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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:1113] More Nationals update


Thread: [IAC-L:1113] More Nationals update

Message: [IAC-L:1113] More Nationals update

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From: William McIntyre <acromac at>

Date: Sun, 28 Sep 1997 21:12:21 UTC


 I enjoyed Dan Rihns kind comments on the 1983 Nats held here in 
Mesa,Arizona.I generally agree with Dans weather comments although I 
thought I recalled an afternoon of rain during the week.We did get lots 
of flying done.On the subject of the protest Dan alluded to, chapter 69 
had held a regional contest in the spring and some of the unlimited 
pilots had flown in it in what would be the nats contest box.The protest 
took the position that the regional participants had had an unfair 
advantage by having flown in the box some 6 months prior to the nats(it 
was a team selection year).The protest was upheld and the decision was 
to allow all the unlimited pilots a practice flight to "level the 
playing field".Even with this extra time used,the contest was flown off.
	I think that the majority negative comment on the site was the fact 
that it was an extra days flying beyond the Sherman site for the pilots 
coming from anywhere east of Texas.Also,for those who had not flown in 
the west previously,the terrain is a bit daunting.A forced landing could 
involve a 50 mile hike in an area east and south that is very steep 
canyons.The tradeoff for those of us who live in the west is 100mile 
visibilities and no 2500 foot TV towers coupled with scud running in 2-3 
miles of vis.It was also the contest at which Leo was zeroed on his 
freestyle for entering the box while Debbie was flying hers.It was a 
good nationals with the usual mix of good flying,controversy,intrigue 
and fellowship.
	Thanks Dan
	Bill McIntyre
	Phoenix Aerobatic Club
	1992 US Team Judge
Bill McIntyre
IAC 3269
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