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Everything posted by turkeyphant

  1. Puerto Escondido does an Xmas boogie. I think it's run by Skydive Cuautla so you might be best off contacting them. There seemed to be a bunch of Peruvian jumpers there when I was jumping so they might be able to help you with that. I heard things about a small club in Guatemala but didn't find anything myself there or Honduras, Nicaragua or El Salvador. There's meant to be plenty of jumping in Colombia so that shouldn't be hard. In Bolivia they run a very small skydive operation out of El Trompillo Airport in Santa Cruz. I spent about a week waiting for the weather in Feb a few years ago but never got to jump. I'm afraid I don't have any contacts but if you ask around at the airport you might get somewhere. In my experience USPA membership will not be checked very thoroughly. Similarly insurance. I think you can usually get away with few photocopied pages of your logbook (but definitely check if you can!) Good luck with your journey! (And I'm still looking for places to jump in Argentina if you hear anything).
  2. Shit missed this last year. Did anyone rip it?
  3. Anyone got recommendations for good dropzones that will rent out kit at decent rates in Argentina for a week or two? Hopefully a good scene for a solo fun jumper into freefly and tracking. Will be Dec-Feb so happy to go most places apart from super far north.
  4. Bump. Also, first interview (and quite a long piece) with Netheravon CCI Mark Bayada: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/14/emile-cilliers-psychopath-inside-story-parachute-murder-plot.
  5. Anyone with a Westlaw account able to get a copy of a transcript?
  6. Eh, no. You might want to quit giving advise to students about their course, and going against a (Teuge) instructor? Then please tell me sir, what do the prices on their website represent. And why would they list those prices if it doesn't seem to be true according to you? Of course everyone would think: "Gee, a student with only 8 jumps against a D licensed with 2400 jumps... I wonder who's right?" But I'm simply going by information I find on their own website. If that is wrong, then they should change that. Because nowhere they say anything about your AFF being free (Or well, normal jump prices) if you complete SL first. Maybe you're going by information that was relative to you 12 years ago when you started, and things have changed that you aren't aware of? I don't know... Are you sure you know what the difference is between a SL course and an AFF course? Do you know what each entails, what skills you will have demonstrated by the end and what each qualifies you to do? I may be misreading, but you seem to be implying that SL graduates would go on to do a full AFF course afterwards for some reason? I'm aware the Dutch regulations may vary from those in other countries but that sounds absurd and pointless.
  7. Possibly indirectly related to the incident? Also, to my eye, he was still geeking the camera when the terrifying entanglement happened.
  8. Anyone used Sugru (https://sugru.com/tips) on their camera helmets? Seems that it would not only be good for bonding materials (although I'm unsure of stregth udner opening shock) but even more useful to smooth out potential snag points. Experiences?
  9. How did it fly? Can't wait for the jump report :)
  10. It certainly does encourage brand-new jumpers but, to be fair (and not wanting to get drawn in myself), there are plenty of threads on UK Skydiver detailing the way the BPA discourages newly-qualified jumpers (at least, compared to other national parachute associations). It seems the main issues people have are with the FS1 requirements.
  11. I've been to a dropzone with a tandem landing area 45m x 45m.
  12. I'm sure it's not unusual (I'll reserve whether it's wise for those more experienced). Mainly, I've never heard of this being taught for EPs.
  13. I'd be interested in the reasoning especially which alternatives are superior and why?
  14. What are your thoughts on the Basik risers? The have a straight pin, a snap and an upwards tab (although the toggles themselves are very narrow). http://www.basik.fr/images/Image/Elevateurs_P_1319728551.jpg
  15. Surely another reason is that terts for intentional cutaways are usually used when the cutaway is performed with plenty of alti? By the time the main and secondary (reserve) have been cutway, there would be far fewer instances where there'd be enough time for deploying another reserve. It would also seem that the 1/1000 "multiplier" would be much less effective than for the first reserve since many of the scenarios where a normal reserve "fails" wouldn't likely to be fixable with a third parachute.
  16. I noticed that too and commented on the video. Doesn't seem wise or a recommended EP.
  17. They've taken down the YouTube promo video as it's still apparently a work in progress.
  18. According to the April 2014 Parachutist issue, 69700+ A license range I thought his seemed fackin high... carry on, dipshits Not intending to get involved but the BPA are issuing A licences in the 111000 range.
  19. Er, what? The gist, as I take it, is that the prosecution is admitting they lost the case, but has right to appeal. AND, it seems that (probably due to his being a foreign national or just an element of UAE law) that the MD is being held pending appeal rather than released on bond. This is quite usual in the UK (and I assume most of the common law jurisdictions that borrow heavily from our jurisprudence). I think you're all a bit confused about double jeopardy. Double jeopardy refers to restarting the whole process again once all legal proceedings are finalised. It does not stop a case being appealed to a higher court, as that is considered a continuation of the initial proceedings. So just as in the US you can have appeals to the Supreme Court, in the UK it's possible to have appeals from Magistrates' Court to Crown Court to the Court of Appeal and finally the Supreme Court. Having said that, I think by visiting Dubai you are implicitly accepting the moral implications of the overconsumption and exploitation as well as the approach to women/alcohol/drugs/etc.
  20. Any more info? And has anyone offered a similar deal in Europe before?