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HOT!! AeroTech Announces Creation of ValueRockets.com Webstore
AeroTech has created ValueRockets.com™, a webstore dedicated to the sale of low and mid-power composite propellant motors, kits and parts at wholesale prices.
"The goal of ValueRockets.com is to bring entry-level composite propellant rocketry to consumers at the lowest possible cost and with minimal impact to our traditional distribution channels" stated AeroTech/RCS President Gary Rosenfield. "After soliciting our customers' advice and opinions, we carefully selected those AeroTech products for the webstore that we felt would benefit most from rock-bottom low prices and national exposure through a targeted advertising campaign."
And the prices are rock-bottom indeed. 18mm D10W and D21T single-use motors will be sold in 3-packs for $15.90, and 24mm E15W and E30T motors will be sold for $18.90 per 3-pack. This compares with the significantly lower-performance 24mm black powder 'D' and 'E' motors that currently retail for $14.49 and $19.99 per 3-pack respectively. In addition, each single-use motor will ship with a FirstFire Jr.™ 2-lead igniter.
18mm reloadable motor pricing is equally aggressive. RMS-18/20 motor hardware sets will be sold for $29.90 each along with D13W and D24T reload kit 3-packs priced at $7.90 each.
Other initial offerings for the webstore will include a complete ValueRocket mid-power starter set for $99.90 and a ready-to-fly ValueRocket 1.9™ mid-power rocket for $39.90.
A prototype of the website is now up and running at http://www.valuerockets.com, and customers can download an order form in Excel or PDF format and email, fax or mail it to AeroTech. The webstore is expected to be complete with full online ordering and payment capability within 60 days.
No products requiring "hazmat" shipping are included on the site. Motors and reload kits will be shipped via U.S. Mail Parcel Post™. There is no minimum order but an $8.00 shipping and handling charge will apply to all orders under $100, with free shipping for orders exceeding $100.
AeroTech believes that exposing more entry-level rocket customers to the benefits and high performance of composite propellant rocketry at dramatically lower cost and with easier availability, will result in increased sales by dealers and distributors of the larger AeroTech products, including high-power rocket motors, and will expand participation in the hobby as a whole. Ads for ValueRockets.com will soon appear in major rocketry publications including LAUNCH, Sport Rocketry and Extreme Rocketry magazines.
In difficult economic times, AeroTech is working to make affordable composite propellant rocketry a reality.
Five AeroTech RMS, Four KBA and Two KBA Animal-Compatible Reload Kits Receive California State Fire Marshal Approvals
The California Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has issued classification approvals for eleven new high-power AeroTech RMS™, Kosdon by AeroTech™ (KBA™) and KBA Animal-Compatible™ reload kits. The specific motors approved are:
High-Power RMS Reloadable Motor System™
High-Power KBA Animal-Compatible
The approvals allow the sale and use of these high-power rocket motor reload kits by California consumers. A copy of the new California OSFM approvals is now available for download in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library.
AeroTech Re-enters High Power Single-Use Motor Market With the I350R
Tripoli Motor Testing (TMT) has certified AeroTech's first new single-use high power rocket motor since 2001, the 38 X 356mm I350-10R.
Using AeroTech's popular Redline™ propellant which produces a strikingly vivid red exhaust plume, the I350R sports a translucent filament-wound fiberglass/epoxy case, phenolic nozzle and thermoplastic delay and ejection bulkhead. The motor is a 98% 'I'-class, producing approximately 634 N-sec of total impulse, a peak thrust of 106 pounds with a burn time of 1.8 seconds. Propellant weight is 348 grams and loaded motor weight is 616 grams.
The I350R is perfect for 'I' class altitude attempts or any other application where the loss of reloadable motor hardware is an undesirable possibility. No ejection charge is installed (to allow the user to meter the correct amount for the rocket being flown), though a vinyl ejection charge retaining cap is provided.
The I350R may be sold to NAR or Tripoli high-power certified purchasers in possession of an ATFE Low Explosive User Permit (LEUP). Suggested retail price of the I350R motor is $108.00.
Limited quantities of the I350R are in-stock and deliveries to AeroTech's high-power dealers are expected to begin in mid-December. The Tripoli certification document and motor instructions are now available for download in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library.
