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Announcements / May 16 Launch Report
« on: May 18, 2020, 10:19:11 AM »


On Saturday May 16, Tripoli Mid-Ohio got a break from both the COVID-19 pandemic and the weather. We were able to have a launch. Our last launch was on February 29. All of the fliers maintained “social distance requirements” and were wearing masks. Besides AP exhaust, the scent of hand sanitizer was heavy in the air. Well enough of this and off to the fun part.

The “Frequent Flier Award” goes to Mark Coburn from Wooster with four flights. Mark turned in three excellent flight on Research motors burning NASSA K2 Fast propellant and one flight which we believe to be an ancient AT K550W. With Mark, one never knows for sure.

TMO also had FIVE fliers finish second in the “Frequent Flier” race:
Kelvin McMillan turned in in excellent flights including a screaming flight of his “Weekend Warrior’ on one of the new AT H169 motors. It is always good to see Kelvin and Mel.

David Sears made the trek down from Kent to burn some serious Research newton seconds on an I class motor and two K class motors. David was also runner up in the closest to the pad competition on a day when there were numerous long walks to recover rockets.

The Research motor making bug has infected our friend and frequent attender Andrew Kleinhenz. Andrew launched a couple of AT G class motors and a Research NASSA K2 H265. He was also seen merrily dancing around the site, waving a 75mm 3-grain Ed Romani case over his head. We shall see what Andrew graces us with in the near future.

Jim Rosmarin turned in excellent flights on AT reloads, including a screaming flight with his beautiful ‘Back in Black’ rocket. Well done Jim!

We at TMO were honored to have Steve Eves from Akron (yes THAT Steve Eves) launch with us. Steve brought quite the fleet with him and punched some serious holes in the sky with a couple of AT reloads. He is also the winner of the “Closest to the Pad” competition. Sadly Steve’s rocket ‘Please Paint Me’ suffered a CATO on a Research J308 purple motor. Post flight analysis turned up that the motor was from a bad batch of red propellant. PSA here for all you EXers: Label your grains to aid in tracking in case of problems.

Gerald Powell and Mark Brush both had good flights on AT reloads

Bob Goffena launched his beautiful scratch-built upscale of the Estes D.A.R.T.  on an AT J250W. Bon even turned the nosecone and labored over filling the fiberglass. Well done Bob!

Bill Good launched his ‘Cosmic Interceptor’ on an AT G motor. We are patiently waiting for Bill to upscale this and launch it on an M motor.

Martin Quanci had his TARC Rocket, Estes Leviathan, on an AT G79-7 for a nominal flight and recovery. I guess Martin is saving AP for that planned TRA L3 flight in a couple of weeks.

The TMO staff even got into “launch mode” on Saturday. Prefect Todd Knight launched an EZI-65 on an AT H153 with motor ejection and single deploy.

TRA TAP Member and NAR L3CC Joe Grubb launch his well-worn ‘Cherokee K’ on an antique AT 38mm J510W. This motor has been assembled since LDRS 31! The motor lit and performed flawlessly.  The recovery was almost flawless, as the nosecone and its parachute drifted off the west. It was later returned by Mark Coburn on one of his recovery treks. Thanks Mark!

TMO president and TRA director Gary Dickinson launched ‘Star Crossed’ on a Research L663 Mad River Red to 7326 feet AGL for a nominal flight and recovery.
No launch report would be complete without a standing ovation for:

•   Land owners Charles “Chuck” Wildman and Marty Spears. We could not do this without their support. To give you an idea how fantastic these two are, Marty retrieved our bridge after a torrential rainstorm washed it and our porta-potty many yards to the east. Chuck also was kind enough to bush hog our parking area so that we were not walking through knee-high grass.
•   Merlin Missile and Lee Berry for continuing to provide kits, motors, and recovery stuff for all fliers.
•   The staff and volunteers that help with set-up and tear-down.
•   Last but not least: the fliers from TRA and NAR. We do this for you! Well for us too.

Stay tuned as we try and squeeze a few more week of launching in before we must vacate for crops.


Announcements / TRA BoD Elections
« on: May 10, 2020, 12:15:26 PM »
Candidate resumes for TRA BoD positions are posted on the TRA website. Please review them and vote for those who will best represent the interests of the hobby. Your vote DOES count!!!

Announcements / Re: Field
« on: May 07, 2020, 09:28:19 PM »


It took a little bit of effort but the access bridge at the TMO site has been returned. What a wild ride that must have been for the bridge during that storm. Oy Vey!

The bridge still needs some minor repairs, but should suffice for normal pedestrian traffic. Since we now have a means to access our primary field, all we need now are some rocket launches. We hope to publish a schedule and some rules for these difficult times in the next few days. Stay tuned and by all means, stay safe.


