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Message: [IAC-L:700] Fon du Lac and U.S. Aerobatic Team Selection
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From: "Allyson Parker-Lauck" <princess at brigadoon.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 16:51:36 UTC
I was talking with a fellow IAC'er today about this year's procedure for U.S. team selection (requiring attendance at Fon du Lac as well as Nationals and using combined scores to select the team). Even though I don't fly Unlimited, I do care very much about our U.S. team, and I wasn't really wild about the new team selection process. Now after seeing so few pilots trying out for the team at Fon du Lac, it really makes me wonder if this idea is really bad. In 1995 if I recall correctly, there were 36 people flying Unlimited at the Nationals, most of whom were trying for a spot on the team. This year at Fon du Lac, only 15 pilots were trying out for the team. In 1995, there were 7 women at the Nationals trying out for the team, this year at Fon du Lac only 3. Anybody see a trend here? Like the ever so eloquent Kurt Haukohl once said "SHRINKAGE --- BAD!" I have nothing against the Fon du Lac contest at all. I just think that it is difficult and expensive enough to attend only one week-long contest. By requiring 2 isolates SOOOO many people--evident by the lack of participation this year. Maybe it's worth looking at yet another team selection method for next time. Is the old way better? Would it be better to have a special contest JUST for team selection? Is this way ok? What do y'all think? Allyson Parker-Lauck Ponca City, OK