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  1. 5 points
    I don't think he's motivated by prejudice, instead just by owning the libs. Not having actual beliefs, instead depending on others to provide the ones to be against, is kind of weird to me. Wendy P.
  2. 4 points
    Intro As there are not a lot of ressources regarding a transition from skydiving to paragliding/speedflying available online, I decided to share my experiences and impressions in this post here. Even if you are not planning to get into paragliding yourself, it might still give some interesting insights. If you like, I can keep you updated on my journey. About my skydiving background Originally from Austria, I started skydiving in southern Germany back in August 2012 and got pretty hooked on it. After spending every weekend at the dropzone for about a year, I decided to quit my regular job, move to the dropzone and pursue a career there, although I always had to support it with at least a part time "normal" job. Living off skydiving alone is almost impossible within Germany. After about two years (as soon as legally possible) I got my coach and tandem instructor rating. I was able to earn money with skydiving from that point on, mainly doing videos, tandems and coaching jumps. My AFF rating followed soon after. My favourite discipline in skydiving has always been canopy piloting, why I invested lots of time, money and effort into that. I quit skydiving in the beginning of 2020 as I was starting to burn out after 7 seasons of 7-day-weeks during the summer and moved back to my origin in the Alps of Austria at the beginning of this year. Alltogether I did about 3500 jumps of which about 2000 have been on solo-canopies. My canopy progression was: * PD 170 (~150 jumps) * Pilot 150 (~150 jumps) - started working on high-performance landings with that canopy * Pilot 132 (~200 jumps) * Katana 120 (~200 jumps) * Velocity 96 (~300 jumps) * Valkyrie 84 (~1.000 jumps) - loaded with up to 35lbs of extra lead (total exit weight around 220lbs) (sample landing) Do not take my personal path as advice for your own downsizing. I went through some downsizing steps rather fast, but keep in mind that I did many of these jumps in shorter timespans than many other people and always had direct mentoring from more experienced pilots available. In retrospective I have to say, that the step from the Pilot 132 to the Katana 120 was the most challenging. My paragliding experience until now I started my training at Cloudbase, a professional, commercial paragliding school in Zell am Ziller (Tyrol, Austria) - huge recommendation by the way - last Saturday and completed my final exam yesterday. Usually training takes a bit longer (40 flights) but due to local regulations a shortcut for licensed skydivers is possible (15 flights, although practically not appropriate in many cases). Theoretical instruction is easy, but covers topics that many skydivers have likely never had any contact with. It might have helped that I also hold a commercial pilot license for airplanes and have quite some knowledge regarding meteorology and basic aerodynamics, but I doubt that my skydiving experience gave me an advantage in that area. During training (and some test flights today) I had the chance to fly the following paragliding wings (surface area in brackets although less relevant): * Mescal S (240 sqft) * Masala S (235 sqft) * Susi 23 (213 sqft) * Susi 21(190 sqft) * Kode P 18 (173 sqft) * Tonic 2 S (172 sqft) How do paragliding wings compare to skydiving canopies? I was surprised how much performance even large student paragliding wings offered in comparison to skydiving canopies for students. While a skydiving canopy for students (and to be honest - also most intermediate skydiving canopies) allows the pilot to hang in the harness like a bag of water and yank on the steering lines without any requirement for sensitivity, a paragliding wing requires immensely more coordinated inputs by harness and brakes to achieve an acceptable amount of control. I suppose a docile student paragliding wing would likely still not kill you, but it will be a very uncontrolled ride, if you fly it the same way a skydiving canopy allows you to fly. Techniques required to fly real high-performance skydiving canopies transition very well to paragliding. From the first flight on paragliding felt very natural and I had the feeling of having a good amount of control over the wing. I got lots of compliments to be the very first skydiver at the school with sensitivity for brake inputs. Aside from techniques like doing big ears, that are not used/available in skydiving, a huge difference is the possibility of (unintentionally) inducing extended rolling and pitching oscillations and the inputs required to stop these oscillations. Standard skydiving canopies do not really require such inputs and will quickly self stabilize (or at least keep the oscillations low). High-performance skydiving canopies require such inputs but still stabilize quicker than paragliding wings. While angle-of-attack control is not necessarily required to safely fly a skydiving canopy, like it is on a paragliding wing, it certainly allows much better flight path control even on less performant skydiving wings (Did you ever feel your controls become "mushy" after recovering from a turn input? Surprise! There's ways around that...). Some skydiving pilots might bring that skill, some might not. Paragliding wings are a lot easier to flare than their skydiving counterparts. I did not