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Thread: [IAC] 1st aircraft purchase: S1-S or YAK-55?

Message: [IAC] 1st aircraft purchase: S1-S or YAK-55?

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From: John Coffey <jcoffey at>

Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 21:43:58 UTC


I flew basic 2 years ago in a borrowed S2B (thanks again, Renny Price!), and
am finally getting serious about buying an aircraft, my 1st, for more
regular competition and general sport flying in the Northwestern USA region.

I can't justify $100K+ for a competitive 2-seater and, until recently, had
been looking at the S1-S as my only option. That was until I discoverd the

Although, it's 50% more expensive than the S1-S, many advantages are claimed
for the YAK-55. I'm looking for help sorting things out so I can select an
AC that will best suit my purposes.

I intend to find out how far I can go in IAC competition and plan to use the
AC as follows: 50% competition & practice, 30% local sport/fun flying,
remaining 20% for recreational travel. I'd like to find an AC I can keep for
a good long time that will be competitive on a local & regional level from
basic through advanced, at least. I live in Seattle, Washington, USA. I'm
current and have about 450hr total, 170hrs in tailwheel (Decathlon), 10hrs
S2B (dual only), 20hrs or so Great Lakes.

For those with applicable experience, some questions:
- why does the YAK-55 appear so rarely in competition? Is it just plain rare
overall, or is it unsuitable for competition for some reason?
- what are the general comparative advantages/disadvantages of the S1-S and
- what are the competition-specific advantages/disadvantages of the S1-S and
- are there other aircraft I should be considering?

Although it's my second choice, I'm open to a suitable partership in the
Seattle area, but haven't identified such an opportunity to date. If you
know of a such a partnership opening, please let me know.

Thanks in advance for any help you could provide to a very interested and
hopeful, but uncertain pilot.
John Coffey


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