Last week, we had our Spring Big Bird event that drew 50 entrants, and a couple of hundred spectators. Every year, it seems that we have one or two guys who always bring out brand new planes and fly them for the first time at these events. This year, one guy flew a new GeeBee Arf. When he took off, the plane made an immediate left turn and flew OVER the pits and spectators. The pilot, who was quite competent, guided it back, properly trimmed it. The rest of the flight was uneventful. There was another pilot, along with myself, who was quite disturbed by this. At last night's meeting, I pointed out that this practice was in direct violation of the very first item of the AMA safety code. I really was not prepared for the reaction. They don't think it's a big deal. What do you think?
19 years ago