Seven piloting stages

From dream to reality and vice versa

Some are focused on reproducing full scale aircraft as closely as possible. These are model builders. Others subtract or add seconds from flight times, flying a racer or a sailplane. These are competitors. Others perform a unique and ephemeral dance with their model, to fit into a beautiful landscape. These are acrobats. To achieve such a dance one must undergo an initiation, together with a discipline. As discipline is out of style today, we seek a sportier term. And, as initiation is a archaic, so too a more current term is needed. From impoverishment of language, it is challenging to name the slow progression of a beginner toward knowledge, to mastery, and finally to something approaching perfection.

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