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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Re: ICAS - Fees


Thread: [Acro] Re: ICAS - Fees

Message: [Acro] Re: ICAS - Fees

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From: EdF16 at

Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 02:28:06 UTC


Hi All,
If I may, here are my two cents worth on competitions and airshows.  I have 
found from my military experience that habit patterns will save your life in 
aviation, if they haven't already.  Competitions teach you habit patterns 
whether you want to learn them or not, i.e. walking through your routine, 
bringing your plane to the starter, having the starter brief you on critical 
safety items, checking your seat belts, fuel, sequence card, etc.

While I have found, and was told early on, that airshow flying and 
competition are two competely different worlds, the habit patterns you may 
use to be safe are very similar.  Competitions are a great environment to 
learn and practice these habit patterns, airshows are not.

Flying differences are great.  I do not believe that competition flying 
translates to airshow flying.  For example, energy at the crowd is the first 
big difference that is not even a factor in a typical competition sequence 
but is a big no-no during an airshow.  You may be an experienced competitor, 
but if you want to become an experienced airshow pilot, I believe you must 
check your ego at the door, accept that it is a new kind of flying,start from 
square one, and listen to everybody in the business.

Anyways, that's my two cents worth.
Fly safe,
Ed Hamill  

They are two competely different kind of flying, however, competitions are a 
great place to develop your habit patterns.  And habit patterns make you a 
better airman.

Fly safe,
Ed Hamill
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