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  1. I'm not sure of the status then.

    As on NG there are often songs which end up in flash games. Where the demo is free. But you have to pay $5 to get the full version.

    Drunken Masters is an example it has the song Momentum from Masai/central digit.


    I reckon you'll probably have to ask the author themselves. Maybe agree to 30 cents per use or something. Considering they get pretty much nothing from NG usage other than exposure. And its a hell of a lot more than they'd get through an Amazon MP3 download.

    Or go learn to play an instrument and learn to play it yourself.

    Alternatively just steal it! 100% of the tandem videos I've seen has music they dont have permission to use. Obscure Asian songs are incredibly useful.


  2. Look at Newsgrounds.

    There are a LOT of music makers on there who will allow you to use their music on a non commercial basis if you give them overt credit for it.

    Shadow69 nothing is currently one of my faves. (Its contempory classic piano)


  3. From OUR point of view it does not make sense.

    However step back and think about society these days and it makes a lot of sense. I do not know about the USA but I do know about the UK.

    And the UK has.... issues. politics as been infantising the population at large on purpose. As such people are easier to control and manipulate.

    There are a lot of adults in the UK who are merely children but in the bodies of adults. Extremely irresponsible people, people who cannot even resolve their finances. Or even fix basic things. I mean FFS people are taking cars to mechanics to replace burnt out BULBS in their cars.

    Tech even makes things easier as well. ABS means no need to learn to brake properly. Automatic boxes on cars everywhere mean few people can drive manual.

    And as such, everything is regarded as dangerous by the public at large. By both the media and a lot of the general public.

    Culture in the UK has become so risk adverse that anything out of the norm is considered dangerous.

    Ha internet trolling in the UK can lead to prison sentences even, because people are so soft they can't take a bit of criticism.

    Thus to a great many people this is considered absolutely terrfying.

  4. Hahahaa :ph34r::ph34r::ph34r::ph34r::D:D:D

    You guys reckon petitions work as well? they don't.

    And besides what stops you from doing a paraglider jump anyway? For starters paragliders towed can launch anywhere.

    In the UK of all places, a bunch of guys I know used paramotors to traverse north to south in the UK. They managed to do it undercover and camp out of sight as well. With the UK being a small crowded island I don't see how doing it in the USA which has vast vast tracts of emptiness is going to be difficult.

    Yes a person I know, offered to take me up and let me jump off in the UK. Won't mention any names, but I will NEVER complain about piston aircraft and C182s ever again. Takes ages to get up there. :S

  5. Who else isn't?

    I'm personally not renewing. I'm thinking of going USPA though and going overseas exclusively.

    I find it far too unrewarding, long weekends I can spend doing other things just sitting watching the sky.

    Also the total inability to find coaches even at big dropzones meaning I'm stuck on the bottom rung and not allowed to do anything but fall.

  6. Simply, flying out to Perris maybe Lodi.

    Which US carriers should be avoided like the plague? Living in Europe I know which ones to avoid here, like British Airways, and Ryan Airr and others but I am completely in the dark as to US carriers.


  7. How fast is a fast turn around? And does it take into account the time it takes to get down?

    The PAC750 DZ I jump at the plane comes down slowly, that said their jump turn around is sometimes painful. They are so laid back and easy going it gets frustrating sometimes. On a blue sky morning in three hours with four full manifests they managed three lifts.

    While their major competitors 40 miles south use a Turbo PC6 yet they manage 4/5 lifts per hour @ 14000ft Plane goes up, and dives and lands. The porter often beats the skydivers to the ground it comes down so quick. They can back to back lifts so quickly that one tandem instructor can freefall. Land rip his rig off put another one on and hop on board just as the plane turns round to line up for the runway.

    The camera guys with 3 rigs have been known to back to back 3 lifts.

  8. For a single engine plane its pretty decent.

    The only thing that comes close is the Grand Caravan, which carries 4/5 less skydivers. and the door is pretty small on those things too but the wings are high up and the tail a bit farther away.

    Below that you've got, the SMG turbo finish which is horrifically cramped, then Porter Pc6 (one in the UK) which is again horribly cramped, then airvans and then 206s and 185 cessnas.

    For anything bigger and better cabin and doorwise you're going to have to go for a twin engine like the Dornier G92s, twin otters, Islanders etc. I learnt on the G92 big big door on that, but it's run in speed is too high for my liking.

