ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: Elimination of aerobatic box
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Thread: Elimination of aerobatic box
Message: Elimination of aerobatic box
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From: Salvadori Luca <lsalvadori at batman.laben.it>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 10:40:21 UTC
Hi IAC'ers, Well, it seems I launched a retarded-explosion bomb! Anyway, just to keep the discussion far from religion wars, just consider the points below. A - It's no matter how you make the rules: the best pilot wins. B - It's no matter of keeping the box or not: the real issue is keeping line judges (and box penalties). I obviously agree that a well-drawn box is fine and useful, but we have to face with reality. Reality says what Jim Klick said, i.e. tens of peoples to make a contest, sometimes more ground crew than competitors. B - The real issue is money and time. We cannot continue depleting volunteers reserves to keep a complicated rule running. Not to mention FAA waivers to draw the box, orography, fights with farmers, etc. C - If you keep boundary judges, you as a competitor may pretend that line judging is fair and consistent regardless of location and organizers. This is very, very difficult to achieve when you have to capture volunteers "on the fly" among wives, spectators, friends and whoever you see walking on the apron. Thus, you would need to create a specialized "Line Judges Corps", which adds difficulty both to IAC (or CIVA, it's the same...) and organizers. D - Sense of space is a key factor. I fly (so far) Intermediate on a CAP-20, and usually (as my Unlimited-Category masters told me) I watch carefully where judges are, and fly accordingly. Box is a nice feature and helps, but adds nothing to a good flight nor influences judges, since they see no box from their location. Obviously, one has no advantage in flying his sequence on another airport, and in this case box wouldn't help. My instructor said "Fly ahead, and be sure of your position". E - Regarding CIVA, it's a fact that every year box withdrawal is proposed and rejected, but it's a fact as well that this concept is growing in opinion, and in votes as well. It's only matter of waiting, then, I believe, force of facts will emerge. F - Final conclusion: It's better to have simpler, better organized, less costly contests (regardless of continent) than huge, complicated, dollar-eating ones. This is my 2 Cents. Please consider that I didn't mention public, or sponsors, or category. Ciao Luca Salvadori European Correspondent - Sport Aerobatics Team Manager - Italian Aerobatic Team Milan, Italy P.S. - Here in Europe we're more airshows-oriented, they say. I believed the opposite, since best (and most crowded) airshows are held in USA. Last airshow here was blocked by environmentalists ("Green") sitting on the runway: they say we kill mosquitoes and make noise.