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  1. raff

    2019

    It's futile, I know, but every year around this time, I start to fantasize about a year with -0- skydiving fatalities. To paraphrase Bill Booth, "People are dying because of decisions they make before they get in the plane." Must it ever be so? If you leave the plane without a parachute, you will be fine for the rest of your life.
  2. raff

    Jumping All Fifty States

    Most of us can add two more if you include: The State of Confusion The State of Disarray Just sayin' If you leave the plane without a parachute, you will be fine for the rest of your life.
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    Wing loading

    I'd like to say that my wing loading is 3.1416, but that would be Pi in the sky. If you leave the plane without a parachute, you will be fine for the rest of your life.
  4. raff

    Why and How to Stop Believing in Talent

    "That part about me having to always be right is absolutely wrong!" I've actually heard this comment. Great article. Glad I found it.
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    Ban period?

    "This website does not accurately represent the culture of skydiving." I agree. I was referring to the skydiving culture. If you leave the plane without a parachute, you will be fine for the rest of your life.
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    Ban period?

    You were not there, not knowing me, but you're pretty sure that I have exhibited bad judgement in the past. WOW!I can guarantee you've exhibited bad judgement before. You are coming here to solicit support against the person/persons who have disciplined you at your home DZ. That speaks volumes about your judgement. You have a lot to learn about getting along in the culture; this one and/or any other. If you leave the plane without a parachute, you will be fine for the rest of your life.
  7. raff

    Almost Blacked Out

    I don't know where you jumped or with whom you jumped, but I can think of several JM-related reasons you might have had this experience. They have to do with harnessing and harness adjustment before the jump, and, more importantly, after opening. PM to follow. If you leave the plane without a parachute, you will be fine for the rest of your life.
  8. This IS the term for having the container "flipped through" the lines, either above or below the slider, causing the risers to be twisted. This term has been in use for the thirty years I've been jumping. (This problem may or may NOT evidence itself during a gear check.) If you leave the plane without a parachute, you will be fine for the rest of your life.
  9. raff

    Well... AFF here I come..

    Every day I hear a tandem say "I'm glad I did a tandem. I could never have gone alone." Naturally they would say this, given the very limited amount of training they get preparatory to their jump. You, on the other hand, will be given all the information necessary to so a safe AFF skydive, and you will love it. Relax. If you leave the plane without a parachute, you will be fine for the rest of your life.
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    Refunds

    Two types of DZOs: 1. "Hit 'em as hard as you can once." 2. "Get them to come back as many times as possible." I've worked for both. I don't have to explain which was the more enjoyable environment. If you leave the plane without a parachute, you will be fine for the rest of your life.
  11. raff

    Looking for advice on depression

    You are right on with the regular exercise suggestion. I would also suggest lots of sun and in the absence of same, a light box. I tend toward SAD and it certainly helps me. Good of you to be sensitive to this person's needs. If you leave the plane without a parachute, you will be fine for the rest of your life.
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    Parachutist Back inside Cover

    A lot of sanctimonious stuff herein. In the early days of AFF, many student rigs were equipped with cable handles which when pulled, released a spring loaded pilot chute. These had the tendency to bounce around in the student's burble now and then. The remedy was to teach "Arch, Look, Reach, Pull, Check, Check [during which the student was to rotate his/her upper body somewhat to wash the pilot out from behind.]". Additionally, the MS JM was to release providing an asymmetric airflow across the formation. Almost everyone, I'm guessing, has now progressed to BOC throwouts rendering the MS release unnecessary, as well as the "Look" portion of the pull sequence. I kind of like the idea of the MS being there for the occasion which anyone with any experience has seen (If you haven't seen this, you will.): Student holding onto the throwout! YAY! While I'm at it, we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ken Coleman, while I'm at it. If you leave the plane without a parachute, you will be fine for the rest of your life.
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    wind limits for tandem skydiving

    A load of tandems should be like a mountain climbing expedition, in that there should be an implied veto power of one, no questions asked. Imagine what might happen if a student got hurt on a load where one TM (with good judgement) had stood down. I hope to be reincarnated as a lawyer under those circumstances. If you leave the plane without a parachute, you will be fine for the rest of your life.
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    More than 10.000 tandem jumps

    I have a little over 14,000. I suspect there are a lot more TMs than you might think who have exceeded 10K TM jumps. If you leave the plane without a parachute, you will be fine for the rest of your life.
  15. I must agree. I have huge respect for both Luke and the technology on display for the event. It's just that I have a problem with what I call junk-made-for-TV-sport of any kind. It simply does not convey to the public what we are about. That said, I'm certainly glad that the outcome was successful. If you leave the plane without a parachute, you will be fine for the rest of your life.