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    Meso is the spam-blocker software guru, but as a *former* Moderator I can say from my experience that the a non-technical strategy against spammers is: A strong roster of Moderators who are regularly attentive to the forums and are spread across time zones. In other words, the goal is to have an attentive Moderator who is awake and available around the clock & around the world. It doesn't always work, but we were pretty close at one time. Delete/Block - easy day. Forum Members who PM Moderators to make them aware of spam in a forum. A quick PM with the link and bada bing/bada boom.
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    Dropzone Site Launch & Bugs Megathread

    I no longer see a way to hide the Forum Descriptions? Did I miss it somewhere? Those of us who have been here for a while don't need them and it makes for less scrolling . . .
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    Advert question

    1) Click on the drop-down menu arrow next to your Profile photo in the blue banner, top right 2) Click on "My Adverts" 3) Click on the ad you wish to delete 4) Scroll down past the ad and the split blue banners 5) Click on the "Advert Actions" drop-down menu 6) Choose "Delete" Note: There may be an "Are You Sure?" step after this - I didn't want to delete my own active ad trying it. If you just want to *edit* the ad, follow steps 1-5 above, but choose "Edit" from the "Advert Actions drop-down menu. Make your edits and save using the button at the bottom.
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    Dropzone Site Launch & Bugs Megathread

    Having used the new format since day one . . . I love it overall, it has been long overdue. I visit the forums mainly from a desktop, but the occasional need for Smart Phone visits are FAR easier for my old eyes than the previous web page view. The only two things I haven't gotten used to yet: I am routinely clicking on the "Dropzones" link from the banner looking for the Forums. I think that must have been the previous position for the Forums link. I make a conscious decision to "Mark Forum As Read" and have to go through the "Are You Sure?" pop-up, which is always redundant for me. It gets in the way of moving on to the next Forum to read. Highlight for me is the classifieds, which are LIGHT YEARS better than they used to be. I also like the new Q&A Forum, although I haven't gone full-immersion there yet.
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    Military HALO opening altitude?

    IIRC the US Military's definition of HAHO includes openings above 6,000 FT AGL, and overall minimum opening altitude being 3,500 FT AGL. Thus, a HALO would include openings 3,500 - 6,000 FT AGL. You may also see "HAMO" which refers to openings (roughly) in the 8K to 10K range, but that's not an official term.
  6. "D.B. Cooper: The Real Story" Google Play Store; I heard it can be had through the Apple Store as well.
  7. I have met Carl Laurin and have talked with him at length about Walter Peca (Reca), and have seen some of the supporting documents and photos he has gathered over so many years. Last weekend my wife and I downloaded the new documentary - VERY well done, and quite telling. In our first two meetings, Carl subtly "tested" me by giving me just a little information about Walter Peca, who was in two photos in a Michigan Skydiving Team collage on my office wall. When he understood that I was not prone to dismissing theories about DB Cooper's identity, he shared more information with me - along with some incredible stories about wingsuit jumps in the 1950's and some of his aviation feats. Carl is the real deal - I believe his account. I leave the rest to you . . .
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    ISO RW-6 rings

    Shoot me an email at work and I will take a look on Monday.
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    Bail out from the TBM Avenger over Arizona

    YouTube video slide show tells the story . . .
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    Bail out from the TBM Avenger over Arizona

    Both rigs were packed here at Strong by one of our Senior Riggers - he is in his 30th year with the company. A very humble man, he is grateful that both souls onboard walked away with only minor injuries.
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    Bail out from the TBM Avenger over Arizona

    Strong 306 Para-Cushions w/26 FT Mid-Lite canopies
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    Strong Pop Top chest container PC options?

    Terry, The Strong Lil Grabber is a suitable substitute. I am told that this reserve was TSO'd with the Strong 26' Lo-Po and 24 FT Flat Circular modified by Strong with a tri-vent steering modification as the only acceptable canopies. I have a serviceable Lil Grabber that came off a trade-in canopy that's yours for the asking. Give me a call (407) 859-9317 6 AM to 4:30 PM Mon-Thurs (closed Fri). We can catch up then you can get more history on that reserve from our powers-that-be. My email is - I'm not in the forums nearly as often as I used to be. I'm out of the office tomorrow, but I will be monitoring email . . . Be well, Mate.
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    Hal Spence

    My Wife Robin and I have a strong connection to Hal. First and foremost he was our friend (as Skymama said, he had lots of them). He also married the two of us and set us upon our lifelong journey as Soul Mates. We chose him with no other options and he agreed without reservation. To say he was unique is an understatement . . . he holds the distinction of being beyond description. To say he will be missed does not do the emotion justice. I called him "Haloycius," but he always reminded me of Eddie Haskell from "Leave It To Beaver." Either one resulted in a smile. His influence on all of us will never fade. Fair winds and following seas, Dear Friend . . .
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    New Raeford Jumper

    Welcome to the sport, and welcome to the forums. I'm sure I will see you at Raeford. Please introduce yourself!
  16. A news article on the subject:
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    Welcome to the Tandem Skydiving Forum!

