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Thread: [Acro] Re: Helpful Suggestions

Message: [Acro] Re: Helpful Suggestions

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From: "Virginia M. Jacobson" <virginia at>

Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2002 14:35:30 UTC


I guess, I never heard of it.

Virginia Jacobson


----- Original Message -----
From: Bruce Johnson
To: Stephen Seidel ; Pete & Farrell Rouse
Cc: acro at
Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2002 10:23 AM
Subject: [Acro] Re: Helpful Suggestions

Maybe I've been out of touch for a while, but what happened to the
aerobatic rallies and the "Sport Division"?  Has that gone the way of
the One Design category?
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Stephen Seidel
  To: Pete & Farrell Rouse
  Cc: acro at
  Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2002 11:13 PM
  Subject: [Acro] Re: Helpful Suggestions

  It's certainly easier to complain and throw darts than to offer up
concise and helpful suggestions. For that I applaud you.
  Your idea of clinics has merit to bring the larger acro community
together. We probably all know of a dozen pilots around us who have
aerobatic airplanes that either no longer competete or never intend
to. This could prove to be a golden opportunity to include these folks
and help grow the sport.

  Perhaps one of these clinics could be combined with the many Airport
appreciation days that local airports and FBOs  put on.  Or an
afternoon rally, much the way the antique and hot rod car clubs have.
Both these events could be advertised using sponsor's  byline tags,
and it may help bring us together and  promote public awareness of the

  Stephen Seidel
  MidHudson Aerobatic Club
  IAC 52

  Pete & Farrell Rouse wrote:

    To All,Or 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 RousePitts S-1S
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