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Message: [IAC-L:1039] One Design/Cat. Contest (was One Class/One Design or Not?)

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From: Beth Richard <brichard at>

Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 14:35:34 UTC


 At 12:46 PM 9/16/97 -0500, DSowder at "Doug Sowder" wrote:
>2. The one-design concept is an attempt to fix what ain't broke. It sure
>looks to me like the pilot who flies best usually wins, so as long as the
>airplane you're flying is capable of competing in your chosen category, it's
>you, the pilot, who will be scoring the points (or the zero's!).
>3. The single-seat Pitts is about as one-design as they come [...]
>There are enough of them in existence that
>they'll dominate our contests, numbers-wise, for a long time. 
>4. It will be a long time before there are sufficient numbers of One-Design's
>to form a category of their own, and if and when that does happen, it may
>greatly increase the workload on contest organizers.

  So what about Decathlons for the lower end?  There's a bunch of those
around, too.  

  The Nth Annual Doc Harvey's First Ever One Design Aerobatics Contest (and
this year is the Fifth annual) is based around just such an idea.  And as
you can see, this has been going on for 5 years, so it's not a new thing!

  We fly Basic in the Cessna 150 Aerobat.  Everyone who flys Basic flys
this same type.  If they don't bring one, they can rent one at the contest.

  In Sportsman, we use the 8KCAB Super Decathlon.  Same again, bring or rent.

  We judge by Pilot Number and not name.  The judges aren't supposed to
know the order of flight, either.  This makes things as much based on the
pilot and as little based on the plane as we can make it.

  The purpose of this contest is to be a grass roots kind of thing, but
there's no real reason why we couldn't do Intermediate and Advanced in the
S-2B. (The S-2B because there's several of them in the area, including one
for rent.)  The only real issue when you start getting in this realm is
being checked out to fly the rental if the S-2B is not your ususal

  In fact, that's the reason why we moved this year's contest from
Sack-o-Grande Acroport, which is basically near a Houston Suburb, to
Jackson County Airport, in Edna, TX.  There were some very valid concerns
about low time pilots landing a rented Decathlon (tail dragger) on a narrow
grass strip which typically has a crosswind.  So we're much farther from
the Houston population base (where we could perhaps have drawn in some of
those pilots who have an interest in Aerobatics, but have never competed -
"grass roots"), but we have a wide paved runway facing into the typical
winds with good facilities for doing a contest.

  If anyone can make it, it'll be on October 25th at Edna!  See
"" for further details.

Beth Richard, ASIC Design Engineer.
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