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  1. skydived19006

    2" X 3/8" bands

    From Keener: Parachute bands are available at the following price points: 1-100 lbs $7.00 / lb 250 lbs $6.90 / lb 500 lbs $6.85 / lb 1,000 lbs + $6.80 / lb The most common sizes are: Micro 1 1/4" x 3/8 x .062 (add $0.50 per pound) Micro 1 1/2 x 3/8 x .062 (add $0.50 per pound) Standard 2 x 3/8 x .062 or .080 Tandem 2 x 5/8 x .062 or .080 We also produce Mil Spec bands Type I and Type I Out of curiosity, I inquired about the Mil Spec bands. This was the reply: Mil spec bands require about $350 in testing and certificates.
  2. skydived19006

    Jen Sharp Talks About Healthy Skydiving Culture

    "There is iron in your words." We do a lot of what Jen's talking about with our tandem students. I intentionally put time in the schedule such that we (Instructors) have time to spend with our students. We could do more, Jen's DZ was a prime example of doing tandem the "right way" for sure! I will admit, I hadn't considered just how awesome folks are for simply showing up at the DZ. And, when you do spend a little time with them, you learn some incredible stories of the how and why that person is standing in front of you at that moment. We're by far from the largest, and really a prime example of what a small DZ is. We don't do the most tandems, or put the most seats to altitude, but with very few exceptions every student who passes through the place gets a handshake or hug from the owner! "Endeavor to persevere!" Martin
  3. skydived19006

    2" X 3/8" bands

    Perfect! Obviously, it's been a while since I looked at this, but I'm on it! Emailed Keener for pricing and minimum quantity info.
  4. skydived19006

    2" X 3/8" bands

    It appears that there's a real shortage of standard size packing rubber bands. Paragear indicated that they're on a 3 to 4 week back order, but after a call, did send me one bag. They're rationing them out it seems. Two other sources are out of stock as well. I did find them with Art and Kathy at the Skydive Store, and for a better price than anywhere else I'd tried! Edit to add: It's not my intention to disparage Paragear, I talk with Maureen and Carol every once in a while. They've ALWAYS treated me well and fairly with great customer service. Excellent folks to work with.
  5. skydived19006

    Gopro7 white for tandems?

    Well, heck. What I'd like to shoot HC would be a 7 for video and one of my pile of 3 or 4 for stills. Doesn't sound like there's much chance of ever outfitting a glove to do it. Maybe you could build a housing for legacy on bottom and 5/6/7 on top with access to buttons and ports??? Bet it would sell! Martin
  6. Sure Jeff, no problem or offence taken. My opinion has remained consistent regarding these criminals for the last 13 years. Martin Experience is what you get when you thought you were going to get something else. AC DZ
  7. Ok, I called the guy noted as Trustee on the above noted web site. He's actually not the trustee, he'd rejected it, and one Martha Miller is. He did talk with me though, indicated "They can name everybody in the phone book." I told him that I'd been tossing the notices in the trash to which he responded "Keep tossing them." What's noted on the bankruptcy website for free is not the full list, there's an option to pay for the full list. The name of "my DZ" is also not really correct. They note: Air Capital Dropzone Skydiving My business is Air Capital Drop Zone which is a dba of Myrtle Aviation Inc. You are correct Jumpdude in that I do know better. I also don't tend to keep up on these forums, so if you'd like to talk with me regarding shit like this, shit in general, or anything else, feel to contact me. I'm easy to find. Otherwise, I'm not upset of offended that you "called me out publicly", fuck I'd have done the same thing. Martin Myrtle Air Capital Drop Zone Wichita KS 316.776.1700 Experience is what you get when you thought you were going to get something else. AC DZ
  8. Well shit! It looks like I'd better make a phone call or two. My DZ specifically is named, and I thought that those notification letters must have been going to every DZ. I (Air Capital Drop Zone) did trade with Skyride for approximately six months some dozen years back, so don't really see why I'd be noted as a creditor. But, if they're going to potentially pay me a settlement, I'm good with that. I also noticed that there was "Zero assets" but that the boys had been jailed for obstruction. I received a PM giving me a heads up that I'd been "called out." I appreciate the head's up! I'll get back with further developments. Martin Myrtle DZO Air Capital Drop Zone Wichita KS 316.776.1700 Experience is what you get when you thought you were going to get something else. AC DZ
  9. skydived19006

    Lost art of flat packing

    Over 20 years ago a few of us Kansans were on a Florida trip. One of our group was flat packing and an audience gathered around him, they'd never seen it! Experience is what you get when you thought you were going to get something else. AC DZ
  10. skydived19006

