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    As did many many others I got my Rigger Rating from Handsome Dave. I came back to his loft for several years after to help teach. Dave loved jokes, but wasn't the best at punchlines. One night after class, Dave was in the loft, (which was in his basement), and he heard two jokes back to back. The first was "I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous" and the second was "I'm an atheist, Thank God!" He bounded up to the kitchen and loudly announced "I'd give my right arm to be an atheist!!!" The next year I taught I was looking in his desk for something and I found 3X5 cards of jokes with the punchlines,,, He will be missed.
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    Simply mark the tags at the attachment points with colored markers. Sure, it may not be "cool" but why worry about this part of packing when "getting it in the bag" is usually stressful enough (especially if your canopy is large and brand-new!)
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    Let me update my answer. The DZO is closing in on 50 and I'm 64 with 3000 tandems. Heck I have over a 1000 tandems on my new knee. Age is a hell of lot more than a number! STEVEMACHINE!
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    I have heard many jumpers say that but have never seen one actually do that. Don't underestimate the psychological pull that rig sitting on the shelf will have. Someone said buy the rig you are ready to jump now and I agree 100% with that. I have seen many jumpers downsize too rapidly and be just fine but also have seen a couple of jumpers permanently paralyzed doing that. It's just not worth the risk. Ultimately you have to live with the decision you make. It's much easier to live with the one that lets you keep walking. I don't know you and very little about you so this is very generic advice based on what I have seen being in the sport 33 years.
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    He was 86. We’ll miss you Dave.
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    What canopy are you jumping? Size and type. How big of groups are you jumping? How good are you at tracking? Since you are fairly new, I'm guessing you are jumping a reasonably big, docile canopy. If you are jumping a sub-100 cross-brace, there are other issues that are more important than your packing. For something that won't point you at the ground and spin you into unconsciousness, the problem with line twists is that you can't maneuver until you are out of them. So if you are jumping in bigger groups, where traffic issues may be present immediately after opening, or if you can't track well enough to get good separation, then line twists can be a very real problem. There's a whole laundry list of issues that may cause line twists. Most of them involve symmetry. Make sure your risers are even when you start. Some folks tie the big rings together with a pull up cord to make sure. Make sure your line stows are even. If they are uneven, the bag can twist as it goes to line stretch. Maybe stow the lines like you usually do and then pull them out. Pull with the bridle. See if the bag does anything odd. Make sure the nose is as symmetrical as you can. If one side inflates faster, that can induce twists. Same goes for wrapping and cocooning it. You might want to find a packer who is willing to watch you pack. See if they can spot any issues. The best time to do this would be the end of the day, and make sure you have some beer to offer ("hey, can you watch me pack to see if I'm doing anything obviously wrong? I have a couple beers you can drink while you watch")
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    Sunpath wants the rig back for testing. (will do that at the end of the season)
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    CELEBRATION OF LIFE for our beloved Handsome Dave - June 29, 2019 at Maytown Sport Parachute Club. MSPC is located at Donegal Springs Airpark (N71), 188 Airport Road, Marietta, PA 17356. The celebration will begin at 3:00PM. at 4:00 there will be an ash drop at the Susquehanna River. Transportation will be arranged at MSPC as we will need to carpool. We return to the airport afterwards. Dave is providing the beer and Harvey's Bar-B-Q will be catering. Trudy extends her thanks to all for the well wishes and offers of assistance. ~from The Herd Facebook page
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    Technically this is not the wanted section so I'll assume that you're looking for advice. Not sure how long you've been away. I see a frap hat and what look like kroop goggles. You're a big boy but not ridicules. And you're licensed so you get to be a big boy. A student they would be more worried about TSO max weights and liability. Booth and some others actually build sport versions of their tandem rigs for big boys rated for 500 lb loads. In reality I would recomend that you just go with sport gear. Used... tough to find unless you go with a student rig with an adjustable harness. Unless you get really lucky on here you're probable going to have to pony up and pay for a custom rig. PD makes some large reserves. I think the PDr is larger at 281 but I'd recomend that you go with an Optimum. Even though it's a little smaller and rated a bit lower I think they are more tolerant of higher speed deployments. You have your choice of mains up to 260, any of which would be good for you, but over that you're looking at a student canopy like a navigator. No mini risers or mini rings. Only full size risers and rings for you. Lee
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    The best way to get your questions answered is to talk to your instructors. Most of this is best explained in person. Once you are off student status, take a canopy control course as soon as possible. Don't do anything I suggest before talking to your instructors/S&TA. I found this easier to learn by practicing up high. While flying straight at full flight, pick a point in front of you. If it's fixed, you will likely land there if you change nothing about how you are flying - ie no turns and no brake or front riser input. If it is moving down, you will land long. If it is moving up, you will land short. Now change something. Go to 1/2 brakes. What does the spot do? Go back to full flight, then pull down both front risers. What does the spot do? Go back to full flight, then pull on both rear risers. What does the spot do? Once you've "seen" it and practiced it a bit, you'll find it easier to apply when it comes to entering the pattern, knowing when to turn base and when to turn final. Once you are on final, consider yourself committed to wherever you are going to land (unless of course you would be landing in the swamp or power lines or trees...). Too much other stuff to think about and do. DO NOT DO S TURNS ON FINAL - or anywhere in the pattern for that matter. It can not only confuse other jumpers, it can be a cause of a canopy collision. In many cases it's better to overshoot. Flying in deep brakes on final will slow you down and confuse other jumpers. Practice flaring from brakes up high. Go to 1/2 brakes and then flare the rest of the way. Try it again from 3/4 brakes. Even though you really don't want to do it on final, someday you might have to - like when you really overshoot and are going to land in the swamp/trees/powerlines. It is an option, just not on final. Again, unless you are going to hit an obstacle. Don't. The jumpers behind you can't predict what you are doing. Unpredictable is the last thing you want to be in the pattern.