see a lot of really bad flares during the course on my coursemates without any pre-experience. That is likely due to the much lower sink rate and more lift that paragliding wings provide. I would not expect any skydiver to have much trouble correctly flaring a paragliding wing. Paragliding wings seem a lot less critical regarding low turns. While even very docile student skydiving canopies react with a good amount of dive to any turn, I have seen safe turns at heights that sent shivers down my former skydiving instructor spine during the past week. There are other dangers that come with paragliding wings, but the risk coming with low turns seem a lot lower with paragliding. I do not have any numbers on that feeling, so take it with a grain of salt. Conclusion I have a hand full of paragliding flights by now, so my opinion might either be false or have to be revised by myself in the future. High-performance canopy flying experience transitions very well to paragliding and should allow you to feel comfortable on a paragliding wing quickly. Controls are different but follow very similar principles. If you got the feeling for a high-performance skydiving canopy, you will likely have the feeling for a paragliding wing. At least a docile one (like to ones I used to fly during the past week) and at least in my case. I doubt that limited, other skydiving experience will give you a huge advantage on paragliding. Some things might feel similar, certainly taking away a good amount of stress. Some of your habits might be very counter-productive. And it is very well possible that you will have to seriously extend your "toolbox of canopy control". Recommendations In any case, do not assume that you know how to fly a paragliding wing, because you know how to control a skydiving canopy. It's different. I for my part decided to go with the Tonic 2 S for now. It's very slow in comparison to the Valkyrie 84 I used to fly, but it still behaves reasonably agile and I have the feeling that I got a good amount of work to do until I can fly it perfectly to its limits. It outperforms similarly sized skydiving canopies by far. Speedflying is my goal, but I do not see any reason to rush it. Doing some paragliding training could be a good addition to becoming a great skydiving canopy pilot. I can see paragliding skills and knowledge transition extremely well to skydiving canopy control, if you already bring some skydiving experience. Paragliding training is super cheap in comparison to skydiving. And it's a huge amount of fun.
  3. 3 points
    It's like holding a fart in the airplane. You don't do it for yourself, you do it for your fellow skydivers. What could be more noble?
  4. 3 points
    Get a big wingsuit! That way you have the sky to yourself under canopy For realsies though my rule is: If I can count every canopy on the load (like a 182 DZ), then I'll be a total asshole under canopy. Spirals, stalls, have a good pee... You know the works If I can't count all canopies easily then I fly like a conservative grandma going to church. So just depends on the DZ/load specifics
  5. 3 points
    Many drop zones discourage spirals and some even prohibit them as a way to reduce collision risks. I'm ok with spirals above pattern altitude as long as the jumper has cleared the air around and below. From pattern altitude to the ground I discourage any turns not required for reasonable accuracy.
  6. 3 points
    Hi Phil, There it is in a nutshell. Bill E just wants to continually confuse the discussion with his red herrings; that have nothing to do with the discussion. That is the killings from Columbine to Uvalde. Jerry Baumchen
  7. 3 points
    Kentucky. Help me out here, seems like there are other asshole politicians from Kentucky.
  8. 3 points
    So what is a sociopath with no marketable skills expected to do now? Run for president?
  9. 2 points
    Hi Jim, And, sometimes, if the stars all line up, you get asked to work on developing some new gear. Jerry Baumchen
  10. 2 points
    I cannot. The rig is either airworthy, or it is not. Airworthiness is determined by inspection of the rig, not inspection of the data card. What question of airworthiness can be answered by the data card?
  11. 2 points
    Blevins is trying to get a group to search the placard find location.. Don't bother.. Facts. Placard came from the outside of a 727/737. (FBI) (ID number lists 727/737 models) Placard was found right under V23 airway. (thousands of jets passed over that spot '71-'78) Placard could have come from any passing 727. (FBI) Placard condition suggests it was recent. (1978) Boeing employee said these things fall off all the time. (FBI) Conclusion, placard did not come from Cooper opening the airstairs, it came from the outside of any passing 727/737 and based on the number of jets flying v23 it is a virtual certainty that it did not come from the outside of NORJAK. Placard is a red herring. The time has passed to put the placard out of our misery.
  12. 2 points
    And they all cheered along when Trump said suspects should be treated rough. People being arrested should have their heads smashed against door frames, and if any of ‘those’ suspects gets to the station with two black eyes or worse that’s all part of the process. But carry out a fully legal search warrant against a private citizen who just happens to be a right wing darling and suddenly that’s too heavy handed. That’s weaponisation of justice. That’s unprecedented persecution. Bunch of hypocritical whining fucking snowflakes.
