xsniper

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    210
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  • Home DZ
    Lake Wales
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    D
  • License Number
    20963
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    950
  • Years in Sport
    39
  • First Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving
  1. xsniper

    Herbert M. Graves, Jr.

    BSBD Herb.....Mardi Gras was always a blast.
  2. xsniper

    G3 Visor Fogging?

    DEFOGit wipes by Clarity work really well. You can get them in the WalMart vision center. They work really well in hot or cold.
  3. A serious issue and situation.....but damn, that is funny.
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    World Cup Logo

    Yep, that is the one.
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    World Cup Logo

    That World Cup logo is really awesome. Does anybody know if there might be a vendor for t-shirts with that logo ???
  6. It'd be about the same as flying through a 90-way round formation on their belly when you're in a head-down dive, in theory. (the math behind this claim is based on a 10,000sqft surface area, which has a circumference of approximately 354 feet. If we're very generous and say the average skydiver has a 4 foot armspan in a stable belly to earth position, that puts us at around 90 people. Then if you figure around a 120mph fall rate vs the 200-ish that any experienced jumper can presumably hit, you get a delta of 80mph. Still 50% lower than Aikins will be doing if he doesn't have any sort of high-drag suit on, but it's at least a sort of thing a jumper can IMAGINE. Well, that gives me some perspective .
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    Two Out - Downplane Scenario

    Thanks for that explanation. Defiantly another tool.
  8. xsniper

    Two Out - Downplane Scenario

    Thanks so much for the thought process. I will defiantly have this in my "tool box". So very sorry for your (our) loss.
  9. xsniper

    USPA BOD meeting changes

    Broad stroke statement without any support by facts. Perhaps you can actually take the time to state specifically who was bought and what they were paid? I can only speak for myself: Not a single person asked me to do what I did. That is to bring 3 requests to S&T committee that passed S&T and then passed the full board voting process. I did what I did because: 1) I'm tired of investigating tandem turns over 90 degrees gone wrong that lead to grave injuries and fatalities under perfectly functioning parachutes. 2) I'm tired of investigating tandem AAD fires that start with the explanation "I couldn't find the handles". 3) I'm tired of being told when pointing out reckless/dangerous behavior that "unless its a BSR we do not have to follow any regulations". 4) If every end user of tandem systems used the gear in the manner and procedures it was intended, these BSRs wouldnt be necessary. BTW, (everything I did, I could have done without being on the board) The irony here is that it is I that asked the manufacturers (all of them) for their support as I brought it to the board, not the other way around. I even asked 2 manufacturers and some industry experts (not on the board) to weigh in during the meetings to support my statements, and in the end, the board made the right decisions and voted these two BSRs into place. Since then, every tandem examiner I have been in direct contact with (over 50) have said it was the right thing to do and "they should have happened 20 years ago." Of a population of 179 tandem examiners (subject matter experts) that have now been informed, not a single one raised an objection, and to the contrary, the BSRs have been embraced by practically everyone that has been informed. "Now we have a means to improve safety on our DZs" i s the repeated statement. When I was finished advocating for the safety of our tandem students in BOD meetings, I then volunteered my time to address the DZO conference, over 200 industry professionals in attendance on how to improve the operational safety of their tandem programs. When I finished that presentation, I went on to give a PIA record 10 seminars (5 seminars, twice) at PIA that reached over 1000 people: - Sigma Standard and Emergency Operating Procedures - Tandem Canopy Flight - Tandem Exit Techniques - AADs in Modern Skydiving Scenarios - Safety Day Seminar Selections All of which I wrote and presented on my own time. No fee, no cost. When all of that was over, I gave up 2 days off to present 16 hours of tandem examiner educational seminars with Jay Stokes and Jim Crouch to a room of over 50 tandem examiners. Again, on my own time, not my company's time. Through all of that, I also managed to find time to write two safety articles for Blue Skies Mag on AADs and Making Good Canopy Choices. Suffice to say, if I'm "bought and paid for", then whoever bought me got a serious bargain because I do all I do in this area on my own time, and everything I do, I do because I only want to see a safer landscape on our DZs. No ulterior motives. I may be a mouthpiece, but I'm a mouthpiece for safety, nothing more. In the last ten years that I have been trying to contribute the betterment of our sport, I have come to realize that no amount of effort or work will ever stop "top dockers" from making false broad stroke statements about people and situations they know nothing about. That rolls off like water. What I would genuinely be interested in though is what Craig has done in the last year for the membership to improve safety and what specific information Craig has about who has been bought and what they have been paid. I don't expect we will see that though, because from my perspective, that info doesnt exist. Have at me, I may or may not respond as I am replying to all of the emails thanking me for the seminars and BSRs and sending out my power points to one and all that ask for them so they can share the info at their own DZs. Thanks Tom
  10. Very Cool. There must have been different covers used as it was reprinted, cause I just looked at my very old copy and it is different.
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    Valkyrie pics

    Love those swooping laughs...
  12. xsniper

    Check Out Notice for SCR-8

    WOW, what a guy. Thanks for the info. It could not have been said better and with more respect. Just lost my father in hospice. Those are some wonderful people.
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    Dori Bachman

    Sounds like a remarkable woman who will be missed.
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    AFF Injury Rates.

    Anyone that tells you skydiving is safe is either trying to sell you something or a fool. Skydiving is not safe. You can do everything right and still die. What skydiving is in reality is mitigated risk. We start on big docile gear and pull high. We have a back up parachute. If we are unable to pull for ourselves, we have a safety device that might save our life. But even with all this, we are throwing ourselves out of a plane for fun. So don't kid yourself thinking this is safe. Educate yourself about your gear, canopy flight and make your emergency procedures so ingrained in muscle memory you do it in your dreams. And have fun.
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    Funny Skydiving Nicknames

    Stable (cause he wasn't) Sugar Britches Axel Bookworm Comet (as he passed the formation)