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  2. gary24

    2019 cf nationals

    it let everyone know i've been posting in https://www.facebook.com/groups/187049106071/ the last couple of days. For the non-facefuckers there will soon be a mirror of the facebook discussions on my website for anyone to read.. i'll provide a link when it's active and viewable.
  3. dudeman17

    DB Cooper

    Which looks like a possibility. It looks like they have lined the channel with sheet metal, but they appear to be direct-bag static lines. You can see the first guy's bag flapping around up there when the second guy exits. Can you imagine being 7th or 8th out with all those bags lurking up there? Unlikely, but possible...
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  5. Is this still available. Please contact me freefall@jameslovaas.com Thanks
  6. I jumped and used the tunnel there, last year when I was training for the USPA National Speed Skydiving Championship, and plan to return to Krutitcy this year around July. Great facilities, great staff, the rental gear is in great shape, etc. They also have some bungalows, and the nearby town is big enough to not lack any of the basics. The drive from Moscow sucks a little, but the skydiving experience more than makes up for any other shortcomings. Cheers to Yuri, Nataliya, and Nastya (with the gear/apparell store) -- everyone made me feel super-welcome :* <3
  7. Hi! We're looking for a DZ that meets these criteria: 3,000' MSL or higher Welcomes up jumpers Has a Supervan or similar aircraft capable of taking loads to 12,000' AGL Open 17-19 May or 21-23 May, 2019 Preferably somewhere in US west or Pacific northwest (not a hard requirement; nice to have) We need a place to train before the ISSA World Series meet 3 at Skydive Saulgau, DE -- they have a 3,500' AMSL elevation. Thanks in advance and I look forward to your recommendations! pr3d4t0r
  8. 377

    DB Cooper

    I missed that scary little detail. Good catch dudeman. Can you even imagine a static line in tow situation on a 727? Yikes. I was paying attn to the chase plane, which I believe was a turboprop equipped Beech 18, likely a Tradewind conversion. Air America had some of those. When I jumped from the DC 9-21 at WFFC Rantoul IL in 2006 they had removed the stairs and lined the exit area with smooth sheet metal to reduce snag risks. 377
  9. 377

    DB Cooper

    727 range would have allowed reaching Mexico at normal long-range cruise altitudes, but Cooper demanded flight altitude of 10,000 feet. Those JT8Ds get REALLY thirsty at low altitudes, dramatically reducing range. I once got some right seat instruction time in a Lear 24 bizjet. The fuel burn rate ground taxying at 7 mph was darned close to the burn rate we saw at 42,000 ft going .86 Mach. Sure, those were turbojets on that ancient Learjet, not high bypass turbofans, but the principle is the same. 377
  10. headcase

    Vector 350, PDR 176, Vigil

    Time Left: 29 days and 18 hours

    • FOR SALE
    • NEW

    Vector 350, PDR 176, Skyhook, Vigil Fits 5’ 9” to 6’ 2” medium build have a few mains too if interested

    $3,900.00

    , Ca

  11. FLYJACK

    DB Cooper

    Cooper didn't demand nonstop to Mexico City, he demanded nonstop to Mexico. It is 1895 miles from SeaTac to Mazatlan within the 727 range. (Mazatlan was mentioned somewhere in the FBI files but I can't find it) It wasn't a ruse, Cooper made a demand he thought was achievable, it makes no sense that he would make a demand that he knew would be rejected. No way. Cooper's initial plan was to jump South of US border.
  12. EJU

    DB Cooper

    Today's Daily DB Cooper Bite. I discuss some of the evidence found on the jet.
  13. FLYJACK

    DB Cooper

    The FBI flightpath does veer East around 20:12 and turns right around 20:15.. that eliminates an alternate western flightpath. FBI FILE 10 P 1662 _______ WAS INFORMED BY ___________ PORTLAND AIRPORT, THAT TWO CHASE WHICH PLANES FOLLOWING FIVE MILES BEHIND HIJACKED AIRCRAFT SUDDENLY VEERED TO THE EAST AND THEREAFTER MADE A RIGHT TURN. THE POINT OF THEIR CHANGE OF COURSE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE PROXIMITY IN TIME AND LOCATION TO THAT BELIEVED WHERE UNSUB DEPARTED THE PLANE. The Elvis flightpath has left the building…
  14. dsboone03

    Vector 306

    Has anyone put a xfire 138 in a vector 306?
  15. fcajump

    Shelf life on containers?

