Back in September, I thought about a theme for a Tripoli Tampa field-friendly rocket I was going to build. It was a LOC Precision Phantom 438 with an electronics bay. During my visit to the LOC Precision factory, I learned that Dave and Jason played in a band and were big Rush fans. So, I decided to create a Rush the Band Tribute Rocket.
It was a beautiful day at the Varn Ranch for the Tripoli Tampa May 2019 launch. The winds in the morning were very light and they picked up slightly around midday. Consequently, a lot of large impulse launches were conducted. Notably, two of the M impulse launches were Tripoli Level 3 Certification flights. Both flights were successfulContinue reading “Tripoli Tampa May 2019 Launch”
It was a cold, rainy day when I drove into the town of Plymouth, Wisconsin. The GPS said to go to the big blue building. An email from Jason said to enter the door with the karate sign over it and look for the sign. Finally, I saw the sign over the door. The door that started my LOC PRECISION factory visit.Continue reading “LOC PRECISION Factory Visit”
In my report yesterday, I mentioned the fact that the winds were too strong for any high altitude launches. One of the rockets scheduled to launch was the University of South Florida Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry’s huge two-stage rocket project (Codename: TAURUS). So, here are the pictures and video of the USF SOAR Two-Stage Rocket Launch.Continue reading “USF SOAR Two-Stage Rocket Launch”
With a major weather front passing through the area on Friday, it was a very windy day! Consequently, the decision was made to get all the pads set up and hope for the best from the winds. The skies were perfectly clear. So, the Tripoli Tampa April 2019 Launch was a go!Continue reading “Tripoli Tampa April 2019 Launch”
It was a beautiful day at the Varn Ranch. The Prefecture’s usual suspects, USF students, and Boy Scouts all showed up yesterday for our monthly fun. What fun you ask? Why the Tripoli Tampa February 2019 Launch, of course.Continue reading “Tripoli Tampa February 2019 Launch”
It was a windy day when the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4283 rocket launched. The launch location was Tripoli Tampa’s home field just north of Plant City, Florida. Despite the wind, we had a good turn-out for the launch and I think that everyone enjoyed themselves.
Altitude Attained – 3951 feetContinue reading “Post 4283 Rocket Launched”
In August 2018, Kloudbusters put out a press release announcing that their field will be the site of the next Tripoli Large Dangerous Rocket Ships (LDRS) Annual Launch. I was at AIRFest this year, and enjoyed my time on the flight line. So, it is only natural that I would want to attend the LDRS next year. With that, what follows is my LDRS 38 Master Plan.Continue reading “LDRS 38 Master Plan”
After a rainy start to the morning, the Tripoli Tampa Rocket Association launch took place on December 15th, 2018. The weather did not look good when I got up. After a few texts and Facebook messages, I loaded up the car and headed to the field.Continue reading “Tripoli Tampa December 2018 Launch”
Next month I am going to launch a rocket on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars(VFW) Post 4283 which is based in Dade City, Florida. They are always looking for ways to raise money to cover their operating expenses and to make capital improvements. They also like to gamble a little bit…. So I thought that I would build a rocket and let people buy predictions on how high it will fly. The winner will get one half of the prize pool and the Post will get the other half.
The rocket launch is scheduled for the January launch ( January 19, 2019 ) on Tripoli Tampa’s field near Plant City, Florida. Some of the Post members have said that they will be attending the launch. If you are interested in attending this launch, check out the Tripoli Tampa website for information on attending a launch or contact me.Continue reading “VFW Post 4283 Launch”