airtwardo

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    2000
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    Style and Accuracy
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  1. airtwardo

    Hey Peek...

    Smoke signals. 😎 ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  2. airtwardo

    Hey Peek...

    See ~ I still post! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  3. airtwardo

    Scary stories from the old days?

    IIRC it was about 80' or late 79' It was an uppercut - works great, lasts a long time. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  4. airtwardo

    Repack time? Share with a noob. :)

    Great idea! Just to add - I always run the go pro during my practice. Gives feedback regarding both the physical part of the deployment as well as the actual deployment of the reserve. I always leave the main in as if it's a total. Some of the rig \ canopy configurations these days are rather tight which in some cases acts to somewhat bind the reserve upon deployment. Better to see anything like that on the ground than at two grand. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  5. airtwardo

    resource for DMO jumps

    Define the next level. I can give you some ideas on how to get where you want to go - where do ya wanna go ? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  6. airtwardo

    GoPro just got their butt kicked...

    Me either... They gave me a bunch of 'em. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  7. airtwardo

    Where has Twardo been?

    Yeah I get that a lot... Julius C. was keeping tabs on me...had to leave Italy it was getting so bothersome. lol. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  8. airtwardo

    Where has Twardo been?

    ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  9. airtwardo

    Where has Twardo been?

    Yup! Still vertical & takin nourishment! Roughing it in Colorado...totally gutted and rebuilt a rental we've had for a few decades. Close to being done but now it's so nice Captain Mom wants to live here. We'll see... Nice place but my HOME dropzone is OPEN! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  10. airtwardo

    RIP Jack Tillman

    Blue Skies Jumping Jack Flash - Rest in Peace old friend. ~ I've known Jack since two weeks after I started in this sport. He was the 'go to' guy for top notch rigging in central Illinois. I'd often stop by his place driving between home and college, to get a repack or patches sewn in my Papillion. Jack was old school cool & understood the challenges of being a jumper trying to get a degree...he never charged me and always fed me. "We'll square it away down the road, obviously you'll be in this sport quite a while." Jack built much of the demo gear we used on the parachute team - some of that stuff is 30+ years old and still works and looks like it just came out of his loft. He was hardcore...WWII Airborne combat jump star ~ got married wearing his corcoran jump boots. Jack lived like he rigged and jumped - better than most. See ya on the other side and thank you. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  11. airtwardo

    Helmets on students - good or bad?

    In my opinion - a helmet give an added degree of protection to the customers head. As illustrated in the second pic above, there are instances in which the added protection could most likely be beneficial. A soft hat is better than nothing and can soften a head butt the TI may inadvertently recive. If we could 'knock on wood' to guarantee things will always go perfect we wouldn't need reserves...it's the time that they don't we need to lean toward the safer side. But that's just MY opinion. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  12. airtwardo

    Helmets on students - good or bad?

    I'm curious as to the rational behind students not being given headgear? Is for the photo \ video or are we really considering it that much if a carnival ride it's no longer deemed necessary? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  13. airtwardo

    Helmets on students - good or bad?

    Back when I was doing tandems, the students always wore head gear - just another 'step' in getting them ready for the 'real thing'. Not for nuthin' but I bet that chop left a mark. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  14. airtwardo

    USPA Central Region Director Candidate....

    That's a load of bullshit... When 'your guy' alludes that a FATALITY was somehow caused by "safety practices" at a dropzone only open for one day - he showed his true colors. The actual facts surrounding the incident have shown the entire thing was absolutely no fault of the DZ staff and was handled with professionalism not often seen by the first responders and investigators. To pull the tragic death of a fellow skydiver out of the hat, make up a lie and throw it like I spear - is the ultimate in low class unprofessionalism and clearly speaks volumes in regard to the lack of fitness & actual qualifications for office to represent members that this airbozo truly has. Being a great skydiver has nothing to do with being a fair and intelligent representative...with an outright lie - publicly throwing the blood of one skydiver at another in order to advance a campaign tells me and every other member in the organization what kind of character is truly behind this political ambition. Not a very well thought out move on ANY level...it would appear that at the prospect of losing an argument in an open discussion this person will degrade publicly both the sport and a fellow jumper in a manner that goes beyond despicable. Not how any of us should be represented... I knew the deceased and I know the facts...a public apology needs to be made. What a fucking embarrassment to play that card. UNfreakin believable! Just for clarification I have no idea who Air Blade is? As stated above that was an uncalled for statement. I don't think anybody in this thread disagrees about that. Understand and apologies for my confusion on the posts author... I'm working away from home and have only an old IPhone as net acces - makes following the thread a challenge to say the least. Seeing that kind of over the line lack of simple ethics involving the death of a human being...strikes a nerve within. "Back when it was a sport" air blade would have been properly educated in the concequences such thoughtless statements have in the real world. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  15. airtwardo

    USPA Central Region Director Candidate....

    That's a load of bullshit... When 'your guy' alludes that a FATALITY was somehow caused by "safety practices" at a dropzone only open for one day - he showed his true colors. The actual facts surrounding the incident have shown the entire thing was absolutely no fault of the DZ staff and was handled with professionalism not often seen by the first responders and investigators. To pull the tragic death of a fellow skydiver out of the hat, make up a lie and throw it like I spear - is the ultimate in low class unprofessionalism and clearly speaks volumes in regard to the lack of fitness & actual qualifications for office to represent members that this airbozo truly has. Being a great skydiver has nothing to do with being a fair and intelligent representative...with an outright lie - publicly throwing the blood of one skydiver at another in order to advance a campaign tells me and every other member in the organization what kind of character is truly behind this political ambition. Not a very well thought out move on ANY level...it would appear that at the prospect of losing an argument in an open discussion this person will degrade publicly both the sport and a fellow jumper in a manner that goes beyond despicable. Not how any of us should be represented... I knew the deceased and I know the facts...a public apology needs to be made. What a fucking embarrassment to play that card. UNfreakin believable! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~