NARAM 46 Special Edition!

NARAM 46 Special Edition!

NARAM 46 Report…

Author: Russ Anthony and Bruce Markielewski

What’s a NARAM?

The National Association of Rocketry Annual Meet (NARAM) is the NAR’s annual model rocketry championship and conference. NARAM comprises ten or so competition events in three age divisions plus a team division. While the main focus is the competition and determining the National Champions, there is a lot of other activities during the week long gathering, including “fun” events, presentations, meetings, tours, and social activities.
This year, the 46th NARAM was held at the Great Meadow Outdoor Events Center at The Plains, Virginia, with the evening activities held at the primary hotel, the Holiday Inn in Masassas, Virginia. NARAM was held from July 31st through August 6th, 2004.

Who Went from C.R.A.S.H.?

Earlier in the year, it looked like there would be a large C.R.A.S.H. contingent heading east for the National Championships. Many members were at or near the top of the point standings for most of the contest year, as was the club in the section standings. However, by July the number of members planning on attending had dwindled, mostly due to priority shifts caused by increased employment opportunities, but three members remained committed.
Russ Anthony would be attending his first NARAM, and was sixth in the Pre-NARAM standings. He planned on entering all of the competition events except Research and Development. His goal was to qualify in all events he entered, and bring home at least one trophy.
Bruce Markielewski had one goal in mind – defending his National Championship from last year. Finishing atop the Pre-NARAM points list put him in a fine position to repeat, but anything can happen once the competition begins, and his lead over arch-rival Chad Ring could disappear quickly.
Kevin Kuczek would only be able to attend for a few days, and had been working hard the past year to prepare for the prestigious Radio-Controlled Glider Championships. This annual event is separate from the National Championships competition, but is perhaps one of the most popular NARAM events. Kevin also planned to compete in some of Monday’s events before heading back to Colorado on Tuesday.

The Trip East…
Virginia is a long way from Colorado, somewhere around 1750 miles, and neither MapQuest or the Rand McNally Atlas listed any useable dimensional portals to shorten the distance. Kevin was flying to Virginia, but Russ and Bruce were carpooling, having too much to carry on an airplane. The two headed out on Friday a bit later than planned, but the first day of the drive went surprisingly quickly, and they stopped for the night in the middle of Missouri after traveling nearly 750 miles. It was around 2:00 AM local time but Motel 6 had still kept the light on.
Saturday’s drive was nearly as uneventful as the day before. Detours through downtown St. Louis allowed viewing of the Arch at least twice, and Indianapolis had their own freeway detours as well. Only 550 miles were covered as some time was needed in the evening to continue building for the contest events. While Russ believed he had models for most of the events completed, except for some recovery systems (mostly streamer folding), Bruce felt he was going into a NARAM more unprepared than any before. His Plastic Model Conversion entry (an F-14A) took a lot more time than originally thought, and for most of the events he would be flying older models that were flyable but worn. The only new models other than the PMC would be a helicopter and the payload altitude models, and these were still not completed.
The remaining 450 miles were completed on Sunday, through occasional rain, the mountainous terrain of Maryland and West Virginia, and a slight navigation error in Virginia. Another time zone was crossed, and arrival at the hotel was around 6:30 PM.

Weekend Activities…


NARAM actually begins on the Saturday before the competition begins, and consists of two days of Sport Flying, Fun Events, and rocketry presentations in the evening. While Bruce and Russ were traveling across the country, Kevin was already competing in the Radio-Controlled Glider Championships (see Kevin’s account of his exploits below). The qualification rounds on Saturday and Sunday allowed each competitor three flights to fly a single flight of at least 300 seconds. The times for those flying less than “D” power were scored double. No doubt, Kevin qualified for the flyoffs easily, if his outstanding times at our club launches were any indication. The flyoffs on Sunday were cut short due to rain, and would be continued during the week.


Bruce and Russ arrived late in the day on Sunday, and hurried to get their rooms and get through the NARAM registration process. Sunday evening’s activities included a First NARAM Participants meeting. Russ was able to attend for only the last ten minutes due to the late arrival at the hotel, and missed the free pizza offered during the meeting. Following that was the Competitors Briefing. This is where the Contest Director welcomes all of the competitors and any specific range and event rules are clarified. Finally, the entries for Sport Scale, Plastic Model Conversion, and Research and Development were turned in, and most were off to finish building and making preparations for the first day of competition.


The launch site was about 15 miles from the hotel – a pleasant drive as the morning rush hour was going in the opposite direction. The site itself was impressive – very large open area covered with freshly mowed grass. Thick woods surrounded the field and recovery would be difficult outside the main launch area. The sky was overcast and the expected humidity had already set in.
The first day of competition was busier than usual with three events scheduled – “1/2A” Helicopter Duration, “A” Boost Glider Duration, and “B” Eggloft Duration. Kevin flew his last R/C Glider flight on the sport range, scoring a time that would insure a place in the top three for the event. Bruce and Russ prepared egglofters, and Russ got in a short but qualified 10 second flight with a mangled parachute. Bruce fared a bit better with 57 seconds, but was well short of the top times.


Russ had a very nice 42 second helicopter flight, but Kevin blew the competition away with a flight of nearly five minutes. Kevin chased the ‘copter south to the far end of the field, and then right back to the launch site. It then drifted completely around the launch area finally landing to the west. Several people joked that “R/C” Helicopters were not allowed! He added another 53 seconds to his total with his second flight, but no one would get close to his time. Bruce’s only flight was qualified at 24 seconds, but far from the leaders.


Kevin also had a couple of nice Boost Glider flights for a six minute total, and took an early lead in the event. Bruce’s slow start was offset in the Boost Glider event with a returned first flight of just over four minutes, and a second flight of five and a half minutes. This was enough to take first place in the event, at the cost of losing the glider. Bruce watched the model thermal away (through binoculars) several minutes after the timers lost track of it., but remarked that he would trade a glider for a first place trophy any day. Russ had a problem with his first Boost Glider flight – the model separated early from the piston pod and was disqualified. His second flight worked fine and turned in a respectable time of nearly two minutes. This put him in the running for a special award for one of the top places in Boost Glider for First Time NARAM Competitors.
Late in the day, a storm was moving in, and both Bruce and Russ tried to get a second Eggloft flight ready, but the rain came and convinced both to quit for the day. After returning to the hotel and checking the results, both realized that Russ had a chance of placing in the Helicopter event had he flown a second flight comparable to his first. Live and learn!


The three C.R.A.S.H. members had dinner at a nice steak and seafood restaurant near the hotel, and then each had separate activities planned for the rest of the evening. Bruce had volunteered again this year as a Plastic Model Conversion event judge, and spent the evening scoring static points for the Team Division entries. Kevin attended one of the several “beer-lofting” events held during the week, and Russ attended the Town Hall/Association meeting and spent some time meeting many of the attending rocketry vendors and other participants. This was one of the few nights during the week that there was sufficient time for a good night’s sleep. Everyone was still up past one in the morning, though.

There were no competition events scheduled this day. Instead, the first activity was a tour of the Udvar-Hazy Center (the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum annex at the Dulles Airport). The museum is a fascinating display, with too much to list here. Some highlights were an SR-71 aircraft, the Enterprise Space Shuttle, a French Concord, the Lockheed-Martin Joint Strike Fighter, and many WW II aircraft including the Enola Gay bomber, a P38 Lightning, a Corsair, and a Curtiss P-40E Warhawk. There were aircraft from every era, some as early as the Wright Brothers, and some historic spacecraft – Mercury and Gemini capsules and an Apollo test capsule.


After the tour, Kevin had to leave for the airport to return to Colorado, and Russ and Bruce headed back to the hotel. Russ was feeling a bit drained and thought he might have suffered a bit of heat stroke from the previous day. He spent the afternoon resting. Bruce discovered a blister on his little toe as large as his little toe, and decided to limit walking as much as possible. Also, he had more PMC judging to do.


Both met up in the evening to attend the NARAM auction – one of the more popular evening events. Lots of money was spent, and the auction earned over $3,000 for the Robert L. Cannon Educational Program. Russ won several items, and spent much of the time meeting many of the rocketry personalities that he had only read about, including Vern and Gleda Estes who arrived earlier in the day. He won a program from NARAM 30, and was collecting signatures from anyone attending that he could find that were mentioned in the pamphlet. Bruce won a 2004 TARC commemorative shirt covered with signatures to go with the one he won at last year’s auction. Once the auction ended and the socializing thinned out they returned to their rooms, as more building was required for the next day’s events, and another night of little sleep was imminent. Ever built a 36″ parachute at 2:00 AM?



This was the big altitude day at NARAM. Both events, “B” Payload Altitude, and “D” Eggloft Altitude required extremely light models with large amounts of tracking powder. “D” Eggloft challenged many competitors with several potential motor combinations. Many people used the standard Estes D12-7, with some people opting for a C6-0/C6-7 staged combination. A few tried the AeroTech D13-7 reloads. The AeroTech’s had the power advantage, but almost all of them resulted in lost tracks (and lost models).


Russ’s first flight resulted in a lost track and model, but chased his second C6 to C6 model a mile north into the trees and returned it for another qualified event. Bruce’s first C6 to C6 flight was qualified, but well below the leaders. His second flight DQ’d when the capsule separated from the body just after staging, deploying the ‘chute while flopping around wildly above the launch area. “B” Payload Altitude was frustrating also, with Bruce finishing 5th, just out of the trophies. Russ qualified again, but didn’t really expect to be competitive using relatively heavy Estes body tubes.


A catered BBQ dinner was served after the contest range closed. Great food was followed by the Imagination Celebration fun events. Sure to be a NARAM mainstay, there were some incredible launches including a Super Big Bertha launching 21 styrofoam gliders, an upscale Orbital Transport launching an upscale Sky Dart (both under R/C control), and another R/C glider launched under “G” power, doing a loop, and then air-starting another “G” motor. Truly spectacular! A short, but heavy rain during the festivities did little to dampen the group’s enthusiasm.
Trophies were handed out for all events on Monday and Tuesday. Russ got his 1st place trophy in “A” Boost Glider for 1st NARAM participants, while Bruce took 1st place overall for “A” Boost Glide and accepted Kevin’s 1st in “1/2A” Helicopter and 3rd in “A” Boost Glider.


Back at the hotel, Bruce spent several hours finishing plastic model judging while Russ attended the Manufacturers Forum. Some of the speakers included Jim Flis of Fliskits, Bill Stine of Quest and authors Peter Alway and Jack Hagerty. The most exciting talk was given by Bill Stine announcing the production of a new composite 18 mm D20 single use motor sometime soon.
Russ realized about this time that he never got around to adding a launch lug to his PMC model, and this turned out to be a serious problem. One PMC judge thought that a pop-off lug could be used, but the lead judge overruled, quoting a precedent from an earlier NARAM. Apparently, NAR Vice President Trip Barber had the same problem with the same type of model! Another method of guiding the model had to be found before Friday. But, “B” Streamer Duration was on the agenda in the morning, and more building was required. Russ finally finished building his streamers after 2:30 AM. Kids, don’t try this at home! Bruce was nearly caught up in his preparation, and doubled the amount of sleep from the night before, getting nearly five hours in that night.

The 7:00 AM alarms seemed early, especially with the cloudy conditions at the range. Events for the day included “B” Streamer Duration (Multi-round) and “B” Rocket Glider Duration. Russ’ late night streamer preparation really paid off by posting a long 110 second 1st flight with no thermals around. He posted conservative flights of 98 and 96 seconds for flights 2 and 3, opting to finish early in the afternoon in case the late day showers returned. The strategy almost backfired, however, as conditions improved late in the day. He was bumped from 2nd to 4th place in the last hour.


Bruce couldn’t coax his streamers better than 13th, despite using the same streamer material and dimensions as Russ. The Rocket glider event went the opposite way with Bruce posting an awesome 1st flight of 139 seconds and an early flap deployment resulting in 41 seconds for the second flight. It was long enough for a 2nd place finish, behind an R/C rocket glider. Russ used an upscale Deltoid, ironically Bruce’s R&D report subject, to qualify and finish mid-pack. One other competitor use a Deltoid as well, possibly influencing the R&D judging enough that Bruce’s report was chosen to present that night. Bruce found out only hours before, and had to rush to put together some notes on the project just before the presentations began, and borrowed Russ’ three Deltoids to show during the presentation. He complained “I didn’t want to present – I only wanted flight points!”.


That night, Bruce and four others in C Division presented their R&D reports, followed by the Team Division presentations. Later, a viewing of a video project on the Little Joe program filled the rest of the evening. Russ stayed up again until 2:00 AM or so scratch-building a 24 mm piston for his F-104 plastic model. While he and Bruce brainstormed several possible solutions, the piston approach seemed to be the most likely to be successful. They hoped that the piston would help the model lift off quickly, guiding the flight path until sufficient speed was obtained. Still, the flight would be a risky one.

The day was blessed with beautiful blue skies, perfect for Plastic Model Conversion and Sport Scale launches. Most contestants chose to fly their Sport Scale entries first and deal with the the PMC last, often referred to as Pandemonium, Mayhem and Chaos (and also, Plastic Death!). Russ put up his Estes Mercury Redstone without incident. Russ proved that Scale entries may be built in as few as four hours and qualified mid-pack. Bruce’s Little Joe II, a model he built several years ago, placed higher than expected in static judging and had a beautiful flight. Russ showed his F-104 Plastic Model and piston to the head safety officer, ironically, the NAR VP Trip Barber, and was rejected for safety reasons. Russ had hoped that Trip would empathize with his situation, having experienced the same difficulty, but if the irony was apparent to him, Trip chose not to reveal it.


