UpstateBonehead

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    Style and Accuracy
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    Formation Skydiving
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  1. PD Spectre... If you pack it right it'll snivel for 1,000 ft and open like falling into a feather bed. The snivel will, on occasion, freak the everloving $%^& out of people watching you... But, iof you plan for the snivel its a great canopy for fragile folks.
  2. Some what related (I hope) but how old is too old to become a TI? It seems that there are still active TIs well over 60 (hell, my TI during my student progression was in his 60s) but they all seem to have gotten their Rating in their 20-30s... Is there an age that you guys and gals think is just too f’ing old to take the Rating Course? "I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived." Willa Cather
  3. I jump a big canopy and after struggling with getting it into the bag for too many pack jobs to count, my DZO took pity on me and introduced me to this method. Works like a charm and I've never (knock, knock) had any issues with openings. Blues! "I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived." Willa Cather
  4. Hey Andy: Happy to say that things have worked out pretty well (knock on wood). I made my first post-surgery jump in April of 2016 (about 4 1/2 months after the fusion surgery) which didn't "feel" quite right. Before that jump, I did have a follow-up visit with my surgeon (with an x-ray of my neck which confirmed that the fusion was healing up well) and his exact words were "I'd never recommend that any patient of mine jump out of an airplane but your fusion should be the least of your worries." On that first jump my neck felt sore for a couple of days and I attributed it to the fact that I'd been in a neck brace for 3 months and had probably lost some muscle strength. I decided to not push it too hard and only made about 10 more jumps over the next five months before the winter lay-off at my home DZ. Last year I made up for lost time. Starting in April, I made 189 jumps over the next 7 months with zero issues with my neck. Even got my Coach Rating in December!
  5. Yup. First two last week. I know: "Beer!!" "I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived." Willa Cather
  6. I did my first tandem 4 years ago at age 48 but really got serious about it over the last 2 years. 91 jumps in the last 3 months (Holy Crap; had to look that up to make sure it was right!). I don't try to keep up with the "kids' and their rush to downsize. I jump a 230 Spectre loaded a little more than 1:1, and with careful pack jobs, it has a nice snivelly opening that hasn't wacked me yet. Yeah, the learning curve is a little longer (Tunnel-time really helps for learning to arch) and PLFs can leave marks that takes a little longer to recover from but all-in-all, age is just a number (ask my 27 year old bride!) If you're in good shape and have the right mind set: Go for it! Hope to see you in the sky!
  7. I'm not sure "fear" was ever the right word for me. But, even after 70+ jumps and an A license, when the door opens, I still take a deep breath, check my handles one last time, look around at everyone else's equipment I can see (without being overly obvious/creepy about it) to see if anything looks funky, remember the plan, remember that I've had good instructors and that I did a thorough gear check before I got on the plane. What motivates the breath and thoughts isn't "fear" but rather a healthy understanding/respect that what I'm about to do is, in addition to being something I can't imagine not doing, something that has the very real potential to kill me (or worse). I'm not entirely certain I ever want to lose the feeling generated by that understanding. Having that feeling and climbing out the door anyway is, for me, part of what I believe sets us apart from Whuffos. We know the risks but, after doing everything we can to minimize them, embrace them as a fair trade for the joy and peace that only jumping provides. If jumping ever becomes something I do without at least a couple butterfly flutters I think the experience would become somehow "less." My $0.02. Welcome to the Asylum; but at least the patients run the place! "I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived." Willa Cather
  8. Thanks Wendy. I'm thinking of ripping the seams along the legs and arms then inserting a 2-3 inch strip. I think it'll work as long as I take my time. I found some heavy(ier) 75/20/5 cotton/poly/spandex material I think will work. Time will tell... :) "I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived." Willa Cather
  9. Thanks for the info; much appreciated! I got them less than $20 each so I figure it'd see if I could make them fit. If not, I haven't lost much. Thanks again. "I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived." Willa Cather
  10. So, I picked up a couple of used Bev and Tony jumpsuits. They're good quality, no holes, rips or stains but unfortunately they are all a bit tight through the thighs and shoulders. Since I've got more time than $$ on my hands and I'm a pretty good seamstress, I figured i just rip some seams and add a couple "expansion" panels. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience doing this and what type of thread/material I should use. I was thinking just good quality spandex or heavy weight denim-like material would work but I have no idea regarding the type of thread I should use... Any thoughts would be appreciated. "I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived." Willa Cather
  11. Negligence doesn't require intent (well, at least in the way you're thinking about that term) or malice. It doesnt matter if you intend to cause injury, if your carelessness (breach of a legally enforceable duty) cause injury you're legally liable for damages. "I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived." Willa Cather
  12. Like you, I'm fresh off my A License as well but, unlike you, I'm much older then you are. I'll leave the technical advice to those with far more experience then me but will provide you with some thoughts based on my experience: 1. I absolutely love jumping (and I presume you do too). As a student, I had a hard opening (hey, shit happens) that whacked me pretty good. After an ER trip, an ambulance ride to another hospital, and a super fun spinal fusion surgery, I found myself unable to jump for almost a year. Worst year of my life. Just sitting around waiting to jump again. Absolutely blew... If nothing else, why are you rushing to downsize and risking, at best, an unwanted hiatus from jumping or, worse case, a long dirt nap with no chance of ever jumping again. As my DI used to say: "Hey, Numbnuts: I don't see any Rulers laying around so this can't be a c*@% measuring contest." The risk analysis just wouldn't work for me. 2. I'm also smart enough to know when to trust the experience and judgment of the old timers with far more experience then me. If my Instructor even raised an eyebrow at me regarding a skydiving related decision I was making or had made, I'd seriously reconsider it. There was a thread on here that involved a hot-shot newbie who was jumping a canopy waaaay out of his league with the inevitable end result (complete with video) and post-dirt dart hospital-bed contrite posts. Cant find it but I'm sure someone remembers it... It was a great lesson for me and I'd recommend it you... In any event, best of luck. "I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived." Willa Cather