GeorgiaDon

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  1. It is with overwhelming sadness that I have to report that my friend and colleague Marianne Shockley was taken from us this weekend. She was at one time a regular presence at Skydive Monroe and the Farm; here on dz.com she posted as blueskyserenity, and to the students at the University of Georgia she was Doc Shock. Keep her kids in your thoughts, she was a single mom but always did her best for them. Her boyfriend has been charged with her murder. Don
  2. https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/woodlands/news/article/La-Porte-plane-crash-victims-identified-as-13081248.php _____________________________________ Tolerance is the cost we must pay for our adventure in liberty. (Dworkin, 1996) “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” (Yeats)
  3. Joe was my instructor on most of my AFF jumps. He was an excellent teacher and all-around good guy. I am profoundly saddened by this news. Don _____________________________________ Tolerance is the cost we must pay for our adventure in liberty. (Dworkin, 1996) “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” (Yeats)
  4. This sucks. I did a lot of jumps with Andy back in his Monroe days. I knew he'd stopped jumping, but I'd always hoped to run into him again. Back when he was a "young jumper" (55 years old!)with only 70 jumps, in 2004, he organized the first Georgia POPS record jump. It was only a 12-way but it was a lot of fun. The bottom photo in this link shows the group, Andy is the one with the big smile standing in back in the very middle. Blue skies Andy. Don _____________________________________ Tolerance is the cost we must pay for our adventure in liberty. (Dworkin, 1996) “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” (Yeats)
  5. AADs are required at my dropzone, but that is only because it is located in a fairly densely populated urban area and the city asked for that during negotiations over opening (or actually re-opening) the DZ. From that perspective it has more to do with protecting people/property on the ground than it does with mandating protection for skydivers. I do not think there would be much support for mandating AADs for everybody, even though almost everybody I know uses one. Don _____________________________________ Tolerance is the cost we must pay for our adventure in liberty. (Dworkin, 1996) “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” (Yeats)
  6. Great read, thanks! I was trained as a lifeguard by the Red Cross almost 40 years ago. We were not given this information then, we were told to watch for people who seems to be having trouble keeping their head above water but nothing this specific. The video is really enlightening! I'm going to pass this link on to some other people. My family has a cottage on a lake and on summer weekends there are often many people swimming around the dock and out in the lake. Everyone should be familiar with this. Don _____________________________________ Tolerance is the cost we must pay for our adventure in liberty. (Dworkin, 1996) “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” (Yeats)
  7. Sounds like a pretty amazing guy. We should all have such zest for life. Don _____________________________________ Tolerance is the cost we must pay for our adventure in liberty. (Dworkin, 1996) “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” (Yeats)
  8. I watched it all, and I have to disagree that it painted base jumpers and skydivers as anything like drug-addled addicts. I thought it was very honest about the risks, and the rewards for people who are inclined towards extreme sports. Beautifully photographed as well. Thanks for the link, it cost me an hour but it was an hour well spent. Don _____________________________________ Tolerance is the cost we must pay for our adventure in liberty. (Dworkin, 1996) “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” (Yeats)
  9. I never met peregrinerose in person, but somehow felt as if I knew her, at least in part, thanks to DZ.com. I find myself shocked, saddened, and dismayed at this news, so I can only imagine how devastating it is for those who were close to her. They all have my deepest condolences. Don _____________________________________ Tolerance is the cost we must pay for our adventure in liberty. (Dworkin, 1996) “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” (Yeats)
  10. It sounds as if you're making assumptions about his deployment altitude based on your tandem experience. At 18 miles altitude there is little atmosphere, so terminal velocity would be a lot higher. In fact, he hit about 600 miles per hour, vs about 120 for a tandem with drogue deployed. He would have gradually decelerated to more normal free-fall speeds as the altitude got lower and drag increased. I believe you're way off in your estimate of deployment height. Don _____________________________________ Tolerance is the cost we must pay for our adventure in liberty. (Dworkin, 1996) “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” (Yeats)
  11. "This video is currently unavailable" Don _____________________________________ Tolerance is the cost we must pay for our adventure in liberty. (Dworkin, 1996) “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” (Yeats)
  12. ukskydiving.com is functional. That dropzone (North London Skydiving Center) is located at the Chatteris Airfield, Cambridgeshire. On the other hand, ukskydiving.co.uk is "under construction". Hopefully the North London Skydiving center (ukskydiving.com) is the one you have been dealing with. Don _____________________________________ Tolerance is the cost we must pay for our adventure in liberty. (Dworkin, 1996) “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” (Yeats)
  13. Answers.com seems to have changed their site, no doubt reflecting the use of the "force" (i.e. ridicule) by DZ.com. Well, perhaps Drew Eckhardt had a bit to do with it too (in bold at bottom of quote). Here's what the link brought me to: "Answer: Improve Operator error usually under an open parachute with Aircraft pilots calling such incidents mid-air collisions or controlled flight into terrain. Out of 12 2011 North American recreational skydiving fatalities 5 skydivers died when two jumpers under open parachutes hit each other 3 died landing under open parachutes 2 no pulls (one with an automatic activation device that didn't leave time for the reserve to open with the root cause potentially a medical problem, one without) 1 cutaway too low from a malfunctioning parachute 1 skydiver left his harness (possibly a suicide) Out of 21 2010 North American recreational skydiving fatalities 5 low turns into the ground 5 canopy collisions (one unable to deploy his reserve after the wrap) 3 no pulls 2 canopy collapse in turbulence 1 wrap in a canopy formation 1 collision under canopy with electrical cables 1 low cutaway from a malfunction 1 hard landing in high winds 1 low reserve opening followed by a hard landing (probably a medical problem) 1 suicide First answer by ID1266168122. Last edit by Drew Eckhardt. Contributor trust: 0 [recommend contributorrecommended]. Question popularity: 2" Don _____________________________________ Tolerance is the cost we must pay for our adventure in liberty. (Dworkin, 1996) “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” (Yeats)
  14. Fair enough I guess, but the presence of the link on the USPA web site does imply their endorsement of the product. Anyway, I was responding to Popsjumper, and I was just pointing out that it would be unwise to assume that an insurance plan was appropriate for skydivers just because it is linked to the USPA site. Don _____________________________________ Tolerance is the cost we must pay for our adventure in liberty. (Dworkin, 1996) “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” (Yeats)
  15. Well, Krisanne, following the links you'll find.... http://uspa-benefits.org/ Hey Andy, I followed the links to the health insurance plans, entered my info to get a quote, and look what I found under "exclusions" for all the plans listed: Any Injury that is caused by flight or travel in, or upon: 1. An aircraft or other, craft designed for navigation above or beyond the earth's atmosphere except as a fare‑paying passenger; 2. An ultra light, hang-gliding, parachuting or bungi-cord jumping; 3. A snowmobile; 4. Any two or three wheeled motor vehicle; 5. Any off-road motorized vehicle not requiring licensing as a motor vehicle; 6. Any watercraft or other craft designed for water use above or beneath the water, except as a fare-paying passenger; Seems odd (and rather pointless) for the USPA to have negotiated to provide health insurance that does not cover parachuting related injuries. The caps on payouts seem kind of ridiculous too, eg $1,000/surgical procedure, and $2,500/emergency room visit for one of the middle-of-the-road cost plans. I'm fortunate to have a group policy that does not exclude skydiving. I do think that if anyone needs to purchase an individual plan that provides reasonable protection against financial devastation in the event of a serious injury, they will be paying quite a lot. Don _____________________________________ Tolerance is the cost we must pay for our adventure in liberty. (Dworkin, 1996) “Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.” (Yeats)