June 2016 Launch Report

A cold and bleak morning with a stiff wind greeted the smaller than normal turn-out of club members. There were 21 launches for the morning: 14 Low Power, 3 Medium Power and 4 High Power. Most flyers opting for lower altitude flights to avoid the inevitable long walk.

The biggest motor of the day was Ole Kirk's Level 2 attempt with his Tomahawk on a J425 which sadly was not successful when the motor case blew out at 1500 feet.

Lachlan Thomas really earned his L1 which he achieved on his Quicksilver on a H143 Smokey Sam. His simmed altitude of 2600 feet was always going to mean a long hike and the rocket drifted about a kilometer landing in the local river. He wasn't about to let this end his attempt so he got his gear off and went swimming. Definitely an L1 "above and beyond" the normal requirements. Congratulations Lachlan!

It was great to several family groups launching together including new family memberships. Despite the average weather conditions, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves with only one rocket being lost to wind drift.

May 2016 Launch Report

Absolutely perfect launch conditions, not a cloud in the sky making tracking rockets easy and not a breath of wind although reasonably warm in the late 20's.

There were 28 flights for the day, 10 high power, 7 medium power, 10 low power and 1 water rocket. Calisto's were flavor of the day with 7 flights, again demonstrating their versatility flying on motors ranging from Josh Anthony's G54 to Stewart Crisp's I204.

There were 4 successful certification flights for the day. Stewart Crisp achieved his L1 flying his yellow Calisto "Banana Split" on an H87 and then followed up with a flight in the same rocket but powered by an I204 to 4000". Jamie Anderson also earned his L1 flying his Calisto on an H133 as did Rowland Noakes flying a Calisto on an H163. Mario Cendo from QRS North Qld achieved his L2 flying his Hyperloc 835 on a J410, congratulations to all who certified.

The installation of a launch button on the Wilson Launch system created additional excitement particularly for visiting children who got the chance to launch members rockets hopefully igniting a future passion for rocketry.

April 2016 Launch Report

The weekend weather was typical Westmar, warm with clear skies with a morning breeze but dying by lunch time. In short, beautiful rocket launching weather.

There was a total of 43 launches for the weekend the bulk of which were on Saturday with only 2 on Sunday morning. Of these, 21 were High Power, 11 Medium Power and 16 Low Power. Some of the high power launches were very serious with in ascending order: 4 x H, 2 x I, 3 x J, 3 x K, 2 x L, 6 x M and 1 x N.

The largest physical rocket of the weekend was Matt Barton’s "The Big Fokker" at 4.46 meters tall flying on an M2250.

Most powerful was David Bells 1/2 scale Patriot on an N2717 Gorilla flying to 10,00 feet. An additional feature of David's launch was the inclusion of "LISA", an Australian first. I don't think there was a person listening to her commentary during the flight that wasn't impressed by this technology.

Nic Lottering flew his 75mm Minimum Diameter rocket "No Big Deal 2" on an M2245 to an altitude in excess of 45,000 feet. We await confirmation on his breaking the world record for M motors.

Matt Parsons achieved his L1 on Saturday flying his "Small Endeavour" on a H410 Vmax and then followed up on Sunday with his L2 on the same airframe but on a J425 to 5600 feet. Congratulations Matt!

Congratulations to Lachlan Thomas who successfully completed the requirements for the Lift Off Certificate being the first level of three in the Blast Off Program.

The Schuster family launched test rockets in preparation for the upcoming Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge (AYRC). There were plenty of scrambled eggs which meant that it was back to the drawing board!

We had a Kiwi visitor for the weekend, Craig Packard who flew several rockets. Craig is the secretary of the NZRA and is an L3 and being a New Zealander was the subject of many jokes about accents and sheep.

Most prolific launcher was again Mark O'Donoghue who excelled himself this time with 12 flights. Included was the smallest and the most unusual rocket of the launch, his 200mm wing span "Balsa Glider". Powered by an A8, the rocket/aircraft glided back to the ground after motor burnout in a lovely stable flight with a soft touch down.

On Saturday night a BBQ was held with donations going towards the land owners charity, "The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation". A total of $749 was raised, a very respectable sum with the cheque given to the Coggan family for the hospital. After the BBQ, a number of night flights took place: 2 on C motors and 5 on B motors which were particularly enjoyed by the children at the launch.

Another successful launch enjoyed by everyone who attended!

March 2016 Launch Report

Our March "advertised launch" took place on an overcast day, the rain holding off until pack up after midday. The conditions kept the number of visitors down but in spite of this, the launch schedule was busy with a total of 53 launches for the morning. The bulk of the activity was low power with a total of 41 launches which included 20 launches in the "Fly It, Take It" program run by Warren with the assistance of Phil. There were 6 medium power and 6 high power launches.

