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Old 08-30-2004, 01:22 PM
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Hi all,

I went to Nazareth Speedway yesterday for the Indy Car race. Matt Chapman did a pre-race show that was fantastic. He was flying his new Cap which looks awesome! My question is this: how does he or any other pilot like Matt get the plane from show to show? If his next show was in Phoenix for example, does he fly it there? Or does in come apart and go on a truck or other means of transport?

Just curios,
Jim
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The well funded show pilots usually have ferry pilots to fly their craft from one venue to another. Those who lack the funds fly the craft from venue to venue themselves.
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Trailers...they take em apart and put em in a trailer..
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Trailers...they take em apart and put em in a trailer..
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Hmm, seems to be 2 schools of thought here! Anyone know for sure. I'm just curios about this.

Thanks,
Jim
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Different strokes...

However, I think that while some planes will lend themselves easily to being broken down and stuffed in a trailer, Some planes like the high performance ones you see at air shows, don't.

Removing pieces and replacing them creates wear and tear. Bolts can strip, etc. etc. You get the idea.

IF it were MY butt strapped to that thing, I wouldn't want to be wondering if "Ol' Buford" remembered to replace that Cotter Pin.

So I think MOST of them are ferried, either by the owner, or a ferry pilot
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Thank you for the responses. The ferrying thing makes the most sense.

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yea, I know for sure that Mike Mancuso (flys the Klien Tools Extra 300) flys his plane from event to event
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In the past year, AOPA Pilot magazine, or the EAA's Sport Aviation magazine had an article written by Patty Wagstaff's ferry pilot. His job is to take the bird from show-to-show. Patty does the shows and makes the appearances, and then counts on the plane being delivered to her next show.

Matt Chapman's plane is also ferried from show-to-show.

According to the article, the planes are not fun to fly unless you're doing aerobatics. They do not hold speed or attitude. They are very, very neutral in stability, and will wander off heading or altitude with the merest provocation. The pilot is alywas flying the airplane to keep it going in a straight line. Cross-country flying is very tiring as a result.
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Ferrying aircraft from show to show is discussed extensively in No Visible Horizon, by Joshua Ramo Cooper, which came out within the last year or two. It's a great read if you're into aerobatics.
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Must take 3 days to get from coast to coast. Thats a long time flying an airplane that is inherently "touchy".

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Can you imagine the fun you could have while ferrying an aerobatic plane..... YEEEE HAWWWW

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