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Thread: [IAC-L:42] Adding a new category for WAC level ...

Message: [IAC-L:42] Adding a new category for WAC level aerobatics?

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From: Mike Davis <davis at alsc.com>

Date: Mon, 09 Jun 1997 21:37:08 UTC


Message:

  
When Unlimited was created, 'state of the art' was S1S class aircraft.
There was room for 5 categories within that framework.

Today's 'state of the art' has pushed WAC known difficulty up   
tremendously,
as competing countries want to leverage the capabilities of their   
monoplanes.
[I can understand these pilots pushing the capabilities to the limit.   
 I'd do the
same thing!]

Unlimited difficulty, though, is linked to WAC.  And as Unlimited scaled,
lower category difficulty scaled accordingly, to the dismay of Citabria   
pilots.

The S1S aircraft is now arguably stretched beyond breaking limits to keep   
up
with the new WAC level energy requirements.  Kudo's to guys like Rihn,
Andelin, Armstrong, Cornick, etc who have gone for it anyway.

Why shouldn't there have been a new 'WAC level' category created?
The argument is based purely on the *theory* that category difficulty
has *scaled* over time when there was no technical reason to do so.
The aircraft are unchanged, the difficulty should be unchanged!

Advantages:
WAC competitors can continue to grow the 'state of the art'.
Pitts pilots can win unlimited trophies like they used to.
Citabria pilots can win Sportsman trophies like they used to.

Disadvantage:
How do you manage a 6 category contest???

[now that that hand grenade is tossed I'll see ya...]
Mike
davis at alsc.com, S1S (could you guess?)  


                


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