Any SPA members on the newsgroup?

I just reupped in the SPA (Senior Pattern Association).
As usual, wherever I go, I seem to have stirred up a hornet's nest in the
SPA community. It wasn't intentional, honest.
I asked a few questions about the SPA rules that ban pipes and retracts, but
instead promote using .91 four-stroke engines running high nitro fuel. Oops!
Honest, it wasn't intentional.
Ed Cregger
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Ed Cregger
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I would be interested but the SPA seems to be a relatively small group in the southeastern states. If the group expands to the west I'll join in the chat. Sunny_B
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Sunny_B
Maybe you can be the catalyst that helps it expand?
I was a member when I lived in NJ, but didn't attend any activities. I think there were several in various Mid Atlantic states.
Ed Cregger
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Ed Cregger
It is expanding, but seems to be one state per every few years. Started in Georgia, then Alabama, then Tennessee, Florida, and now NC. I don't think there are any sanctioned SPA events in NJ or any mid Atlantic. Or maybe I hadn't noticed. Many of the events are not that small. Just the Master's. Lots of Advanced through Novice.
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Sport Pilot
We have a group in Nebraska that have three SPA-like contests each summer. We fly the SPA patterns, but can fly any type of plane. It is a great way to get people interested in pattern. I would like to attend some of the other SPA contests, but they are all way down south. Hard to compete with those guys anyway as they can generally fly year-around.
John VB
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JJVB
I'm glad to hear it is propagating to Nebraska, even if there is only one attendable event.
To me, modern pattern is far too expensive and requires a much more serious mindset than SPA events.
I'm sure some SPA folks take it just as seriously, but there appears to be many like-minded folks in the leisurely section of the crowd too.
I like the simplicity of days gone by. The nostalgia is just as important to me as "winning", if not more so.
Ed Cregger
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