Flying with a Club !!!

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  1. Feb 17, 2020 #1

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    If this forum is anything like so many other forums there are plenty of folks who lurk as read a lot but never post anything. I hope this finds you and you pay attention because this actually happened and can make a huge difference in how much you enjoy rocketry.

    I have not flown with my club in a very long time as in over 6 years. I decided to head to the monthly launch yesterday. I persuaded a young man I fly fish and bow hunt with to tag along. He has never flown any model rockets other than the super simple stuff most of us have flown as 6 and 8 year old monsters. I told him he could fly a saucer I had made and he would have a ball.

    We get there in time to help set up. The first person I see is a vendor who has attended ROCC events for as long as I can remember. We joked for a second, shook hands and expressed how nice it was to see each other again.

    Next we find three of the old club members, I mean both in age and time with the club... It was a very warm welcome and hugs all around. Keep in mind these are folks I have not seen since my college kids were in middle school.

    Then I see a guy looking over the basically free rockets table, We exchange a few words as he turns around. It is a dear friend I have not seen or flown with a very long time. He is truly a rocket scientist. He teaches and works with college teams who compete in NASA sponsored events. He is a College Professor and had some of his students with him.

    The launching commences and my buddy has his saucer on the rack with a D12 in it. It is cool but could use more. After that rack is launched one of the old guys I mentioned comes by the car and hands my buddy an E to put in the saucer.

    Every time I lost track of my buddy he was chatting with someone else or helping someone recover a rocket. At one point he was chatting with one of the old guys about NAR and getting a L1. He chatted with our vendor for about 30 minutes about motors and rocket sizes. This went on from 10am to about 5pm.

    On the way home he asked if we could build him a rocket for next month and what motor case would be a good one to start with? As a side note we drove 1.5hrs each way and never regretted a single minute of the windshield time.

    Folks, if you do not fly with a local club find one. The quality of the people in every club I have flown with has been amazing and the friends you make will last a life time.
     
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  2. Feb 18, 2020 #2

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    Well done, and welcome back, so to speak!
     
  3. Feb 20, 2020 #3

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    I would love to attend a club launch some day, sadly there aren't any here.
     
  4. Feb 21, 2020 #4

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    Well said.Much the same here. Took a long break for a myriad of reasons and couldn't be happier to be back flying with my club and all the old/new faces. Quite warming and fulfilling. The comradery has no comparison when things stay in alignment in this hobby. My kids have been replaced with my grandson now. Hopefully, it keeps paying forward.
     
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    If you want to fly a little higher, come fly in Rembert, SC.
     
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    I may just do that. I am 2.5hrs from a club sight in Blacksburg VA as well, they have a 10K waiver.
     
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    The Blacksburg club is awesome. Our waiver is 15K but rarely do we fly that high.
     
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    I flew with those guys on their first or second launch. I now have a buddy who lives in Blacksburg so I plan to go up and fly with them as soon as possible. If memory serves there is a lot of space for recovery. I want to see what I can do with composite fabrication and 24mm so all that space will come in handy...... I am attaching a pic I have held on to from one day when I flew with Blacksburg, it was your first or second club launch. I had a great time.

    Your's is 15K......You are 3hrs away though..... I may just make the drive when I have the rocket ready.

    Wishb2-G53.jpg
     
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    I would never fly anywhere 10K in Blacksburg!!! Nothing bad to say about the club, great bunch of folks but IMHO that site is only good for 5k or less. With perfect conditions MAYBE 7K.
     
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    That is common with most sites in the east coast. I would not go over 7 on out field on most days.
     
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    I am not sure it's possible to even get to 7K on a single stage 24mm rocket.
     
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    You would be surprised.
     
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    Sim up a g65 sometime.
     
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    That is a surprise I am looking forward to.....
     
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    I wish I could do any sim stuff. This old machine wont let me run any of the sim software and my laptop is down right now. I will still look into the motor and it sounds like chasing some altitude with a 24mm should be fun. I am a master craftsman with wood and composites so with some help from this great groups and my club we can see how high I can reach.

    I should have qualified it to say with a AT Hobby Re-Load. That G65 looks awesome and pricey !!
     
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    You can do some decent napkin sims at
    http://www.thrustcurve.org/guidepage.jsp

    Be aware the g65 has an offset core, so it'll wobble a bit on the way up which steals altitude.
     
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    I have never had an offset core wobble. It shouldn't. The nozzle is square where it's sposed to be
     
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    I have seen offset core motor rockets tip off the rail/tower. An extra caliber of stability margin will cure this.
     

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