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  • Main Canopy Size
    149
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    160
  • AAD
    Cypres 2

Jump Profile

  • Home DZ
    Great Lakes Skydivers, Gobles, MI (now closed)
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    23089
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    1300
  • Tunnel Hours
    6
  • Years in Sport
    20
  • First Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    800
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    350

Ratings and Rigging

  • AFF
    Instructor
  • Pro Rating
    Yes
  • Rigging Back
    Master Rigger
  • Rigging Seat
    Master Rigger

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  1. betzilla

    Cypres maintenance turnaround time

    yep. Years ago, for a customer who needed mid-season service.
  2. That sounds like it's getting into fuzzy legal territory, like postdating a check. Doesn't the FAA view packing data cards as legal documents? I get the willies when I even see one signed in ink other than black or blue, lol. I don't like packing rigs when the AAD will be due for service before the repack expires, but I've done it, making a note on the data card saying something like "Cypres requires service before xx/xx/xxxx." Overall, I've found that almost all customers are happy to plan their AAD service at the repack, because they'd rather save the ten or twenty bucks it would cost to remove/reclose, then install/reclose - they just need a little help remembering and planning, and it's easier (less hassle) to comply with service requirements on your regular repack schedule than not.
  3. betzilla

    Canopy burn

    I had the exact thought when I saw that cover, plus, "OOOOOH, that's where that dude on dz.com saw it..."
  4. betzilla

    Skydiving with a SLAP tear

    Thanks all! I saw the Dr. yesterday. The shoulder itself is super stable, with no signs of arthritis or anything else particularly nasty, and really only decreased ROM and a very minor weakness to one direction (BOC direction, of course, lol). They're confident that some PT will improve all of that, and now that I'm not worried a dislocation is imminent, I suspect that even if tunnel and jumping make me a little sore afterwards, the pain won't bother me nearly as much now. All in all, about as good an outcome as I could have hoped for! So I'll have 12 PT sessions, then go have a follow up in June. Woot!
  5. betzilla

    Skydiving with a SLAP tear

    This is great to hear (read, lol). I've ignored intermittent pain for a few years, but after some tunnel time over the last month, it's really been aggravated (yesterday is the first day in a week and a half where I didn't have more or less constant pain. Today I'm pain free, which is welcome!), and I'm concerned about: 1. range of motion, especially since it's my right shoulder, and, you know, it's great to be able to reach back for my hackey ;), and 2. if these these things don't heal themselves, does that mean I'm marching toward a minimally effective surgery, no matter what? It sounds like maybe with PT, I can gain back my full ROM, and avoid surgery. And if I do end up needing surgery (which is probably a long way off), it might actually work. So y'all have given me hope! Seeing an ortho on Tuesday to get started planning a plan
  6. Hey all. I’m pretty sure I’m developing a SLAP tear in my shoulder joint (seeing my doc for a referral on monday). I’m curious how those of you who have this injury deal with it in your skydiving life. How helpful is PT in slowing progression and managing pain? thanks!
  7. betzilla

    AAD fires

    As a rigger, over about the last decade, I've packed at least four Cypres saves, one of them a student on a level 1 AFF (many years ago - I don't know the specifics, nor would I tell you what they were if I did know, so don't ask). Two of the others were the same fun jumper. I feel like there was a fifth, but I'm not positive I packed that one (I did the repack and cutter replacement afterwards), so I'm not including it in the count...
  8. betzilla

    PIA Symposium

    Wendy et al, there's an app called "Hello Crowd," for Android and iOS. Grab the app (it's free), then search for Parachute Industry Association. You can find the seminar schedule there, as it currently stands. Hope to see you in Dallas!
  9. It won't be a pain in the neck, but your rig might look like its jeans are too small.
  10. betzilla

    Dropzone Site Launch & Bugs Megathread

    not a huge fan of being automatically signed out after a short period of inactivity. ALSO not a huge fan of the "remember me" box being checked by default, *especially* if I'm going to have to sign in several times per day.
  11. betzilla

    Dropzone Site Launch & Bugs Megathread

    It's not just you. It's painfully, PAINFULLY slow.
  12. betzilla

    "Textured" Rubber Bands

    pretty sure it's just a variation in that particular batch of rubber bands versus other batches, which has exactly zero effect on their functionality..
  13. there is no way to know, from a photo, whether there's a problem here. Take it to your rigger, mention where, how and for how long you've been storing it, and have it thoroughly inspected before you purchase your new AAD. If the container made contact with some foreign substances, the canopies inside should be pull tested. The smell, by itself, is not a problem (I think I know the barf-like smell you're talking about. I believe that's just the coatings on the back of the cordura breaking down), but your rigger will be able give you peace of mind after a good inspection.
  14. betzilla

    USPA Badges

    it's annoying to have drill all those little holes around the edges so you can sew through them, though... ;)