Featured Flights

Many Flyers mark NSL as THE Launch they save that special flight for whether it be their Certification flight or that crazy kit they bought on a Black Friday Special. Share your Story, giving us as Many Detail as you Can!


Dan Michael’s RedMax

First flown in Geneseo at NYPOWER 13 in 2008, this flight was the featured article in Extreme Rocketry that year. At NSL RedMax will fly on an Aerotech Mohave Green to 4500″ or so. Deployment will be handled by a pair a PerfectFlight Altimeters.

If you have been to a large East Coast Launch you know Dan Michael. He is the Aerotech vendor rep for the east coast and flies some really HUGE BFR’s. He has published many articles in the NAR’s own “Sport Rocketry”, “Extreme Rocketry and “Rockets Magazine”. Dan is a wealth of knowledge and is always willing to help, stop by his encampment. Look for the HUGE Rockets! (just leave him alone if his is packing a parachute)

Neil Brown’s Saturn V

Neil is the builder and flyer of some really cool and Really LARGE rockets.

Neil’s Mighty Saturn V is a 10″ Polecat Aerospace kit, made from fiberglass rapped phenolic tube. Neil plans to fly his Saturn V on an Aerotech M1297 to approx 3,000″. Deployment will be handled by a pair of Perfect Flight altimeters.

Tim and Erich Bookwalter’s AIM-54 Phoenix

This was Tim’s level 3 project. The paint and custom decal set was done by Erich. Mainly Blue Tube and Plywood, the 7.5 inch diameter 1/2 scale Phoenix weighs 50 pounds on the pad and will fly to 1 mile on an Aerotech M1315W. Altimeters are an Entacore AIM USB and a Missile Works RRC2+. Recovery is a custom made 14 foot main by Spherachutes.

This will be the 5th overall flight and the 3rd at the MARS Geneseo field.

Evan Brown’s RUFUS

Named after the Ohio University Mascot, Rufus is a Rocketry Warehouse Terminator. All fiberglass, Rufus has a 120 inch main and a 58 inch drogue chute. Electronics are two Adept 22’s. It can hold two small HD Cameras. Rufus was built to go past Mach 1, but has never done it before. I think it’s time.

Evan Brown’s Big @$$ Alpha

Back in 1970 an Estes Alpha started my life-long passion for amateur rocketry. I finished third out of 30 junior high students in a rocketry competition (would have won if I tapered my fins), and from that moment forward, I was hooked.

In 2017 the Alpha turned 50. In 2018, Estes Rockets turns 60, as does the NAR. What better way to honor this rocket that has been such an integral part of my personal rocketry history than to make a really really big version of it.

The project is underway. It is an 8x upscale. The photo here is the dry fit of parts. Notice in the photo that to the left there is an actual-sized Alpha to give you an idea of scale.

It is built on a 7.5″, FG-wrapped LOC airframe. FG nose cone, and FG-coated 1/2″ birch ply fins. Electronics are the Adept 22 altimeter and its sister the DDC 22. A beeline tracker will help me locate it, and there will be onboard cameras. Just haven’t figured out how many and what type yet. To be true, this will be painted according to the 1967 markings as it first appeared in the Estes Catalog. Stickershock 23 has designed the decals. An Aerotech L900 Dark Matter is going to give this bird a great show. It should hit 5,000′ with lots of sparks and noise on its way up. Vern Estes will be in attendance at NSL when it goes up so I can use this as a way to say “thanks” for all he has done for amateur rocketry and for me personally with my life-long passion.

Bill Clune’s Not a Threaded Rod

This is My L3 rocket finally flown at LDRS-36. “NaTR” is an AMW 6″ BlackBrandtII kit. Made from filament wound fiberglass from the bottom of the tailcone to the top of the nose cone, well it has an aluminum tip. At NSL it will fly again on an Aerotech M1939 to 11,998″! On board electronics include a Marsa54 and a first generation “MARS” altimeter. 12″ rocketman chute makes sure everything lands softly….

