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August Garden Home Launch

Model Rocket launch at SW Portland’s Garden Home Park from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, August 6th.

Flights are limited to 500′ altitude, and generally A – B motors are most appropriate.

Clusters and other unusual flights get special scrutiny, especially with dry conditions.

We have some motors for sale; $2 a pop, proceeds to defray the field rental fee. Donations welcome but NOT necessary.

As usual, help is appreciated to set up at 9:30 and tear down afterward.

NXRS 2022

NXRS will be held at the Brothers launch site on June 9-12. Hours of operation will be 8 AM – 6PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 8 AM – 1 PM on Sunday. Our standard FAA waiver of 20,500’ AGL will be in place for the launch, with call-in windows to 50,000’ AGL. We are planning for all flights to be launched from north of the flight line. We have not yet cleared the proposed “far away” cell in the NW corner of the property, so all flights exceeding the standard waiver must be launched from the regular away cell in the center of the range, and will be restricted to M impulse.  A decision will be made at the launch whether conditions are appropriate for N-motor launches from the hilltop away cell.  Contact the board prior to Thursday if you anticipate needing the call-in waiver.  Those fliers using the high waiver at this launch will be required to show calculations that the flight will not cross Highway 20 to the north of the site due to winds aloft. 

Flier meetings will be held at 9am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the LCO table.  Please come to the LCO table for one of these if you are new or if you have questions.  Flier meeting announcements will be made over the PA.  A final decision on sparky motors will be announced at the launch.
The weather forecast looks pretty favorable, mostly to partly cloudy on Thursday and Friday, mostly sunny on Saturday and Sunday.  Every day is forecasted for highs in the upper 70’s to low 80’s, and lows in the mid to upper 40’s.  Surface level winds in the teens are expected in the afternoons, so fly early if you can, especially for low thrust-to-weight flights.

Campfires will be permitted only in the two fire rings on the flight line if open fires are allowed by the county. Right now conditions appear favorable. A final decision will be announced at the launch. Camping in tents, RVs, and trailers is permitted along the flight line. We expect a large crowd at this launch, so please be considerate and park as close together as possible to allow as many people along the flight line as possible.  There will be port-a-potties at several locations along the flight line that will be serviced prior to the launch. Water is not available at the site, so please bring as much as you think you will need for the duration of the launch. Sunscreen is highly recommended. At 4500’elevation the sun is stronger than you might expect. Some sort of shade (canopy or easy-up) is also recommended.  Also please note that non-member spectators pay a launch fee at NXRS of $20 for the weekend whether they intend to fly rockets or not. 

From Gary’s previous launch announcements:

We will be parking and camping along the same road as for last year’s launches for the launches this year. The north side of the road is mostly clear of sage from past use, but if you will be camping or parking on the far west end of the existing flight line, please plan to clear any sage around your parking and/or camping spot. We will be strongly discouraging parking on sage this year due to the increasingly dry conditions at the launch site. Sage should be cut a few inches below ground level, but not pulled out, so that the existing root structure remains in place to prevent soil erosion. The club trailer has several Pulaskis that can be used to clear sage.

Volunteer sign-ups can be found online.

Please sign up for a shift or two if you can.  For this launch we will have one LCO and one FSO on duty for Thursday and Sunday.  For Friday and Saturday we will have two LCO’s, two FSO’s, and a pad manager.  I will also be looking for a little help at registration from 8am to 10am on Thursday and Friday.  Please remember, LCO duty requires some familiarity with the range and launch equipment. FSO duty requires a Tripoli L2 certification, since this will be a Tripoli high power launch.  If you are able to stay until the end of the launch on Sunday, we would appreciate your help in tearing down and packing away launch equipment.

Looking forward to a safe and fun weekend!
Brian Clark