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  1. I usually record every jump and have no problem providing students with the video. I do let them know however, that the camera is my very lowest priority, and I make no promises regarding the footage. If you do want the video, it may be a good idea to ask your instructor before gearing up to make sure their camera is ready to go. Sometimes they are just not thinking about it, especially if they are busy and making a lot of jumps that day.
  2. Brian Germain should be able to help you out. His website is https://www.adventurewisdom.com/
  3. https://www.stubbsconner.com/m/obituaries/Stephen-Stewart-6/Memories Stephen R. Stewart Apr 13, 1950 - Oct 19, 2018 STEWART, Stephen R., age 68, of Waynesville, passed away Fri. Oct. 19, 2018 at his residence. Steve was born April 13, 1950 to Emerson “Red” Stewart Sr. and Irene Stewart in Dayton. He graduated from Waynesville High School, class of ’69. He proudly served in the Ohio Air Guard during the Vietnam Era. He was a member of Crossview Christian Church in Waynesville, the US Parachute Association, and charter member of the Parachute Industry Association. Steve’s passion for aviation and skydiving was unmatched. Over the years he was instrumental in the training and mentoring of many young pilots, airplane mechanics, and skydivers. Steve’s interest in helping others learn and grow launched many aviation related careers and his influence is felt across general aviation in the Midwest and beyond. He founded Waynesville Sky Diving in 1969, shortly thereafter he founded Stewart Systems. Immersed in general aviation his entire life, Steve was a pioneer and innovator in the modern sport of skydiving. He created the Sweet Hog Container and Harness Parachute System, which helped pave the way for modern skydiving as it is today. A Commercial pilot with over 20,000 hours of flight time logged. Steve was also a FAA licensed Aircraft Inspector, a Master Parachute Rigger, and Designated Parachute Rigger Examiner by the FAA. Steve along with his wife Jane, were very family focused and always willing to open their home to others. The resulting village of family and friends constantly surrounding him was a comfort and joy throughout his life. Steve also enjoyed working on model airplane projects during the winter months. He was preceded in death by his wife Jane in 2007 and by his parents. He is survived by six children Jason (Emily) Praeter, Steve (Emily) Stewart, Eric (Kelli) Campbell, Amy Burd, Jaime Praeter (Jamie Garner), and Jon (Autumn) Stewart; 18 grandchildren; and two brothers Emerson “Cubby” (Cathy) Stewart and David “Dink” Stewart. A celebration of life service will be held 11 AM Fri. Oct. 26 at Crossview Christian Church in Waynesville. Steve Williamson will be officiating. Graveside services, with full military honors, will immediately follow the celebration at Miami Cemetery in Corwin. The family will receive friends 6-9 PM Thurs. at the church. Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home in Waynesville is serving the family. Condolences at www.stubbsconner.com. The Family Will Receive Friends OCT 25. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Crossview Christian Church 4237 E Social Row Rd. Waynesville, OH, US, 45068
  4. I stopped by the site at Liberty Center last night, and dirt is finally moving. There's a pit excavated for the foundation, and construction trailers with an address sign labeled " iFly Project".
  5. I bought one of these as a second audible to compliment my ProTrack. The flexibility on the alarms is great, and I like the simple android interface. Can't beat it for the price. The only thing I want to change ASAP is turning off the beeps on the climb. Glad to see that update is already in development. As a static line instructor, my 3500 ft alarm is going off repeatedly as we are flying right at that altitude putting students out. I've bumped the alarm down to 3400 as a temporary solution. Beyond that, I'm really looking forward to seeing what future developments might be available via software updates. Tons of potential there.
  6. Have fun and enjoy your tandem. Let your instructor know that you will be coming back to do static line, so they can be sure talk you through the basics of canopy control as you fly under canopy with them. Most tandem instructors will be happy to let you fly the canopy while you are up high. All your questions will be answered in FJC. That's the best place to get your info. Learning on the internet can complicate things if your first jump instructor tells you a slightly different way of doing things. You will practice the exit until you feel comfortable, so don't sweat it. Above all, be sure to RELAX. It's one of the most important rules of skydiving.
