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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] RE: Designing an intermediate free


Thread: [Acro] RE: Designing an intermediate free

Message: [Acro] RE: Designing an intermediate free

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From: Dave Swartz <djswartz at>

Date: Sun, 01 Sep 2002 23:02:44 UTC


  On Sunday, September 01, 2002 6:44 PM, Bokagan at [SMTP:Bokagan at] 
> Hi,
> I am planning to fly intermediate for the first time at Sebring this fall and
> am wondering about what things to think about when designing a free?  Is it
> better to have fewer maneuvers with a higher K, or more with a lower K? Are
> there certain maneuvers that are good to start with or certain ones to avoid?
> Any other thoughts?
> Thanks,
> Bo Kagan
> Pitts S2B


Most try to have the maximum number of figures to reduce the complexity of the 
average figure and reduce the impact of a zero'd figure.  Generally it is a 
good idea to try to spread the K as evenly as possible across all figures for 
the same reason.  If the judges are doing their job, a complex figure has more 
potential to be scored lower simply because there are more downgradable 
elements to watch for in the figure.  Be sure to include all of the required 
figure elements in your Free but, if you can, it is best to stay away from 
figures you can not reliably score well on.  Full loops with or without rolls 
are usually not a good idea since they often do not score as well as 1/2 loops 
(it is too easy to see a loss of symmetry).  There have been a few articles 
published in Sport Aerobatics on the topic.  Basically, you want to meet all of 
the requirements for the Free while making the sequence as easy for you to fly 
in your aircraft as possible.  Going for "wow factor" usually looses points 
unless you make no mistakes.

Dave Swartz
Fort Lauderdale, Florida


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