Announcements / Field
« on: April 04, 2020, 10:48:34 AM »
From the "What Next?" department, I received a 'ping' on FB from one of our land owners wanting my phone number. I can't tell you the thoughts that were going through my head at that moment, Well, it seems that the last torrential downpour/storm washed our lone porta potty and our bridge between the parking lot and the launch field about 50 yards downstream! Great. So plans are in the works to move the bridge back and hopefully, it is not too damaged. I am thinking that we just call Rumpke and say the the potty now resides with Dorothy and Toto.......

Announcements / February 29 Launch Report
« on: March 09, 2020, 09:59:56 AM »

Greetings TMO faithful! My apologies for not getting this launch report out in a timely manner, but I have been battling a case of the flu. Joy. I am on the mend, although not quite at 100% yet. So without further whining, here ya go…….

The weather was gorgeous although a bit cold. As the sun warmed the field, the frozen ground turned to mush. Late afternoon saw a few of the student’s vehicles struggling to return to the parking area. The muddy field made recovery “interesting”.

TMO saw a total of six NAR Level 1 certification flights. Many thanks to Lee Berry of Merlin Missiles for putting on his “Certifying Authority Hat” and interrupting his sales. Wade Kennedy, Jeff Van Sayor, Robert Williams, and Adam Putzin all had successful flights. Congratulations and welcome to HPR. Davin Walker and Bailey Bauman were not so fortunate. It happens and we invite you back to our filed to attempt your L1 again.

The TMO regulars were out and eager to burn some AP after a long a flightless winter.  First off the pads was Jim Rosmarin with his “Big Nuke 3E”. Jim was victim to an issue with one of the launch leads from the pad box to the pad and had to wait out the troubleshooting and change over. Once this was remedied, his rocket took off in a blaze of red flame and smoke for a successful flight and recovery.

Doug Peterson launched his “Darkstar Stealth” on a Research K450 Wimpy Red. Motor looked like if could stand just a bit higher starting kn. Flight and recovery were nominal.

Andrew Kleinhenz launched “Earth-Wind-Fire on a Research 54mm K600 Kosdon Fast clone for a nominal flight and recovery. Andrew is retiring this rocket and we expect to see some exciting things from him in the future.

Bob Goffena launched hi scratch-built “Falcon Heavy” on a cluster of Estes F15-8 BP motors. Flight was nominal, although the rocket tried to make it into the drainage ditch. Bob also lost a JLCR in the process.

Casey Ruckman launched “Delta IV Medium” on an H195 for a neck-snapping flight and nominal recovery.

Mason Turley launched his rocket (cannot read the name on the flight card) on a CTI J570.

The Ohio State University launched their NASA SLI project on an AT L1510 for a great flight; the recovery was less than nominal, forcing the team to withdraw from the 2020 competition. Better luck next year.

Out next launch is schedules for March 14, weather permitting.


Announcements / High Altitude Flights
« on: February 20, 2020, 08:41:52 AM »

The Tripoli Board of Directors has approved a change in policy with respect to high altitude flights. Past policy has been that all FAA Class 2 flights of 50,000 feet AGL and above require a review by the Class 3 Review Committee (C3RC).

The new change increases the threshold for non-complex Class 2 flights from 50,000 feet AGL to 75,000 feet AGL, meaning that single stage, single motor Class 2 flights between 50,000 feet AGL but under 75,000 feet AGL no longer require C3RC review.

Complex Class 2 rockets expected to fly to or above 50k and Class 3 flights must still be reviewed as usual with one significant exception. The KLOUDBusters prefecture has a combined Class 2/3 COA that covers their entire events. For this venue, contact the Launch Director 90 days before the event to ensure that your Class 3 rocket can be flown. Class 3 flights at the Rocket Pasture do not require submission to the C3RC.

Tripoli Board of Directors

Lost and Found / Re: Lost 29/180 Dr. Rocket Motor during 11/2/2019 launch
« on: November 17, 2019, 11:17:57 AM »
Do not contact Todd Knight: I have it! email me to make arrangements to get it back; it misses you terribly.

Club Launches / 11/02 Launch Report
« on: November 06, 2019, 10:53:35 AM »

Wow, what a way to kick off the 2019/2020 flying season! The day started out cold, with beautiful clear skies, and a light but steady breeze.  Tripoli Mid-Ohio #31 saw 47 flights on everything from Estes C motors to an Aerotech L.


What can I say? The TMO crew was kept busy all day, as Ryan Reed brought 25 of his students out to the field to attempt their NAR Junior L1 certification. All 25 of these students are now certified NAR Junior Level 1. CONGRATULATIONS!  Kudos to Mr. Reed for working with these students to introduce them the wonderful world of high-power rocketry. All of the students used Wildman DRAGO kits and the Aerotech H115. A big bunch of sparky motors and NO pad fires.

