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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Re: Needs Pitts Lesson Tips!


Thread: [Acro] Re: Needs Pitts Lesson Tips!

Message: [Acro] Re: Needs Pitts Lesson Tips!

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From: mike.torbett at

Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2002 21:36:14 UTC


I guess the most usefull tip I received when I was just learning how to land
a Pitts was - 
 "If you mess up the landing don't try to fix it - just go around." 
This realization helped my confidence  a lot when I was learning as I
realized hey - If I bounced the landing, if everything wasn't just right -
just go around. No problem.No big deal. You don't really HAVE to land this
time. In a few seconds one can try again. I knew I would eventually be able
to get it on the ground OK.
Mike Torbett
Pitts S-2A

-----Original Message-----
From: Bear [mailto:dmcff at]
Sent: Monday, August 05, 2002 12:31 PM
To: DSowder at; jwcornwell at; aerobatik at; acro at
Subject: [Acro] Re: Needs Pitts Lesson Tips!

Hi All- I'm going to throw my 2 cents in- most have been good tips already.
In teaching Pitts for 20 years now, the most important statement, and the
one that really gets my students on track (dealing with landings) is to "fly
the aircraft attitude, not the airspeed". A three point is always a three
point when the three point attitude (identical to taxi attitude) is
attained. The speed at which this attitude is attained can vary due to temp,
density, weight, etc. Set a speed on "final" and adjust as required to
maintain the desired attitude. Looking inside, which is very common in other
ships, has no place in a Pitts on short final or over the runway- therefore,
making airspeed secondary to attitude. This also works for wheel landings as
the attitude again is fixed. Nose heavy trim always helps as well. 
Good Luck-
Doug Partl
IAC Tech

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