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  2. If you come to Canada or the USA there are lots of options. The 2 Toronto operations offer training for people up to 250lbs. In the USA there are lots of places - the Spaceland franchise for example. Couple places in Georgia too. Just do the research. I am hoping to do my first jump this year. I am 6'3" 250 and hoping to lose some more weight. If you can get sub 220 the options are almost endless.
  3. HPC

    Merger

    So it looks like we're in agreement about the Curv's long-term prospects.
  4. HPC

    Merger

    Sale, merger - call it what you wish. My point (and feeling) is that in ten years the Curv won't be in production. Of course, I'm not privy to the contract details so I can't say for certain. No doubt the "merger" contract will specify continued spare parts and support for the Curv for years to come (I would guess at least twenty). It may even specify continued Curv production for a period of time. But after that - who knows. The Q&A gave the same answer to most of the questions: everything will remain the same for the foreseeable future. Very little was actually answered but no surprise there as it's much too early for SP to show its cards. I see this "merger" as a long-term win-win-lose proposition. A win for Sandy and Brenda who get a well-deserved retirement, a win for SP who will get whatever it is they want out of RI, and a long-term loss for anyone who was looking at buying a Curv down the road. That's just my gut feeling. Hopefully I'm wrong, in part because the Curv is in my top three list of favorite rigs. BTW, I think UPT is number one, followed by SP in rig production. I think UPT has around 150 employees to SP's 70-75. Since both companies only produce H/Cs it would stand to reason that UPT produces more rigs. If not then either UPT is very inefficient or SP is very efficient, or both. Just curious - how difficult was it for you to keep this secret?
  5. Time Left: 1 month and 23 hours

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    Javelin Odyssey RSK.5 (holds 80 to 120ft² main) size C18. All Black with silver pinstripes and handles. Full options: - articulated harness, - skyhook RSL, - “v” stripe on the reserve pin cover, - pinstripes, - stabilized lateral system (s.l.s.), - sun path back pad (SPB), - easy grip dive loops on 22” risers, - type 17 extended chest strap 12” longer, - leg pad cover - DOM 05/16 Comes with 126ft² Optimum Reserve (DOM 03/16), 0 openings, 4 repacks Cypress 2 C-Mode (DOM 05/16) Set has 238 logged jumps on it, closet rig since mid-2018. Top of the line gear, selling for a great value!!! Alert: NO MAIN!

    $4,200.00

    , Indiana - US

  6. Hi HPC, No more difficult than anything else that I have been told to keep to myself. Jerry Baumchen PS) I'm thinking that SP may only support the RI products for a number of years & then that will be the end of them.
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  8. HPC

    Merger

    Sale, merger - call it what you wish. My point (and feeling) is that in ten years the Curv won't be in production. Of course, I'm not privy to the contract details so I can't say for certain. No doubt the "merger" contract will specify continued spare parts and support for the Curv for years to come (I would guess at least twenty). It may even specify continued Curv production for a period of time. But after that - who knows. The Q&A gave the same answer to most of the questions: everything will remain the same for the foreseeable future. Very little was actually answered but no surprise there as it's much too early for SP to show its cards. I see this "merger" as a long-term win-win-lose proposition. A win for Sandy and Brenda who get a well-deserved retirement, a win for SP who will get whatever it is they want out of RI, and a long-term loss for anyone who was looking at buying a Curv down the road. That's just my gut feeling. Hopefully I'm wrong, in part because the Curv is in my top three list of favorite rigs. BTW, I think UPT is number one, followed by SP in rig production. I think UPT has around 150 employees to SP's 70-75. Since both companies only produce H/Cs it would stand to reason that UPT produces more rigs. If not then either UPT is very inefficient or SP is very efficient, or both. Just curious - how difficult was it for you to keep this secret?
  9. Hi HPC, Re: makes me wonder why Sandy decided to sell He did not sell, it was a merger. Re: had he first tried to sell the company I had heard that it had been for sale for about 4 yrs; no takers. Re: the second largest manufacturer of H/Cs I do believe that Sunpath is the largest mfr of H/C's. Re: their decision to buy out RI Again, not a sale, a merger. The devil is in the details. Jerry Baumchen
  10. Hi HPC, IMO this is very common practice in the business world. A good friend sold his business when he was ready to retire. His real only competitor in this area bought him, moved the equipment & closed up his former business. My friend owned the building that he was in; that was his retirement $$$$$$. Jerry Baumchen
  11. Areon

    Mirage G4

    Time Left: 1 month and 21 hours

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    Mirage G4DOM 07/12/2007 150/150 ft 175/80 Free Shiping.