  13. 2 points
    Vertical separation can be pre-planned before you board the airplane. When doing exhibition jumps or team stacks for precision landings, we always put the guy with the smallest (most heavily-loaded) canopy out first and told him to "suck it down" to open at 2,000 feet. Once open, he would spiral down over the stadium to gain even more vertical separation. The guy with the biggest (lightest-loaded) canopy exited last and opened immediately (say 3,000 feet). Then he hung in half or 3/4 brakes to watch the rest of us land. That sort of stack is easy to plan from a 4-seater Cessna.
  14. 2 points
    The Optimum and all PD reserve has all the needed data on the panel sewn to the the center top skin of the canopy. Traditionally the data card belongs to the canopy. However when you buy a new canopy it does not come with one, only the container does. Personally I consider the "card follows the canopy" rule to be obsolete. There is no regulation that covers this.
  15. 2 points
    I was and as usual Bill Von picked up on it and stated it eloquently with a movie quote.
  16. 2 points
    Republicans are criticizing the search as politically motivated. They seem to forget that FBI Director Wray is a Trump appointee. The also seem to forget what they did to AG Garland for purely political reasons. Fucking hypocrites.
  17. 2 points
    I would think the dirtiest, chunkiest oil with the most metals possible would be ideal for that. I mean, this stuff might even burn sorta clean and then where would you be? With less toxic smoke, that's where! You'd be the laughingstock of Howdy Arabia.
  18. 2 points
    I think he's being facetious.
  19. 2 points
    Recently a routine police patrol was parked outside a bar late one night. After last call, the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so apparently intoxicated that he could barely walk. The man stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity, in which he tried his keys on five different vehicles, the man managed to find his car and fall into it. He sat there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off. Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off; it was a fine, dry summer night, flicked the blinkers on and off a couple of times, honked the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little, and then remained still for a few more minutes as some more of the other patrons' vehicles left. At last, when his was the only car left in the parking lot, he pulled out and drove slowly down the road. The police officer, having waited patiently all this time, now started up his patrol car, put on the flashing lights, and promptly pulled the man over and administered a breathalyser test. To his amazement, the breathalyzer indicated no evidence that the man had consumed any alcohol at all! Dumbfounded, the officer said, "I'll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyser equipment must be broken." "I doubt it," said the truly proud guy. "Tonight I'm the designated decoy."
  20. 2 points
    "Ladies and gentlemen, I'll be brief. The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules, or took a few liberties with our female party guests - we did. But you can't hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn't we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn't this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg - isn't this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!"
  21. 2 points
    What do you expect from Banana Republicans?
  22. 2 points
    Well, he can try. But I just ran a high voltage safety class for my company, and that was officially in the "not recommended" category.
  23. 1 point
    Or narcissism. Regardless of whether or not Trump actually believed he'd be put back in the White House, we all know that his 'self importance' is paramount in his own mind. He loved being 'important'. Important people have access to information that 'ordinary people' don't. Important people don't have to follow all the rules that 'ordinary people' have to follow. Regardless of how the classified material ended up in his possession (I think the idea that it got mixed up in all the chaos is likely to be close to reality), once he had it, he wasn't going to give it back without a fight. It made him feel important. It made him feel like the government had to respect him. What it really did was make him a criminal, and that the FBI would come and invade his house. But he's a fucking self important fool, and it's (hopefully) going to cost him.
  24. 1 point
    Call Butler Parachutes... I believe that Manley worked on ejection seats a bit.
  25. 1 point
    Kliff was on my first CReW jump in the US. It's now almost 15 years and hundreds of CReW jumps later, but I still have very fond memories of that day. BSBD.
  26. 1 point
    To me, spiraling is a fairly advanced tool to manage the landing stack at DZ's with bigger aircraft; it's just fine when combined with judgment on who else is jumping, their wingloads, and the stack. At smaller DZ's, jumpers should be made aware of the fact that what works with 4 jumpers in the sky isn't a good idea with more jumpers. Wendy P.
  27. 1 point
    Horizontal separation is irrelevant if vertical separation is maintained. Skydivers who are never at the same altitude at the same time will never collide.
  28. 1 point
    That's why I got a ticket. The most local rigger left the province and our DZ had none. It took nearly 4 years to just make the cash investment in training and tools back. Not even mentioning the lost time.
