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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: "Stuart Saward [ MTN - Sandhurst ]" <saward_s at>

Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2002 05:58:40 UTC


Matt, you should try fly your Citabria from the rear seat to get the 'feel'
of sitting behind a wing, it may help you quite alot, one of the weirdest
things i ever felt was sitting behind the wing.  
Remember, most pilots tend to slip to the left most of the time, make sure
that in your training you do as much crosswind training from both sides.
Remember!, that when the instructor jumps out for you to go solo, that you
have lost a hell of a lot of weight, the pitts perfoms quite different with
one up!
Pitts S2E 
ZS-WIZ (South Africa)

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Ashwood-Smith [mailto:petera at]
Sent: 05 August 2002 22:46
To: acro at
Subject: [Acro] RE: Need Pitts Tips

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.



	BM__MailData-----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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