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About Justincblount

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  1. Wow. That is one of those bittersweet, momentous human stories that shows how meaningful the people in our lives are. If only those came with second chances... wasted potential is built into the physics of our lives, it sucks. Sorry to hear of that devastating loss, but you seriously honored him. Well done.
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    tandem reserve

    Actually, the part that talks about reserves doesn't seem to fall under "recommended" lifespan. "Once a component limit has been reached, it is no longer certified for use. If further use is intended, it must be returned to the manufacturer for possible recertification." The word "must" is very important here. "Reserve canopy is limited to 25 uses, 40 pack jobs or 20 years in service, whichever comes first. Reserve Pilot Chute limited to 25 uses. R.S.L and Skyhook limited to 25 uses."
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    tandem reserve

    Wow, I checked the Sigma manual, and they do have recommended lifespans. I guess I never even read that part. "Reserve canopy is limited to 25 uses, 40 pack jobs or 20 years in service, whichever comes first." Although, it does say "recommended", and I imagine most dropzones are gonna take some liberties there, which I wouldn't lose much confidence about. However, if you think the owner is trying to hide information from you, then yes I would feel very uncomfortable working for them.
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    tandem reserve

    There's no expiration date on it or anything. I guess that is the simple answer to what you asked. Was there anything specific you were concerned about?
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    the links in the chain.

    I am gonna dispute that it harms business. Tandem fatalities have resulted in INCREASED business for dropzones, it didn't deter customers, it in fact reminded people that skydiving is a thing. If a fatality didn't deter them, why would this? What it damages is your ego and reputation, which is part of owning your failures.
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    Windtunnel at DZ Krutitcy Russia

    Exactly what Putin wants you to think!
  7. Hmm, I kinda threw shade at Z-hills there... but hey, that's what I was told. Can't edit it out now, apparently.
  8. I was almost 32, and it was a little over a year ago. I was looking to do new things, just to get out of my comfort zone and do some fun stuff. I went to a strip club for the first time, went skydiving, and took a motorcycle class that I failed because I couldn't pull off the figure 8 thing on the Harley Street 500 they supplied. So I decided against riding motorcycles. I saw a "learn to surf" billboard on my way to the wind tunnel, and thought, "Oh, I know what's next!" but it didn't happen. My first skydive sucked, and I was more afraid to do it the second time, but that's why I had to go through with it, so I did my first AFF jump, and landed feeling like I could go right back up and do it again. That's why I always tell people I think everyone should skydive at least twice. Then I started hanging out on the dropzone a lot, I think it's fun hanging out on the airstrip with a bunch of outgoing people, chatting it up with the first timers, etc... and I was attracted to the freedom of it, the counter-culture elements, and thought, "Hey, I would love a career in this environment." I started to immerse myself into the lifestyle, learned how to pack mains from the sole packer on the dz, and found I was enjoying it and was good at it, so I started looking more into the gear and different packing methods, packing reserves, BASE rigs, stuff like that. I started thinking about possibly coaching or being a cameraman or TI, but I pretty quickly realized that wasn't my path, since I don't have a desire to jump several times a day. Still, I continued to pursue packing and rigging, got my rigger's ticket before even finishing AFF, then continued to work on my skydiving. Lots of people told me you don't need to be a skydiver to be a trusted rigger, but I disagree, so I continue to focus on the sport very broadly to continue gaining experience in every area. That's when I left home for a 7 month skydiving vacation, basically. I lived in a tent in Z-hills for about 6 months total, and went to work in Hawaii for a month, but I didn't fit in there. Now I've done 50 skydives, knocked out the B license requirements, and am continuing to work on my rigging knowledge. Eventually I will leave again to camp on a dropzone, or whatever other living arrangements they offer for employees. Unfortunately, I never made it into the employment sector at Z-hills. I wanted to be a packer, but I found out later that they considered me lazy and a squatter because I only jumped once a week or so, and wasn't looking for other employment where my rigging skills would go unused. Oh well. I just remembered you only asked about first jumps, but hey, this is still relevant! Because it shows how much of an impact it had, and was my first time knowing what career I wanted.
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    the links in the chain.

    I strongly disagree that skydiving is somehow different when it comes to owning your failures. I've heard of people denied videos because of a cutaway before, to me that's BS. If that happened to me on my first tandem, I'd be so pissed.
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    Proper way to seal reserve

    What? I heard Poynter's manual was peer reviewed. That was sort of my basis for considering it "the bible" of rigging.
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    Proper way to seal reserve

    According to the written test, the correct answer is "according to the manufacturer's instructions", of which there are none. My DPRE showed me a couple of methods. I'm happy to conform with the method in the handbook, though I seldom consult the handbook, as it's not peer reviewed.
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    Where to find skydiving video

    I really like AFF instructor Ian Hazelwood's videos. Very accurate flying, and a very gifted and thorough instructor. Also, he swooooooops it up. https://www.youtube.com/user/TeamRuiner/videos Unfortunately, his channel has been handcuffed by the dropzone's recent anti-safety attempt to sell the AFF video to the jumpers. I despise that.
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    Skydiving fuel use - worldwide?

    I'm not so much worried about the miniscule environmental impact as I am the regulations. In the future, we could have extra fees and such that jack up the overhead costs, and force the less wealthy jumpers away from the sport, or force it into electric powered planes. Nothing to worry about anytime soon.
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    OP160 Reserve pack size for V310 question.

    It's simply a pack volume issue, not a problem for a versatile rigger who enjoys the craft. Vectors are a joy to pack! Although, I don't think you should choose gear on that basis. Tight rigs are a little more work to pack well, but I prefer them that way because I feel they will pop more reliably. As long as the canopy isn't too tight in the d-bag, that's a bad kind of tightness!
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    "Textured" Rubber Bands

    Hmm, not what I was thinking of. Might be nothing at all, like betzilla was saying.