockridge for certifying Level 2.

There were 174 flights with 178 motors burned over the 3 days, with H motors being the most popular.

The following is a list of Motors burned this Weekend:

  • A = 7
  • B = 6
  • C = 26
  • D = 13
  • E = 6
  • F = 22
  • G = 18
  • H = 39
  • I = 22
  • J = 9
  • K = 6
  • L = 3
  • M = 1

March 10th & 11th, 2012 Launch

We had two beautiful days this weekend. There were 125 flights with 133 motors burned.

The highest measured flight was from Brian Sparkman at 8917 feet vertically and approximately 6000 feet horizontally. The most visually impressive flight was Mike Showalter's 83 pound 2/3 scale Patriot on a M2400.

Hope to see everyone at the 3 day Battle of the Rockets on March 30th, 31st, and April 1st.

The following is the list of Motors burned this Weekend:

  • A = 5
  • B = 12
  • C = 29
  • D = 16
  • E = 14
  • F = 9
  • G = 12
  • H = 13
  • I = 10
  • J = 9
  • K = 3
  • M = 1

February 26th 2012 Launch

This was the makeup launch for the launch that was cancelled due to snow and low ceiling earlier in the month, and Saturday of this launch was cancelled also, because of wind!

We had 60 flights and burned 63? motors.

Congratulations go to Paul Fleming and Steve Payne for successfully certifying to Level 2. The largest motor flown was an L640 by Ivan Galysh in a home made Saucer. What's next Ivan?

A special thanks to Kevin Dunn of WildmanVA, for coming to all of the events with all of his supplies. That sure fills the gaps for all the things that we forget and left at home.

The following is the breakdown of flights by power. Hope to see you on March 10th & 11th.

  • A = 1
  • B = 7
  • C = 9
  • D = 3
  • E = 3
  • F = 13
  • G = 7
  • H = 5
  • I = 10
  • J = 4
  • L = 1

January 14th and 15th 2012 Launch

Another bright and shiney weekend at Battlepark. There were 84 flights for the two days.

Congratlations to Stephen Showalter for certifying Level 1 with a Loc Phantom on a H223-9. Also to Tom Croxton for a level 2 Cert. with a Back Rocket on a J315R and Dual Deployment recovery system.

We had one new flyer, Chad Broach, that is just starting rockets that is doing it for a school Science project. He has to fly 3 Rockets of different sizes on the same motors five times each, and record the results. He did not quite finish the 15 flights,so we hope to see him at the next Launch in Feb. Keep up the good work Chad.

The following is the breakdown of flights by power. Hope to see you on Feb. 11th & 12th.

  • A = 1
  • B = 4
  • C = 17
  • D = 6
  • E = 6
  • F = 11
  • G = 12
  • H = 17
  • I = 4
  • J = 4
  • K = 2

December 10th and 11th 2011 Launch

The weather was perfect on Sat. and better on Sun.

Congratulations to Pedro Rodriquez for a successful Level 2 certification flight on a CTI 660J381 Skidmark.

On Sunday there was a 5 rocket Drag Race of Mini Mags. It seems the consensus is that Elaine Russell had the most precise flight of the five. There may have been a higher flight, but this is the only one that reported the altitude.

Jeff Boldig's Grapeshot hit 9,559 feet and 874 mph (Mach 1.2) on a CTI 3147L935-P.

Nick DeBrita had a real nice flight on a Ultimate Wildman on a M1550R. Nick also had a K400G flight. Giovanni Colberg flew a Black Mamba on a K2045. Yanina Colon, Nick DeBrita, Ivan Galysh, Jeff Boldig, Bryan Spakman, and Giovanni Colberg all had nice J size flights.

Ivan Galysh's Super Saucer made 6 or 7 flights in the two days on H's & I's and will probably be back for the Jan 14th & 15th. It is thought that the reason Ivan's saucer flies so much without repairs, is that it does not go high enough that the contact with the ground on the way down doesn't hurt it. Unlike a couple of core samples that totaled two rockets, of which only 1 had to be dug out with the shovel, Right Tom?

We want to also thank Kevin Dunn for the his rendition of Amazing Grace, Taps, and other sad songs on his Bagpipes at the appropiate times, which happened to be the demise of a rocket!

The following is the breakdown of flights by power. You will notice 2 that are ?? because of nothing on the flight cards. Hope to see you on Jan. 14th & 15th.

  • A = 3
  • B = 8
  • C = 11
  • D = 10
  • E = 4
  • F = 10
  • G = 14
  • H = 26
  • I = 6
  • J = 8
  • K = 2
  • L = 1
  • M = 1
  • ? = 2

Happy Holidays to All

November 12th and 13th 2011 Launch

The weather was clear but breezy. The winds were steady all day from 10 to 15 mph. We had about 40 registered flyers that completed 95 flights with only a few core samples and some that are still out there somewhere.

We would like to thank Harry from Dragons Hoard and Kevin from WildmanVA for being our onsite vendors on Saturday.

Congratulations go to Magdalina Moses for Certifying Level 1 with a Linkstone Rocket on a H-133-9 Motor.

We had five fliers come out for Sunday's research launch. The weather conditions were the same as Saturday, although slightly warmer. No research motors were flown, but there were about a dozen launches.

The following are the Quantity of flights in each Power Group that were flown on Saturday.

  • A = 4
  • B = 16
  • C = 18
  • D = 11
  • E = 9
  • F = 8
  • G = 10
  • H = 8
  • I = 9
  • J = 2

Hope to see you all out at BattlePark Dec. 10th & 11th.

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