Ross Ohmen's Rocketry Obsession
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I started off playing with rockets in junior high school, but sold all my gear for $30 in the middle of 8th grade.

I've spent a heck of a lot more than that since then.

My current status on the hobby is: Tripoli Level 3.

My first trip to the Black Rock Desert in June of 2003 with Aeropac went very well. I flew 17 flights - the biggest being my PML (Public Missiles Limited) Io on a G80 engine. I was hooked.

I went again in September, with hopes of getting my Levels 1&2 certificates. (Level 1 is H & I engines, Level 2 is J, K, and L engines.) I took with me a modified PML Ariel (fiberglassed fins), and big $$ for more engines. I got both certificates, getting my Level 1 with an Aerotech H128, and the Level 2 with a Cesaroni 5 grain, and a 100% on the written exam. I got over 4200 feet on my altimeter!

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030920 - Level 1 flight of the Ariel on an H128 at XPRS - Black Rock.

Eventually I built a 4" minimum diameter rocket to fly for my Level 3 attempt.  The first try failed when a shock cord untied, but my second try in August of 2006 was successful!  The Enterprise 98 went to 17,000 feet, on an M2400 Blue Thunder motor, and recovered without damage.

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060804 - Aeronaut 2006 - Enterprise 98 on an M2400 for my Level 3!
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My collection at Dairy Aire, 2008


Next flight opportunity: With TCV 3/9. Here's some of the stuff I'm considering:

  1. WAC Corporal on a G77.
  2. New Bigger Gyroc on a B4-2.
  3. Higgs Farm on a D12-3, that doesn't blow up.
  4. Pulsar on an I.
  5. And it would sure be nice to fly the Magnum on a J540 and 2 x H97.

* - Subject to high-altitude/weather/wind conditions.

Here's what I'm working on.

  1. Fixing the Omega, damaged at LDRS.
  2. Fixing the Magnum, internals damaged at LDRS in the Omega.
  3. Fixing the Betsy Ross, damaged paint on a hard landing.
  4. Fixing the Squatch, damaged paint on a hard landing.
  5. Fixing the PML Io, , damaged on a hard landing.
  6. Upscale EAC Viper 4" with 54mm motor mount, dual-deploy.
  7. Upscale Estes Commuter 4" with 38mm motor, novel ejection - drogue to main-in-bag-with-cutter.
  8. Replacement Razorback in fiberglass w/54mm motor mount.
  9. Creating the nosecone spinner - like the old "Moldin' Oldies" had. Testing underway!!
  10. Repair "Shaky", a 54mm with 4x29mm motors.
  11. Get the Roton flyable.
  12. Build a BT55 Superroc for 24mm motors. Should be 90" tall!
  13. Repaint the PML Amraam 3 and get it ready to fly.

That oughta do it!

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