Not giving up, Russ found and borrowed a four rail tower to launch from, but had to wait until late in the day to launch. Finding the special tower was incredibly good fortune, as these are very rare. The flight on a D12-3 was almost perfect, recovering on a fabric 24″ chute with no damage. Unfortunately, the motor also ejected, disqualifying the flight. He had ten minutes left for another attempt, and managed to just prep the model in time.
The last two flights of NARAM were made by Bruce and Russ. As a PMC judge, Bruce had to view all of the team entry flights, giving him little time to get his model prepped and flown. Fortunately, his F-14A PMC is fairly easy to prep, and he had it on the pad with about fifteen minutes left. He checked the resistance of his extended Estes igniters every step of the process, and after the last check, he held up the pad number paddle indicating he was ready to fly. Well, not quite, as he forgot to hook up the igniter clips. Ironically, Chad Ring was the LCO at the time, and asked aloud how we can have a National Champion who can’t remember the igniter clips. Bruce’s excuse was two and a half hours of sleep, but the clips were quickly attached, and the F14-A was really ready to fly!
Bruce showed why he is the Defending National Champion by easily taking 1st place with an inspiring flight on his immaculately detailed 1/48th scale F-14A Tomcat. (Awesome liftoff photo by Jack Hagerty!). Rumor has it that he spent a week on the cockpit alone, more time than Russ spent on his entire 1/32nd scale F-104.
Russ flew his again for the last flight of the competition, but the D-12 motor ejected again, this time sans chute. The result was another DQ, and a perfect re-kit of the plane, as it hit the hard dirt in the parking lot and scattering about forty pieces. Russ did not qualify for the event, and those points would cost him 4th place nationally and a trophy.


Bruce managed to get a short nap in the afternoon, while Russ put together a nice table centerpiece featuring our club flag and some of his competition models. The contest director suggested in a pre-NARAM e-mail that participants create a centerpiece for their table at the Friday night dinner banquet. The NARAM banquet and trophy presentations has a late night reputation because of years past, but the food proved excellent, the presentations brief, with numerous door prizes and good will.
Bruce and Russ were in good company at their table, as they were joined by Jim Flis and his wife, Marc McReynolds, and Bruno Depasquale. Bob Parks (a legendary glider expert whose designs influenced Bruce’s current models), and his son also joined the group. Bruce had tried to meet up with Bob during the week with no success, so this was a surprising and welcome coincidence, and the two briefly discussed some advanced glider concepts.
More surprises were in store, as Bruce found out his Sport Scale entry placed fourth, and his R&D report finished third, not only sealing his bid for the National Championship, but also capturing the C Division Meet Championship. Kevin was presented a 2nd place trophy (in absentia) in the R/C Glider Championships, which finished on Wednesday. Russ got his hard fought fourth place trophy for “B” Streamer Duration. He was also first in the event for First Time NARAM Participants, but since he placed overall, the award was given to the next qualified competitor. Russ and Bruce accepted one additional trophy – C.R.A.S.H. placed fourth in the Section Championships for the third year in a row.
Vern and Gleda Estes were awarded an unexpected honor – the G. Harry Stine Lifetime Achievement Award for their work creating the model rocketry industry and decades of support of the rocketry hobby. This is the highest award presented by the National Association of Rocketry.


The Trip Back to Colorado…


Russ and Bruce took two days to get home again, traveling about 875 miles each day, and spending the long drive talking about strategies that worked, activities attended and the people they met. Both learned a few things during the week-long experience – Russ probably won’t forget launch lugs on PMC entries anytime soon, and will check the results sheets early and often in future events. He’ll also work to develop reliable methods of securing engines in the models, and avoid oversizing his models’ parachutes.
Bruce learned that things don’t always turn out as expected, as he did well in events that he though he wouldn’t, and vice-versa. He also realized that you don’t need new models for every event to be successful – the older reliable models can compete quite successfully. And, don’t wait to the last minute to get things ready for NARAM – but he learns that lesson every year! Both finally got a some good night’s sleep, not quite yet building models for next year! But, only 330 days of procrastination left…

NARAM 46 Report…

Author: Kevin Kuczek

My decision to go to NARAM was made about two weeks prior to the event. After placing some calls with some of the people I know in the NAR that were going, plus a few FAI competitors, I pulled the plug and booked a flight. Definitely, I was going to compete in the Radio Controlled Glider Championships and maybe in a few NAR events on Monday.


Throughout this past year, many of you have seen the relatively tiny R/C model I’ve been flying. My goal in designing this model was threefold: use the lightest micro R/C gear available, use inexpensive “B” and “C” motors and lastly, make it highly competitive. There were many that doubted that the micro R/C equipment would have enough range. After lots of research, I stumbled upon a receiver made in France that is single conversion and narrow band and above all light! The developer had tested it to 1000 feet, but I was able to confirm a signal at 2000′! Way more than I would ever hope to need. In a nutshell, the receiver, battery and two servos weighed in at 11 grams. Note that this gear truly is micro and is different from that being advertised by Rob Edmonds as being micro for his new Arcie II R/C kit.
Next was keeping the glider small and light enough to be competitive on B and C motors. At $5 a pack at Wal-Mart, these size motors are easily available and cheap. This would also allow me to get as many flights in as possible without breaking the bank and get lots of experience. The all up glide mass of the glider with 82 sq. in. wing is 42 grams; a little over 0.5 g/sq. in. which would definitely make it competitive.
Finally, a few programs were used to design the model, notably Plane Geometry and a few spreadsheets I programmed. In addition, after a number of discussions with famed Bob Parks, I am currently using XFOIL, a CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) program to redesign the airfoil on my model. The new model promises to boost even higher than past ones. I am hoping to get a full report and plan done this year for inclusion in Sport Rocketry and perhaps an R&D report on low Reynolds Number glider airfoils – boost and glide analysis.
Initial polar plots on XFOIL show some very dramatic improvements in boost with low camber foils and the glide looks to be on par with what decent low Rn gliders are accustomed to. This will prove to be a lot different from what other R&D reports have reported in the past on the subject.


On to NARAM. I arrived Saturday afternoon, rented a car and hoisted what little baggage I had in the back. DC is fairly easy to navigate and I made it safe and sound at the NARAM hotel. I was surprised to find out that my room was directly across from the hotel bar and was concerned that the traffic in that area would keep me up all night. Turned out the bar closed early, but that wasn’t the reason I stayed up most nights till 3:00 AM! NARAM is a super venue for catching up with old friends and making new. Though I planned to compete minimally, I knew I would have a lot fun just chatting with people. And no doubt, I did.
On Sunday I setup and flew a half dozen R/C flights. The longest had to be pretty close to the record I set at Bear Creek recently at close to 15 minutes. I just lazily circled the prep area as there was lots of lift there. For the R/C championships, in order to make the flyoff round, you have to turn in a 300 second max when using E and above motors and 150 seconds when using D and below. Suffice to say, I easily qualified using a C motor. There were a number of Arcie models being flown on E9’s that had a hard time making 300 seconds. Even tougher was 150 seconds with a D12. I am sure though that a number of Arcie flyers did make the flyoffs. George Gassaway easily made it flying an E6 powered Stingray S8E model designed by Kevin McKiou. Certainly, because of it’s size and altitude potential, this was the weapon of choice in an event with no power class.
Sunday night, I hooked up with a few FAI flyers and had Maryland steamed blue crab with what else, beer! Delicious and definitely a delicacy. Boy, is Maryland noisy with all the crickets, frogs and what-nots at night!


On Monday, I pulled out a 5 year old glider designed for FAI B engine B/G and a 1 year old helicopter model; a very light and balanced rose-a-roc. I honestly didn’t think I had a chance of placing since I usually like to build and test “new” models for NARAM. These models definitely had some mileage on them. The performance was good enough for 3rd and 1st place respectively.
The R/C contestants decided that I could fly my R/C flyoff round flight on Monday since I was leaving on Tuesday. Thank you! The rest were all scheduled to fly on Wednesday. So, I made my flight, caught a few bubbles of rising air and posted a 12+ minute score with Chris Taylor timing. This was the time to beat. I felt for sure the Stingray was capable and as it turned out, it was. George beat me by a couple of minutes. Third place (I believe) was Keith Vinyard’s son in A Division flying a homemade R/C model. Keith has also been experimenting with the micro gear and he and I have exchanged lots of e-mails throughout this year. Important to note that there were more R/C flyers at this NARAM than at any prior NARAM in the past; it is definitely a sport that is catching on in the glider community and one that I’ve bitten the bug on….can’t you tell?


The last event I participated in was Beerlofting. An event I invented last year, but Chad Ring coined. Basically, you bring a six pack of your favorite micro brew and sample others. A load of fun. Last year, we had around 6 people that attended. This year we had 2 dozen + more that only wish they new about it but missed out for one reason or another. There were even some that showed up just for the conversation. The more the merrier is my motto! I’m sure next years will be even bigger and Chad is going to approach the NAR to see if we might be officially labeled a nar SIG – Special Interest Group! Kidding aside, it was a blast and a perfect way to end my short trip at NARAM.

C.R.A.S.H. Member Results…

Kevin Kuczek:
1st place in “1/2A” Helicopter Duration
3rd place in “A” Boost Glider Duration
2nd place in R/C Glider Championships

Russ Anthony:
1st place in “A” Boost Glider Duration for First NARAM participants
4th place in “B” Streamer Duration

Bruce Markielewski:
1st place in “A” Boost Glider Duration
2nd place in “B” Rocket Glider Duration
1st place in Plastic Model Conversion
4th place in Sport Scale
3rd place in Research and Development
“C” Division Meet Champion
“C” Division National Champion

C.R.A.S.H. Section:
4th place Section in National Championships

Next Year’s NARAM…

NARAM-47 will be hosted by the Queen City Area Rocket Klub (QUARK) NAR Section #624 (website, on July 30 – August 5, 2005 at Voice of America Park, a mile-square field in West Chester, Ohio. This is north of Cincinnati and conveniently close to the USAF Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB. The Contest Director for NARAM-47 will be:

[email removed]

The NAR Contest Board has approved the following events for NARAM-47:

“1/4A” Helicopter Duration
“1/2A” Boost-Glider Duration
“A” Cluster Altitude
“B” Superroc Altitude
“C” Streamer Duration (multiround)
“D” Dual Eggloft Duration
Set Duration
Open Spot Landing
Giant Sport Scale
Plastic Model Conversion
Research and Development

Russ has a goal of placing in the top three nationally, and competing for a national title. Bruce’s goal is defending the national championship once again. Both would like to see more participation by C.R.A.S.H. members, especially by younger A and B divisioners!

Photo Credits…
Photos in this NARAM 46 Special Edition C.R.A.S.H. Newsletter were provided by:

Russ Anthony
Tom Beach
Jack Hagerty
Kevin Kuczek
Bruce Markielewski
Chris Taylor

Additional Online References…
Complete contest results can be found at

Photos and videos by Chris Taylor from NARAM 46 can be found at
NARAM Live [fix link]
The Club Photos

section of the

Go For Launch – Dry Weather Flight Restrictions

C.R.A.S.H. web site

has many photos taken at NARAM 46!

C.R.A.S.H. Contest Champions

Grandma Goodard’s Contests

Contest Division(s) Champion(s)

Grandma Goodard’s I

None Selected


Grandma Goodard’s II

None Selected

Colorado Aerial Rocket Circus Contests

Contest Division(s) Champion(s)


     “A” and “B” Division
“C” and Team Division

      Bryan Schmidt
East Meets West Team


None Selected
(Contest was cancelled)




Kevin Kuczek



Kevin Kuczek


Edward O’Neill


Overall Champion Bruce Markielewski



Paul Gray



“A” Division
“B” Division
“C” Division
Team Division
Joey Puryear
Paul Gray
Kevin Kuczek
2 Old COSROCS Guys



“A” and “B” Division”
“C” Division

Paul Gray
Kevin Kuczek


“A” Division
“C” Division
Team Division

Ariana Williams
Bruce Markielewski


“A” and “B” Division”
“C” Division
Team Division

Luke Short
Bruce Markielewski
Dave and Dave


“A” and “B” Division
“C” Division
Team Division

Ryan Anthony-Ceres and Ariana Williams (tie)
Bruce Markielewski
Paranoid Androids


“A” and “B” Division
“C” Division

Grant Dreasher
Steven Clapp


“A” and “B” Division
“C” Division

Ryan Anthony-Ceres and Ariana Williams (tie)
Russ Anthony


“A” and “B” Division
“C” Division

Todd Edmands


“A” and “B” Division
“C” Division

Reiley Edmands
Rick McDonald
Colorado Model Rocketry Championships Contests

Contest Division(s) Champion(s)

Bruce Markielewski

Overall Champion

David Nauer

Overall Champion

David Nauer

Overall Champion

Edward O’Neill

Open Division Champion
NAR Division Champion

Dan Fougner
Edward O’Neill

Open “A” Division Champion
Open “C” Division Champion
NAR Division Champion

Russell Moore
Ben Lewis
Kevin Kuczek

Open Division Champion
NAR Division Champion

Dennis Nicks
Bruce Markielewski

Overall Champion

Mel Gray

“A” Division
“B” Division
“C” Division
Team Division
Christiana Williams
Paul Gray
Tim Van Milligan
2 Old COSROCS Guys

“A” Division
“B” Division
“C” Division
Randall Chambers
Paul Gray
Bruce Markielewski

“A” Division
“C” Division
Team Division
Ariana Williams
Bruce Markielewski
Paranoid Androids

“A” and “B” Division
“C” Division
Team Division
Ariana Williams
Bruce Markielewski and Steve Clapp (tie)
Flying Debris