The students had a perfect flight of their subscale rocket, BLUE STREAK, on an Aerotech I357T with a nominal recovery. The project reached a max altitude of 6,082 ft and a max velocity of 1,018 feet per second. Well done and good luck in the upcoming competition.

Also, a HUGE thank-you to the Tripoli Rocketry Associate and the National Association of Rocketry for changing the reciprocity agreement between the two organizations. Without this change, the students could not fly at the TMO site because we operate under TRA Research rules. TMO is looking forward to hosting other schools and universities as the season gets going.


In between L1 certification flights, TMO regulars managed to launch some rockets and show the newly-minted NAR students what the future can hold for them in HPR.

Seth Cooper launched his FLYING PUMPKIN on a CTI J293. The rocket headed north, looking for some pie crust, but was successfully recovered without whipped cream. He came back and launched his Mad Cow DX3 on an AT L850W for an awesome flight and recovery.

Andrew Kleinhenz launched his EARTH-WIND-FIRE on an AT I284W for a great flight and nominal recovery using a JLCR. He returned to launch a yellow rocket apply named BLUE BANANNA (go figure…) on an AT H180W with recovery via the JLCR.

Martin Quanci launched his SUPER BATRAY on an AT I285R for a nominal flight and recovery. He returned to launch his beautiful red & silver scratch-built SAGETO ESPERO on an AT I435T; excellent flight and recovery.

Resident Research motor maker Doug Peterson came out to show everyone how to and how NOT to do HPR with Research motors. Doug launched his 4-inch diameter MODULATOR on a 54mm Research K457 Wayside White motor. The motor CATOed right about max Q, scattering parts all over the field. Hey, it happens to the best of us. Undaunted, he returned to launch CLIFTON JUNIOR, an upscaled Estes CORKSCREW on a 38mm Research I130 Pitch Black for a great, ‘corkscrewing’ flight. Well done Doug!

Jim Rosmarin launched UNKNOWN on an AT H128W for a nominal flight and recovery using a JLCR. Jim returned with a very green LOC Precision 7.5” V2. He was launching this on an AT J415W, and excellent choice for this rocket. The V2 flew straight off the pad trailing a beautiful white smoke trail. Sadly, the V2 reenacted an attach on London from WWII, impacting south of the LCO table with a very loud thud. Sorry Jim.

Bob Goffena came to launch something besides a saucer! What is this hobby coming to? Bob launched WHATEVER with “friction fit’ fins. The flight and recovery were nominal. He returned to launch his red and white striped upscale EXECUTIONER on an AT J275W. Sadly, the project never left the pad as the motor retention snagged the rail stand-off, the motor burning a nice hole in the blast deflector. That’s okay: we have spares!

Justin Bray launched R³ on an AT I245G for a no0minal flight and recovery. Justin usually launches with WSR, so it was great to see him at our field.

Tripoli Mid-Ohio would like to welcome Daniel Brining. Daniel hails from Florida and is here due to work at WPAFB. Why else would one leave sunny Florida to come to dark and dreary Ohio? He launched BFM on an AT H550ST for s screaming flight and nominal recovery. We hope to see Daniel at many of our future launches.

Jonathan Wilkins literally brought a basket of rockets to launch! He launched his IRIS twice; VEGA; HONEST JOHN; and the crowd-pleasing DEUCES WILD. Thanks, Jonathan, for the entertainment!

Well rocket faithful, that is all for now. Our next launches are scheduled for November 16 and December 7, weather permitting. Until then: Fly high and fly safe; and remember that there is no such thing as over-building; only under-powering.


Announcements / May 11, 2019 Launch Report
« on: May 13, 2019, 08:56:07 AM »

Mother Nature took pity on the TMO faithful and gave us very good launch conditions. The recent rains did not affect the fields and an early morning cloud cover rapidly dissipated as the sun rose high in the sky.

Jim Rosmarin came out seeking to redeem himself after a not-so-successful showing at our last launch. He started off the launch day with a PML quarter scale Patriot on an AT H165R. He followed this up with his scratch-built Tie-Dyed Confetti on an AT I161W, and capped off a successful “threefer” with a LOC Precision Big Nuke 3E on an AT K550W. All of his flights and recoveries were nominal.

Andrew Kleinhenz launched his MAC Performance 4” Scorpion on a 54mm Research Kosdon Fast clone. The reload blew through the smoke grain and the forward closure, causing some tense moments for Andrew and those on the flight line. The rocket appears to be fine and some post-flight kibitzing identified the issue and a solid solution. Not to be deterred, Andrew came back to fly his Blue Banana on an AT I200 for a nominal flight and recovery.

Gerry Powell brought his well-flown AT Warthog out and launched it first on an AT F25W for a nominal flight & recovery. His next flight with the same rocket on an AT G38 was not so successful, as the rocket failed to deploy a chute. Post mortem inspection revealed the black powder ejection charge failed to ignite. I am sure that Gerry will be back with a new rocket.

