We’re starting a new season in Amesbury!! Our 24 April launch is a GO. 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.
If there are any TARC teams in the area that need to do some practice flights or need witnesses for qualification flights, this will be a great opportunity for you. Bring your team out and fly with us. We also have a plan to have another TARC launch opportunity in May so keep an eye on the website about that.
We did a good job of social distancing while in the Safety Check line at last year's launches. Let’s keep up those good habits. We will also continue our 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 4 PM at the latest, 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 (or, at least, her dad will be) 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. The wind is predicted to be blowing toward the unfriendly house so this will limit the ability to fly high due to reduced recovery area. If you’re new to the club, please bring a good computer simulation of your mid- or high-power flight. In any case, please match your motor to the rocket to keep your landing on the field. It's not predicted to but if the wind swings around and blows toward the wires we will curtail HPR and limit low- and mid-power flights to 1000-ft altitudes.
The state has raised the attendance limit for our kind of activity to 150 people, flyers and spectators combined. This should allow us to fly without concern for the crowd size. We still ask for your cooperation in sharing our hobby and this space with others.