“A” Division
“B” Division
“C” Division
Team Division
Ariana Williams
Luke Short
Bruce Markielewski
Dave and Dave

“A/B” Division
“C” Division
Grant Dreasher
Steve Clapp

Bruce Markielewski Memorial Rocket Contest I
Year Contest Division(s) Champion


“A/B” Division
“C” DivisionSection
Team Champion

Ariana Williams
Steve Clapp

Half Fast. Team



“A/B” Division
“C” DivisionSection
Team Champion

Reiley Edmands
Russ Anthony

The Gliders Team



“A/B” Division
“C” DivisionSection

Ryan Anthony-Ceres
Russ Anthony

Colorado Rocketry Team Championships Contests
Year Contest Division(s) Champion


Section Team Champion C.R.A.S.H. Team

Colorado Aerial Rocket Circus XIV

Author: Russ Anthony

1/2 A Parachute Duration (WF 7)
Pl Contestant Flt 1 Flt 2 Total Points NAR Points
A/B Division
1 Ryan Anthony-Ceres DQ 69 69 10 210
2 Reiley Edmands 18 DQ 18 6 126
3 Emmiett Nielsen 6 NF 6 4 84
x Kevin Cross DQ NF 0 0 0
x Chris Twombly (B) DQ NF 0 0 0

C Division
1 Steve Clapp 295 NF 295 10 210
2 Russ Anthony 69 NF 69 6 126
2 Todd Edmands 69 NF 69 6 126
3 Ron Dreasher 55 NF 55 4 84
4 Scott Hommas DQ 14 14 2 42
5 Steven Cross 11 DQ 11 1 21

B Helicopter (WF 21)
Pl Contestant Flt 1 Flt 2 Total Points NAR Points
1 Ryan Anthony-Ceres 99 NF 99 10 630
2 Reiley Edmands DQ DQ 0 0 0

1 Russ Anthony 49 171 220 10 630
2 Steve Clapp 41 66 107 6 378
3 Jim Hinton 21 24 45 4 252
4 Todd Edmands 33 DQ 33 2 126

Streamer Spot Landing (WF 4)
Pl Contestant Flt 1 Score Points NAR Points
A/B Division
1 Emmiett Nielsen 11.8 11.8 10 120
2 Ryan Anthony-Ceres 21 21 6 72
3 Chris Twombly (B) 26.3 26.3 4 48
4 Kevin Cross 48 48 2 24
5 Daniel Anthony-ceres 50+ 50+ 1 12
5 Reiley Edmands 50+ 50+ 1 12

C Division
1 Ian MacDonald 7 7 10 120
2 Ron Dreasher 15 15 6 72
3 Todd Edmands 16.7 16.7 4 48
4 Russ ANthony 34.6 34.6 2 24
5 Scott Hommas 43 43 1 12
6 Steven Cross 50+ 50+ 1 12
7 Steve Clapp DQ DQ 0 0

C Eggloft Altitude (WF 18)
Pl Contestant Flt 1 FLt 2 Best Points NAR Points
A Division
1 Reiley Edmands 175 NF 175 10 540
2 Ryan Anthony-Ceres DQ 164 164 6 324

C division
1 Steve Clapp 278 NF 278 10 540
2 Russ Anthony 227 NF 227 6 324
3 Todd Edmands 139 NF 139 4 216
4 Steven Cross NT NF NT 1 54

1/2 A Boost Glide Duration (WF 17)
Pl Contestant Flt 1 Flt 2 Total Points NAR Points
A Division
1 Reiley Edmands 16 NF 16 10 510
2 Ryan Anthony-Ceres 7 DQ 7 6 306

C Division
1 Russ ANthony 158 NF 158 10 510
2 Steve Clapp 45 14 59 6 306
3 Ron Dreasher 3 38 41 4 204
4 Todd Edmands 10 28 38 2 102
5 Scott Hommas 7 8 15 1 51
6 Jim Hinton 12 NF 12 1 51

A Superroc Duration (WF 13)
Pl Contestant Flt 1 Flt 2 Total Points NAR Points
A Division
1 Reiley Edmands DQ 36 36 10 390
2 Ryan Anthony-Ceres 28 DQ 28 6 234

C Division
1 Todd Edmands 161 31 192 10 390
2 Jim Hinton DQ 38 38 6 234
3 Steve Clapp DQ NR NR 1 39
4 Russ Anthony DQ DQ 0 0 0

Overall Points
Pl Contestant 1/2A PD B HD SSL CELA 1/2A BG A SRD Total
A Division
1 Ryan Anthony-Ceres 210 630 72 324 306 234 1776
2 Reiley Edmands 126 0 12 540 510 390 1578
3 Emmiett Nielsen 84 120 204
4 Kevin Cross 0 24 24
5 Daniel Anthony-Ceres 12 12

divisin: B Division
1 Chris Twombly 0 48 48
C Division
1 Russ Anthony 126 630 24 324 510 0 1614
2 Steve Clapp 210 378 0 540 306 39 1473
3 Todd Edmands 126 126 48 216 102 390 1008
4 Jim Hinton 252 51 234 537
5 Ron Dreasher 84 72 204 360
6 Ian MacDonald 120 120
7 Scott Hommas 42 12 51 105
8 Steven Cross 21 12 54 87

Section Points
Pl. Section Points
1 C.R.A.S.H. 8667
2 Independent 279

Bruce Markielewski Memorial Rocket Contest 1

Author: Russ Anthony

C Eggloft Duration (WF 18)
Pl Contestant Flt 1 Flt 2 Best Points NAR Points
A Division
1 Ariana Williams 20 29 29 10 540
x Ryan Anthony-Ceres DQ NF 0 0
C Division
1 Steve Clapp 170 NF 170 10 540
2 Todd Edmands DQ 92 92 6 324
3 Scott Hommas 35 DQ 35 4 216
x Ian MacDonald DQ NF DQ 0 0
Team Division
1 Dave & Dave 77 33 77 10 540
2 Half Fast 31 DQ 31 6 324

Parachute Spot Landing (WF 4)
Pl Contestant Flt 1 Score Points NAR Points
A Division
1 Ryan Anthony-Ceres 16 16 10 120
2 Kevin Cross 20 20 6 72
3 Ariana Williams 32 32 4 48
x Daniel Anthony-Ceres DQ 0 0
C Division
1 Ian MacDonald 7 7 10 120
2 Steve Clapp 12 12 6 72
3 Scott Hommas 16 16 4 48
4 Bob Messner 50+ 50+ 2 24
x Todd Edmands DQ DQ 0 0
Team Division
1 Half Fast 42 42 10 120
2 Dave & Dave 46 46 6 72
1/8 A Boost Glider Duration (WF 18)
Pl Contestant Flt 1 Flt 2 Total Points NAR Points
A/C Division
1 Steve Clapp 33 24 57 10 540
2 Todd Edmands 10 DQ 10 6 324
x Ariana Williams (A) DQ DQ 0 0 0
Team Division
x Half Fast DQ DQ 0 0 0
x Paranoid Androids DQ NF 0 0 0

1/8 A Flexi-wing Duration (WF 18)
Pl Contestant Flt 1 Flt 2 Total Points NAR Points
A/C Division
1 Steve Clapp DQ 126 126 10 540
2 Todd Edmands 10 21 31 6 324
3 Ariana Williams(A) DQ 3 3 4 216
Team Division
1 Half Fast 91 NF 91 10 540
2 Dave & Dave 16 NF 16 6 324

B Payload Altitude (WF 15)
Pl Contestant Flt 1 Flt 2 Best Points NAR Points
A Division
1 Ariana Williams 140 NF 140 10 450
2 Reiley Edmands 94 NF 94 6 270
3 Ryan Anthony-Ceres 73 NF 73 4 180
C Division
1 Steve Clapp 234 NF 234 10 450
2 Ian MacDonald 212 144 212 6 270
3 Todd Edmands 139 101 139 4 180
Team Division
1 Half Fast NC 158 158 10 450
2 Dave & Dave 137 128 137 6 270

1/2 A Parachute Duration (WF 7)
Pl Contestant Flt 1 Flt 2 Total Points NAR Points
A Division
1 Reiley Edmands DQ 36 36 10 210
2 Daniel Anthony-Ceres 33 NF 33 6 126
3 Ryan Anthony-Ceres 6 DQ 6 4 84
C Division
1 Steve Clapp 99 43 142 10 210
2 Todd Edmands 72 DQ 72 6 126
3 Scott Hommas 10 DQ 10 4 84
4 Ian MacDonald DQ 6 6 2 42

Overall Points
Pl Contestant C ELD B PLA 1/8A FW 1/8A GB 1/2A PD PSL Total
A Division
1 Ariana Williams 540 450 216 0 0 48 1254
2 Reiley Edmands 0 270 0 0 210 0 480
3 Ryan Anthony-Ceres 0 180 0 0 84 120 384
4 Daniel Anthony-Ceres 0 0 0 0 126 0 126
5 Kevin Cross 0 0 0 0 0 72 72
C Division
1 Steve Clapp 540 450 540 540 210 72 2352
2 Todd Edmands 324 180 324 324 126 0 1278
3 Ian MacDonald 0 270 0 0 42 120 432
4 Scott Hommas 216 0 0 0 84 48 348
5 Bob Messner 0 0 0 0 0 24
Team Division
1 Half Fast 324 450 540 0 126 120 1560
2 Dave & Dave 540 270 0 0 210 72 1092
3 Paranoid Androids 0 0 324 0 0 0 324

Section Points
Pl. Section Points
1 C.R.A.S.H.. 8370
2 Independent 1356


May-October 2005

Editor’s Message…

Author: Ian MacDonald

We at C.R.A.S.H. were deeply saddened with the passing of Bruce Markielewski on September 27, 2005. Bruce suffered a heart attack in his sleep. Bruce is survived by his father Ed, brothers Barry & Brian and sister Julie.
A memorial was held for Bruce on Wednesday October 5th at 6PM at Horan & McConaty Funeral Home in Aurora. Kathleen Williams gave the Eulogy. There were many tears and smiles while she spoke. You can read the text below.
Those who were fortunate enough to know Bruce can testify he was one of the most giving people you could ever meet. His accomplishments in rocketry competition are legendary, but his legacy is in all the flyers he helped. C.R.A.S.H. led by Bruce has introduced countless new participants to the sport of model rocketry. Fellow competitors however will remember Bruce more for how much he helped than the many times he won.Colorado Model Rocketry Championships XV has been renamed in memory of Bruce Markielewski.
Bruce Markielewski CMRC XV is scheduled for November 5th and 6th, 2005 at our Bear Creek Lake Park launch site. The contest will be a NAR Sanctioned Regional event.
The contest will start at 10:00 AM each day. Duration events can be flown either day. Altitude events will be flown as the availability of tracking personnel permits. The entry fee is $5.00 for C and Team Divisions and free for A and B divisions. All NAR “pink book” rules apply. Payloads and eggs will be provided. More details can be found under the Announcements link of the C.R.A.S.H. webpage
The events selected are:

1/8A Boost Glider Duration 19
1/8A Flexi-wing Duration 19
C Eggloft Duration 16
B Payload Altitude 15
1/2A Parachute Duration 7
Parachute Spot Landing 4
Total 80

In Memory of A Friend & Fellow Rocketeer

Bruce Markielewski

Author: Kathleen Williams

Family, Friends & Rocketeers,
I’ve been asked to say a few words about Bruce Markielewski. We are all here to celebrate his life and what he meant to each of us. Perhaps, there are a few things that I can share that not many may know about Bruce.
His life began when he arrived on January 29, 1956 and it was difficult. He came into this world weighing a mere 3 pounds __ ounces. Quickly he lost weight down to 2 pounds 9 ounces. At the time the doctors wouldn’t tell his parents Edward and Esther whether or not they could be sure he would survive. He stayed in the hospital for several months until his weight reached 5 pounds. In April of 1956, he was allowed to go home with his parents, where they continued to nurture, love and care for him. Bruce was always quiet but he enjoyed taking things apart and seeing how they worked. This interest carried him through his childhood where he began to build and fly rockets.
By the time he finished High School, he decided to go to the Colorado School of Mines. After one year, he decided that wasn’t where he wanted to be, so he transferred to Minnesota Engineering & Technology University where he completed his studies with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He had a job working for a shipyard as an engineer and again searched to find his place. As his first year there ended he got an offer from Martin Marietta to come out to Colorado to work for them. He eagerly accepted their offer and moved to Lakewood, Colorado in the 1980’s. He worked hard and progressed within the company and remained after the merger when it became Lockeed/Martin.
In 1985, he started to make friends with other people who had once built rocket models in their youth and helped to form the Colorado Rocketry Association of Space Hobbyists. While it’s acronym is C.R.A.S.H., Bruce often commented on that wasn’t their goal. But as we know even NASA has anomalies. Many of you have posted wonderful notes and written memories of Bruce as you shared in his love of model rocketry. I feel privileged to have known him and shared in his love of rocketry as well.
I’m still reeling from the shock and dealing with the tragic loss of a great friend, and mentor; I feel compelled to write down my memories of Bruce Markielewski. I recall nearly 10 years ago leaving for a funeral in Utah for my Great Aunt, my last words to Todd before attending the December meeting for C.R.A.S.H. “Don’t become Club President or anything like that!” Two days later, Todd and our three children met me on the DIA breezeway. “It’s not my fault!” exclaimed Todd. He explained, there was a crossword puzzle at the rocketry meeting regarding various rocketry facts. Todd got the most correct and Bruce immediately announced that the person with the most correct, was now the new C.R.A.S.H. Club President!!! While I wasn’t thrilled with the news, I did verify Todd’s story with Bruce, and while it was somewhat of a joke at first the idea grew on Bruce and since Todd took it to heart that’s how it was.
I don’t know that I ever attended any C.R.A.S.H. launches before that and I know Bruce seemed apprehensive at our first meeting. As time went on, I learned that Bruce was very shy around women. He wasn’t sure how to talk to them. While most of you remember Bruce coming up and introducing himself to you, I can attest to the fact that he was nervous and unsure how to deal with me. It may have been due to the circumstances, but we quickly became close friends and he taught me a lot about rockets and competition. He was definitely the driving force behind me getting so involved with club outreach. Bruce knew a lot of information and together we learned to get that information out to those who were eager to learn and hear about our hobby.
Bruce was like another brother to me. He was always willing to listen and would give encouragement and a good comical “jab” when I needed it. He was caring and kind too. Our family felt and reaped from his generosity. We shared a few trips to NARAMs through the years and he learned to take some time to see some of the sites along the way.
For a long time, I was one of the few female competitors in C.R.A.S.H. and considering I knew nothing about rockets of any kind really when we moved to Colorado from Utah, Bruce made competing fun and enjoyable for me as well as many of our family members. I know Todd and Bruce learned from each other, but as Bruce’s records show, he pushed and reached to set high standards for competition. When NARAM 2000 came our way, his expertise as treasurer made things possible. He took on the daunting task of making sure that records were accurate and each organization (C.R.A.S.H. COSROCS, Tripoli Colorado and the NAR) got their share of one of the few profitable NARAMs held.
Like many of you, condensing memories into short thoughts for others to read and share is difficult. But, Bruce deserves the memories be kept alive and they will in each of us who knew him and share this hobby. Bruce, may you be blessed for the joy and knowledge you brought and shared to so many in such a short time!Memories of Bruce
Soon after the initial announcements on CRASH talk the condolences and memories started pouring in. Here are some of them.

