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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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
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    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!
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    The FAA has yet to write the actual rule/s. I don't see anything in there regarding alcohol driving infractions, etc. Which, as I understand is a large part of the reasoning out of the USPA and American manufacturers for maintaining the FAA Medical Requirement for TIs. Martin
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    6 Ways to Be Less Dumb When You Buy Used Skydiving Gear

    Excellent advice! I've seen all of those mistakes over the years too. Had one guy with just a few jumps purchase a brand new rig on credit. I think it had something to do with the credit not working for used gear. He never jumped that rig, took a huge hit selling it. I'm very often telling students to slow down, get 20 jumps, and get educated before even considering purchasing gear! Depending on region, you could throw Racer in there too. Around here, Racer and Strong sport stuff would be considered Tier 2. Martin
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    The Road to 100 Dropzones - 77 and Counting

    The bottom row of pictures is Air Capital Drop Zone. That sign is on the outside of the door, so when open can't be seen. You were there on a weather day apparently and nobody was home. Maybe another time. Martin
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    4 Smart Questions That Shut Down The Spin Cycle

    As Annette addressed in her 4th point, a spinning malfunction is not a glitch. A large percentage of skydivers revert back to their primary training with regard to line twists, and think that this is one that they can kick out. It doesn't work! As Instructors, we need to teach at FJC that a spinning canopy is a malfunction, regardless the cause. I've seen way to many folks end up at or below 1000' trying to recover from this, and also one fatality. Brian G has a great example of what is required to "fix" a spinning line twist on Youtube.
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    What year did you school start teaching AFF?

    I believe that aircraft is the deciding factor and efficiency of operation. We're a single 182 DZ and offer tandem and IAD training. AFF would tie up the airplane, and be a huge staffing problem. If you look through the DZ list, there are still a large percentage of operations that do not do AFF. So, that date is still potentially somewhere out in the future, if at all. Martin Wichita Ks Edit to add: Ok, I'm wrong. It looks like about 10% of DZs are tandem and SL/IAD only. Another 5 to 10% are tandem only. Out here in the plane states, AFF is less common.
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    Advice For Your First Hop and Pop

    SL and IAD students start down there, low and slow. It's all pretty normal to those students.
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    New Tandem BSR's (March 2015)

    I'll start by saying that I know that most if not all of the tandem system manufacturers have required handle checks since day one. My understanding is that with the original systems and the potential for floating release handles, that handle checks were really pretty important. In today's world, other than just maintaining the status quo, what is the standard argument for requiring handle checks in free fall. Depending on the reasoning, why not require handle checks once under canopy? I can come up with more logical reasoning for requiring a handle check once the main is open than I can for the freefall checks. I'm not saying at all that I won't do it, I will and I'll require that our staff also comply. I have always done handle checks within 5 seconds of drogue deployment, though that was and will be 5 seconds before drogue deployment while still on the aircraft. Martin
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    Reserve Ride

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    Sony Announce Two New Action Cams

    I would eventually like to move to one of these cameras for HC video. I don't really like GoPro for HC video because there's no image stabilization. Last I recall seeing, the AS30 was restricted to a narrow view when the image stabilization was active.
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    Show Me The Money

    I run a DZ in Kansas, so not in the same boat as someone in Florida! Nobody in Kansas earns their living solely from skydiving, not even the DZOs. There are only three DZs in Kansas (fourth one gearing up), and we're spread out enough that we don't really compete. We tend to corporate as opposed to trying to cut each other's throat. For the last 10 years, no DZ in Kansas has been so short sighted to "feed the beast" that are the third party boiler room booking agents. Nor have any of us agreed to do what we do for a fraction of our posted prices, by engaging in daily deals. The last conversation I had with a Groupon sales lady I asked her a simple question. "If your boss offered to double your working hours, and pay you the additional hours at 1/3 your normal hourly rate, would you do it?"
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    Best Action Camera 2014 - Ultimate POV Camera Shootout

    Two of the Sony AS100 cameras sitting side-by-side in a hand cam set up would provide pretty darn impressive video and stills I would think! I wonder if 200 stills with the 13.5mp camera would fit on a CD.
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    M2 AAD Service Bulletin

    Email from Roger Allen of this date: We have received requests for clarification of the m2 Service Bulletin: · Are the units affected grounded? No, just affected units which display the error. · Is return for repair or replacement mandatory? The units which display the error is mandatory to return for repair or replacement. · Can the user continue to use the AAD if it does not display the error? User can continue to use the AAD which doesn´t display error. But we recommend during the winter break or in service of reserve parachute, send unit to the manufacturer for checking. This issue affects a very small number of units, if a unit is affected the software will detect then problem during the self-test and display the error message. When it is convenient for users, and if they wish to do so, they can send their unit to us and we will have it checked by MarS. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information. Roger Allen Roger F. Allen President Phone: +1 (386) 279 7542 Cell: +1 (386) 801 3273 m2 Distribution Inc. 1200 Flightline Blvd, Suite 5A, DeLand FL 32724
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    Understanding your AAD

    Good article, good information. The MARS M2, and I didn't realize that the Astra was at the bottom of the heap with very few in the field. That said, I've a bit out of date on the subject, always had Cypres and never seriously looked at the options beyond that.
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    Best POV Action Camera Shootout: 6 Challengers Reviewed

    It looks like the Sony AS15 would be a good candidate for hand cam with it's image stabilization. Lack of stabilization has been my primary complaint regarding POV/GoPro cameras for hand cam video. It looks like two, side by side, one vid, one stills would work nicely on a glove. But, the AS15 will only shoot stills in time lapse at 5 second intervals min. Could build a glove for an AS15 sitting next to a GoPro for stills.
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    GoPro HD HERO2 out

    Well shit! Looks like they just went and made my HD Hero obsolete. Can't really upgrade one without upgrading half a dozen. We use the GOPRO with our hand cam for stills. I do like the low light performance they tout. The larger file size is impressive, but we're shooting 200 plus pictures, I don't know that they'd even fit on one CD, and I don't want to spend the time to pick though. The burst of 10 stills is really cool, but will not help with what we do. I like the .5 second time lapse, but again with 11 mp pictures, we'd have 400 large file pictures to deal with. I guess that we could raise the price $10 and load stills to a flash drive. What we'll actually end up doing is sticking with what we're currently doing, until what we're currently doing is no longer technologically feasible. I stayed with 35 mm film until we switched to 100% inside, so skipped a whole level of technology! Professional 11MP Sensor 2x Faster Image Processor 2X Sharper Glass Lens Professional Low Light Performance Full 170°, Medium 12°, Narrow 90° FOV in 1080p and 720p Video 120 fps WVGA, 60 fps 720p, 48 fps 960p, 30 fps 1080p Video Full 170° and Medium 127° FOV Photos 10 11MP Photos Per Second Burst One 11MP Photo Every 0.5 Sec Time-Lapse Mode 3.5mm External Stereo Microphone Input Simple Language Based User Interface Compatible Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote™ Long Range Remote Control of up to 50 GoPro Cameras Wi-Fi Video/Photo Preview + Playback Live Streaming Video + Photos to the Web
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    Wing Camera IAD 3

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    Wing Camera IAD 4