David Sears made the trek down from Kent with a pair of 54mm K970 Wimpy Red Research motors. First up was his Rocketry Warehouse Ex- Cellerator. The motor did not want to light and warranted an igniter exchange. The new igniter functioned just fine and as the motor came up to pressure, it blew the forward closure off. David retrieved the rocket, inspected & cleaned the motor and tried again: screaming up part and nominal recovery.  He came hack and launched his 4” Wildman Darkstar on the remaining K970 for another screaming flight and nominal recovery.

Tripoli Mid-Ohio was graced with some new faces on Saturday. We welcomed Allen Hall and his son Quint from Spring Hill Tennessee. Allen launched his 4” scratch-built TDR on a 54mm CTI J430 for a nominal flight and recovery. The rocket employed a redundant main deployment using a JLCR that performed flawlessly. Quint had the last launch of the day with his rocket on an Estes D12-5 for a nice flight and recovery.

We also welcomed the man, the myth, the legend: none other than Steve Eves of Saturn 5 fame. Steve came to launch rockets! Steve launched 8 Ball on a 38mm Research I275 Purple motor; scratch-built Cosmic Intruder on a 54mm J350 Red motor; No Name on a 38mm H125 with motor deploy; last but not least, his LOC Precision Syonic on a 54mm K720. All flights were without issue, although the Cosmic Intruder cracked a fin fillet upon landing .

Bob McAninch got his first flight as a newly-minted TRA L3 flyer in style, launching Incognito on a Gary Dickinson M1874 Mad River Blue to an altitude of 11,059 feet AGL and a top speed right at Mach 2. This was Bob’s highest flight to date and a spectacular way to utilize his Level 3 credentials.

Bob Goffena launched his used and abused Art Applewhite 18” flying saucer on an AT J135W. Bob never fails to entertain us with his saucer flights, and this one was no different. Thanks Bob!

Hank Gleissner has been attending a lot of our launches as a spectator and finally showed up to launch something. He put his Giant Leap Firestorm 54 up on a CTI I540 for a great flight and nominal recovery. Hank has some mobility issues, so recovery was going to be challenge for him. Not to worry, as members of The Ohio State University’s BSLI Team and prefect Todd Knight retrieve the rocket for him. What a way to help out a fellow flyer!

TMO also had its share of certification flights; some successful, and some not so successful.

Rush Deeter launched his Old Bleu, a scratch-built project utilizing Blue Tube for the airframe, on an AT H550. Sadly, Old Bleu broke a fin upon landing.

Jay Fields launched The Polar Bear, an unpainted all-white rocket, on an AT H100. This one too failed the certification due to a separation at apogee.

We also welcomed TMO first-timer Casey Anderson for his TRA Level 1 certification flight. Casey brought his beautiful matte black Mach 1 Alien Interceptor and nailed L1 on an AT H97. Welcome to HPR Casey! Get out your wallet. 😊 On a side note, check out Mach 1 kits. While we here at TMO do not necessarily endorse any manufacturers, I am impressed with this newcomer to the fiberglass kit arena. I may need one of these in the future for a certain BALLS competition……

WVSOAR president and TMO regular Tim Mauk came out for his TRA L3 flight. Tim had a 4” Wildman Extreme loaded with an AT M1297W. Tim was very cautious on his L3 project, as he did a few test flights to be sure everything was going to work as planned. Apparently, his process worked just fine, as he nailed L3 with a gorgeous flight to a bit over 11,000 AGL. He even managed to keep in on the main field, only 4600 feet away from the range head. Congratulations Tim! Not to rest on his laurels, Tim came back with his Mad Cow Nike-Apache two-stage. The project was loaded with an AT J500G in the booster and an AT H97 in the sustainer. The up part was perfect, but the sustainer did not light. Both halves were recovered a short distance away. Tim called the flight a successful failure.

In closing, I want to touch on a couple of points:

First, we had a couple of small fires started after one of the flights spit either propellant or casting tubes. We had a garden sprayer at that particular pad bank that made quick work of both the burns. My point is that there are all sorts of threads out their about sparky motors starting fires, and how they should be banned at certain times of the year. Any rocket motor can start a fire. Garden sprayers are rather inexpensive and can make a difference between saving a field and losing it. BE PREPARED!!

Speaking of being prepared, I have seen a lot of big projects at our field, including staged projects. When I did the RSO inspection on Tim Mauk’s Nike Apache, he reviewed a very detailed checklist with me. This included everything from preparation through shut-down safeing, should the rocket need to be removed from the pad. Kudos Tim for a job well done on this. I have asked Tim to share this with me and I hope he will do so with other flyers.

