The frustration of having to cancel or slip launch dates due to bad weather or muddy field conditions prompted the officers to move the March launch up a week from the 13th to the sixth to match a favorable forecast. The decision allowed the club to be out on the Butler Mill field for a beautiful day of flying; clear sky, mild temps and moderate wind. HARA had a diverse manifest with certs and college team flights, novel mid power rockets, a shuttle glider, a high-power 2 stage, and a high power drag race that was more eventful than planned.
For more photos and an awesome video from John Kraieski’s very upscale Mars Lander sparky ascent and four legged landing see https://www.facebook.com/HARA-Rocketry-182522918458853/ Thanks to Gene, Greg and Patrick for contributing pictures!
by Vince Huegele
The temps were barely nudging the upper thirties and the sun was too shy to show its face but the field was dry and HARA was out flying on a January day. Not as many attended this launch as the one in November which had fifty more flights than today’s 38. With last month’s December launch and last year’s January launch rained out the cold air and 12 mph wind was acceptable. Masks were worn by most people to keep their noses warm. Families brought the kids which bundled up like little snowmen were always thrilled to chase descending parachutes through the corn stubs. The biggest flight of the day was a K motor sparky shown below.
Butler Mill field – please help set up and take down the range
The prospects for a Saturday launch are iffy – even though no significant rain is forecast, low temperatures (high around 41), winds close to the limit
(15-20 mph), and heavy clouds are projected.
The officers are continuing to look at the forecasts, and a GO/NO GO decision will be announced on Friday.
The current forecast is for clear and cool weather on Saturday, but the Thursday/Friday rains may result in fields that are too muddy to support a launch. A check of field conditions will occur Friday afternoon, after which a GO/NO GO decision will be made
It’s a new year (hopefully it will be better than last)! The virus still runs amok, so we will once again have a virtual meeting this Thursday night. January meetings are always important because we draft people… er, solicit nominations for… officer positions. We are not above nominating people who are absent, so be sure you are there! Anyway, here’s the agenda:
January launch update
Virtual NARCON details
Officer reports, including possibly hosting NARCON 2022
Show and tell
HARA wireless controller status
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See you there!
It’s time for a little holiday cheer with fellow rocketeers! Please join us on Zoom this Thursday at 7:30 PM for the December HARA meeting to get the lowdown on the local rocketry scene. Items on the agenda include:
- December high power launch status
- Officer reports
- Monthly give away (2 this month)
- Status of the HARA wireless controller
- Show and Tell
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See y’all Thursday night!
The autumn colors of red, orange and yellow decorated the trees in the mountains of north Alabama but also the flames of the rockets flying at the monthly HARA launch. After being rained out in October and waiting since March for the field to be cleared the club was out in full force to launch into a mild calm November sky. The pads were particularly busy with HP certification flights. The crowd was present when the waiver opened at 10 am and was solid until sunset.
For a more detailed discussion of the day go to Bill’s blog at http://billsrockets.blogspot.com/2020/11/a-perfect-day-for-flying.html A multitude of rocket pictures are on the HARA facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HARA-Rocketry-182522918458853/