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  1. 6 points
    Nobody's jumping right now, right? A suggestion. While stuck on the ground, don't forget about your brothers and sisters who have no work at the moment, and little hope of getting any work in the next few months at least. Might be a great time to send that AAD off for service, have that little cosmetic repair done on your rig/jumpsuit/canopy, go ahead and get that repack done since it's only a month or so out. Your rigger will appreciate the work. Bring a bag of groceries to an instructor or three. Check in on them. Lots of them won't ask for shit - offer it. We are family.
  2. 6 points
    By not posting on DZ.com?
  3. 4 points
    Everyone, The reality is that, except for lap dances at your favorite strip club, few businesses press their customers together as we do. This is no time to pretend that we know better or are different. Nor is it a time to believe this will be over in two weeks. We'll still be Skydivers a month or two months from now. Let's all just stay chill, not press the issue or our DZO's and find another muse for a couple of months. That's being smart.
  4. 4 points
    But, you made me shit myself when you said 20%
  5. 3 points
    Hi Brent, About 20+ yrs ago, I was reading an article about Saudi oil production. In the article, the then Saudi Oil Minister said that the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of rocks. Jerry Baumchen
  6. 3 points
    I have jumped at more than a dozen small airports where gliders, power planes, skydivers, etc. all gracefully shared the field. Separating gliders and skydivers starts with understanding each other's flight patterns. Since jump planes rarely carry more than 2 hours worth of fuel, they need to refuel after every 3 or 4 flights. Skydiving flights vary between 5 and 30 minutes depending upon how high they climb and how fast they climb. Minimum jump altitude is usually 3,000 feet with the top end being 12,000 to 14,000 feet or before they need to start breathing supplemental oxygen. Dependence on supplemental oxygen depends upon how many minutes they fly above 10,000 feet MSL. Jump pilots report their intentions two or three times per flight. First as they roll onto the active runway for take-off. Then a 2 minute warning. "Jumpers away!" And some jump-pilots report after the last jumper has landed. All these reports are broadcast on the local airport frequency, plus calls to appropriate air traffic controllers. Skydivers exit directly over the target or upwind. If upper winds are strong, they may exit two or three miles upwind. Exiting down wind of the target is silly since few parachutes can fly back to the target when surface winds exceed 15 miles per hour. Since modern jump pilots use GPs to navigate to the exit "spot", spotting errors are are these days. Jump runs are typically flown facing into winds aloft, but might be modified depending upon local ATC patterns or to avoid over-flying hazards like lakes or mountains. Jumpers are still responsible for "looking before they leap" to confirm that no airplanes are flying underneath them. Typical freefalls last 30 seconds or a minute, though wing-suiters may fall up to 5 minutes before opening their parachutes. Standard opening altitudes are between 5,000 and 3,000 feet AGL. Once open, parachutes are just low-performance gliders with a rate of descent about 1,000 feet per minute and lift to drag ratios around 3 to 1. Parachute rides last 3 to 6 minutes from opening to landing. Standard parachute landing patterns are just smaller versions of rectangular power plane landing patterns. Patterns start at 1,000 or 1,500 feet above the target and conclude with landing into the wind. Skydiving targets are marked with cloth panels, etc. that are visible from 3,000 feet or higher. Targets are usually on the same side of the runway as the skydiving school and only a short walk from the boarding area. Skydivers often board the plane near fuel pumps. Smoking is strictly forbidden near fuel pumps and airplanes. Like glider tow-planes, piston-pounding Cessna jump planes have to be careful to avoid shock-cooling their air-cooled engines. For example, when a skydiving school opened at Dunnville, Ontario, they modified the traffic pattern so that all airplanes flew their landing patterns on the north side of the airport, while parachutes flew on the south side of the airport. Skydivers were told not to cross the runway below 1,500 feet. Better skydiving schools post maps/aerial photos beside the reception desk with cleanly marked traffic patterns. Visiting jumpers are briefed about local patterns before jumping at a new airport. If skydivers land on the wrong side of the runway, they are told to look both ways before walking across the runway. Skydiving school management will warn offending skydivers once or twice. The third offence includes encouragement to "jump elsewhere." Skydivers tend to be more social than private/glider pilots and many devote their evenings to drinking and bragging about their last skydive. Open alcohol is strictly forbidden before the jump plane takes-off for the last flight of the day (aka. the sunset load). If your airport, neighbours or town have a noise curfew, explain the curfew during your first meeting. Better behaved skydivers clean up their pizza boxes, beer cans, cigarette butts, etc. before the next morning's class arrives. Skydiving school management is responsible for keeping their operation clean and neat and reminding skydivers of traffic rules, curfews, etc.
