Our next club launch is scheduled for October 14th, at the Walter Farm, in DeKalb, IL. If the crops have not been harvested at that time we will be launching the following Saturday, October 21st. The website will be updated if the launch needs to be postponed. The October launch will be a High Power Launch with a waiver for 5,000′ AGL from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Our next club launch will be on September 9th it will be at the Central Sod Farm located in Newark, IL. This will be only a low to mid power launch, so only “G” size motors or smaller will be allowed. This will be our final launch for this year at the Centeral Sod location. In October we will be returning to the field we use out in DeKalb, IL.
We had our final launch for 2016 on November 12th. The weather was fairly decent it was sunny with temperatures in mid 40′s to low 50′s, the winds were in the 10 to 15 mph range with occasional gust to around 20 mph, so we had to keep a close eye on the winds all day.
Overall we had a very good final launch for the year we had a very wide variety of rockets and motors that were used from “B” all the way up to “L”. We had 25 launches for a total of 7242 newtons.
We had a nice turn out, we had 11 different people launch, and we had a lot more spectators.
This was our final launch for the year and I want to thank Bob from Countyline Hobbies for coming out to our launches and being our onsite vendor. Also I want to thank everyone that came out this year and flew rockets with us or just came out to watch. I also want to thank the Walter family and Whiskey Acres for allowing us to use there field out in DeKalb, IL. I also want to thank Central Sod for allowing us to use one of there fields.
Thank you everyone for a wonderful year and I look forward to seeing many of you at our launches next year. We also will be having meetings in December, January, and February at the 95th Street library in Naperville IL. Our next meeting will be December 3rd from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm in meeting room “C” I hope some of you are able to make it to our meetings.
Thank you all for a great year
Dennis McAuliff – President
We had a very good launch on October 8th, the weather was very nice, we had sunny skies with minimal cloud cover, the winds were in the 10 mph range with temperatures in the 60′s. We had a nice turn out, we had 15 Hi-Power launches with the largest being by Jerry Vida an Aerotech K535 motor. We also had two Level 2 certifications one was by Bill Stearns using a Madcow Rocketry Sensor with a Aerotech J270 motor. Bill’s flight was a perfect flight to about 1800′ and rocket was recovered undamaged. The other Level 2 flight was by Dennis McAuliff he used a Loc Precision Warlock with an Aerotech J425 motor. It was another perfect flight to about 2300′ and the rocket was recovered undamaged. We also launched the old club project rocket which was built in the early 2000′s and last flew in 2004. It was a DG&A Armageddon it was flown by Bob Jablonski on a J425 to about 1600′ it still flew great after all these years.
All the flights for the day flew excellent, you can check out the Launch Logs for more details on who flew what.
We also had a cookout at the launch with Bill Stearns and Tracy Ramsey handling all the details, so thank you to both of them for the extra work they put into making it a success. I also want to thank our on site vendor Bob Jablonski from County Line Hobbies for coming out to the launch with all of his rocket merchandise.
Thanks to everyone who made it out to the launch, I think everyone at the launch had a good time. Our next launch is scheduled for Saturday November 12th in DeKalb, I hope many of you are able to attend. We also have a meeting coming up on Saturday November 5th. It will be from 1:00 – 4:30 in meeting room “C” at the 95th Street Library, Naperville.
If the weather does not cooperate and we are unable to launch in November I want to thank everyone who attended our launches this year, I think we had a very good year overall and a lot of that has to do with all of the people who attended our launches.
Dennis McAuliff -President