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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Re: Helpful Suggestions


Thread: [Acro] Re: Helpful Suggestions

Message: [Acro] Re: Helpful Suggestions

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From: "Paul B. Stambaugh" <pstambau at>

Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 12:49:28 UTC


  Well put!

--- Pete & Farrell Rouse <rousep at> wrote:
> To All,
> I am an aerobatic pilot who is no threat to any of
> the competitors in any category; however, I feel
> that I might have some suggestions that would be of
> benefit.  I am going out on a limb because of the
> recent spate of in-fighting within the ranks of the
> IAC.  I do not know all of the issues with Mr.
> Dorsey's tenure as the IAC president, nor do I feel
> that it is relevant now due to his departure.  Any
> parting shots taken at this point are really
> non-productive.  I say let us give Gerry Molidor our
> support and move the IAC in a positive direction
> that is a benefit to all aerobatic pilots.
> Here are a few suggestions that might help with some
> of the issues as I see them.
> 1.  The small percentage of competitors versus the
> overall membership.
> I suggest that the IAC sponsor weekend clinics for
> aerobatics much in the way the EAA sponsors the
> Sportair workshops.  I feel that a relaxed and fun
> atmosphere of a weekend clinic would probably entice
> some more of the membership into competition.  I see
> this as an educational as well as flight proficiency
> clinic.  The people involved in the course could
> bring their own airplanes, or rent a flight school
> provided airplane.  The clinic would cover the
> maneuvers, scoring/judging, flying tips, aircraft
> performance, etc.  Basically a fun introduction to
> competitive aerobatics.
> 2.  Competition aerobatics is relatively unknown to
> the 'outside world'.
> I suggest that whenever there is an aerobatic
> competition, the organizers try an involve the local
> media to get the word out to the general public. 
> The media involvement would need to be carefully
> crafted in order to put aerobatics in a positive
> light, not a bunch of elite, show-offs with too much
> money and time on their hands.  I am not saying that
> the latter is the case, just that the general public
> is uninformed about our sport, and we want to
> portray it as a safe and exciting sport which has
> benefits to regular flying; i.e., upset training and
> flight proficiency.
> 3.  Dissemination of information.
> One of the biggest issues this year seemed to be the
> USAF decision concerning the fielding of an Advanced
> team at the WAC.  I am friends with one of the
> original team members, but I still am not sure what
> the issues were concerning the Advanced team (this
> may be a case of utter confusion on my part). 
> Anyway, I suggest that there be a better flow of
> information to the IAC membership.  Email would be a
> good start.  I have contributed to the USAF for the
> Unlimited and the Advanced team.  If funding were an
> issue, I would have gladly donated an extra $20.00
> to the Advanced team.  My $20.00 would not have
> meant much; however, if all of the other IAC
> membership were to match it, then it would have been
> something.  I may not have all of my facts straight,
> but I hopefully have pointed out that the
> communications within the organization could use a
> little more improvement.
> 4.  Fragmentation of the IAC.
> I have seen the website which is proposing a new
> aerobatic organization.  Wasn't this the case when
> IAC superceded the ACA (before my time)?  Anyway, I
> don't feel that creating a new organization will
> really address any of the core issues.  I feel it is
> changing horses in mid stream.  I realize that there
> are many different viewpoints within the IAC.  If
> there is a particular direction the IAC should go,
> then the membership should vote for it and then the
> majority would provide the direction.  If there are
> people who are not in the majority, then keep up the
> dialogue and see if there is an equitable solution
> to be had.  Constant in-fighting is non-productive,
> and it just alienates people.  I feel that we can
> have internal disagreements, but when it comes to
> interfacing with outside organizations, we need to
> have a unified position.  Let us not air our dirty
> laundry to the public.
> I know that my viewpoints are probably not worth the
> electricity used to send them across the net, but I
> am willing to help.
> Thanks for not hitting the delete key immediately.
> Pete Rouse
> Pitts S-1S

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