LDRS34 June 25-28, 2015The weather report was calling for rain and wind to be commanding the skies over Potter, New York and there was a sense of urgency to get flying and keep flying as long as conditions and the waiver would allow. A vast majority of the fliers had been to the field and surrounding area, so it was natural for them to get their bearings and shake off the long trip to Potter, New York and then get cracking. Getting set up in the preselected parking areas and establishing a home base were the orders of the day. Many rocketeers like to set a display of their building accomplishments and show off their fleet. The next order of business for some was to visit Vendor Row and reacquaint themselves with old reliable friends or, for those long-distance travelers, to make some new friends, exploring to see who had the best deals.
BALLS 24 September 25-27, 2015BALLS 24, held on the expansive Black Rock Desert was what the extreme fliers have been waiting for;, three days of uninterrupted flying, clear skies, low wind and moderate temperatures. The Black Rock Desert is an environment where the weather can change almost without warning, as it has during past Balls events. Due to the unpredictability of the weather the teams and individual fliers from as far away as Argentina, England, and Egypt got busy with early arrivals on the Playa to establish camp and begin prepping their projects for an early Friday launch. Early Friday morning the anticipation was as high as the waiver. There were some new faces and many old Balls veterans who gathered to test new concepts, challenge airframes and their motor making skills. Ultimately, the weekend was to see who planned their flights and who flew their plans. The rocketeers at a Balls launch tend to fly under the radar when it comes to their projects and this year was no exception. There is never much pontificating prior to the launch, you just show up and see who brought what.