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Message: Re: Category/Class
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From: DSowder at aol.com
Date: Sat, 27 Apr 1996 05:12:27 UTC
Rick, Many contests have trouble just fielding three competitors to make up a class. Breaking the classes into sub-classes based on aircraft type would sure complicate the issue (not to mention judging and score keeping). I think Jimmy Carter was right. "Life is unfair." My Pitts (worth less than $30K) is fully capable of any conceivable Intermediate sequence, and Advanced as well. I feel that if I fly well, I'll win. But, I will admit that the Extras and Sukhois, et. al., certainly look good in the box, and they may carry an aura of accomplishment with them. I have the distinct feeling that I'll know more about this in about 3 weeks. I believe that the differences in aircraft are just things that we'll have to live with. If we want to move up to higher categories of competition, more expensive hardware is just part of the price that must be paid. But note that my Pitts is worth about 1/3 of a new Super Decathlon. So it's not necessarily all a question of money. In fact, a pristine 100 HP clip-wing Cub would cost about the same as my Pitts, and is no competition in performance. So where does that leave us? Doug Sowder