BillyVance

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Gear

  • Main Canopy Size
    120
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    120

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  • License
    D
  • License Number
    18895
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    1311
  • Years in Sport
    25
  • First Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    1091
  • Second Choice Discipline
    CReW
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    220

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  1. BillyVance

    Bob Sinclairs van

    That thing needs to be one of the centerpieces for USPA's museum.
  2. BillyVance

    JFX vs crossfire2

    You might get better responses in the swooping forum...
  3. BillyVance

    Old PISA Tempo--Safe to sell or not?

    Yeah the only issue was that the flare was a little mushy, but that's typical of some reserves. It's job is not to land you with style, but to get you on the ground unscathed.
  4. BillyVance

    Old PISA Tempo--Safe to sell or not?

    Yeah, I have a Tempo 120 in my main rig, and I've had to use it a few times. It's definitely different than my Triathlon 120. My rig is 20 years old now and I'm pretty sure the reserve is in good shape as it's only been unpacked and repacked once in the last 7 years.
  5. BillyVance

    I need some Greenie help!!

    I know you're new here, but there's a Bugs and Error forum to report issues like this down near the bottom of the forum list. Hope somebody fixes your problem.
  6. BillyVance

    Is this jumpsuit too tight? (pics)

    It all depends on your height-weight ratio. I have a tight Tony Suit pit special because I'm 5'-6" and 160 lbs. It helps me stay down with the big boys. But I also have loose arm sleeves that I can add on if I'm jumping with light weights.
  7. BillyVance

    L5/S1 Bulge--how did you recover?

    That's exactly what I had. An old injury from a hard butt landing years ago didn't manifest until I tried carrying too much weight in firewood into the house and felt a sharp twinge in my back. Shortly after my left leg started going numb in several places (not total) and it caused me to drag the foot when I walked. Went in for an MRI which diagnosed the bulging disc at L5/S1. I was put on a schedule of a steroid epidural shot every 2 weeks into the spinal cavity around the disc. Total of 3 shots. It meant first getting a numbing shot for the area before the epidural, so I had to have my wife with me so she could drive me home. The treatment worked. But, I have to watch how much weight I pick up or carry. Every now and then I'll feel a minor twinge but so far, I haven't had the numbness return. That was over 10 years ago. ETA - I did go through physical therapy for a short time to strengthen the muscles around the lower back, and after that, I can pretty much do anything I want to do as long as I respect the weight limit (no more than 50 lbs)
  8. BillyVance

    Anybody have any skydiving footage?

    Why do you want it for your youtube channel?
  9. BillyVance

    I get fired because i didnt want to pull low !

    Not that I've heard of. Go to a different DZ. That one is just asking for a double fatality. Pull too low, and have a malfunction, and you might now have time to deal with it.
  10. BillyVance

    Problem with dropzone.com pages

    Oops... never mind. I found the solution. Its back to normal. Just clicked on the Firefox menu icon and boom, it was right there. D'OH!
  11. It always is. One of the better party boogies I've ever done.
  12. BillyVance

    Parachuting in Antarctica

    Thank you for a great read!
  13. Skydive Cross Keys had 2 deaf skydivers help them set the '97 and '99 100+ way state records. I was one of them. They seem to have forgotten. Deaf people CAN be trained. It doesn't take a damn rocket scientist to figure out an effective way to do it. I accept PMs as well.
  14. BillyVance

    Pope Valley scary but true

    Outstanding. Wow... I might have wanted to sit down and relax for a bit too coming THAT close... but one time I had a leg strap come undone after snagging on someone else as a floater on exit. I didn't know it was loose until breakoff when I started tracking and felt it flapping. With 120sf main and reserve canopies, I felt it was imperative that I get that leg strap cinched tight. So I did, and found myself in the saddle under my main at about 700 feet.