Our next launch is schedule for May 18, 2019 if the weather and the farmers co-operated. We will be short-handed for this launch, so please try to arrive around 8:30 to lend a hand with set-up. Watch the website and Face Book for updates.


Announcements / April 27 Launch Report
« on: April 28, 2019, 02:59:20 PM »

As the second half of our 2018/2019 season winds down, we have been blessed with some beautiful weather and some sizable crowds, thanks to the colleges and universities that have chosen to launch with us. The April 27, 2019 launch was no exception.

Before I go into the details from the launch, there are some people that I need to thank:

Randy Boardway, E-Rockets owner and Dave Combs, Wright Stuff Rocketeers President: With your launch day scrubbed due to access conditions, thank you for sending your faithful fliers to us. We always welcome our fellow NAR fliers and hope that the two clubs can consults for future launches so that we are not stepping on each other’s launch dates.

The “Blazing Ballistic Berry Brothers”: Thanks for the support of Merlin Missiles and your assistance in set-up and tear down. Thank you, Jay Berry, for your help as pad manager and with the NAR L1 certs.

Saturday April 27 was a certification day! TMO saw ELEVEN certification flights, including two SUCCESSFUL TRA L3 flights. Wow…….

Tripoli Rocketry Association Level 1 Flights - All Successful!

•   Abraham Rez: Loc Phantom, AT H-100
•   Carly Free: Apogee Zephyr, AT H-100
•   Spencer Christian:  Apogee Zephyr, AT H-100
•   Jack Plank: Apogee Zephyr, AT H-100
•   Christopher Golden:  Apogee Zephyr, AT H-100

Tripoli Rocketry Association Level 2 Flights

•   Nathan Radomski:  LOC Rocket, AT J-270.  Successful!
•   Lauren Klenk: LOC rocket, AT J-270.  Unsuccessful - nose cone separated. Recovered everything so she can try again.

Congratulation to the above fliers, all of whom above are students at The Ohio State University and part of BSLI. Thanks to Todd Knight for working with these fine young people to get them interested in HPR.

National Association of Rocketry Level 1 Flights – All Successful!

•   Joseph Weindeling – “Valerie Lynn, AT H242T
•   Chase Carter – PML Endeavor – H220T

Congratulations to Joseph & Carter; and thanks to Lee & Jay Berry for their assistance with the NAR certification process.

Tripoli Rocketry Association Level 3 Flights

TMO IT guru Bob McAninch was back with his rebuild Incognito for another attempt at TRA L3 Bob nailed it this time with a picture-perfect flight and recovery on an AT M1297W. Style points were deducted due to the muddy condition of the rocket.

Mark Przybylski of South Bend Indiana was back to attempt L3 again after a less than successful attempt last year. Mark too nailed L3 this time around on a CTI M1101 to 14,826 feet AGL and Mach 1.12.

Congratulations guys!

The rest of the day was pretty much normal and boring. Yeah, right…..

Robert Briody started off the HPR day launching his Wildman Intimidator on a AT K540 for a nominal flight and recovery. For those of you have been in HPR for a while the name should sound very familiar. Rob is one of the former owners of G-WIZ flight Computers and purveyor of Igniterman motor starters. TMO is very excited to have this legend launch with us.

Joe Grubb launched his Cherokee Upscale on a AT K1100T that came off the pad like scalded bear! Flight was awesome and recovery was nominal.  Joe followed this flight up with the launch of his LOC-Precision Ultimate on a cluster of SEVEN G motors. He lit three G40s, two G80s, and two G79s on the pad thanks to super igniters from Bill Good.

As day wore one and the clouds came in, Joe entertained the crowds TWICE, first with his AT Phoenix rocket glider on an A G12 and second with his scratch-build Super Phoenix on a AT I59. Both flights had the crowd on their feet, applauding the aerobatics and pinpoint landings. FWIW, Joe is also an accomplished R/C pilot. Go figure…..

Andrew Kleinhenz was back and up to his old tricks, turning in two excellent flights. First up was his Earth, Wind & Fire launching on an AT J450DM, followed by Tangerine Dream on an AT I211W. Both flights and recoveries were nominal, just as expected.

Jim Rosmarin did not have as successful a day as Andrew & Joe did. Jim launched his Sentinel on an AT I600R. Sadly the rocket came in hot, deploying the main at about 10 feet AGL, and scattering bits of green airframe about the field. Jim came back loaded for bear with his King Colossal on a AT M2500T. Sadly the bear got Jim today as the rocket experienced one of the most spectacular shreds at max Q ever witnessed at the Standing Oaks launch complex. Everything between the fin can and the nosecone was obliterated! Sorry Jim.

