Re: Western Front Rhinebeck

Larry Marshall (
Wed, 20 Sep 1995 10:59:21 -0400

> To us they are beautiful! To the judges....well that might be a different
> story. This type of aircraft is my personal preference. I think they are
> elegant and beautiful in flight. Others (Frank Tiano for example) don't. It
> is subjective. I would believe it would be hard for a judge to get this type
> of bias "out of his/her system" before judging. It is probably a subconsious
> thing.

Maybe I'm wrong but I don't think WWI planes have problems with static judging.
It's the flying portion that's a problem, especially in wind. The reasons for this,
I think, are numerous and not all are due to biases. I've flown 15-20lb fast flying
airplanes as well as some light birds. When you plant the heavy ones on the
runway they tend to help, not hinder your ability to produce a scale landing and
taxi. Since takeoff, landing, and taxi, are typically 3 of the maneuvers flown,
you start with a handicap if you're flying a light airplane. Judges are going to
'count the bounces' and discount you for scraping a wing, etc. These are pretty
objective notions, not biases. This is not to say that the biases don't enter the picture but they aren't the only thing.

Cheers --- Larry