AeroTech Announces 2008 Economic Stimulus Sale
Let's face it, the U.S. government isn't planning to do anything soon to help the average Joe, Jane or small business in this economy. So AeroTech is doing its part by offering its authorized dealers and distributors significant incentives for the next two weeks as part of an "AeroTech 2008 Economic Stimulus Sale".
The sale includes all AeroTech model rocket and high power rocket products, and in-stock RMS™ motor hardware. Now is the time to place orders with your participating dealer to stock up for the 2009 flying season. AeroTech products also make great Christmas gifts for your favorite rocket enthusiast!
The sale ends Tuesday, December 16, although participating dealers may choose to continue offering incentives to consumers beyond that date.
Updated Apogee RockSim Files Posted
Updated RockSim-compatible .eng & .rse files for AeroTech and Kosdon-by-AeroTech (KBA) motors have been posted to the Resource Library under the "RockSim Motor Data" heading, courtesy of Apogee Components.
Tripoli Motor Testing Certifies Two New High-Power Mojave Green Reload Kits
The Tripoli Motor Testing (TMT) Committee of the Tripoli Rocketry Association has certified two new AeroTech high power Mojave Green™ propellant reloads to fit AeroTech, Dr. Rocket™ and Rouse-Tech™ 75/5120 RMS™ hardware.
The new reloads include the 75/5120 L2200G-P and the 75/5120 M1500G-P. The L2200G is a 99.4% 'L'-class recertified and "detuned" version of the M2030G and is perfect for 'L' motor altitude attempts and for flying large, heavy rockets by Level 2 or 3 certified flyers. The M1500G has slightly higher total impulse but with an extended burn time and is suitable for Level 3 certification. Both reloads produce Mojave Green's signature green flame with brilliant and distinct "mach diamonds" and a moderate amount of smoke.
Performance data, specifications and prices for the new motors are as follows:
|Reload kit designation||L2200G-P||M1500G-P|
|AeroTech part no.||12220P||13150P|
|Total impulse, (N-sec)||5104||5220|
|Burn time (sec)||2.32||3.46|
|Propellant weight (g)||2518||2631|
|Loaded motor weight (g)||4783||4896|
|Suggested retail price||$280.00||$280.00|
Since the previously-released M2030G motor is being discontinued, M2030G customers will soon have the option of exchanging their M2030G propellant grains with the new M1500G grains through their authorized AeroTech dealer. The M1500G nozzle, liner and other motor parts are identical to those used in the M2030G and do not need to be replaced.
The L2200G-P may be sold to NAR or Tripoli Level 2 certified purchasers in possession of an ATFE Low Explosive User Permit (LEUP). The M1500G requires a Level 3 NAR or Tripoli certification in addition to the LEUP.
Deliveries to AeroTech's high-power RMS dealers are expected to begin by early December. Applicable certification documents, motor instructions and assembly drawings will soon be available for download in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library.
AeroTech Product Bulletin 2008-2: Hot Weather Advisory For M2030G Reloads
AeroTech has become aware of a potential issue affecting the reliability of the M2030G reload kit that fits AeroTech, Dr. Rocket™ and Rouse-Tech™ RMS-75/5120 hardware.
Since May of 2008, there have been two (2) reported failures of RMS motors loaded with M2030G reloads. Both incidents involved ejection of the forward or aft closure at ignition. The failures occurred during a time when the ambient air temperature exceeded 104 degrees F. AeroTech believes that the high ambient air temperatures were a major factor in the failures, as all other M2030G motors operated at lower temperatures have performed normally, including AeroTech's own static testing and those tested during Tripoli Motor Testing (TMT) certification.
Customers are advised not to operate M2030G reloads manufactured prior to 9/08 when the ambient air temperatures exceed 90 deg. F at the time of launch. AeroTech is in the process of testing a revised version of the M2030G that will be able to operate in all expected hot weather conditions. This version will likely have a lower average thrust than the M2030G and may be given a different numeric designation. Once the revised M2030G is certified, customers will be given the option of exchanging any older M2030G reloads for the newer version through an authorized AeroTech dealer. Customers must possess a valid Low Explosive User Permit (LEUP) to make this exchange. The new version is expected to be available in early November. As always, AeroTech will honor valid warranty claims for all its products including the M2030G.
