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Message: [IAC-L:709] Re: Fon du Lac and U.S. Aerobatic Team Selection
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From: DickieJr at aol.com
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 1997 17:04:44 UTC
Allyson, I think you miss the point of the new team selection process. By requiring participation in two week-long contests, the leadership is clearly tipping the scales in favor of those professional and semi-professional pilots for whom aerobatics is virtually a full-time job. In addition, in order to be competitive at the national level, a pilot would need to fly at least three or four regional contests through the year, an additional time commitment of several four day weekends. Unless I am mistaken, the new team selection guidelines also include provisions for making the team without participation in one, or both, of the designated contests through invitation to a "training camp". This is to cover those pilots who have mechanicals or whose airshow schedule conflicts with contest dates. Final selection to the team occurs through these training camps. According to the written process, it would be possible to finish first at both Nats and Fondy, and then fail to be selected due to a poor showing at training camps. I know this is unlikely to ever happen, but it is possible. The point of the new selection criteria seems to be to allow enough leeway for the powers-that-be to ensure that our team is composed of the "proper" pilots. Given our performance at the last several world contests, perhaps we should be focusing on better preparation of our pilots to present flights that will score well with a panel of international judges. The moral is, unless you tow the political line and shake the right hands, no matter how excellent your flying is, you will not be not assured of a spot on the team. Dickie, Jr