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November 22, 2014 Amesbury Launch

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First, an explanation of why we held a launch on Saturday when the high temperature was around 40 instead of Sunday when it was 10 degrees warmer. It's been CMASS policy for years to go with the first acceptable day when we have a choice of two. There are reasons. We've been burned by a bad forecast before and the second day has turned out worse than the first. And a lot of us have to plan ahead making a last minute change really inconvenient. That said, it wasn't really all that bad. The temperature and wind speed were as forecast except for the 30 MPH wind gusts that never happened. Of course the wind was blowing across the short dimension of the field which made skillful aiming a necessity. We had around 175 flights so there was never much of a wait to get a pad. Because of the early sunset we had to start tearing the range down at 3:45. When then moved down to the road and used our smaller controller and pads to conduct about a half a dozen night flights. We wrapped the night launch up around 5:00 and a dozen of us headed to the Barking Dog  for the traditional post launch debriefing. Keep your warm clothes handy, we'll be announcing the date for the January launch shortly.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 23:39
 

November 8, 2014 Amesbury Launch

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 I'll admit that I was somewhat less than optimistic when I arrived at the field at 9:30. It was cold and windy but at least it wasn't raining. Take a look at this time lapse video of range being set up and you'll see the flag flapping in the wind and the range crew dressed for winter. My fingers didn't warm up until the after launch debriefing at Acapulco's.  In spite of that we had quite a few fliers. In between taking pictures of Thingamajigs Jim Flis counted around 100 people. There were at least three TARC teams, a Cub Scout troop and an SLI team. The weather improved greatly in the afternoon as the temperature went up and the winds went down. We had around 275 flights. It was a "good" day for catos. Riley Stevens caught that photo on the left showing a triple E12 cato in one of Dan Wolman's rockets. There were several others. There are a few pictures in the gallery.
 
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