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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:1634] Re: SAFE AEROBATICS


Thread: [IAC-L:1634] Re: SAFE AEROBATICS

Message: [IAC-L:1634] Re: SAFE AEROBATICS

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From: harley at (harley Carnes)

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 15:08:12 UTC


 Robert B. Johnson wrote:
> Over the last couple of days I have read about many of your concerns as to
> the safeness of aerobatics. This dialoge is understandable in light of the
> loss of two of the brightest stars in a week.  However, if you have read
> any of our safe aerobatics and mishap data articles in Sport Aerobatics,
> you will find two common threads among all of the mishaps we report; 1)
> There was not a "?" as to the cause.  We knew what caused it;   and 2)
> These mishaps were at least in part, avoidable.  First, there really aren't
> any  twilight zone gremlins that apear from thin air to claim an aircraft.
> I have reviewed every aerobatic mishap since before 1970 and every one had
> a understandable cause.  Second, every cause had a point where a human (not
> necessarly the pilot) could have stoped the sequence leading to the mishap.
>  If you want to know how safe aerobatics is, look in the MIRROR.
> Aerobatics is as safe as YOU make it.  It can be very very dangerous if you
> don't head the three cannons: Plan your flight and fly your plan, Be
> properly trained, and Fly a properly maintained aircraft.  It's up to us,
> and please BE your brothers keeper.  If a friend appears to be taking a
> trip on the "Dark side" YOU bring them back.  As I have said before, "I
> would rather loose a friend because I said STOP IT, than loose a friend in
> an accident."
> So, when I'm asked if aerobatics is safe, I respond; "YES, and let me tell
> you wh...................
> Bruce Johnson

Thanks Bruce.  I think I'll enlarge this one - and post it in the hangar
near the Pitts as a powerful and necessary reminder. It's life saving,
life affirming stuff.  

Thanks again. 

Harley Carnes


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