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  1. I've heard that a DOT physical is acceptable. Anybody else heard that this is the case?
  2. Hey all, The Maytown Crew will be holding another beginner CReW Camp May 31 - June 2. Friday night will be a safety briefing and equipment check with jumping on Saturday and Sunday. The goal of the camp is to get beginners to do 1-on-1 jumps with an experienced instructor and then progress, skills permitting, to 4 stacks and 4 way diamonds. As always, Safety First. If you've never done CReW but are curious or even if you've done some CReW, don't miss the chance to learn something from some top-notch Dawgs. We'll be jumping Lightnings in the 1.3 - 1.4 range but will work with those who prefer a lighter loading. If you're interested drop me a PM or Terry Ross an e-mail: [email protected]. Let us know your exit weight and your jump experience. If you have your own Lightning let us know what size. Cost is $50 for canopy rental plus the cost of the instructor's slot $18 to 10K. The class will be limited based on the number of instructors we have, so let us know ASAP. If you don't know where Maytown is, we're about 60 miles north of Baltimore and 80 miles west of Philly. Beautiful farmland with no McNasty's. Chuck
  3. For how old it the book is, its actually pretty good, although the techniques for higher level CRW have progressed, i.e. competition/world record stuff. I read it years ago when I was teaching myself to do CRW (in the days of 1:1 F-111 canopies). You should stick to your friend who has CRW experience (CRW under ZP canopies, even those designed specifically for CRW, is much faster than the F-111 canopies - and much more unforgiving). If you're really into CRW, I'd suggest contacting Wendy (the moderator) to get on the CRW Dog e-mail list to find out where the Dogs are getting together to jump (and who's running CRW beginner camps). Dogs are very welcoming to Pups, so don't be shy. Grab some nylon!
  4. I'm sure someone else has said this later (I haven't bothered to read the whole thread), but it's called trespass. He can sue you for landing there, but he's going to have to proof damages, i.e., your landing on his property has caused him to lose money. If the cops don't particularly like you, they can possibly bring criminal charges for defiant trespass. The "emergency landing" could prevent criminal charges, but will not limit your civil liability. The fact of the matter is that his property is private property and you have no right to be there. My suggestion would be to not land there and at the same time try to make amends with the farmer; that way when someone does land there by accident you might have a chance at him not causing you problems. I jump at a rural DZ with farmers all around. We work VERY hard at being good neighbors, and its paid off. If we land on someone's property, we immediately go to the house and apologize and offer to pay for landing there.
  5. Considering that an arch is the exact procedure to follow when a student is upside down, this suggestion may have some merit. Never done it, and not sure it's the thing to do, but the idea is interesting.
  6. Aww man..... I did enjoy the pics. I was just glad they weren't pictures of a bad wrap and triple cutaway or something. Those seem to be the most popular for people to show. top No kidding. Although I fully enjoyed the Lightning CRW jumps I did with the crwdogs, most of it in the diamond formations, the most fun I had was with my close friends all jumping Triathlons with the trailing pilot chutes, banging out the 4 stack rotations, with microlines even. I had maybe 180 jumps doing that and never had a pilot chute get caught on anything, but that potential is always there of course. I've seen pilot chutes entangle with retractable bridles; the potential increases exponentially with non-retractable bridles.
  7. I love seeing CRW being done with trailing pilot chutes. Just wait until they tangle (and they will). The GK should do CRW, but they should spend my tax dollars and get the right gear. Reminds me of 2006 Nationals when I was on a load with the GK. I asked why they weren't competing in CRW. They said "Our CO think it's too dangerous." My teammate at the time was on the short list to command the GK and definitely was into CRW. If you're gonna be "on it" doing CRW, get the right gear. You'll be glad you did.
  8. I hope that's just your subjective opinion, because this is an extremely important topic. Good for you for wanting to learn more about it.
  9. I've used pull up cord. It's also been years since I put my feet below someone's slider.
  10. The Maytown Sport Parachute Club is located at the Donegal Springs Airpark (N71). It's about 20 miles SE of Harrisburg, PA and 15 miles W of Lancaster, PA. Beautiful countryside with lots of outs.
  11. OK, CRW Pups & Puppettes, jumping season is just around the corner here in the Northeast (at least for this cold weather wuss). That means the Maytown Sport Parachute Club will be putting on another beginner CRW camp. Dates: June 1 - 3, 2012/ Raindate: June 8 - 9, 2012 (Friday night will be a safety seminar while Dave DeWolf's army of riggers hook up Lightnings as needed. Safety seminar will start around 7ish (cost is beer and pizza for the group); even if you've been through one before, if you're a relative low-timer, it's HIGHLY advisable to sit through another one). Saturday & Sunday will be one-on-one jumping with progression to larger formations based on skill sets. Goals for the camp will be safe jumps with newbies earning their 4 stack awards. Last year we had newbies even getting their CCR and CCS awards. If you're a Pup/Puppette and want to come play, you can either let Terry Ross know directly ([email protected]) or send me a PM. Let us know your jump numbers, including any CRW, and your exit weight. We'll plan on providing Lightnings in the 1.3 - 1.4 wing load range unless any student is uncomfortable with that loading (in which case we'll do our best to accommodate you). Cost will probably be in the $50 range for canopies & we'll keep you posted about the charge for the instructor's slot (don't worry Maytown has the cheapest lift tickets outside of Lodi $18/10K). Don't miss out. This is a lot of fun. You'll learn a lot & have fun doing it. Hope to see you there! If you're an experienced Dawg (meaning you've competed at the Nationals/World Record level) and want to come instruct, your slot will be covered. Terry Ross has sent an e-mail to the List, so interested instructors can respond to him directly. Chuck
  12. On the other hand, if you're going to do it, that's exactly how to do it.
  13. Wind proof fabrics. Very light weight/low bulk.