    Off my head over here in England there are only a couple of DZs that use twin engine planes. Dunkeswell uses a Twin beech, Hibaldstow uses a G92, A few London DZs use twin otters and Islanders.

    And twin engines for what I know probably cost a lot more to run than your single engine setups.

  9. I'm sorry but those NewZealanders have already beaten you to it.

    The PAC750 already ticks all of the boxes. There are two of them in the UK. One at Cark, and one at Hinton IIRC.

    It climbs fast, has lots of seats, carries 17 skydivers + pilot, has a reasonably sized left hand door, and enough handles and grips for anybody.

    The only improvement you could make to the PAC750 is probably to uprate the airframe for more passengers.

    The only minor issue with the PAC750 is the low wings. And seemingly close tail plane.

  10. This isn't actually that stupid a question tbh. UK jump tickets average £19-27 a pop. $30.4 ish.

    So in the past a lot of us used to bugger off to Spain, which was sweet because the exchange rate used to be £1 to 1.8 Euros meaning those €23 jumps were £12! Today with the exchange rate being 1.1 it costs about the same. Meaning any advantage is lost. Though they have BPA instructors there and USPA instructors there as well the weather is significantly better than the UK though.

    I hear people talking about Moscow instead its 600 rubles a jump cheaper if you buy them in a block. Has a very good reputation as well and a guy from Hinton used to organise two trips a year there. With a £130 return flight and £30 visa + £10 visa registration you could rack and pack the jumps out there.

  11. I'm a BPA holder, the thing is the UK economy is well to put it lightly is crap and getting worse. Therefore a move to Asia may well be on the cards. Job, living costs and wife are currently there. I've been putting off this move for best part of a decade tbh, but something always sucks me back in for a bit longer.

    Anyway I digress.

    There are dropzones in Thailand, Malaysia, Philipines, Japan and Korea. Unfortunately none in China though. Question is what skydiving body do I (pardon the pun) fall under? Am I still a BPA even though I won't jump in the UK any more. Or should I convert to USPA instead? How exactly does it work in Asia? I know one Thai DZ does USPA AFF.

    How do I convert to USPA? Me thinky USPA is considerably bigger and since everybody follows you 'mericans it would open more doors than the BPA membership and or certifications.

    Any advice?

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    Injuries were redeuce to scraped knees and grass stains, because students now slid-out bad landings ... over the distance of several metres ... an instinctive procedure for most humans.

    Interesting, I forgot to flare once and slid out and I was completely fine bar some grass stains on my shoes.

    While the two chops I've seen with round reserves one was OK, the other guy broke his ankles.

  13. UK does not ban rounds canopies/parachutes at least as reserves I am unsure about the main though. They are considered kinda out of date though.

    There are one or two dropzones that still use them. If I remember correctly Langar converted to square square in 1997. Old habits die hard though and some people say that these DZs are doing it for reasons of cost and not replacing them.

    Black Knights use them as reserves on almost all of their hire kit and student kit. Static line and AFF. I thought they used square square on AFF and hire kit until I saw a chop and then had a look and saw no freebags.

  14. I feel the same. There simply are never any coaches at the dropzone. I have money and time and been there regular as clockwork, but each time I go they are busy flying camera or tandem.

    Which is why I'm very close to quitting.

  15. Its Saturday night here in the UK. Tomorrow is a perfect wall to wall blue skies jumping day, if a little cold.

    Yet I don't feel the fire in my gut to go to the DZ, and absolutely mundane things like cleaning the flat feel more appealing than a visit to the DZ.

    Is this the signal to quit skydiving? Since tbh I no longer have much love for it and I feel it extremely boring as firstly I'm not particularly scared of jumping out of a plane anymore.

    Secondly I am not allowed to do ANYTHING other than go out the door and fall 12000ft before opening my canopy.

    The most I am allowed to do is to track, which got boring 15 jumps ago. And progress is virtually non existent.

    Time to call it quits and find something that makes me want to get up and go for it?

  16. Its stupid, its unlikely he'll get a job anytime soon! I 'quit' in 2009 though they were trying to push me out anyway. The bullying and tears at the desk daily (not a manly thing to say but it is true) and the belittling and unhappiness I experienced there caused me to implode infront of my boss.

    He gives me bad references all the time for this. I checked because I pretended to be an employer for me and he laid into me pretty badly. It only stopped when he did it to Neil and Neil knew where the bodies were buried and got him done for fraud.