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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Re: Fitting in a Pitts S1


Thread: [Acro] Re: Fitting in a Pitts S1

Message: [Acro] Re: Fitting in a Pitts S1

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From: N1BZRich at

Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 14:39:27 UTC


In a message dated 2/8/2002 8:11:13 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
england at writes:

> The wind noises don't bother you?
> Tim

       No, the wind noise with no canopy on my S1S does not bother me, 
although after flying fighters for 28 years in the Air Force my hearing is 
not the best.  I use a David Clarke headset with gel filled ear pieces and 
the David Clarke cloth helmet.  At one point I converted one of my form 
fitted light weight military helmets to use civilian mic and earphones, but I 
didn't like it at all with the open cockpit (may be OK with a canopy - but 
you are too tall for that).  Whenever I leaned my head outside the windscreen 
area the slipstream seemed to want to "center" my head back inside, and I 
didn't like that feeling at all.  I guess I am just too used to looking 
around / "checking six".  This does not happen with the cloth helmet setup.  
When flying in a box I don't tend to stick my head "outside" into the 
slipstream, so the hard helmet may work OK for competition (and would be 
safer), but just flying around the local area I look outside a lot - you need 
to see the bogies.  
       Bottom line, as tall as you are you may have to fly a Pitts open 
cockpit, so don't let that stop you.  The noise is not a problem with a good 
headset and noise canceling mic.
Blue Skies,
Buz Rich
IAC # 2794
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