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  1. 4 points
    Damn this is a huge loss. Gary was a big man with a big personality, yet also soft-spoken and mild-mannered. Epic moustache, epic ponytail (did I ever see it unfurled?). Every year he was in charge of 60+ load organizers at the World Freefall Convention, which was a monumental task, but he did it with maximum efficiency and little drama. He did not play a part in my first becoming an LO at WFFC, I have DJan Stewart and my friends David “Duk” Miller and Todd Jacobson (RIP) to thank for that. However, once I earned my hat, Gary was my biggest advocate and supporter, even when a jilted lover from a previous year caused a ruckus at tent #1. His speech was basically “pick less psycho women, or keep it in your pants”...haha, the good old days. He was a big dude, not fat, not a bodybuilder, just big. A barrel chest and big trunk. Huge calves. When I first met him, I think he was jumping a Man-o-War 320, and his Vector was so big it looked like a tandem rig. He liked being safe and was in no hurry to get down. He enjoyed working with students and newer jumpers, and he had many other interests. He was a genius-level computer programmer, an accomplished musician, and a budding scientist with a focus on (what else) aerodynamics. Oh yeah, and he was on USPA’s BOD for more than a quarter century. Not bad, eh? I had not seen much of him since the convention disbanded, and I am very thankful that I had a 30 minute conversation with him at last year’s nationals in Chicagoland. We reminisced about the glory days, then I let him vent about his current gripes with USPA, of which there were many. Same ol’ Gary...I’m gonna miss him...sigh. BSBD my friend...
  2. 3 points
    You must be one of those losers who have spent your life playing this game and now you think you are a "professional". I have news for you. Skydiving is not has never been a profession. Especially tandem skydiving which does not even require much skill. Get off your high horse.
  3. 3 points
    Let's do some more math: what's $.75 multiplied by the USPA constituency of $39,827 (end of 2018)? $29,870.25 So it's OK for the BOD to "pass the buck"? How about $29,870.25 bucks? That's money we could have used for something that would actually produce something tangible, not some pipe dream that no one seems to "give a poop about." -JD-
  4. 3 points
    Really? Who? I think "lots" of BOD members - those in office at that time, anyway - supported this project. The mumblings I've heard at my previous dropzone, my current one and the one's I've visited on the road haven't been supportive in the least. And that bit about "complaining": it all depends on where you sit. I'm sure the BOD members and previous BOD members who supported this project would call it complaining. I would call it "speaking up." Bottom line: what the USPA is doing amounts to nothing less than embezzlement and we need to clean it up. 5 years and nothing? What a bunch of crap. -JD-
  5. 2 points
    Hi guys, I'm developer of Skyduck - the new mobile app for skydivers. I'm trying to make the best app for skydivers, so I need your help. First of all I need your feedback. Now it is in open beta test and available for iOS devices (iPhone 6 and higher except iPhone SE) DOWNLOAD FROM APPSTORE What it is now? • Easy-to-use automated skydiving logbook • Jumps digital signatures • 3D visualization of jump • Detailed statistics on a graph • Vertical/horizontal speeds Blue skies, Igor
  6. 2 points
    Full face helmet on a tandem skydive is total bullshit.
  7. 2 points
    Buy a container that holds the canopies you are jumping for the next couple hundreds jumps. You can downsize to a 170 in most if not all containers built for a 190. Then when you are ready for a 150, sell it and buy something smaller. If you think you will be downsizing quickly, buy used gear now then buy new custom gear when you are down to a 150. Something else to think about - if you are flying a 190 main, why a 176 reserve? Ever jumped anything that small? Ever jump a 7 cell? Want your first jump on anything that small to be on your first reserve ride? Into a shitty landing area cuz someone screwed the spot?
  8. 2 points
    I spoke with Gary many, many times by phone before we ever met in person. We discussed an array of issues in the sport and also discussed numerous folks that were running some scam DZs. When we finally met at a DZO conference we laughed over a few beers about all sorts of stuff and hit it off even better in person. We had some difference of opinions but we respected each other’s positions. We continued to speak often about all sorts of issues. He had the backs of small DZs and USPA members for sure. Fly Free my friend...
  9. 2 points
  10. 2 points
    Hi Rich, IMO this is the only way it can pay it's own way over the long haul. Jerry Baumchen
  11. 2 points
    Jerry, I think there are only two ways the HOF and Museum stay viable and open for the long haul. Build at a large warm weather DZ. Make a nice exhibit hall. Put in a banquet facility that can be rented out for all kinds of events. Host the yearly inductions and dinner there. Keep it open 3 days a week with volunteers. or... Put it at an existing air museum that gets a lot of annual visitors. Some donors are getting very frustrated.
  12. 2 points
    The BOD actually owes the membership an explanation. I know there has been buyer’s remorse from some BOD members that voted yes to the donations. This was presented as “If the USPA donates, the other national organizations like CSPA, BPA and others would donate”. As far as I know, this hasn’t happened from the other associations. Our competition teams beg for funding and DZOs across the land are under attack from the NIMBY crowds. Our dues should fund those situations. I have spoken at great length with my friend Jim McCormick about their plans for the museum. It’s currently a very poor business model that will need $400,000 to $500,000 in yearly contributions to stay open. This was a poor use of our dues,IMHO. I am all in on a museum, and HOF, and have donated privately to it. However this isn’t a wise USPA funding situation in my opinion.