  7. I'm not sure about other suit manufacturers, but Bev Suits come standard with an inside chest pocket the holds a Galaxy S5 with room to spare.
  8. Remember to have your feet and knees together on your PLF. Students often tend to reach for the ground with one foot. This is going to put all the impact on one leg instead of spreading across both. Also, the reaching can result in a asymmetry that might have you turning during the flare. Be sure to follow through on your flare. Get your arms all the way down before you hit the ground, and hold the flare through your PLF.
  9. Try a linked exit. Ride down the hill linked and then try to fly with no tension in your grips. Then release grips and work on staying relative. If your two way partner has a camera, it's a great way for you to see what you need to adjust in your body position. If I was to take a guess, you probably need to work on keeping your legs extended. It's a common mistake that leads to a sinking out and backsliding.
  10. Podcast Addict (available in the Google Play Store) is a great free android app for downloading and listening to podcasts.
  11. Looks like the first minute is free (included in the price of the cruise to be precise), and then additional charges apply after that according to the video in this story. http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2014/11/03/quantum-cruise-skydiving-simulator/18401451/
  12. One simple question one of my instructors posed to me when I was a less than perfect student... are you still having fun? That's what it all boils down to. Do you really enjoy skydiving enough to spend the time and cash that it will inevitably consume? A little fear is natural. Learn everything about your gear, and that will give you some reassurance. Read the SIM. It's not as entertaining as the YouTube videos and magazines, but it has the information you need to become a safe skydiver. Chat with your instructors whenever you can. Bad whether days, and over a beer after jumping are great times for that. Expect a mal on every jump, and be prepared to deal with it. Hopefully things go well and you don't need your EPs, but plan for that first mal on every jump. When that first one happens, you should be prepared and ready. If so, then it shouldn't be an experience that would stop you from skydiving. Bottom line, if you're having fun and your instructors haven't told you to consider taking up bowling (a nice way of saying you're not cut out for skydiving), then I would encourage you to continue.
  13. New jumpers are normally lacking in situational awareness. Things are so new, and happening so fast that it's nearly impossible to take it all in. For some (maybe most?), this increases their fear and excitement. Even though you are not feeling the fear and excitement, you may not yet be able to take it all in and just enjoy the view and the relaxing freedom of flying your body in freefall. It's sounds like you are focused, and handling the training well enough. But just falling stable is really not all that exciting once you get over the initial shock of throwing yourself from a plane. If you've got that all under control, then great. You are ready to learn what really makes skydiving fun. Beyond just being able to save yourself from impacting the earth, the challenge to learn new skills is always present in the sport. There's several disciplines to focus on, and compete in, if competition might drive your excitement. But even the basics such as turning, recovering from instability, tracking, and flying relative to others all will offer a challenge. I think by posting here, you are telling us you are invested enough to at least be curious what the sport is all about. So I say at least complete the AFF training and see how you feel then.
  14. Once you start to hang out at the DZ on a regular basis, you'll discover that skydiving is a very social sport. I was more in to solo sports when I started as well. I soon learned that the social aspect of life at the DZ is what keeps most people coming back. Solo jumps will get old by the time you have your A license. RW is a way to enjoy the sport with your new friends, and work on improving skills together, rather than on your own. RW is also a great way to get mentoring from more experienced jumpers.
  15. Mine is an 89 Javelin. It's needed some TLC from my rigger, especially in the velcro areas, but other that that no issues. As long as your rigger says it's airworthy, you should be good to go. One thing you may want to discuss with your rigger is whether it is, or can be easily modified to be "freefly friendly." Older rigs weren't necessarily designed with that in mind. That may not be a concern to you now, but consider whether it may be something you'll be interested in the future.
  16. I suppose the possibility of losing contacts while wearing a full face depends on the specific fit and design of the helmet. For me, I've never had any issues with about 80 jumps using a Cookie G3. I normally wear sunglasses, but have also jumped without the sunglasses on days with high overcast clouds. On the other hand, I did lose both contacts once while wearing an open face and a new pair of goggles that I probably should have adjusted a little tighter.
