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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: trainer (fwd)


Thread: trainer (fwd)

Message: Re: trainer (fwd)

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From: Herman Dierks <dierks at>

Date: Mon, 25 Nov 1996 19:54:51 UTC


   Dick, regarding your item 2 below,
 there is at least one aerobatic trainer with tri-gear. 
 This is the Zlin, 2 place side by side.  I don't recall the exact
 model number, 242 or some such thing.
 They have one here in Austin at Awsome Aviation. 
 It is sideby side seating, all metal, uses the Lyc IO-360 200 HP
 engine and I think a MT 3 plade prop. 
 I have seen it a number of times but I have not flown it.
 It looks a bit heavy and has short stubby wings.
 I hear it takes a lot of force on the stick to bring it out
 of a spin (the Mueler-Biggs method WILL NOT work in this aircraft).
 Anyway, they are around in various flight schools.
 dierks at

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> 1.  The answer to this depends upon your use or interest in aerobatics.  If
> you are going to go cross country to compete then you will need good cross
> country skills, weather, navigation etc.  A private pilot rating is desirable
> but a recreational pilot may compete.  The minimum number of hours would vary
> with the pilot.  No answer there.
> 2. There are no tricycle gear aerobatic airplanes except for the Robin and it
> is only mildly aerobatic compared to a Pitts.  Most people begin in a
> Citabria or Decathlon.  then a move to a Pitts S 2A or 2B.  It is possible to
> learn tali-wheel handling in a Pitts but it is a big jump for most folks.  It
> is easier to make the big jump into two smaller ones by starting with a
> Citabria or comparable.
> I was 55 years old when I started.  I flew an Unlimited contest this year at
> 71 but it's getting to be a little too much for my Pitts as well as my body.
>  Advanced feels better.
> You will get many varied answers to all of these questions.  In the long run
> you will have to evaluate your own circumstances and make your own choices.
>  I wish you well.  It is a wonderful sport.  There is nothing else quite like
> it!
> Dick Rihn


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