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Everything posted by BillyVance

  1. I've jumped several skyvans so I can't really tell how loud they are, but I'd guess it's like listening to race cars without mufflers times 10 LOL.
  2. Damn shame I retired from the sport in 2013. Those $99 Boogie Til Ya Pukes where you made as many jumps as you could for that price... The good old days. Were you thinking of me when you named this new event? And before you ask, YES, I'M STILL FUCKING DEAF!
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    Airplane Repo

    Yeah, most episodes are just sensationalized bullshit.
  4. Heal well Kevin. I don't know anything about shoulder surgery recovery times but, knowing you're a CRW Dog and the physical demands it places on your upper body, I can only say make sure you recover your strength and flexibility before you jump again. And even then, ease back into it. All the best for you. Miss jumping with you guys. Some of the most fun I had.
  5. I was wondering why the hell there were only 2 replies. This thread used to get hundreds of posts. But Chris appears to be right, everybody went to Facebook. (shrugs)
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    He's PM'ed me. Have yet to hear back from him, but he appears to be from Saudi Arabia.
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    Bob Sinclairs van

    That thing needs to be one of the centerpieces for USPA's museum.
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    JFX vs crossfire2

    You might get better responses in the swooping forum...
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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)
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    Anybody have any skydiving footage?

    Why do you want it for your youtube channel?
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    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.
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    Problem with 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!
  17. It always is. One of the better party boogies I've ever done.
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    Parachuting in Antarctica

    Thank you for a great read!
  19. 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.
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    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.
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    CReW Proposal!

    I'm sure there have been "in-freefall" proposals, and "on-ground" proposals for incoming landings, but I haven't heard of proposals "in-crw formations".
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    FS Records

    Nice! What kind of disabilities? The current Deaf World Record is a 16 Way by deaf skydivers from the US, England, Norway, South Africa and Japan, set at Lake Wales in 2005.
  23. That's a great story. Here's one option if you guys cannot find a relative you trust to treat it as it deserves to be treated... Donate it to a museum or archive with the history behind it.