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  1. Hi all - long time listener and first time poster here. I'm a somewhat recently A licensed jumper approaching 100 jumps, with my own gear, and will be traveling internationally soon to my home country for some aviation work, and am looking for advice, specifically on exiting out of a Maule. I'll be going to the small airport I learned to fly airplanes at, where I am extremely familiar with darn near every square inch of grass, dirt and runway for miles, and am planning a jump out of at least a Maule, if not other types as well. My pilot was once pretty current in jumper dumping, having dropped Navy SEALs out of this Maule at airshows, and fun jumpers out of Pitts's and other types at various boogies, and Central American military jumpers out of Stearmans (simultaneously rolling inverted in a 3 ship vic formation ]) in Central America shows, but he hasn't done this stuff in some time now. I'm looking for advice on exiting out of a Maule. The aircraft looks like this and would have the side door removed. What airspeed and pitch attitude should be used on jump run? The pilot had mentioned the SEALs requested the brakes be held, so they could stand on the right main during the exit, however they were doing a 3-way out of the aircraft I believe, and I'm just by myself. Any other advice or input? Thanks in advance,
  2. Jumping at Skydive California is a great experience, and they try incredibly hard to ensure that's the case. Their facilities are top notch - indoor AC cooled hangar for packing, with TVs, couches, fridges, etc. Full rigger services on site. They have a huge variety of skill sets - from brand new AFF students doing their first jumps, to amazing head down dynamic flyer groups. Most dropzones I've been to seem to be tandem factories that can sometimes begrudgingly accommodate fun jumpers on their loads, but this place really goes above and beyond to ensure you can jump your face off while you're here.
  3. These clowns will silently remove you from loads over and over, give you no real drop zone briefing (you have to really pull it out of one of the fun jumpers), and if by some sheer divine power you manage to get on a load (after literally days of watching tandems go up while twiddling your thumbs at manifest), you get to witness handfuls of USPA violations. Stick to one of the drop zones next door.