Customers with questions concerning this product bulletin may contact AeroTech at 435-865-7100 or via email at email@example.com. AeroTech appreciates its customers' patience and understanding as we work to resolve this issue.
AeroTech Receives New California State Fire Marshal Approvals
The California Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has issued classification approvals for three new AeroTech RMS™ model rocket reload kits, three new single-use model rocket motors and three new Loadable Motor System™ (LMS™) model rocket motor kits.
The specific products approved are:
24/60 Model Rocket RMS
29mm Model Rocket Single-Use
29mm Model Rocket LMS
The approvals allow the sale and use of these model rocket motor products by California consumers. A copy of the new California OSFM approvals may be downloaded in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library.
AeroTech News Conference, Introduction of New Products at LDRS-27
AeroTech Consumer Aerospace would like to extend an invitation to the rocketry media, consumers and dealers attending LDRS-27 near Argonia, Kansas to share our excitement as we bring you a number of new high-power rocket product announcements and flight demonstrations.
AeroTech/RCS President Gary Rosenfield and Director of Operations Karl Baumann will conduct a news conference for the rocketry and hobby media at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 29th at the AeroTech/RCS booth on "vendor row". Consumers and dealers are welcome to attend. Gary and Karl will also be on hand through Sunday, August 31st to meet with fellow LDRS participants, display the new products and conduct flight demonstrations.
We look forward to seeing you there!
AeroTech Reveals New RMS Hardware, Motors at NARAM-50
AeroTech introduced a number of new model rocket motors at the "Manufacturer's Forum" held on Sunday, July 27th during the historic 50th anniversary of the National Association of Rocketry's Annual Meet (NARAM) in The Plains, Virginia.
After discussing the various new products that were released earlier this year, AeroTech/RCS President Gary Rosenfield unveiled to NARAM-50 participants AeroTech's first new "standard" model rocket RMS™ hardware in 17 years, the RMS-24/60. The 24/60 is 24mm in diameter by 95mm in length, and is intended to fit all motor mounts designed for black powder 'E' motors. The motor is a completely new design, and is not compatible with existing RMS-24/40 hardware. The casing has a substantially thicker wall and uses the same thread form found in the RMS-29/40-120 motor. As a result, the 24/60 motor is now the strongest RMS hardware available. The retail price of the 24/60 hardware will be $75.00.
The first reload to be made available for the new 24/60 hardware will be the F35W. The F35W uses AeroTech's White Lightning™ propellant and generates a NAR-certified total impulse of 57 newton-seconds, a burn time of 1.6 seconds, peak thrust of 12.4 lbs and will be produced in time delays of 5, 8 and 11 seconds (P/N 63505, 63508 and 63511). The propellant weight of the F35W is 30 grams, meaning that the F35W reloads can be shipped via U.S. Mail Parcel Post with no hazmat fees. The weight of the 24/60 hardware loaded with an F35W reload kit is 85 grams. The F35W will be sold in a 2-pack at a suggested retail price of $20.00.
Next, Gary displayed a new 29mm single-use 'G' motor using AeroTech's popular Mojave Green™ propellant, the G78G. This motor delivers a NAR-certified total impulse of 110 N-sec with a burn time of 1.4 seconds, peak thrust of 22.9 lbs and time delays of 4, 7 and 10 seconds (P/N 77404, 77407 and 77410). The G78G produces a beautiful emerald green exhaust plume studded with highly visible "mach diamonds". It uses the same new molded case as the 137 N-sec G80T, which includes a molded aft thrust ring. The weight of the G78G is 125 grams. The G78G will ship with a FirstFire Jr. igniter and will be priced at $25.00 each.
The G78G will also be manufactured in LMS motor kit form as the G78G/L (P/N 77304, 77307 and 77310). The G78G/L motor kits produce identical performance to their preassembled counterparts, but at a lower retail price of $23.00 each and like the new F35W reload kit can be shipped via USPS Parcel Post® with no hazmat fees, as the individual propellant grains weigh no more than 30 grams each. The G78G/L includes a FirstFire Jr. igniter and will be available in the same time delays as the pre-built versions. A key advantage of the LMS is the ability to change or modify delays, and the appropriate delay kits are specified on the LMS motor kit instructions.
