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  1. 2 points
    I don't know how I missed this gem! I totally think you should kick out those fake weekend instructors like myself. Then you will have to hire more full time instructors to handle the weekend capacity, and you will have to share more of your weekday jumps. The math will totally work out in your favor, trust me I am certified public accountant who pretends to be a skydiving instructor on the weekends. I will get to fun jump more, so screw it, and I don't really care if you have to switch from Dinty Moore stew to Alpo because you suck at math.
  2. 2 points
    It’s been weeks now without your weekly calls to pester me about airport access, or fill me in on the on going issues of concern or cool stuff people are doing. I’ll miss our long banter of arguing about all things skydiving. Those cds you gave me of your music tracks that you made take on a whole appreciation of your talents. As with all my old timer friends who fill the slots on the other side, you take with you a vast knowledge, much of it not written in books but stored in your lifetime of working in this sport and it’s now lost forever, but for those who truly listened to your teachings. Thank you for all the support you gave to me personally and professionally in airport access. Blue skies my friend, rest in peace you will be missed by many!
  3. 1 point
    This is the ultimate bicellular elliptic canopy. I tried Semi/fully elliptic canopies before (Crossfire 2, Stiletto, Sabre 2) and this X-Fire is quite the bomb compared to the previous ones. It has na absolutely incredible harness response. I really feel connected to the canopy and the fact it has no stabilizers provides a nice over steer. It's the very first canopy I feel I have full control on. It's a Schuemann Planform designed canopy meaning the leading edge is super elliptic while trailing edge is quite flat. I see it as a bicellular Leia. Rears are super powerful. Fronts are quite hard but nothing unmanageable. Toggle turns (yes I tried those) are super slow but those breaks have like an infinite resource while landing. Openings are very nice but not too slow. Almost always on heading and predictable. You can feel Icarus put some effort on this part! I jumped a stiletto for 400 jumps before the X-Fire so I might be biased . I think I might stick with an X-fire (I own a 102 for now) if I want more in a few hundred jumps instead of going to the cross braced realm.
  4. 1 point

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  5. 1 point
    I was just thinking about Gary other day... my Cessna and his are in hangar side by side.... strange not seeing Gary around anymore.
  6. 1 point
    Electric plane thread
  7. 1 point
    Shutter, if you do the pool, we should also do an over/under on how many times the event will be "off again, on again".
  8. 1 point
    sorry for the delay in response. it would have more rigid shape, more harness sensitivity, better rear range and response, slightly shorter dive and lots more forward drive. a great mix of traits for most jumpers we generally start offering the wing at 200 jumps. Hope that helps
  9. 1 point
    I didn't notice this comment by Shutter until just now, and frankly, I was a bit miffed seeing it: You are RIGHT. Eric doesn't owe ME a thing. He owes everyone in Cooperland a decent explanation on WHY he accepted the hosting job on an event that featured headliners flying or driving to the event...and was worked on by other people (not just me) for MONTHS before he accepted the hosting job... And then...ditched the whole thing without a public explanation to ANYONE. He left people hanging. And then decided to do his Cooper Thingie and charge money to attend to boot. That was really foolish anyway, since Jim Brunberg at Mississippi Studios suggested if we were going to charge any gate fee to attend, that the speakers should be paid for their appearances from the receipts. All except the headliners, who had agreed to appear and travel to the event FOR FREE. No, Eric owes me nothing. He owes everyone he's asked to show to his soiree why they will be talking to maybe twenty or thirty people in the audience for nothing, when they could have been speaking in front of hundreds of people and getting paid for it. And having their speaking slots covered by Oregon Public Broadcasting. He owes THEM. I don't want to hear any more excuses about this. You guys got shorted. It is what it is, and it probably AINT gonna be that good. I am okay now with the whole thing, but I feel sorry for the people he basically cheated out of all that. Especially the people with Cooper books out there, like Bruce and Marty and the others. No worries though, guys. AB of Seattle is going to organize a Cooper event in Seattle and pretty much everyone will be invited to participate. You can refuse to participate on whatever moral ground you wish but I will 100% assure you of one thing. If you show up for a speaking slot...and when you step out there to the podium or whatever...you are going to be looking out there at a lot of faces. Try not to get stage fright. I decided not to organize such an event unless the Prime Directive is that we have either a full house, or maybe standing room only. I won't