tonyhays

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  1. tonyhays

    the links in the chain.

    The grandma was before y-mod on the sigma harness. While I'll agree with you in regards to this particular video not giving us anything new to learn, it's the culture of cover-up that's the problem. The FAA was livid when they found out about grandma after the fact.. “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
  2. tonyhays

    the links in the chain.

    Sometimes videos like these that get out force a net positive...such as the Y-mod being mandatory. Had the grandma video not been given out and y-mods not the standard it's entirely conceivable there could have been another person falling out of the harness...with disastrous consequences for the industry as a whole. “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
  3. tonyhays

    Skydiving With Full Detures

    I've taken a lady on a jump that lost her upper set five seconds out the door. At the time I had no idea what had just flown past my head. Upon opening she informed me what had happened, I replied "If you told me you had them before you jumped I would have said keep your mouth shut" The next day the cops arrive. The GM called me asking what the hell happened, after I told the story he just laughed. I can only assume a police report was needed for insurance purposes??? “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
  4. tonyhays

    GoPro Session

    Was using a GoPro 4 silver, started locking up on me. I had the extended warranty on it so I exchanged it for 2 sessions. Plus column: Battery life - have done 14 videos and still a half full battery FOV - *seems wider than the 4, didn't do any actual comparisons though Negative column: Lense protection - none unless you add an aftermarket filter or such Only issue I've had is after pressing record it would freeze a couple seconds into it...tracked it down to a faulty memory card. “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
  5. tonyhays

    Basik drogue wrap

    I sincerely hope your profile information isn't up-to-date, or that you were doing a practice jump on your own.... 400 jumps and a "B" license, yet chucking drogues “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
  6. tonyhays

    GoPro hero 5 double mount?

    My session will easily do 15 videos. “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
  7. She's clearly delusional “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
  8. Let's not get cocky. It hasn't been upheld yet. “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
  9. Any news yet on MHS's response to the appeal? Don't they have a limited time to respond to it? “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
  10. tonyhays

    Helmets on students - good or bad?

    Meh. As the saying goes 'when in Rome...". I've worked at places where it's required for both, and places where it's not. To each their own. I've can see the advantages for the instructor with a student wearing a frap hat, but after only 2 headbutts(one on exit, one on landing) since starting doing tandems it's not worth the effort for me. The carnival ride/student issue would be a good poll question in another thread. “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
  11. The petition has been there for 3 days on a nationally known website and she has gathered 276 supporters. Out of a nation with 318,900,000 people. I'm betting she won't even hit a 1000. “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
  12. tonyhays

    DZO sues Tandem Instructor

    And being fired by a DZO could mean a myriad of things. Could be for a valid reason, could be work place politics, could be as simple as refusing to jump in shit conditions. “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
  13. tonyhays

    Tandem passenger handy cam....

    So the multitude of social media sites where near misses/tragedies may or may not be uploaded and then may or may not be watched by skydivers, let alone TI's, is considered a reporting system??? Yes, with the advent of small cameras the amount of skydiving videos out there is growing constantly. Sifting through all of them to find ones with the near misses that we'd like to see(for example a student wearing a wrist mount camera that reaches back and releases the reserve handle) is the proverbial needle in a haystack. Perhaps I should rephrase my mantra for ya...Until a mandatory, reliable, and central reporting system is put in place and disseminated to the instructors & examiners, the likelihood of learning from near misses and tragic events is potentially severely diminished. “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
  14. tonyhays

    Tandem passenger handy cam....

    Unfortunately there is no way to verify the near misses until either 1) something tragic happens that involves a student wearing his own camera or 2) some sort of mandatory reporting system is put in place for all incidents, not just the major ones. And even if scenario #1 happens, we may never know the cause til way down the line due to tight lipped litigation fearing DZO's and Ti's. Surprising sentiment coming from the manager of a business I bet a bunch of people thought putting on the Y-mod was a great big 'yawn' too, until the grandma video surfaced and the FAA was less than impressed with our performance and the mod became mandatory. How bout we ask the experts since opinion is divided. Both Bill Booth and Tom Noonan are on this website, what do you guys think? “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
  15. tonyhays

    Tandem passenger handy cam....

    My opinion was in regards to a tandem passenger wearing the camera. I have zero problem with a instructor wearing one as long as they have the proper experience. Major accidents that involve serious injury or death get public scrutiny. And even when that happens DZ's are under no obligation to send any detailed report into the USPA for review or investigation. How often do small incidents get reported? Say for example, on opening a student reaches back and grabs ahold of the reserve handle and pulls it just enough to dislodge it? Those types of incidents? I bet never. So not much public scrutiny there. Maybe that's because the number of times that a student is wearing one is extremely rare and properly trained instructors are doing the filming. There's more issues to wearing a camera than just a snag hazard. Like I said in my prior post(the part you conveniently left out), how do you feel about substandard footage going out and promoting your business? And aren't tandem passengers considered STUDENTS? Name one student progression program that requires the student to be flying camera. “That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”