ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: Aerobatic Box Debate - Yet again...
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Thread: Aerobatic Box Debate - Yet again...
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From: "Drew Lundgren" <acrodrew at nol.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 1997 12:00:29 UTC
Keep the box. This is not an issue of whether or not pilots can fly sequences within the confines of the box. Look at the thread of messages - pilots of the fire breathing super planes are wanting to keep the box. I fly one of those high performance planes and am more often hurt by outs than benefited by my competitor's outs. I want to keep the box. Get off the high power vs. low power stuff - its not part of this debate except when the issue is raised by those wanting to keep the box who think the vote for elimination is by those with big engines. As others have stated, the boundaries are another aspect of competition. I agree with Don Peterson that this is the line that divides prescriptive geometry and very controlled competition from that which is more like dance or figure skating. Although if you'll look closely, even dance and figure skating competitions have boundaries - physical and often very hard boundaries (now there's a solution to our problems). Chapter 25 hosts at least three competitions each year. That means that six times each year we have people trudging through farmer Brown's field (really!) putting down or picking up box markers. Its a lot of work. We see the same thing across the country. Its a lot of work - but it gets done except in those rare cases where a buoyant corner marker might be needed. Thus, I don't think the argument about being too much trouble is valid. The box demands discipline from pilots who want to fare well in competition. Discipline is a large part of aerobatic competition and the box provides an element of discipline that cannot come from only flying individual figures well. The one thing I am in favor of is a bigger buffer zone - most of my outs are only a few feet! Drew Lundgren, Pres. IAC 25.