airtwardo

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  1. QuotePost 2001 it seems most major demos have only been able to be done by military teams since they have the waiver from the TSA/FAA and the government insuring them. *** Not true... I did a major airshow in Las Vegas 3 weeks after the 9-11 tragedy And I was a performer in three of the largest demos in the country this year. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  2. There was a 1,000,000. plus payout a few years ago. A jumper killed a spectator. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  3. QuoteThe military teams have the UCMJ to deal with their Peacocks, and insurance isn't an issue for the DoD. *** ROTFLMAO! Again not to get into too lengthy of a discussion here because it seems you may not be as well informed on the subject as you believe yourself to be... The major military teams have training and requirements that are very much higher than anything required to get a PRO Rating. They are self insured through the DOD but most ALSO partake in the coverage offered through the USPA. And the liability of their teams is a concern... It, like most things in the military get a cost / benefit analysis... and by the number of military team currently doing demonstration parachute jumps... I would surmise that they believe it to be worth the risk. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  4. *** The USPA isn't in the 'business' of subsidizing the Demo jumpers liability insurance. It also isn't in the Real Estate business nor the Museum business...yet these all seem to be issues of concern with the board of directors. It's been covered at length already in this and other threads...but to quickly recap, for your information...there would be no general membership insurance without the demonstration insurance. In fact, the general membership policy is actually a rider ON the demo policy... not the other way around as you might be thinking. To address your "High Risk" comment... There have been far and away more General Membership claims than Demo claims... And again for your informational purposes... According the Skydivers Information Manual... Section 7: Exhibition Jumping and Rating Section Summary: A demonstration jump, also called a display or exhibition jump, is a jump at a location other than an existing drop zone done for the purpose of reward, remuneration, or promotion and principally for the benefit of spectators. One purpose of USPA is to promote successful demonstration jumps as part of an overall public relations program for the sport. ...That's from the SIM I guess maybe they ARE in the demo promotion business! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  5. Quotemostly a problem with judgement *** We had some discussion as to if judgment could be regulated... I agree that perhaps it can't, but the people prone to making poor judgment might be. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  6. I personally don't have a proposal per say... I began this discussion some time back to generate thoughtful interaction... From what I understand the organization itself is looking at imposing stronger regulation and requirements, in line with what is required to hold other types of instructional type ratings. I have some thoughts on the subject... and have voiced them in this thread earlier. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  7. QuoteDo the members have access to this information? Don't we wish! I don't want to get into it now... But no...This information has been 'unavailable' for quite some time... ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  8. Bumped to renew discussion ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  9. Bumped to renew discussion ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  10. Clickies are dead ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  11. QuoteI blew things up with firecrackers - We rode our bikes at horriffic speeds down dirt roads - And crashed, got cut up bad and laughed about it. We also jumped ramps made from old boards and garbage cans and lived to tell about it. I broke an arm rollerskating in second grade. We played with gasoline - I learned how to shoot (and shoot well-) by the time I was 12. I learned at the local police range, and was taught by active police marksmen. At a very young age I was taught safe and responsible firearms skills. This was in New Jersey in 1973 or so. We played in the mud and the dirt, and ate good share of it, too. I personally could wear out 2 rear tires on a bike in one summer. No wonder I'm damaged- *** Dude! I WANNA PARTY WITH YOUUUUU!!! I'm STILL that way! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  12. Quote I consider ANYONE that says I go too far a SHITTY parent. *** That being said, how many kids do you have... and how old are they? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  13. She is in our thoughs and prayers. She was fortunate to have friends such as you, Be well Chute. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  14. A quick update on some of the issues I've discussed in earlier forums... Ms. Madolyn Murdock, USPA board member held a group meeting at this years *ICAS Convention in Dallas early this month. *(International Council on Air Shows) Several PRO teams were there and had a discussion pertaining to the impending insurance issues, as well as the overall PRO Rating system in general. Between that meeting and several discussions among USPA personnel I was party to, during the "Centennial of Flight" demo for the Kitty Hawk celebration, I am please to find that progress is being made. All the pertinent information concerning past insurance claims, etc., has at long last been collated and passed on to an alternate insurance carrier. I spoke with a representative of that company a couple days ago and was told that a bid for the coverage we as an organization are seeking, is currently being worked up and should be ready for presentation to the board by mid January. Although no concrete figures are yet available. ..the representative felt that their numbers would be 'significantly' lower that what the USPA is presently paying. (465,000 + -) for what should essentially be the same coverage... (possibly sans the aircraft coverage) As far as the PRO Rating is concerned... As I mentioned in a prior thread, I felt that some kind of reassessment of the current program would be forth coming. It appears as though I was correct, several ideas are currently being looked at. Among them are fee increases in both the initial rating and renewals of current holders cards. Nothing concrete yet, but I've heard 350.00 as a ballpark figure for new rating applicants, and around 250.00 to renew. As well as what to some may seem a dramatic increase in performance requirements. Encompassing the regulation in regard to currency, ability, and equipment utilization of Demonstration Jumpers. I'm glad to see that the organization is moving forward in all these areas and taking steps to assure the continued growth of our sport. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  15. I have a St. Croix story! The demo team I jump with stopped there to get a 'new hire' some experience on the night pyro equipment we use. We had signed a demo in the area, and at the last minute the organizers decided to add the night show to the performance we were to do. We always have someone that's not done the night act prior...do several practice jumps during the day to get familiar with all the gear. We're getting 'wavered' and one of the locals looks at the big French Paraboots we all were wearing... in the barefoot era.... and made some comment about us possibly moving into the 20th century.... and that there were squares for rent if we wanted to try something 'new'. We were off by ourselves getting geared up... Fire Proof Jumpsuits...electrical igniters... massive boot brackets on each leg... huge chest packs full of fireworks... The local jumpers REALLY started looking at us like Martians! All of us sitting together sweating like mad from the heat and the gear...waiting for the bird for our load.... The owner broke the tension when he walked by and asked- "Can I get you guys anything... ...Coke...sandwich.......A PRIEST?" It was a neat, well run, laid back dropzone that went out of their way to help us out. Wasn't there a bar somewhere around there named "Jimbo's"? We ended the day there with a bunch of jumpers that made sure we were well lubed for the demo the next day!! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  16. ...And "don't run with scissors!" (my favorite rule)
  17. I agree.. Just something about that place! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  18. 19 years...and holding! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  19. Quoteposted a pic of my goth ex girlfriend *** The operative word being "EX" Which opens a 'Lion's Den' of possible one liners.. But not being one to scratch the lions balls... ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  20. Did one like that over Elsinore some time back... Wonderful memories! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  21. Quotehmm....I can think of a few garages with some VERY nice rigs hanging up....wouldn't mind getting one of those on sale! *** Really!
  22. QuoteBesides that, the biggest thing that really helped me was getting some good coaching. ***That is the most important part...as Dave says! I'm 6'4" and 270 out the door... I jump a fairly tight Tony Suit... After trying all kinds of 'magic' suit fixes... I got some technique critique from and actual 'skygod' that changed everything... It wasn't WHAT i was flying, but HOW! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  23. I can just see it now... "No Substitutions From Column B" Inked up on ya forever!!! Good Luck, and let's see how it turns out!
  24. Quote Looking to get a new one, but it would have to be brown with orange. *** You and those "Earth Tones!" ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  25. I had heard that ad too a while back... And also had problems with the website. A friend of mine whose brother had all kinds of 'carnival' stuff for home parties says he knows the guy running the operation. And thus far isn't doing real well with it. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~