The excellent morning brought out two university teams for test flights in preparation for the upcoming Spaceport Cup in New Mexico. The Ohio State University’s BSLI team was at the field for a test launch of Stinger on a 75mm Gary Dickinson M2112 Mad River White. Unfortunately, a thrust ring removed during preparation was not re-installed. Upon ignition, the motor tore through the lower section of the rocket, launching the payload section into a low-lever skywriting event. The lower section with fins remained on the pad.

Drew Nickel and The University of Tennessee had better luck with Andromeda, launching on a CTI L935. Unfortunately, the JLCR lost its rubber bands from the avionics sled cutting through them shortly after apogee. This resulted in a rather long recovery trek, but everything was recovered successfully. See you in New Mexico!

With Wright Stuff Rocketeers launch scrubbed due to field conditions, TMO had an abundance of LPR flights.

Steve Kristal of Royal Oak Michigan flew his beautiful Boyce Aerospace Mercury Redstone on an AT G80-7 for a gorgeous flight; recovery was less than nominal as the chute apparently got stuck and did not deploy. Steve says it is repairable and will fly again.

Neighbor Phil Queen brought out his scratch-build Super Gyroc for a nominal flight on an Estes D12 and dizzying recovery.

Gerry Powell brought his AT Warthog back with that cantankerous AT F50. Apparently, he gave it a good talking-to, as it lit perfectly for a nominal flight and recovery.

Cornelius Gould of “The Rocketry Show” came out to launch with us! He launched his Endeavour (scratch built, not PML) on an AT F40, nominal flight & recovery. Come back and do this again; sign autographs while you are here too!

Kelly Bartilson of Akron launched her LOC-Precision Onyx twice. First up on an Estes F50 for a great flight, but the chute tangled. The second flight was on an AT F67W, for a great flight and nominal recovery. Well except that the rocket managed to find one of the drainage ditches for a true rocket “splashdown”! Hopefully she will get it dried out and fly it again.

One thing I have noticed about the rocketry hobby, is that parents have a tendency to ‘drag’ their children along. Eventually sooner than later, the kids need to get involved and fly something. This certainly is true for newly minted NAR L1 flier Chase Carter of Centerville. Chase got son Andrew and daughter into the rocketry act with them launching a Flickr & a Saturn, both on C6-5s. Well played dad; well played.

All for now. Our next launch is on May 4, 2019 providing that the weather co-operates. Until then: Fly high, fly high safe; and remember there is no such thing as overbuilding, only underpowering.


Announcements / April 13 Launch Report
« on: April 28, 2019, 12:31:02 PM »

I am a bit behind on launch reports, so apologies to all of you that have wondered what the heck is going on. Please read on…..

April 13, 2019 dawned as a bright, blue day with very minimal winds. I am not sure what we have done to deserve this beautiful weather, but I will not complain!

TMO’s own Bob McAninch started off the festivities with a test flight of his L3 project, Incognito, on a Gary Dickinson Research L1047 Mad River White motor. The flight was picture perfect and Bob was anticipating the same for his L3 flight later in the day. Sadly, success would elude Bob today, as his L3 flight on the venerable AT M1297W ended with a severely zippered airframe and a touch down outside of our waiver cylinder. Bob has vowed to return in two weeks to try again.

Jim Rosmarin was down from Dublin to put a couple of rockets up into the blue Ohio skies. Jim launched his quarter-scale PML Patriot on an AT I200W for a nominal flight and recovery. He followed this up with his 4” diameter Sentinel on an AT I245G, repeating the previous flights performance.

WVSAOR members Tim Mauk and Martin Quanci showed up to support TMO and fly a couple of rockets. Tim did a shakedown flight of his L3 project, a Wildman Extreme, on an AT K353. The flight did not go as planned, but was recovered without damage. Tim has some adjustments to do before the final exam. Martin had two nominal flights & recoveries. His LOC-Precision Shadowhawk flew well on an AT H165R and recovered using a JLCR. His well-flown LOC-Precision EZI-65 launched on an AT J415W, missing the mile mark by a few feet. Next time Martin.

Andrew Kleinhenz never fails to put on a clinic on how to do HPR. Andrew launched his MAC performance 4-inch diameter Scorpion on a Research J445 Purple Motor for an excellent flight and nominal recovery. He came back to launch the Scorpion one more time on a Gary Dickinson J385 Mad River Red motor. The motor took a bit of time to come up to pressure, but the resulting flight was very nice, with a nominal recovery.

Gerry Powel from Hillsboro tried to launch his AT Warthog on an antique F25-6, but the motor flat refused to light. If I know Gerry, he will be back with us soon!

The Buckeye Space Launch Initiative made the long and arduous trip down from Columbus to have some AP fun. Casey Ruckman, part of the BSLI Team, launched his Wildman Extreme on an AT K850DM Metalstorm and managed to NOT set the field on fire. The remainder of the BSLI 10K team launched their project Final Score 62-39 (more on this a bit later….) on a 98mm Gary Dickinson M2192 Mad River Blue. Sadly, the rocket had issues coming off the rail and followed a ballistic trajectory into a neighboring field. Kudos to the team for asking permission from the landowner to recover the rocket. Apparently, they bribed him with offers of some “Buckeye Bling” for his help in recovering the project.

