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From: "JOHN R. TABER" <75121.2453 at CompuServe.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Apr 1996 18:38:04 UTC
I've been out of the sport for a couple of years because of overseas assignments and am a little shocked by some of the changes in IAC and the advanced category in particular. At a recent contest a fellow competitor showed up in a big Russian mono-sled, not because he preferred it to his old Pitts but because international judges would like it better and he'd have a better shot at winning the world advanced competition. Now our elected officials are proposing to raise the K and lower the # of figures for the advanced free so we can get in line with CIVA. Maybe I've been out of it too long but I've never heard an advanced competitor gripe about the K being too low (though lots of unlimited - drew, dick rhin -, intermediate, and even sportsman pilots seem to have a lot to say about the advanced free). Wouldn't it be novel if advanced, and only advanced pilots were allowed to determine the fate of the category. I can fly a higher K sequence with lots of practice <evil grin> but I am neither independently wealthy or kept by a sugar-mommy/daddy so I have to make do with the limited practice I can schedule and afford. In summary we have a board of directors telling us what's good for us; world advanced competition threatening to politicize advanced to mimic unlimited's quagmire of politics and intrigue; a handfull of folks from other categories who will be unaffected by the changes trumpeting their support; and a bunch of advanced competitors who were never polled as to their opinion(s) before the board acted. Long live glorious socialism - the state knows best.