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July 12th Launch is a GO

Launch Procedures Our next launch is Sunday July 12,  2015 weather permitting. The launch is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM,  setup of the range at 8:30 AM (come lend a hand if you can). This is a “Beat the Heat” launch, so come early! The final GO or NoGO call will be made usually by noon on Saturday.

You can prepare your flight cards ahead of time by getting the flight card form.

Meeting Information: Our next club meeting  scheduled for Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at 7:00pm  will be at Hardesty Regional Library, located at 8316 E 93rd St in Tulsa. Google maps link here. We will be discussing all things rockets at make sure to bring any show and tell you would like to share with the group

 

June 2015 Meeting Update

Good Morning:

We had a good meeting last night and made several decisions:

1. New Web Site – We are moving our web site from WordPress.com to a GoDaddy
managed WordPress site. This move will enable us to grow the site and gives us
more flexibility in the long run. Specifically, this move will enable us to
easily implement on-line Registration and on-line Range Duty sign-up, both of
which we will need for High Frontier 12. Jeff Chaplin is managing this process
and we appreciate his on-going efforts.

2. HF12 Drag Races – The motors for the Drag Races have been determined, as
follows:

Warloc, AT Class – J570
Warloc, CTI Class – J425

MiniMagg, AT Class – I357
MiniMagg, CTI Class – I345

Big Daddy – Estes D12

Wildman Oklahoma (Paul and Glen) will be placing a motor order soon, to
accommodate anyone needing motors for either AirFest or High Frontier. Watch
for an announcement on the order date, coming soon.

3. NIKE-ASP Project – Based on what we learned from Paul Reed’s test flight last
Sunday and the electronics research being conducted by Daniel Shaw, we’re ready
to move forward with the construction of the first test avionics unit using
remote arming. We’re currently planning to hold another Work Session at my
place on Saturday, June 27, to begin construction of the AV Bay as well as
continue our work on the interstage adapter. I’ll send a reminder later.

That’s it for now, have a great weekend.

Hal

June 2015 Launch Recap

We had a great time Sunday morning.  It was very comfortable on the field and amazingly, we were able to get our launch in.  The sky was completely overcast when we were setting up, but was completely blue  by the time we opened the range for flying by 9:15.  By 11:00 AM or so, we were working with partly cloudy skies with large “blue holes”, which we were using for the high-altitude flights. Finally, as we were starting to tear down the field, a few raindrops began to fall.  The winds were fairly light all morning, with most flights landing directly north of the pads.

We put up a total of 19 flights, 10 of which were High Power.  Here are some of the highlights:

Brien Wood of Owasso with a scratch-built Stubby on a CTI H410

Dwayne Shmel of Bentonville, AR, with a MadCow AGM Pike 33 on an I161

Mark Piersall of Tulsa with a Rocketry Warehouse Rocky on an I161

Bill Koropsak of Monkey Island with a scratch Punisher on an H250G

Paul Reed of Jenks with his scratch Mr. Zurkon on a CTI L1355 (L3 test flight)

Torre Bookout of Bella Vista, AR, with a LOC Minnie Mag on a Loki H144 (for Level 1)

Torre Bookout of Bella Vista, AR, with a PML Endeavor on a CTI J285 (for Level 2)

By the way, Torre Bookout is a former Tripoli OKC member who has now moved to Arkansas.  He let his TRA membership lapse for a couple of years but recently decided to get back into the game.  He had a busy morning, with a successful Level 1 re-cert, taking and passing the Level 2 exam on the field (100%), and then a successful Level 2 re-cert flight to end the morning.  Torre also joined the Club and we’re happy to have him.

May 2015 Meeting Update

Good Morning:

We had a good meeting last night and began discussing several issues
related to our upcoming HF12 launch in Pawhuska in September. Those who
attended last year’s event will recall the large number of flyers in
attendance at HF11, and since we will be operating under TRA Research
rules this year, I expect an even larger crowd at HF12.

Last year we had a difficult time staffing the range crew, particularly
during the afternoons, so last night we began discussing ways we can
avoid a repeat of the same problem this year. Obviously, all of us need
to sign up for at least one 2-hour shift of range duty, and multiple
shifts if possible.

We have to keep in mind that we are the “Host Club” for the High
Frontier launches. This means our primary focus should not be on our
own personal launch opportunities during the event but instead on
contributing whatever we can to make the launch a great experience for
our guests.

Remember also that we inaugurated the “Friday Matinee” launch last year,
which allows everyone to come out and help with setting up the field and
then fly all afternoon. I’m encouraging all Club members to use the
Friday Matinee as your primary launch opportunity for HF12. This will
allow all of us to fly as many flights as we want on Friday and then be
available to help run the launch on Saturday and Sunday.

We’re also going to offer visiting HP flyers the opportunity to sign up
for Range Duty as well, similar to the method used by the Kloudbusters.
To make this happen, we’re looking into adding an on-line Range Duty
sign-up capability to the web site. When this becomes available, we
will use it as the primary reference for who is working which time
slots, etc.

More on this later. Please start thinking about how you can contribute
to the Club to help make HF12 a success.

With respect to our possible launch this Sunday, unfortunately, it’s not
looking good. Most weather sites are calling for 70% to 90% chance of
thunderstorms Sunday afternoon, with winds in the 10-20 mph range. So I
am doubtful at this point that we will be flying. Take heart, though,
the “monsoon season” will pass and it will be hot and dry soon enough.
Hopefully all of this rain will keep us out of the Burn Ban later in the
summer.

That’s it for now, have a great weekend.

Hal

April Meeting Update

Good Morning:

We had a good meeting last night and made significant progress on the
Nike-ASP payload design. We talked through the basic design of the
avionics section, including the altimeters, the remote-arming system and
the remote-monitoring system. Daniel Shaw also provided a demo of the
remote-arming hardware.

