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  1. diverdriver

    C182P how much fuel are you flying with?

    Doing great!!
  2. diverdriver

    C182P how much fuel are you flying with?

    Bigun that's the helicopter (rotorcraft) requirement. For Airplanes it's 30 minutes reserve.
  3. diverdriver

    1ST 100 way . When / Where

    King Air was air to air video only. Not dropping.
  4. diverdriver

    1ST 100 way . When / Where

    Perhaps the most "interesting" jump was the early morning attempt where everyone's visor froze over due to the -34F exit temperatures. About 20 people took their helmets off so they could see. We landed and started walking back; we were back to the hangar before we heard the first "thud" of a helmet landing nearby. Wasn't my call. Just glad we didn't die on the sunset load where the cockpit windows iced over and we all lost sight of each other on the left wing. Then we brought the formation around again and the lead skyvan ran out of oxygen. Landed with the load and one guy in my plane was crying because he couldn't jump out.
  5. diverdriver

    You Know Nothing About Seatbelts - Part 2

    pchapman Yes, the Celina, OH Cessna 205 crash DID show that the aircraft was over loaded and out of aft CG for takeoff. But it did fly. The NTSB calculated not only the CG for takeoff but also what the effect of the jumper leaving the front would do. It put it FURTHER aft of the CG limit rendering the aircraft uncontrollable. I know you'd like to think it was just a pilot screw up but you have to look at the totality of the accident. It's not just one thing. Running out of gas on takeoff lead to the engine failure. But engine failures don't mean death! So why did he lose control? CG. WHICH IS THE EXACT POINT OF THIS ARTICLE. From the NTSB: "The operator provided weight and balance information, individual occupant weights, and a seating plan for the accident flight. The maximum gross weight for the airplane was 3,300 pounds and the aft center-of-gravity (cg) limit was 47.27 inches aft of datum. Weight and balance figures for the accident flight were computed at a fuel weight of 60 pounds. Preliminary calculations revealed the airplane weighed 3,060 pounds with the cg at 48.30 inches aft of datum. A weight and balance was also computed using the same figures, minus the first parachutist that departed the airplane. The calculations revealed the airplane weight to be about 2,898 pounds, and the cg 48.76 inches aft of datum." http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20001212X18790&ntsbno=IAD99FA043&akey=1 Why is it being used to show seatbelts prevent movement in flight? Well, sir, if they had seatbelts on they couldn't have moved to get out! Thus preventing the inadvertent stall/spin entry after engine failure. They were below 1,000 feet AGL. A witness statement: "The plane came straight down. There was no forward motion. He had all that field in front of him. Why in the heck he didn't get the nose down, I don't know." CG. And a personal tale if you'll indulge me. I was a jumper in a 206. We all took our seatbelts off at 1k like every one ever did. The pilot had no instrument rating and I didn't expect her to fly into clouds. But I always wore my helmet the entire flight to altitude. Well, the pilot entered a cloud on climb and panicked. She shoved the controls forward and all of us unbelted jumpers went to the ceiling. She came out of the bottom of the cloud and saw we were diving. She pulled back and we slammed to the floor. This sudden weight slamming the floor caused the plane to pitch up sharply and re-enter the cloud. She shoved again and we went to the ceiling. We went floor to ceiling to floor three times before recovering. Had we been belted in still the loss of control would have been less severe if not all together absent due to load shift. I was the only jumper who didn't injure their head. So yah, maybe we should be considering wearing seatbelts to a higher altitude like just before gear checks happen before exit. Why take them off at 1k? If you can't get out of the restraint quickly then it was improperly worn.
  6. diverdriver

    The Old Timers of Kansas and Missouri Skydiving

    What David said. Jim was killed in a motorcycle accident about 1994 I think. I started diver driving at Harrisonville, MO (Horizon Skydiving) and made my first jump at Independence (Greater Kansas City Skydiving Club) in 1995. Jim I believe died a year earlier.
  7. diverdriver

    What is a story behing THIS photo?

    A very low mr. bill? Looks like the top jumper is holding the D bag still. Maybe? Slider down? Wait! Wait! I know! Bill Booth's early test on the skyhook. He abandoned it when it was realized cost prohibitive to carry the extra jumper with you all the time.
  8. diverdriver

    Larry V. Miller You Will Be Missed

    Do you have the full photo of Larry jumping with his daughter? Many of us in skydiving love the sport because of the shared experience. I keep seeing the cropped photo from his daughters tandem but not the full one. Would be a nice way to remember him.
  9. diverdriver

    back in business after 18 Years break

    Where are you planning to jump? In France or some place else? I would go to the DZ where you trained or if it's not in business anymore go to another one you think you'd like to be at. Talk to the instructors there. They will size you up for gear size with their current student equipment. I would give yourself some time to get back into the groove of things. Since 1990 gear has changed a bit with options (AADs, RSLs, Skyhook, etc...) and the canopies move faster than ever. Not that you will be jumping a fast canopy but someone around you might be. Get a feel for things and don't think that you are starting where you left off. Be a student again and soak up everything you can. Don't let the jumpers around you treat you like you are picking up where you left off. They shouldn't assume you know what they know now. Read a lot here.
  10. diverdriver

    What is this plane? #32

    A tiger?
  11. diverdriver

    ThE FIRST WING SUIT?

    What's old is new again.
  12. After doing a Google news search I'm thinking this might be related. http://www.news4jax.com/news/13986846/detail.html