tikl68

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  1. tikl68

    San Diego 9/12-9/18

    Yes they both have pretty consistent winds. Oceanside can be a little bit on the stronger side (10 knots) + now and then.
  2. tikl68

    San Diego 9/12-9/18

    San Diego has new ownership and the vibe has changed and thats from friends of mine that are long time regulars there and yes they tend to cater to their tandems. Oceanside is pretty much a tandem factory. Very little licensed/fun jumping going on there. They DO not separate hi performance landings from regular landing airspace, and they put 16 people on the PAC which is na bit on the cramped side. Elsinore has been my home dz for 14 years.and I also jump at Perris. They both have their pro's and con's. Comes down to personal preference. If you would like company while jumping send me a pm.
  3. Same here. I would not trade growing up on a DZ,going to boogies, and being around skydivers for anything. I also packed T-10's, and PC's under dads supervision.
  4. tikl68

    Skydiving Formations Book...

    Yes I know what the SCM is. It is not what the OP was referring to. Again you post info. that does not relate to what was requested, it's simple.
  5. tikl68

    Skydiving Formations Book...

    Yes that is it. But when you are at the DZ and trying to organize, I would rather have a book that is less sensitive to dirt and dust, and not have to carry around my phone or some other type of expensive electronic device to get damaged or lost.
  6. tikl68

    Skydiving Formations Book...

    You must be Schizophrenic!!!! You make no sense. I own the book he is referring to. It is merely a book written by an experienced formation skydiver with pages of possible/ popular formations from 2 ways up to 16 ways for people who might not have a vast knowledge of possible formations, to be able to engineer jumps that add variety and a challenge. It has nothing to do with the sim or any training literature. I am an LO at my home DZ and it is very helpful at times and I sent him a copy. Your a kook.
  7. Why? couple reasons. I always looked up to the sky as early as 5 years old and wanted to be up there. Dad became a skydiver when I was 6(1974) and then a S/L instructor in 1977. When? 1985 age 17 did 2 S/L jumps with dad as my instructor. Took a long break and got back into the sport in 2003 and have been active with no break since.
  8. tikl68

    Skydiving Formations Book...

    I bought one, I think it is the one you are referring to that you saw, at my home dz gear store,square one. It has formations from 2 ways all the up to 16 way and everything in between. I use it when I organize and need to get creative, with odd number groups, and just want to think outside the box.
  9. tikl68

    Container flapping on back in free fall

    Tightening the leg strap might help but I doubt it. Remember it is rental gear, and most rental gear usually does not fit the majority of the people that rent it. If you max out the leg straps, while on the ground you can twist your upper torso from side to side rapidly, and if the rig flops around, it is not a good or safe fit. When you rent gear you have to try and balance fit(for your body) and size of canopy for your experience level. One thing you can do if you continue to rent to try and help the situation depending on the gear store you rent from and their selection, is to get there first thing when they open and have more choices instead of whats left over.
  10. Correct. And a "check in" would not have changed the outcome of the incident at Elsinore, would have only meant the body would have been recovered earlier.
  11. tikl68

    Drop Zone Emergency Preparedness

    I have been the first person to get to an injured jumper many times. I have been trained in first aid at many jobs, and also attended the seminar Rich put on at Elsinore. Gear is never worth someones safety!!! On one occasion I responded to a jumper(in her mid 60's) that had a rough landing. She was talking and laying flat, face down. I knew her personally and she asked me to try to remove her rig as it was brand new/custom. I said I will try but your health is more important. I was able to reach underneath her and push the leg strap webbing back through the friction bars on both leg straps and the chest strap WITH OUT moving her or placing her in more danger. We picked the rig straight up with no trouble. While she was recovering from bumps and bruises she sent me a thank you card(her husband ,also a jumper delivered it) thanking me for taking care of her, and getting her rig off so it did not get cut off. Other scenarios, it was not possible or safe to remove the rig. Cutting it off was the only option. The knowledge and experience Rich has is far from, as you put it "home brew opinions". You obviously are not aware of his former line of work. When EMT's show up and we explain what happened they usually have a lot of questions and need more info to understand MOI. The EMT's that usually show up at Elsinore we are familiar with and vice versa, and they attended and helped with the seminar that Rich put on at Elsinore.
  12. tikl68

    Packing nuances

    Giving out misinformation is his/her SOP.
  13. Comparing miles driven to jumps made to quantify/compare risk is kinda like adding apples and oranges. I have been driving for more than 30 years, and was a delivery driver for more than 10 of those years, so my millage is higher than the average driver, and I have not been injured, but was in two accidents where I was hit by a drunk driver two different times. I have been skydiving for 30 years total with a 16 year break after my first 2 jumps in 1986, and have gotten one bloody nose from contact on a 6 way chunk exit. I know more people injured or killed on the highways than in skydiving. So those are my experiences. One of the other aspects is risk management, and on the highway with millions of other drivers as potential risks to manage, and you are exposed to that risk for a longer period of time, it is more LIKELY you will be injured or killed on the highways, than to make ONE skydive. I think the comment has been incorrectly stated and incorrectly quoted which has led to this being blown out of proportion. The way it should be worded is "you are in more danger of being injured or killed on the road ways, than if you were to make one skydive". In the last month while on the way to work,listening to the traffic report on the radio, there were 3 fatalities on different days, while people were just going to work thinking about the day ahead of them at work, and taking for granted the risk of JUST DRIVING TO WORK. If you got injured twice in a short period of time landing your canopy skydiving might not be the sport for you, but sounds like with your driving experience, NASCAR might be more up your alley.
  14. tikl68

    Dropzone recommendations

    Lodi is not a USPA member to begin with. They were investigated about 3-4 years ago for not maintaining their planes and fined a large sum. I speak from personal experiences when say I am not a fan of the dz or how it operates or the locals.