  7. 3 points
    Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. A Yankee, a Mexican, and a Texan. They go together with a White House official to examine the fence. The Yankee contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me." The Mexican contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me." The Texan contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, "$2,700." The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure!?!?" The Texan contractor whispers back, "$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you, and we hire the Mexican to fix the fence." "Done!" replies the government official.
  8. 3 points
    And Keith Richards.
  9. 3 points
    Even without meeting her, I'm sure she'd be an improvement.
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  11. 3 points
    Fuck the cruise lines. They register their ships in foreign countries to avoid US laws and taxes.
  12. 3 points
    I believe that whatever action we are trying to take is good, but not enough. Most "democracies" are trying first and foremost to try and not crash the economy too much. This will kill LOTS more rather than HARD decisions. I really wish some stronger orders would be pushed on us here in Switzerland. This is a total mindfuck. Difficult to push wartime decisions on people who do not understand they are under siege. We need strict confinement, regular testing, and federal feeding for those who cannot grow their own food. This will be the only way (I believe) to calm down the progression of the virus and help the medical system cope with the full hands they already have until someone finds a cure for this shit. We are seeing our neighbour Italy having each day a new record of deaths per 24Hours, and all others for the moment ramping up on contamination cases. Brace for impact, the wave is huge. Love you all
  13. 3 points
    Covid19 I am very happy with how the government both state and federal have been dealing with this. I am delighted by how most people are acting and dealing with this. The general feeling i get is that we are in this together. There is no one to blame and being a dick isn't going to make things any better. i hear some grips but everyone needs to take a breath,the stress will only compromise your immune system. This is a good reminder that we aren't and cant be in control of everything. Some times shit happens and all we can do is our best. i read some of the posts and honestly don't think politics has anything to do with this. Stay safe and help when you can.
  14. 3 points
    The covid thing is a DNC hoax to get Biden to increase personal distancing. ;-)
  15. 3 points
    And you don't appreciate either one until they go down on you.
  16. 3 points
    Another useless Turtlespeed post.
  17. 3 points
    And Trump said "Five, but that's my final offer."
  18. 3 points
    Without people to disagree with this would be a boring place. It's already down to too few regular posters, we need you and everyone else as well. I have friends in the real world who also disagree with me over things. But we just agree not to talk about them. I assume that in normal regular everyday life you are another skydiver who is awesome to be around. This is about the only place I can have discourse with people about some of these things. I've tried on FB, but it just turns into a shitshow of shouting because there are no rules. This place has just about the right level of moderation to keep things civil, yet openly talk about strong differences of opinion. Many, perhaps most of us are going to get this thing. Most of us will be fine health wise. All of us are going to have our lives changed to some degree for at least half a year. Maybe longer. I sure hope this site is well maintained so I can have someone to bitch at.
  19. 3 points
    Do you really believe that? I won't deny that there are a few folks on here that I would not feel at all bad if something happened to them. But you aren't one of them. I disagree with you on both 'general principles' and specific issues on a variety of things (not everything). But in general, you are intellectually honest enough that I can at least mostly respect you. You claimed earlier that many on here wanted Trump to fail at handling this crisis. That's also not true, at least for me. I'd like to see him behave in a rational, adult, intelligent manner, using the best scientific information to help guide the nation through this. But, given the fact that he has NEVER acted in those ways, either before or during his time in office, I didn't have much hope. And, unfortunately, I was right. There was something posted recently (last couple of months?) that noted Evangelicals expected to be persecuted by those who disagreed with them. Mainly because they would persecute those who they disagreed with. Sort of "expect others to do unto you as you would do unto them".
  20. 3 points
    Against stiff competition, too.
  21. 3 points
    Sorry, this is speaker's corner, no such thing allowed you hoser.
  22. 3 points
    Can't believe this hasn't been posted yet:
  23. 2 points
    Spanish built ships have been sinking in those waters for 400 years. This one likely didn't contain gold. Especially after being fired on by 3" guns.
