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July 2013 launch report

On Saturday, July 27th, MASA held its regular monthly launch at the sod fields near Nowthen.

The weather was supposed to be nice - maybe a little breezier than we'd prefer.  A big crew was on hand to help set up the range and started getting some flights in right away.  However, then a giant area of rain (stretching all the way up past Duluth) appeared on radar, heading our direction.  After watching it for a while, Neal called a hold, and we quick got all the electrical and electronic boxes under cover before the rain arrived.  After awhile, during a temporary respite from the rain, the launch was called-off and all the equipment was packed up.

So, it ended up being a short launch!

Thanks to everyone who helped set up and tear down the launch range.

Thanks to the RSO/LCO volunteers: 

Congratulations to Michael Farrell on his successful Level 2 certification flight!  Michael flew a LOC EZI-65 on a J420.

MASA members - please send in your thoughts about the launch! 

Michael Farrell writes:

With hypothermia averted and my core temperature stabilized, I wanted to thank everyone who supported my L2 cert adventure this morning. What a day! What happened to the @#$%& forecast?

Thanks to Neal and Allan for serving on the cert team. Thanks to both of them and everyone else who stuck around soaking wet and freezing for the retrieval - Aaron, Anand,
Chris, Gary, and Jeff. Thanks to their friends and families for waiting around while everyone reconvened and signed off on the cert. Thanks to whomever loaded all of my junk into my truck when the storm hit and I was half a mile away in the tall corn oblivious to the incoming weather (as if an emergency range teardown isn't enough of a chore). It was sunny when I started the walk...

The flight was a modified LOC/Precision EZI-65 on an AeroTech J420R, dual deployment. A PerfectFlite Stratologger fired the ejections and recorded an altitude of 3,485 ft. It was the only flight I made.

The Details:

Full launch tally (PDF)

The totals were:  19 flights, 24 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 1259 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 0

1/4A

0

1/2A

0

A

3

B

9

C

7

D

1

E

1

F

0
G 0

H

2
I 0

J

1

(Alan Estenson)

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