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Everything posted by obelixtim

  1. After doing ground tests on hand deploying reserves like this, we concluded that the mess was caused by the packing method. Pulling the reserve out, with one hand on the apex and one on the periphery resulted the guts dropping out as soon as the reserve was extracted from the container. We changed to a roll pack, which involved rolling the reserve up from the apex. (rather like a toilet roll) This resulted in a much more solid handful of canopy which was much easier to extract and throw, without it turning into a mess. Never had to do it in anger, as we had just turned to cutaways and pilot shot reserves. Glad we had the new fangled system. Hand deploy was only any good under cheapos anyway, PCs tended to spin up a lot faster than a C9.
  2. RIP Frank, ex Manawatu Skydiving club. Judge at several nationals in the 70s. The big C strikes another one down.
  3. Another numbskull outs himself.
  4. Its such a pity Christopher Hitchens is not around anymore. He'd be making mincemeat of both Hillary and Trump.
  5. The answer is.....Yes. But, as usual, there is always someone who knows better than the majority of experienced jumpers.
  6. Yep, if bullshit was wire, Trump could fence Texas....
  7. Nothing accidental in either case. Sheer carelessness. Stupid adults leaving loaded guns with a bullet in the chamber in places where they can be fired, or where kids can access them. Tragic, but unnecessary deaths in both cases.
  8. RIP Richard Kinloch, who was a good buddy back in the 70s at Manawatu Skydiving Club before he moved to Australia and jumped at Elderslie DZ. Ex RNZAF. We had some crazy good times back in those days. Fly free old mate. ETA: Richard posted on DZ.com as Marisan. Hadn't been on here for a while as he was battling the effects of a stroke a couple of years ago.
  9. So you think background checks for maniacs wanting to buy guns is a bad thing?
  10. I saw an interesting comment by an NRA type commenting on the ban on semis in NZ. Basically saying that the 2nd amendment gives Americans the right to hold guns, while NZ doesn't have a 2nd amendment, and somehow implying the USA was better because of it, He finished his rant by saying "its our way of life". I just thought his wording there wasn't quite right. He would have been more accurate saying: "it is our way of death". Especially since more civilian Americans have died at the end of a gun than American military personnel in all wars to date.
  11. I read somewhere recently that more than a million Americans have died due to gunshot wounds in America since 1980. That is all causes...crime, accidental discharge, suicide etc. But that is an astonishing figure. How many Americans have died due to "terrorism" in comparison? The problem is how easy they are to acquire with minimal checks.
  12. Trump contacted our Prime Minister to express condolences and asked what he could do to help. Her response was to ask him to express peace and goodwill to Muslims around the world. I guess he swallowed hard at that point in time. As far as gun laws go, NZ has about 250,000 licenced gun owners...strong hunting/farming community, and there are already quite tough restrictions on gun ownership, particularly AR type weapons, but I expect that semi auto assault rifles will be banned outright, perhaps with an amnesty and buy back scheme like the Aussies did. The people of NZ will demand nothing less. It will happen. Having said that, this POS had a firearms licence, and bought his weapons legally. He then illegally modified them. When apprehended, 16 minutes after he began his rampage, he was on his way to a child care entre. The cops who nabbed him didn't fire a shot, because he threw his hands in the air. 50 dead, 50 injured. Over 4 million dollars raised for the victims and families so far.
  13. Scumbags like the POS who carried out that attack will never win. But they need to be called out by all decent people, at every opportunity.
  14. He's not being very subtle. This is a clear threat to law and order, and a clear green light to any nutcases out there. Mob boss talk. He really needs to see the inside of a prison cell sometime in the future.
  15. The Dementia is strong in this one. And seems to be contagious in the WH.
  16. Utter Rubbish. I guess its a good excuse to abandon DZ.com for good. If it ain't broke...….. I'm sure quite a few regular posters will disappear from here.
  17. Escargot made my car go..... Yeah, in Paris, it was OK, but nothing special. My computer beat me at chess, It was no match for me at kickboxing....
  18. Next fun game will prolly be "who can lose the most blood". I can't see how repeatedly rapidly raising and cooling your core body temperature can be healthy. The Darwin gene is strong in some idiots. My computer beat me at chess, It was no match for me at kickboxing....
  19. Who thinks this shit up? My computer beat me at chess, It was no match for me at kickboxing....
  20. But _very_ easy to trace. Not when they are cunningly disguised as two tin cans, with Campbells soup labels... My computer beat me at chess, It was no match for me at kickboxing....
  21. Well the old two tin cans with a string between them was pretty foolproof, but seems to have gone out of fashion these days... My computer beat me at chess, It was no match for me at kickboxing....
  22. Getting in front of the big spinny whirlygigs of death is always a dumb thing to do. I am going to steal that line!!! :) That is so awesome!!!!! Ironic in a way that over the last 3 or 4 years it was women that have been mauled by those "big spinny whirlygigs of death" !!! Def gonna paint that line on an aircraft!!!! So much better than: "Prop Blast." Or " Danger Zone." We just call it the mincer... (mince = ground beef, hackfleisch, carne picada) My computer beat me at chess, It was no match for me at kickboxing....
  23. There is no such thing/person as a skygod. Get that out of your head. Anyone arrogant enough to consider themselves as a skygod, is nothing of the sort. Wanker would be a much more appropriate description... My computer beat me at chess, It was no match for me at kickboxing....
  24. Same here. Very easy for a minor fuck-up to kill you. And don't have the theme from Jaws running thru your skull... My computer beat me at chess, It was no match for me at kickboxing....