  29. 1 point
    We have no intentions of leaving Colombia and will probably spend the remainder of our lives with this as our home base. That being said, if we did ever leave for any reason, we have already made the decision that we will never again live in a country that doesn't have universal healthcare.
  30. 1 point
    Baking okalb: I grew up in Canada and did most of my travelling with the Canadian Armed Forces. Medical care was great when I was young, especially for my sickly younger brother. During my 30s and 40s, I worked in the USA and thank my lucky stars that I never got injured. After age 50, I moved back to Canada and am glad that I did because as I age, my medical expenses grow. The public purse paid for most of my medical care in the aftermath of a plan crash. I have already had a couple of surgeries paid from the public purse and am scheduled for another surgery next week. Growing old is not for the faint of heart.
  31. 1 point
    Oscillations were visual on the pressure gauge... The "bump" was felt... described as an extreme oscillation on the gauge. The bump is also an extreme gauge oscillation.. They are are simultaneous events. Rataczak, "I could feel the stairs coming down, we then felt a big bump in our ear.. So, when he jumped and left the airplane at that very moment I got on the radio to Air Traffic Control and I said quote I think our friend has just taken leave of us, mark it on your shrimp boats, that's what they call the radar screen"
  32. 1 point
    How does he not get charged with perjury....the justice system really is a joke.
  33. 1 point
    I've spent some time in the DWI's lately, mostly Curacao and Bonaire. They're under the Dutch system. Often, for anything moderately serious the Dutch pay for transport to Colombia. I have heard nothing but rave reviews for the Colombian system. Years ago I was tripped by a gallon of German Beer coming out of a bar at a Bangkok night market, landed face first on broken concrete, and split my forehead open scalp to eyebrow. The taxi called in our arrival to the Hospital and the Doctor and a Nurse with a wheel chair were waiting out front. It's way after midnight and a highly skilled surgeon with extensive plastic surgery training was on duty and standing by. $250 for all tests, medications, imaging and extra dressings to go. Three weeks later the Nurse at the Hotel who removed the stitches, and who also had plastic surgery training, (over 5 days because you don't rush these things) finished the job-no cost. I was counting on sporting a 3 inch, red, angry scar but the result is near invisible. So yes, things can be great elsewhere.
  34. 1 point
    Though reversals can go beyond TBAR.. I looked at the reverse flow and rejected it for two reasons.. The movement is limited to maybe 3 miles in a tidal cycle. But, only the top layer is reversed by tides and winds, the lower layer continued to flow downstream.. since the money does not float (for very long) it would not be moved in the top layer. There were clamshell dredging operations at the mouth of the Lewis and mouth of the Columbia that subsequently moved material upstream but I couldn't find any specifics.. One big project was the Sauvie Island shore remediation across from and upstream of TBAR.. I can't confirm where that material came from.. and then you need to account for the diatoms. There is just no way figure out the TBAR money beyond theories unless somebody comes forward and admits something like they found some money in the woods and later threw it in the River because it couldn't be used..
  35. 1 point
    As a job, I don't think it is worth it for the hourly wages. People become riggers for love of the technical part of skydiving. Maybe I should say people advance in rigging for this reason. I've had my rigger's ticket for 15 years. I've packed lots of reserves, fixed lots of things and paid more in tools than I will ever make. Rigging properly takes time, and at $60 to pack a reserve, you don't get far once you've properly inspected everything and packed it properly. How much are your knees worth anyway?
  36. 1 point
    At the end of the day, what is the point of human misery unless someone else is profiting obscenely from it?
  37. 1 point
    There is a coordinate in the FBI files that is interesting.. it doesn't say why. 7.2 miles from the man seen heading W at Fredrickson and Lewis River Road.
  38. 1 point
    It is a different witness but they both describe a similar incident. Would be nice to have the location of the second incident.
  39. 1 point
    Yet it is these same people who want the government to control what women can (and cannot) do with their own bodies, and whom someone can (and cannot) marry. Lack of education has consequences.
  40. 1 point
    This has always been an interesting report. Did any followup occur? More 302s about it? Did the guy spotted have a bag or a brief case? Any real evidence dredging spoils at the Lewis mouth were transported to Tena Bar? If that can be proved then we may have the source of the Ingram money and fragments ? People may be missing something important about the diatoms and money. Simply, what condition were the bills in when exposed to diatoms? Were they new bills with full borders or already deteriorated bills like that turned in by the Ingrams? What does the distribution Tom found suggest ? If the bills were already deteriorated when exposed to diatoms, that sets a time limit on when diatoms and money came into contact. If it could be proved that Lewis River sediments were transported to Tena Bar the Lewis could be the source of the Cooper money. That could open a whole new chapter in the case. Its also worth noting again that nobody saw money at Tena Bar beach prior to the Ingram discovery, and neither did the Ingrams. It took the act of kids digging to expose money! The money was buried under sand. More time and erosion might have exposed it to view of fishermen. But that had not happened yet until the Ingram children happened to be probing and digging ... and the Lewis River has always been a favorite target with respect to the flight path and the timing of Cooper's jump window... the Lewis area could be key to everything. Any chance Tom can get some of the fragments to test for diatoms ??????????????