  24. 2 points
    They will all be only children, nobody with little kids at home right now is looking to add to them...
  25. 2 points
    A man took his wife to the Rodeo and one of the exhibits is that of breeding bulls. They went up to the first pen and there was a sign that said, "This bull mated 50 times last year." The wife poked her husband in the ribs and said, "He mated 50 times last year!" They walked a little further and saw another pen with a sign that said, "This bull mated 120 times last year!" The wife hit her husband and said, "That's more than twice a week! You could learn a lot from him." They walked further and a third pen had a bull with a sign saying, "This bull mated 365 times last year!!" The wife got really excited and said, "That's once a day. You could REALLY learn something from this one." The husband looked at her and said, "Go up and ask him if it was with the same cow." The husband is expected to recover
  26. 2 points
    Please don't cross post into more than one forum.
  27. 2 points
    Robert-You were on the podcast. How many have you listened to? Darren is knowledgeable about the case, and he has opinions, but as a host he does a great job of staying neutral. Anyone who posts at the Cooper Forum knows that links are only available to those who log in.
  28. 2 points
    Communicate. The DZ should have an "S&TA" (Safety & Training Advisor). That would be a place to start. Otherwise the DZO (Drop Zone Owner). Get together and discuss how to minimize risks. Skydivers can seem a bit odd, but believe me - If you approach them wanting to work together to keep everyone safe, they should be willing to work with you. I'm going to bet that your gliders (sailplanes, right?) follow standard traffic patterns, right? So do skydivers under canopy. We have the advantage that we need very little distance to land, so we can land in almost any direction (no need for a lengthy runway). But my DZ lands almost exclusively east or west (parallel to the runway) so our patterns mirror the ones used by the fixed wing craft. I would be surprised if you can't come to an agreement with the jumpers that 'gliders fly their patterns over here, jumpers fly their patterns over there'. Also, do the gliders have radios? Jump pilots are supposed to broadcast over CTAF a 'two minute' call, a 'jumpers away' call and some even do a 'all jumpers on the ground' call. I understand that gliders can only come down (mostly) and once in the pattern are committed to landing (canopies are the same way). If you guys have radios, it would be reasonable to call out 'hold the jumpers, I'm in a bad place and have to fly through the canopy area to make it back'. Obviously, if this happens a lot, something is wrong. But again, skydivers understand this concept. Keep in mind that the jumpers are in free fall for maybe a minute, and under canopy for maybe 5 or so. Depending on the plane used (planes?) you might have only a couple canopies in the air every 40 minutes or so (if they are using one C-182) or up to 20 every 20 minutes (if they use a DH-6 Otter). So, while there is a potential for conflict, it's in a fairly limited time window.
  29. 2 points
    You have convinced me. I have notified the Dutch government and they will issue the measures you mandate as soon as possible.
  30. 2 points
    Thanks, all is finally well.
  31. 2 points
    Smartest move by media that I've seen in a while. Washington State Radio announced this today: "We will not be airing the [White Houe} briefings live due to a pattern of false or misleading information provided that cannot be fact checked in real time." If other stations follow suit, the amount of misinformation out there could go down quite a bit.
  32. 2 points
    In the Netherlands, social distancing is not applicable for families. So my wife and I (who both have the necessary Mad Skillz) decided we could jump from, say, a rented 172 if we adopted a pilot. Then we realised that many of the (volunteer) pillots at our club are also commercial airline pilots. We briefly considered the amount of college debt your average pilot incurs during their study and decided we'd wait until the preventative measures are revoked, along with everyone else.
  33. 2 points
    Fly free Arch! Thanks for the great times in the mid 1980s with the Miller Light Beer Demo Team - we were very well paid for demos into amazing venues - Clear Lake, TX unlimited hydroplane races with the Golden Knights demo team was one of many - too much fun. When I heard you made 40 jumps on your 40th birthday in 1974 (or 1975?), I was inspired to make 50 on my 50th birthday in 2003 - I did not realize you were 21 years older than me until I saw your age of 88 in the news article. The Cypress Gardens, FL jump with the double malfunction into soft sand and survived always was an amazing story, having heard it a few times after some night time beers. Will see you in the next life and don't be late (Jimi Hendrix) - Frank D-8200 - BSBD
  34. 2 points
    Trump has an overabundance of that trait.
  35. 2 points
    Both of you. Go to your rooms.