Gloria Robinson’s 8′ AGM Pike

Gloria’s Pike is 8″ diameter and nearly 12′ tall. Made from filament wound G12 glass this beast weighs 50LBs Before you put a motor in it!! Flying on an M1790 SkidMark this will be a show! A pair of PICO-AA2 flight computers will control deployment of the drogue main parachute. Gloria’s Pike was the first one off the production line….

Greg Young’s Ultimate Darkstar

Darkstar is a Fiberglass kit from Wildman hobbies, its 12 feet tall and is 6 inches in diameter, weighing in at 59lbs. An M3100 will lift it to approx 6,000 feet. A 2 foot drogue chute will deploy at apogee with a 16foor rocketman chute depolying at 700 feet. Deployment will be controlled by a MARS54 and prefectflight.

John Krichbaums’ Upscale Snarky

4 inch fully glassed Blue tube upscale of the Dynastar Snarky (slightly modified) 67.5 inches long, 54mm motor, dual deploy with a MARSA54HD altimeter.

This will be her second flight.

Trip Barbers’ Thumper

Thumper made its first flight as Trip’s Level 3 qualification flight at this field in 2012. It has flown at several NSL’s since then and is coming back to NSL 2018 for an encore with an Aerotech M2400. This 10-inch diameter 60-pound rocket will be going up to 5400 feet in a hurry.

Bill Davidson is one of the East Coast Flyers who just builds Big Rockets… Stop by his encampment and “Gaze in Wide Wonder”

Bill Davidson’s Maxi Estes Swift

This is an Upscale Estes Swift 220 built from PML 11.675″ diameter glassed phenolic tube. Weighing in at almost 90 lbs. loaded with an Aerotech M1419 White Lightning motor expected altitude is 3500′ AGL.

Recovery will be handled by 2 x Missile Works RRCS2+ altimeters and a Rocket Man 24′ chute.


Bill Davidson’s Mean Machine XL

Keeping with our upscale theme for this years NSL we will be bringing this 4″ diameter fully fiberglass Estes Mean Machine upscale. Weighing in at 27 lbs. and standing at just under 17′ tall expected altitude is to be 1800′ AGL on an Aerotech K1103 Propellant X motor.

James Helman’s Der NSL Max 2017

Saved my level 1 cert flight for NSL….Used a slightly modified Mega Der Red Max from Estes.

Jim Scarpine’s Starleopard

85 pound 14 ft 7.5inch all fiberglass monster. Flying on a Loki M1969 Spitfire. 2 Adept alts  will fire a 4 foot drogue at appogee and a 25 foot main. It won’t good for more than 3K, but will make a lot of noise getting there. I did my L3 cert on an earlier version of this way back in 95.

George MacAleese’s Queen Mya

Scratch built 4.5″Dia.x 91″Tall 22.6 Lb. All Fiberglass Rocket. Adept22 and Perfect Flight Stratologger altimeters. Flying on an L1150 7200 Feet Predicted

George MacAleese’s Red Arrow

Scratch built fantasy design plywood bulkheads,spruce stingers,balsa strip planked, and fiberglassed. Four chutes with motor ejection.

45.5″ Long 8Lbs. 1100 Feet predicted on Aerotech I-300T

George MacAleese’s ISLA

Dual altimeters Adept 22 and Perfect Flight Stratologger. 4565 Feet Predicted on an Aerotech K513F

Mike Pleban’s RIM-24 TARTAR

This all fiberglass model is a 4 inch dia. Just over 6 feet tall 54mm motor. This is the first prototype from dragontailrockets.
Have not got the finished weight yet, but will fly on a K 650 Smokey Sam, first flight. Will have on board two high alt. Perfect flight alt. And a telemetry gps.
I hope to have a 84 inch chute for the mains. This model can be flown as a single or dual deploy.

John Derimiggio’s Honest John

The 7.5″ HoJo will make its second flight at Geneseo on a CTI M1400 to around 8000 feet. The rocket is a 1-break design featuring a main CO2 chute cannon in the nose. Electronics are dual Marsa54 running MarsaNet to wirelessly fire the nose cone chute at 700 feet.

Greg Parent’s Speed of Tupperware (popcorn Bowl)

Made from a Tupperware® bowl and hopefully flying on a CTI J530.


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