  41. 1 point
    Damn. You just gave me a bad headache with this! I think for human intervention to be considered, we need to start with the one human that we knew had the money, and that is Cooper himself. Maybe he hid the money somewhere close to the Columbia with the intention of retrieving it later? Perhaps he tossed the money in the Columbia knowing that the serial numbers were being checked and he though he wouldn't be able to spend it. Maybe something spooked him and he decided to toss the money. Maybe seeing McCoy get busted red handed with his ransom in his home made him decide to toss it in the spring of 72? So may possibilities. Either of these may not be what happened, but no need to move the flight path or landing zone with these scenarios. I'm a pessimist about pretty much everything. Glass half empty. But I don't think we will ever know how that money wound up in the Columbia and onto Tena Bar. Even if we find out who Cooper is.
  42. 1 point
    No doubt that on a percentage basis that's correct. The actual number of hunters has remained fairly stable. They contribute approximately $38 billion to the economy including $12 billion in taxes and license fees toward. Those funds are used for conservation and they perform a critical service in wildlife management. Hunters are not the problem. The defund the police actions and the increase in crime are two reasons folks have been buying guns. The Obama years were record breaking for gun sales.
  43. 1 point
    That is problem and lure of the Cooper Vortex... I have gone through and tried to list all the info we have on Cooper for a profile and we actually have very few facts.. lots of inferences but few hard facts. You can question almost everything. It is like trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle with only 40% of the pieces for that puzzle, 30% are from a completely different puzzle and 30% is missing/unknown..
  44. 1 point
    The 1960 image shows the money spot,, TBAR is there but it had more trees. There are two different issues,, Did the money get tossed up by a dredge,, I don't see the money going through a suction dredge and you have to account for the diatoms.. What was the layer Palmer identified as the 1974 dredge layer.. was he correct or was it an earlier later.. not sure, but from my reading 1974 wasn't the only dredge operation at TBAR and definitely not the only dredge operation in the area. Material was moved and dumped on the other side and even in the middle of the River, both upstream. The money found at depth was probably moved during the excavation process.. but, it is impossible to know for sure how the money got onto TBAR,, the question is how did it get into the River and where did it go after the hijacking. No, Cooper did not bury the money the night of the hijacking in the wet sand in the winter next to a River then return to retrieve it when it was 6 ft under water..
  45. 1 point
    2 more trials coming up next month in TX and CT. Hopefully, the judgements in those will clean out the remainder of his assets.
  46. 1 point
    Like most things in the Cooper case, nothing is certain,, the tide range is about 1.5 - 2.5 ft.. the water level looks very close in those images. It is clear the shoreline at the money find spot changed between 1971 and 1973, a dredge/beach replacement is most likely but not confirmed. There was also the '72 flood. Whatever it was, there was a change in the shore at the money spot between 71 and 73.. Here is a higher water level in 1970,, no undulations in the shoreline.
  47. 1 point
    That’s quite the pivot, but at least you’ve moved on from your insane argument that oil companies want to act in a way that drives down oils prices. Anyway, you’ve guaranteed us that the red wave is coming and Democrats are about to be wiped out. Why do you think the oil company analysts are guaranteeing that you’re wrong?
  48. 1 point
    Didn't they teach you at your incredible MBA not to answer questions with a question? Shows you don't have an answer. As usual you just copied stuff without any thinking.
  49. 1 point
    Greg - your post made a couple alarms go off in my head. A 10 year break for someone with 65 jumps is a loooong time. You didn't mention where you live, but if it's in the U.S. we have protocols for returning after layoffs. I suggest going to the DZ before making your first jump back and discuss things with an instructor. The DZ personnel can walk you through everything.
  50. 1 point
    I’m a lapsed rigger; I haven’t packed a reserve for someone else in about 35 years. I’d say it was worth the investment in time (no money was involved firme because it was the 70’s), because I like understanding things, and in general having been a rigger just makes me more comfortable with the boundaries of gear. Wendy P.
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