waste my time...I learned a lot running those Cooper events at the Auburn Ave Theater for the Auburn Days festival, and Connie the Festival Director was right. You want a full house buzzing, waiting for your contribution to the whole thing? Then the organizers have to schedule headliners, which means famous people (none of us fit that bill, not even me) who will fill the seats. I will be accepting applications for speaking slots AFTER December 1, 2019. It's first come, first served. And trust me...they will go fast after we make the official announcement. Don't commit to anything now. Think about it for a while. I would wait until after the event in Vancouver this year before you decide. SIDE NOTE: We understand that it's possible that Eric will run another event in 2020...and we don't want you to be forced to make a choice between a Cooper event in Seattle...and another in the Portland/Vancouver area on the same day. So if Eric reads this post at some point, (or someone tells him about it) our plan is to hold the Seattle event on Saturday, November 21, 2020. That is the weekend PRIOR to Thanksgiving, not AFTER. Hopefully Eric will schedule for a different day because that is the only Saturday in November that year I can organize this. If he schedules for the weekend after Thanksgiving there will be no conflict. If he schedules for the same day, or the same weekend, there is nothing I can do about that...but neither will I change the date. November 21, 2019 will be the date of the Seattle event. I have already made certain arrangements for this that cannot easily be changed. And I won't be changing them. EDIT: There is a practical reason for opening applications to speak or participate so many months prior to the event. To pull such an event off successfully with the results we want, the planning for it must begin far in advance. We just can't throw this together at the last minute...and frankly...arranging for certain people to take the time and trouble to help us out by showing up (yes, headliners)...well, those folks will need a great deal of advance time, because most of them are pretty busy. And some will have to travel from a pretty fair distance. It's easier for us to arrange all that if we ask them to commit far in advance of the actual event. I will be starting the process after December 1 and will keep you updated on our progress. And I won't fill you with hot air along the way. I have already discussed our plan with some of the people we are asking to show. Some of them have indicated they WILL attend if they are asked. I can tell you now that we will be doing the Cooper Character Lookalike Contest using the same prize structure we had planned for this year. And yes, we will try to get public television and media coverage for you. We haven't decided on a modest gate fee yet (five bucks has been suggested) but if we do that, the funds will be distributed evenly between the speakers, except for the headliners, who will show on their own dime. Believe it or not, we do know some nice folks who would actually do that for us. Our biggest headliner is actually FROM Seattle originally. I am already organizing a Planning Committee for this event, since trying to do these things alone is well...not smart. If you want to apply for the Planning Committee, feel free to contact me about it. Ideas have been flying to me since yesterday. One guy on the committee wants to charge a gate fee and send half the proceeds to the Seattle Food Bank, or some local organization for the homeless, other half to the scheduled speakers. I actually like this idea and want to hear more. Planning the event far in advance also makes it easier for us to budget the appropriate amount of funds needed to do it. Meanwhile...I don't actually wish Eric's event to fail, even though I still mean all those things I said. Anyone participating in that should try to get the word out as much as you can, so that you can fill at least a decent portion of the seats. I would not leave this all up to Eric.
  10. 1 point
    The most important parts of the harness that need to fit correctly are the main lift web (MLW) and the laterals as changing their sizing is a pretty major undertaking that must be done by a rigger. Leg straps and chest straps can be lengthened/shortened much easier, again by a rigger. To get a rough idea of the MLW length that will fit you best, take your height (in inches), subtract your inseam (in inches) then subtract 20. Example - I'm 68" tall and have a 33" inseam. 68-33-20 = 15. So a 15" MLW should fit me well (and it does). Before buying anything, it's a good idea to try on one or two containers that have the MLW you figured out and see how that length fits. Ask around at the dz, someone will have one and let you try it on. AFAIK, there is no handy formula to figure out lateral length. If the owner is of a similar body size/shape as you the laterals will likely fit fine.
  11. 1 point
    Eloy is a world class DZ. I'm surprised by your description of your time there.
  12. 1 point
    In 2012 I bought a Nova 120 (DOM 1992) on ebay. It was like new, probably 10 jumps on it when it was grounded and never jumped again. I did a few jumps with it without an issue. As far as I remember I gave it to Brian Vacher from PDFT afterwards.