Cam MacDiarmid achieved his L1 certification on his rocket "David Bowie" flying on a Cesaroni H90. Not content with the complication of certifying on a custom design, Cam also utilised dual deployment instead of the simpler motor deployment. Great job Cam, congratulations!

New member Lachlan Thomas ("Digit" on the forum) successfully launched his new rocket "Laika" 3 times and also launched the smallest rocket of the day, his diminutive 3 inch "Mosquito" on a 1/2 A3 motor.

Most prolific launcher was again Mark O'Donoghue with 6 launches on 5 rockets ranging in power from a 1/2 A3 to a G131. Most unusual rocket of the day would have to be Riley's 2 motor cluster "Hermes" which he flew twice on C6-5 power. This featured off-set upper & lower body tubes and different sized lower fins. Largest flight of the day was Andrew's full size "Rapier Missile" on a K360 which unfortunately suffered a broken fin when the main parachute didn't deploy.

Another great day of rocketry enjoyed by everyone!

February 2016 Launch Report

The day turned out to be magnificent rocket launching weather with a cloudless sky and the early morning breeze dying away by mid morning. Despite only a moderate turnout, there were 45 launches for the morning. The bulk of the flights were low/medium with 9 high power flights, several longer term members dusting off old rockets that hadn't flown for years.

The most prolific launcher was Mark O'Donoghue who had 9 flights which ranged from his tiny "Lucky 7" on an A10-3 to the largest motor of the day with an I 180 in his scratch built rocket "Midnight Nightmare".

Blake wasn't far behind in the multiple launch stakes with 7 launches to test his 2 new SCR kits. He flew the diminutive "Bug" taking the smallest motor of the day with an A8-5 and going up to C6-5. The "Sand Storm" made 4 flights on motors from E31-6 up to an H163-9, both flying well.

Jeremy made multiple water rocket flights including a 2 stage launch. There were several maiden flights including Warrens "Mr 1" on a G80 and Adams "Velocitas", a Wildman Blackhawk copy on a G54. Warren and Adam also had a Calisto drag race, both on H123 Sparkies and as is usually the case, the winner is still in dispute.

Another great rocketry day.

January 2016 Launch Report

Another great launch day, a little warm at 31 degrees and with the usual flocks of flies but no wind. There were 33 launches for the day, a good number as January is usually a quiet launch month.

The biggest motor for the day was Ivan's rocket "L2" which flew to 4800' on a K530 Smokey Sam.

Joseph Turner achieved his L1 on his Calisto called "JAJI Aerospace" flying on an H133, congratulations Joseph. The rest of the turner clan, Mum Anna and sons Isaac & Jeremy also flew a rocket each.

Calisto's seemed to be the flavor of the day with 5 Calisto's making 6 flights. Adam flew on a G57, Joseph on a H133, Warren on an H159 and a G106, Roland on a G77 and Ole on a hugely fast IMAX 348.

David Thomson, a newcomer made his very first rocket flight with his pretty black, gold & white Loc Precision "Norad" which he flew on a G68. Jeremy made 3 water rocket flights including a 2 stage attempt. Matt flew his Viper 3 cluster rocket on 3 E20's and both Roland and Adam flew 2 stage rockets. Adam also successfully flew his scratch built postal rocket "Hyperion" which featured a solid wooden nose cone.

A very enjoyable morning and a great start to the launch year.

December 2015 Launch Report

Cloudy conditions greeted the small crowd of hardy but enthusiastic members to the Christmas themed December launch day which included a number of Christmas rockets being flight. The weather held out all morning and proved to be good conditions for flying rockets.

Although the first launch didn’t occur until well after 8 am the crowd built throughout the day with a final launch tally of 29 flights on motors ranging from A through to K. There were a number of Christmas themed flights including the Santa Express from Patrick, Tinsel Sharky from Jeff and Christmas Angel Flight from Warren. We were also treated to a number of impressive flights of Jeremy's water rockets throughout the course of morning.

First cab off the rank for the day was Matt flying a "Christmas Tree" rocket on a G185 motor complete with fairy lights and tinsel. To quote Ari: "It took a left turn at Albuquerque" after take off...

Trial members Kailyn and Ciara successfully flew their first ever rockets: Blizzard and Bumblebee on B6 motors. We welcomed back Adam after a brief absence as he successfully flew his Callisto on a G131 to 1500 feet and his impressive “Air Commander” two stage rocket on D12-0 / D12-7 motors to 2000 feet. Zigby and Oliver had successful flights of their proven Ballistic Chicken and TARDIS rockets respectively.

