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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Re: Need Pitts Tips


Thread: [Acro] Re: Need Pitts Tips

Message: [Acro] Re: Need Pitts Tips

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From: "Dr. Guenther Eichhorn" <gei at>

Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2002 17:01:56 UTC



Practicing landings in a Decathlon from the rear seat helped me 
to get used to the limited visibility during landings.  It is a 
lot less expensive to do that in a Decathlon than in a Pitts.

Dr. Guenther Eichhorn        |  gei at
ADS Project Scientist        |  Phone: 617-495-7260       |  Fax:   617-496-7577
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
60 Garden Street, MS-83, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

------ Original Message ------

In message < at webmail.worldne>, aerobatik at writes:
>Already, some good suggestions! Thanks!
>I'm more concerned about getting on the ground safely, 
>first, and getting used to how quickly things happen. 
>Spin recovery and any aerobatics are going to wait until 
>I know I feel realtively comfortable landing the beast. 
>Of course we might do a loop and a roll here and there, 
>but no cranking and banking until I think it's a plane 
>for me.  No sense in looking to moving up if I can't get 
>back to base.
>So I've been trying to get ready by making "fast" 
>approaches in the Citabria.  It just doesn't seem that 
>this fast approach technique is going to help any. I'm 
>not sure there's anything I can do in my Slowtabria to 
>aid in the transition.
>I think we'll have some structure. My instructor is just 
>careful to not exceed my limits or desires. So he's 
>always checked my condition and asked if I was ready to 
>move on to the next manuever, try the last one again or 
>go home.
>What I was getting at was I guess some insight on what I 
>should try and not try to get used to the Pitts as 
>quickly and safely as possible. I have confidense in my 
>insturctor's flying ability. I just want to make sure I 
>learn as much as I can in a concise manner.
>My first lesson is on Friday.  I've never even sat in a 
>Pitts, let alone flown in one. So I'll try it on for 
>size and see.  
>Still take as much advise as I can get!


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