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Message: [Acro] Re: IAC rules amok?? -- just another real worldsolution
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From: Klein Gilhousen <kleing at qualcomm.com>
Date: Sat, 09 Mar 2002 19:18:22 UTC
In regards to the "new" primary category - all I see is a name change. Big deal. I'm not sure what difference a new name will make but it sure doesn't bother me. I also see that the Primary category has a new sequence this year. That's not different per se. They could have done that without the name change. Known sequences have changed from year to year in the past. What is different is the absence of a spin and the presence of a half Cuban. The absence of the spin together with no boundary penalties is thought to allow P51's and the like. Hmmmm.....interesting. Actually, I don't see anything in the present or former rules that would prevent a jet or warbird from entering the contest. Any maneuver prohibited by the AFM, can't be flown in the contest. One could still have entered their P51 (or whatever) in Basic and just omit the spin (taking a zero) and fly the rest of the sequence. Under the new rules, one could enter the P51 without taking the zero. On the other hand, having the spin in the sequence provides more assurance that entrants will have been practicing them. Having the spin in the primary sequence doesn't really provide much assurance than a stranger showing up for his first contest could actually fly a safe spin or recover from an inadvertent spin. I have seen first time competitors totally screw up their Basic spin and have to be saved by their safety pilot. Scary. I have also seen plenty of hammerspins and loopspins. Even some snaprollspins. When I showed up at my first contest, nobody knew me or had ever seen me fly. I brought a single seat airplane so I couldn't accept a safety pilot.....and I wanted to fly Sportsman. What they did was watch me like a hawk during my practice flights and assign me a "buddy" - one of the unlimited competitors - to be my mentor (and maybe to make sure of my attitude, find out about my training experiences, etc.) I think they relaxed a little when I came in second in the category after my first flight (finished 3rd after 3 flights). Note that I did have about 25 hours of acro dual in Super D and S2B + 35 hours solo practice in my Yak55 before showing up at my first contest. I guess my point is that the presence or absence of a spin in Primary doesn't provide much guarantee of safety. In the past, we've relied on a social process, not rules, to provide safety for first timers. So far, this has worked pretty well. I'm not so sure about the wisdom of allowing airplanes that aren't approved for spins to compete. I don't want to fly aerobatics in an airplane in which spins are prohibited as I know all too well that a spin is a possible outcome of many aerobatic maneuvers. I don't want to see my friends do this, either. I also don't think I'd like to be CD, tech inspector or CJ at a contest where such an airplane was entered. Klein Gilhousen, IAC 21489 Bozeman, MT