Current Launch Status


January 10th, 2016 Launch is a GO

Launch Procedures Next Launch will be January 10th, 2016 at 12:00 pm in Leonard. Setup will be at 11:30am and if you can lend a hand join us early..  You can prepare your flight cards ahead of time by getting the flight card form.

Meeting Information: Our next club meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 21st 2016 at 7:00pm  will be at Hardesty Regional Library, located at 8316 E 93rd St in Tulsa. Google maps link here. We will be discussing all things rockets so make sure to bring any show and tell you would like to share with the group


November 2015 Meeting Recap

Good Morning Folks:

We had a good meeting last night to wrap up the year and I have a few
updates for you this morning:

1. Rocket Science Rocket – After witnessing the RS rocket’s
weathercocked flight and hard landing at Leonard last month, we have
decided that the current configuration of that rocket is not
sustainable. So we’re beginning a project to reconfigure the rocket by
moving the payload modules aft and the electronics and parachutes
forward. This will result in a rocket that is 1-caliber stable, and
much easier to prep and fly. In order to make next year’s October
flight deadline, we are beginning this project immediately.

2. Work Session Schedule – Since we now have *two* Club projects to work
on, both of which have 2016 deadlines, we decided to establish a monthly
Work Session schedule. For the time being, the monthly work session
will be the 2nd Saturday of each month. We’ll meet at my place on the
2nd Saturday afternoon, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM, and work on both the
Nike-ASP and RS projects. This schedule may be adjusted over time,
depending on our progress. The first session will be held on December
12. Everyone is invited to stop by and help out.

3. Leadership Changes for 2016 – For 2016, Mark Piersall is stepping
down as Secretary/Treasurer and I will be stepping down as Prefect.
Chris Jones has volunteered to take over the Sec/Treasurer duties and
Paul Reed has volunteered to step up as your new Prefect. The four of
us are currently working together to assure a smooth transition.

4. Kloudbuster Max – Finally, those who attended AirFest in September
will recall seeing the giant “Kloudbuster Max” rocket sitting near the
registration table (see attached photo). That rocket was not ready to
fly at AirFest but finally did fly last weekend. Check out the link

That’s it for now, have a great weekend.


November 2015 Launch Recap

Good Morning: We had a great time yesterday afternoon, to finish out the local flying season. The weather was as close to perfect as I’ve seen in a long time, with crystal-clear blue skies and no wind. The winds aloft were very light, running East to West, so most flights arced east and then landed back on the field. In all, we put up 21 flights, 9 of which were High Power.

Here are a few highlights:

Chris Jones of Tulsa, LOC EZSI-65 “Valkyrie” on a CTI I255 Red

Bill Koropsak of Monkey Island, Giant Leap “Escape Velocity” on a Loki H90

Dan Littmann of Broken Arrow, THOY “Falcon” on an AT J275

Mark Piersall of Tulsa, HyperLOC 835 “Bullwinkle” on an AT J540R

Paul Reed of Jenks, Wildman “Darkstar” on a CTI I364

Hal Ellis of Tulsa, scratch “ASP” on an AT I357T

Brien Wood of Owasso, scratch “Xenon” on a CTI H295

Additionally, the long-awaited Big Daddy fly-off, made necessary by a dead-heat in the Big Daddy drag-race at HF12, finally flew and Glen Thomason took home the Big Daddy trophy for 2015. Congratulations Glen!

As mentioned in my earlier message, this was the last Leonard launch of 2015. We’ll take a break from flying in December and resume in January, weather permitting of course.

That’s it for now, have a great week. Hal

October 2015 Launch Recap

Good Morning:


We had a good launch and another successful RocketScience flight Sunday afternoon.  The RS payload this year was fully populated with 16 payload canisters, representing 3 schools and multiple physics classes and students.  I think most of them were on hand to witness the flight, as we had a huge crowd in attendance.


The rocket lifted off a few minutes after 3:00 PM on M2400 power and cruised up to 3944/ 3924 ft., depending on which altimeter you believe.  This is about 500 feet lower than normal, due the fact that it weather-cocked northeast soon after liftoff and it was also a bit heavier than last year due to its new paint job.  Thanks to Jeff Chaplin and his son Mason, who  completely refinished and repainted the rocket this summer, it looked brand new.


All the experiments were recovered safely and the teachers told me most experiments were “intact”.  By the way, this was the 10th annual RocketScience launch.  It has taken a while for the project to reach its full potential, but we’ve got a “hit” on our hands now.  All the participants were thrilled and are already looking forward to next year.


We also had a few other flights, as follows:


OSU “Dark Flight” on an AT H182

Team Front Row (OSU) “Ham Burglar” on an AT H182

Jamey Jacob (OSU) “Hercules” on an AT H135

Paul Reed “HV Arcas” on a CTI K630

Nathan Reed “Blue Max” on a CTI H235

Dave Towers “Minni Magg” in an AT I161


We were glad to see Dr. Jamey Jacob and his OSU engineering students on the field as well.  Overall, a great afternoon to be out flying rockets.  If you missed this launch, the next one is coming up on November 8, only two weekends from now.


That’s it for now, have a great week.



October 2015 Meeting Update

Good Morning:

We had a good meeting last night and completed the HF12 Post-Action review. Many good suggestions were discussed. An annotated version of the review is attached. We’ll work on the various action items over the next few months.

I also want to remind everyone that the Club will host a static rocket display at the Arrowhead Elementary (Broken Arrow) STEM night on 10/23, a week from tonight. Please bring a few rockets (large or small) and join us from 5:00 – 7:00 PM if you can. That’s it for now, have a good weekend.


