Here’s a late update on last fall’s IAC Chapter 11 contest, the James K. Polk Open Invitational Tournament of Champions. (yes, that’s our real new contest name. I love it! #absurdityFTW)
I was happy to make the contest at all (work and weather) and doubly happy to get my first win in Intermediate.
Thanks, as always, to Julie Artz (Youtube: horsemoney) for coming out to play with us and sharing video.
Not my sharpest flight ever but it got the job done. I love flying the Unknown. We receive the sequence only a day before and are not allowed to practice it in the air. It’s a great cerebral challenge on top of all the other pieces that layer together for a well-scoring competition flight. Contest Results
We had catastrophically-perfect weather for this year’s installment of the East Coast Aerobatic Contest in Warrenton, VA (KHWY). It’s not lost on us this perfection while seemingly the rest of the hemisphere is reeling from the catastrophically bad weather.
I finished 2nd in Sportsman among a talented group. I’m happily surprised but did make satisfying improvements to my hammerheads during practice. I also got some good coaching on flying the Cuban Eight and that helped since it’s the highest-weighted figure in this years’ Known program. Full results online in IAC’s contest database: 2017 East Coast Aerobatic Contest full results
Thanks, as always, to Julie Artz (Youtube: horsemoney) for coming out to play with us and sharing video. It’s always cool to see this relatively-solo pursuit from a fresh perspective. And it makes sharing with friends and family easy! My second contest flight (of three). The judges liked it; scored 2nd out of 8.
I’m trying to get more comfortable inverted. I’m so new to aerobatics that just a minute of inverted flight, straight-n-level with the gentlest of turns, is challenging. To maintain coordinated flight, the aileron and rudder inputs are opposite each other. Flying normal-side-up, pilots instinctively use left aileron with left rudder to make a coordinated left turn. All that goes out the window (canopy?) inverted. Awesome.
Eventually, being comfortable with negative-G will be an advantage. I’m not very good at it yet. (I already know I need to get more stick-forward authority from my elevator trim system, so I don’t have to push so hard.)