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  37. 2 points
    I think I'm probably older than almost anyone else reading this thread, so I have some historical background. For example, I was 20 when Nixon resigned over Watergate. And Nixon caused a lot of discord, tried to cover up this and that, whatever...got caught. But when you look back on all of it now, and compare Nixon to Trump, there is no doubt that I would throw out the red carpet to the Oval Office like yesterday...if we could magically replace Trump with Nixon. What Nixon did seems so petty now, and the things Trump has done...his constant lying, his friends going to Federal prison while he remains untouched, his ignoring the corona virus problem until it got out of hand...these things are FAR worse than anything Nixon did while HE was in office. Hell, I would even take Bush II back in a heartbeat. This isn't really a political statement though. There is no need. I think at this point Trump's chances of reelection are not good, and the recession hasn't even taken effect yet, and we don't know what the markets will do this coming Monday. I've come to the point where I can only take SO much of the news reports, especially the ones coming out of CNN and MSNBC. Today I watched Rachel Maddow fight off tears for the entire hour while she reported on the Corona situation in New York City. Doctors outright begging now for Federal help and getting none. Other issues. At the end of the show she had to announce that someone she knew who worked for MSNBC had died of the virus, and she lost it. Fortunately, they went to the next program just as she broke down on national television. What is my main emotion about all this mess? I'm friggin' pissed OFF, that's what. It's amazing...and tragic...what can happen if you delay in such matters such as this pandemic. A few weeks, a couple of months of bullshitting people and telling them everything is okay and yes, 'we' have it under control. How can this happen? How can leadership at the top continue to fail the people so badly? You'd swear they were doing it on purpose as a form of population control, although that concept is ridiculous I know. Either that, or it is just plain ignorance and stupidity.
  38. 2 points
    Please give her our thanks. People in the field are on the front lines and can't back off.
  39. 2 points
    Good to see you again Darius.
  40. 2 points
    language instructor was explaining to her class that French nouns, unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine. Things like 'chalk' or 'pencil,' she described, would have a gender association although in English, these words were of neutral gender. Puzzled, one student raised his hand and asked, "What gender is a computer?" The teacher wasn't certain which it was, and so divided the class into two groups and asked them to decide if a computer should be masculine or feminine. One group was composed of the women in the class, and the other of men Both groups were asked to give four reasons for their recommendation. The group of women concluded that computers should be referred to in the masculine gender because: 1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on. 2. They have a lot of data but are still clueless. 3. They are supposed to help you solve your problems, but half the time they ARE the problem. 4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that, if you had waited a little longer, you could have had a better model. The men, on the other hand, decided that computers should definitely be referred to in the feminine gender because: 1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic. 2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else. 3. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval. 4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
  41. 2 points
    You think that China has told us the truth and the correct numbers, right?
  42. 2 points
  43. 2 points
    That is simply a ridiculous but typical right wing nonsense statement. The police protect you, the fire department protects you, our military protects you. Also, outside of when conservatives get power the EPA, CDC, etc. etc.. protects you. FEMA protects you from starving or freezing to death after a hurricane. Your statement implies, for example, that unless FEMA could prevent hurricanes they are a useless government waste. That is the problem with the right wing world view.
  44. 2 points
    Hi Seth, Probably from the 82nd. Jerry Baumchen
  45. 2 points
    I know the feeling. I get the odd win, but that just makes me overconfident for a while till I error again. That's why I keep most of my savings in a hands off professionally managed fund and only play with a smaller portion.
  46. 2 points
    Except they took their biggest drop DURING HIS SPEECH. During it, not right after it when media analysis started. Stocks fell while people were watching him, not the "hyped up media coverage."
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  48. 2 points
    I suppose that as long as our priority is to use this crisis for more political divisiveness, then we're still in pretty good shape. When you see people starting to band together in unity, then you know we're fucked.
  49. 2 points
    Hi Bill, I, for one, cannot seem to understand why the right wingers on here seem to just grab the headline(s) & fail to actually read the stories that they post. IMO a rational person would want to look like they know something about the subject. Jerry Baumchen
  50. 2 points
    Banknotes may be spreading coronavirus, World Health Organisation warns https://finance.yahoo.com/news/who-world-health-organisation-coronavirus-banknotes-warning-111019361.html As a public service, I am willing to accept all your unwanted banknotes.