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  1. Many thanks, all, for the updated information.
  2. Hello, I'll be in the Honolulu area for work with a few colleagues who also jump over the next two weeks. We're all current, looking to make some fun jumps on the weekends. Any up-to-date info on the local dz's at Dillingham? Any suggestions on places to stay on the North Shore? Long shot, but anyone offering rides from Honolulu? Thanks for the info! -Cass
  3. I'm looking for a rigger in the High Desert, eg Ridgecrest, Mojave, Cal City, etc. The closer to Ridgecrest the better, but if I could save a 6 hour round trip to Elsinore just to drop off my rig for a repack that would awesome. Thanks.
  4. Beth- Thanks for setting this up. I'll see you up there. -Cass
  5. My sincerest condolences to everyone from Byron and all who knew Tom. Thank you guys for letting me in on the NorCal-way on Sunday. -Cass
  6. I only had the pleasure of knowing Cliff for a few months, having just moved out to CA in May, but he quickly became one of those poeple I really enjoyed seeing at a dropzone. That he was an arrogant know-it-all was obvious, but in a very good way. He seemed to know something about everything, with a very keen memory for small details. When I finally made it out to Eloy last Friday, I remember thinking, "Oh, good, Cliff's here." I was getting back in the saddle after really fucking up a jump a few weeks prior in Davis. When I explained it all to Cliff, he did the best job of anyone of putting things in perspective and making me feel better about it. When I mentioned the Cypres fire of another jumper that occured on that load, his immediate response was, "That's not your fuck up." I guess I needed to hear it plain like that. I miss his candor and knowledge - discussions on tort reform, patent law, military justice, and just why hot air balloons are termed "lighter-than-air" when it's air inside them. To all those who knew Cliff much better than me and everyone who is grieving, my sincerest condolences. -Cass
  7. Jason is quite correct with his post. I was the one who took out the formation and very nearly caused the fatalities. As you can see, I don't post much- just observe here. There's no excuse for my actions. If I had any words of wisdom to offer, I wouldn't have done what I did. Again, my sincerest apologies to everyone involved, not just those who took the real brunt of it. Respectfully all, Cassidi Reese
  8. Sorry to disappoint anyone wanting a number on Friday or Saturday. Due to work commitments, it looks like I won't be able to make it. Have fun with all of the shenanigans. -Cass
  9. I don't normally post, but Liz made me. Weather, flight schedules, and Navy provided, I should be headed up there from warm sunny FL for the weekend. With Chuck Norris, Gary Busey, THE LEGENDARY STEVE LOVE, and free pack jobs from Brian, I can't imagine missing it. I promise to avoid chinese before the beer olympics so that I have a better showing than I did for invasion pub golf. I'd be happy to represent Team Swooo again this year. -Cass
  10. It is true that you get what you pay for. In the case of my Ouragan suit, I paid $555 and waited four months, but it was worth it. This is the first full freefly suit I've had (went with pants and a long-sleeved shirt for a couple of years), and I absolutely love it. The quality of the workmanship, construction and attention to detail are second to none. I believe this suit will last a very long time. The taslon material on the suit is very lightweight and breathes nicely. On hot FL summer days this is very important, and I've found that I stay cooler when I wear the suit instead of just shorts and a t-shirt. I think Ouragan had problems with customer service in the past, but I did not find that to be the case now. Nancy was very helpful with designing my suit (since I'm not good at artistic endeavors). When I first flew the suit, I found it had more drag in the legs than I wanted. Since I was passing through Deland in a few days for business, I asked if I could bring the suit by and get some of the drag taken out. They were very helpful and accomidated my request. I dropped the suit off on Monday, and for a modest fee, I had it tailored and shipped back to me by Friday of the same week. Overall, I am very satisfied with my Ouragan suit. It fits and looks great and the workmanship is outstanding. Nancy and Yuki were very helpful. When it finally comes time for a new suit (likely won't happen for several years), I will order another Ouragan suit.
  11. It was something I had wanted to do since I was four; I don't know why really, I just wanted to. Growing up in North Dakota, I also can't explain why I chose the Navy, but again, it was just something I wanted. Decided to go all out: went to Annapolis right out of high school when I was 17, got my commission last year after four less-than-fun-filled years (it was nice that the government paid for my education though), now I'm in flight school. I was originally planning on 20+ years, but we'll see how that goes. The pension would be nice though. -Cass
  12. No, I did not start jumping at Cross Keys, I came upon it when I had about a hundred jumps, and it very quickly became home (I don't care that it's 1200 miles away at the moment, it's still home). I have traveled to a lot of other dz's, both large and small, and the more I travel, the more I love Cross Keys. It has all the trappings of a major dz - big aircraft, lots of people to jump with from beginners to world champions, and advanced coaching - but has a great personal vibe and very friendly staff and up jumpers. I never got the feeling it was an assembly line or tandem factory. The DZO is awesome, and you can tell he's there to have fun too, not just to make money. To give just one example, he flew a bunch of fun jumpers, several tandems, and 3 planes up to Sussex on a weekday because TFRs over Philly were keeping us from jumping. The fleet of aircraft is amazing. I guess it's rough when your winter plane is a Grand Caravan. Every day that I was there, if the weather was even halfway decent, a turbine was flying, and the loads were mostly fun jumpers (particularly on weekdays). Yes, the landing area is surrounded by trees, but it is very big and easy to find. If you're going to land out, you need to make the decision fairly early. They will always send someone to pick you up. To improve things, the weather could be a bit more reliable, the packing area a bit bigger, the cafe a bit more dependable, and they could add a few more showers. But even if they did all that, it wouldn't change what makes Cross Keys my home and favorite dz - the people.
  13. Reese04


    I spent about 3 months trying to decide what to get for my first custom container. Due to the recommendations of several very experienced jumpers and its price, I went with an Infinity. I could not be happier with my decision. The security of the container is incredible. I have chosen to pursue freeflying, and I believe that no matter my position or orientation, not a single flap will come open unless I want it to. And yes, you really can pick up the rig by the closed main flap. I also like how the secondary riser covers are part of the reserve container. It offers a lot of protection, but at the same time it's very simple. My previous rig was not custom, so I noticed a huge difference in the fit of this one. The rig feels very solid when I put it on. It does not slip or shift at all in freefall, and the harness is actually comfortable under canopy. I listed price last in pros because I was willing to pay whatever amount to get the container I wanted. Of course, saving money is always a good thing, so the fact that this cost less than some of the other top-of-line containers out there is a plus. Overall, this is the best piece of gear I have yet purchased. The safety, attention to detail in construction, and awesome fit of this harness/container all make me a very proud Infinity owner.
  14. I think opinions on downsizing can be greatly influenced by the attitude of your home dz. I came from a very large, progressive dz with a strong hp canopy culutre. I never felt pressured to downsize, but my spectre 135 loaded at 1.1 was nothing special. Several weeks ago, I was visiting a much smaller dz and was asked by one of the locals what kind of canopy I had. After I told him, he said, "Oh, so you're a hot dog then. That's a small canopy." I thought he was joking at first, but no, he was being serious. A couple weeks after that, I went to another large dz and when asked the same question I got the reply, "Wow, that's a big boat of a canopy," from one of the experienced locals. Personally, I will be downsizing to a 120 shortly, but that is only after careful consideration and lots of practice and formal instruction on my 135. It is certainly not somthing that I'm feeling pressured to do. -Cass