I remember my first trip out to Bear Creek in March of ’01. Bruce (as I am
sure it was with many of us) was the first person to approach me and
introduce himself. Its always alittle uncomfortable going to unfamiliar
social gatherings and Bruce was very good at helping the newbie fit right
in. I can remember Bruce, and our esteemed colleague Mr. Hanson, helping me
for my Lvl 1 flight, which went off with out a hitch. In fact almost all of
my memories out at Bear Creek involve our friend Bruce, from an all
afternoon search for a “D” powered heliroc that drifted off into the wild
blue to good post launch dinners just sitting around talking rockets. My
sincere condolences go out to Bruce’s family and to all my friends at
C.R.A.S.H., and may God watch over you all.
God Bless
Chris Hickins

Upon hearing this sad news, Mark Twain’s famous quote immediately came
to mind: “Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been
hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.”
Bruce has introduced model rocketry to more Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts,
elementary schools, and countless others than any hundred of us who
claim rocketry as a passion. I’d say Bruce in sharing his love for model
rocketry succeeded in meeting Mr. Twain’s objectives; in spite of his
time with us being cut far too short.
So long Bruce and thanks for all the launches.
Jeff Karpinski

Bruce was always one of the nicest club members, and was the first to welcome me when I first found out about CRASH a little over 1 year ago. He came up to me as soon as I arrived, even though I didn’t have any rockets with me that first time (I had come only to observe), and welcomed me to CRASH. He was extremely helpful in every way he could be, and was a defining member of our club. Bruce was a great rocketeer, and an even better friend. He introduced more people to rocketry, and helped the club prosper more than the rest of us combined, and he can never truly be replaced. Rest in peace, Bruce.
Chris Lapanse

I am shocked as I’m sure a great number of CRASH members are as well. When
I moved to Colorado back in 82′ I met Bruce for the first time. I can
remember a number of build sessions at his home in the basement; a dusty
critter with lots of history…probably like many of our basements/work
areas. I can’t really remember what we were building together, but I can
remember running out of sandpaper. Bruce came to the rescue and offered a
whole pack. This was just Bruce…he’d give you his left arm.
I can remember a lot of “late night sessions” with Bruce and others at
Narams, LDRS, local meets…Bruce always had something important to add.
He was always a worthy listen.
I can remember just “stopping by” his home to see what he was up to and to
wish him luck at whatever contest he was heading out to. He was always
I can remember one afternoon, probably in 90′ or so, talking to him about
how Denver had really “taken off”. I meantioned LoDo and a few restaurants
that had recently opened (this all before Coors Field and the growth that
has since transpired in that area). Bruce asked me “where is LoDo?” I
laughed at first, but his sincerity was at the heart of what Bruce was all
about…sincere. I told him and we both chuckled. “Ok, so that is where
Lodo is” he said.
Later, he really became involved in competition and he was fun to compete
against. He and I always sparred and it was good cause it made us better I
think. And that is what I loved most about him; his ability to shoot and
take a shot. I can remember one contest where he said “hey, nice glide,
but it flew away…should have put a dt on it!” I said “yep, better plan on
having your next flight fly away, because your first was only 30 seconds”.
His next flight flew away.
Today, I was not myself and I thought about the times we shared throughout.
Even had to take a drive. And drove out to one of the first places he and
I flew at. Which is hardly distinguishable from what it was. And though
time ticks on and I realize this is the process; disbelief, grief then
acceptance…it is always hard. It will always be hard to accept when a
friend is gone. But the memories will last forever.
Kevin Kuczek

I cannot believe what I am reading! I hope I wake up and stop dreaming this nightmare. I am truly stunned! I met Bruce over 9 years ago at the Bear Creek Lake park site. Like all who have met him he was instantly a friend with me and quick with information but never pushy or opinionated. I will miss him very very much. He was as much as anyone, the heart of CRASH! My sincere condolences to all. This is a MAJOR loss.
Two poignant quotes come to mind from this passing.
“When a person dies, a library is lost”
“When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced! Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice!”
Most Sincerely,
Martin Visnak

As many of you know, The Rocketry EGGsploration Challenge held its first event this year last July. When Ed and I began looking into creating TREC, we came across Bruce and his relationship with CRASH. Bruce was integral in helping craft TREC and helping us make contacts in the local rocketry community. He always was there to help us when we needed it and always did so without issue.
As Ed and I are in the process of making TREC part of a larger space/science non-profit foundation, Bruce’s assistance and input will carry on into all our future endeavors.
On behalf of myself and Ed Ludka, I would like to send our deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be sorely missed.
Mike Waid

Bruce will certainly be missed. I’ll remember him as a friend who was also great wealth of knowledge about rocketry – especially rocketry competition. Although several members contributed to the running of the club I can’t think of anyone who has been consistently there as much as Bruce. I’m named as the editor of the newsletter but Bruce was behind the scenes making it possible for me to add the newsletter to the web page. Bruce hauled the trailer to the launches and served in every function required to make the launch possible.
I’ve learned a lot from Bruce (I know it doesn’t show when I compete!) Bruce holds several national and club records and has consistently placed at or near the top of the national championship points. CRASH was named 2005 NAR section of the year which we can be all proud of, but if there was a “captain of the team” leading us to that award it would have been Bruce.
He will be missed, but part of Bruce will live on as long as we keep his memory alive.
My sincere condolences to Bruce’s family and friends.
Ian MacDonald

This had been rather difficult to understand or accept for that matter. After the initial shock of reading the emails, I had to lie down. After sleeping about an hour, I awoke thinking it was all a dream. Sadly, as I checked the emails again, I realized it wasn’t. I first met Bruce in 1992 and I can still remember that day like it was yesterday. Prior to Bear Creek we would launch at a site off East Lincoln Ave near Parker. He had an old Toyota hatchback with all the launch gear crammed in the back. To this day, I still wonder how he managed to get it all in there.
I also met Kevin around this time. I like to think that in terms of competition, what I learned from Bruce and Kevin was invaluable. With Kevin it was design and strategy with respect to competition. With Bruce, it was the entire spectrum of competition. It didn’t matter what it was, he always made himself available to help you if needed. On numerous occasions I remember calling or be called by Bruce on a Friday night: “Hey Ed, are you ready for the contest?” “It is tomorrow you know” Of course, I always made it sound like I had less to build for than I actually did. Then he would say: “Well, I’m not ready either, if that makes you feel any better” Looking back it seems to me that HE always made it sound like he had more to build than he actually did.
In the late 90’s Bruce called me to ask if I could be used as a background reference for him which I guess was a requirement from his employer LockheedMartin. I remember answering several questions, but the one that stands out is the guy asking, “What do you think of Bruce as a person? I remember answering simply that “I would trust him with my life and all my worldly possessions” I also remember Bruce laughing about my response a short time later.
I last talked to Bruce about 6 weeks ago. He wanted to know how my video production was coming along and to see if I was ready to compete again. As always, time has been a factor the past 2 years for me as far as rocketry was concerned. Well I said goodbye without realizing that I would never have the opportunity to talk to him again. I do have one regret in that I never took the opportunity to really thank him for all that he did the previous 10 years. So Bruce, thanks for everything. I as well as all members past and present are going to miss you. Please take care.
Your friend

I find myself stunned into near silence. And you didn’t think I would
ever shut up. Steve, Bruce, Lee and myself to the best of my knowledge were
the only club members present at the last launch and did our level best to
fight the fire. Bruce certainly seemed to be OK at the time, but that’s
probably not a very smart observation on my part. I first became acquainted
with Bruce years ago when I was in hobby retailing, and I was fortunate
enough to get better acquainted with him through CRASH. He will be surely
missed by all of us, he touched many lives through rocketry outreach, and
the club will never be the same without him.

Reading all of your comments really sends it home, I also was one that
remembers Bruce as the first person to introduce himself to me and welcome
me to CRASH. He was always talking to new people and willing to answer any
questions people had regarding anything rocket related, competition or
otherwise. Some one quoted that when some one passes you loose a library,
that is the truth!!! He will be greatly missed by all
James Russell

Just read the news. I and my family are stunned. For us Bruce was a rock,
a constant of devotion to everything rockets. I don’t know what else to
Nathan Coit

I’m very sad to hear of this, Bruce had given so much to the hobby. He’ll
be missed by all of us.

Soon after the initial announcements on CRASH talk the condolences and memories started pouring in. Here are some of them.
This just floored me – I can’t say anything,
But to all CRASH members, he will be remembered most fondly in my heart and
mind. He was the best.
It used to be just him and me when CRASH was started. But he was always and
will always be the true spirit and soul of CRASH.
Michael Hellmund

I am very saddened by the passing of Bruce. As I am a new member to CRASH, I also had the privilege of Bruce being the first one that came up to us and introduced himself and told me a little bit about CRASH. As I progressed up the rocket ladder (bigger and better) he was there with great information. He also helped me decide to try for my level 1. Now I have built my level 1 rocket and i wont get the privilege of having him check it out and watch it fly, giving me feedback as far as rights and wrongs with the construction. I will truly miss him even though I had only known him for a short time. RIP Bruce
Brandon Smart

I haven’t seen Bruce in some time, but I have to pass on my condolences to
his family and friends. I was shocked and saddened to read this news.
I can only reiterate thoughts that others have already stated. Bruce was
there when my son and I first showed up at Bear Creek to see what CRASH was
about. He helped us develop building skills. He assisted me in getting my
level 1 – he was selfless in his dedication to the activity. As much as he
loved competitions, it always seemed like he was one of the last to launch
because he would spend all of his time helping others.
I’ve attached a picture of Bruce (if it will post to the list) with his 1st
place Lunar Module from Naram2000 – this was on launch day. I’ve always been
amazed that this thing could actually fly . . .
I hope Sunday’s launch is a go . . . I think he would want it that way.
Maybe a “21 Rocket Salute” would be appropriate.
Jeff Blinn

In honor of Bruce and his innumerous contributions to CRASH and model
rocketry, I would like to propose that the annual Colorado model rocket
championships be renamed the Bruce Markielewski Memorial Rocket
Mike Hellmund

That is an idea that has already been on our minds.
I second it.
Todd Williams

I would say that is unanimous then.
James Russell

I just found the sad news today and am stunned.
I’m just an irregular flyer and didn’t know Bruce that well, but it was a real shock to read he had passed away.
I think its such a shock because he was such a good guy. He always helped. He was always there. He always offered. He always shared.
I would like to offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends.
We’ll miss you, Bruce. It was a pleasure to have known you.

On behalf of the members of the Southern Colorado Rocketeers NAR Section #632 I want to give our condolences to all the members of CRASH and Bruce’s family on his untimely passing. I dealt with Bruce in coordinating our section’s competitions down here in Pueblo. He was always very helpful with tips relating to contests and competition.
Jason Unwin
President NAR Section# 632
Pueblo, CO

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C.R.A.S.H. NAR National Records

The C.R.A.S.H. NAR Records list is based on the offical NAR Records list and the more detailed TCC NAR Data Central list by Lee James. This list was compiled by Todd Williams. Super-roc information shows altitude or duration values assuming maximum allowed model lengths.