Gary informed NARAM participants that AeroTech is planning to re-release the previously discontinued 24mm F21W single-use motor in 2008, possibly in time for this year's iHobby Expo trade show in Chicago, IL. The F21W was placed on production hold in October 2005 after AeroTech was unable to obtain phenolic casing of sufficient quality and quantity to continue manufacturing them using the then-current design. AeroTech has designed casing and bulkhead molds similar to those used to manufacture its 29mm single-use motors, and prototype parts have recently been received and were shown at the forum. Testing of the new parts is scheduled to begin in August.
Finally, an update was provided regarding the AeroTech RMS/Hybrid™ system, which was last manufactured in October, 2001. AeroTech has located a supplier of the Pyrovalve™ pellets that are used to control the flow of oxidizer in the RMS/Hybrid motor, and is determining whether to begin acquiring the other materials necessary to resume production of its hybrid reload kits. More information will be released as it becomes available.
No user certification will be needed to purchase RMS-24/60 hardware, F35W reloads and G78G & G78G/L motors, though customers must be at least 18 years of age. AeroTech anticipates being able to accept orders for the new products by late August, with deliveries beginning in early September.
Instructions, RMS assembly drawings and the official NAR certification documents for the F35W, G78G and G78G/L are available for download in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library.
AeroTech Receives New California State Fire Marshal Approvals
The California Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has issued classification approvals for three new AeroTech RMS™ Mojave Green™ propellant rocket motor reload kits.
The specific products approved are:
29/40-120 Model Rocket RMS
The approvals allow the sale and use of these rocket motor reload kits by California consumers. A copy of the new California OSFM approvals may be downloaded in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library.
Tripoli 'M' Altitude Record Shattered Using Kosdon by AeroTech Animal-Compatible M1450W Reload
On June 20th, 2008 at the Mudroc launch in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, Curt von Delius (TRA 10592) established a pending 'M'-class single motor altitude record of over 40,000 feet AGL using a Kosdon by AeroTech™ (KBA™) Animal-Compatible™ M1450W rocket motor reload kit. (Note: Curt's record has since been denied by the Tripoli Records Committee, due in part to a technicality over the timing of his submission of the rocket's flight data. Curt plans to fly again at the upcoming Aeronaut launch.)
The flight was Curt's Level 3 project and is the culmination of a three year endeavor. The maximum velocity achieved was 2,818 ft/sec (1,921 mph). The rocket was recovered 11.3 miles downrange after a six hour search, and the airframe and fin leading edges showed signs of extreme heating.
The new record shatters the previous record of 35,300 feet set by Jim Wilkerson on 9/17/05. Curt is also the holder of the 'J'-class record of 19,240 feet using an AeroTech J570W motor and the 'L'-class record of 31,316 feet. In fact, seven of the nine existing single-motor altitude records have been established using AeroTech motors.
The entire airframe was constructed with lightweight carbon fiber composites. The main body was built using aerospace grade, filament wound carbon fiber tube by Composite Solutions, courtesy of Greg Fannin. High density carbon plate fins were attached with Cotronics high temperature epoxy and vacuum bagged 10.9 oz. aerospace grade Amoco T-650 3K carbon fabric.
The project was launched from a custom-built aluminum tower. Maximum acceleration was 26.2 Gs and apogee occurred at 48 seconds. The vehicle measures 68.4" in length and 3.13" in diameter and weighs 76 oz. without motor. Recovery was accomplished by deploying a highly modified SkyAngle 28" drogue at apogee, and a modified SkyAngle 52" main at 2,400', using black powder charges.
The M1450W is an 8,060 newton-second reload kit that generates a peak thrust of 480 pounds, a burn time of 5.46 seconds and fits Animal Motor Works (AMW) 75-7600 motor hardware. Like all KBA A-C reloads, the M1450W is an outstanding value and is priced 25% below the cost of AMW reloads of similar size. The M1450W also delivers a higher total impulse than AMW 75-7600 reloads.
Curt would like to thank Ken Biba, Richard Hagen and all the Aeropac "Founding Fathers" for their continuing help and knowledge. Also, thanks go out to Steve Wagner for his help in the recovery effort. Launch photo courtesy Steve Wigfield.
Animal Motor Works and AMW are trademarks of Animal Motor Works, Inc.
