Originally Posted by ChiefPilot
For sure, but that's not the point - the point is that people with RVs and new to IAC (but not aerobatics) are being coached to fly their plane...well, not all that differently from how Mr. Tucker flies his airshow. Maybe this was an isolated incident, but it's not the first time I've seen it happen either.
I don't understand the comparison to Tucker's flying. He sees 280mph speeds, +9/-7G, lots of snaps and high speed gyroscopic/shoulder roll maneuvers that twist the **** out of everything on the airplane. Sean has his airplane rebuilt after every airshow season for a reason. I've never seen an RV subjected to anything like this type of flying.
I'm not new to the sport, judging, or coaching and I can tell you that everyone has a personal style, including experienced coaches. I said beating up the airplane significantly more than recreational acro is not required and that's true. Lots of folks mess around with loops and rolls in the 3.5-4G range. It takes about 4.5G to make round looping segments. That's not much more stress on the airplane. There's no need to pull more than that doing basic Sportsman level acro in an RV.
I cannot help how others choose to coach, but folks need to realize that there is room for personal style in this sport and the goal is not to make every pilot some sort of violent robotic carbon copy of some other pilot's perceived ideal flying style. I've seen many successful flying styles in my years participating in and judging Regional contests. Pilots need to choose the flying style that works for them and that they are comfortable with and understand that thrashing the controls and pulling 6Gs is not required for an RV to post very good scores at a contest.