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  1. Powerded drywall paste does the same... and cheaper! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  2. Quote But I do need to make a couple of bracets. *** Hummm...! I just happen to know some people marketing brackets.... Sparky liked them! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  3. Quote Feet and knees together, bend forward at waist, look at cutaway mechanism, grasp cutaway mechanism(s), look at reserve handle, activate cutaway mechanism, pull reserve handle and throw it away. *** Just to add... If the cut away system is "Capewells" Use you left hand / arm to try to cover the open hardware. Lessening the chance of a hang up in regard to the deploying reserve. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  4. Quote I'm not sure of the current situation with the FAA and anti-terrorism rules. *** I do a lot of demos nationwide and the biggest thing that has changed, in my opinion anyway... Is the laws in regard to smoke and pyro utilization. You now need to have a federal license to both transport and use most forms of pyro, including the industry standard M-18's. This is REAL ... We been checked, and the letter of the law should be followed. That includes the 'approved' container in which the pyro (smoke) is transported and stored... And having your permit & license ON YOU when performing. Our team did a demo in Las Vegas less than three weeks after 9/11... The Feds actually went out of their way to assist all the performers in complying with what were then 'rules' being more or less made up on site. And I fully agree with you on your analysis of stadium demos! Kinda like... If ya have to ask if you're qualified... Your probably not. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  5. QuoteAnd as I said in my last post, "This is for California not Canada". Sparky ***Bragging again! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  6. Now you are required to have a PRO license to jump into an enclosed stadium, no exceptions. Again... Not exactly true. Why would the dropzone even have to be involved in any way? "They" are not doing the are. You can contact the FAA..S&TA.. contract your oun aircraft etc. The realm of Parachute Demonstrations, you are 'selling' a product... It's a free market so to speak, if you can jump through the right hoops... You don't even HAVE to be a member of the USPA! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  7. If you honestly feel that way.. Don't have kids... It's not fair to you, them or Mom. I totally understand where you're coming from... I was 'free & easy' into my 40's! I knew I was too selfish to regulate the time and effort it would take to raise a munchkin the way I thought it should be done. After reaching the point of being both financially and emotionally secure enough to give the endeavor serious consideration, other factors began to come into play. We eventually decided our lives were not as full as we thought they were, and decided to adopt three kids from an orphanage in Russia. It's been the most fulfilling thing I ever done... And in all honesty...probably the only thing I'll ever do in my life that REALLY means something. If and when you are ready... You'll know. Until then, don't... ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  8. This goes back 25 years but may still be of some help. I worked out a deal with my University to jump into the home games... they paid all expenses. We actually got only the 'Glory' and the good will that went along with it... Which was eventually parlayed into the school sending our team to the collegiate nationals. How we did it was to first become involved with the student government, It's called 'networking' and is a skill you will need upon graduating so get started now. It got us in touch and on a first name basis with our peers that would eventually be having input concerning the demo decisions, as well as the school 'management' overseeing such activities. When we were ready to actually make a proposal to the board... We made certain all our ducks were in order, that means a professional sales pitch. We had videos of 'our' proposed performance... Still photos of the 'team', A 20 page proposal written with the help of students in the PR department, We stress how 'helpful and entertaining' our program would be to the university, as a tool to increase school spirit as well as attendance to the games. We explained the 'expert' proficiency our team had and demonstrated the USPA insurance program. Have your facts and figures straight, be ready to knowledgeably answer any and all questions they might have. And DO NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER! Continue to vary your approach until you can satisfy all their needs and queries. Check out the funny story I wrote concerning one such demo from the 'old days', toward the bottom of this page...;post=270299;page=4;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;mh=25; Have fun...Be safe. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  9. What is a "Billion"? The next time you hear a politician use the words "billion" casually, think about whether you want that politician spending your tax money. A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into perspective in one of its releases: A billion seconds ago, it was 1959. A billion minutes ago, Jesus was alive. A billion hours ago, our ancestors were living in the Stone Age. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate Washington spends it. The Democrats are complaining on how long the war is taking but consider this: It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation. It took less time to find Saddam's sons in Iraq than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records. It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Teddy Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sunk at Chappaquiddick. It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!!!!!! Man our military is great!!! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  10. QuoteI am not a lawyer; I'm just guessing *** That's okay... Most lawyer just guess too!! