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  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.
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    Long Layoffs Cause of Deployments.

    Some tunnel time when you get back might help a bit.
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    Used gear questions

    Thank you everyone for your help!!!
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    Bev Suit Cool Max option

    I have cool-max, but my suit is nylon. It was so worth it.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    Used gear questions

    If I had a clue what to ask for it, I would.
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    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?
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    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.
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    Leaving the sport

    Wow, reading this was nostalgic.
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    Skydiving for 15 year old?

    I was planning on going out there myself, too, and back-up transportation is always a good idea! I'll keep everyone updated on what's going on! I just sent Misty a text message letting her know the status. I will let everyone know when I hear back!
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    Skydiving for 15 year old?

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!! /happysnoopydance! That was our last duck to put into the skydiving row. Now...to get Natalie to Perris...
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    Skydiving for 15 year old?

    I don't think they could've done the BSR waiver without her parents being involved (please correct me if I'm wrong). When we heard back from Jesse, she said the BSR waiver had already been done prior to us asking about it, so we had nothing to do with that, but that Skydive Oregon wouldn't let her jump. Perris and Kapowsin will, provided their tandem manufacturers agree as long as Natalie's doctor clears her medically, both her parents (if applicable) sign the waiver, and at least one accompanies her to the dropzone. So, it could happen. Once we hear back from the tandem manufacturer, which is the last hurdle on our end, it's time to contact Natalie's people. We don't want to call and say "hey, these DZs will let you jump!" and then get a no from the gear company. We want all our ducks in a row so we don't risk disappointing a kid. So that's where we're at. -N-
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    Skydiving for 15 year old?

    Wow! What an awesome organization!!!
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    Skydiving for 15 year old?

    http://teamnatalie.weebly.com/eventsfundraisers.html It's at the top of the page. (Mods, I hope the direct link is ok, as it was requested. If not, feel free to remove.)
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    Skydiving for 15 year old?

    Good job! Does she know she's allowed to jump yet? (Or her helpers know?) There's a difference between being allowed and finding a DZ that can take her that she can get to. We're working through the details and coming up with a list of DZs that are willing to take an underage jumper in her situation so she can choose what will be most convenient.
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    Skydiving for 15 year old?

    I don't know Natalie. I just saw the news reports and thought "skydiving... I'm sure we can figure that one out!" These are the numbers of people that know the family and organized the Bucket List fundraisers. Misty Speakman 541-260-4454 or Kayla Kintner 541-404-4105. We've heard back from Jesse at USPA. A waiver has been issued for Natalie to skydive, and she's good to jump at any dropzone in the US that will accept her. We have been told that Skydive Oregon will not permit anyone under 18 to jump, which is their right, however, Skydive Kapowsin will take her as a jumper, weather permitting (GO KAPOWSIN!!! YOU GUYS ROCK!!!). Kapowsin is quite a drive from Coos Bay (7 hours, I'm told), but at least there is an option now, again, weather permitting. I am also checking with Southern California dropzones, as one of Natalie's other wishes is to visit Los Angeles. If she is going to be here anyway, perhaps Perris or Elsinore would be options as well, and the weather is a bit more reliable.
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    Skydiving for 15 year old?

    Granted, but if you figure that the TI, packer, video guy, and pilot will work for free, the only remaining cost is the plane and wear/tear on the rig. You're looking at $75 for a 1/2 hour in a 182, and $15/$20 for the rig, so under $100. Maybe hit the TI and video up to cover their own slot, and they're in for $20/head, and the DZ only has to cough up $60. Let's face it, all involved are 'professionals' and make money jumping out of planes. Footing the bill for a jump of this nature is the least they could do. That aside, if the DZ/employees won't ptich in, anyone one who wants to donate can PM me for my paypal address, and I'm sure we can whip up the $300 to cover a tandem with video. Let's find out for sure that we need to raise the dough, and how much, before anyone sends any money so I don't have to deal with a bunch of refunds and the like if it turns out we don't need anything. Natalie has a bucket list fund. If the money's not used for a jump, she can use it for something else. The info is on her website above. She also has a wish to visit LA. Perhaps she would like to combine a visit to Los Angeles with a jump at one of our local dropzones. I will email them and see if it's possible.
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    Skydiving for 15 year old?

    Skwrl is taking point in contacting Jesse and the USPA. I sent an email to Skydive Oregon using their "Contact Us" form on their website, but I don't have any specific individuals to contact. If anyone has any connections, please let me or Skwrl know.