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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.
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    REVIEW Bonehead Aero Helmet

    Excellent review!
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    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?
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    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.
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    beginner reserve

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

    I lost a few back when I wore contacts...never had 'em dry out - I'm usually crying in free fall.
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    Demo at the AFC Championship game

    Guess you missed the write up in Parachutist a while back?
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    Yeah! Ninja Boots!
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    History lessons for the young pups

    Well....THAT certainly made me feel even oldER! (I did some CReW on rounds....)
  13. Dunno about China ~ but depending on where you're coming from & going, you may have to run through customs again prior to re-boarding...that usually means going outside of airport security and having to go through again. . . That may mean not only your carry-on's but having to retrieve your checked bags and running them through inspection again as well. ~I'd have all my ducks in a row & ready just in case.
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    What do like and don't like

    Tight tapered reserve pack trays put form over function...everyone knows it but instead of redesigning anything we'll just raise opening altitudes thus hard decks & hope for the best. Having 162 different flaps & tuck tabs all over he place in order to make the rig FF friendly' - can stage the deployment in a less than symmetrical fashion, causing uneven loading during inflation which and lead to various kinds of malfunctions...putting you in need of that tight, tapered reserve container working right, hopefully you have a reserve pilot chute strong enough to wedge it's way through those flaps! Articulated harnesses & smoochie back pads are nice...but in some ways they are a band aid fix for a harness system that's been utilized for decades...Surely by now someone would have designed something strong, light & comfortable in the harness system. Soft handles are cute...not real safe - but cute. You could list ad nauseum the things that would take considerable engineering & testing to get in the air...or just: Get A RACER!
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    Question regarding airplane emergency

    You would foul your shit in the tail killing you and everyone else. Please don't do that. If I was close enough & saw someone trying that I'd sure try side kick 'em out the door, before they could get silver. If you got one turnin' & one burnin' @120 feet strap in and hang on. No reason a decent pilot can't land that ~ survivability is very high. * IF you meant 1200' ~ same drill. From there it might be possible to get an open canopy, still wouldn't do the butt in the door & pull though, coming down the tail is high - you'll make things real ugly doing that. AND...if you go out other people may try to follow, all that will do is change the CG and screw the driver.
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    Godfrog 2013

    Butterfly Kisses and Dandelion Wishes won the Godfrog for 2013.
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    Want To Fly Divers!

    Welcome to the jungle! As far as flying anything anywhere... That use to be an offer too good to pass up back when I started jumping, but the times they are a changin'. Most dropzone will require a minimum of 500 hours and a commercial ticket before even looking at you. It's a whole different mindset and skill-set needed when doing the jumper dumper thing, and these days with laws & liability a constant concern - you may be in for a bit of a wait. I'd suggest you keep on jumping for a while and get the 'lay of the land' so to may or may not be something you want to pursue in the future.
  18. That name is familiar...any idea where in Ca. he jumped?
  19. I'm goin' with the 'nerves of steel' thing...
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    Info re an older photo?

    Southwest economy class seating...SRO when you hit the gate late!