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  11. ***As I understand this thread, it calims that you would not be insured for ANY skydive through the USPA. Is that correct? If so, there were some cliams that homeowners insurance may cover your liability on a jump that you were not being paid to do. It specifically mentione demos, but where is the line, If I land a tandem passenger on someones car, am I not covered because I was being paid to make the jump? Ganja "WCS" Rodriguez Okay, I see your point... This thread has been going on for a while, and certain things have changed and been revised... there was a possibility that the USPA would end it's involvement altogether with insurance.. If that were in fact the decision, you would have to seek a form of liability coverage on your own... or jump without it. The brokers I've spoken with seemed unwilling to commit to confirming a jumper actually being covered for liability of injury & damage caused while jumping... anywhere and anytime... through their homeowners policy... So that, I can't answer. We are in hope the USPA will continue to offer their assistance in this important matter! Which it looks like will be their intent. And as of yet the insurance hasn't actually changed at all from what it's been for years now. The current policy does run out soon, and that is the issue being address in the upcoming BOD meeting. To answer your things currently stand ...and I'm not an expert here. It's my understand that you would be covered under the General Membership policy as doing AFF and Tandems 'at a dropzone' would be considered 'normal parachute operations' . Even though you are getting paid. And I agree... First, we kill ALL the lawyers!! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  12. Quote Hoarding them for special occasions. Actually, if I used any for a demo I'd probably use Paragear smokes. Jumping smoke isn't something to do just for fun. And these days I ususally jump them tethered under canopy rather than freefall. But I do need to make a couple of bracets. *** In my Avatair I'm burning Red, White & Blue... I go through anywhere between 60-100 M18's an air show season... M18's HAVE gone up considerably in the past few years, but I've never seen them at 100.00 a unit. The general going rate is about 1/2 that depending on quantify. Be aware... Since the new Homeland Security Act was put in place, it's now a FEDERAL offense to transport and use pyrotechnics of the class / type M18's are classified in, without a federal pyrotechnics license. The Professional Team I jump with has completed most of the testing phase, and will soon be marketing an alternate smoke for demonstration applications. The colors are more vibrant and the burn time and volume are considerably more than military M18's. Currently I believe we will be looking at about 50-55.00 a unit. And they will only be available to qualified individuals. *They are not yet available for retail sales, I'll keep anyone interested posted once all the T's are crossed and we have everything in order as far as the Feds are concerned. Website still under construction... ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  13. ***So, if the jump is a tandem or an AFF jump(master) does that mean it wouldn't be covered as well? I don't understand the question... Are you speaking in terms of 'normal skydiving ops.' or Demos? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  14. ***Last I heard they have found an alternate insurance provider for substancially less. I don't remember where I read that though. I know of one for sure and possibly two making 'bids' on the policy coverage... Ultimately it's up to the BOD to decide which company to use. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  15. Some "Fun Facts" for those interested... Since 1999, there have been all of TWO claims against the demo policy. The TOTAL payout for these two claims is a whopping: $ 2892.00 (Total payout for all insured demo jumpers since 1999 is a little less than the premium I paid to cover two events this past summer,) In that same time period, since 1999 The "General Membership Liability" policy had 54 claims against it... Resulting in a total payout of $ 324,292.00 Granted there are more General Members... (all of us) than demo policy users. But that is STILL a rather telling set of figures! The 'Bad-Rap' demo guys seem to be getting here, actually comes about 5 years to late. There were two very high claim payouts in the decade prior to 1999... In fact those two claims, resulted in 89% of the total demo insurance payouts for the ten years; 89-99. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  16. QuoteYep, got back into jumping 2 years ago and did 160 jumps last year. *** ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  17. *** Even when many demo jumpers believe they are insured, they may not be. Example: You qualify for a PRO Rating with a 290 and you switch over to a 260 without bothering to qualify on that canopy or perhaps you do not have the required 50 jumps on that canopy. The insurance company may not pay or may pay and under the subrogation clause, come back on you. (Whew) Ed Quote Ed- You are partially correct... In the "real world" you do not have to have a PRO rating to do a demo... or for that matter to even purchase the demo insurance. And believe me there is currently no policing of the regulations you refer to. Again the insurer has as yet, never failed to payout on a submitted claim. And from even the small amount of information available on those claims... questions are raised as to the viability of the coverage regarding some of the incidents. that really your D# listed in your profile? