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9 months 2 weeks ago #9800 by KennB
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1 week 5 days ago #10204 by KennB
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The rumors are true; we've scheduled another launch for 17 October in Amesbury. Right now on the Sunday before, the weather isn't looking too good for Saturday. Keep an eye out on TRF and on our website for updated information. I plan on making the GO/NO GO call Thursday evening. If we scrub for Saturday, we'll try for Sunday. Hey, the big companies scrub for weather so why can't we? Please read the information we have published about the COVID-19 rules and restrictions, fill in, print out, sign and bring your tracing form with you to the launch. Without the form, you will not be able to launch and will be asked to leave the field. Face covers are required for all attendees.

We have gotten permission to park at the launch site. This means you can drive out the path to the field and park your car perpendicular to the roadway just far enough onto the grass to clear the path. We can use both sides of the road. Only the trailer and the vehicle towing it are allowed to drive onto the field. Leave an empty car-width space between your car and the next. When you set up your preparation area, leave at least six feet to any other set up; there’s lots of space between the parked cars and the flight line – there’s no need to crowd up toward the flight line.

We've done a good job of social distancing while in the Safety Check line in this new era. Let’s keep up those good habits. We will also continue our shortened day with no food service. Set up will be at 9:30 with flying starting as soon after 10 AM as we can. We will be stopping at 2 PM, breaking down the set up and packing into the trailer. Many hands make light work so please pitch in.

Esther's Engines will be on the field with Quest Q-Jet and Aerotech motors. These will mostly be motors that have been preordered but check out the rest of the stock they have with them and order something for the next launch.

We will conduct high-power flights as the conditions permit. If you’re new to the club, please bring a good computer simulation of your flight. In any case, please match your motor to the rocket to keep your landing on the field. If the wind blows toward the wires, we will curtail HPR and limit low- and mid-power flights to 1000-ft altitudes. Even with favorable winds earlier this month, we had too many rockets head toward the wires so remember to orient the launch rod/rail away from the crowd and toward the ample field space toward the parking lot.

As long as Amesbury isn't a red zone city, we'll have a 100 person limit per the state for outdoor activities. During our most recent Amesbury launches, we maxed out at about 45 with many fewer as we approached 2 so it doesn't look like we'll have a problem with overcrowding. Still, as much as we like having spectators enjoy our hobby, we ask that if you’ve flown your rockets, think about leaving and letting someone else come to the field if we get a big surge. We will be monitoring the number of people on hand and will shut down the launch if we have over 100 people. When we get back to fewer than 100, we’ll resume. We ask for your cooperation in sharing our hobby and this space with others.

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1 week 2 days ago #10224 by BDB
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If the launch is delayed until Sunday, Esther and I can't be there to sell motors. Would anyone be willing to distribute them for her if I dropped them off on Saturday night?

Here is a screenshot of the shipment that we have coming from Aerotech today. In addition we have a few other motors in stock (E30-4 and E30-7 and a bunch of Q-Jets.) Please email Esther at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to earmark something.

Brenton (Esther's dad)

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1 week 2 days ago #10225 by KennB
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I'll be updating info and sending out an email tonight but weather is pushing us to Sunday the 18th for this launch.

If someone, probably from south of Boston, could help Esther out, that would be great.

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1 week 1 day ago #10227 by hgreenblatt
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KennB wrote: I'll be updating info and sending out an email tonight but weather is pushing us to Sunday the 18th for this launch.

If someone, probably from south of Boston, could help Esther out, that would be great.


I would be happy to help. I will email Esther directly.

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1 week 1 day ago #10228 by hgreenblatt
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We have a launch this weekend on Sunday, 18 October in Amesbury. The weather isn't looking too good for Saturday with rain expected in the morning, so we'll launch on Sunday. Sunday will be windy (but dry) so please plan your launches accordingly. As usual, if the wind is blowing towards the high power wires we will restrict launches to low and mid power only and all flights must be under 1000 ft (or whatever the LCO and LSO see fit to allow).

Please read the information we have published about the  COVID-19 rules and restrictions , fill in, print out, sign and bring your tracing form with you to the launch. Without the form, you will not be able to launch and will be asked to leave the field. Face covers are required for all attendees.
 
We have gotten permission to park at the launch site. This means you can drive out the path to the field and park your car perpendicular to the roadway just far enough onto the grass to clear the path. We can use both sides of the road. Only the trailer and the vehicle towing it are allowed to drive onto the field. Leave an empty car-width space between your car and the next. When you set up your preparation area, leave at least six feet to any other set up; there’s lots of space between the parked cars and the flight line – there’s no need to crowd up toward the flight line. There should also be a pot-o-let on site.
 
We've done a good job of social distancing while in the Safety Check line in this new era. Let’s keep up those good habits. We will also continue our shortened day with no food service. Set up will be at 9:30 with flying starting as soon after 10 AM as we can. We will be stopping at 2 PM, breaking down the set up and packing into the trailer. Many hands make light work so please pitch in.
 
Esther's Engines cannot make it to the field on Sunday however we will be picking up motors from them ahead of time and have them available on the field. These will mostly be motors that have been preordered but check out the rest of the stock and order something for the next launch.
 
We will conduct high-power flights as the conditions permit. If you’re new to the club, please bring a good computer simulation of your flight. In any case, please match your motor to the rocket to keep your landing on the field. If the wind blows toward the wires, we will curtail HPR and limit low- and mid-power flights to 1000-ft altitudes. Even with favorable winds earlier this month, we had too many rockets head toward the wires so remember to orient the launch rod/rail away from the crowd and toward the ample field space toward the parking lot.
 
As long as Amesbury isn't a red zone city, we'll have a 100 person limit per the state for outdoor activities. During our most recent Amesbury launches,  we maxed out at about 45 with many fewer as we approached 2 so it doesn't look like we'll have a problem with overcrowding. Still, as much as we like having spectators enjoy our hobby, we ask that if you’ve flown your rockets, think about leaving and letting someone else come to the field if we get a big surge. We will be monitoring the number of people on hand and will shut down the launch if we have over 100 people. When we get back to fewer than 100, we’ll resume. We ask for your cooperation in sharing our hobby and this space with others.

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