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Winter Follies-January 17, 2015 in Acton

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As the weather forecast went downhill over the week, I thought it was going to be a lonely day in Acton. I was wrong!  At one point there were at least 36 cars and 50 people. This is impressive because I'm sure this was our coldest Winter Follies launch ever. The day started out with single digit temperatures but the wind was light and there were no clouds in the sky. We dispensed with the formality of flight cards because taking your gloves off to write one would not have been fun. I do wish we counted the number of flights because there were quite a few. We had a couple of TARC teams and an SLI team doing some practice flights. Jim Salem (Howard too) did not land anything in the trees! However, Jim does get credit for the scariest flight of the day when a bad nozzle sent his crayon rocket horizontal over our heads. Thanks to Jim of Fliskits and Jason of AMW for showing up to sell stuff. There are a few many pictures in the gallery and I hope some of the in flight video surfaces.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 23:16
 

November 22, 2014 Amesbury Launch

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First, an explanation of why we held a launch on Saturday when the high temperature was around 40 instead of Sunday when it was 10 degrees warmer. It's been CMASS policy for years to go with the first acceptable day when we have a choice of two. There are reasons. We've been burned by a bad forecast before and the second day has turned out worse than the first. And a lot of us have to plan ahead making a last minute change really inconvenient. That said, it wasn't really all that bad. The temperature and wind speed were as forecast except for the 30 MPH wind gusts that never happened. Of course the wind was blowing across the short dimension of the field which made skillful aiming a necessity. We had around 175 flights so there was never much of a wait to get a pad. Because of the early sunset we had to start tearing the range down at 3:45. When then moved down to the road and used our smaller controller and pads to conduct about a half a dozen night flights. We wrapped the night launch up around 5:00 and a dozen of us headed to the Barking Dog  for the traditional post launch debriefing. Keep your warm clothes handy, we'll be announcing the date for the January launch shortly.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 23:39
 
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