Launch report January 2021

CENJARS January 2021 Launch Report

Sunshine and moderate temperatures lured a great group of CENJARS rocketeers to the launch site this past Sunday, January 10th. It seemed most were eager to get a reprieve from their cabin fever and punch a few holes in the clouds.

Before the fun commenced, however, we held a brief meeting at the beginning of the launch to conduct some club business. The two items which were addressed were (1) filling the vacant role of club treasurer and (2) the approval of the use of funds to upgrade our aging launch racks. I am happy to report that Tom Brieva was elected as our new treasurer by a unanimous vote, congrats Tom! Since this was our first launch of the new year, we put Tom right to work collecting membership renewal forms and dues. If you still need to fill out your membership form for 2021, you can find a digital copy on our website, cenjars.org under the “Join Us” tab, or ask Charlie for a copy at the next launch. You can submit the form and your dues to any club officer at the next launch you attend. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff…

If you’re a total model rocket nerd like myself, you may have been excited to see a few vintage 90s Estes kits take to the skies. Ray and Margaret each launched a Flash (Estes kit #2137), a neat rocket with a prismatic wrap that sparkles in the bright sunlight. Ray also launched his Shadow (Estes kit #2094) which looked like it leapt right off the pages of the 1994 Estes catalog. It flew beautifully twice on E12-4s. I also launched two of my own vintage Estes birds. One was a rocket which my father built when I was just 5 or 6 years old called Meteor (Estes kit #2025) and the other was my Fat Boy (Estes kit #2139). Is providing the Estes kit numbers so you can do a Google search for them sufficiently nerdy enough for you? While the rocket geeks among us were excited to see that some sweet rockets survived from the 90s, I think we can all be excited that the fashion didn’t.

Some other highlights included Lainey’s Der Red Max -always a crowd favorite- which took off on a B6-4. Jim and Marie each launched a B6-4 powered Hyjinx in a great drag race. Tom and Mark had an awesome flight with their Star Orbiter on a D12-5, and Franz had a nice launch with his Mark III on an A8-3. About halfway through the launch a shift in the winds did cause a few rockets to drift over the treeline. While some ended up out of reach, Evelyn was able to use the extension pole to rescue her Baby Bertha from the hungry jaws of a Rocket Eating Tree.
In all, we had 37 flights at this month’s launch and burned 37 motors. Here’s the breakdown:

A- 1
B- 11
C-12
D- 4
E- 6
F- 3
G- 0

I look forward to seeing everyone at our next launch on Sunday, February 7th!

Godspeed,
John Falcone

CENJARS January 2021 launch

Hello Rocketeers,

It’s time for our January 2021 launch. The theme for January is new year, new rocket. What was in your stocking?

The weather reports for Sunday aren’t looking good right now. There’s a high probability of rain and some strong winds. A decision will be made early in the morning.

Since it is a new year, we have some changes in the works. A new website is in progress, some upgrades to the launch equipment are planned, and there are some changes to the executive board. It’s all good if not great! It also is time for your annual dues. Some things never change.

Happy flying,


Charlie

CENJARS December 2020 Launch Report

CENJARS December 2020 Launch Report

On Sunday, December 13, we held our annual December launch. Although we had to wait an extra week due to excessive winds on our original launch date (12/5), boy was it worth it! The weather was positively balmy, with temperatures getting as high as 64 degrees! It was so nice that I even broke out my shorts and flip flops for what proved to be the last time for 2020 considering the wintery weather we’ve had since.

The tropical temperatures brought out an excited group of CENJARS rocketeers to get in their last flights of the year. While the weather was beautiful the winds were fairly brisk, but that didn’t stop anyone from getting in on the action as we had several noteworthy flights. Jim and Vince flew their Goblins on D12s, a great rocket for windy days as they are recovered by streamers. Tom and Charlie flew their Planet Probes, which are also great windy-day rockets as they never go far from the pad even when flying on a C6 motor. Some rocketeers opted to go with shorter delays to battle weathercocking, such as launching on a B6-2 as opposed to the typical B6-4. There were some great flights on the short delay motor, such as Maria’s Estes Crayon, Dorothy’s Spirit, and Augie’s Spirit.

Some other crowd pleasing launches included Dan’s Astron Invaders which executed perfect gliding recoveries on all three flights, a feat difficult to do on a calm day not to mention a windy one. You can tell that Dan spent a lot of time trimming them out, nice job! We also had some mid-power launches off the rails. One example was Brian’s Composite Warehouse Hurricane which soared to the clouds on a G40. Another was my own Mega Der Red Max which flew great on an F67-4. If you’re looking for some mid-power motors on a budget, I recommend checking out the Aerotech Economax F67s as they don’t require HAZMAT shipping!

Being as December is, of course, holiday season we also had two Christmas themed rockets make an appearance. Charlie’s Eight Tiny Reindeer boosted Santa skyward on a D12-5, and Augie flew his Grinch’s S2AASM (Surface-to-Air Anti-Sleigh Missile). Fortunately for children ’round the world the Grinch was unsuccessful in his attempt to blast jolly old Saint Nick from the skies. We also had a Christmas miracle happen right before our eyes. Mouths were agape as we watched Brian launch a rocket powered by something other than a G motor! Not only was it not a G motor, it was an Estes mini-engine. That’s right, Brian flew his Star Trooper on an A3-4T, truly a Christmas miracle.

And so 2020 has come to a close for CENJARS. Thank you to all who came out to the launches this year, especially as we had to modify our schedule and procedures during the COVID pandemic. Despite all the challenges, we had a great year. I hope to see you all at our next launch on Sunday, January 3, 2021.

Have a happy and safe holiday season!

Godspeed,
John Falcone

CENJARS Launch 12/13

Just a quick reminder that our December launch is on for Sunday 12/13. The winds will be out of the west and relatively warm. Good launching weather.

Charlie

CENJARS December launch postponed to 12/13

Hello rocketeers,

We’re postponing the December launch to next Sunday. It’s just a bit too windy at the field. Weather reports for for next week aren’t great either, warmer but rainy. We’ll see if we can change the weather prognosticators minds.

Peace to all,

Charlie