AIRFEST XXIV

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  1. Jul 6, 2018 #121

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    looking forward to attending. I preregister, it was quick and easy! if my rocket survives next weekend local launch, I will try and fly it at airfest. I do enjoy seeing many of you and the cool projects that show up! thx
     
  2. Jul 6, 2018 #122

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    Registered, hotel booked and six volunteer slots "claimed."
     
  3. Jul 8, 2018 #123

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    Will there be a tower type launcher ie Minimum Dia. no lugs or buttons available ?
     
  4. Jul 8, 2018 #124

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    Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.
    Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.
     
  5. Jul 9, 2018 #125

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    Lance, you know I couldn't pass up the best job in rocketry, despite having to take crap from BB.

    BTW, can do RSO while I'm out there also if needed.
     
  6. Jul 9, 2018 #126

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    For what diameter rocket?
     
  7. Jul 9, 2018 #127

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    Noted. Glynn can't make it this year so we'll figure out a plan and dual duty will help.

    We got you a bigger shade canopy for out at away RSO. Should help with respite when needed.

    Thanks again. ;)
     
  8. Jul 9, 2018 #128

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    54 mm-2.350”
     
  9. Jul 9, 2018 #129

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    We should have you covered. However, if your rocket has unusually large fins that won’t fit into our tower we might not be in a position to help you out. Your safest bet is if you need a specialized piece of launch equipment bring it with you and we can find a spot on our range to accommodate you.
     
  10. Jul 9, 2018 #130

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    Is the tower for 3 fin or 4 fin?
     
  11. Jul 9, 2018 #131

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    Three fin I believe.
     
  12. Jul 10, 2018 #132

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    OTE="BBrown, post: 1798346, member: 2486"]We should have you covered. However, if your rocket has unusually large fins that won’t fit into our tower we might not be in a position to help you out. Your safest bet is if you need a specialized piece of launch equipment bring it with you and we can find a spot on our range to accommodate you.[/QUOTE]
    Thanks Bob !!! Fins should not be a problem
     
  13. Jul 10, 2018 #133

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    Lance, a Port-a-John at the away cell would be nice too. It's been absent the past few years.
     
  14. Jul 10, 2018 #134

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    Roger that.
     
  15. Jul 14, 2018 #135

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    Quick reminder ...

    There's just over two weeks until the deadline(31-Jul-2018) for high altitude submissions for AIRFest 24. Since it's too hot where you live to do much else [​IMG] please take the time to plan, sim, complete the form, and send to to us. Check out the AIRFest 24 'Flyer Info" page for full details: http://kloudbusters.org/airfest/flyerinfo.aspx
     
  16. Jul 14, 2018 #136

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    We are now at the beginning of the seven week countdown. We’re at 97 ‘PAID’ registered flyers so far today so let’s see if we can reach 100 paid flyers by the end of today. Also I suggest that you pre-order your tee shirt(s) so you at least get one. Attendance is looking good for a really big weekend this year.
    Next year... well that will probably be at least double the fun for everyone.
     
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    Should we register for high altitude permission if we are aiming for 20k? Close but not over 23,000? My Blackhawk 54 isn’t fully simmed or built yet. I doubt it will make 23k.

    Oh yeah, I can register today for myself and 3 young flyers. (8, 11, 12)
     
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  19. Jul 15, 2018 #139

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    I flew a Blackhawk 54 on an L935 to 23,230 ft., so it is possible. What could it hurt to register, it doesn't cost anything.
    I'm bringing a few rockets, but nothing that would go over 20k ft. I'm gonna save the O3400 for LDRS next year. It could get close, Thrustcurve says my Ultimate DS will do 22,000 ft. This year it's flying on an N2220 Dark Matter to around 12,000 ft. Sharon and I both plan to fly several EX loads, so expect to see "Not Your Wimpy Red" again.
     
  20. Jul 15, 2018 #140

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    Still need volunteers, lots of spots open, in fact it will be slow flying, as so far we only have RSO's for one shift mid day Friday, and 2 shifts late day Saturday, so might be hard to fly, if we can't get your rockets RSO'd.
    http://www.kloudbusters.org/airfest/rangeduty.aspx
     
  21. Jul 16, 2018 #141

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    I'll keep my eyes peeled for that one. I went nuts and did my L3 cert flight on the N2220 there last year. My goodness, what a beast of a motor!
     
