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