No TMO rocket launch or OSU football game would be complete without a rivalry between The OSU Buckeyes and ‘that school from up north’. The U of M came down to launch several projects, including their Blue Shift on a CTI L1410 Skidmark to 7467 feet AGL. This flight did manage to start a small fire, that was rapidly extinguished by students from both OSU and UM, showing that with bitter rivalries, there can be co-operation in times of crisis.

Dave Sears from Kent Ohio made the trek to burn some serious Research AP. Dave flew his Rocketry Warehouse X-cellerator on a 54mm Research K600 Everclear motor for a nice flight and recovery. He came back and launched his LOC Precision Big Nuke 3E on a 75mm Gary Dickinson M2112 Mad River White motor to almost 9000 feet AGL. Sadly, the rocket suffered some damage from a “splashdown” in one of the drainage ditches. Dave says it will be repaired and back under power soon.

All for now. Stay tuned for more as we near the end of our rocket season’s second half.


Announcements / Chris' Rocket Supplies
« on: March 04, 2019, 07:44:23 AM »
Chris' Rocket Supplies in Pine Mountain Georgia was hit by a tornado yesterday. Chris and the family are okay and the business sustained minor damage. Orders will be delayed. Chris is s great guys and fellow TRA board member. Please keep him in your prayers.

Announcements / TMO 2019
« on: December 10, 2018, 12:07:10 PM »

Effective December 31, 2018, I will be stepping down as Prefect for Tripoli Mid-Ohio. Elections were held at our December 8 launch and Todd Knight was elected prefect. The remaining board/staff will remain unchanged. In order to ensure a smooth transition, I will stay on staff as the President of TMO.

I was the second prefect for TMO after Ross Dunton sold Magnum Rockets; besides Ross and me, the only other prefects have been Mark Mazzon and Kreig Williams. Both of these fine men are no longer active in the hobby.

Since I came into the hobby in the mid-1990s, Tripoli Mid-Ohio has seen a lot of changes, not all of them for the good:

• Ross Dunton moved his shop from outside of Mechanicsburg to downtown Mechanicsburg
• Ross Dunton sold Magnum Rockets.
• We have lost fields.
• We have found fields.
• We have lost fields; again.
• We have lost members due to death, lack of interest, club politics, and differences between members.
• We have gone through more launch systems than I care to think about. The Wilson F/X wireless has found a home with us.
• We have partnered with Tripoli Gerlach to provide the Wilson F/X wireless system for all the BALLS launches.
• We support local schools, colleges and universities.
• We have members that are deeply involve with The Ohio State University’s “Buckeye Space Launch Initiative” and it shows with their successes at Spaceport.
• We are still launching rockets.

We are still here. While I wish I could take credit for the fact that we just won’t go away, the reality is that the members have always stepped up to help out in many ways. Just a few examples are:

When the launch system we had prior to the Wilson F/X was on its last legs, a handful of members donated the funds to purchase the Wilson system. When we decided to go wireless, a handful of members literally dug into their pockets and threw cash at the problem.

We have members that update the launch gear and keep it operating smoothly, in many making improvements for reliability and safety out of their own pockets.

We are slowly but surely updating our infrastructure with new pads and other essentials.

Our two land owners, Chuck Wildman and Marty Spears believe in what we do and support us enthusiastically. We in turn do everything we can to ensure that the relationship remains positive.

Tripoli Mid-Ohio will never be a huge club with dozens of members and I am okay with that. We are and remain a tight-knit little band of crazy amateur rocket scientists. W are in this to be safe, have fun, and promote the hobby.

Todd Knight will be a damn fine prefect. He loves the hobby and the folks that participate in it. As an engineer, business owner, and mentor for the fine students at Ohio State, he brings that certain level of dedication to the role. Please join me in welcoming Todd as prefect.


Announcements / 12/08 Launch Report
« on: December 09, 2018, 02:45:28 PM »

What a great day for a rocket launch! Cold? Yes, it was, but the skies were clear, and the wind were light. If you missed launching with on December 8, you missed one of the BEST launch days we have had in a long time. We witnessed everything from C6-5 to the mighty Aerotech M1315W; and Research motors in colors of red, white, and blue.

Seth Cooper from Athens came to fly rockets and fly rockets he did! Set was accompanied by his brother Matt, and we are hoping that the HPR bug bites Matt. Seth’s flights:

•   Mad Cow “Stinger” on a 75mm AT K780R
•   LOC “Mega Mag” on a 54mm CTI J449 Blue
•   Mad Cow 5.5” “Pike” on a 75mm AT M1315W
•   4” “Nike Smoke” on a 38mm AT  I600R
•   Mad Cow “Seawolf” on a 38mm AT I300T

Seth also used his drone to pin point the location of his “Stinger” after it landed to determine whether or not he needed to cross over the creak that borders the south end of our field. What a great use of technology!