Our intent is to finalize the design by the next meeting and then begin
construction of the payload section and avionics. We are also intending
to make some test flights no later than this Fall, using the completed
payload system, to validate the design.

In other news, the forecasts for this Sunday afternoon are not
encouraging. Most sites are predicting winds N 10-20 or higher and
possible thunderstorms. So at this time, the launch is doubtful. We’ll
take another look tomorrow and advise.

That’s it for now, have a great weekend.

Hal

March Meeting Update

Good Morning Folks:

We had a good meeting last night, despite the foul weather.  I appreciate everyone who came out on a rainy night to participate  I have several updates for you this morning:

1. Area Science Fairs – We are scheduled to provide static rocket displays at two      upcoming school science fairs:

 
4/7 – Science Fair at Union 6th & 7th Grade Center
Static rocket display evening of 4/7 (Tuesday)
10100 East 61st St. Tulsa
6:00 – 7:30 PM

4/9 – STEM night at Arrowhead Elementary
Static rocket display evening of 4/9 (Thursday)
915 W. Norman St. Broken Arrow
6:00 – 8:00 PM

If you can be available for a couple of hours on either of these
evenings, grab a few rockets and join us.

2. Nike-ASP Project – While the details of the upper-stage design are
still be finalized for the Nike-ASP, we decided to proceed with the
interstage adapter.  We have all the material necessary, so we will be
beginning the build in the next few weeks.  All the build sessions will
be on Saturday afternoons, from about 2:00 – 5:00 PM, at my house. Watch
your email for the invitations.

3. Wildman Oklahoma – Glen Thomason reported that WMO has received their
first order of motors and hardware.  Product will be available at the
April launch.  For questions, you can reach Glen at
grthomason.gt@gmail.com .

That’s it for now, have a great weekend.

Hal

Launch Recap March 8, 2105

All:

We had a great time Sunday afternoon, for the first launch of the new year. The sky was completely overcast but the ceiling was high, running about 6000 feet all afternoon. The winds were very light.

In total, we put up 45 flights, 13 of which were high power.

Some of the highlights included:

Dwayne Shmel of Bentonville, AR, with a Mad Cow Bat Ray on a CTI H550
Bill Koropsak of Monkey Island with a scratch Nike Hercules on a CTI H250G
Brien Wood, who has just moved to Tulsa from Minnesota, with a scratch two-stage boosting on a CTI H399 and staging to a CTI H53
Paul Reed of Jenks with a Wildman Darkstar on an AT I357
Chris Jones of Tulsa with a LOC EZI-65 on a CTI J335, for Level 2 certification !

We also had three level 1 certification flights:

Daniel Bullock of Russellville, AR, with a Super-DX3 on a CTI H120
Michael Baldwin of Coppell, TX , with a Mad Cow Neon o a CTI I350SS
Brock Robertson of Springdale, AR, with a Binder Design Excelerator on a CTI I455

Congratulations to all of these flyers!

In addition, we were pleased to host a Boy Scout troop led by Kevin Malin. All the Scouts had prepared Balsa Machining Service ‘ School Rockets ’ , and all of these flew successfully on Estes A8-3s.

That’s it for now, have a great week.

Hal

Rocket Classes at TCC!

From Sandy Warwick:

I wanted to tell you that there will be four rocket classes this summer at the Southeast Campus of TCC.  Each class is $73.  They will be on the TCC Website under “College for Kids Summer Program”. The class is called “Blast Off” and will be as follows:

June 9-12, 2015 from 10:15am to 11:45am for kids 5 to 7 years old.

July 7-10, 2015 from 8:30am to 10:00am for kids 5 to 7 years old.

July 7-10, 2015 from 10:15am to 11:45am for kids 8 to 10 years old.

July 21-24, 2015 from 8:30am to 10:00am for kids 8 to 10 years old.

Folks, tell your neighbors and friends about this and let’s spread the word to make this a successful program and get kids involved and interested in model rocketry!

Club Update from Hal Ellis

Our unusual January weather continues, with another blustery cold front this past weekend followed by unseasonable highs in the 60s and 70s forecast for this week. I’m hoping things will calm down in February and maybe we’ll finally be able to get out and fly.

Also of note this morning is the announcement by Paul Reed and Glen Thomason of the pending formation of a new motor vendor company to support our launches. This is excellent news. Paul and Glen are currently organizing a Club order to tide everyone over until they can become fully operational. If you need motors or hardware, contact Glen at grthomason.gt@gmail.com. I really appreciate Paul and Glen stepping up and providing this service to the Club.

AirFest XX update from club Prefect Hal Ellis

We had a great time at AirFest this past weekend. The weather cooperated on both Friday and Saturday and rewarded us with absolutely no wind and temps in the low 90s. Sunday was more typical Airfest weather, with temps near 100 and winds S at 20-30!

But most of the high altitude projects had already flown during the optimum weather on Fri-Sat. This included Andrew Lathrop’s “O” flight, which went off without a hitch about 12:30 Saturday afternoon and returned unscathed reporting apogee at 28,882 feet. Congratulations Andrew!

Of course there were many cool flights, multiple M, N and O flights and even one P, but the “coolest” thing by far was Vern Knowles automated real-time flight data telemetry system, which flew several times. His system featured a synthesized female voice (“Kate”) that reported altitude, speed, distance, apogee and descent rates in real-time during the flight and her voice was broadcast over the Kloudbusters PA. This was “way cool”.

I have already posted a few pictures on the web site and I’ll have many more posted by tonight. For anyone who attended, if you have a choice shot or two, please send them to me and I’ll get them posted as well.

That’s it for now, have a good one.