Based on lists last updated September 3rd, 2005. Current total – 78 Records
Division Event Record Date Record Holder Score Length

A 1/4A Alt 148 meters 12/15/01 Ariana Williams
A C Alt 498 meters 08/16/03 Ariana Williams
A D Alt 740 meters 02/14/04 Ariana Williams
A 1/8A SR Alt 2125 points 03/19/05 Daniel Anthony-Ceres 85 meters 25 cm
A 1/4A SR Alt 3700 points 12/15/01 Ariana Williams 74 meters 50 cm
A A SR Alt 16492 points 02/14/04 Ariana Williams 110 meters 50 cm
A D SR Alt 70197 points 05/15/04 Ariana Williams 234 meters 300 cm
A E SR Alt 14746 points 02/15/03 Ariana Williams 42 meters 350 cm
A 1/4A Clstr Alt 91 meters 12/15/01 Ariana Williams
A 1/2A Clstr Alt 269 meters 12/15/01 Ariana Williams
A A Clstr Alt 420 meters 12/15/01 Ariana Williams
A D PL Alt 715 meters 02/14/04 Ariana Williams
A E PL Alt 268 meters 10/18/03 Daniel Anthony-Ceres
A B EL Alt 88 meters 10/19/02 Ariana Williams
A C PD 194 seconds 10/17/01 Randy Chambers
A C SD 282 seconds 05/25/02 Ariana Williams
A B SR Dur 13041 points 03/07/04 Ryan Anthony-Ceres 65 seconds 200 cm
A D EL Dur 129 seconds 10/19/02 Ariana Williams
A C BG 201 seconds 08/16/03 Ariana Williams
A 1/4A Flex BG 91 seconds 03/16/02 Ariana Williams
A C Flex BG 135 seconds 03/15/03 Ariana Williams

B C Alt 340 meters 06/21/03 Luke Short
B D Alt 323 meters 06/21/03 Luke Short
B D SR Alt 154524 points 08/02/00 James Snow 515 meters 300 cm
B B Clstr Alt 226 meters 10/18/03 Luke Short
B B EL Alt 67 meters 10/18/03 Luke Short
B C PD 102 seconds 06/21/03 Luke Short
B 1/4A SD 73 seconds 06/19/99 Paul Gray
B A SD 181 seconds 11/18/00 Paul Gray
B 1/4A HD 21 seconds 03/19/00 Paul Gray
B E EL Dur 266 seconds 03/15/03 Will Watts

C 1/8A Alt 82 meters 03/19/05 Bruce Markielewski
C 1/8A SR Alt 2225 points 03/19/05 Steve Clapp 89 meters 25 cm
C 1/2A SR Alt 16900 points 12/15/01 Bruce Markielewski 169 meters 100 cm
C B SR Alt 46600 points 06/22/96 Bruce Markielewski 233 meters 200 cm
C C SR Alt 95000 points 03/15/03 Bruce Markielewski 380 meters 250 cm
C D SR Alt 152100 points 08/02/00 Bruce Markielewski 507 meters 300 cm
C E SR Alt 177800 points 02/15/03 Bruce Markielewski 508 meters 350 cm
C 1/8A Clstr Alt 84 meters 06/18/05 Steve Clapp
C 1/4A Clstr Alt 110 meters 12/15/01 Todd Williams
C 1/2A Clstr Alt 244 meters 12/15/01 Bruce Markielewski
C B Clstr Alt 494 meters 10/18/03 Steve Clapp
C E PL Alt 393 meters 10/17/03 Russ Anthony
C G PL Alt 305 meters 10/17/03 Russ Anthony
C C EL Alt 339 meters 05/12/01 Richard A. Hyman
C G DEL Alt 319 meters 10/17/03 Russ Anthony
C 1/8A PD 225 seconds 10/03/04 Steven Clapp
C 1/2A PD 698 seconds 07/01/95 Bruce Markielewski
C 1/4A HD 148 seconds 06/28/97 Edward O’Neill
C B HD 190 seconds 05/18/96 Kevin Kuczek
C E HD 205 seconds 01/05/03 Bruce Markielewski
C 1/8A SR Dur 1225 points 06/18/05 Steve Clapp 49 seconds 25 cm
C 1/4A SR Dur 12850 points 10/15/04 Bruce Markielewski 257 seconds 50 cm
C A SR Dur 90540 points 06/28/97 Bruce Markielewski 604 seconds 150 cm
C C EL Dur 1295 seconds 02/15/03 Bruce Markielewski
C E EL Dur 334 seconds 02/14/04 Russ Anthony
C F EL Dur 292 seconds 10/19/02 David Tjarks
C G DEL Dur 468 seconds 05/15/04 Bruce Markielewski
C B BG (RC) 139 seconds 04/17/04 Kevin Kuczek
C C BG (RC) 871 seconds 07/16/04 Kevin Kuczek
C E BG 478 seconds 11/21/98 Bruce Markielewski
C F BG 639 seconds 05/14/05 Bruce Markielewski
C 1/8A FW 26 seconds 10/03/04 Steven Clapp

T 1/2A Alt 295 meters 12/15/01 Paranoid Androids
T C Alt 444 meters 02/15/03 Paranoid Androids
T D Alt 880 meters 02/14/04 Paranoid Androids
T D SR Alt 88698 points 05/15/04 Dave and Dave 296 meters 300 cm
T 1/4A Clstr Alt 120 meters 12/15/01 Paranoid Androids
T 1/2A Clstr Alt 274 meters 12/15/01 Paranoid Androids
T A Clstr Alt 505 meters 12/15/01 Paranoid Androids
T B Clstr Alt 259 meters 10/18/03 Dave and Dave
T C SD 348 seconds 05/25/02 Paranoid Androids
T 1/4A HD 90 seconds 03/19/00 Paranoid Androids
T C EL Dur 1725 seconds 02/15/03 Dave and Dave
T F EL Dur 87 seconds 10/19/02 Dave and Dave
T G EL Dur 400 seconds 10/19/02 Dave and Dave
T D BG Dur 156 seconds 02/14/04 Paranoid Androids
T C Flex BG 66 seconds 03/15/03 Paranoid Androids

C.R.A.S.H. Club Records

The C.R.A.S.H. Club Records are compiled from flights recorded at our club contests since we began holding competitive
events. Like the NAR National Records, all records are based on individiual scores for returned flights.
Some events from a few early contests could not be included because only the total times were recorded instead of the individual flight times.
Below are the contest name abbreviations used in the record list:

CMRC = Colorado Model Rocketry Championships        
CARCIS = Colorado Aerial Rocket Circus
GG = Grandma Goodards contests       
CRTC = Colorado Rocketry Team Championship      
RT = C.R.A.S.H. Records Trial
Altitude Events
The records for altitude events are in meters, expect for the Super-roc events.
These are calculated by multiplying the length in centimeters by the altitude in meters.

Event Div Record Holder Score Contest Date
“1/8A” Altitude
C Bruce Markielewski 82 CARCIS XIII Mar 20, 2005
“1/4A” Altitude
A Ariana Williams 138 RT III Dec 15, 2001
T Paranoid Androids 154 RT III Dec 15, 2001
“1/2A” Altitude
T Paranoid Androids 296 RT III Dec 15, 2001
“B” Altitude
A Gabe Horner 491 GG II Nov 17, 1990
“C” Altitude
A Ariana Williams 498 RT X Oct 20, 2001
B Luke Short 340 RT IX Jun 21, 2003
“D” Altitude
A Ariana Williams 520 RT X Aug 16, 2003
B Luke Short 323 RT IX Jun 21, 2003
C Dan Fougner 535 GG II Nov 17, 1990
“E” Altitude
C Steve Clapp 491 RT X Aug 16, 2003
“1/8A” Super-roc Altitude
A Daniel Anthony-Ceres 2125 CARCIS XIII Mar 20, 2005
C Steve Clapp 2225 CARCIS XIII Mar 20, 2005
“1/4A” Super-roc Altitude
A Ariana Williams 4700 RT III Dec 15, 2001
“1/2A” Super-roc Altitude
B Todd Schneider 5000 CMRC I Nov 23, 1991
C Bruce Markielewski 16900 RT III Dec 15, 2001
“C” Super-roc Altitude
A Ariana Williams 42834 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
B Randy Chambers 54131 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
C Bruce Markielewski 95000 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
T 2 Old COSROCS Guys 67250 CARCIS VIII Mar 19, 2000
“D” Super-roc Altitude
B Paul Gray 146880 CARCIS VII Apr 17, 1999
C Bruce Markielewski 90000 CARCIS VII Apr 17, 1999
“1/8A” Cluster Altitude
C Steve Clapp 84 RT XV Jun 18, 2005
“1/4A” Cluster Altitude
A Ariana Williams 91 RT III Dec 15, 2001
C Todd Williams 110 RT III Dec 15, 2001
T Paranoid Androids 120 RT III Dec 15, 2001
“1/2A” Cluster Altitude
A Ariana Williams 269 RT III Dec 15, 2001
C Bruce Markielewski 244 RT III Dec 15, 2001
T Paranoid Androids 274 RT III Dec 15, 2001
“A” Cluster Altitude
A Ariana Williams 420 RT III Dec 15, 2001
T Paranoid Androids 505 RT III Dec 15, 2001
“B” Cluster Altitude
B Luke Short 226 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
C Steven Clapp 494 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
T Dave and Dave 258 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
“B” Payload Altitude
C Bruce Markielewski 250 CMRC VII Oct 18, 1997
“E” Payload Altitude
A Daniel Anthony-Ceres 268 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
C Russ Anthony 393 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
“G” Payload Altitude
C Russ Anthony 305 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
“B” Eggloft Altitude
A Ariana Williams 88 RT VI Oct 19, 2002
B Luke Short 67 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
C Bruce Markielewski 120 CARCIS X Mar 17, 2002
T Dave and Dave 70 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
“C” Eggloft Altitude
B Paul Gray 77 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
C Rick Hyman 340 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
“E” Dual Eggloft Altitude
B Luke Short 164 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
C Bruce Markielewski 652 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
T Dave and Dave 381 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
“G” Dual Eggloft Altitude
C Russ Anthony 319 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
Duration Events
The records for duration events are in seconds, expect for the Super-roc events.
These are calculated by multiplying the length in centimeters by the duration in seconds.