HF 12 Launch Recap

Good Morning Folks:

Another great Pawhuska launch is in the rear-view mirror now and this
one may have been the best ever. The conditions were near-perfect the
entire weekend, with clear skies, little to no wind and temps in the
mid-80s. There really aren’t enough superlatives to describe it. If you
were there, you know what I mean.

Hosting a launch on the scale of High Frontier requires a lot of effort
in both planning and execution and we rose to that challenge again.
Thanks to everyone who pitched in and contributed to the success of this
launch. This was truly a Team Effort and I certainly appreciate
everyone’s contributions.

Overall, we burned 349 motors for a total of 341 flights over the 3-day
period, including the Friday Matinee and the Night Launch. Here’s a
breakdown by motor class:

A = 44
B = 89
C = 97
D = 22
E = 28
F = 12
G = 17
H = 20
I = 32
J = 20
K = 7
L = 3
M = 2

Total = 349

The Drag Race Winners were as follows:

AT Warloc = Mark Piersall
CTI Warloc = Paul Reed
AT Minnie Magg = Bill Koropsak
CTI Minnie Magg = Torre Bookout

Congratulations to all. The Big Daddy Drag Race was a dead heat and
will be decided by a flyoff at the October launch.

Here are the winners for the Closest to the Buffalo contest:


1st = Gabe Stout, Skiatook
2nd = Wesley Bender, Garland, TX
3rd = Hudson Biffinger, Pawhuska


1st = Evie Adams, Yukon
2nd = Wesley Bender, Garland, TX

While this was a very successful event, there is always room for
improvement. If you have comments or suggestions on how we could make
next year’s event even better, please email those ideas to me. I will
compile all the comments into a single list which we will review at the
October meeting.

We will have pictures and videos on the web site soon. If you have
pictures to share, please email those to me and we’ll get them posted.

Again, thanks to everyone who made HF12 happen. High Frontier has
evolved onto a full-blown regional launch, as well as a community event
for the City of Pawhuska, and it’s something we can all be proud of.

That’s it for now, enjoy this nice Fall weather, and have a great week.


September 2015 Meeting Update

Good Morning Folks: We had a good meeting last night and finalized our plans for High Frontier 12 next weekend in Pawhuska. Here are a few updates:

1. Registration – On-line registration worked very well, especially for our first attempt. 28 HPR flyers from OK, KS, AR and TX have pre-registered.

2. Range Duty – We’re looking fairly good on Range Duty assignments, but we still need some Pad Managers and more help at Registration. If you haven’t already signed up for at least one 2-hour shift, please do so ASAP. On-line Range Duty sign-up is still available.

3. Grand Prizes – Hobby Town USA is donating 36 Ready-to-Fly kits for the raffle give-aways (Thank you!), but we still need kits (or built rockets) for Grand Prizes. If you have an Estes kit in your closet you’re not planning to build, please consider donating that kit for the Grand Prize drawings.

4. Range Set-Up – We will meet for lunch at 12:00 Noon next Friday (9/25) at Bad Brad’s Bar-B-Que in Pawhuska, and then adjourn to the airport to begin setting up the HF12 range by about 1:00 PM. This will be followed by our 2nd annual “Friday afternoon Matinee” launch, as soon as the range is set up. Everyone is invited to come out and participate.

5. Trailer Work Session – We will hold a Trailer work session at my house (3720 E. 82nd Court) this coming Sunday afternoon (9/20), beginning at 2:00 PM. We’ll be cleaning and repairing all the launch equipment in preparation for HF12. Everyone is invited. Please bring cleaning supplies, paper towels, soldering equipment, WD-40, etc.

6. T-Shirts – If you missed the meeting last night, you can pick up your t-shirt at Launch Registration on the field at Pawhuska.

7. New Buy/Sell/Trade Page – We decided to implement a new page on the web site for members seeking to Buy / Sell / Trade rocket-related items. Jeff Chaplin will be working on this project, so watch for more details coming soon. In the meantime, Andrew Lathrop has two kits for sale, an unbuilt Rocketry Warehouse V2 and a built Wildman Competitor 3. If you are interested in either of these kits, contact Andrew at

That’s it for now, I’ll see you Sunday at my place.


August 2015 Meeting Update

Good Morning: We had a good meeting last night and continued developing our plans for HF12. I have several updates for you:

1. Range Duty – We need more help running the Range. So far, we have the LCO position covered and RSO is partially covered, but we currently have many open slots. For L2/L3 flyers in particular, we need you to help us at RSO and Away Cell PM. L1 flyers can help as HPR PMs or assist at any pother positions. Range Duty sign-up is available from the HF12 page on the web site.

2. T-shirts – We will be placing the t-shirt order on 9/1. If you haven’t already ordered your HF12 shirts, please do so ASAP. Note that t-shirts are available as an option when you register or separately without registering. Both links are available on the HF12 page.

3. Grand Prize Rockets – Each year we give away at least one “Grand Prize” rocket to the kids at the end of each day. We need Grand Prize donations. This can be a rocket already built or an un-built kit. Please take a look at your stash of kits and let me know if you want to donate one or more.

4. Team Effort – Hosting an event like High Frontier is a cooperative effort for the entire Club. Many people are currently involved in the planning and execution, but we always need more help. I have attached an annotated copy of the meeting agenda to this message, so you can see the topics that were discussed last night and the people who have taken various action items. If you can assist with any of the items listed, please let me know.

That’s it for now, enjoy this early Fall weather. Hal