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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: Team News, 1/96


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Message: Team News, 1/96

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From: cks at (Carlys Sjoholm)

Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 16:03:07 UTC



Following is the text of the January 1996 Team News newsletter.

The Team News is mailed quarterly to current U.S. Aerobatic Foundation
donors and sponsors.  If you would like further information about how to
make a contribution and be added to the newsletter mailing list, you may
call me at 360/293-2421 (Pacific time zone), fax 360/293-7413, e-mail to
cks at, or mail your contribution to:  U.S. Aerobatic Foundation, P.O.
Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086.

Carlys Sjoholm
Executive Secretary

January 1996


To provide scheduling flexibility and financial incentive to Team Pilots to
report to the Team Trainer with:
*       Perfected individual technique
*       Determination and execution of any necessary aircraft modifications
*       A developed and tested individual Freestyle
*       Critiqued exposure to both the Freestyle and the Known Compulsory

With the WAC in the United States in 1996, the U.S. Aerobatic Foundation
Board committed itself this season to going the extra mile by initiating a
new individual training program for the pilots intended to make the U.S.
Aerobatic Team a strong force in the international aerobatics arena again.

The Board of Directors devised a plan to allot our team pilots each a
specific amount of funding to use for training/critiquing sessions with a
qualified trainer of his or her choice (approved by the Foundation Board
and the Team Trainer). The trainer/critiquer must be knowledgeable about
international aerobatic competition by virtue of having been a trainer, a
competitor, or a judge. The pilot and trainer schedule training sessions at
their own convenience. U.S. Team Trainer John Morrissey provides a set of
guidelines of specific issues to be considered at each session, and the
independent trainer is obligated to submit a summary report to Morrissey
following the session. By adhering to the guidelines, each pilot will
arrive at the late May spring training camp with critiqued exposure to the
Known Compulsory, and will have worked to create a competitive Freestyle
sequence and developed some proficiency in its execution. These critiqued
practices prior to the official training camps will allow more efficient
use of training time and resources, and will free the team members to
concentrate on preparation for the Unknown program.

John Morrissey explained, "The individual training program was designed to
provide qualified training by people experienced in international
competition. The training needed to be available on a flexible and timely
basis to assist our Team prior to the main training camps which begin in
late May. It is a financial and training incentive which allows our pilots
to get on line early."

By providing the financial incentive to train early, any aircraft servicing
problems or modification needs can be detected, corrected, and tested well
before the group training sessions, again ensuring efficient use of the
training resources at the camps, with a minimum of down time.

"We are very pleased with the early feedback to our program," said
Foundation President Paul Erdmann. "Team morale is excellent. Half of the
pilots have utilized the program so far, and are excited about the training
opportunities. Others have scheduled their sessions for later this winter
and early spring. We feel confident that our decision was a good one. We
think the considerable expense will be justified by the end result of a
well trained and highly competitive U.S. Aerobatic Team in 1996."

Time will tell. During the first two weeks of March John Morrissey will
meet with all team pilots for a review and training session. This early
base line assessment of each pilot's flying will give the Team Trainer the
information to set the direction for the next stage of preparation. Between
the March reviews and the late May official training camp in Oklahoma, the
pilots will know what they need to focus on in their individual training

It's going to be a busy spring!


"Planning for the XVIII World Aerobatic Championships this summer in
Oklahoma City has gone to full throttle", reports Contest Director Carl

The Clarence E. Page Airport, ten miles west of Oklahoma City, is the site
selected for the big event in August. Nestled among wheat fields and
grazing cattle, Page is a spacious airport with attractive administrative
offices and plenty of hangar and ramp space. Abundant grassy areas afford
perfect sites for the city of tents and temporary structures that will
house the world's greatest aerobatics sporting event.

Originally called Cimarron Field, a WWII Army Air Corps primary training
facility, Page Airport is now popular with sport pilots. Air traffic is
light on the parallel 3,500' and 6,000' paved north-south runways. The
gridwork of section lines etching the Oklahoma prairie stretch to the
horizons, making orientation a snap for aerobatic pilots. "Oklahoma boasts
some of the best flying country in the world," said Whittle.

Sixteen nations have indicated their intention to participate: Australia,
Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy,
Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom,
and the United States.

The 1996 WAC officially opens on the evening of August 18 with the Parade
of Nations. Practice flights will be held August 19 - 20. Competition
flights are scheduled for August 21 - 30. Presentation of the new World
Aerobatic Champion and winners of the other titles, and the awarding of
trophies, medals and diplomas, will be staged at the gala Championships
Awards Banquet to be held at the elegant National Cowboy Hall of Fame
August 30.

Because the WAC has not been in the United States since 1980, thousands of
aviation enthusiasts are expected to make the trip to Oklahoma City for
this rare opportunity. A temporary air traffic control tower will provide
services for fly-in aircraft. Convenient transient aircraft parking and
camping will be available. Oklahoma City is located at the "Crossroads of
America", the junction of Interstate Highways 35 and 40, making it an easy
drive from north, south, east, or west. Parking for recreational vehicles
will be available at Page.

The Radisson Inn (450/947-7681) is the headquarters hotel. A special rate
of $54 for double or single occupancy is available to those attending the
WAC. Bentley Hedges Travel Agency has been designated as the Official
International Travel Agency of the WAC and can be reached at their
worldwide telephone number 1-800-669-8787 for help with domestic or
international travel and hotel accommodations.

According to WAC organizers, opportunities remain for sponsorships of
social and other events during the Championships. A 54 booth Aviation Trade
Show will provide display space for commercial exhibits.