    I know you were asking about condition and much ink has been spilt on that both here and elsewhere... But another aspect of this to consider... Over 20 years there are many changes to what people do with their rigs and the average knowledge of the jumper/DZ staff and riggers... Freefly friendly, AAD support, factory support (they have staff-turnover too), techniques needed that aren't in the older manuals (both packing and use). I know a rigger that still jumps his prestine Sweethogs (look it up ya pup). But he isn't sit-flying either (and had the original mfg retrofit it for Cypres). Would I still jump my Vector II, yea... but I know its limitations. Would I recommend that EBay closet-queen special Strong Hawk, FXC, 26' Lopo with a Nova in it to a newbie who wants to freefly at a "young DZ"... that's a different story. Just sayin' JW
  16. Administrator

    Streamlining Ratings: UPT Adopts Sigma

    by Laura Jane Burgess Shuffling paperwork, missing signatures, and problematic postal services: with so many moving parts issuing UPT Tandem rating cards has been a time-consuming process. Key word: has. United Parachute Technologies has led the charge in gear manufacturing for many years, and now, it’s leading the way into the digital age of issuing tandem ratings. We spoke with the director of UPT’s Tandem Program, Tom Noonan, to get details on the exciting partnership between UPT and Sigma. Background For those of you out there unfamiliar with Tom Noonan, Tom made his first skydive in 1999, and in the nearly 20 years since then, has acquired around 8000 skydives—6,500-7,000 of which are skydives with him as either the tandem instructor or passenger training someone to be an instructor! Having previously worked for Strong Enterprises and Performance Designs, Tom is now in his sixth year of employment with UPT working as their Tandem Program Director. How Sigma Entered The Picture Tom met Dylan Avatar of Sigma when he presented their Merit issuing platform to the USPA board several years ago. At the time Tom was on the USPA Board of Directors and had a front seat during USPA’s adoption of Sigma to issue licenses and ratings digitally as Merits. Tom says: “USPA’s success with [Sigma] with their membership of 40,000 people gave UPT a comfort level that Sigma could handle the…8-10,000 instructors around the world and 400-500 examiners (current or past) or national federation safety officers who we work with. After seeing that the USPA database migration and subsequent user interface was successful, I had high confidence that we would be able to do the same thing on our side with the tandem ratings we issue.” Why did UPT elect to move forward with Sigma? After a slight pause, Tom kiddingly replies “[Sigma] gave us free t-shirts…No the real reason/the tipping point for us was when Dylan met with Sheryl Bothwell, our Office Administrator, who is in charge of the rating issuance. Dylan was able to sit down and demonstrate the portal and the process and show how efficient it was going to be from the front office side, and that was really the “closer.” How Sigma Will Help What problems/pain points will Sigma solve for UPT as it relates to issuing ratings? Without hesitation, Tom responds “international delivery.” “We probably have 30-40% of our users that are international, which means we’re sending out anywhere from 200-400 international rating cards each year, and we’ve been doing it… as an analog process (postal) in a digital world.” Issues with international delivery were multifaceted: “Our international mailing was incredibly problematic. One in that the customer often didn’t receive their card in a timely manner or other times they didn’t receive it at all. It doubled and even sometimes tripled our workload to reproduce these again and again. From a cost perspective, while it wasn’t happening every day, it became more and more of a cost issue and a workflow problem. We were spending too much time re-issuing ratings that otherwise could be digitally accessible.” While forgery or someone misrepresenting their ability hasn’t really been the problem, Tom says “there has been an issue with candidates finishing the training process, and their rating application ending up in limbo somewhere, due to application correction issues.” “Individuals were going through courses and filling out the appropriate paperwork, which was then sent in. The problem was typically a mistake made on the paperwork. Either the examiner or the instructor failed to sign a necessary line on the log book or were missing a witness signature. Attempts to get additional information in from our instructors, in that capacity, can be challenging at times. So, someone will finish a course and have a paperwork problem, and whether they ignore it or neglect it, then they and the dropzone are missing confirmation that the rating has been issued. The adoption of Sigma’s platform will hopefully facilitate an easier remedy for the drop zone owner and the instructor to know for sure that they have their rating and that it has been issued.” Will UPT continue to mail out hard copy cards or do they anticipate phasing these out? For those of you looking to garner UPT tandem ratings in the future, physical cards will be offered as an “a la carte” option and only ad hoc as requested. “We will always provide them for the customer if requested to do so. There are people that have always wanted the tactile experience, to have a driver’s license in their pocket or a pilot’s certificate in hand, so we can always provide that. But now that we have the digital format, the workflow on [physical cards issued] will be less than 10%. But for that 10%, we will format the cost as shipping and a small processing/maintenance fee of $10.” What about Sigma excites UPT the most? “UPT’s front office is thrilled at the implementation of Sigma issued Merits for UPT tandem ratings. The excitement, in part, comes down to reduced workflow. And any time, we can reduce workflow, we can be more efficient, and if we are more efficient, we can then do more things for the customer and for the instructors. We’d rather spend our time thinking about ways to improve the process…and having more time to do that because we are spending less time dealing with processing issues and mailing ratings. It gives us more time to focus on other parts of the rating application process.” Looking to the Future Tom sees two potentials for further utilizing Sigma in the future: “one is going to be once the system is in place and running smoothly, we are going to look to use the Sigma platform to institute a hand cam proficiency Merit.” This will ensure instructors have “met the 200 tandem jump minimum, they have filled out our proficiency checklist, and sent it into us. First, before they start using hand cam and every two years as they renew, and two, so [drop zones] will be able to track [instructors] hand cam currency as a Merit.” Within the next two years, Tom and UPT are hoping to roll out “some form of a bi-annual review [for tandem instructors] that can be updated, whether it’s a proficiency card or a practical evaluation with an examiner—we haven’t hashed any of that out. But we’ve recognized there is a need to implement something similar to what pilots go through, where every two years the instructors need to validate their credentials. This can absolutely be an additional future merit that would end up living in the Sigma database” Tom even had an idea for how Dropzones could further utilize the Sigma platform and Merits. “I could foresee Dropzone Owners taking advantage of a Camera Flyer Merit, where it’s simply a qualification card that they are validating they have met the minimum requirements 500 RW jumps 100 camera jumps as one example, so when they have people flying video with their tandem instructors, they have some kind of validation that they have met the minimums” The practical takeaway here? These measures and issued Merits are a “liability prevention mechanism for everyone involved in the tandem jump process…making sure you have met those credential verifications only helps assure you have better liability protection in case of an incident or accident” Well put Tom, well put.
  17. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    Food For Thought: Several good sources have alleged that Cooper said he knew the location of the portable O2 bottles on board Flight 305. Do YOU know where they keep the emergency O2 bottles on Delta, Alaska, or even Cathay Airlines? (You should see their First Class accommodations.) I sure don't. I did some discrete checking on this and discovered it depends on the airline, and that not even frequent flyers had a clue. How did Cooper know?
  18. Choi Randall