  17. You may want to just use the over the glasses type goggles as a student, and then get a full face helmet when you have your A. I normally wear contacts and sunglasses under my G3, but I like knowing I could easily wear it with my normal prescription glasses if I needed to for some reason.
  18. I had to make a similar decision. I had done two tandems at the bigger turbine DZ 40 minutes away that had all the flashy marketing. Then I found out about a smaller Cessna DZ only 10 minutes away, and signed up for a static line first jump course. I had a great time at both DZ's. Then I had to decide where I wanted to continue. I decided to stay with the smaller DZ for a few reasons. One was that I immediately got a sense of family at the small DZ. That's not to say the big DZ doesn't have that, but I didn't feel it when I was there. Another reason was that only the small DZ offered static line training. After experiencing the static line training method, I felt that was the method that fit best with the way that I learn. It's more gradual, and more financially forgiving if you have to repeat a jump (which I did). The other reason was of course that the smaller DZ was 30 minutes closer. That shouldn't be the deciding factor, but it is a nice bonus.
  19. I had to repeat several jumps. I did a static line progression, and I felt like I'd never get past my 20 second delays learning basic turns. My biggest problem was that I couldn't master the most basic rule of skydiving... RELAX. I know it sounds tired and cliche, but it really is the key. I would potato chip all over the sky because I was trying to muscle my way in to an arch. I was over thinking everything, and that made relaxing much more difficult. I put stress on myself thinking about the cost of each student jump, again making it difficult to relax. I finally stepped back and told myself hey, this is an expensive sport I've elected to pursue. There is no point sweating about money. If it's supposed to be fun, then just go out there, have fun and enjoy it. Skills will come with time and experience, and it takes some of us more time than others. I got my A license on jump 33. So it took me 8 jumps more than some folks. It was just 8 jumps. Did I really want the frustration and cost of 8 extra student jumps keep me away from the sport? I'm glad I stuck with it.
  20. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to jump with Cliff many times in my less than two years in the sport. He was my instructor on several student jumps, and continued to offer help and guidance after I earned my A license. I even jumped with Cliff just a few hours before the incident. I landed next to him, and he offered a thorough critique of the jump with several pointers to improve my technique. That was the last time I talked with Cliff. Cliff was so humble, friendly, and approachable, that it was hard to imagine what a big deal he was in the skydiving industry. The more I learned about him, the more I was impressed and honored to have had the opportunity to jump with him. His loss will be felt far and wide, and it hits especially hard for those of us who jumped with him in Waynesville both recently and in years past. Blue Skies, Cliff.
  21. ^^^This And I was 35 for my first tandem and got my A at 37.
  22. I downloaded it last year sometime when I used gingerbread. It worked there but not on ice cream sandwich. It now works on Jellybean on my gs3 but it doesn't show up in the play store anymore.
  23. Practice builds confidence. Do practice touches on the ground till your arms hurt, and then do it some more. Maybe even with a dummy pilot chute that you are actually throwing out. A buddy to fetch it and put it back would be handy for that. My instructor did this for me, and it was very helpful for building muscle memory. Look for Brian Germain's books / videos / blog posts on "Transcending Your Fear". Your experience is not uncommon. Visualize the dive, relax, breathe.
  24. In addition to all the other important points about distraction, another thing to keep in mind is that the USPA provides liability insurance coverage in case you are to land off and cause property damage or injure someone on the ground. This is either provided by your own USPA membership, or the group membership of the DZ (assuming they are a group member) for students. A condition of this insurance is that you are following the USPA BSR's on your jump. If you ignore a BSR, you are not covered.
  25. In cruising, as in skydiving, when something bad happens the media will cover the hell out of and make the general public question whether they would ever want to participate in that activity. I've been on seven cruises, and have enjoyed them all. Ya some people have had a bad experience with cruising. Some people have had bad experiences with skydiving. I still enjoy both. I've used some pretty nasty toilets at the DZ. So far in cruising, never had a problem with that. Knock on wood!