Rio Rancho Launch, January 10th 2009It turned out to be a fairly descent day to launch rockets in January. Congratulations to Bob Finch for successfully completing his L2 NAR Certification flight with his completely bolt together rocket. He successfully flew it on an Aerotech J350. Bob is moving up quickly in the level of certifications. He already has plans for his L3! The wind was a little bit of a factor later on in the day but overall wasn't too big of an issue. It was a small turnout due to it just being January and a bit cold. Even with the small turnout it was a very large motor turnout with three J flights and one K flight. A lot of launches with a high turnout won't launch these size motors. Tony Jaramillo had the most flights of any flier with a total of three. Tony's total included one H128, one J350, and one K700. That's a pretty nice set of flights for any launch. Tony's altitudes were also noted as 2500.00 feet, 5287.100 feet, and 8102.684 feet respectfully. Tony has not reported back to the actual altitude so we will just have to assume that he was able to guess pretty close. One of the most spectacular flights of the day went to Tony Lazzaro with his Estes DRegion Tomahawk on a CTI J410. The Tomahawk screamed to an altitude of 10420 and only suffered minor damage to the fins but considering it pulled 70+ G's it is amazaing that even held together! The "Tomahawk Challenge" contest is only getting heated up and we are sure to see more flights that really push the envelope! If anybody would like to get involved with this contest and would like to purchase a kit please contact Bill Beggs. Motor breakout was:


1/2A: 0  A: 5 
B: 3  C: 13 
D: 4  E: 2 
F: 1  G: 5 
H: 2  I: 3 
J: 3  K: 1 
L: 0  M: 0 
Total Flights: 34  
Total Motor Count: 42 

1/2A: 0  A: 2 
B: 3  C: 4 
D: 4  E: 4 
F: 1  G: 1 
H: 1  I: 1 
J: 1  K: 0 
L: 2  M: 0 
Total Flights: 25  
Total Motor Count: 25 

1/2A: 0  A: 3 
B: 0  C: 3 
D: 0  E: 2 
F: 1  G: 0 
H: 2  I: 1 
J: 0  K: 0 
L: 1  M: 0 
Total Flights: 13  
Total Motor Count: 13 

1/2A: 1  A: 7 
B: 0  C: 8 
D: 2  E: 1 
F: 0  G: 2 
H: 1  I: 2 
J: 1  K: 0 
L: 0  M: 0 
Total Flights: 24  
Total Motor Count: 25 

A: 3  B: 0 
C: 9  D: 8 
E: 5  F: 0 
G: 2  H: 0 
I: 3  J: 0 
Total Flights: 30  
Total Motor Count: 30 