    Should the USPA BOD Meetings Go Virtual

    I do agree that there's value added in getting together, and it's a whole lot more appealing to go somewhere. Sitting at home at your computer all day would be quite unapealing. Maybe move to a Winter Meeting virtual and Summer Meeting in person. I would be interested to know what it the bottom line is for one of these meetings, to include pulling staff from VA and their normal daily jobs. Experience is what you get when you thought you were going to get something else. AC DZ
  11. skydived19006

    Should the USPA BOD Meetings Go Virtual

    So, it was a bit of an off the cuff rant and should have been better worded. Thanks for the feedback on my use/misuse of the language. I shall endever to do better. Your constructive critiscizm has put a burning desire in me for self improvement! Guessing from your response that you have no thoughts on the questions, only feedback on my poor English? What say you ShorterMG? Experience is what you get when you thought you were going to get something else. AC DZ
  12. skydived19006

    Should the USPA BOD Meetings Go Virtual

    BOD members or anyone with knowledge, has there ever been any discussion on taking the biannual BOD meetings virtual? Seems a huge waste of member money to this member. Also USPA staff time to pack up and go remote for something that could be done over the internet. It seems logical to locate these meetings at USPA headquarters, anyone not wanting to go vitrual could go to HQ. The Executive Commettee meet somewhat often between meetings and conduct business. Has there ever been any discussion on reducing the number of BOD members? What exactly is the role of the National Directors? Could the NDs not simply be eleminated and roll those duties to the RDs? I guess though that if the meetings were done virtual, it wouldn't really matter how many members since the member money spend is for all the travel for two meetings a year. As I undrstand, there's always a lot of discussion regarding where to hold the next, the BOD members argue over where will be the most fun to travel to on the membership dime. Stop the madness! Martin Myrtle 104570 Experience is what you get when you thought you were going to get something else. AC DZ
  13. skydived19006

    Comments on the article "From Tunnel to Sky"

    I think that this is a topic well worth discussion, but "we" may be overcomplicating it. I run a single 182 DZ, we train IAD. I simply see an expedited progression, possibly similar to what we'd do if someone walked in with a 10 year old log book with 10 or 12 jumps. We move them forward depending on performance. I think that what we may need to help some to understand is that the USPA student progression is not written in stone, you can deviate, combine, move faster, etc., all dependent on the students demonstrated ability. For someone with five or 10 hours of tunnel time who came to my DZ with a desire to learn to "do it for real", I'd think that we would require them to do at least one simple IAD then progress to PPCTs if they did that exceptionally well. At least two PPCTs done exceptionally well to progress to H&P. Missing the "extremely well", they'd do all five IAD jumps. Well done H&P, move to 10 second delay, do that and look like a 100 jump skydiver, we'd move on. Potentially have them jumping from the top in 7 jumps as opposed to a dozen. Then push through the normal skills, likely spending the typical time on tracking, diving to dock, etc., stuff that's more difficult to simulate in a tunnel. As soon as they can demonstrate the A License Check Dive, they're on self supervision until completing the accuracy, 25 jumps, packing, etc. How the tunnel more often comes into play with our situation, is that once students get to freefall, we encourage them to go spend time in the tunnel. As far as value, a student exiting my 182 at 10,000' has about 30 seconds of real working time, and spends $80 USD. For that same $80, they can spend four or five minutes in a wind tunnel with pretty much every bit of that time being highly instructional. What I did learn though is that we need to instruct our students how to "go to the tunnel". I was discussing this very topic with one of our recent skydiver graduates. She didn't think that her time in the wind tunnel helped her at all. Turns out that she did a 2 Minute Introductory Flight. They need to inform the peeps at the tunnel that they are a skydiving student, and I'd think, do at least five minutes. Martin Experience is what you get when you thought you were going to get something else. AC DZ
  14. skydived19006

    What year did your school convert to throw-out pilot-chutes?

    We transitioned from static line to IAD in 99 at the DZ in Lyons KS, Oz Sport Parachute Culb/Center. Other than the correctly orintented depolyment with IAD over SL, the hand deploy PC and all else the same as a sport system is a great advantage. Training main rip cord and single operation syetem, then transitioning was not the best. I believe that the K-State club changed a couple of years ago from spring loaded SL, to deploying a hand deploy PC on static line. Experience is what you get when you thought you were going to get something else. AC DZ
  15. skydived19006

    PT6-20 Cessna U206

    I would have to assume that it's not mechanically limited, or at minimum, nothing to keep a pilot from maintaining 325 hp in excess of five minutes. Cessna would have had to have preformed spin testing in order to certify the airplane, and possibly again with the restart. Though, I'd guess that they don't operate on Kindergarten Rules when it comes to sharing. Experience is what you get when you thought you were going to get something else. AC DZ