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Anyone Fly Estes Model Rockets?

anyone fly estes model rockets

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#1 Tonto


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Posted April 02 2013 - 06:55 PM

(Mods...sorry if in wrong section, I wasn't sure where to post this)

Does anyone fly Estes model rockets? One of my sons received a kit recently as a gift.

I'm not sure where you can legally fly them here on Long Island. Does anyone know?


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#2 InPeaceandWar


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Posted April 02 2013 - 07:09 PM

I've been launching sporadically since I was a kid. Just showed my kids how it goes last year - even built my own launch controller! Depending on size, and I don't launch anything big, I just go to a local schoolyard and let it go. I'm usually pretty discreet, but most people love 'em. Sometimes you don't get them back if there's a bit too much wind, but that just gives you a reason to build another! There used to be a club on the island - LIARS for Long Island Amateur Rocketry Association - not sure if they are still around.
Rockets are cool!
Lots of good memories of stuff I built back in the day. We even built a replica of Evel Knievel's Snake River rocket cycle. No kit, just a mash up of some model plane and rocket parts I had around. Logical activity for a kid into rockets and planes who had a dad into motorcycles!
Good luck, get it built and have fun!
Hmmm - sorry I didn't answer your question about legality, but I'm not a lawyer, just a lowly engineer who likes to have fun once in a while. Guess you would have to research all the State, county, town and village ordinances. The FAA has something to say, too - but they're not too bad compared to the above listed offenders - I mean authorities responsible for public safety.
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Posted April 02 2013 - 07:11 PM

The park or the school. The Estes stuff will be no problem. It's when your deal with heavy rockets or high powered engines you will have to notify the FAA. I am pretty nervous that the government is going to get bored and regulate model rockets. There are already bills proposed to ban remote control vehicles which are capable of first person view. I also think there might me a thread about this in the hobby section.

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Posted April 02 2013 - 07:15 PM

I used to launch them on the sod farm with a 9v battery, a coat hanger and quick reflexes. There is probably legislation against that now... not that it matters since there aren't any more sod farms left. Thinking about it, I could have put out an eye or worse... That's probably why we did away with NASA.

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Posted April 02 2013 - 07:22 PM

Sure about 45 years ago all the time LOL
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Posted April 02 2013 - 07:23 PM

Always did them at high schools, as they are usually larger. But most schools have signs posted saying "no ball playing, etc" with some actually mentioning flying model planes or rockets.

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Posted April 02 2013 - 07:27 PM

It's in right area OP.

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Posted April 02 2013 - 08:06 PM

I used to. We bought some for my great nephew a few years back. Beach parking lots in the off season work well.

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Posted April 02 2013 - 08:15 PM

I used to fly mine at the local middle school without a problem. Just take not that any posted sign does not say rockets.
I think that the beach parking lot idea is really good also, cause if the wind catches them they will go.

If someone stops you just be super cool about it. I doubt the local authorities would do anything more than tell you to stop. Especially with your kid.
Have fun.

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Posted April 02 2013 - 08:28 PM

I used to set them off in hecksher park.
No on ever told me no to

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Posted April 02 2013 - 08:47 PM

I did as well. Lost one on top of my son's middle school. Great hobby!



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Posted April 02 2013 - 08:48 PM

used to many years ago now i hear they are considered assault wepons

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Posted August 14 2014 - 08:57 PM

My little girl came back from her camp late night with a handmade rocket that went up about 8 feet and then corkscrewed into the ground. She is interested in launching something that actually goes straight up in the air. It looks like I will be making this happen soon. Walmart looks like it carries everything we need. I am thinking the intermediate school will be perfect for launching.

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Posted August 14 2014 - 09:05 PM

I just got back into it myself with my kids. Launched them at the local high school.

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Posted August 14 2014 - 09:06 PM

I lost many a rocket on top of the middle school by my house. Got to watch out for the wind!

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Posted August 14 2014 - 09:10 PM

Michaels crafts carries a bunch of estes stuff.

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Posted August 14 2014 - 09:15 PM

School fields are generally ok outside of school hours.

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Posted August 14 2014 - 09:41 PM

i used to love doing this when i was a kid.. i had one called a "mean machine" that was 6' tall and used "D" sized engines.. fun times!

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Posted August 15 2014 - 05:03 PM

I used to love building these rockets but now they come fully assembled. SMH...that was the fun of it
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#20 raceradam


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Posted August 15 2014 - 05:29 PM

Who else here used to tape the engines to model cars and planes and light them off? Good time, gooooood times!
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