    Cookie 3

    What size is the helmet?
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  20. Mohsen

    Big container

    Time Left: 29 days and 8 hours

    • WANTED
    • USED

    Looking a big container for a big person. Being fit a 280 main and Raven III as a reserve like javelin J7 (student) or ...

    $1.00

  21. Nowjamessays

    Exhibition or off-dz rig

    I definitely am if it’s compatible with adding an aad
  22. Mxtonair

    2006 Katana 135 - Still Great.

    Time Left: 29 days and 6 hours

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    Katana 135. Dom: 5/2006. Approx. 200 jumps. No damages, Canopy has been well kept. Fabric and lines are in good condition

    $1,090.00

    Oregon City , Oregon - US

  23. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    Vicky says in part: And I believe you. It's harder than people believe to COMPLETELY vanish from the face of the earth, especially in a purposeful manner. (Not counting plane crashes in the wilderness or falling off a ship, etc.) One set of people that would probably know what happened to him is any of his relatives, the ones from HIS side of the family. It's hard to go the rest of your life without contacting someone from your side of the family. He might be able to avoid your mother's side, and probably would, but if anyone knows anything, it would come from his side somewhere. Regarding Sheridan as the hijacker, I gave a lot of reasons why he probably isn't the guy. Seven of them, yes. But the truth is you only need one: An expert skydiver like Sheridan Peterson, even in his wildest dreams, would NEVER come to the party dressed in a suit with a pair of loafers. No way. One thing about him is that after so many successful jumps there is no way he's coming all the way from Tibet to hijack a plane dressed like that. Sheridan would have...at the very LEAST...worn a pair of boots. And when you read about his life, which is pretty much an open book, it shows a guy with morals and much character. A peacenik. A guy marching for civil rights. A teacher who wrote a 700+page anti Vietnam war book. A guy to whom it would not even occur to threaten peoples' lives for money. You can call that an opinion, but Sheridan's life has shown all of the above to be true. In exchange for a life like that, he gets his book stolen with lies, and is accused of being a criminal. It is beyond unfair. It is UNJUST.
  24. cachente

    Icon I-2 Mint Condition

    what size canopies can it hold?
  25. cachente

    2012 Javelin Odyssey

    What size person? what size canopies can it hold? thank you
  26. FLYJACK

    DB Cooper

    Yeah, lots of variables.. the FBI guessed at the wind direction. Assume "Cooper" leaves plane at point A, plane travelling at 190 mph, 10,000 ft, travelling S into S wind 25 mph at elevation and 5 mph ground. What is the estimated LZ range from point A.. given an early pull and late pull.. example: 2-5 miles from point A? this was the parachute.. https://themountainnewswa.net/2011/10/25/db-cooper-case-heats-up-again-with-controversy-over-parachutes/
  27. That is only one factor among many. The real reason skydiving is inherently dangerous is it's unforgiving nature. The opportunities to make an error are many and the consequences have a high likelihood of injury. You sound like a man who believes that your training and preparation will keep you safe. You are only partly correct. You have reduced your odds of injury and you should be congratulated for your efforts. But even well trained people make mistakes sometimes, random events you can't anticipate can occur, and someone else's error can get you.
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