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    Windtunnel (the diameter of the flight zone is 9 feet/2.5 meters) located at USPA DZ, Russia, at territory – cafe, hotel. work 24/7, price from 7000RUB (~110$). Wind speeds of up to ≥300 km/h. Start skydive season in May month.
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    And to be clear, discussion of the BSR rule itself seems to be going on at https://www.dropzone.com/forums/topic/265231-uspa-board-meeting/
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    Yeah, but Hillary sent emails.
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    It's not exactly the same situation, but here in the flight test department at Textron Aviation (aka Cessna and Beechcraft) we created and implemented an in-house process to self-report a number of aviation incidents that aren't required to be reported to the FAA. Although it does include those as well (turbine engine failures, altitude deviations, etc.). The intent of the process is to figure out areas we as a flight test department could improve. The reports are anonymous, and we actually have an understanding with the FAA to help protect our pilots legally in return to passing on the data to them. Several hundred reports have been filed over the last few years, everything ranging from system failures to TA/RA to dialing the wrong frequency. The result has been pretty eye opening for the organization, and in turn has helped shape our monthly safety meetings and yearly safety stand-down topics and training. The data has helped our local ATC update their procedures and training as well. Nothing specific made this program become a reality. It didn't take an accident or realization of some new problem. Sometimes it's simply noticing that things can be improved. I have no doubt the USPA wants this info for very similar reasons that we do. Probably no conspiracy or witch hunt involved.
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    Mite want to read your own advice before giving it to others. 1st line; The principal responsibility of the S&TA is to promote safe skydiving. Toward that goal, the S&TA serves specific advisory and administrative functions: Observes skydiving operations to verify compliance with the Basic Safety Requirements Listen, we can go back and forth like this all day. It comes rite down to the same question I asked at the beginning, Is this a real Problem?. Not 1 person has answered that. Fire an AAD and it's a minimum of a 225 jump. Any student that does that will get a thorough refreshing on alti awareness and a bill. Can't imagine anyone making a habit out of this.So keep yer " For safety" speeches and give a REAL reason this suddenly needs to change...
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    If the rears are going slack, then you are _definitely_ changing the canopy's trim.
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    Perhaps they might've had a little more dirt on those people than a few nude selfies? I don't keep up on all this garbage, but I find the timing of all this a bit peculiar. Was Bezos and his wife really on a "break" when these selfies were taken? Maybe they tried to Blackmail him before, but his refusal cost him his marriage? Maybe they really were on a break, but these photos sealed the divorce papers? Maybe they ruined his marriage and now they were going public due to non compliance? At that point, the smartest thing to do is to say fuck these guys and go public with it yourself, trying to get as much publicity as possible to offset losing 50% of your shit. Not sure if they had a prenup or not. I doubt it since she was with him since the beginning. . . Doubt this will really hurt the national enquirer in the long run tho. We've known they were a bunch of shady assholes since we were little kids. I couldn't believe that they were actually being discussed in the course of real politics to begin with. . .
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    It's really hard to judge the situation without video... As WT Instructor I can say that the "I am a skydiver!" category of WT firsttimers is often the most difficult to deal with)) It's quite often when they start demand to increase the speed while trying to push the air and lift up at the same time which makes them very unstable so: - you can't give them more speed coz - they can fly normal at setted speed and it's make them even more stiff and unstable IMHO if there is enough time (more than just 1-2 minutes as firstimer) instructor should be able to deal with it ether slowing down\lay student on the net\relax them or get out and talk etc... But again people are different so as the situation so without video it's really hard to make a conclusion))
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    Assuming and trusting those who haven't earned it or have proven they don't deserve it, is a mistake. Those elected to the board seem to forget they are elected to REPRESENT the membership. Not turn into matriarch's who feel they need to rule thru intimidation and un-necessary rules. To whoever came up with this stupid idea, GET BACK IN YOUR LANE! We're getting fed up with these dumb decisions...…..
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    We are out of policy Peace, love and freeflying to you all
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    I'm T1D. Dx'd 25 years ago at 14. I've got a bit over 1000 skydives. Running a CGM (Dex/G5/xDrip on my phone). I just started on the new FIASP insulin and have had omnipods for the last 4 years. I'm a pre-solo student pilot as well as being the Canadian rep for Pilots with Diabetes. Life gets in the way so I haven't been up flying in about a year. Diabetes doesn't really affect skydiving, but I do have to be careful about not eating the crap that younger jumpers call food at a DZ. -Michael
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    I am a 44yo T1 diabetic. I was diagnosed in August 2001. I have been on an insulin pump since 2009, and added CGM in 2015. I did my first tandem in 2011, and one every year until my 3rd when they asked at the DZ, "Why don't you learn to jump by yourself?" I finally signed up for 1st jump course in 2015. Life changes caused a delay in completing my AFF, but I finally did and got my A in February of this year. I didn't ask my Doctor if it was OK for me to start jumping, I just did it. I told him later and he wasn't really thrilled about it. He said, "What does the pump manufacturer say say about this?" I told him I didn't ask. When I first started AFF I would take my pump off before I jumped. When I got comfortable jumping, I started leaving it on. I haven't had any problems with it so far, I have 47 jumps. At about 8k I unzip my jumpsuit and check my BG via CGM. I try to make sure my BG is at least 140 before I jump, especially if I have any IOB besides my basal, and if it isn't I eat a packet of the fruit snacks I carry in my jumpsuit before I zip back up, reattach my chest strap, and wait for the 5 minute call. My suit is tight and depending on where my infusion set is attached that day, sometimes binding causes an occlusion in my tubing. If that occurs, I just remove the pump and reprime it after I get back on the ground. Sometimes it's kind of funny when I am under canopy when my audible is beeping at me and so is my insulin pump. I have never lost consciousness from a diabetic episode at any time in the last 16 years, but you will never catch me jumping without an AAD just in case I have a first time and it's while I'm skydiving. So far, so good.
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    Hello, I am a type 1 diabetic, I became diabetic at age 24 and am 52 years old now. I have been a skydiver since I was 18 and in the US Army at the time. I have NO family history of diabetes on either side of my family all the way back in history. ( as far back as the 1400's actually!) So why me???? Wish I knew, But I do not dwell on it and instead chose to drive onward. Army told me a few known factors that could have caused this to happen.... Army doc informed me that I will be insulin dependent for the rest of my life until a cure is found. I was never able to control the blood sugars with just pills and exercise/diet. So it has been insulin ever since... I take daily injections twice a day, Humulin 70/30, And am not interested in using the Pump as it has problems not yet perfected for my active lifestyle. 42 units am and 12 units at the pm. I have never been overweight or obese. Been thin all my life. I stay in shape with lots of activities and have remained 190 lbs and 6'1"tall ever since. I still jump and have over 3000 jumps so far, Along with 58 base jumps. I am also a Licensed Private Pilot with instrument rating, AND a special waiver from the FAA and voluntary Close Monitoring with them that requires testing before, during and after each time I fly... ( I had my license before I became diabetic) I can fly by myself as well as take others and have over 2400 hrs logged. As I get older I have found that some things change as to my care of myself. I keep pushing myself to be better at my care. I jump a Mirage G4 and a Katana 150 main. Grant Eaton You can email me directly at GEatonSkyfly@aol.com