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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. 5 points
    "Listen up! So here's how the economy works. If you have a large supply of gasoline, and the demand drops due to a pandemic, then price drops because Trump is a genius. Companies will then scale back supply. If the demand comes roaring back after the pandemic and the companies drag their feet on getting the supply back up, then it's all Biden's fault. If the demand starts to decline due to high prices, and companies start producing more, then the price will drop because of natural market forces that have nothing to do with Biden."
  3. 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.
  4. 4 points
    My sources tell me it was Hunter Biden, hoping to distract attention from his several felonies, who whacked al-Zawahiri with an AR-15 in front of a classroom of kids while he was giving a lecture on climate change. Photo's reputedly show Hillary Clinton running away holding a to-go pizza box. As expected all of the real news is still being suppressed. It's that bad. Everyone should stock up now before the shelves are bare. God Bless.
  5. 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?
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 3 points
    Kentucky. Help me out here, seems like there are other asshole politicians from Kentucky.
  9. 3 points
    So what is a sociopath with no marketable skills expected to do now? Run for president?
  10. 3 points
    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.
  11. 3 points
    Hi folks, IMO there can never be enough financial damage to this piece of shit: Alex Jones Concedes Sandy Hook Attack Was ‘100% Real’ – NBC New York Here's hoping the jury makes the award about 5 times what is being asked. Jerry Baumchen
  12. 3 points
    stoopid? no scary? yes I led the trail plane jumpers to close on a 16 way CReW diamond to complete a 25 way diamond. at night lotta pressure to find the base not a lot of fun chose to not do that again. craig
  13. 3 points
    So why not discuss things with people who will discuss them, rather than the people who just copy and paste FOX News zingers?
  14. 2 points
    I was and as usual Bill Von picked up on it and stated it eloquently with a movie quote.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 2 points
    I think he's being facetious.
  18. 2 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.
  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. 2 points
    I made a bet with Carol Clay. Uber stooopid! We were up late partaking in some DZ shenanigans and I bet the Queen that she wouldn't make load 1 in the morning. My dumb ass stayed up until... hell I don't know. And anyone that partied at West Point back in the day knows what I'm talking about. I think I got about an hour nap and somehow showed up to dirt dive with Carol. I fell asleep on the ride up and I do not remember the jump whatsoever except that Jason was there. When we got down I crawled into a corner of the hanger and passed out for most of the day. Never again I swore... but then there was another boogie! Damn I miss that woman.
  24. 2 points
    With about 40 jumps I agreed to do a 5-way jump on a day with questionable cloud cover. Cloud bases were at about 4k and were probably about 1,500' thick. Plan was to break off at 5k and pull at 3.5k. We funneled the formation right around 6k and by the time I got stable we were in the cloud and it was time to break off and track. I had no idea where anyone was or what direction they had tracked in. I was entirely unprepared for this scenario. I stayed in place, hoping everyone else had tracked, got through the cloud, cleared my airspace as well as I could, and waved off and pulled a little below 3k. Thankfully my hope that everyone else had recovered and tracked way came true. I haven't come even remotely close to a cloud since then. Several times I've gotten to the DZ and chose to stay on the ground. A couple of times I've been in the plane, got to the door and looked down, saw a big cloud, said nope, not going. I'm often told that I'm overly cautious. I've even been called a p---y once or twice. Whatever.
  25. 2 points
    I packed my self a pilot chute in tow after about 130 total pack jobs and about 165 total jumps...routed the bridal like an idiot.. the bridal actually kept too much tension on the closing loop as it went around the wrong side of the loop and the closing pin. I felt terrible for being so cavalier during my pack job and it took a while before I forgave myself and moved on.
  26. 2 points
    I hope that remains the stupidest thing… jumping impaired a couple of times in the 1970’s or 80’s probably counts for me. Wendy P.
  27. 2 points
    ARs are prohibited, so can't find new homes for them. Once a new proposed bill comes into effect in Canada, likely this fall, you also won't be able to transfer handguns to anybody. Which means they cannot be sold, or gifted, or transferred to anybody. They will all become worthless overnight and you won't be able to find new homes, or pass them down the family. I am all for reducing the number of ARs in the hands of those who shouldn't have them. Hence, in stead of buying back tools which are extremely unlikely to be used in any crime, use that money to combat the smuggling of guns. Smuggled guns are by far the main problem.
  28. 2 points
    If straw men are so wimpy, why do people keep building them? Wendy P.
  29. 2 points
    Part 73! https://vault.fbi.gov/D-B-Cooper /d.b.-cooper-part-73/view
  30. 1 point
    To your and Phil's point, I wasn't trying to disparage any other currencies or say that USD are inherently better. I was painfully reminded of the strength of the CAD recently when was looking at tickets home to visit my mother in NS. I believe the point you were trying to make is that the USD isn't the be-all, end-all currency and that there are other currencies with equivalent values. I agree that that's how it should be, and is for most of the world, but I'd bet that for 90+% of Venezuelan store owners, a Canadian $20 note would be worth less to them than a $5 USD. It's fucked up, but it ranks pretty low on the list of things that are fucked up in that country.
  31. 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.
  32. 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..
  33. 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.
  34. 1 point
    That reminds me of this very similar report... I wonder if the two are related? Maybe even a part of the same incident from the perspective of another person in the car?
  35. 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 ??????????????
  36. 1 point
    It’s nowhere near that simple. His trial lawyers may be so incompetent it seems like their strategy was to shoot for a mistrial on the grounds of malpractice but his money men probably know what they’re doing. The fight to find the assets he claims don’t exist is going to go on for years.
  37. 1 point
    Looking back at my 1,000 jump in 2007.....was a 16 way. 4 of my buds have made their last track into the sunset. Tell your friends that you love them and wish them well!!
  38. 1 point
    Forgot to uncollapse my slider while packing, and took that packjob on a tracking jump at Lost Prairie. Somehow, someway, had a perfectly butter smooth opening... How about you guys?
  39. 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.
  40. 1 point
    Borowitz' take on it: https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/justice-department-urges-trump-to-hire-alex-joness-lawyers
  41. 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.
  42. 1 point
    Finally, a perfectly calibrated reply.
  43. 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.
  44. 1 point
    Woah there! Let's not get all ivory-tower out of touch elitist on him! Numbers are no fair. They muddle his feelings.
  45. 1 point
    Lost altitude awareness on a night jump and pulled really low. I was fully open below 1,000ft and had to land in a paddock next to the DZ in almost complete darkness. I bought a Time Out the next morning.
  46. 1 point
    That article is well worth a read for the sheer scale of his dishonesty and corruption. While he was in court finally admitting Sandy Hook wasn’t a conspiracy, another host on his network was on tv claiming the trial was a conspiracy. He was admonished in court for not complying with an order to provide his email records, he responded that he didn’t use emails, and was then shown screenshots of emails sent from his address. Just incredible.
  47. 1 point
    Today was not a good day for Alex Jones, which makes it a great day for most everybody else.
  48. 1 point
    There are many wingsuit specific canopy options available, with good flare and same low bulk or standard material options. Aerodyne, NZ Aerosports, Atair...it's worth looking (and asking) around, and most of all, actually demoing various options, as each manufacturer and sponsored athlete will be mainly advocating their own preference. Nothing but your own ankles will tell you more honest how good or bad a flare is, after a demo jump or two.
  49. 1 point
    Once again another outrageous over simplification, and once again you are spot on.
  50. 1 point
    Raise a glass to Bob Holler every St Patrick’s Day .. You are missed vic and Sally
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