ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:1653] Re: SAFE AEROBATICS
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Thread: [IAC-L:1653] Re: SAFE AEROBATICS
Message: [IAC-L:1653] Re: SAFE AEROBATICS
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From: Steve Hill <shill at kih.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 15:45:21 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 > AMRC Well written. Bruce... Good job...