Event Div Record Holder Score Contest Date
“1/8A” Parachute Duration
C Steven Clapp 225 RT XIV Oct 3, 2004
“1/4A” Parachute Duration
B Todd Schneider 27 CMRC I Nov 23, 1991
C David Nauer 109 CMRC I Nov 23, 1991
T Paranoid Androids 60 CMRC IX Nov 21, 1999
“1/2A” Parachute Duration
A Randy Chambers 28 CMRC X Nov 19, 2000
B Paul Gray 189 CMRC X Nov 19, 2000
C Bruce Markielewski 183 CMRC X Nov 19, 2000
T Dave and Dave 52 CMRC XII Nov 17, 2002
“A” Parachute Duration
A Bryan Schmidt 102 CARCIS I Apr 15, 1989
B Tom Martin 18 CARCIS I Apr 15, 1989
C Michael Hellmund 118 CARCIS I Apr 15, 1989
T East Meets West 160 CARCIS I Apr 15, 1989
“B” Parachute Duration
A Jennifer McKinney 59 CMRC II Apr 20, 1990
B Scott Barkley 143 CMRC II Apr 20, 1990
C Larry Weber 176 CMRC II Apr 20, 1990
“C” Parachute Duration
A Randy Chambers 195 RT II Oct 20, 2001
B Luke Short 102 RT IX Jun 21, 2003
C David Kauffman 162 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
“1/8A” Streamer Duration
C Steven Clapp/Bruce Markielewski 34 RT XIV Oct 3, 2004
“1/4A” Streamer Duration
A Miles Shea 6 CMRC VIII Nov 21, 1998
B Paul Gray 47 CMRC VIII Nov 21, 1998
C Mel Gray 50 CMRC VIII Nov 21, 1998
“1/2A” Streamer Duration
A Randy Chambers 42 CARCIS IX May 12, 2001
B Paul Gray 89 CMRC VIII Nov 21, 1998
C Edward O’Neill 75 CARCIS V Apr 19, 1997
“A” Streamer Duration
A Joey Puryear 61 CMRC X Nov 19, 2000
B Paul Gray 181 CMRC X Nov 19, 2000
C Robert Ellis 165 CMRC X Nov 19, 2000
T Paranoid Androids 42 CMRC X Nov 19, 2000
“B” Streamer Duration
A Ariana Williams 149 CMRC XII Nov 17, 2002
B Paul Gray 233 CMRC IX Nov 21, 1999
C Kevin Kuczek 274 CARCIS VIII Mar 19, 2000
T Paranoid Androids 87 CARCIS VIII Mar 19, 2000
“C” Streamer Duration
A Grant Dreasher 188 CARCIS XIII Mar 20, 2005
C Bruce Markielewski 278 CARCIS XIII Mar 20, 2005
T East Meets West 193 CARCIS I Apr 15, 1989
“D” Streamer Duration
A Ariana Williams 149 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
B Luke Short 65 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
C Kevin Kuczek 277 CRTC I Apr 15, 1995
T Dave and Dave 181 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
“E” Streamer Duration
A Christiana Williams 54 CMRC VIII Nov 21, 1998
C Bruce Markielewski 248 CMRC XIV Oct 17, 2004
“1/4A” Helicopter Duration
A Josh Hays 15 CARCIS VIII Mar 19, 2000
B Paul Gray 21 CARCIS VIII Mar 19, 2000
C Nathan Coit 89 CARCIS VIII Mar 19, 2000
T Paranoid Androids 90 CARCIS VIII Mar 19, 2000
“1/2A” Helicopter Duration
A Elise Coit 19 CMRC IX Nov 21, 1999
B Paul Gray 25 CMRC IX Nov 21, 1999
C Bruce Markielewski 62 CMRC IX Nov 21, 1999
T 2 Old COSROCS Guys 24 CMRC IX Nov 21, 1999
“A” Helicopter Duration
A Ariana Williams 23 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
B Luke Short 57 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
C Steve Clapp 101 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
T Dave and Dave 56 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
“B” Helicopter Duration
B Todd Schneider 54 CMRC II Apr 20, 1990
C Kevin Kuczek 214 CMRC II Apr 20, 1990
“C” Helicopter Duration
A Ariana Williams 54 CMRC XI Nov 18, 2001
C Bruce Markielewski 158 CMRC XII Nov 17, 2002
T Dave and Dave 100 CMRC XII Nov 17, 2002
“E” Helicopter Duration
C Bruce Markielewski 205 RT VII Jan 5, 2003
“1/8A” Super-roc Duration
C Steve Clapp 1225 RT XV Jun 18, 2005
“1/4A” Super-roc Duration
A Max Dalberth 513 CMRC XIV Oct 16, 2004
C Bruce Markielewski 12850 CMRC XIV Oct 16, 2004
“1/2A” Super-roc Duration
A Randy Chambers 1100 CARCIS IX May 12, 2001
B Paul Gray 26300 CARCIS IX May 12, 2001
C Mel Gray 10400 CARCIS IX May 12, 2001
“A” Super-roc Duration
C Bruce Markielewski 34800 CARCIS V Apr 19, 1997
“B” Super-roc Duration
A Ryan Anthony-Ceres 13041 CARCIS XII Mar 7, 2004
B Todd Schneider 19800 CMRC II Apr 20, 1990
C Bruce Markielewski 42200 CMRC X Nov 19, 2000
T Paranoid Androids 8883 CMRC X Nov 19, 2000
“C” Super-roc Duration
T Paranoid Androids 16562 RT II Oct 20, 2001
“B” Eggloft Duration
A Ryan Anthony-Ceres 33 CARCIS XII Mar 7, 2004
B Paul Gray 23 CARCIS VIII Mar 19, 2000
C Richard Hyman 103 CARCIS VIII Mar 19, 2000
T 2 Old COSROCS Guys 42 CARCIS VIII Mar 19, 2000
“C” Eggloft Duration
A Ricky Wood 204 CARCIS II Apr 20, 1990
B Todd Schneider 51 CARCIS II Apr 20, 1990
C Steve Clapp 222 CMRC XIV Oct 16, 2004
T East Meets West 189 CARCIS I Apr 15, 1989
“D” Eggloft Duration
A Ariana Williams 129 RT VI Oct 19, 2002
C Mel Gray 320 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
“E” Eggloft Duration
C Dennis Nicks 137 CMRC VIII Nov 21, 1998
“F” Eggloft Duration
C David Tjarks 292 RT VI Oct 19, 2002
T Dave and Dave 87 RT VI Oct 19, 2002
“G” Eggloft Duration
T Dave and Dave 400 RT VI Oct 19, 2002
“1/8A” Boost Glider Duration
C Steven Clapp 8 RT XIV Oct 3, 2004
“1/4A” Boost Glider Duration
A Ariana Williams 9 CMRC XII Nov 17, 2002
C Rick Hyman 31 CMRC XII Nov 17, 2002
T Dave and Dave 15 CMRC XII Nov 17, 2002
“1/2A” Boost Glider Duration
A Grant Dreasher 37 CMRC XIV Oct 16, 2004
B Paul Gray 105 CMRC X Nov 19, 2000
C Kevin Kuczek 125 CARCIS IX May 12, 2001
T East Meets West 96 CARCIS I Apr 15, 1989
“A” Boost Glider Duration
A Randy Chambers 55 CARCIS X Mar 17, 2002
B Paul Gray 30 CARCIS VIII Mar 19, 2000
C Kevin Kuczek 164 CARCIS VIII Mar 19, 2000
T 2 Old COSROCS Guys 83 CARCIS VIII Mar 19, 2000
“B” Boost Glider Duration
C Kevin McKinney 156 CARCIS II Apr 20, 1990
C (RC) Kevin Kuczek 139 RT XII Apr 17, 2004
“C” Boost Glider Duration
A Ariana Williams 201 RT X Aug 16, 2003
C Mel Gray 141 CARCIS VI May 16, 1998
C (RC) Kevin Kuczek 871 RT XIII Jul 16, 2004
“D” Boost Glider Duration
C Tim V. Milligan 190 CARCIS V Apr 19, 1997
“E” Boost Glider Duration
C Bruce Markielewski 478 CMRC VIII Nov 21, 1998
“1/8A” Rocket Glider Duration
C Steven Clapp 10 RT XIV Oct 3, 2004
“1/4A” Rocket Glider Duration
C Steve Clapp 56 CMRC XII Nov 17, 2002
T CRASH Kidz 18 CMRC XII Nov 17, 2002
“1/2A” Rocket Glider Duration
A Ariana Williams 15 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
B Luke Short 7 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
C Bruce Markielewski 92 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
T Paranoid Androids 11 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
“A” Rocket Glider Duration
A Randy Chambers 5 CARCIS IX May 12, 2001
B Paul Gray 59 CARCIS IX May 12, 2001
C Kevin Kuzcek 83 CARCIS IX May 12, 2001
“B” Rocket Glider Duration
A Ariana Williams 38 CARCIS XII Mar 7, 2004
B Paul Gray 85 CARCIS VII Apr 17, 1999
C Bruce Markielewski 181 CMRC XI Nov 18, 2001
T Paranoid Androids 60 CARCIS XII Mar 7, 2004
“D” Rocket Glider Duration
C Bruce Markielewski 27 GG II Nov 17, 1990
“1/8A” Flexi-wing Duration
C Steven Clapp 26 RT XIV Oct 3, 2004
“1/4A” Flexi-wing Duration
A Ariana Williams 91 CARCIS X Mar 17, 2002
C Bruce Markielewski 37 CARCIS X Mar 17, 2002
T Paranoid Androids 11 CARCIS X Mar 17, 2002
“1/2A” Flexi-wing Duration
A Randy Chambers 6 CMRC X Nov 19, 2000
B Paul Gray 82 CMRC X Nov 19, 2000
C Steve Clapp 355 CMRC XIV Oct 16, 2000
T Paranoid Androids 35 CMRC X Nov 19, 2000
“A” Flexi-wing Duration
A Kalen Meine 133 CMRC VII Oct 18, 1997
B Paul Gray 179 CMRC VII Oct 18, 1997
C Ed O’Neill 122 CMRC VII Oct 18, 1997
“C” Flexi-wing Duration
A Ariana Williams 135 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
B Randy Chambers 33 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
C Nathan Coit 201 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
T Paranoid Androids 66 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
Other Events
The following events are not listed as National records even though they are flown at NAR sanctioned contests.
This is because the scoring systems used for the events have limits on the maximum (or minimum) scores.
Since we’re not constrained by the NAR record requirements, we’ve included them here as club records.

Event Div Record Holder Score Contest Date
Open Spot Landing
A Ariana Williams 4 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
B Elise Coit 9 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
C Steven Clapp 3 CARCIS XI Mar 16, 2003
T Paranoid Androids 8 CMRC XIII Oct 19, 2003
Parachute Spot Landing
A Ryan Anthony-Ceres 5 CARCIS XII Mar 7, 2004
B Luke Short 27 CARCIS XII Mar 7, 2004
C Ian MacDonald 5 CARCIS XII Mar 7, 2004
T Paranoid Androids 39 CARCIS XII Mar 7, 2004
Streamer Spot Landing
A Grant Dreasher 33 CMRC XIV Oct 16, 2004
B Chris LaPanse 39 CMRC XIV Oct 16, 2004
C Bruce Markielewski 4 CMRC XIV Oct 16, 2004
Plastic Model Conversion
C Kevin Kuczek 913 CMRC III Oct 16, 1993
Predicted Duration
B Steven Cratty 3.3 CMRC IX Nov 21, 1999
C Dan Fougner 3.3 CMRC IX Nov 21, 1999
T 2 Old COSROCS Guys 10 CMRC IX Nov 21, 1999
Peanut Sport Scale
A Ariana Williams 524 CMRC XI Nov 18, 2001
C Bruce Markielewski 895 CMRC XI Nov 18, 2001
T Paranoid Androids 477 CMRC XI Nov 18, 2001
Sport Scale
B Michael Geck 568 CMRC IV Nov 19, 1994
C Bruce Markielewski 792 CMRC IV Nov 19, 1994
“Fun” Events
The following events are non-NAR “fun” events that were flown at our club contests.

Event Div Record Holder Score Contest Date
“B” Altimeter Altitude
C Bruce Markielewski 388 GG II Nov 17, 1990
“B” Paper Airplane Duration
C Kevin Kuczek 85 CRTC I Apr 15, 1995
“C” Fat Boy Duration
B Christiana Williams 23 CMRC VII Oct 18, 1997
C Dennis McNally 110 CMRC VII Oct 18, 1997
“F” 6 Eggloft Duration
C Bruce Markielewski 66 CRTC I Apr 15, 1995
Two Stage Difference
C Jim Simpson 2 CRTC I Apr 15, 1995
“1/2A” Deltie Duration
A Ariana Williams 35 CMRC VII Oct 18, 1997
C Dennis Nicks 86 CMRC VII Oct 18, 1997
Omloid Build & Fly Duration
C Jeff Boyd/Micheal Geck 900 CRTC I Apr 15, 1995

Colorado Aerial Rocket Circus XIII Special Edition!

Colorado Aerial Rocket Circus XIII Special Edition!

A Guide for New Competitors

Author: Russ Anthony

CARCIS XIII – March 19th and 20th, 2005 10:00 AM & 5:30 PM both days

Time for another contest!

If any of you read my last guides, written for the CARCIS XII contest last spring, and updated for CMRC XIV in the fall, you will recognize many sections. Feel free to skip to the individual events, since most other sections are repeated. This guide will help you in understanding how contests are run and specific tips for this competition. Some of the terms in this guide may not be familiar to you, so feel free to ask someone after reading it if you still have questions. The CARCIS XIII Regional is a
National Association of Rocketry (NAR)

sanctioned competition. You may still enter if you are not a NAR member, but you will not receive NAR points. If you have just joined the NAR and have not yet received your membership number, you may enter the competition as a “pending” member.
You do not have to enter all of the events! If you have a small rocket lying around, it will likely be fine for the spot landing event. I encourage you to enter as many events as you can, but even flying in a single event will award NAR contest points to you, and help our C.R.A.S.H. section 482 with the overall section points total. It will also help you build better rockets. Prepare for the meet the same way Olympic athletes prepare for the decathalon: don’t go in with the intention of trying to win every event. Focus on those events that you are best at and/or in which you have a reasonable chance of being a contender; for the other events just try to get a qualified flight so that you can get flight points and learn more. You can be any age, we especially need youngsters to compete because they are the future of this hobby!
Upon entering the competition, be sure to fill out a contest entry blank. Be sure to fill the form out completely, including parent/guardian’s signature on the back for contestants under 18 years old. Likewise, fill out flight cards completely, including the event you are flying and what motor you are using. All of these forms will be submitted to the NAR along with the contest results.


Age Divisions:
A: 7 to 13 yrs. old
B: 14 to 18 yrs. old
C: 19 yrs. old and up
T: Registered NAR teams

Launch Policies and Procedures –

The official rule book for NAR Competition is the
United States Model Rocket Sporting Code

, or “Pink Book”. At first glance this booklet full of rules may look intimidating to a beginner, but that’s just because there are a lot of different competition events described within the booklet. For the most part, the rules are intended to make the contest fair for everyone, and are fairly easy to follow.
When you are ready to launch a rocket for competition, go to the Pre/Post-Flight Check Station and fill out a competition flight sheet. These will be different from the flight sheets used for sport flights. Once you have filled out the form, the Pre-Flight Check officer must examine your rocket to make sure you are using the appropriate motor for the event and that your rocket is reasonably safe to launch. Once your rocket has been approved for launch, the flight sheet will remain with the contest officials
All rockets flown in competition should have the contestants’ name or NAR number printed somewhere on the outside of the rocket. If you have yet to join, you still should have your name and phone number on the rocket so someone can return it to you in case of loss. Many a rocket has been returned months later after weathering the elements in a meadow.
Only motors certified by the NAR for contest use may be flown. In the interest of fairness, only motors that are manufactured in large enough quantities to be reasonably available to all contestants are approved for use in NAR competitions. Be sure to check the current Certified Motor List (available at the pre-flight check table or ask a contest official) before preparing your rocket for flight to see whether the motor you wish to use is permitted. In general, most Estes and Quest motors are certified at this time, but if you have an older supply more than a few years old, double check. Many Apogee motors are NOT currently certified. A list of contest certified motors is available on the NAR web site at the
NAR Certified Motors List.

“Return” Rule:
Most duration events require the contestant to present their rocket to the Pre-/Post-Flight Check officer after the flight to show that the rocket has been successfully recovered after at least one flight. If you do not present your rocket to the officials after the flight, your score may not be counted for the event, but the flight will still be considered an official flight. Yes, this is an inconvenient rule, but hey, we didn’t make the rules, we just follow them.Pitch in and help!
It takes many people to make a competition run smoothly, from Pre-/Post-Flight Check to Trackers and Timers. Since these people are usually also contestants, give them a chance to get their flights in by volunteering to fill one of these jobs for a few minutes. Timing rockets is really quite easy and fun to do. We will need trackers for official contest events for CARCIS XIII for two events as well as any record attempts. Tracking is really fun to do, and good experience. It is pretty easy, just pointing a “scope” at the rocket and then reading off a couple of numbers to contest officials. Best of all, you will be paired up with someone else, so it’s a good chance to teach or learn. For this contest, the altitude events are micro-maxx, so the altitude flights will be very easy to track and good experience for beginners.

