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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] RE: an interesting twist


Thread: [Acro] RE: an interesting twist

Message: [Acro] RE: an interesting twist

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Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 14:15:44 UTC


  To All,

The excellent historical perspective provided by Paul Logue points up some 
important matters regarding the IAC Smooth Patch.  

Requiring the contestant to have a smooth patch in each division before 
competing has been on the agenda several times at the IAC BOD meetings.  It 
has failed to pass due to the hue and cry of our membership who fear the "big 
brother is watching over you" potential activity.   I suspect that 
requirement will never pass due to member objection rather than BOD 
inactivity.  In other words the BOD does, and should, remain responsive to 
its membership.  This is a difficult goal to achieve when the membership is 
equally divided on an issue.  Such issues are best left to mature until a 
consensus is available, I suspect.

My first Pitts purchase came as a direct result of a pilot's failure to 
become proficient in a Pitts hammerhead.  The person from whom I purchased 
the S 2A competed with only ex-military training.  He fell out of two 
hammerheads into spins from which he recovered low.  He was asked to return 
home.  Since it would have required him to fly for 2 hours across the rather 
intimidating Sierra Nevada range to get to an IAC Judge this otherwise fine 
pilot was lost to IAC competition.  After a year or so he put the aircraft up 
for sale and I purchased it.  

The point of all of this, is that it requires a critical mass of competition 
oriented pilots in any area for activity to flourish.  Those who live in 
congested, high density area regions of the USA have greater opportunity than 
those who fly in sparsely settled unfriendly terrain geographicregions.  

It is virtually impossible for the BOD to design a system that will suit 
everyone.  I believe they are doing a great job of finding the "middle of the 

Dick Rihn


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