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  1. rgoper

    Private Pilot Flying Jump Plane?

    it is only legal if he his flying the jumpers for free, he cannot fly jumpers for money. if busted he could face sanctions from the FAA. --Richard-- "We Will Not Be Shaken By Thugs, And Terroist"
  2. rgoper

    Beginning AFF Tandem question

    tandem progression is the way to go imo. just my .02 USD. i don't believe that some DZ's offer tandems for $$$ reasons. it's simply the best way to go if your intention is to become a sky diver. you'll be acclaimated to free fall (big advantage) and you'll get to steer the parachute while in direct communication with the TM. will you be at the TM's mercy? i think not. most of the time the TM's are at the mercy of the passenger! all this said, go with your heart, as far as which DZ, both of the ones you mentioned have great gear, and great TM's so you'll be good at either place. SDAL is also a great place to go, they pay more "personal" attention to their clients than any other DZ i've been to. Good Luck. --Richard-- "We Will Not Be Shaken By Thugs, And Terroist"
  3. rgoper

    MANDATORY INSPECTION of Skyhook equipped rigs

    Click Here --Richard-- "We Will Not Be Shaken By Thugs, And Terroist"
  4. rgoper

    Havok removable face shield?

    i don't, and wouldn't. the original poster was asking if it could be done. i love mine as well, i catch a little heat over it, but it's mine! --Richard-- "We Will Not Be Shaken By Thugs, And Terroist"
  5. rgoper

    Havok removable face shield?

    the helmet looks strange enough the way it is. to remove the face sheild itself, and depend on the chin strap alone, yes, it could be done. i was referring to the "ratchet" strap and keeper on top of the helmet, and the way it secures the helmet on your chin and the top of your head. (i've been flying mine now for over 1 1/2 years) another thing, if you remove the face sheild, you have just removed your external audibles with it. if you were to remove it, might as well fly a mindwarp!
  6. rgoper

    Havok removable face shield?

    you can remove the plexiglass sheild. you cannot remove the face sheild, remember this is the part of the helmet that "ratchets" the face sheild down and secures it in place. --Richard-- "We Will Not Be Shaken By Thugs, And Terroist"
  7. rgoper

    What is your wind limit?

    a good observation method for judging this factor is the windsock. most of the ones i've seen are 17 mph socks, so if it's being blown out straight and not dropping every few seconds, it might be time to wait for another day. always know your weather perimeters for the area you'll be jumping prior to traveling to the DZ. there are weather URL's everywhere you look. some DZ's have wind speed indicators, and some don't, i carry one with me, it's a handheld one, but it works, it was originally designed to get wind speed for offshore rig helidecks, but works great for this as well. to answer the question, 20 mph max, with 25 mph gust. i did the jump in excess of this ONCE, right after Debbie told me not to, the landing was very interesting. --Richard-- "We Will Not Be Shaken By Thugs, And Terroist"
  8. rgoper

    Tandem Into Alltel Stadium

    ***Tandem jumps into stadiums are totally unauthorized by the manufacturer The RWSQuote no worries, RWS is uninsured, and goes to a lot of extremes to include that in all of their adds. can't say i blame them. "Most Excellent Disclaimer" "TreeTop" --Richard-- "We Will Not Be Shaken By Thugs, And Terroist"
  9. rgoper


    Go Here and you should be able to research this for yourself. hope it helps, good luck. --Richard-- "We Will Not Be Shaken By Thugs, And Terroist"
  10. rgoper

    WL BSR, take 4?

    Derek: just wanted to say "Thanks" for NOT utilizing this teaching teqnique when you was watching me try to pilot a canopy! by the way, when i referred to the "D" license earlier, i was referrencing the DZO's that impose wingload BSR's at their DZ, while it is their DZ, i don't feel it is appropriate for them to set BSR's that are made up from their own protocol, or because someone pounded in at their DZ and tried to sue them...etc...etc...i'm in total agreement that something needs to be done, and done soon, but that said, i mentioned earlier that some very experienced canopy pilots have made some recent fatal mistakes as well, so it is apparent that no matter what the jump #'s or license, it can happen to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. a friend of mine (you know him) said to me once, "i just assume that all of the other canopy pilots could kill me" i feel the same way. i've had a couple of sky divers fall past me while i was under canopy at less than 2,000' AGL, now that was scary! --Richard-- "We Will Not Be Shaken By Thugs, And Terroist"
  11. rgoper

    Swoopers, LAND OUT

    i know of one drop zone that doesn't allow hook turns at all, and it doesn't seem to have an effect on his business. we can beat this one to death if we half way tried. with the RW divers seemingly growing out of style, and VRW hybrids being the new fad, it certainly brings about many new questions and ideals from exit order to landing areas. i've been coming in for final before with 90% of the rw jumpers that were on the same load as i was standing around "high fiving" each other and looking at video. this is nothing more than cutting off the canopy landing area, which is already tight at some DZ's. i have been told to land by the swoop pond if i were to continue to land my canopy in the way i was, that's cool!
  12. rgoper

    WL BSR, take 4?

    this is just one of the reasons i don't agree with wing load BSR's. it will be just one more tool that somebody will use to be an even bigger pain. if DZO's are already doing this much, how much more wont they do if given more authority? the only reason i don't have a "D" is because i'm not going to jump out of a plane at night, this is my choice and no one should be "sanctioned" for it, i have my reasons for which i will offer no explanation. i am in agreement however with the training program you outlined, but i think that a canopy instructor should fall in the USPA coach requirement area. let's be honest, how many TM, and AFF's will be willing to babysit new jumpers with their canopy control when they could be up doing "money jumps?" reason being is because it is all about the $$$ to begin with. i know i've screamed and hollered "common sense" at least a dozen times about this issue, but it looks as if even some very experienced sky divers and canopy pilots have been making as many fatal decisions as of late as the "low timers" --Richard-- "We Will Not Be Shaken By Thugs, And Terroist"
  13. rgoper

    Hard cutaways; their causes and prevention

    following these basic rules of "gear maintenance" saved me once. on jump #474 line twists all the way to the risers, the slider was still at the top of the canopy, which was fully inflated, i knew i didn't have the altitude to see if i could kick out, that and i was spinning on my back, i had an easy cut-away (one hand on each handle) i attributate this to the training i recieved. i also utilize hard housings, no RSL. excellent post! --Richard-- "We Will Not Be Shaken By Thugs, And Terroist"
  14. trap set, quarry retained. your actually not near as bright as i gave you credit for. posting PM's....naughty naughty! never dreamed you'd go for it, what a nimrod. --Richard-- "We Will Not Be Shaken By Thugs, And Terroist"