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Old 09-13-2017, 05:11 PM   #101
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Ssmdive, I don't know your name so it feels odd to address you directly. As a relatively new entrant to this sport I am trying to do what I can to give back. I am taking over my IAC chapter (58). I have just become a judge. I am downright evangelical about the sport among my non-acro peers. It's not much but it's not nothing either.

But this forum, man! It just has the vibe of one big pity party. Imagine "Amy", an imaginary UND freshman, browsing these pages as a first step to meeting her dream of building and flying a WolfPro 360. She is going to see a bunch of old men sitting in rocking chairs complaining about the guv'mint. Fortunately for the sport, contests have exactly the opposite vibe. The openness, enthusiasm, humor and encouragement are heaped on everyone in huge doses. The contrast could not be more stark.

We may not be perfect but relative to much of the world, we American and Canadian pilots have it pretty damn good. That's not an accident. The EAA and AOPA are flawed organizations that have done considerable work keeping the worst of the wolves at bay. Meanwhile, the very pilots who benefit from the effort just howl at the moon.
I am not just howling at the moon. I am VP of my chapter, I was on the BOD last year for the chapter as well. I am on THREE acro boxes and fought the FAA for one at my home airport.

What I have seen is the EAA not give a damn about the IAC. This is not a one time issue, but over and over and over. Not a SINGLE world about EAA/IAC members at the World Championship... Not a DAMN word. That is not support, not by a long shot. And yet you HAVE to pay them and be a member and they give you not a SINGLE word of support.

And YOU are the one that said, "Those of us who enjoy aerobatics may save our sanity by stopping our whining and just enjoy what we have while we have it".... So you are free to just ignore every obstacle and be happy, that is your choice.

I however am going to call it like I see it, and the EAA is not helping the IAC at all. You can call it "whining" if you want.

You are free to claim the EAA is the best thing ever... I disagree. Your choice, my choice. And if you don't like my "whining"... No one is forcing you to read my posts.


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Old 09-13-2017, 07:43 PM   #102
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"Would you really want me sitting across from you telling you where your dropping the ball with the judges program."

Absolutely. When you step in the political area, which what we are talking about, you need to have a thick skin and the ability to pick the good ideas out of the thrashing of the debate. I will suggest that ANYONE who has a good idea should step up and champion their point of view. And if you put 10 ideas in the pot and one takes on life, fires up others, and gets adopted, its a win.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”― Edmund Burke

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[QUOTE=PittsDriver68;182048]"Would you really want me sitting across from you telling you where your dropping the ball with the judges program."

Absolutely. When you step in the political area, which what we are talking about, you need to have a thick skin and the ability to pick the good ideas out of the thrashing of the debate. I will suggest that ANYONE who has a good idea should step up and champion their point of view. And if you put 10 ideas in the pot and one takes on life, fires up others, and gets adopted, its a win.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”― Edmund Burke

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Old 09-14-2017, 12:52 AM   #104
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Circling back to comments about female pilots flying aerobatic contests, here is some good news. At the last regional contest I attended there were 3 female pilots out of 13 competitors. Two of the judges were also women.
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Eric S i think those guys look in the cockpit when they are landing
The term seat of the pants means nothing to them
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:14 PM   #106
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AOPA frequently does feature articles on homebuilt airplanes. These are often outstanding articles. Dave Hirschman at AOPA owns and flies a RV3.
Compare this to the writers at EAA. At least some of them hate homebuilts. The others with a couple of exceptions choose not to write about them.
Six years ago Dave H wrote an excellent article about a one of a kind homebuilt that EAA has never mentioned and probably doesn't know exist.
So sad.
The fraud is about to be inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame or some such thing. Should be hall of shame. How can he even look in the mirror?
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We need to drain the swamp in Oshkosh.
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We need to drain the swamp in Oshkosh.
Agreed but near impossible under the current by laws.
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EAA has become Airventure INC. That's the cash cow, that's where they get their egos massaged. Everything else can wither and die.


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