BlueSkies 34 Report
November 14, 2009

It started out as a beautiful blue sky day for flying. Temperatures were in the mid 60's with ground winds less than 5 mph. Unfortunately the higher up winds were a bit stronger and caused some problems for the HPR rockets. As the day moved along it became mostly cloudy skies with winds in the 10 - 20 mph range toward the end of the day. This made it feel cooler than 70 degrees in the middle of November.

We had 8 fliers with 35 flights and 40 motors burned. The total impulse was 2027.01 ns.(Cesaroni K675SK) .

Motor breakdown:

  • 1/8A - 1
  • A - 5
  • B - 6
  • C - 15
  • D - 6
  • E - 1
  • F - 2
  • G - 1
  • H - 0
  • I - 3
  • J - 0

    Flyers and their Birds.
    Name Flights Comments
    Joe Magginnis 8
    1. BatRay (G80-7) Good Flight. Recovered in tree on edge of woods.
    2. Big Dawg (A6-4) Good Flight.
    3. Big Dawg (B6-4) Quest motors are cool.
    4. Big Dawg (B6-4) Last flight of the Day. This was an Estes Motor - Not much to talk about.
    5. Goliath (3xB6-4) The motors in this flis Kit have been loaded for over 3 months. Flight was good with ignition of all 3 motors.
    6. Totally Tubular (C6-3) This was the second flight of this model and it still was unstable even though the nose cone stayed on this time. This model needs help.
    7. Totally Tubular (C6-3) Unstable flight. Nose cone came off during the flight.
    8. UFF Odesysus (A3-4T) This Flis Kit still flies successfully.
    Patrick Peterson 8
    1. Apogee D RG (D5) Straight boost with little stall in glide.
    2. Apogee D RG (D5) Pitched up late in boost.
    3. Apogee D RG (D5) Better boost but quickly got downwind.
    4. Apogee D RG (D5) Best Flight. Straight boost. Landed 10' from pad.
    5. C BG Fixed Pod, Free Flight (C6-0) Crashed and broke into several pieces.
    6. C BG Pop Pod, Free Flight (C6-3) Pitched up dring boost with a short glide.
    7. 1/8A Heliocopter "Rose-a-Wink" (1/8A) Not a bad 20 second flight.
    8. D-Angel RC/RG (D5) Ok flight after a lousy boost (pilot over-controlled) Motor CATO burned wing.
    Ian Devensky 5
    1. Sting Ray (A10-4T) Good straight flight.
    2. Little Red (A3-4T) His first time pressing the launch button. Hope to see more of that in the future.
    3. Razor (C6-3) Beautiful straight flight.
    4. Black Spar (C6-3) Shock cord broke during flight and separated nose cone/parachute from main body tube. No damage to body. Nose Cone/parachute was later recovered from a tree in the woods.
    5. Razor (C6-3) Another beautiful flight.
    Jack Stewart 5
    1. Golf Ball Launch - 30ML Distance (C6-5) Duration - 40.42 seconds.
    2. Baseball Lofter: Rebel of Ballast (D12-3) 24" Chute Duration = 41.07 seconds.
    3. Baseball Lofter: Rebel of Ballast (E30-4T) .
    4. Softball Lofter: Lost Ball Effort (F50-4T) Altitude - 1013' Duration = 123.19 seconds.
    5. Combined 2 Models - 4 tube fin with stretch upper (C6-5).
    Darryl Hankes 4
    1. Intercepter (C6-3) Good looking bird. Excellent flight.
    2. Mighty Whitey (B4-4) .
    3. Red Rouge (A10-3T) Interesting flight.
    4. Wildman Jr. (I375GG) Great Flight. Glad you recovered the model. Thanks to the tracker system.
    Jeremy Cirton 2
    1. Screaming Eagle (I218R) Level 1 Certification. Congratulations!
    2. Screaming Eagle (I357T) Another great flight. Glad you got your rocket back.
    Stevie Mclean 2
    1. enola gay (F12) .
    2. LiL Mac (C6-7) .
    Spencer Campbell 1
    1. Comanche 3 (2x C6-5) Great ignition but lawn dart under full power due to the booster C6-5. Should have used a C6-0 in the booster stage.

    Thanks to all the rocketeers who flew today and thanks to all who assisted. Thanks to those who watched. We appreciate your participation. Hope to see you at the next launch and bring along a friend.

    CALL FOR HELP: If anyone who took pictures would be willing to share them with us please email to:

    Our next launch is December 12, 2009 at Sims Farm 9-5 if weather permits. Backup site is ADC Park 10-5.

    Stay tuned to the Bluegrass Rocketry Society web site for launch schedule updates.

    END 11/15/09 END