UROC's May launch was held as a two-day event on Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st. We had a good showing of UROC members as well as some new members. A small group of members camped out Friday night and Clair and Maureen Mills brought the trailer out Friday night as well. As a result, after a pretty cold night, the range began to be set up early on Saturday. The range was in place and ready to fly by about 9:15 am. A safety meeting was held where Neal Baker (club president) and Jim Yehle (Tripoli Prefect) provided information about the launch rules and other safety concerns. Weather was very good on Saturday, temperatures were in the high 60s and winds were surprisingly low all day. With the exception of a few late afternoon bursts the wind was as tame as any of us have seen out there. Flights continued until around 5:00pm on Saturday.
Attendance was very good for this launch with close to 85 - 95 people in attendance at the high point on Saturday. Throughout Saturday there were just around 70 seperate flights and about 13 on Sunday. There were a mix of L1 through L3 certification attempts (17 with TRA and NAR combined)
Many of the cert flights were succesful including veteran UROC member Kirk Weaver who re-certified both Level 1 and Level 2 this weekend. Another highlight of this launch was Gene Hendrix's succesful TRA Level 3 flight on an M2500. It was very evident after the launch on Saturday that the vegetation conditions on site already are not going to permit a June/July launch at the Frank Hunt Field due to the extreme fire hazard.
Overall this was a very succesful launch, the night launch did not occur as most folks went back to town in the evening, but the time shared after the launch for those who did stay out into the evening was enjoyable.new friendships were made and old ones strengthened.
It rained during Saturday night and into Sunday morning but it died off by around 9 and the range was able to be activated and a little over a dozen flights were flown including a perfect flight for Ron Blosch's newest creation on a J800. We had some great help and support with clean up on Sunday and the launch was finished by 1:00pm, just prior to the next storm that rolled through.
Thanks to everyone that helped with setting up, fire control, tear down, range duty, and just being great members of UROC. Make sure to check out the UROC Group on Facebook and UROC's own Gallery for shared photos