Andrew Kleinhenz made the trip from Bowling Green to put his fleet airborne:

•   Mad Cow “Big Fizz”, the Estes upscaled Alpha on an AR H180W
•   4” “Aries” on a 38mm AT 38mm I211W
•   3” “Orion” on a 38mm I200W

Andrew has become a master at using the Jolly Logic Chute release and never fails to provide coaching on it s use to flyers at the field.

Jim Rosmarin brought daughter Lucy along as flight support for his two flights:

•   LOC “Big Nuke 3E” on a 54mm AT J800T
•   Scratch-built 4” “Tie Die Confetti” on a 38mm AT J350W

Both flights were excellent with nominal recoveries.

Bert Garrison had three great flights for the day:

•   4” Public Enemy “Ultra Fat Boy” on a Loki I-110-9 for a slow and majestic flight to 1398 feet AGL. The ejection event sent the airframe through the center of the chute and the rocket fell back to earth and stuck the nose cone. The only damage sustained was to the telemetry mount in the nose, which was quickly repaired with some 5 minute epoxy.
•   4” Public Enemy “Ultra Fat Boy” for a TRA L2 certification flight on a 38mm Loki J712 Loki Blue for a screaming and successful L2 flight to 5080 feet AGL. 
•   Public Enemy “Performer” on a 38mm AT I200W.

We do not see that many Loki motors and we are hoping se see many more, as Scott Kormeier makes some awesome propellant.
Doug Peterson made the hour-long trek down from Plain City, only to return home to retrieve additional trackers when the one he brought went into unhappy mode. Doug had two great flights:

•   3” Wildman “Punisher” on a 54mm Research K477 Wayside White producing 1525 ns of smoke and fun. Rocket turned in a spectacular flight to 8895 feet AGL and was recovered a few hundred feet off the flight line. So much for needing that tracker.
•   3” scratch-built “Aerobee Hi” named Kenny II. Doug killed Kenny a few launches ago. Kenny II went to over 4000 feet on a 38mm Research J605producing 828 ns. Kenny broke a fin on landing but otherwise survived.

Martin Quanci from Chillicothe launched his highly modified LOC “EZI-65” on a 38mm AT J340 Metalstorm for a nice flight and recovery. A HUGE Thank You to Martin and the WV SOAR for loaning us their wireless PA system. I think we will be purchasing one of these next year. It is great to see NAR and TRA clubs playing nice.

Welcome Gerald Powell from Hillsboro! Gerald flew his Estes “Max Trax” on a C6-5 for the sole LPR flight of the day. I think he likes us, as he hung out through the end of eh launch and helped with tear down.  Please come back and fly with us when we resume operations in March and let us know how we can help you move up the cert ladder.

Bob McAninch, TMO’s IT guru and secretary/treasurer launched his “URSA Major” for the one-millionth time for a nice flight & nominal recovery on a Research J426 Wimpy red. Okay, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but he has flogged this rocket many, many time. We are looking for something new and exciting from Bob in the spring.

David Sears from Kent showed up late but eager to fly. David launched his 4” Wildman “Darkstar” on a 54mm Gary Dickinson L1144 Mad River Blue Research motor to 8800 feet and change AGL. Recover was a short walk from the flight line.

Lat flight of the day was by Gary Dickinson and Andrew Bissonnette launching Andrew’s Mad Cow “Super Bat Ray” on a 38mm AT I284W. Andrew was experiencing issues with everything from a liner that did not want to go into the motor case to issues with shear pins. The Tripoli Mid-Ohio faithful jumped right in to help Andrew get his rocket ready. The motor refused to light multiple times, but finally sprang to life with a pair of dipped e-matches and the rocket zoomed skyward for an excellent way to end the 2017/2017 launch season.

We are done launching until March 2019 unless we get some really nice weather. Until then, ger busy building those rockets and we will See You At The Next Launch!

Announcements / December 8 Launch is a GO
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:57:13 AM »

We are "GO" for launch this Saturday 12-08-2018. I am not sure what our cloud deck will be so we will address this the day of the launch. It is going to be cold, so dress accordingly. This will be our final launch of 2018 and we will be back on the field in early March, weather permitting. If we get "reasonable" weather in January & February will will schedule something.

Lee Berry & Merlin Missiles will not be attending this launch, as he is out of town on business.

For 2019, it looks like we will not have Lee at any of our launches, as he will be supporting WSR. As in the past, if you need something, please let Lee know and we will be sure it is available for you at the launch.


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