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  18. ***Do you purchase that separately from USPA, or do you have to go out on your own to purchase it? Quote To clarify... As a USPA member, you are automatically covered for 50,000 dollars of general liability insurance coverage. That indemnifies you in regard to damage you may cause to other persons or real property, damaged during the course of 'normal skydiving operations' to include damage to the jump ship itself, but not including injury to you. Demonstration insurance on the other hand, is also offered by the organization... Purchased separately, for a specified mount of coverage, (we ordinarily buy the one million dollar option) for specific event, or yearly, covering specified persons performing at that event. This supplemental coverage is offered as a rider to the General Membership policy. Until recently, the two had no affect on each other... then the premium was substantially increased. In order to continue the availability of the supplemental coverage, the USPA was required to take funds from the general membership account as a temporary 'stopgap' fix. About 5.00 of each members yearly dues went toward the increased premium. ...And the overall premium for the demo insurance paid by the demo jumpers also drastically increased. During the next BOD meeting, Feb 20-22.. Discussion will be focused on ways to relieve the general fund from the burden of assisting in the continuing operation of the demonstration coverage. From my understanding... Some of the ways will be to further increase the demo premium paid by demo jumpers, to wholly cover the entire premium. Also, there are other insurance companies that are bidding on the policy coverage itself, possibly (probably) at a significantly reduced rate. The coverage limits may change somewhat, as well as the types of things covered... Some of the things that will be addressed 'hopefully' during the meeting, will be the coverage to jump ships... which was the major payout on the general membership policy... as well as better policing of the claims submitted to both the general membership and demo policies. There has NEVER been an instance of the insurer NOT paying a claim, no matter what possible violations may have been committed. This is a decision entirely on the part of the insurer... The USPA has no say as to what gets paid, for what reason and to whom. With the current Demonstration Insurance, Coverage is purchased either for the entire year, about 12,000 dollars premium. Or for an individual event, be it one day & one jump.. or say, a week long event with several jumps. The Professional Demonstration team I jump with, has in the past purchased our coverage by each event, passing the actual premium cost on to the promoter as an additional expense to our contract. On the surface, this may seem as a more expensive way to cover or performances... We paid well over the 12,000 dollars yearly premium covering the various venues we performed in. But actually, it is a 'business decision' we carefully considered... There are 10 members that jump with our team, although most performances require only 4 to 6 jumpers... If all 10 members are listed on the policy, and the coverage limit is one million, in reality, each individual is only covered for 100,000. Also...if the event itself is listed as a coinsured on the policy, that limit per person on the team is even further decreased! Many PRO jumpers don't realize this, and should be aware of the terms and conditions involved with utilization of the Demo coverage. I have been doing large demos for over two decades, and have never had to submit a claim. But in today's sue happy environment, I would NEVER do any kind of demo without as much liability coverage as I could possibly get. As I've said before... Demonstration jumps are NOT anything like skydiving! Prior to a jump at the dropzone, you may have a passing thought as to the possibility of your being injured or killed as a result to the jump. Performing a demonstration in front of a crowd encompasses not only those thoughts, but the possibility of damage or injury to others... not only by you, but by ANY member of your demo team. I'm extremely selective as to with who, for what and where I'll perform, I'm not willing to 'bet the ranch' on a 'this SHOULD work' scenario. Hope this gives you a bit of insight... ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  19. QuoteNow Sparky on the other hand... HE'S AN OLD FART! *** Bumped for Sparky! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  20. QuoteWell said......Pop D-47 *** Ditto Pop! And old DZO I worked for told me once... If you think the times are changing, it's because you're not keeping up with them! Keep and open mind...THESE ARE the 'good old days! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  21. Check this out! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  22. Replying to Jim: "What have YOU done to increase the membership of our organization?" I didn't realize that I should be increasing membership. We're not curing cancer or stopping hunger in Mali... If this is so important, then where's the effort from USPA? I've been to two sporting events in which there were demo jumps. No mention of local DZ's or USPA. Okay... Being a 'boring old guy'... with little else to do, I read all my Skydiving & Parachutist mags cover to cover. And in fact, there has been mention made in those publications concerning the importance to us all as an organization, to make efforts to increase the overall membership. No one is asking that you go door to door.. But on the other side, why would you go out of your way to possibly handcuff those trying to increase the membership... by ANY means?! My way just happens to be doing demos. (I have friends that make it a point to recruit at least one newbie a month, and have even seen them kick in some bucks to get a coworker tandemed.) If you've been to sporting events that featured a parachute demo, and no mention was made as to the local DZ...USPA... or sport jumping in general. Then you have witnessed first hand the difference betweena 'Professional Demonstration Jumper'... and a jumper with a 'Professional Rating'! In my humble opinion, There is no excuse for not 'pumping' the sport, at some point before...during....or after the performance. Ya got the crowd their attention...SELL 'EM! Whenever possible I make it a point to contact a local DZ to ask if there is any literature or 'DZ promotional' info they would like to have us distribute... And in fact have had some marketing savvy DZO's send a few local based jumpers to assist us with ground crew duties, so that they might be able to do some recruiting on site. And finally... To put one area of this discussion to rest forever! To clarify..... I'm NOT an old fart! I'm 'seasoned'! Now Sparky on the other hand... HE'S AN OLD FART! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  23. I've gotten to jump those a few times... Basler is right on the airport at Oshkosh... Just down from Kermit Weeks' hangar. We got to jump them as kind of a promo demo thing during the EAA Air Show. NICE! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  24. Too Cool Bro! Congrats! "Let the journey begin!"