This post will document my Madcow Rocketry AQM-37A JayHawk rocket build. I purchased this kit from Apogee Components website. I wanted to build a scale model in anticipation of doing my NARTREK certifications.
From the start, you can see this is a premium kit.
When I decided to get back into model rocketry, I really did not know a lot about high-power rocketry. After attending a launch, this facet of the hobby really excited me. Surfing the internet led me to many sites and sources. One source was this book. Here is my book review Make: High-Power Rockets by Mike Westerfield.
Many times friends, family, and rocket club duties can distract you when you are getting your rocket ready to fly. It is nice to have a checklist to help you get your rocket ready to fly. This article will suggest a single-deploy rocket checklist that you can use.
This checklist covers the basic steps needed to get your single-deploy rocket to the pad. I will put a PDF version and an editable version at the bottom of the post.
I put together a rocket launch packing list for folks who intend to launch hobby, sport, or high power rockets. The list is below as well as a link to a PDF that you can download.
The first time I went to the launch field I found that I should have brought some things that I did not think I would need. Once I figured out what I should bring, I have forgotten to bring an item on occasion. So I had to borrow it from a fellow hobbyist.
Another reason to create a packing list, is that at times you are traveling many miles to a launch. It would be bad if you got to your destination and you forgot a vital piece of your launch day equipment.