wmw999

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wmw999 last won the day on January 16

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    150
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    160
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    Cypres

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  • Home DZ
    Jumptown & Ellington
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    6296
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    2700
  • Years in Sport
    44
  • First Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving
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    Senior Rigger
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    Senior Rigger

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  1. Even if you catch the bug, you can put it down for awhile if there are other important things, and pick it back up again. I started in the 1970's (coming up 45 years ago), jumped fairly hard for about 8 years, very little for 5, and then not at all for 13. Picked it back up again in 2001 when the family was grown, and have been in my second jumping career since. Made 1100 in the first jumping career, 1600 and counting in the second. It's a process, not a destination for me. Edited to add that for some people, it is a destination, whether it's the bucket list tandem, to someone I knew whose goal was to be on the world team; once he got there, he quit jumping as far as I know. And there are probably others like that too. Wendy P.
  2. Thanks for the variety. However, when I just tried to add one in SC, it came out a little big... In case it doesn't look on everyone else's screen like it does on mine (after all, Meso's looks perfectly reasonable), here's a screen shot: Wendy P.
  3. What they all said, and better than I could have. So please keep posting, skybytch! Wendy P.
  4. His son Gary had 6969... Wendy P.
  5. They're business folks; long-time skydivers (yes, there's a former world champion in the mix) who run an aircraft business as well as a DZ, and have honed dropzone operation to a fairly fine science. I jumped at the Houston one until we left in 2015, and know the owners. If you visit Houston, you can meet them, too. They're business people who happen to be dedicated skydivers (well, that and ex-skydivers), not skydivers running an operation on the side for fun. That means that the prices aren't the lowest, but yeah, the aircraft business means that their planes are always in good shape, and the pilots are qualified, and the student operation is run by qualified people. They don't like surprises, and surprises often seem to come from cutting corners. Wendy P.
  6. My husband has a Pilot 132; he likes it, but on no-wind days he's having to run more than he'd like (we're all getting older). He had a Stiletto 120 before that. But if you're currently jumping a 150 and considering you're getting older and jumping less, do you really want to downsize? Wendy P.
  7. Show up, ask at the front desk if there's anyone looking to jump with other newbies. It might be a newbie, and it might be an old fart who likes jumping with newbies. Slow days increase your chance of jumping with the same person twice is more likely, and doing that will really make it easier for you to figure out what you're doing, so that you can either do more or less of it. But slow days decrease your chance of having someone at all -- ask at the front desk if there are people whom you normally should be looking for. Be honest that you can't afford to pay for coaching right now. And if you can afford to stay at the end of the day, do so, listen, and feel free to contribute beer if it's needed. There's no guarantees, but it beats nothing. Wendy P. (old fart who likes jumping with newbies)
  8. I'm also an older jumper with shitty landings. I PLF a whole lot; that saves me from injury. I have no pride whatsoever . They're not getting better with age, but, well, my PLF's are still good. I've taken three or four canopy classes. I just don't care that much any more, because I walk back from all my landings. My default landing is a PLF, which I alter to a standup at the last minute if everything looks perfect. Your statement about ground hungry and two-stage landing makes me think that the ground looks the same coming at you (even at 45 degrees, etc) as it does to me. The faster the landing, the worse, for me. Every now and then I nail it, but I'm not sure that good landings will be in my skill set until I upsize to about a .7:1 BASE canopy or something like that. I currently have a Stiletto loaded at just over 1:1; I've also jumped a Pilot and liked it better; I might break down and get one if I get sick enough of the Stiletto. If you really liked the landings on a Sabre, can you maybe get one with a pocket slider? They're supposed to be magic. Have someone test it for you a couple of times. We're in the age range where a small pack is only useful because it weighs less walking to the airplane, and that's outweighed by a whole lot of other things. I'm in the same size range as you. I upsized my rig a couple of years ago, and bought a container that will allow at least two more upsizes. I'd rather be ungainly than broken. Wendy P.
  9. The biggest advantage of buying used is that you'll probably make mistakes with your first suit, even if it's new, because you don't know enough about your flying. Make those mistakes with a used suit that's reasonably close (any experienced RW person can tell you what reasonably close is), then you'll know what not to do with the new suit. Things like booties, vents, big vs. small grippers, fabric, where to put the spandex -- these all can change depending on your body shape, and on who you fly with. And a rigger can probably make some changes; others aren't worth trying to make. Feel free to message me (though I'm no expert, just been around a long time) Wendy P.
  10. Tandem is an excellent way to start; someone else deals with business while you get to experience sensory overload. I started before tandem, and I’d recommend it for anyone. However, that tandem should form part of your student progression; there should be a set of skills that you should demonstrate during it. Wendy P.
  11. Another option is Skydive Spaceland; I know the Houston DZ well, and they do an excellent job with students, as well as with moving you to the next level so that you can jump with others. Wendy P.
  12. I knew he was a great guy who cared about the sport, and who used that care to improve the sport. But that was a wonderful obituary. Wendy P.
  13. I remember you from before. No fraud -- you've now done three jumps out of an airplane. That's real. Wendy P.
  14. Kind of like saying "Bless her heart" in the South... Wendy P.
  15. There are a number of references to that jump in the History and Trivia forum; do a forum search for "Lake Erie" and you'll get a lot of information, including the names. Bill Cole (who was on dz.com for a long time until his death a few years ago) was around at the time, and knew pretty much everyone. I tried copying a link to the thread, but it showed up as something else when I pasted it. Just do the search, and the thread title is "Lake Erie B25." There's a second thread, "Lake Erie Incident" with Bob Cole posting in it directly. Wendy P.