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  1. airtwardo

    SIU Skydivers

    a cool one like mine! My roomie & I had those made up in 1980....THAT'S weird! His Bio (Schultz) says he was a skydiver....Hummm
  2. How about a little better pic? Two pin reserve with a Martin Baker handle & a last hope rope...could be one of several I can think of.
  3. airtwardo

    REVIEW Bonehead Aero Helmet

    Excellent review!
  4. airtwardo

    U.S. Army's New Square

    Love the effective camouflage - can't even see it!
  5. Interesting FIRST post on the website there Scott... Since as you pointed out, the discussion has been pretty hashed out in another thread - - - any particular reason YOU want to start another thread about this? Also kinda curious as to your background & experience in the sport? The 'options' on your poll pretty much color the thoughts you have on the matter- -why not just add your opinion in that other discussion? 'Cause the poll makes about as much sense as my asking you if you still spank your monkey on public busses....or have you moved on back to waxing the cane in public restrooms?
  6. airtwardo

    Contract for demo jump

    I do, but I don't share actual copies of it as it's an attorney's work product that was designed with a number of specific things addressed that are fairly exclusive to the team I'm on. ~ That said, some general things a basic contract should include are: The name of the 'team' or person responsible for performing the demo. The name of the event and organizer you will be performing the demo for. The date & approximate time of the demo, number of persons performing, number of performances that contract will cover. A basic description of the act(s) to be performed. If the event organizer is responsible for the aircraft & pilot, spell that out and list the requirements needed for the jump platform ie. cabin class single or dual engine aircraft certified for operation with the door removed...etc. list the amount you are to be paid for the performance - have in there (at least 25%) a non-refundable deposit is required at the time of contract approval, with the remaining balance to be paid the day of the final performance. List with full description any special requirements you need to have provided - for example; an on site team & equipment recovery vehicle of cargo van type, one hotel room per performer starting one day prior to the scheduled event through one day after. Event passes for the performers and ground support crew, (on & on, you get the idea) Say in the contract that all possible and safety practical measures will be taken to complete the performance as outlined, however due to variables beyond your control, changes to the program may be required...any such changes in no way release either party from the terms of the contract. State that you will observe & obey all legal requirements as outlined by the transportation administration in regard to aircraft use and aerial parachute performances. State if there will be insurance provided, who will provide it, the limits of the liability & who is to be named on the policy. ~ ~ ~ ~ That cover's 'some' of the basics, but as you can tell It's actually pretty involved. I highly recommend you consult with an actual contract attorney...sometimes the wording & format can make a huge difference. Yes, it costs a little money, but considering the endless number of bad things you are opening yourself up to should something go wrong - or what it will cost you not to have a real contract & the organizer decides not to pay you, it's well worth the investment.
  7. I started in '76 and I think your quote above about 'nails it' for me too. I just feel 'comfortable' around it....STILL love it all - the jumping, the gear, the aircraft, the people. I actually enjoy being the conservative old fart that some n00bs ask advice from now & then - not that I really HAVE any! I think I'm in a kind of transitional stage of my 'long skydiving career' so to speak. I did a lot of instructing in the 70's & early 80's, then concentrated pretty hard core on demos for the past 30 plus years...thinking it's time to do something different within the sport - actually considering style & accuracy competition, I can still turn & burn pretty good for a large fossil ...we'll see.
  8. airtwardo

    beginner reserve

    Something with a wing loading of 1:1 or less, that will fit easily into the reserve pack tray.
  9. airtwardo

    Sunglasses with contacts

    I lost a few back when I wore contacts...never had 'em dry out - I'm usually crying in free fall.
  10. airtwardo

    Demo at the AFC Championship game

    Guess you missed the write up in Parachutist a while back?
  11. airtwardo

    Yeah! Ninja Boots!
  12. airtwardo

    History lessons for the young pups

    Well....THAT certainly made me feel even oldER! (I did some CReW on rounds....)