  13. 1 point
    I jumped a Squirrel Epicene for 300ish jumps, and the last 100 have been on an Atair WinX (both in a 210). I cannot emphasize how much better the WinX is. It has super soft buttery openings like the Epicene, yet the toggle pressure is higher and the bottom end flare is so much stronger. I skidded in half of my landings on the Epicene, and I have yet to slide in a single one on my WinX. I use it for all types of jumps, from wingsuiting to RW, and it always feels right at home. WINX all the way!
  14. 1 point
    I personally think skydiving in general is pretty gender neutral. When it comes to equipment, everything is customizable and built to your size. Wingsuiting is similar with custom built wingsuits. Squirrel probably has the best customization for suits with their Super Custom designs. You can pick designs and pretty much any color shade. It allows for some pretty unique patterns which gives you that personal style.
  15. 1 point
    See you in the next world Ian; loved your bar in Z-Hills 1993 - 94 and the murals on the walls from Rickerby - fly free amigo - BSBD - Frank D-8200
  16. 1 point
    Damn, first Gary, now Flip. Enjoyed skydiving with you over the years and your jokes, mi amigo - fly free - BSBD - Frank D-8200
  17. 1 point
    Fly free Gary - I enjoyed our time at WFFC with your Load Organizing tent next to my AFF tent 1993 - 1998. Thank you for inviting me for input with the single AFF instructor/wind tunnel training approval in the USPA regs last year. You gave a lot to our sport and we appreciate it; sorry I did not see you recently but at least we spoke on the phone in the last year or so. BSBD - Frank, D-8200
  18. 1 point
    What kind of insurance are you asking about? General liability insurance for skydiving is not a real thing. That's why the waiver is as long and detailed as it is. Hire a good lawyer to write one for you (you can ask other DZs for recommendations). "On the ground" liability, stuff that covers spectators tripping and falling, is out there. Some have it, many (big & small) don't. Building and equipment insurance (fire & theft) is available. Given the value of the gear, strongly suggested. But not all have it. Airplane insurance is a somewhat similar thing. Some have it, some don't. Hull insurance covers the airplane if it gets damaged. Liability insurance covers what it hits if it crashes. If you lease a plane, either the owner will have it or he will require that you have it.
  19. 1 point
    Hi Jerry, Sorry to hear...... Fly on Flip.... That "Eternal Star" just got another entry!!!!! skybill
  20. 1 point
    Partial malfunction: Hold the container flaps together with left hand, pull ripcord with right hand. Throw ripcord away. Peel back flaps. Take canopy and big wad of lines, throw down and in the direction of spin. For a really slow malfunction, might have to shake the reserve a couple time before it's interested in opening. I've done this. Total malfunction: Airborne tuck/fetal position. Pull ripcord. Assist canopy into wind if necessary. I've never done this.
  21. 1 point
    First off, NEVER stop asking 'can it be done better?' That's where innovation and improvement come from. However, I wouldn't call packing 'primitive'. I'd call it 'simple'. Canopy opening is a dynamic and very chaotic process. Keeping the packing as simple as possible reduces chances for problems. The D-bag is the size it is for a reason. They are sized to the container. They have to hold the canopy securely enough so that it can't shift around. Rubber bands are simple, consistent, fairly reliable and cheap. There are a couple alternatives to rubber bands. Silibands and Tube Stows were popular, but I haven't really seen them much in a while. Stowless is a good alternative. I know a few folks who use that. There's a bit of 'institutional memory' that is against it, but one thing to know is that just about every reserve is a 'stowless' setup (so you do have them at your DZ, just not readily visible). Another thing to remember is that a pack job doesn't have to be perfect. Early on, I had a rigger explain to me that packing was 80% psychological. Lines straight & to the inside, fabric to the outside. Slider to the stops & quartered. Everything arranged so that it comes out in sequence and sort of smoothly. Locking stows solid. Most of the rest is to make you feel better (some of it has an effect on 'quality' of opening). Student canopies are very big. So they are more work to pack (tandems are somewhat similar). Smaller canopies are easier to handle, but they go in smaller rigs, so the D-bag is smaller. Getting the canopy in the bag is partly technique, mostly experience. I can't really tell you how to do it, but I can tell you that once you get better at it, getting a sleeping bag, tent, car cover or similar into the storage bag will be a piece of cake. Same with stowing the lines. You will get better at it. But, if you can come up with a better idea, one that offers more benefits than drawbacks, isn't more expensive, is more durable, is easier to use but still effective at holding the lines, then go with it. That's how the gear improves.
  22. 1 point
    The sport has lost a true ambassador as well a one hell of a nice guy. Blue Skies, Gary
  23. 1 point
    14 CFR § 91.151 - Fuel requirements for flight in VFR conditions (b) ....to fly after that for at least 20 minutes.
  24. 1 point
    Could be a lot of things. Misrigging of the canopy. One line length wrong. Gross asymmetrical loading of the harness. Like JR said give PD a call. They will tell you what to do next; most likely it will be to ship the canopy to them and they will test jump it and fix/replace as needed. If you don't want to do that, you could have your rigger check line lengths and/or have a local canopy expert do a test jump on it. But PD is the best way to get a reliable answer.
  25. 1 point
    The Cruiselite was introduced by Para-Flite in 1981. It was a 220 square foot, F-111, seven cell, general purpose canopy. Cruiselites competed directly with Django's Pegasus and Glide Path's Fury. I bought a custom-colored Cruislite back in 1984 and jumped it for three years, doing RW, accuracy, CReW and BASE jumps with it. In its day, the Cruislite was the best canopy on the market. As for the earlier poster who suffered hard landings while over-loading his Cruislite, tough! What else did you expect when you chose to over-load a canopy?