    $950.00

  12. HPC

    Merger

    As you said, the Curv and Javelin are quite different in their design philosophies which makes me wonder why Sandy decided to sell to SP. Perhaps he felt that the basic differences between the two systems is what might keep both rigs in production. After all, it wouldn't make sense for SP to continue producing two similarly-designed rigs. What remains to be seen is whether or not SP will advertise the Curv and if so to what extent compared to Javelin advertising. And if Curv sales remain low compared to Javelin sales will they continue to market the Curv? I wonder if Sandy would have done more to ensure the Curv's long-time survival in the rig market had he first tried to sell the company and keeping it alive as its own entity instead of going for the merger (I.e. sale) with the second largest manufacturer of H/Cs. Maybe they bought out RI so that they could incorporate some of the Curvs many design features and innovations into a future Javelin update without having to pay royalties. I guess only the SP owners know the true motivation behind their decision to buy out RI. As you said, they didn't have to do it. I guess ultimately only time will reveal that.
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    Fully loaded rig with only Four Jumps on it! Javelin Odyssey K3 Harness (2015) Fits 5'-8" to 6'-0', 180 lbs. - 210 lbs. Custom Kryptec Typhon 1000D Fabric SkyHook RSL Fully Articulated SLS System Dive Loops Four Jumps Aerodyne Pilot 168 (2017) Black with Royal Blue & White with 2 Jumps Cypres Expert Up to date PD Optimum Reserve 176 No Jumps and optional G3 Helmet, wrist and audible altimeters, matching jumpsuit are available, too. Free shipping Reasonable offers accepted.

    NO VALUE SPECIFIED

    Austin, Texas - US

  14. Robert: My intent was not to be harsh, but mainly to say that you and most all of us have some sort of agenda, whether it is notoriety, wanting to get attention for a specific suspect, or just wanting to dig really deep into the case. _____________________________________________________________________________________ You wrote the below: But anonymity is the wrong approach if you plan to create a book or answer media questions regarding the Cooper case. Examples of people who realize this: Geoffrey Gray Skipp Porteous Bruce Smith Eric U Almost anyone who has done a Cooper-related book Yours truly ______________________________________________________________________________________ I frankly see this as a little passive aggressive. I've seen you go after a number of these people, but in this post you use them in a positive way. You're all over the map on this. Some days you hate them, but today you like them? You have a bone to pick with Georger and others, but that does not mean that they should not be able to stay private or anonymous. And, just because someone is writing a book or using their real name, does not mean they are above board or of good character. My feeling on all of the anonymity/privacy is this: 1. If someone wants to use a screen name that is not their real name, let them do it. That's the internet. If they want to use different screen names across different platforms (Shutter's site, here, Mountain News) then let them. Who really cares? 2. If someone wants to use their real name, then it does not make someone else less worthy who uses a screen name. 3. If you are using a second screen name to lob attacks (Johnnie Greene), then I do have some issues with that. However, Johnnie seems to only be targeting you, so in your shoes, I'd be asking myself "Did I do something to deserve this?" 4. You can write a book anonymously, it's been done many times, and in the Cooper world. And if you are posting anonymously, it does not mean you plan to write a book. Frankly, writing a book in 2020 does not hold the same weight as it did even 10 years ago. 5. Writing a book does not automatically make you a legitimate person, just because you use your real name. If the book is filled with garbage, all you've done is used your real name to put garbage into the system. I'm not going to give accolades to those people. However, overall I think most of the books out there on Cooper are pretty good. I think Bruce's and Martin's are the two best because they don't push a suspect, and they focus on the case. Your focus on Kenny has been really good for the case, as has Rackstraw, and Reca. That's my two cents.
  15. Well, except for a couple key people it's unlikely many employees will be moving from AZ to NC. The Curv and the Javelin are as different from each other as modern H/Cs get these days. I can see Sunpath continuing to produce the Curv and updating it. They did not need to buy out RI. Sandy would have retired and shut it down eventually anyway.
  16. Lucky for you, 4 way can be done from a 182.....
  17. Time Left: 1 month and 15 hours

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    only 200 jumps (1 owner - logbook) DOM 06.2012

    $1,790.00

    Warszawa

  18. St Louis. Turbine DZs are 3+ hours away. Sucks.
  19. Keshet

    Havok C2rve

    Time Left: 1 month and 10 hours

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    Havok C2rve, only 10 jumps. As new. Made for tall, strong guy, 1,90 do 1,94 cm and 95 to 100 kg. Shipping worldwide, buyer pays shipping. Located in Croatia, EU More pics and order form on request.