    Progress! I have moved Tandem related threads from 20 pages deep in General Skydiving and Safety & Training, and I'm working on Instructors (5 pages deep so far). Instructors is where most of the Tandem threads lie, so that will take me a while. A question was asked in the Announcements Forum about why move old threads and not just start fresh? Below are my answers to that question, which I thought was worth repeating here . . . Quote-There are active and relevant conversations on the subject of Tandem Skydiving that should be migrated to the new space provided for those topical discussions -There is a plethora of relevant information contained in older threads that will continue to be useful to new TIs, TIs new to the forums, or to anyone searching for information on Tandem jumps -Moderators who are assigned to that forum who do not have Mod privileges in the other forums in which the existing Tandem related threads are scattered will not be as effective as intended due to only having Moderator priviliges in Tandem. Blanket additions to the other forums can cause other demographic issues that are made irrelevant by simply moving threads as I am now. -Regarding Tandem related posts from the Instructors forum in particular: Instructors Forum was created based upon a large amount of interest in a Tandem Skydiving Forum with the eventual intent of this spin-off if warranted. When Instructors was created, I moved as many Instructor related threads from General and Safety/Training as I could to populate the new forum as I am now with Tandem. As the community grows, it becomes advantageous to split topical forums, grow new ones, revise others, and even get rid of some. Will this be the only change? I don't know . . . that is somebody else's lane.
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    Racer Tandem

    This is a pretty broad question . . . you may want to be a bit more specific to get responses and to learn the things you are interested in.
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    Odyssey NJK, what Xbraced canopies will fit

    Email Larry Sherling @ Sunpath: for advice from the manufacturer. I own a 2012 DNKY (one size down from the NJK). It is build for a Velo 96; I currently have a Velo 103 in it which fits fine.
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    Saturday BOD in Minneapolis

    That was a very informative post, Mike. Many thanks.
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    AFFI's in Virginia

    No worries about the pointer post.
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    Old Stickies

    I unstuck the one about GA user fees. Some sticky posts are permanent for a reason, e.g. the Manufacturer Contacts thread in the G&R Forum.
  23. Raeford Aviation's PAC 750XL and Twin Otter will be available all weekend to handle this CPTS Event and regular DZ skydiver traffic. The PAC has a brand new prop and hot section and is climbing fast! The Otter door has recently received some TLC as well, and now has a positive vibe generator installed.
  24. Event updates . . . I was just at ZHills last week. The pond is full to the top and very clean. They added three truckloads of sand to the scoring end while I was there. The PD Factory Team had the course set up for training - it's a great place to train! John Nolan, Stu Schoenfeld (event Coach) and I will be there Friday evening to handle registration . . . you can pre-pay through PayPal as well to reserve your slot since we have a LOT of interest in this one. Check out pics of the pond and get pre-reg info on the CPTS Facebook Page
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    Silhouette vs Puls

    I have never jumped a Pulse - it's actually on my list because I am curious as to how the design performs compared to the Silhouette, on which have have over 1200 jumps. The Silhouette has been around since 1997, which puts the design at 1995 or 1996. It was aimed a a particular segment of the market as an easy to fly "all-around" canopy that had the advantages hybrid construction using a mix of higher performance Zero P and 0-3 cfm fabric making it easy to pack. The design was so good that they started building it with a more docile trim and in even square footage sizes and called it a "Navigator." The first one I jumped - about 200 jumps - had Dacron lines. When it was replaced by another one with Spectra microline the increase in performance was noticeable. Over 1000 of my Silhouette jumps were on a canopy loaded at about 1.45 to 1. The Pulse came out in 2008 (I think), which puts the design at 2006 or 2007. It is an advanced hybrid, using Zero P on top and ribs/bottom skin made of the proprietary low-bilk material they use in their Optimum Reserve. It also uses Vectran lines, which hold their trim much better than Spectra, although they don't last quite as long. I have watched the videos of openings and landings here. I like what I see. The Pulse was certainly aimed at the same segment of the market, but has not necessarily "replaced" the Silhouette. This is typical of PD when a new canopy comes out aimed at a segment of the market that already has a canopy to satisfy it. The Storm and the Spectre are other examples of that. Your decision will balance the fact that the Silhouette has proven itself as a fantastic canopy for its purpose, against the fact that modern design and materials have gone into designing the Pulse. Have fun!