  13. 1 point
    Is there a gear store at your dz? Is it staffed with jumpers? That is a great place to start. If there isn't one at your dz, you can contact one or more of the "big guys" (Square One, Chuting Star, etc). Usually the salespeople are experienced skydivers and can definitely help you figure out what gear might work well for you. Most have used gear available as well. Your instructors, local riggers and other highly experienced jumpers can be great resources for getting this sort of information. Just be aware that most jumpers will tell you that what they jump is the best of the best - which it may be for them but might not be for you. And then there's the internet. There are a lot of threads here that discuss what you are asking about; do a search or ten (there's a lot of info and opinions here). Every manufacturer has a website. A few of the big dealers have excellent basic gear selection information on their websites. Take some time to check them all out. Now for my opinions (I used to sell gear so I do know a little bit about selecting it). Used vs new - Jumpsuits are best ordered new; it will be made to your measurements (and in your favorite colors too!). Used containers, AADs and canopies will save you money and get gear in your hands faster than ordering new (delivery times range from a few weeks to a few months depending on the manufacturer). The biggest thing with used containers is to be sure the harness fits your body before making the sale final. Have any used gear item inspected by a local rigger to be sure it is both airworthy and what the seller advertised. It's a good idea to stick with gear that is less than 15 -20-ish years old unless you are really broke. Jumpsuits - Look around the dz and see what jumpsuits other belly fliers are wearing. Talk to them about what they like and don't like about their suits. Order through a dealer or direct from the manufacturer. They will be able to tell you which of their suits will work best for your body shape and size. Containers - Again, look around the dz and ask other jumpers what they like/don't like about theirs. imho you really can't go wrong with any modern container - they all do what you want them to do. Some have available options that others don't and some of those options might be important to you. This is where researching the various containers online can be really helpful. Order through a dealer or direct from the manufacturer (some manufacturers only sell through dealers). Canopies - You need to figure out what sizes you want/need first. A good rule of thumb for new jumpers is to size your canopies so you are at about a 1.0 - 1.1 wingloading - ie your exit weight is close in numbers to your canopy size. For example, I'm 150 out the door and I jump a 150 sq ft canopy, which is a 1.0 wingloading. If I downsize to a 135, I'd be at a 1.1 wingloading. The lower the wingloading, the more docile the canopy will be - docile is good when you are still learning the basics. A few good main canopies for new jumpers are the Spectre, Sabre2, Pilot and Safire (there are others out there, these are just a few of the more popular ones). Reserve sizing should be much the same. Which reserve isn't that big of a deal as long as it is not too small for your experience; they will all do what you want them to do. Again, order through a dealer or manufacturer. AAD - Pick one. They all work. Congrats on getting off student status! Now the real fun begins.
  14. 1 point
    If we're going to have a discussion on the softest opening canopy we should probably start with the Crossfire2 and then just end the discussion.
  15. 1 point


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  16. 1 point
    Hi. My name is Mandy Baker and I'm Neil Baker's daughter (my mom is Carole). My father recently passed and I'm trying to find old pictures of him. I saw this post and I'm assuming it's the same Neil Baker because its the right area and dates. I don't know how to see the pictures that were posted on here but if anyone has any pictures or even stories about him please share them with me. My email is msarbaker1@gmail.com
  17. 1 point
    http://www.activeskydiving.co.uk/accelerated-free-fall.html go for a week, complete the course, come home and jump.
  18. 1 point
    I did my AFF at 59 yrs old with Active Skydiving (Scotty Milne ex Parachute Regiment RSM, Red Devils and UK Champion). Had to go to Spain to do it due to BPA regs. Scotty has monthly AFF groups which travel to Seville to train. Just google Active Skydiving or connect with Scotty via Active Skydiving FB page/Messenger and he'll fix you up. Once you have your 'A' licence you are free to jump in the UK. It's just the training element that the BPA won't allow here. I'm still jumping at 68, Did my 698th last week here in the UK.
  19. 1 point
    Full face helmet on a tandem skydive is total bullshit.
  20. 1 point
    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...
  21. 1 point
    Put your fist in your mouth and try to hit elbow first!
  22. 1 point
    It is not true. In fact, on the contrary - they have a lifetime limit for all equipment Lexa
  23. 1 point
    Please share the page in the PISA manual that sets a 20 year life.
  24. 1 point
    A small dropzone in the rural Finland. We have great facilities for jumpers in every dicipline. The airport is mainly in our private use, so no holds. Our new turbine Cessna 206 will take six jumpers to 4 kilometers in 14 minutes, and our smaller Cessna 182 as a spare plane. You can also stay for the night at the dz during our visit: we have a sleeping cottage and sauna available. We jump every weekend till april to october, but in summertime(june-septemper) we also jump on wednesdays.
  25. 1 point
    My bad, but not really.... Those things take a fair beating by the wind, You would have 2 feet buried and one foot exposed. Seems about right considering the area of material that is being attacked by wind. .Karnage Krew Gear Store .
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