NEFAR’s Bunnell Blast 2014!

Bunnell Blast 2014!NEFAR hosted it’s annual two-day Bunnell Blast launch on November 8 and 9, 2014.  Canopies, cars, and trucks covered the full length of the north edge of the launch site and extended around the eastern edge.

Chris Michielsson debuted his latest odd-rock creation, the Spudnik which he flew, though “flew” might not be the right word, on an A10-3T motor.

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The overcast skies on Saturday provided a dramatic backdrop for the high-power launches, especially the ones flying on “sparky” motors.

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The rocket above lifted off powered by two J motors with dark smoke then airstarted two sparky J motors.

The forecast for Sunday was dreary, but the day actually turned out nice.  The light rain ended before 11 and the sun peeked out between the clouds a few times.

You can see additional still photos taken at Bunnell Blast by Bracha and myself in the NEFAR Photo Album.

It's the Perfect Way to End a Perfect Day ...


Video of NEFAR’s October, 2014, Launch

NEFAR's October LaunchI’ve uploaded a video of NEFAR’s October launch to YouTube. I flew a DJI PLantom 2 Vision quadcopter to capture the event from an aerial perspective.

The video below shows low- and high-power rocket launches as seen from above as the helicopter flew at up to 400 feet in altitude.

Quadcopter Video of the August, 2014, NEFAR Launch

August 2014 NEFAR LaunchThe video below is from the August, 9, 2014, NEFAR rocket launch. Taken with a quadcopter, the video captures the model rocket and high-power rocket launches from the air. Look for the model rocket producing a smoke ring when its ejection charge fires about half-way into the video.


June, 2014, NEFAR Launch Video

Thunderstorms threatened, but stayed to the east.  So, only a few sprinkles of rain interrupted the June, 2014, NEFAR rocket launch.

The threat of storms kept some fliers at home, so there weren’t as many large rockets launch as usual. But, we had a number of Civil Air Patrol cadets there flying smaller rockets. At times the wind was gusty, but sometimes it was so still that the exhaust from a rocket’s launch would just hang there for a while.

I flew my DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter about a half-dozen times to record the low- and high-power launches from above. Here’s a short video I put together:

Quadcopter Video of the April NEFAR Launch


NEFAR’s Last Launch of 2013

On Saturday, NEFAR held their last launch of the year. With overcast skies and a brisk wind, turn-out was low.  But, a few diehards launched rockets large and small.

Here’s a video I produced of the launch using a Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter.

Bigger Big Daddy Akavish Video

Here’s a video about the Bigger Big Daddy Akavish which we, Bracha and Roger, launched at during NEFAR’s Bunnell Blast in November.


NEFAR’s 2013 Bunnell Blast Photographs

NEFAR hosted Bunnell Blast the weekend of November 9 and 10, 2013. The two-day launch featured a range of flights from tiny MicroMaxx-powered  rockets to huge, M-powered brutes.

Lift-OffA large collection of photographs from the event can be viewed in the Bunnell Blast 2013 Photo Album.


Bunnell Blast 2013 – November 9 & 10

Mark your calendar. The Northeast Florida Association of Rocketry (NEFAR) hosts it’s annual Bunnell Blast two-day rocket launch in November. The launch, near Daytona Beach, Florida, begins at 9:00am on Saturday, November 9, and continues on Sunday, November 10. On Saturday, the sport and research launch extends until after dusk to incorporate night launches.

Traditionally, Bunnell Blast has been the time when rocketry hobbyists debut their biggest and most challenging projects.

Roger Smith's YouBee

NEFAR’s July Launch Photos

With the forecast calling for thunderstorms, I was reluctant to make the 1 1/2 trip to Bunnell for NEFAR’s July rocket launch. But, Saturday morning, I checked the weather radar and current conditions for the area and it looked okay.  So, Bracha and I, Chris of Odd’l Rockets, our friend David, Dave’s brother Larry, Dave’s granddaughter Cassidy, and Oscar the wonder dog all piled into our mini-van for the trek to the Clegg sod farm for the launch.  We were rewarded with a great day for flying rockets!

Chris, Cassidy, and David

Cassidy helped get things started by flying her Popcorn rocket on a B6-4 motor.


The soggy and wet field, provided a good environment for sparky motors.  Gary’s two-stage Quantum Leap flew on an I297 staged to a G64, but the second-stage motor failed to ignite.  The onboard electronics, however, deployed the parachutes and returned the booster and sustainer safely to earth.

Gary's Quantum LeapMike Birnbaum’s Titan turned in a picture-perfect flight on three E9 motors.

Mike's Titan on Three E9s

Besides handing the LCO/RSO duties most of the day, Steve Ghioto flew his Big Red saucer on an I175.  The flight didn’t go exactly as planned.

Steve's Big Red

Steve's Big Red Steve's Big Red

The trailer is fine and I think Steve’s saucer will fly again.

The other Steve, Steve Pollack, flew his Maxi Orbital Transport on a K630 for another crowd-pleasing flight.

Steve's Maxi Orbital TransportHeather Martin’s “Into Darkness” appeared to lose parts of its H110 motor on the way up.

OopsDouble OopsI didn’t get any photos of it, but … we also witnessed a flight where the motor apparently traveled through a rocket and out onto its own.  The motor, by itself, flew stable for a few seconds, shooting into the sky, then, as tracking smoke poured out, it started to corkscrew before it finally began tumbling back to earth.

You can view all of my photos from the NEFAR launch in the Photo Album at