5/20/08 (Updated 6/6/08)
AeroTech Product Bulletin 2008-1: Forward Seal Disks Now Required For Use With Specific 54, 75 & 98mm RMS Reloads
As a result of field experience and customer feedback, AeroTech is now requiring the use of aluminum "forward seal disks" with new production reload kits intended for use with 54/1706, 75/5120-6400 and all 98mm RMS™ hardware. The specific kits affected are:
54/1706 Motor Hardware
K550W, K1100T, K695R, K513FJ, K805G
75/5120-6400 Motor Hardware
L1420R, M1297W, M2030G, M650W, M1315W, M1550R
98/2560-15360 Motor Hardware
K458W, K650T, K680R, K1999N, L952W, L1300R, L1500T, M1419W, M1600R, M2100G, M2400T, M750W, M1939W, M2000R, M2500T, N2000W
The 54mm seal disk was announced last year (P/N 54FSD) and has been required for use with all 54/2560 and larger reload kits, the 75mm disk (P/N 75FSD) is currently being used with all 75/6400 and 75/7680 reloads, and the 98mm disk (P/N 98FSD) is a new machined aluminum part that will replace the phenolic disk currently shipping with 98mm reload kit production.
A small percentage of customers using some of these reload kits have reported a "blister" forming on the exterior of the forward end of the motor case. The blister is caused by excessive heating due to a small amount of hot gas passing between the case and liner during motor operation. In addition to weakening the casing, the blister can interfere with the proper fit of the case in the rocket's motor mount tube.
In the past, AeroTech has implemented the use of forward seal disks with its longest 29mm, 38mm and 75mm RMS motors. The seal disk is a narrow aluminum ring that seals to the inside of the phenolic liner with a circumferential o-ring. The motor's forward o-ring seals against the forward seal disk when the motor closures are tightened. With the use of the seal disk, the liner o-ring (54mm only) and phenolic or fiber forward insulator are no longer required and will not be included with new reload kits. An added benefit of using the seal disks is that motor cleanup is substantially easier; the disk prevents soot from being deposited on the forward end of the case.
The new 98mm aluminum forward seal disk will be available from AeroTech and its authorized dealers at a price of $20.00 each suggested retail. Three seal disk o-rings will be included with each disk for use with older reloads. Updated assembly drawings and instructions for the affected reloads will soon be available for download in PDF format from the Resource Library.
3/15/08 (Updated 6/2/08)
AeroTech Introduces New G76G 29mm Mojave Green Reload Kit at NARCON 2008
AeroTech is releasing a new Mojave Green™ propellant reload kit for AeroTech and Rouse-Tech™ RMS-29/40-120 reloadable model rocket motor hardware, the G76G.
The G76G produces a highly visible exhaust plume with Mojave Green's distinctive green color. It is a two-grain configuration similar to the redesigned G64W and the G71R released last year, and likewise may be shipped via U.S. Mail Parcel Post® with no hazmat fee. The G76G will be available in three time delays: G76-4G (P/N 77504), G76-7G (P/N 77507) and G76-10G (P/N 77510)
National Association of Rocketry (NAR) certification testing for the G76G is complete. AeroTech's measured total impulse for the G76G is 118 N-sec. Other statistics include a burn time of 1.5 seconds, average thrust of 76 Newtons, peak thrust of 196 Newtons, propellant mass of 60.0 grams and initial mass of 147 grams. It may be used interchangeably in the same kits as the G64W and G71R reloads, with the same time delays.
The G76G reload kit will be priced the same as the G64W and G71R, at $12.95 each. AeroTech is accepting orders for the G76G now and anticipates shipments to dealers and distributors to begin by late April.
Instructions, assembly drawings and the official NAR certification document for the G76G are now available for download in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library.
Tripoli Motor Testing Certifies Three New High-Power Mojave Green Reload Kits
The Tripoli Motor Testing (TMT) Committee of the Tripoli Rocketry Association has certified three new AeroTech high power Mojave Green™ propellant reloads to fit AeroTech, Dr. Rocket™ and Rouse-Tech™ 54/1706, 75/5120 and 98/7680 RMS™ hardware.
