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  1. BigMikeH77

    6 Ways to Be Less Dumb When You Buy Used Skydiving Gear

    Good write up, but I think it's uncouth to subjectively classify certain manufacturers as preferred. That being said, I'm going to go ahead and put in a good word for Peregrine Manufacturing, or "Perigrees". The staff there builds a quality product and has Tier-A service. They have decades of experience in the sport. I personally jump one of their containers.
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    Any advice for jumping with a bad knee?

    Drink water. Take Motrin.
  3. BigMikeH77

    New to St. Louis.

    What part of STL are you in? There are a few in the general area. Fly Free down in Festus has some great peeps and a big landing area.
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    Opening impact

    Why don't you jump with some force-measuring equipment and tell US? Your name is a sham, I have bellybutton lint older than your registration date, and this is your first post. Contribute something worthwhile and inform US of your findings.
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    process of selling gear

    This is ALL good advice. I learned the hard way by trusting some jackass here on a classified, just because he was a "master rigger" and had his picture on the dropzone's website... and I got hosed. ------------------------------------------------------------ Expert Advice Used Gear Inspections/Escrow Written by Mike Gruwell (Published in the June 2006 issue of Skydiving Magazine.) If the used skydiving gear you are buying isn't local or hasn't been serviced by your local rigger recently, a "pre-buy" inspection should be a condition of the final sale. Having an established rigger, rigging loft or drop zone owner act as the middle-man in all used gear purchases not only protects the buyer, but also the seller. As the potential buyer, you want to know the used container, canopy or automatic opener is as advertised and is airworthy. You also want to make sure the container actually fits you. Once you've determined a certain piece of used skydiving gear seems to be the right size, condition and price, you will want to make arrangements to have the items shipped to your rigger for a pre-buy inspection. If this involves a container, make sure you arrange to be there after delivery to make the most important determination: fit. If the container doesn't fit properly, it's not going to matter if it's airworthy or not. Harnesses can be modified or resized, but the cost of harness work can add hundreds of dollars to your used gear purchase. Before shipping, the seller will want to know you have the money for the gear. The rigger, rigging loft or drop zone receiving the gear for the pre-buy inspection can hold a check, money order or credit card information as an escrow service, pending the pre-buy inspection. If the buyer is happy with the gear, payment can be sent to the buyer with the gear staying in possession of the rigger until payment has cleared. This protects the seller from a bum buyer running off with the gear without paying. The details of who pays for shipping to the rigger (and who would pay for the shipping back if the gear doesn't fit or isn't what was expected) should be worked out beforehand. It should also be decided who pays for the inspection/rigging of the gear (usually the buyer). If the gear is as advertised and fits, payment is sent. Once payment clears, the seller contacts the rigger or drop zone to release the gear to the buyer. If the gear isn't as advertised, or there is extra repair work that needs to be completed by the rigger, then a discussion has to take place to decide if the gear goes back to the seller or if a lower price is negotiated. Most of the time if the seller agrees to a pre-buy inspection and the buyer agrees to an escrow service arrangement of payment, the deal goes smoothly. More than likely the gear will be as advertised and the payment will clear. New skydivers should beware and shy away from a skydiver selling gear that won't agree to a pre-buy inspection. And above all else, ask your trusted instructor or rigger about any used (or new) gear deal before purchase.
  6. BigMikeH77

    About to start AFF

    Welcome :-) What part of the country?
  7. BigMikeH77

    Hi All!

    Hello and welcome! Any specific reason for your tandem jump?
  8. I just finished my AFF progression and can very much understand what you're saying. I can't and shouldn't and won't give you advice on jumping - But I will share my experiences on the subject; First and foremost, I still get anxious/nervous sometimes. Heck, there was one AFF jump where I just completely flaked out, forgot my dive flow, EP's, exit, and called the whole thing off literally AT THE DOOR and rode the plane back down. For me, I discovered that tunel time helped with the anxiety enormously. Being comfortable in the tunnel makes me more comfortable in freefall - and thus reduces my apprehension about the whole jump. I also read "The Parachute and It's Pilot" by Brian Germain - It helps to explain the physics and carachteristics of canopy flight. I also insist on mocking up every single exit both with and without gear, with and without my coaches. I visualize the jump on the ride up (but not too much). I breathe, smile even if I have to force a fake smile, and remember that I'm there to learn and have fun! I think that if there weren't ANY anxiety, maybe we might not do what we do. But finding what works for you in bringing that apprehension down to a manageable level is something that you'll also figure out.
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    Maybe you could just go for a plane ride... I hear the ride back down is quite exciting
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    Load up!

  12. BigMikeH77

    New from FL - Looking to Restart my AFF

    Hi and welcome! I just started my AFF a couple of weeks ago here in Denver. Since you're clearly not current and left off with AFF-1, you will have to repeat that jump. Just for good measure, you will probably want to take the ground class again to reintroduce youraelf to the equipment and procedures and stuff. Your DZ may or may not require it. Fortunately for you, the weather in Jacksonville will probably make it much easier to stay current durinf the winter on your AFF than, say, Indiana or Denver :-)