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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Re: AWAC 2002


Thread: [Acro] Re: AWAC 2002

Message: [Acro] Re: AWAC 2002

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From: "Allyson Parker-Lauck" <princess70 at>

Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 13:22:23 UTC



I first want to thank you for being willing to address this issue publicly.
I do understand your concerns about playing this out in front of the world,
but in August, if there is no US Advanced Team in Slovenia, it's going to be
played out in front of the world anyway.  The United States is among the
richest nations in the world, and I would venture to guess that we have the
more pilots flying at the Advanced level than most/all other countries.
People will definitely speculate about what is going on anyway, so why not
let them know the facts rather then come up with their own guesses?

I don't think any of us wanted to drag anyone's personal lives out into the
open, we just wanted to know what has happened.  Our teams are important to
us.  Some of us have tried out for Teams in the past and plan to again in
the future.  Many of us have made donations to our Teams.  This is not some
sick voyeuristic thing.  We (or at least I) care about our these people.

We are also not talking about scraping up $100K.  At this point we are only
talking about 2 pilots.  As far as I understand it, the only obligation that
USAF made to any of the Advanced Team members is to pay their entry fee and
room and board for the contest.  I sat in on the meeting that was held for
those trying out for the Advanced Team at the beginning of Nationals last
year, and if I remember correctly, we're just talking about $1500 per pilot.
Now that there are only 2 pilots, it is very difficult for me to believe
that USAF does not have the money in the bank to fund them with $3000.

When the C5 deal fell through last year, how did USAF find a way to make
that happen?

I'm also concerned about the inconsistencies.  I've seen many exceptions
made with regards to the Unlimited Power Team.  The rule that required that
70% must be achieved by each pilot trying out for the team was waived in
order that we could field a women's team.  The rule that each Unlimited
Power competitor must try out with a 10-figure freestyle was also waived bec
ause one of the pilots wasn't aware of this requirement.  When the time came
around to go to Europe last summer, the rule that a team could only be
funded with 3 or more pilots was again waived.

At this point, whatever the reasons are that the other Advanced Team members
decided not to go to the AWAC is unimportant.  The fact remains that we
still have 2 pilots who do want to go.  Why is it that all of these rules
are waived for the Unlimited Power Team, but not for Advanced pilots?  And
why can't we call the next pilot on the list and offer the opportunity to
him so that we CAN field an entire Team?  Why can't we find a way to make
this work instead of looking for every reason to make it not work?

Allyson Parker-Lauck

----- Original Message -----
From: <PWKNIGHT at>
To: <acro at>
Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2002 3:44 PM
Subject: [Acro] AWAC 2002

> I started to write these comments as a response to one of the several
> that have been posted to the web in regard to the team situation but
> decided to make it a general post. Before it goes to far I would like to
> a few comments. My comments are based upon being a Foundation Board member
> for the past 10 years and being a member of teams for the past 10 years.
> With the recognition that this exploder is viewed by people all over the
> world I shall be very careful with my thoughts, something I have not seen
> done at times.
> You ask for more information about the team situation, I suggest that you
> wanting to know about peoples personal lives and I don't feel that it is
> business of the organization to know this information. I can tell you from
> past experience that even with funding, a trip to worlds is a very large
> finical, family and personal commitment. If you have not been involved you
> can never appreciate the magnitude of the effort. The Foundation committed
> a level of support. This level was based upon available funds. These funds
> have been severally stretched. The reason for the lack of funds falls upon
> the decision of CIVA to realign the WAC and AWAC schedule thus causing 6
> world events in the past 3 years. These were 2-WAC, 2-AWAC and 2 glider
> contests. It has always been a challenge for the foundation to support the
> normal contest structure without the extra events. Many hours have been
> expended by many people to raise funds for the teams, they do not deserve
> be criticized for the efforts and or lack of successes.
> I find it a little unrealistic for some to sit and demand that the
> organizations fund these trips no matter what the cost is. Quit obviously
> they would not run there personal finical life this way. Neither USAF or
> can do this either. I also fine it unrealistic that the major level of
> funding for our teams comes from outside our organizations.
> This year has been especially difficult with the current world situation
> insurance coverage for travel has become impossible. A pilot taking an
> airplane out side the United States will probably do so without insurance
> coverage. The ability to ship airplanes has become much more difficult.
> availability of airplanes equal to those being flown by our pilots are
> limited if non existent. The original concept of AWAC was not to move
> airplanes but to be able to rent equipment at the contest site, thus
> the cost to a much lower level. Our pilots have tried this as evidenced by
> our participation in 1999 and 2000. It, at best, was very unsuccessful.
> I think that we all must realize that this is still a hobby. I am
> that these pilots who have decided that it is impossible to attend this
> have very good reasons and that these reasons need not be public. I am
> sure that if it were a different group of pilots that the out come would
> been the same.
> I truly hope that this will not effect our relation with the rest of the
> world. For them to attend a world event is like us attending an event in
> US. For us, quite obviously, it is a major logistic and finical challenge.
> I trust that those who are truly concerned with the decisions of these
> members will discuss the topic on an individual basis and not present this
> topic to the world.
> In regard to the decisions of the IAC board and USAF, I can speak as a
> member of both when I say that they are guide lines in place that limit
> placement of new people on a team after January 1 of the team year. This
> was put in place at the request of members of previous teams who felt that
> was unfair to have an alternate be standing by up until the date of
> departure.
> I am sure that on a one on one that any of the current IAC or USAF board
> members can shed light on any questions that any of you might have.
> This is not a topic that needs to become a political football.
> Sincerely,
> Phil Knight


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