  22. Jul 16, 2018 #142

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    I'll be registering and signing up for duty soon though, honestly, I don't feel qualified enough to do RSO at such a big event as this.
     
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  23. Jul 16, 2018 #143

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    Glenn,

    Don't feel at all hesitant about doing RSO or any other duty for that matter. Think about the things you considered with your TAPS when you did your level 3 flight. There are always experienced RSOs on-shift to bounce concerns until you get more comfortable. The rockets are the same, just a few more. Really, the same important factors to check are valid whether a rocket has a J motor or an M motor.

    If you'd rather, there is always help needed as Pad Managers or out at the Away Cells helping queue up the projects and getting them out to the pads. Folks like Coop, Jay, Kent, Bob, Tim, Rod, etc. are out there giving guidance - it just takes a few extra bodies to get the job done.

    You get plenty of OJT. Plus, it will be good training for LDRS. ;)
     
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  24. Jul 17, 2018 #144

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    If I remember right, there was even an RSO checklist provided a ways back by one of the clubs on the West coast. I found it helpful when I first started doing RSO duty.
     
  25. Jul 17, 2018 #145

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    I have RSO'd for the last few years and there is no shame in hitting the pause button on a particular rocket and asking for help or a second opinion. One very important rocket inspection item that some flyers may not be familiar with is the use of aluminum or any other metals in the construction. All flyers need to familiarize themselves with the rules:

    http://www.kloudbusters.org/rules.aspx
     
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    I have done a lot of LCO and RSO at our own regional launches but we're talking about maybe 3-4 M motor flights per day at those and never anything particularly high performance due simply to low waivers and/or practical ceilings due to recovery considerations. I was just intimidated by what I know will be the large number of rockets to look at as well as the number that will be high altitude / high performance flights, which I've never seen a rocket prepped for. I am, however, building a MD high altitude rocket right now and I'm learning a good bit as I go.

    All that said, I just got over myself and signed up for a couple of slots, including one for RSO.
     
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  27. Jul 19, 2018 #147

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    Wildman Hobbies is pleased to announce the Airfest 2018 altitude contest.
    Here are the rules
    Fly a Wildman Mach 2 rocket (stock length, tube, fins, nosecone) on any motor you chose the Motor must fit into the rocket and not protrude out either end.

    The winner must bring the rocket intact back to the Wildman Camp anytime before the close of the range on Saturday with the altimeter still beeping from the flight.
    You can make as many attempts as you like within the time frame.
    The rocket must survive the flight just as if a cert flight .
    We have preapproval for the altitude for these flights from the Kloudbusters.
    If you don't have one of these rockets and want to participate you can order one for only $69.99
    just put Airfest in the comment section of your order and we will refund the difference.
    Need a motor for a contest?
    How about 20% off retail, just put Airfest in the comment section and we will refund the difference.
    The winner will receive a 3" carbon fiber Falcon valued at $599.99
     
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  28. Jul 19, 2018 #148

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    Wow, that's quite a prize!
     
  29. Jul 19, 2018 #149

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    "The motor must fit into the rocket and not protrude out either end" I expect this does not include a commercial aft closure (standard or tail cone) seated against the base of the body tube as designed.... Time to build a Mach 2. ;-)
     
  30. Jul 20, 2018 #150

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    Adding a bit to what Lance said, there are lots of volunteer opportunities at AirFest, all of which will give you a great opportunity to meet a lot of folks.

    As for RSO, the first time it is intimidating. But there are always two RSOs on duty, sometimes three. It's okay to ask someone else to review a specific rocket, or to review it with you. You can also always call in for reinforcements if you've got a question or concern - the KLOUDBusters always have someone experienced available who can come and take a look.

    Amy Howell and I have done a lot of RSO duty together, and we've had numerous times where we've worked together on a rocket, just to get a second opinion.

    -Kevin
     

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