The new reloads include the 54/1706 K805G-P, the 75/5120 M2030G-P and the 98/7680 M2100G-P. Because of the high density impulse of Mojave Green propellant, all reloads produce a total impulse in excess of the rated hardware capacity.
Mojave Green propellant generates a vivid green flame with brilliant and distinct "mach diamonds" and a moderate amount of smoke. Thrust levels and burn times are similar to those produced by motors using AeroTech's Redline™ propellant. AeroTech has found that Mojave Green generates the highest total impulse per volume of any AeroTech propellant, so these reloads are real performers!
Performance data, specifications and prices for the new motors are as follows:
|Reload kit designation||K805G-P||M2030G-P||M2100G-P|
|AeroTech part no.||11805P||13203P||13210P|
|Total impulse, (N-sec)||1762||5485||7802|
|Burn time (sec)||2.2||2.6||3.7|
|Propellant weight (g)||871.1||2663||3948|
|Loaded motor weight (g)||1543||4906||6912|
|Suggested retail price||$100.00||$260.00||$447.00|
The K805G may be sold to NAR or Tripoli Level 2 certified purchasers in possession of an ATFE Low Explosive User Permit (LEUP). The M2030G and the M2100G require a Level 3 NAR or Tripoli certification.
Deliveries to AeroTech's high-power RMS dealers are expected to begin by late April. Customers are encouraged to place their orders with dealers at their earliest opportunity to ensure timely delivery.
Applicable certification documents, motor instructions and assembly drawings will soon be available for download in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library.
Thirteen AeroTech RMS, Two KBA Reload Kits Receive California State Fire Marshal Approvals
The California Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) has issued classification approvals for thirteen new high-power AeroTech RMS™ rocket motor reload kits and two new Kosdon by AeroTech™ (KBA™) "Fast" propellant reload kits. The specific motors approved are:
High-Power RMS Reloadable Motor System™
High-Power KBA (Kosdon "Fast" propellant)
The approvals allow the sale and use of these rocket motor reload kits by California consumers. A copy of the new California OSFM approvals may be downloaded in PDF format from the AeroTech Resource Library or by clicking here.
AeroTech Spring '08 "Level 1-2-3" Certification Promotion
AeroTech is once again offering a special promotion to its NAR and Tripoli Level 1, 2 & 3 certification customers, available only through participating high-power RMS™ dealers.
The Level 1-2-3 promotion includes the H128W-M reload kit for $9.49 (50% off MSRP), the J350W-M reload kit for $26.49 (50% off MSRP) and the M1297W-P reload for $194.99 (25% off MSRP). This offer is exclusively for individuals seeking Level 1, 2 or 3 certification, and customers must present their NAR or Tripoli certification paperwork to the dealer prior to purchase. The Level 1-2-3 promotion reload kits will be clearly marked "for certification flights only".
The promotion ends on May 15, 2008. After that date, dealers who have any remaining inventory of Level 1-2-3 reloads may continue to sell them until their stock runs out. However, depending on the success of the program, AeroTech may choose to extend the length of the offer.
Ellis Mountain Founder Robert Ellis Dies Following Accident
Posted courtesy of rocketryplanet.com
JACKSONVILLE, Texas USA — A belated loss has been discovered in the untimely death of Robert E. Ellis, owner of Ellis Mountain Rocket Works, a manufacturer of single use and reloadable model and high power rocket motors. Ellis died on December the 4th after complications from an accident.
Ellis grew up in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia before returning to the United States in 1967 to attend high school. After graduation, Ellis joined the United States Navy, where he served 25 years and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. After retirement from the Navy, Ellis returned to Jacksonville, Texas and started his business developing and building low-cost rocket motors for the model rocketry community.
Robert Ellis died on December 4, 2007, from complications arising from a para-gliding accident in Utah. Unconfirmed sources indicate the accident involved a broken leg which later resulted in a blood clot. Ellis is survived by his mother, Lawanda L. Ellis of Jacksonville, Texas; and younger brothers James Russell of Rusk, Texas, and Reed of Dallas, Texas.
Ellis was noted for his long-burning motors and for helping buoy the hobby after a fire destroyed the AeroTech manufacturing facilities in October of 2001. In early 2002, Ellis began manufacturing the more popular AeroTech motors and continued production at his Texas facility until the new AeroTech facility in Cedar City, Utah was able to take over.