airtwardo

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  1. You probably don't don't actually want to wear the rig while riding...strap it to the bike. No...not worried about it opening - if you have to get off at high speed, the rig will likely beat ya up pretty good rolling. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  2. OP has made 1 post of the site under that name...any questions? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  3. Prolly 'bout like your wingsuit! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  4. Doing the single star screen thing is a pain on a fabric field that big...the spacing and angles can begin to drive ya nuts. I found it's faster to make up the six star template...do the 5 rows of six stars first - then chop off a star and do the 4 rows of 5 stars...save the choppy offy guy as a spot touch up guide for later on when the flag shows wear. A good quality epoxy looks & works fine for the 'jumping' type of application...photos are (usually) from a distance so spacing is more important than tee shirt quality (fine) edges...so to speak. Remember to use a leading edge weight not a swinging headache ball at the bottom. Also - on a flag that size, you may find it wants to 'bow-tie' on deployment...if you have that problem, I can show you a tried & true way of packing huge flags that prevents it. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  5. Cuz they CAN! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  6. One more time: Kim Gibbs does not live near the airport. She live six miles away. She thinks that *any* a/c, *anywhere* in the sky, that she can hear is an intrusion. When we first moved to Texas we bought a home 12 miles from Bush Intercontinental...the noise was there but not intrusive or overwhelming. Then they decided to build another runway which greatly increased traffic over the top of the house... We moved. The only aircraft noise now is every Saturday the neighbor buzzes his house with a Pitts...like music to MY ears! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  7. Ya want the low cost, low bulk quickie method? Paint them on...or silk screen, but that's a pain. Yeah - I'm serious...make a poster board template with several in a row, measure and mark the field then use a laser level for alignment...goes fast, especially the 'back' side - keep a single star template and touch up when needed. Two hours vs. two weeks! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  8. I appreciate the thought Keith, but I'm not the political type....I do agree 110% with your Chuck Akers endorsement! He's smart, hard working and giving...and it's all REAL! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  9. No such thing as an advertising dept. at PD ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  10. Asked to drop an 90 pound cast iron cow into some 4H gathering back in the 70's...practiced half a dozen times getting the spot dead nuts on with an unmodified 24' flat from a grand... Day of the event ~ the fuckin' thing streamered! I heard it went in about 3 feet! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  11. http://youtu.be/psKvL3rDxDs ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  12. "...that show lifetime membership." For YOU that's an annual renewal. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  13. B.S., Air T? Be careful, now. Those initials are dear to my heart. BTW, the acting on Leverage was dreadful. Worse than a day-time soap. Whew. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  14. Yeah....THAT'S the part that was B.S.! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  15. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2401131/ ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  16. Wait....what?? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  17. I remember having to answer a question about a demo jump, where the demo jumper would be dressed up as a witch, with broom and hat, plus the demo jump was to be at night and close to water. Question was, what to prepare and how to handle this. A number of people started writing like a full page how-to. The correct answer was: Don't what I don't get is the negative attitude of some posters opposing that very legitimate answer.... once again - dz.com kangaroo-court It is a BS answer. Where does one draw the line? Sure there are jumps that only a small subset of jumpers should be attempting to pull off, but if you are answering this question on a test you are at the very least going into an area where some of this subset lie. It was not a yes or no question. As was already said the "Don't" response could be applied across the board. To some whuffos it applies to every jump we do. I have done jumps far more difficult talent wise than that, but the point of the question assumes the talent and focuses on the planning. It is a horse shit question if that was the correct response and belongs nowhere on a test. You become graded on the instructors own personal opinions and level of competency and that is just flat out wrong. A trick question has no business on that test Edited to reiterate. I don't think anyone is saying it is not a legitimate answer on a personal level. That is an individual choice. Just not a legitimate question requiring that answer on a test of which is assumed to be given to a potential demo jumper that needs to be able to plan. A disguised question that most would assume is meant as a test of one's ability to foresee different scenarios that one must plan for in order to make a safe successful jump. Whether or not they would or should actually make such a jump. Could one answer "don't" to the question of a jump next to a pumpkin patch in light winds because the testie has a phobia of pumpkins? Where does one actually have to formulate a decent response for the test. So it is not so much of a BS answer as that it is a BS question based on the REQUIRED answer. Very well stated. To add my .02...one should have a somewhat well rounded background regarding the overall spectrum of the sport when being an instructor. That kinda is what the title infers. Though you may not personally feel doing a jump of that type is a good idea, let's face it - somebody might want to try, so you should at the very least have some input that would help to make it safely successful. If nothing else an answer like - "Direct the jumper to someone with a proven track record of planning & performing speciality jumps of that type" would be a more productive response than 'don't'. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  18. Nope. None of the above. Just a simple country skydiver who saw a near collision at the DZ and wondered if the reckless canopy pilot would have to answer for it if he had hurt the other guy. Cool beans - name just reminded me of a Wisconsin journalist I use to know. As to you query. . . It depends on the circumstances. For example - sone asshat hotdogging it carelessly through the pattern an crashed into poor ole fragile me...no need to worry about lawers... I would be held without bail! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  19. I tend to give those unfamiliar with it a pass...unless they do something nutty 'after' being told the right way. Lets face it, there are those that feel understanding their gear and how to maintain it is actually a part of being a Skydiver....and there are those who don't care or are intimidated by it. Neither is right or wrong, it is what it is. I just tend to error on the side of simplistic safety when offering advice of that type when you're not face to face so to speak... Years ago I remember a lot of people saying finger traps don't need to be bar-tacked...saw a guy that relined his own canopy that actually believed it...for a short while! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  20. Are you by chance a reporter / investigator / cheesehead? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  21. That jump can be done safely, but it needs the right jumper and proper planning. That's all.
  22. Might I suggest ~ If someone isn't a rigger or working under the supervision of one, they leave the disconnect alone and get it done by a 'professional'. I understand that it's not rocket surgery - but it's also not wrenching on an old lawnmower. I saw a fairly new jumper attempting to remove the french links on a main not long ago...he used a large standard screw driver with the sharp head itself inside the link and a vise grip on the locking nut. Burrs are HELL on suspension lines. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  23. Excellent review! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  24. I had my TriCon in backwards, the canopy would facing into the wind but I could see where I was actually going. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~