Contest beginners do not need to know the details of how points are awarded to enter events, so don’t worry if you don’t understand them fully. Just fly and have fun! The contest director and regular competitors will handle the points and official scoring. If you want to understand the details, read on. In some events, the winner is determined by a contestant’s single best flight. In many duration events, the winner is determined by adding the times of each contestant’s two permitted flights. In super-roc competition, the score is determined by multiplying the length of the rocket by the altitude or duration achieved. See the individual event descriptions, below, for more information.
For each event, placement points are awarded in the following manner:

1st Place: 10 pts.
2nd Place: 6 pts.
3rd Place: 4 pts.
4th Place: 2 pts.
Qualified flight: 1 pt.

Weighting Factors and Contest Factors
Again, don’t worry about the weighting and contest factors if this is your first time competing. Each event has a weighting factor that indicates the relative difficulty of the event. For example, Spot Landing doesn’t require building any special type of rocket, so it has a contest factor of 4; Boost Gliders, Rocket Gliders, and Helicopters are fairly complicated and take more work to get them to fly properly, so they have weighting factors ranging from 18 to 28.
Each competition has a contest factor that illustrates the relative size of the event. Section and Local Meets have contest factors of 1, Open Meets have a contest factor of 2, and Regional Meets have a contest factor of 3. The Annual National Meet, NARAM, normally has a contest factor of 8, unless set differently by the National Contest Board. CARCIS XIII is classified as a Regional meet, so it has a contest factor of 3.
Points for an event are determined by multiplying the placement points by the weighting factor and contest factor. For example, if you place second in Spot Landing in an Open Meet, your score is 6 x 4 x 2 = 48 points. The overall winner of a meet is determined by adding each contestant’s points for each event. Winners are designated for each division so youngsters don’t have to compete against our experienced old timers!

Cumulative Points and Contest Year
A contest year runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year, and includes the NARAM immediately following. The most number of meets an NAR member enter during the year is determined by adding the contest factors of those events; no NAR member may exceed a sum of 12 (NARAM does not count against this total).
All points earned by each NAR member during the contest year are added together to determine the national champion for the contest year. The NAR web site has a listing of the current points standings for the year which is updated every few weeks.

United States Model Rocket Performance Records

The NAR keeps a record of the highest scores ever achieved in each event in each age division during sanctioned competition. These scores are the official U.S. national records for these events. Our club, C.R.A.S.H., (section 482), now has over 70 national records and is adding more all of the time. The NAR web site has a listing of the
current records

if you need a list. It is important to remember that you may try for national records that are NOT sanctioned events of the contest. That means you may try for a parachute duration national record even though the CARCIS XIII contest does not list that as a contest event. Also, remember that records are recorded by age division, so if you are 8 years old, you are trying to set a national record for kids 7 – 13 years old, not adults!

Helpful Tips
Experience plays a significant role in how well one does in competition; however, there are a few simple things that even beginners can do that will greatly improve their performance.

Build simple, build solid
The key to doing well in competition is to keep your rockets simple and lightweight (the “Three fins and a nose cone” rule, or 3FNC). Experienced competitors sometimes get really experimental in their design and construction techniques in a gamble to get a little more performance out of their rockets (a gamble that can pay off handsomely IF everything works right), but as a general rule of thumb, the more complex the design, the more things that can go wrong. Since points are awarded simply for achieving a successful (“qualified”) flight, and no points are awarded for a flight that is disqualified because the rocket didn’t work right, you can earn a decent number of points, and sometimes even win an event, by being conservative in your designs.
The biggest sources of heartache in competition rocketry, even for those building simple designs, are recovery system failures and rockets lost to sight during recovery. During construction, use durable materials (such as Kevlar) for shock cords, make sure the shock cords are good and long, and make sure they are solidly attached AT BOTH ENDS. Don’t try to stuff a larger parachute or streamer into your rocket than will easily slide out at ejection, and use plenty of wadding. Improve your rocket’s visibility by using tracking powder (a colored powder, usually tempera paint or line chalk, that is poured into the body tube after the recovery system has been loaded, and which makes a colorful cloud at ejection), color your rocket with a mix of dark and florescent colors, and use florescent or reflective (such as mylar) materials for your parachute or streamer.

Events for this competition:Parachute Spot Landing (WF 4)
Just about everyone should be familiar with this event: try to get your rocket to land as close to a marked target as possible. To add just a bit of difficulty, you must use a parachute as the sole means of recovery. The size is up to you, however, a small one is probably sufficient. The recovery system must eject out the body tube in order for the flight to count. The rocket must come down in one piece, as well. Measurements are made from the target to the tip of the nose cone.
In NAR competition, only one flight is permitted for this event, with no practice flights allowed. Watch what direction the wind is coming from to determine the direction to aim the launch rod. Motor size is critical with this event, but it’s up to you. Generally, don’t use more than an A size, unless your rocket is really heavy.

“B” Boost Glider Duration (WF 19)
The purpose of this event is to achieve the longest flight duration using a B-powered boost glider whose sole means of recovery is via a fixed wing gliding flight. The wings of the glider must be rigid; in other words, the wings cannot be made from a flexible material that is folded up during boost and then unfolded for recovery. The entry may separate into multiple pieces and only the gliding portion of the rocket is timed. Often, you will see the piece that does not glide referred to as a “pod”, and it usually returns via parachute or streamer. This event is distinguished from rocket-glider by allowing the model to separate into separate parts, whereas a rocket-glider must remain in one piece.
Two flights are permitted, and the winner is determined by adding the times of the flights. The return rule applies to this event, so it is important to get the glider back. One hint that may help is to slightly weight one wing of the glider with clay so that it always glides in a slight circle. Also, ask experienced competitors where to get plans for their favorite gliders.

“1/8A” Altitude (WF 9)
The purpose of this event is to launch an micro-maxx powered rocket to the highest altitude. Two flights are permitted with the highest tracked flight as the flight that counts, and the winner is the one with the greatest altitude. The return rule does not apply to this event, so if you lose the rocket, it will not penalize you. Of course, most people try not to lose them, opting for streamers or very small parachutes. Remember to keep that weight low! This is a new event for this contest year, so most of the experienced competitors have never built a rocket this small before.

“1/8A” Superroc Altitude (WF 13)
The purpose of this event is to fly a relatively long micro-maxx rocket to the highest altitude. This event is very similar to the 1/8A altitude listed above, only the rocket has even more restrictions. Entries must be at least 12 1/2 cm long, and the maximum length that can be used for calculating the score is 25 cm. A contest official is required to measure your rocket before flying so the length can be recorded.
Two flights are permitted for this event, but only the single highest altitude is used for scoring. This is also a new event, so old-timers really don’t have an advantage over beginners. For altitude events, tracking powder is a must, but you can borrow some from just about anyone or pick up some red carpenters chalk at a home-improvement store.

“B” Helicopter Duration (WF 21)
The purpose of this event is to launch a rocket with a B motor and recovers via auto-rotation around the vertical axis. That means it must come down as a helicopter. The rocket can flip over during descent, but must have at least one full rotation on the way down. Two flights are permitted, and the winner is found by adding the flight times together. Helicopter rockets are really fun to build, but fairly intricate. Many people get started by building a kit, such as the Apogee Heli-roc (normally an A powered rocket) and then scaling the plan up to the 18mm diameter for B motors.

“C” Streamer Duration Multi-Round (WF 14)


This is a rather deceptively difficult event for competitors. After all, who can’t find some old big rocket and add an C6-5? Well, it’s just not that simple. The purpose of this event is to launch a rocket using a streamer for recovery for the longest duration. A rocket like this can be very hard to keep together. Most elastic shock cords tend to break under the stress of C powered ejection charges in a few flights. Light streamers made of mylar tend to rip easy, but Nylon tends to be heavy and take up too much space in the body tubes. Tough choices abound in this event, including engine choices. Will you use a C6-5, C6-7 or maybe a C11-5?
Three flights are allowed, with a maximum score of 240 seconds per flight. and the winner is determined by adding the times of the flights. The return rule does not apply to this event, however no more than two models may be used in this event. This means that at least one model must be returned to fly again, so color that rocket brightly. Balsa doesn’t show up very well, even on cloudy days. Paint or magic markers greatly increase your chances of finding the rocket, particularly if it separates from the streamer for any reason.

That’s all the events for the CARCIS XIII. Everyone builds and flies a bit differently, so keep your eyes open. The best way for a beginner to learn and become competent in competition rocketry is to watch, listen, and ask questions. Most participants in competition rocketry will be more than willing to share their ideas and techniques with you. You will never find a more helpful bunch of competitors in one place. C.R.A.S.H. has many people with tons of competing experience, including the defending National and NARAM Champion. Someday, we hope to bring home a Section National Championship as well, but we need more people in C.R.A.S.H. competing in NAR competitions for that to happen. If you enter and manage to pull out a victory in any event, you can be proud to have defeated many of the best rocket modelers in the country! Good luck!

C.R.A.S.H. Landings is published by:

Colorado Rocketry Association of Space Hobbyists (NAR section #482)

No responsibility is assumed for unsolicited material. All submissions become the property of C.R.A.S.H. Landings. Submissions should be delivered in electronic format by e-mail or diskette. For other formats, please contact the editor:

Ian MacDonald – [removed email]


January-April 2005

Editor’s Message…
Author: Ian MacDonald

As Colorado makes the transition from winter to summer I look forward to great launch days at our C.R.A.S.H. Bear Creek site. We had our thirteenth annual Colorado Aerial Rocket Circus the weekend of March 19th and 20th, 2005. Bruce Markielewski provided the write up for this issue.
April saw the first launch for the reinvigorated Tripoli Colorado club. Several C.R.A.S.H. members joined TC and we had a great day on April 23 at the Hartsel launch site. Please check our Tripoli Colorado’s website at:

In July some of us C.R.A.S.H. members will be helping out with The Rocketry EGGsploration Challenge. Please see the article in this issue and visit their website link for more details.

CMRC XIII Results…

Author: Bruce Markielewski

Our thirteenth annual Colorado Aerial Rocket Circus was held on March 19th and 20th, 2005. Fourteen participants competed in this demanding competition. We were fortunate to finally have some decent weather for the first time this year. Saturday was unusually calm all day, and the contestants were able to get a majority of flights in the first day. Sunday was a bit less perfect, as the breeze was more prominent, and rain was threatening most of the day.


Parachute Spot Landing is continues to be unpredictable and more of a challenge than it appears. In “A” Division, all three competitors had very close scores. With a 9 meters, Ryan Anthony-Ceres prevailed over his brother Daniel, who had 13 meters, followed closely by Evan Sauls at 15. in “C” Division, Ron Dreasher and Russ Anthony both had great flights of 5 meters, and tied for first place. Bruce Markielewski was second at 8 meters, Steve Clapp and Scott Hommas were distant third (22 meters) and fourth (28 meters) places respectively.
“C” Streamer Duration Multi-round was a study of extremes as there were as many disqualifications as there were great flights. Grant Dreasher was not able to compete, but was able to have his models flown by proxy in the two events he entered. His streamer model had two nice flights, with the first flight over three minutes and a Max (4 minutes plus) on the second flight, taking first in the event by a large margin. Grant’s first flight set a club record for the event, as the seconds one wasn’t returned. Max Dalberth was second place with two consistent flights totaling just over a minute. Ryan had one qualified flight for 51 seconds to take third place.


In “C” Division, Bruce and Ron battled for first place, with each scoring a Max and a disqualification, but Bruce prevailed by 27 seconds. His second flight set a club record at 278 seconds. Mark Dalberth scored a Max on his only flight and finished third. Scott was the only competitor with three qualified flights in the event, and finished fourth.
In “B” Boost-Glider Duration, Grant’s proxy-flown model had two very nice flights and finished first in “A” Division. Ryan also had two fine flights, placing a solid second, and Evan was third. “C” Division followed a similar pattern with Scott Hommas taking a clear first, with Russ taking second place. Kevin Kuczek’s only flight of the contest had his R/C boost glider stay aloft long enough to take third place over Ian MacDonald.


All five competitors in “B” Helicopter Duration were “C” Division entrants, and all nine flights flown were qualified flights. Steve had the two best, and easily placed first. Bruce was a distant second, while Jim Hinton edged Russ by just a second for third place.
Most of the “1/8A” Altitude and “1/8A” Super-roc Altitude flights were flown on Sunday, and the gusty winds made tracking that much harder. Of the 15 tracked flights, only 8 closed. These tiny models were extremely hard to see, and several were lost during the contest. Ryan was the only “A” Division competitor in “1/8A” Altitude, and his only flight didn’t close. In fact, only three flights closed, and all were very close. Steve’s 84 meter flight beat Bruce’s by two meters for first place, but Bruce managed to return his to claim the National and club records. Russ finished third at 74 meters.


“1/8A” Super-roc Altitude had a bit more success, with Daniel’s 85 meter flight taking first in “A” Division, and setting a club and National Records. His was the only closed flight in the division. In “C” Division, the results were nearly identical to “1/8A” Altitude, as Steve once again beat Bruce for the top spot, and Russ finished third. This time, however, Steve recovered his model and set the National and club records.
Overall, in “A” Division, Grant Dreasher’s first places in his only two events earned him first place. Ryan Anthony-Ceres took second place with very consistent flying, and Daniel Anthony-Ceres first place in “1/8A” Super-roc Altitude helped him earn third place. Evan Sauls was third in both of the events he entered, and finished fourth overall.
Steve Clapp’s three first place finishes were enough to take first place overall, followed by Bruce Markielewski, and Russ Anthony. Scott Hommas took fourth overall even though he entered only three events. Everyone who entered placed in at least one event. This year’s contest was a lot more challenging than expected, and the new “1/8A” events were a real learning experience for everyone who tried them! The complete results can be found at:

Special Thanks to Bob Ellis, Bill Tigar, Dave Hanson, Jim Hinton and everyone else who helped run the contest and sport flights, and time and track flights throughout the weekend! Your efforts were greatly appreciated, and made CARCIS XIII a successful contest!


