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  1. Skydive Milwaukee is the home of the historic Sky Knights Sport Parachute Club. We've been training first jump students in East Troy, WI for over 50 years. Located within an easy drive of the Milwaukee and Chicago metro areas, we're home to jumpers throughout the region. With the charm and personality of a close-knit small-town drop zone and the comfort and amenities of a large skydiving center, Sky Knights has become the premier Wisconsin drop zone destination. We offer Tandem and Accelerated Freefall for your first jump. We have experienced load organizers, a super fast PAC 750 XL, a turbo Cessna 182 and jump year-round as weather permits. Rates are subject to change. Other discounts may apply for weekday jumping or group rates. For the most up to date pricing information please see our website.
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    Old School Photo Editing

    Neat. My dad was just telling me about Ansel Adams who was basically doing a lot of the stuff we take for granted in photoshop in an actual darkroom, well before digital photography was even a thought in someone's mind.
  3. Cool and with mention of the facility being similar to Austin - a 14' recirc sounds great!
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    2013 Cheese Boogie

    If you know that you're coming to the boogie and are looking to getting a hotel room - you should book asap. They just announced a concert in the area (Jimmy Buffet) for that saturday and it will cause most of the hotel rooms to book up!
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    Instructor crush?

    Some DZ's have rules against it. Mostly cause it's typically going the other way, male instructor trying to sleep with impressionable girl students. Also, heh - reality check here. If you're a dude, in an AFF class, with almost no jumping experience and no time around the sport - you are gonna have to be exceptionally amazing as a person in personality, looks or both to get her attention. It's like 2:1 dudes to chicks (or worse) on a dropzone, she likely has more attention than she knows what to do with. That said, hey - you never know if you don't ask right?
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    First time at a tunnel . Any advice

    Best bet is to call the tunnel and ask them their recommendations. Explain what you have going on and what you want to work on and they will sort it out best for you and them. The tunnel is cool, have fun!
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    "Partially" Ruptured Disc?

    A Sports Medicine Clinic that has a spinal specialist is where you really should be going, imo.
  8. Yeah these pics are great!
  9. With two average skydivers doing the rodeo it falls at a pretty comfortable sit fly / head down speed. The biggest trick is having a base flyer that is able to realize what is going on and deal with how the person is moving around on their back. They tend to be moving forward or backwards while in the rodeo.
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    Recovering video from wet CX100

    Sit it in a bag of desiccant for a few days. That should dry it out. Give it a shot then. It doesn't have a hard drive, it uses memory chips. If that doesn't work, you could prolly send it to sony to have them see if they could recover the data? Dunno about that. The only other thing to try is if it doesn't turn on, you might need to wash it in distilled water, good soak with no batteries in it (dunno if it has an internal battery which could make that problematic) and then dry it out for a week in desiccant. Those are the things that come to my mind.
  11. The reality of things is that you haven't included all the available options. If im on a group skydive of any sort I will use the altimiters of the other people im jumping with in combination with the fact that I most often wear a dytter of some sort and am capable of jumping w/o an alimiter. I have had it happen a handful of times that someone on the plane forgot their altimeter and who would need it more than I would. So I have given them mine to use and just jump without one.
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    Chin Cup Unclips during climbout

    Well, not quite the same situation, but I have been on tandem videos where after exit I realized I didn't do the final tightening of my chin cup. I have a 2-5 second period of time in which I don't need to use my arms much and will fix the problem then. On a big way with video I think it would be harder to do that. I think i would let them exit w/o me and leave after the last diver of the formation, fix the problem and get into position. My GF had her chin cup break on an AFF jump. She had to hold her helmet on with one hand and control the student with the other, that was a lot of work. Other than that the skydive went pretty well for her, the student and other AFFI
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    NEWBIE seeks advice

    There are some experts on here regarding larger guys, but my understanding is that at 275 you're going to have a hard time finding traditional sport gear that works for you (legally) Tandem Weight Limit is 500 pounds including the tandem rig, any other gear, passenger and instructor. (Just fyi, some people have been known to be willing to take the heavy guys cause they are lower weight skilled/strong instructors.)
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    tandem insturctor pay;search_string=pay;#3484416 Also, searching this sub-board will yield 22 pages of results for the word "pay" This topic has been pretty beat to death.
  15. Thanks man! Lisa and I had a lot of fun jumping with you, was a great way to end our weekend at Carolina Fest. The whole experience was really neat and I could see myself wanting to do this a bit more
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    Container Advice Needed

    I am particularly fond of the Vector3/Micron for a few reasons. I like the concept of supporting Bill Booth's company. I like the magnetic riser covers, I like the skyhook, in general I think they are nice looking containers if you get the right options. I don't like rigs that have pop-tops. Shit is always hanging out after awhile, good rigger or not. Things that annoy me about the vector include having to be on my packer like flies on shit to not fuck up the secondary riser covers. I also dislike the inability to dramatically downsize, but in some rights that's a good thing. I guess I could say that it's not the most comfortable rig I have tried on, but I think the quality construction and all the other things that go into a vector long out weigh comfort issues.
  17. As far as my knowledge, none of the rigs on the market can be retrofitted. It requires major changes to the rig. I don't know who all is selling them. I only know of the vector, mostly cause I'm a supporter and wouldn't buy anything else right now.
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    Flash mounted on your helmet?

    I have a 580exII that I can mount to my helmet to jump with, I don't do it very often though. As for using a flash in the plane, I use my camera's built in flash on every tandem video when I am taking a picture of the customer in the plane and have never had a pilot notice or complain.
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  20. As far as I know, there is no where in Illinois that will take someone under 18.
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    Getting Started Freefly Printout for Manifest

    The keep_at_manifest document is missing all the pictures. They were linked in not embeded.
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    20 way video

    Decent editing there! Having seen a lot of that stuff in person, all the flyers were quite impressive!
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    Container deal for University skydive club?

    The 100 euros cheaper than a wings for an "expensive" rig which to me sounds like a javelin or vector is probably worth the hassle of dealing with it. You save money and at least in my opinion, those two manufacturers make a better rig.