Most interesting rockets for the day were Andrew's scratch built ACME rocket and Patrick's Vostok. It was also great to see a Fly-it / Take-it rocket return and being flown by Jaxon and Tyler on an A8 motor. Really cool flight of the day was won by Ivan flying his “Level 2” on a K530 which unfortunately experienced a separation event at 1000 ft. The rocket was recovered intact and will fly again soon.

We had two successful L1 attempts on the day: Garth, Luke and Matthew showing great patience to wait for perfect wind conditions to launch their Callisto on an H255 motor after a successful first flight on a G106 and Riley successfully launched his TRUBLUE to 2400 feet on an H123 motor.

A big thank you to Petar and Matt for running the greatly appreciated post launch sausage sizzle.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again at the January Launch.

November 2015 Launch Report

The day started out a little cloudy with temperature around 24 degrees. As the day progressed, the cloud cover increased and finished off around midday with rain. However, there were some great launches.

There were 28 launches on A to J motors. We think that the reduced number of rocketeers attending was due to the previous week of daily torrential storms in South East Queensland. Most were happy to stay at home and dry out.

Three fly-it, take-it participants from the October launch attended and launched their LPR rockers, this time on B motors and were thrilled with the results. Hope to see them back again at future launches.

Abby, Mason and Ben all launched their new rockets on B6-4 motors. Abby couldn't find her rocket after the launch and went home disappointed. However, it was retrieved later by others searching for their rockets. We hope to have Abby and her rocket reunited sometime soon.

Elisha's scratch built Quicksilver scorched off the launch pad on a H400 VMAX to 1,800ft.

Matt and Natan El had an unusual drag race. Matt launched his 2.8 kg PML Endeavour on a H143. Natan El launched her 520 gm Galaxy on a G64. The rules of the drag race were never well defined but they both reckon that they won.

There were two successful AMRS level 2 HPR certification attempts. Mark O'Donoghue launched his Midnight Lightning on a J335 to 4,300ft. and Elisha Schuster launched his Quicksilver on a J425 to 4,500ft. Both flyers had single deploy recovery and had long recovery walks but Elisha had the added burden of a heavy rain shower to content with. Doesn't really matter when you get your L2 cert.

Andrew's Mini Magg lifted off with an impressive I180 skidmark to 2,00ft. Stewart gave his Quicksilver a run on G64.

October 2015 Launch Report

The October advertised open day launch attracted approximately 400 spectators.  There was a slight wind, some cloud cover with temperature about 28°C.

There were 50 launches for the morning including 16 Fly it, Take it launches.  on the following motors—21 x A, 2 x B, 6 x C, 2 x D, 1 x E, 2 x G, 6 x H, 5 x I, 1 x J, 1 x K, 1 x M.  There was one cluster and one water rocket.

Dave travelled from Sydney and launched his half scale Patriot on an M2250 to 4,500ft.  It was a spectacular launch.  Unfortunately the main parachute deployed early and the rocket drifted a little further than predicted.  Thanks Dave for coming all that way to showcase the Patriot..

Matt launched his Triple Fist on a three I170 motor cluster to 4,200ft for a perfect flight.

Larry received his traditional ‘L3 branding’ from ACO Blake after his successful L3 certification attempt in September at Enarra.  Congratulations, Larry.

He then launched his Drag Queen on an I280 sparky much to delight of the crowd.

Andrew launched his unusual looking Rapier on a K360.  It took some time to recover as it only used a single deploy parachute.

A team of students from Loganlea high school attended with their science teacher Tenille and launched a number of low power rockets.  They enjoyed the experience and will be back.

Rory won the rocket raffle at the July launch and was back to launch his prize rocket Baby Bertha.

Just for something different, Jeremy launched his water powered rocket to 300ft.

Warren’s Fly-it, Take-it program attracted 16 new flyers.

Thanks to all of the volunteers who attended and made the day’s program progress flawlessly.


September 2015 Launch Report

The day started with clear skies but became increasingly overcast making it more difficult to track the rockets.  It was a warm (25°) but pleasant day for launching.  41 rockets were launched and four certification launch attempts.  The cows are back and came to visit early on but moved leaving their marks.

We seemed to have an unusually large number of visitors to view the proceedings. Petar and Ari were kept busy providing instruction on the wonders of rocketry.

The largest motor for the day was Ivan’s Level 2 rocket on a J380.  Not surprising he used this rocket for his successful Level 2 certification attempt.

Lily-Ana (with her rocket Destroying Angel) and Asher (Red) achieved their L1 certifications. Unfortunately, Bruce’s L1 attempt with his Black and Blue Goblin was not successful when it drifted in recovery mode for the western horizon and could not be recovered.

Mark launched an amazing array of rockets (6 in all) including a cone named Houston, we have a Problem closely followed by Lily-Ana with five.

Jack had some problems with his pesky copperhead igniters but managed to get the AMRAAM 2 aloft.