airtwardo

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  1. 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? ~
  2. 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? ~
  3. 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? ~
  4. 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? ~
  5. 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? ~
  6. 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? ~
  7. 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? ~
  8. 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? ~
  9. 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? ~
  10. Shirley, you jest! Just one look at her twitter page is all you need to know. It never stops. I am thinking MR Gibbs ain't takin care of bidness I'd hazard a bet that he's tired of her shit and just wants to do his own thing... Ya know how many people got started skydiving THAT way! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  11. airtwardo

    belly wart landings

    I have two Stylemaster reserve rides...one on a 23' tri-con (with the bands) and the other on a Strong 26' LoPo. Tri-Con opened faster & oscillated quite a bit but really didn't land me that much harder than the LoPo. I was about 220# without gear. The high mount Stylemaster reserve opening will teach ya not to have an altimeter & stopwatch on the top panel! lol ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  12. airtwardo

    oshkosh 15

    There are a number of 'professional' announcers that travel the country doing air shows for a living. Most have been doing it so long that they can 'fill' time with all kinds of interesting stuff about Skydiving...the history, the gear. the formations etc. In today's 'politically correct' entertainment environment it's taboo to make anything sound Dangerous ~ instead it's Thrilling ~ just don't try it at home! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  13. airtwardo

    How To Get Out Of Pain

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

    oshkosh 15

    Good point Doc, I don't know it that's planned...logistical nightmare though. That would be a lotta jumbo-trons in a lotta places to be effective. That's the reason we exit @ 5k ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  15. airtwardo

    oshkosh 15

    I'm sure there won't be any conflicts regarding aircraft...that week is usually seeded with top-notch ATC. Trust me, won't even be any props turning on the ground during that thing. As far as good 'exposure' ~ 'lets' just keep everybody East of the runway! Landing among the spectators or dinging up some hardware would certainly be frowned upon. Might wanna keep in mind - because of the type of event it is...the place is crawling with feds who actually know the book chapter & verse. It's a badge of honor so to speak 'earning' a gubment paid spot in Wisconsin for a week - those involved should anticipate possible scrutiny. *story time! Sometimes I've gotten a nod and a "nice job"...and sometimes I've had to show in date licenses, ratings & packing data cards. Once had a guy inspect my rig & tell me I had to keep the 'conforms to AD' card on the rig itself, in with the packing data card - how that wuffo even knew there was once an AD on that model container - well it's telling. A few years back a popular sponsored energy drink team did a short stint during the show...wing suit guys pulled ummm...LOW & and a world class swooper did his thing what is 'officially' considered WAY too close to the spectators. The fed standing on the central platform next to the air-boss made some comments (or so I was told) and 'different arrangements' were made. That's 'No Bull' OTOH ~ what a fantastic opportunity to show case something most would only see in a ten second blurb (maybe) on late night news... If I've learned nothing else in the 38 years I've been doing Air Shows - it's 'the sizzle that sells the steak'. In other words ~ the hype is what makes the real lasting impression. The back 'Story' to start, the rudimentary explanation in layman's terms of what the crowd is about to see...in depth explanation regarding the skill and the thrill. Then build the anticipation ~ "Best men & women in the country gathered together...highly advanced skills & training put to the ultimate test....dedication and teamwork on a scale never before seen...timing & precision with no margin for error in the MOST adrenaline fueled dynamic environment..." The 'play by play' ~ "As we see the critical all important base build, those closing in MUST be aware of absolutely everyone's position in the sky around this ultimate WORLD RECORD...unbelievably challenging in that three dimensional SKYDIVING dance floor..." The yahoo they did it - or the oh so close..."Lets all show our appreciation as these seekers of perfection - these artists of the sky - land softly back with us on mother earth..." Yadda yadda yadda... ~ ~ Having a pre-written script for the show announcers that's in their grubby little hands, DAYS prior to the attempt / performance is how it's done these days. I email a copy of our narration to each announcer a week in advance of the show (any show) - followed up a few days later with a phone call to confirm they received it, answer any questions & make any necessary changes. Baseball is fun to play but pretty damn boring to watch unless there is a talented 'color man' talking up what's happening on the field...this is the same thing - Welcome to the big leagues fellas - It ain't Skydivin' ~ it's SHOW BUSINESS! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~