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  1. 4 points
    You need a real rigger. A rigger that puts a 20 year life span on a reserve is a rigger to run away from.
  2. 2 points
    Well since you are fucking deaf you would not realize how loud the Skyvan is, it is "deafening", therefore the "Dive 'til you're deaf".
  3. 2 points
    In the last 10 years I’ve seen or been on the jump at big way events where at least 6 AAD activations have occurred because of low openings. In that time I know of at least 2 AFF students losing height awareness resulting in AAD activation whilst I was on the DZ. it does happen more often than reported.
  4. 1 point
    I am not entirely sure about moderators, but I know that admins can select the best answer in threads where the OP doesn't select it. This is something that I will occasionally do, if I see that a thread has been without reply for a week or so, I'll then select a best answer to assist those who come to the thread in future.
  5. 1 point
    Bill, you are right, I missed that one. I think though that any type of communication with any of these individuals would suffice, and with the communication options available nowdays, that it could be done. (Even defining "the appropriate" might be a challenge. Since the defacto Regional Director for foreign DZs is the USPA HQ Director of Safety and Training, I guess he gets the email or the text!)
  6. 1 point
    Hello community! I did my first tandem skydive at Pacific Skydiving in Hawaii and fell in love! Came back to the main land and did 2 more tandems at Skydive Spaceland Dallas and decided that it was time! I have since then completed an additional tandem as well as solo STP / AFF 1 to 6 and absolutely love it - I also started purchasing individual components for my gear and own my own jumpsuit, gloves, goggles, G4 Cookie (pre-order) and Stella analog altimeter. My latest AFF/STP level 6 Jump from Tuesday consisted of solo exit, solo stabilization and practice pull, leg turns, docking and deployment: I am also a private pilot and can not wait to become a jumper pilot once I have my instrument and commercial rating! I love this sport and everybody who shares the same passion!
  7. 1 point
    Thanks for you permission and concern. A lot of people have unreasonable fears about the civil law system in America. I'll bet you can cite no applicable case law though. Blaming fear of lawsuits is an old and tired excuse for all sorts of questionable behaviors. Riggers tend to be control freaks, it's in the nature of the game. I know there will be riggers jumping all over me for my position. I could not care less.
  8. 1 point
    Hey everyone, my darling wife bought me a tandem jump for my birthday this past January and one for herself essentially for our anniversary. Our anniversary happens to be the day after my birthday, so it is a little bittersweet for me in a way lol. So now we celebrate a "birthaversary". Back to the story, she bought the tickets to go to Skydive Spaceland here in Houston for this past Friday. Had to get a rain check due to fog and overcast that would not let up. 1hr 20 min drive each way. So Saturday we drop the children off with the in-laws and head back down to the DZ because the weather was clearing up nicely. Got all checked in, suited and geared up, and waited for the next plane to go up. Wasn't nervous at all, just an odd thought in my mind that once I got into the plane I knew I wasn't getting out of it on the ground like a typical flight for work haha. We fly up to about 13.5-14,000ish and the plane levelled off and slowed down, keep in mind this is new to me. Typical plane rides don't really level off and slow down like that, it was a mild oh crap here we go moment in the back of my mind that brought a smile to my face. Door opens and the solo divers all jump, then the camera man that jumped with my wife and her tandem instructor, then myself. I got to the edge of the door, looked down, smiled and we rolled out. I couldn't believe after leaving the plane how calm and relaxed I was freefalling towards the ground. No screaming or shouts of joy or anything...am I broken? lol we reached 7,000 ft locked on to the altimeter til 6 and pulled. It was at this moment that I started laughing when we started doing controlled turns and spiraling left and right, ok maybe I am not broken? We fly in the holding area for a bit then come in for landing and stick the landing. No sliding in or running like a madman. Just a nice buttery landing on our feet. Go inside and take care of the log book and walk to the smoking area to have a cigarette, and that was when the adrenaline kicked in. OK maybe I am broken, I mean delayed reaction much? Anyway, my wife comes out to me and is like we should do the second jump. I think to myself we are already here why not? I say to her lets do it. I paid, but we couldn't get onto the last flight due to a totally awesome memorial jump for one of their people that had passed due to illness. My hats off to that BTW. We went back first thing Sunday morning and got logged in and on the first flight up. Make an already long story short, had more stuff to do during freefall and we had another butter landing. Now it is safe to say that my wife an I are officially hooked, just need more money LOL. Her grand idea/plan is we should both get our solo license, so on our "birthaversary" we can both solo together, rather than doing tandem jumps. I like the idea, but money especially for 2 people to try to do at least 2 jumps a month would be really tight. I gotta give it to her though, in my early 20's I kept saying with "friends" we would go do it, but it would never happen. Everyone was always more interested in drinking and nightlife. Now I am 32 (not claiming to be old) and have yet another expensive hobby x2. If it wasn't for her I probably wouldn't know what it is like because it had fallen off of my priority list of things to do for fun. Anyway now I am interested in pursuing this and will be looking around the forum for next steps to take other than the class and jumps, more like when to buy gear and what to buy like should I bother with my own student canister or not. stuff like that.
  9. 1 point
    Facebook. There are tons of groups with thousands of items.
  10. 1 point
    They seem to be a lot more common than one would think. Cypress' website says ' The first life saved by a CYPRES dates back to April of 1991. Since then, more than 4,000 lives have been saved!'. Vigil reports 329 saves so far. Not sure how many MARS has. I have not personally witnessed an AAD fire, but I've talked to a few instructors who have.