    NO VALUE SPECIFIED

    Zagreb - HR

  20. Something to be said for that. I bought an altimaster-2 when I started jumping in 1975. I’m still using it. Wendy P.
  21. HPC

    Merger

    I'm skeptical about the continued production of one of the products (hint coming up). Usually when one company takes over another, the products and/or service, and subsequently most of the employees, of the company being taken over are phased out over the course of several years. Not trying to start anything here, but this has been my observation and has been proven time and time again, and in many different industries.
  22. OwenSearls

    G3 Size M

    Time Left: 1 month and 8 hours

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    Was purchased in 2013 and has been used on around 800 skydives. Helmet is still in great condition and as you can see from the photo the inside foam is in fantastic shape and is still very crisp. I am selling as after 7 years I have grown to personally prefer a smaller sized helmet for my head. Helmet has always been stored with the visor closed and the rubber bands are still very strong, not air seep in through visor. Visor was replaced 200 jumps ago and is very clear. Helmet has been repainted with a grit finish.

    $110.00

    - US

  23. There is nothing wrong with wanting privacy, which is different from anonymity. I screen my phone calls. I have a spam filter. No visitors (including media) to the house unless I invite them, or they make a request. I screen comments to my YouTube and WordPress. Only friends I approve can see my Facebook. That is privacy. Anonymity is different. But anonymity is the wrong approach if you plan to create a book or answer media questions regarding the Cooper case. Examples of people who realize this: Geoffrey Gray Skipp Porteous Bruce Smith Eric U Almost anyone who has done a Cooper-related book Yours truly I don't really care if people want to go anonymous, but if they plan on a book, or are asked to appear on a television show, or participate somehow in the creation of a feature film on the case...they are being silly. There is no credibility available to you in anonymity. You have no background, no website, no history, nothing people can check to see if you are a real person with credentials. But having said that, there is still nothing inherently wrong with it unless your only plan is to discuss the case ad infinitum with other anonymous (or known) people. The 'wrong,' if you can call it that, is when you use that anonymity as a crutch to attack others, i.e. sniping at people unfairly or very nastily, from behind a rock. Georger, aka Johnnie Greene, aka using other known characters in the Cooper case exploration, etc is guilty of that in spades. You have not seen his posts outside of Dropzone or the Cooper Forum, or the Bruce Smith site. He has been all over the damn place. (His comments to the Regina Winkles articles were SO bad, using several different names all with the same IP address...that Matt Mullenweg, the co-creator of WordPress, actually got involved.) He has called my house at nearly midnight...the same day he was banned from DZ for personal attacks. I let it go to voice mail. Have the online attacks taken a toll on people? Have they alienated one investigator from another? Is the Pope Catholic? Yes. Look at the reality of things. Several things now exist in that reality as a result. Here is a partial list: 1) The Ariel Store will probably never reopen, and all the Cooper memorabilia there will end up in different hands, mostly by members of Bryan W's family, who are eager to sell off everything, as well as the property, and split it up. They believe they were unfairly treated in Dona E's will. (So far, Bryan has been able to fend them off, fortunately. But he has told me about this situation personally.) Absolutely NO ONE supported AB's efforts to help get that store back up again, even when my own mother proposed putting up over $100,000 from my trust fund. (I inquired with her about doing this the day after we did the fundraiser there in 2016 with Travel Channel.) Poison pen messages and lies by Bruce Smith, such as the one where he says I threatened him, caused me to cancel the whole idea. Most of this stuff came from Smith, Georger, and to a lesser extent, Shutter. Senseless. Shutter's excuse is that he had a blanket policy of non-support to anything done by AB of Seattle in the Cooper case. If we proposed a fundraiser on a Cooper campout and the money was going to Childrens' Hospital in Seattle...he would be against it. 2) Shutter has a very big forum going on the case, but these days not that many people are paying attention. It doesn't help when people post up their latest podcast, or their latest evidence, or their upcoming book, and all the public gets to see is this: "You are not allowed to view pictures or links. Register or Login." That is silly beyond belief by the way. Imagine if the same thing was going on at Dropzone, Quora, or WordPress. 