The Rocketry EGGsploration Challenge…

Author: Mike Waid

The Rocketry EGGsploration Challenge is a space science competition to be held at the Double Angel Memorial Baseball field in Parker Colorado on Saturday, July 30, 2005.


The Rocketry Eggsploration Challenge was conceived and organized by two Parker Colorado businessmen, Ed Ludka and Mike Waid, for the express purpose of educating youth in the values of space science. The challenge consists of three events.
Rocket Egg Launch
Our Rocket Egg Launch competition will challenge participants to design, build and launch a model rocket capable of carrying an egg over 200 feet and return it safely to Earth. Two age groups will be participating (7-13 years & 14-19 years). Winning entries will be those who land closest to the designated landing pad without breaking the egg cargo. The grand prize in each age category will be a 529 college savings account with an initial deposit into that account. Prizes will also be given to second place, third place and the most creatively designed rocket.
Rover Egg Push
The Rover Egg Push will entice participants to create or modify a remote controlled vehicle of their own to be able to push an egg around an obstacle course on a simulated alien world.
Egg Toss Competition
Our Egg Toss Competition is best described as family fun. Pairing off into groups, our participants will take the traditional “egg toss” to new levels of fun and excitement. By seeing who can keep their egg intact the longest, this event will surely be a fun family challenge.
More information can be found at:

Springfest 2005…

Or James and Dave go to Vegas

Author: David Tjarks

There’s something special about a big launch right after you get your tax refund. It makes it easier to go. This year James Russell invited me to go along on his annual Springfest trip and I was then known as Replacement Dave for the rest of the weekend as Dave Hanson couldn’t make the trip due to work.
Tripoli Vegas hosts two big three day launches a year on the Jean Dry Lake Bed, Springfest in March and Turkey Shoot in November. I’d been to launches with large motors before but never to a non commercial launch day or a launch with this frequency of real big motors. I mean M class motors were almost commonplace.
Can the trip out be called uneventful? Maybe. We hit whiteout conditions from Loveland through Vail and we discovered we were going to have to make this drive with two Jack Johnson CD’s, one Kenny Chessney, Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy. No there wasn’t a radio station for a lot of it. We somehow managed to make it.


After that snowy overnight twelve hour drive we rolled into Las Vegas and managed to hit the $1.99 early bird breakfast at the Station by five minutes. After that we headed south of town the 25 miles to the Jean Dry Lake Bed. Friday was non commercial motors only and the main purpose of James’ trip. He had a wimpy red M that he wanted to fly. I think the breezy day started off with a K followed shortly by many other bigger motors including a 7′ Phoenix put up on a N motor. Ten thousand feet was about par for the course it seemed, James hit 10,700 feet with his flight. We missed Bad Wiring’s flight on a 3 M cluster because we were tired and needed to check into our hotel for the night. Can you believe that Vegas was sold out and the rooms were about twice as expensive as normal thanks to the NIT tournament in town.
I did come up with a real cheap place to stay next time I come to town, I figure I’ll just show up at the seafood buffet at the Rio and stay there all night. A nice place to stay for the evening and all the lobster, crab or whatever you want to stuff down, what more could you want in a hotel room?


The next day it was still cool and overcast. The wind was still blowing but at least today we didn’t have to brave white outs and a huge drive to get to the launch site. Today’s launches included a Nike-Nike scheduled to launch on 4 M’s staging to an N. I was also able to launch Spike on a Pro 38 G-79 Smokey Sam. Note to self: dry lake beds are harder to land on than anything short of the road at Bear Creek, bring a bigger parachute. It was a great flight and recovery except for the last half second. I broke a fin, but it could be fixed. One of the other motors I remember was a 54mm Skyripper manufacturer demo flight. These were scheduled to be certified in the next couple of weeks in Arizona by Tripoli so this was a nice treat to watch.


Not all the rockets were big, someone successfully converted a 14″ plastic easter egg to fly on a G. Someone had a 4′ Bomarc on a J350, a 4″ mosquito and every redneck’s favorite – an Honest John with Git Er Dun pasted on the side.
As things wound down for the afternoon and the annual group picture was taken, people kept flying, although some of it was kites and R/C helicopters. Work made the decision for us to go home on Sunday, so we made our way down the flight line saying our goodbyes to people James’ knew and that I had just met and headed off to dinner with Dave Hanson’s mom. She’s a great lady by the way.
On our way out of town the next morning, which was about four hours later than we planned, we financed some gas (2.50 a gallon or something like it) and James called Nadine Kinney to see what was up at the launch. Although it was the first blue sky of the weekend, it was blowing hard and the launch was packed up by 9:30.
On the way back we stopped in Saint George, UT – home of Aerotech and RCS – and bought some more CDs to get us home. I was also able to see a friend of mine’s wife and baby as they lived there as well Twelve hours and some more blinding white outs later we made it home about 1. Riddle me this Batman, who in their right mind would drive a Corvette up the approach to the Eisenhower Tunnel when a chain law is in effect for the trucks?
So the wrap up? Even if you don’t have a High Power certification and want to see something pretty intense and get away for the weekend, I’d definitely recommend a launch like this. Friendly people, lots of flying, little rockets, big rockets, lots of storefronts to buy whatever (I’ve got my eye on a Polecat Tarantula with James) and a good time at a great place to fly.

Launch Photos…


These great launch photos were taken by Ray LaPanse at a recent C.R.A.S.H. launch!

CRASH Business Meeting Minutes…

April 30, 2005

Author: Dave Hanson

Attendees: Steve Clapp, Bruce Markielewski, Bob Ellis, Dave Tjarks, Mark Lionberger, Dave Hanson, Russ Anthony, Ian MacDonald, Todd Williams, and Kevin Kuczek.


The meeting opened with a presentation by Mike Waid of Space-Time, Inc. Mike’s company is sponsoring an event called “The Rocketry Egg-Sploration Challenge,” which is scheduled for July 30. Mike is hoping to collaborate with and operate under the C.R.A.S.H. umbrella, including being covered by the club’s insurance, and use C.R.A.S.H. launch equipment for this event. Mike suggested that the club set up a booth at the event, to help promote the club. In response to Mike’s desire to promote the event nationally, it was suggested that he submit an article to Sport Rocketry. A suggestion was also made that he contact The Rocket Garden to be an on-site vendor. Mike was provided with contact information for them. The consensus among the members present was the club should lend whatever support is needed with equipment and help. Please see the article for “The Rocketry Egg-Sploration Challenge” in this issue.
Next, Ian discussed the next newsletter. He said that he is looking for articles as always, but has enough articles for the next upcoming issue. He has an article on the recent contest, and will get an article on the rocketry challenge. He also received some photos from Ray LaPanse for the purpose of inclusion in the newsletter.


A suggestion was made that a form be added to the club website so that people could join online. Also, better information on how to join needs to be provided.
Dave Tjarks mentioned that the Hobby Town store in Westminster needs more club flyers.
It was suggested that Jeff Mosal be designated the club’s event coordinator; however Jeff was not present to accept this delegation. It was agreed that we need better coordination of Scout groups at our launches.
Then, Todd spoke about upcoming outreach events in place of Kathleen, who was unable to attend. The events coming up are:
– Cub Scout build session at Creekside Elementary School in Centennial on Tuesday, May 10, with a launch on June 11.
– On May 21st, the Scout troop from Abiding Hope will be at the CRASH launch.
– Build session at Mracek Middle School on May 25th and 26th. The students will launch their rockets on May 31st through June 2nd.
– June 25th and 26th volunteers are needed for the Make-It/Take-It booth at the Front Range Fly-In. We might also be launching at the airport. The website for this event is

– Volunteers needed to help with the Rocketry Egg-Sploration Challenge on July 30.
If you would like to help out with one of these events, please contact Todd or Kathleen.
Steve and Russ discussed where competitors should go for their fourth contest. It was mentioned that UROC is having its contest on May 14 and 15, and that the White Sands Regional in New Mexico is on June 18 and 19.
Steve mentioned that in the past, the club had discussed holding NAR records trials at every Saturday launch, but no one has made record attempts at those launches. After some discussion, it was suggested that anyone interested in making a record attempt should bring their rockets to any Saturday launch, and that launch can be designated a records trial on the spur of the moment. If only one person wants to do a trial flight, they must pay the trial fee, which is five dollars. If two or more fly, they will split the fee. The club currently has 79 national NAR records.
The TARC team from Lakewood High School gave a presentation. The Lakewood team is the only team from Colorado who made it to the finals, which will be held on May 21st near Washington, DC. The team asked for advice and suggestions from the members of the club.
Next, Bruce handed out ribbons from the contest held in March.
Then Steve mentioned that the club might buy Skyripper hybrid equipment.
The meeting finished with a “Show and Tell” session.


C.R.A.S.H. Landings is published by:

Colorado Rocketry Association of Space Hobbyists (NAR section #482)

No responsibility is assumed for unsolicited material. All submissions become the property of C.R.A.S.H. Landings. Submissions should be delivered in electronic format by e-mail or diskette. For other formats, please contact the editor:

Ian MacDonald – [removed email]


Parachute Spot Landing (WF 4)
Pl. Contestant Flt. 1 PPnts Pnts
A Division
1 Ryan Anthony-Ceres 9 10 120
2 Daniel Anthony-Ceres 13 6 72
3 Evan Sauls 15 4 48
C Division
1 Ron Dreasher 5 10 120
1 Russ Anthony 5 10 120
2 Bruce Markielewski 8 6 72
3 Steven Clapp 22 4 48
4 Scott Hommas 28 2 24
x Jim Hinton DQ 0 0
x Ian MacDonald DQ 0 0
“C” Streamer Duration MR (WF 14)
Pl. Contestant Flt. 1 Flt. 2 Flt. 3 Total PPnts Pnts
A Division
1 Grant Dreasher 188 MAX NF 428 10 420
2 Max Dalberth 36 33 NF 69 6 252
3 Ryan Anthony-Ceres DQ 51 NF 51 4 168
x Daniel Anthony-Ceres DQ DQ NF 0 0 0
C Division
1 Bruce Markielewski 148 MAX DQ 388 10 420
2 Ron Dreasher DQ 111 MAX 351 6 252
3 Mark Dalberth MAX NF NF 240 4 168
4 Scott Hommas 28 31 35 94 2 84
5 Russ Anthony 63 NT NF 63 1 42
6 Jim Hinton 50 DQ NF 50 1 42
7 Ian MacDonald DQ DQ 40 40 1 42
– Steven Clapp NT NT NF FP 1 42
“B” Boost Glider Duration (WF 19)
Pl. Contestant Flt. 1 Flt. 2 Total PPnts Pnts
A Division
1 Grant Dreasher 93 63 156 10 570
2 Ryan Anthony-Ceres 65 41 106 6 342
3 Evan Sauls 25 20 45 4 228
C Division
1 Scott Hommas 107 115 222 10 570
2 Russ Anthony 97 45 142 6 342
3 Kevin Kuczek 57 NF 57 4 228
4 Ian MacDonald 27 27 54 2 114
5 Steven Clapp 28 16 44 1 57
6 Jim Hinton 9 26 35 1 57
x Bruce Markielewski DQ DQ 0 0 0
x Ron Dreasher DQ NF 0 0 0
“B” Helicopter Duration (WF 21)
Pl. Contestant Flt. 1 Flt. 2 Total PPnts Pnts
C Division
1 Steven Clapp 63 58 121 10 630
2 Bruce Markielewski 55 28 83 6 378
3 Jim Hinton 29 20 49 4 252
4 Russ Anthony 24 24 48 2 126
5 Ron Dreasher 26 NF 26 1 63
“1/8A” Altitude (WF 9)
Pl. Contestant Flt. 1 Flt. 2 Best PPnts Pnts
A/C Division
1 Steven Clapp 84 NF 84 10 270
2 Bruce Markielewski 82 NC 82 6 162
3 Russ Anthony 74 NF 74 4 108
– Ian MacDonald NC NF FP 1 27
– Ryan Anthony-Ceres NC NF FP 1 27
“1/8A” Super-roc Altitude (WF 13)
Pl. Contestant Flt. 1 Flt. 2 Best Score PPnts Pnts
A Division
1 Daniel Anthony-Ceres 85 NF 85 2125 10 390
2 Ryan Anthony-Ceres NC NF FP —- 1 39
C Division
1 Steven Clapp 89 NF 89 2225 10 390
2 Bruce Markielewski 74 67 74 1850 6 234
3 Russ Anthony 67 NF 67 1675 4 156
4 Ian MacDonald NC NC FP —- 1 39
Overall Points
Pl. Contestant PSL C SD B BG B HD MM ALT MM SRA Total
A Division
1 Grant Dreasher —- 420 570 —- —- —- 990
2 Ryan Anthony-Ceres 120 168 342 —- 27 39 696
3 Daniel Anthony-Ceres 72 0 —- —- —- 390 462
4 Evan Sauls 48 —- 228 —- —- —- 276
5 Max Dalberth —- 252 —- —- —- —- 252
C Division
1 Steven Clapp 48 42 57 630 270 390 1437
2 Bruce Markielewski 72 420 0 378 162 234 1266
3 Russ Anthony 120 42 342 126 108 156 894
4 Scott Hommas 24 84 570 —- —- —- 678
5 Ron Dreasher 120 252 0 63 —- —- 435
6 Jim Hinton 0 42 57 252 —- —- 351
7 Kevin Kuczek —- —- 228 —- —- —- 228
8 Ian MacDonald 0 42 114 —- 27 39 222
9 Mark Dalberth —- 168 —- —- —- —- 168