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  • Main Canopy Size
    190
  • Main Canopy Other
    Spectre 190
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    176
  • AAD
    Cypres

Jump Profile

  • Home DZ
    Perris
  • License
    B
  • License Number
    26984
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    100
  • Years in Sport
    6
  • First Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    3

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    Yes
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    Yes
  1. The SN on the canopy is clearly shown in the pic. Nothing for SN 6310 in the USPA stolen gear database, or DZ.com's from what I could find. Seller is in Alaska. Does Canada have a database?
  2. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Strato-Cloud-Strato-Cloud-Parachute-with-backup-/140849372859?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20cb46debb Hit url button, type link, hit button again.
  3. Nightingale

    Long Layoffs Cause of Deployments.

    Some tunnel time when you get back might help a bit.
  4. Nightingale

    Used gear questions

    Thank you everyone for your help!!!
  5. Nightingale

    Bev Suit Cool Max option

    I have cool-max, but my suit is nylon. It was so worth it.
  6. Nightingale

    Silhouette 190 - What is it worth?

    Mine has about 700 jumps and is a little older. I was told it was worth about $500, so that's probably about right.
  7. Nightingale

    For TI's - When a tandem student wont jump.....

    I rode the plane down on my AFF level 2. What happened: The instructor prepped me for an exit from one aircraft (otter). Then, the dropzone switched the planes on us to skyvan a few minutes before the call, and I now had to learn a new exit. Then, my instructors got switched around, and I found someone whose name I didn't know on my main side. Why it didn't occur to me to ask the guy his name, I have no idea, but we never really got introduced before getting on the plane. If it were one of those things (the exit/plane, or the new instructor), I probably would've been okay, but having both happen on a five minute call was too much when I was already nervous because my instructor had pulled for me on my first jump. I'd grabbed my instructor's altimeter instead of my main handle when it came time to pull, so having someone I didn't know on my main side was freaking me out. When the door opened, I realized I was soooo not in the right headspace to make a safe skydive. It would've gone badly. So, I told the instructors I wasn't going. They were both totally cool about it and didn't pressure me. The guy who was reserve side rode the plane back down with me, and the other guy whose name I didn't catch went for a jump after making sure I was okay, which I was, after realizing they'd let me stay in the plane. It was a really awful feeling, but it was the right decision for me to make under the circumstances. That didn't make me feel any better about it at the time, though. I decided to do a tandem after I landed and thought it over for a bit, and I asked for John, the instructor on my first tandem two weeks earlier. The dropzone was happy to accommodate, and we went up and had a great skydive. He was so relaxed that I felt stupid being nervous, I knew he wasn't going to let me wuss out, and he knew I wanted to skydive, so we were on the same page there. We did as much of a level 2 AFF as we could tandem style, so it was a learning jump, and he helped turn a really horrible day into something good. I went back to the dropzone a few days later to watch the swoopers, John saw me sitting on the bench and reminded me that skydiving is really not a spectator sport, and talked me into giving level 2 another try. I passed that day. However, if I hadn't gotten back in the air the same day for a tandem after my first try at level 2, I'm not sure I'd have been able to talk myself into going back. A couple people really went out of their way to talk to me about what happened and make me feel comfortable giving it another go, and that made a huge difference. What you guys do every day, the things you say to students, the little things that you probably don't remember the next day or week, they matter to us. This was nine years ago, and that one day made such a huge difference in my life, because if one or two people had done something differently, I'd never have jumped again, wouldn't have passed AFF, gotten my A license, my B license, gone to WFFC and Prairie, and met so many of you awesome people. Even to those tandem students that you never see again, what all you instructors do really makes a difference.
  8. Nightingale

    I almost did something stupid this weekend

    I totally agree that it should have never made it that far. And, I am the DZO. Do you have policies for your office staff to help them screen for people who may not be competent to sign a waiver and consent form and what conditions should require a doctor's note to jump?
  9. Nightingale

    How many skydives is too much in 1 day?

    For me, 7 was enough. I was trying to hit 100 jumps at WFFC, and I stopped jumping that day not really because I was too tired, but more because I really wasn't enjoying it. It became about the numbers, about "gotta get one more in" than jumping to enjoy jumping. So I called it a day.
  10. Nightingale

    Used gear questions

    If I had a clue what to ask for it, I would.
  11. Nightingale

    Used gear questions

    Hey, all... I haven't jumped in a couple of years... wondering if there is still a market for some of this stuff: Neptune altimeter Pro-Track Bonehead Gunner helmet Oxygn Helmet Thoughts?
  12. Nightingale

    I'm stupid, but YOU can learn from it.

    I had a loop of brakeline come loose once (toggle remained stowed) and somehow managed to reach through the loop of brake line to release the brake. I pulled the brake through the loop and tied a knot around the riser! Put my canopy in an instant spin. I pulled down on the other toggle to level things out and managed to get the knot untied with 100 feet left til my hard deck. Otherwise, I'd have chopped it, because while I could kind of steer it, I couldn't flare it evenly for landing, so I wouldn't have, at under 30 jumps, called it a landable canopy.
  13. The red cross has good emergency response classes, as well as specific advanced first aid/cpr and wilderness first aid (for situations where access to a doctor may not be fast. If your DZ is remote, this may be a good idea.). As for the liability, that depends on the laws of the individual state. This may be of help: Good Samaritan Law
  14. If you lie to your wife about skydiving, you have bigger problems than skydiving.