CENJARS November 2019 launch report

CENJARS Annual Meeting & November Launch Report

A great day of rocket action started off early for the November launch with our annual meeting, which took place down the road at Attillio’s Pizzeria. Those in attendance had a great time eating pizza, talking rockets, and discussing business. Once we got to the field we found sunshine and clear skies. Gusty winds meant most rocketeers kept their flights low, but the wind direction was favorable allowing us to maximize the whole field for rocket recovery.

We celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 12 mission this month, and while the stiff winds kept our Saturn Vs grounded, club president Charlie Kirlew launched both his Mercury Redstone and Little Joe II to commemorate the occasion. The moon even made a daytime appearance to be a backdrop for the flights! Be sure to check out the photos and videos he and Brian posted on the Facebook page.

Some other flights of note were Ray’s Estes Corkscrew which lived up to its name, getting plenty of “oohs and ahhs” from the crowd as it wound its way to the heavens on a C6-3, and Brian’s Mega Der Red Max which shredded eardrums on its way to apogee powered by a G80 skidmark.

Overall, we burned 41 motors at this month’s launch, here’s the breakdown:

8 – A motors
17 – B motors
10 – C motors
5 – D motors
1 – E motor
1- F motor
1 – G motor

At the annual meeting, the following officers were elected to 1-year terms:

President- Charlie Kirlew
Vice President- Jim Zindle
Treasurer- Mike Centrella
Secretary- John Falcone

Be sure to join us Sunday, December 1 for our next launch!

See you then,
John Falcone

CENJARS November launch

Hello Rocketeers,

It’s time for our November launch and election.

The plan is to meet at Attillio’s in the Kmart plaza just East of our launch site at 12:30 on Sunday November 5th. Please let me know if you plan on attending. The club is picking up the tab.

We should be at the launch site by 1:30. Current weather reports call winds for the WNW which means we’ll be near the parking lot!

We will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Apollo 12.

One more thing, set your clocks back!

Happy flying,


CENJARS October launch 10/6/2019

Hello Rocketeers,

BOO! It’s time for our October Launch. Spooky how it creeps up on you. As you might have guessed, we’re doing a Halloween theme. We just did a build and demo launch at the Wall Township Kid’s Day.  We had a great turnout and a lot of interest. We hope to have many of the builders and observers come to see some bigger rockets. The launch is this Sunday for 12:30 to 3:30 or later if we don’t get scared away by the goblins in the bushes.

November elections! Yes, November is election time for the country and CENJARS. We will be having our elections on November 3rd. Please let me know if you are interested in running for one of the offices of the club. Responsibilities for each office are described in our by-laws on our website: http://cenjars.org/bylaws/

Happy flying,


Kid’s Day America Rocket Demo and Build

Hello Rocketeers,

It’s time once again to give back to Wall Township for use of the field. We will be at the municipal complex for the Kid’s Day America event. We will be doing demo launches and build sessions. We need several people to help with this. Please let me know if you can help. The event runs from 10 AM to 2 PM. We naturally need to set up beforehand and pack up afterwards..

Happy flying,


CENJARS September 2019 launch report

CENJARS September 2019 Launch Report

What a wonderful day for a rocket launch! We had another great turnout for our September launch. The winds were a little on the breezy side but that just made it all fresher and better.

While the winds directed us to use smaller motors on the smaller rockets, it didn’t stop us from sending up some big stuff as well. The Jolly Logic Chute Release was well used. If anyone is planning on getting one, the magic number is 300 feet. (CR@300) It works very well at our field. I think we have at least 5 rocketeers using it now.

While we didn’t lose any rockets to the trees, we did have a few rockets spontaneously dis-assemble. It doesn’t appear that there were any construction issues, just bad motors.

We had a few notable flights. Steve K. put 3 extra parachutes in one of his rockets. Think of it as dropping paratroopers out of a plane. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough weight on the chutes to bring them back to the field. Charlie had an old Aerotech 18mm E25. Yes, an E in the 18mm format. Knowing that old motors often don’t deploy safely, he put it in a Planet Probe. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the video of it. Of course, Brian put the MDRD up on a G80 and woke up the neighborhood. How many of those motors does he have?

There was a total of 66 flights and 68 motors burned. Here are the motor totals:

18 – A motors
21 – B motors
12 – C motors
3 – D motors
9 – E motors
1 – G Motor

We have Wall Kid’s Day America coming up on September 28th. This is a chance for us to support Wall Township and thank them for letting us use the field. We will be doing demo launches and builds. Details to follow.

Our next launch is scheduled for October 6th. We will be celebrating Halloween. Will Charlie ever get that skeleton to launch? Will Brian bring back the witch? What’s in your rocket cauldron?