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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: "Peter Ashwood-Smith" <petera at>

Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2002 20:51:46 UTC


Realistically its mild acro + spins for a few hours, then take-offs, then
touch and goes. After that you can get into more advanced spins, hammer
heads and different kinds of landings. Make sure you instructor shows you a
variety of different runway lengths/widths and cross wind components. Its
one thing to land on a nice wide 4000' runway, and quite another to put a
Pitts down on a narrow little grass strip with trees on both sides.



	-----Original Message-----
	From:	aerobatik at [SMTP:aerobatik at]
	Sent:	Monday, August 05, 2002 12:47 PM
	To:	acro at
	Subject:	[Acro] Need Pitts Tips

	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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