> Any clubs out there have pads specifically set-up for mid-power birds?
> How is it decided where a mid-power rocket should be launched from?
UROC now runs launch pad banks at 50', 100' and 200'. We have a
right-left range set up which allows us to fly off range left while range
right is loading and vice versa. In March, we flew 234 rockets between
9:00 AM and 4:00 PM and this was with brand new equipment that had some
quirks to work out, a NAR contest and a killer dust-devil.
The 50' pads are for 1/4A through G rockets and complex rockets with 1/4A
through D motor. They have 1/8", 3/16" and 1/4" rods. When there's any
sort of a crowd, 50' is pretty good. In fact, it's better for kids to be
further away than 20' because the increased distance from the rocket lets
them track it easier.
The 100' pads are for H through J rockets, and complex rocket with F-G
motors. We have 3 blacksky rails in the club and these pads are usually
set up here too.
The 200' pads are for K motors and complex rockets with H-J motors.
If anyone wants to fly L or bigger motors, or clustered Ks we can
accommodate them by running wire out to 300' or 500' to their pad, but
prior arrangement (AKA a phone call) is necessary.
If some yo-yo showed up with an L or M powered rocket without prior notice
I don't think we'd turn them away. However, since we'd have to suspend
flights while we laid out the wires, we'd probably make the person deal
with all the over-stimulated and restless kids (possibly a fate worse than
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