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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Landing a Pitts - My conclusions


Thread: [Acro] Landing a Pitts - My conclusions

Message: [Acro] Landing a Pitts - My conclusions

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

Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 13:49:27 UTC


  I have finally come to the conclusion after nailing
the last ten or so landings in the Pitts (before being
previously very uptight about doing a landing):

First, you just have to say "Screw it!". This isn't a
Cherokee, a Cub, a Citabria, or even and Extra. It is
not going to glide itself down to the runway at a nice
leisurely pace, it is going to be falling like a
brick. (actually a brick has a better glide ratio).
You are coming over the fence at a speed some
airplanes cruise at. 
You are going to be tense, so just BUCK-UP and DEAL
WITH IT! You are NOT going to be able to see very well
so know your landing environment and be familiar with
A properly rigged Pitts will head EXACTLY where you
point it, so get it on the runway straight and leave
the rudders alone. 
Nobody ever sees the good landings (DAD, I am getting
some), just the ugly ones, so DEAL WITH IT!

Finally, you bought a Pitts because that is the dream
of most newbie aerobatic pilots. You knew first off
that they are a beast to land and you bought it
anyway, SO DEAL WITH IT!

And most important, ENJOY IT!!! You have a PITTS!

Paul Stambaugh - IAC Chapter 88
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