>What is NSL? (jokesters please note: I know it stands for National
>Sport Launch) I gather this is an official annual NAR event (true?).
>Is this bunches and bunches of NAR folks flying A-D stuff? Is it NAR
>folks flying LMR? HPR? All of the above? Does it draw 50 people?
>100? 250? a zillion?
As a co-chair of the Tripoli Western New York hosting NYPower I guess I
can fill you in, and maybe catch somethings Buzz didn't mention.
Originally the MARS section along with some of us in Buffalo (who along
with being TWNY members are members of NAR section that is in limbo( a
limbo being a topic of alt-rocket-politics) wanted to host the 97 NSL...
but being that the National Sport Launch is normally held Memorial Day
weekend, and that in New York May weather is not great - we wanted a July
4th date. I guess it made more sense to give the NSL to the DARS section.
Not daunted we decided that we would hold a launch anyway - a joint
NAR/TRA launch and decided on the name NYPower International - since
we're close to Canada we expect the launch to actually be "international".
Basically what we planned on is a launch of upto 300 flyers - we're not
sure how much adding the NSL will change that number?? If more show up I
guess we make a quick trip to Kinko's!
You can expect:
- To see flights from 1/2A up to K, possibly L&M. Expect "midpower" G-I
flights to be the average.
- I'm not sure on exact figures - but there will be like 16 low-mid (1/8"-
1/4") power and 16 mid-highpower (1/4" - 1/2") pads, and an away cell
- We have many vendors lined up so motors and all sorts of goodies will be
- Parking on site.
- Porta potties will be on site.
- We're working on a food vendor now so hopefully that will happen.
- Gold Passes for volunteers to handle:
Gold Passes will entitle one to:
1)Go to the head of the line so to speak.
2)Chances at volunteer's raffles only.
- We are also pioneering WLCO. One of our TWNY members Ray Halm has setup
a (legal) FM transmitter for the LCO at the rangehead. Bring your walkman
cause you will be able to pick up our background music along with the LCO
announcing all the flights! So when you're out retrieving your rockets you
will be able to hear the LCO loud & clear, and will be able to keep a
heads up all the time.
- RC radios WILL be impounded!!!! Can't emphasize that enough... Pratt
systems will be used so please don't bring any RC toys to the site. I
beleive Doug Pratt will be setting up the impound.
- Stringent RSO checks and the "RSO Top 10 Quick List". NAR & TRA safety
codes will be adhered to - as well as our joint MARS/TWNY Site Regulations
and LCO, RSO, & Pad Manager protocols.
- NAR/TRA certified motors only. Sorry folks - no experimental stuff here.
- Flights below 8000' - the waiver is only 8000', although there is no
- Raffles... did I mention the raffles? Yes we have many items donated
from many dealers and we will be raffling prizes. I also hear that we are
to recieve items for the NSL that the DARS section obtained - thanks to
DARS for your efforts and the dealers that supported them.
What NOT to expect:
- No camping on the field.
- No ***ic beverages on the field.
- No smoking in the Prep/Range/Flight/ areas.
Our motto is: Fly Safe and Have Fun. :)
If I have missed anything check out the NYPower webpage for more info: