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    Every year on the 6th June, I seem to remember her out of the blue. I still miss her.
  2. Wait. What ? I never said that. I merely opined that Ray Charles could have bulked your last attempt better. Sheeesh. You try being constructive and that's the thanks you get.
  3. As someone who organized professionally all over the world for 25 years, I haven't heard of any other organizer that has been sued for negligence. This is probably more due to the fact that none of us are affluent enough to ensure any degree of meaningful recovery, and anyone who jumps with us has usually signed a waiver to the operation supplying the aircraft. Having said that though, I have for many years carried personal legal insurance,j ust in case anyone was tempted to try their luck. The mere fact that you have it can be enough to deter a frivolous suit. However, if you're going to organize at any level, take the proper precautions. The best advice I ever got when I was starting out was this. Design a skydive and pick the jumpers to do it. or Look at the jumpers you have and design a skydive that suits their abilities. Never mix the two. That's where the problems start.
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    AAD requirement @ Skydive San Marcos

    Ahhh. Nothing quite like the sound of a stable door being clicked shut, long after the horse has wandered off.
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    Skydive Dubai

    How dare they build a country on slavery! Who would ever live in a country that used slavery to grow? Just ask the Native Americans, the Asians, and African Americans. I couldn't effect that practice on the not unreasonable assumption that I had to wait at least a century to be born. I do however have the choice now to refuse to support a regime that uses those practices now. You are free to do whatever you want. I have more big way world records than I can count. I don't need another one so badly that I'll regret my participation in it for the rest of my life.
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    Skydive Dubai

    They could be giving away hookers and blow there for all I care. I'll never give a penny to a place like this. http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-a-morally-bankrupt-dictatorship-built-by-slave-labour-1828754.html
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    Guitarists ... check THIS out ...

    Fuck that party trick. This is way better
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    Ted Strong D-16

    Ted Strong was a fucking titan. When I was the manager of Skydive City, I met him and Bill Morrisey a lot. He was the definition of a true gentleman, and this sport is what it is today precisely because of him. Without Ted Strong, there would be no tandem. I can't express how sorry I am to hear of his death. However, the best tribute we can pay to this man is to be the best tandem instructors we can be, on whatever system we are qualified in, for one thing is certain. Without Ted, there wouldn't be any of them. He broke the ground that others followed. Thanks Ted.
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    It's worth something. There are still places and people that jump the older gear, especially with few jumps on it. The Pegasus used to be a highly sought after canopy for BASE jumps before the advent of specialized BASE canopies, and you still see them being jumped and used for ridge soaring. The Firefly became the Firelite once Django morphed into Glide Path. It's a good main canopy. I did my first CRW on those canopies too. If you wanted a nice little pair of fun canopies to do CRW on, they'd do. Just because they aren't state of the art doesn't mean they are unsafe or unusable. The whole modern sport was built in part on the use of these canopies and others like it in the 80's. Id' say you got a $6-700 set of gear there.....
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    non-uspa dropzones

    A lot of it can depend on the state you live in Some will allow a parent or guardian to sign for a minor, and in others, they cannot. That doesn't mean you can't jump in those states. It just means that the DZO will have to assume any liability that their waiver was covering them for.
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    Buying an Argus for my Wings? Bad idea?

    There's nothing wrong with Argus unit at all. I have two, and Wings isn't the only system that allows them. Infinity is another, and there are more. I'm more than happy with mine, and don't intend to replace them.
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    S/L in SF Bay area?

    USPA doesn't have a a weight limit, but the FAA does. Most sport and student reserves have a maximum TSO weight limit of 254 pounds under TSO c23b. There are other factors such as deployment speeds etc, but essentially, it is not only unwise to exceed the posted limit on your reserve, it is also illegal. Wherever you jump, ask to see the packing data card of the reserve you are expected to jump and check it's maximum weight rating. Don't be so excited to jump again that you exceed that weight. If you have to use it in a hight speed situation, you may be unlucky enough to find out why they have a posted weight limit.
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    What's you favourite Live Album ?

    Ramones - It's Alive
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    MythBusters Tonight!

    Yep. We hit that area with every drop.
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    MythBusters Tonight!

    We had Kari in a student rig to do close to door shots when we were releasing the ice blocks from altitude. When we had done those, we moved her back in the plane, removed the rig and hooked her to me, the lucky girl. She did two tandems with me that day, and the one you see is a composite edit between the footage from Clay, the footage from the helicopter, and the footage from the GoPro strapped to her left hand....
  16. Just some extra info. Kari actually did two jump with me. The first was following the ice, and the second was for setup shots and exit shots. For the second jump, we flew in formation with a helicopter mounted camera. That's the one that you see the in air canopy shots and exit from. The two dives were then put together with Kari's GoPro footage to make the final edit. All the time that Kari was near the door, she was either attached to me or had her own rig on. The camera crew also had tandem harnesses on and safety tandem instructors with them in case of a bailout situation. We did several passes with the ice. We did some from 1000 feet for concept testing, and then went higher. The last ones we dropped from full altitude. All of the in air filming was by Clay Bonavito, and Niklas did all the logistics. I did all the swearing, which is why they edited out all my good bits. Here's a picture of me and Kari....Like I said, it's a tough job.
  17. Yes it is. It's one of our student Wings containers over a Sigma harness.
  18. Theory: They wanted footage of her sitting near the open door by herself, before she was hooked up to the tandem master. So she needed her own rig for safety in case she fell out. And then once that task was done and the door closed, they removed the student rig and hooked her up to the tandem master for her jump. I was going to answer this, but John did it for me. Well done sir !
  19. We did. It was only fair. We did eat all their food when they were out in the landing area filming.....
  20. It's about the myth of blue ice from airplane toilets escaping, freezing, and making it to the ground to cause damage... I won't spoil the ending for you
  21. Tonight at 9:00 on the Discovery Channel. It's the first airing of the episode filmed at Bay Area Skydiving in Byron last year. We spent the day throwing fifty pound blocks of ice out of the plane, and I spent the day strapped to Kari Byron. It's a tough job sometimes.
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    Prince of Persia

    So, I used to play the original of this game endlessly in the early 90's and was more than happy to see that Ubisoft had released the original again for the iPhone and iPad. It got me to thinking if I could get the original Mac version that I used to play. It's fun playing it again, but it would be nice to have the full screen version again. Anyone out there sitting on a Mac version ?
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    taking tandem students wingsuiting

    Ahh, the good old "too good to go in" argument. Tell it to Patrick DeGuarydon, Tom Piras, Rob Harris and Adrian Nicholas amongst others. It doesn't matter how great a guy this tandem instructor is, he (and you) are making the time tested mistake of mistaking luck for experience. He may be good at what he does, but he's got no common sense at all.
  24. Well, someone is, but it's not TK. He wasn't present when the business started in late 1992. Jerry Bird was the first manager, then Matt O'Gwinn, then me, then TK. TK is not responsible for way that the verbal agreement was made to supply aircraft and fuel. He just has to deal with the fallout. If anyone made the mistake here, it's FFE, as they have little or no recourse to force Skydive City to use them for aircraft support. Billy doesn't really have much of a dog in this race. The best he can do is to try to start a new DZ at both DeLand and Z Hills. Good luck with that. Oh, and you're clearly a ranch hand, it shouldn't bother you too much. Remember, you guys aren't going there any more, remember ?
  25. I still don't get it. Even if everything you say about Z-Hills is true, that doesn't explain why you are opening a new DZ at Deland. Okay, so you want to operate your planes somewhere to make money - that's all well and good. But why at that particular location where there is already a drop zone, which has no bearing on what happened at Z-Hills. None of your message explains that. It looks like you're trying to punish Deland for what Z-Hills did... Please explain why you chose that location. Name recognition essentially. It's a lot easier to run a drop zone off an established airport than start afresh somewhere else. We should all remember too, that FFE was instrumental in starting up Skydive City as a competitor to George Kabeller's Phoenix Parachute Center, so we can't really get too worked up about thew morals of the situation if we are honest with ourselves. Part of the reason Billy started Skydive City with Sunshine Factory was to have somewhere to fly his planes, and somewhere for them to sell gear. When I was manager there, it was a friggin' nightmare to be honest, trying to avoid conflict with the other operation there, and FFE is correct in saying that they extended us a huge amount of credit on things like A/C leasing and fuel because we were essentially broke most of the time. However, bearing in mind that the only reason they did all of that was to have somewhere to fly, it doesn't surprise me in the least that they would turn on Skydive City if they sourced aircraft from somewhere else. The circumstances of gaining access to Z Hills airport for another operation might be a whole lot different now. I don't think the city is ready to go through the in-fighting and political nonsense that they went through during the Skydive City/Phoenix wars. Just to back TK up on another point. He's correct in stating that there was no solid legal arrangement with FFE. During my time as manager, it was all done by word of mouth also, and I never saw any written agreement between the two companies. It was just presumed that as Billy was a director and co-owner of each, it wasn't necessary. The sooner Billy disentangles himself from Skydive City and gives up, the better it will be for him and everyone else involved. Skydive City has weathered worse, and it will weather this.