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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:1072] Re: Why The Pitts Is Unbeatable


Thread: [IAC-L:1072] Re: Why The Pitts Is Unbeatable

Message: [IAC-L:1072] Re: Why The Pitts Is Unbeatable

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From: Joseph <jvd at>

Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 16:53:43 UTC



I would like to add one remark :   why I couldn't step into a Pitts S1 ??
is pilot weight and my intention to stay inside the aerobatic weight and
balance limits....
When I was checking this out for a Pitts S1T the way it should be
seemed to me that many should not take fuel on board any more...??
AS every insurace cy will check this after a crash...I think I want to stay
inside the theoretical official factory limits....( W & B for acro )
Please note that the factory examples of calculation are made with a
theoretical plane and a very light one so...if you have some extra equipment
on board...change the example.....

on the other hand In an Extra 230 e.g. full fuel I could still add some

Just a thought to be more complete...( I think )

Best Regards
IAC  19.625

At 17:28 23-09-97 -0500, you wrote:
>   Call me a fool, but I just traded in a monoplane for a Pitts S1S. Here
>are a few reasons why that loud, cramped, hard-to-work-on, old airplane
>proved so irresistable to me:
>   1) The Pitts S1 is essentially an 850-pound airplane capable of unlimited
>aerobatics. The One Design, G-200, Akro1, etc., also are 850-pound airplanes
>capable of unlimited aerobatics -- at two or three times the price.
>   2) When you arrive in a Pitts, every contest is a de facto one-design
>   3) Fly one of the sequences that Bob Herendeen or Charlie Hillard
>mastered in a Pitts (or land in a gusty crosswind), and you are part of an
>American legacy. You can measure your progress against those who came before
>   4) If you ever lose the engine in a Pitts, the top wing will provide
>great roll-over protection. At the Reno air races, I watched in horror as an
>aft-CG loaded Pitts oscillated, then crashed nose-down in the dirt at full
>speed. When the dust cleared, the canopy slid back and the pilot crawled out
>of the wreckage. He had a broken collar bone. Enough said.
>   I'll miss the awesome visibility of the monoplane. I'll miss its relative
>comfort and cross-country speed. But I'm glad to be back in the Pitts family
> . .
>   Dave Hirschman


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