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    Gary Peek

    So sorry to hear of Gary's departure. I had so many great conversations with him at PIA Symposiums, often early in the mornings after he returned from his walkabouts. I most admires what I call his "respectful skepticism, which led to so many great chats. Rest easy, Mate.
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    Strong NOPO?

    Word on the floor is that we do indeed have a digital copy. The keeper of those files is at Oshkosh this week, but I will see if he can pull it remotely and send it my way. More to follow.
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    Family and friends advice

    Put one crab in a pan, it can easily climb out. Add more crabs to the pan, and when one begins its escape, the others pull it back into the pan. From the Wikipedia article on "Crab Mentality:" 'The analogy in human behavior is claimed to be that members of a group will attempt to reduce the self-confidence of any member who achieves success beyond the others, out of envy, resentment, spite, conspiracy, or competitive feelings, to halt their progress.' Strangely, I never experienced this to any significant degree in my skydiving career (professional and personal) - perhaps because of its military origin. I did, however experience this to the nth degree with a serious life decision I made a few years ago. Countless "friends" and acquaintances called, emailed, texted, stopped by to tell me why it was a wrong decision. I can't think of a single one of them that I am still in touch with. One good friend warned me that was going to happen (we are friends to this day). Two others asked me - once - if I had taken the time to think it through and if I was sure. My affirmative response was good enough - they supported me completely after that and we remain the closest of friends. Strong opposers likely do not understand the sport or the motivation behind your participation. In may opinion, you don't owe them and explanation nor do you have to defend yourself. Acknowledge the risk, place high value on training and methodical progression, currency, proficiency, and mitigating the risk. We all know that across the bridge of risk lies a great reward - it's different for everyone, but I applaud your choice to seize it. It will be a shame not to be able to share your experiences with those who have already called them to question, but you can always share them here Blue Skies, Fair Winds, and Safe Arrivals, Mate.
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    Linda Hardesty - hottamaly

    Awwwww MAN! So sad to hear. She was an absolute JOY to deal with when I was a military end-user of Bonehead products. I even got to meet her in person a time or two - genuinely a great lady.
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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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    USED CYPRES Price Calculator? Arrive Safely John
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    Airworthy C9 Canopy

    The 30 Footer fits in all of our containers that were previously built for the C-9. It packs up just slightly bigger. We currently have two back rigs, one chair, and two seat rigs configured for this canopy. It has been popular with: -Pilots looking to upgrade from their C-9 -Heavier Pilots -Pilots flying in high elevation (e.g. mountainous) environments It is also standard in our rig made specifically for the L-39 Albatros. And thanks (about the opening). That's Paul from ZHills - he's awesome to work with . . . Arrive Safely John
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    Airworthy C9 Canopy

    It is block constructed . . . Arrive Safely John
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    Airworthy C9 Canopy

    This would be the new Strong 30 ft Lopo. I just installed one today in a mdl 306. Very impressive. It's rated for 300lbs @ 175 kts. I thought it would be a scaled up 26ft Midlite but it's got some interesting features. An extended skirt, and, when flaked out on the packing table it doesn't appear to be a true conical shape. There is camber, as viewed from apex to skirt. I wonder if this improves the inflation speed.? It is indeed a conical canopy (in-flight photo attached). The extended skirt, which modulates the opening forces, was also the key in being able to open quickly being both heavy & fast, and light & slow. Check out this video: Arrive Safely John
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    Source for 1 inch kevlar tape?

    Strong PN 946130 "Tape, Kevlar 1" Ty 6 cl 5, Break Strength - 1500#" Arrive Safely John
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    Neumann gloves

    The Gun Glove - summer weight shooting gloves. They come in half sizes! Arrive Safely John
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    Airworthy C9 Canopy

    Call Don Mayer at The Parachute Shop in Pepperell, MA. If you would like to consider a TSO C-23f upgrade to the 50+ year old C-9 design, PM me your email address. Arrive Safely John
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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. Arrive Safely John
  17. "D.B. Cooper: The Real Story" Google Play Store; I heard it can be had through the Apple Store as well. Arrive Safely John
  18. 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 . . . Arrive Safely John
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    ISO RW-6 rings

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

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

    Strong 306 Para-Cushions w/26 FT Mid-Lite canopies Arrive Safely John
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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. Arrive Safely John
  24. IMO this is very equipment-dependent, mostly regarding canopy choice, but bleeding over into disciplines as well (Wingsuits, Camera Flyers, etc.). I did a demo in 1993 UK where we consciously exited at 1800 FT AGL over a major city because of weather. At that point I had several hundred exits from 2000 FT on the same type of canopy (200+ jumps "dialed in" on my current canopy), many of which were live demos as well. It was a calculated risk and successful despite being very busy once I was open. I did not at that point become emboldened by the experience and lower my own standard pull altitude which was 2500 FT at the time. When I began jumping camera I was still jumping a canopy tolerant of lowering deployment altitudes, but I raised my own to 3000 FT for ALL jumps because I occasionally had to sort out my big camera wing getting in the way of my hackey BOC. I can definitely understand newer jumpers who are accustomed to a deployment altitude of no lower than 3500 FT say being uncomfortable with those who still take it down to the lowest "legal" limit. But - there is training value there if - with the right gear - one can experience an intentional deployment altitude much lower than they are used to . . . one day you may have to (emergency exit) and it will be far easier than if it is the first time. My $0.02. Arrive Safely John
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    John Smith (Aphid)

    I greatly valued his opinions, even when we disagreed. I can only say that about a very few people. He was a shining example of how the value of this online community transcends international "boundaries." Rest easy, Good Sir. Arrive Safely John