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flyingstrauss  (B 15358)

Oct 23, 2011, 2:59 AM
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So, is there a canopy pilot, who is considered a good pilot, maybe even top-of-the game pilot, that doesn't have rods, plates and screws in his body left from the learning process? Is it possible for someone to become a good pilot with his bones intact? And if possible, are there any living examples? I'm just curious... Cool


DARK  (B 31685)

Oct 23, 2011, 4:11 AM
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So, is there a canopy pilot, who is considered a good pilot, maybe even top-of-the game pilot, that doesn't have rods, plates and screws in his body left from the learning process? Is it possible for someone to become a good pilot with his bones intact? And if possible, are there any living examples? I'm just curious... Cool

I know a couple, nobody super famous but people who are respected by the 'top of the game' pilots

i dont want to mention any names just in case they are wierd about privacy and the interwebs


dqpacker  (D 32043)

Oct 23, 2011, 5:14 AM
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So, is there a canopy pilot, who is considered a good pilot, maybe even top-of-the game pilot, that doesn't have rods, plates and screws in his body left from the learning process? Is it possible for someone to become a good pilot with his bones intact? And if possible, are there any living examples? I'm just curious... Cool

I know a couple, nobody super famous but people who are respected by the 'top of the game' pilots

i dont want to mention any names just in case they are wierd about privacy and the interwebs

Everyone knows there are no good canopy pilots from Ireland. quit lying.


superstu  (D License)

Oct 23, 2011, 6:53 AM
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Yes, there's a few out there without metal. Doesn't mean we haven't hit, just means we haven't hit hard enough and have gotten lucky.

All canopy pilots hit no matter if you're starting out or a top tier guy, and we all know we'll hit again if we continue to swoop it's a risk one has to be ok with unfortunately.

For the record I don't have any metal

Stu


morris

Oct 23, 2011, 8:13 AM
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For the record, I dont have any metal either.


wildcard451  (D License)

Oct 23, 2011, 8:22 AM
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All canopy pilots hit no matter if you're starting out or a top tier guy, and we all know we'll hit again if we continue to swoop it's a risk one has to be ok with unfortunately.

For the record I don't have any metal

Easier to quote than rewrite.

/then again, Im just a no name monkey. Tongue


AggieDave  (D License)

Oct 23, 2011, 9:01 AM
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Yes, there's a few out there without metal. Doesn't mean we haven't hit, just means we haven't hit hard enough and have gotten lucky.

All canopy pilots hit no matter if you're starting out or a top tier guy, and we all know we'll hit again if we continue to swoop it's a risk one has to be ok with unfortunately.

For the record I don't have any metal

Stu

I haven't placed as high as Stu, but I don't have any metal either. I have hit the pond HARD though.


piisfish

Oct 24, 2011, 4:03 AM
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I haven't placed as high as Stu, but I don't have any metal either. I have hit the pond HARD though.
The pond was broken and got metal after you hit it Laugh


chuckakers  (D 10855)

Oct 24, 2011, 6:11 AM
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So, is there a canopy pilot, who is considered a good pilot, maybe even top-of-the game pilot, that doesn't have rods, plates and screws in his body left from the learning process? Is it possible for someone to become a good pilot with his bones intact? And if possible, are there any living examples? I'm just curious... Cool

My kid Justin Price competes at the national level and has zero metal. He's broken his back twice, but no metal was needed. Shocked


Skydivesg  (D 10938)

Oct 24, 2011, 8:54 AM
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I was just looking at your pictures in your profile and saw the one of your kid swooping for a high five.

The kid that's high fiving him looks exactly like my kid. Who is it?


chuckakers  (D 10855)

Oct 24, 2011, 9:25 AM
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Not sure. That shot was taken a long time ago at Skydive Houston in Waller, Texas. I believe the person on the ground was a tandem catcher.


Skydivesg  (D 10938)

Oct 24, 2011, 9:53 AM
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Yeah I doubt it was my son.

I'm sure he's been there when he was the tour rep for PD and if someone had showed me that small picture and told me it was him I would believe it.
And the leaping high 5 is it's exactly the kind of stuff he does.

But then he most assuredly would have been wearing a PD Tour shirt.


LetsGoOutside  (D License)

Oct 24, 2011, 3:52 PM
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For the record I don't have any metal

Stu
You were the first guy I thought of.


Premier SkymonkeyONE  (D 12501)

Oct 26, 2011, 11:09 AM
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I am pretty sure I finished 9th in the nation in 2001 points-wise (Butts might have actually been 9th..) and I have only ever broken two knuckles on my right hand swooping (at the WFFC PST meet in 2003). That might seem like a lifetime ago for you new guys, but I am still hard at it at 48 years old and still jump an 80 square foot canopy.

Chuck


LukeOliver  (F 600)

Oct 28, 2011, 2:09 AM
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So, is there a canopy pilot, who is considered a good pilot, maybe even top-of-the game pilot, that doesn't have rods, plates and screws in his body left from the learning process? Is it possible for someone to become a good pilot with his bones intact? And if possible, are there any living examples? I'm just curious... Cool

I can understand why you might ask the question;
However, metalwork is not an essential part of the puzzle.
It's completely optional.

You could even argue that with the increased availability of quality training, targeted training activities and peer feedback... it's not even a badge of honour.


Pulse  (D 16387)

Dec 1, 2011, 4:00 PM
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If you've taken a humble and reasonable approach to swooping you shouldn't need any metal.

A reasonable canopy choice - followed by mastering that canopy - only then applying that canopy and your skills to swooping.

If you have ever figured, "I can't swoop this cause it's not _________(fill in the blank)." You've already started down the wrong path and I see metal in your future.


adamT  (D 26819)

Dec 3, 2011, 7:32 PM
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No swooping related hospital visits here.



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