3) Online anonymous attacks, or attacks by people using the same usernames they have used for years, have slowed to a degree, but haven't stopped. I guess that is the GOOD news. 4) Except for a small, very closed group of people, no one works together on practically anything, or supports anyone else's efforts with the public on the case. But the only result of that has been less public interest in the case. The one time I made all the details for one of our Cooper Campouts public, (the one we did last year south of Portland) Georger and his friends jumped out of the woodwork using (again) Bruce Smith's site and made threats against the event, saying they would show up at the gathering spot for the trip and cause trouble. As a result, Tom English and I (he's a friend from the Infamous Nissan support forum) had to move the meetup spot at the last minute. 5) The attacks, the online non-cooperation, the refusal to share certain information, the lack of mutual support...all of this has contributed to some media types ignoring the crazies and the anonymous folks...and coming to people like Geoff Gray and myself instead. What Cooper investigators forget is that THEY aren't the only ones who see the 'bad stuff'. This has caused the hate meter to go off the scale occasionally with some people in Cooperland...but these people refuse to admit they were the ones who caused this situation in the first place. Now we approach the fiftieth anniversary of the hijacking, and my email box has been popping up with more messages on the case than ever before. Sometimes I get a media type who asks me 'who is an expert,' or 'who else can I talk to?' and I don't have a clue where to send them. Maybe Geoff Gray, but except for his participation in the movie, i.e. helping on the script for historical accuracy, he wants nothing more to do with Cooperland. And let's face it...he's helping on that because he's getting paid to do that. I like Geoff, but I wanted to help Bruce Smith instead, get HIM the job. God knows he could use the money. He foolishly rejected the idea, and now blames me, hates me even more than he did BEFORE I made him the offer. This could only happen in Cooperland. Bruce's mistake is that he thought I was BS'ing him about the offer from the production companies. When he realized later that I wasn't...he gets mad at ME about it. Go figure. 6) Cooper conventions that should have been packed houses and REAL public events have been nothing but a few people showing up who mostly know each other anyway. I call them 'mutual back-scratching events'. On the last one, media coverage was less than the one held the year prior. Not a single picture was released of the crowd at the Kiggins Theater. When I inquired on this situation later, I was told by a solid source not THAT many people actually showed up. It was twenty bucks to get in, and you couldn't even buy tickets at the door. EU deliberately trashed our idea for holding the combination event in Portland, even though (looking back now) he would have done much better had he kept his word. He was offered the hosting job and the chance to introduce everyone he wanted to be on the speaker list, as well as some real celebrities. The Cooper Lookalike contest for those $1,000 in Amazon gift cards (donated by AB of Seattle) would have packed the house easily. He insulted a lot of people doing that, and had some secret support along the way, which was not revealed until later. As a result, I am no longer interested in participating in any future Cooper conventions. 7) I know that if all the major players in Cooperland see this post, many of them won't like it, but....the result of all that has happened is very simple. You will all be left in the dust by the public. No one will care, nothing you want will get done. The store in Ariel is probably now history. Major conventions will never happen, and your books will continue to sell poorly. And you will leave me as the sole winner in all of this, and afterward I will be more than happy to extricate myself from Cooperland and move on to something else. For example, I just finished my movie script based on the famous novel by the late, great Marjorie Phleger, Pilot Down, Presumed Dead and it's a damn good story. I own all the rights to that book, assigned to me years ago by both the family and Harper Collins. This project is much more fun than Cooper and comes with far fewer headaches. I may even try getting an agent to approach Disney on it, due to the nature of the story. Cooperland these days is nothing to me but a big, fat headache that I wish to end as soon as possible... LOL our final Cooper Campout is coming in June (if weather is okay). I may just do something I don't generally do on these trips. I may just drink myself silly and PASS OUT. Haven't done that since I was in community college. (*laughs*)
  24. For the record, a little typo, must be 15
  25. Hi Rob, You might want to re-visit that statement. The reason that the FAA issued the AD was because Security was no longer in business and they, the FAA, could not look to them for any solution to the acid mesh problem on the SAC canopies. Jerry Baumchen
  26. Yeah, and the weight limit is really just a guideline in most cases. I've seen guys go through AFF who were much bigger than that (like 6'4 250 but lean). How it's been explained to me is that it's for instructor safety mostly. If the person is large and out of shape, the instructor has a lot more physical stress on their body, as well as potential issues with harness fit. Go for it! You'll be fine!
  27. Time Left: 1 month and 5 hours

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    Used it in my cookie for about 50 jumps before stoppings (kids). Works fantastic!

    $150.00

    Portland, Oregon - US

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