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  1. This x100! I think that's what I was trying to say. Okay that part would be dope. Hadn't considered that! Would say that the other thing with this is that I don't want to see camera flyers out of a job at DZs. Maybe it doesn't render them unemployed, but simply changes their role. I guess nobody is immune to having their job taken away by robots though
  2. It's not that I'm against developing robots to improve our quality of life. Think of it this way, which of the following is more meaningful to have on display in your house: - A generic, printed picture that came off a press or - A real oil-on-canvas painting that was made by a human? Make sense?
  3. Interesting concept. Looks like there's a team at University of Nottingham developing a robot that can act as a camera flyer. https://boingboing.net/2017/10/03/skydiving-robot-to-capture-vid.html Think we'll see these at dropzones anytime soon? Edited to add: I personally hope that we don't see them. Aerial photography is a human art, and to attempt develop a robot that can do the same thing is taking the human factor out of it.
  4. Holy shit! She paid that out of her own pocket?! Who the hell has that much money?! You can get a 12 pack of ear plugs at Walmart for $3.97.
  5. While the SIM may say that a licensed jumper can jump in any wind speed, just because you can jump doesn't mean you should. I'll fully admit to the times I've jumped when I probably shouldn't have. Nobody wants to drive God knows how far to the dz only to sit, and if they're turning loads it's all too tempting to get on one. It's on you to make the decision, but if there are people with thousands of jumps who are sitting, people at our skill level probably should be too.
  6. Thanks for clarifying Ryoder. These people are sicker than I thought!
  7. Groups like this get under my skin. They had an airport in the area with aircraft buzzing around before skydivers ever came into the picture. By their logic, why not just shut down the whole airport? I believe it is a personal vendetta against people who think differently from them. There are few people who live there, they all interact with the world the same way, and they don't want anything interrupting their bubble. Sad, sad, ignorant way to spend a lifetime.
  8. Hey Man - I'm right about where you are at in terms of jump numbers, though I am about 30 pounds smaller (what can I say, I like my knees intact!) I fly a PD Silhouette 190 and I love everything about it. It's a docile canopy, but it's not too docile. Quite responsive to toggle and riser inputs. Landings are as smooth as glass, which is good because again, I like having my knees intact VERY fun to fly! When it opens, it's super smooth. I don't feel a thing. I'm in freefall, I pitch, I'm under canopy. No jerking or anything (short of me doing a poor job packing but that's pretty rare for me.) Beyond that it's very easy to pack. I cannot say enough good things about this canopy. That's been my experience. Make of it what you will :)
  9. Thanks for the advice everyone! Absolutely helpful. Definitely agree there! I consider it a huge privilege to jump at Kapowsin! Is this legal/within USPA regulation? If so it's DEFINITELY on my list of things to do! Just not in winter Am liking the idea of going to Eloy. The more I look into it, the more appealing it sounds. That place is HUGE! Three landing fields, tons of aircraft, places to eat/drink/ buy gear. Won't be as near and dear to my heart as my home DZ but definitely a will go.
  10. Hi Everyone. So here I am about to get my A-License and holy sh*t this sport is awesome! I could easily imagine myself doing this forever. I do have a question for jumpers who live in areas where the winter season makes jumping impossible. Here in Washington State, the cloud cover definitely renders this true. During that time of year, what is your approach to keeping on skydiving? I can only imagine that you'd have to travel somewhere you can jump (which can get pricey, needless to say. Expense is part of the sport, and I get that.) USPA regulation says you have to jump once every 60 days to stay current. Is this enough to stay safe though? With muscle memory loss and other factors I'd think you should jump more (Plus more jumping = more fun .) What would you say is a reasonable minimum? Any pointers on attaining that minimum without shelling out ridiculous dollars?