For ticket information, sponsorship opportunities, or to reserve a booth in
the Aviation Trade Show, contact the Oklahoma City All Sports Association
at 1-800-434-5000.

by President Paul Erdmann

At this time, our team pilots are in the midst of a unique training program
that the Foundation Board of Directors firmly believes will prove to be
very advantageous, since it exposes our pilots to a variety of approaches
to training techniques and international flying styles. Under the
leadership of Team Trainer John Morrissey, our pilots have been given the
opportunity to select a trainer/critiquer from a list of approved trainers
and to schedule concentrated individual sessions. New concepts learned
during these critique sessions will benefit all the team members when they
come together during spring training in Oklahoma in late May to exchange,
discuss, and implement the new ideas and techniques learned.

The countdown to the World Aerobatic Championships of 1996 has begun. The
cost of competition is dedication, personal commitment, and sacrifice. In
addition to individual and team effort is the necessary obligation to meet
all of the U.S. Aerobatic Foundation's financial commitments for fielding
the 1996 U.S. Aerobatic Team. The monetary needs of supporting a world team
are an ongoing and difficult goal to meet. Our gratitude to our sponsors
and to individual donors will always be strong and filled with deep
appreciation. We are asking that as the time for the competition rapidly
approaches, all our friends and supporters remember our continuing
financial commitments can only be met through your generous contributions.

Our 1996 U.S. Aerobatic Team consists of talented and dedicated men and
women who will lead us to victory in Oklahoma City. They believe in the
words of Edward C. Simmons who said, "The difference between failure and
success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right."  Our
team has the determination and will follow this precept. They will do it
"exactly right".


The Foundation Board of Directors welcomed Robert Minkus of Villa-nova,
Pennsylvania, to  the Board in November. Foun-der of Minkus & Associates,
Bob's extensive background in advertising photography, graphic design,
corporate identity creation, and marketing will make a valuable addition to
the collective talents of this organization. An example of his professional
expertise combined with his interest in aerobatics resulted in the creation
of an award-winning identity system for U.S. Team Pilot Matt Chapman's
airshow business.

Bob is an Intermediate level aerobatic competitor (flying a Pitts S-2B) and
an IAC national judge. He is currently serving his second term as Vice
President of IAC Chapter 58. He is a member of ICAS, contributing to the
ICAS News and conducting seminars at the annual convention. Bob has worked
with the IAC's Jerry Gerdes to develop new programs in the judging
community to enhance the quality and consistency of judging throughout the
United States.

Bob's wife, Karen, is a partner in Minkus & Associates, is a pilot and
competitor in Basic, an IAC regional judge, and newsletter editor for IAC
Chapter 58.


Our sights are focused on bringing the world aerobatics trophies home to
the United States. You are critical to our success. This year, more than
ever before, your U.S. Aerobatic Team needs your financial support in order
to ensure the realization of the American team's enormous potential for
success in Oklahoma City.

Each season, the U.S. Aerobatic Foundation Board must decide which expenses
of team participation it will be able to fund, based upon how much money
they can expect to raise. The more money raised, the greater the portion of
team expenses the Foundation can covered. With the Foundation Board's
commitment to invest in the new individual training program, the costs to
field the U.S. Team for 1996 are even greater than in the past. The
Foundation has never yet had the luxury of fully funding the U.S. Aerobatic
Team's preparation for and participation in the World Aerobatic

The team members themselves must make up the difference in those costs out
of their own pockets. Not only do they provide their own competition
aircraft, insurance, parts, and maintenance, but they fund their own
coaching programs during the year to assist them in perfecting their
skills. They have even had to pay a portion of their own travel, lodging,
and meal expenses, as well as fuel bills, for official practice sessions in
some lean years.

Because we rely solely on corporate sponsorships and individual
contributions, our ability to relieve the team members of more of their
personal financial burden of team participation, depends upon you, the
aerobatics enthusiasts who heed the call to help your U.S. Aerobatic Team
represent America in world class aerobatic competition.

by Ben Visser

Q:      Do straight mineral oils have the same low temperature flow as
straight ashless oils?

A:      No. Due to the additive technology in ashless dispersant lubricants
like AEROSHELLŪ W Oils, the flow characteristics of each grade are roughly
equivalent to the next higher straight mineral oil grade. For example,
AEROSHELL W 100 will flow at low temperatures about the same as AEROSHELL

So, what does this mean to the average pilot or aircraft owner?

First, if you're breaking in your plane on mineral oil during the winter,
always take extra precautions to ensure that the engine is properly
preheated prior to flight. For example, if your service bulletins recommend
preheating whenever the temperature is below 20šF, you may want to increase
that to 30-35šF if using straight mineral oil.

Another concern is that mineral oil is more prone to oil cooler plugging at
low temperatures. This is especially critical on aircraft used for high
altitude flight where temperatures are even lower.

If an aircraft is going to be broken in during the winter or at high
altitudes, you should consider using a winterization kit. The kit will
reduce airflow through the oil cooler and reduce the chance of oil cooler
freeze-up. (However, be sure to remove the winterization kit when it's no
longer needed.)

During winter break-in and high altitude flight, pilots should also be
especially observant of their oil temperature and pressure. If the oil
pressure or oil temperature moves significantly up or down in flight, you
may be experiencing oil cooler plugging or bypassing. If this occurs, you
should take appropriate action.

(Shell Oil Company is the principal corporate sponsor of the U.S. Aerobatic


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