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  1. Having been a skydiver for a lot of years, I’ve seen plenty of friends resume jumping following surgical repair or replacement of hips, knees, etc. I’m wondering if any active dz.com jumpers have had shoulder replacement and resumed skydiving afterward. I’ve had rotator cuff surgery in the past, and resumed both Formation Skydiving and Canopy Formation at a fairly high level. The total shoulder replacement, however, is a whole new level. Kevin K.
  2. Juiciest gossip to appear here in quite a while. Never a dull moment at Lodi. Kevin K.
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    Bill Hector

    Bill has been a fixture of Florida skydiving for many years. I've jumped with Bill on dozens of POPS record attempts and fun jumps. He seemed to have the energy to run circles around guys half his age and always added his cheer and good vibes to any event. He will be sorely missed in Florida and plenty of other places where he was known and loved. So long, Bill. Blue Skies and thanks for the good times. Kevin Keenan
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    Greg Hartleb BSBD Melbourne Florida

    We will miss Greg. He was really one of the "good guys" in skydiving. Always great to jump with or just to be around. Greg spread good vibes wherever he went. This is really a wonderful sport, but having some of the most wonderful people you could meet taken like this is so very hard. Blue Skies, Greg. Fly free, Brother. Kevin K.
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    Skydiving Music Video

    Nice vid, Joe. Good shooting. Too bad the flaming canopy didn't get much footage in the final cut. Got any outtakes/bloopers you can share ? Kevin K.
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    crw dogs at fitz

    I'll be there, but you won't be able to tell because I'll be freefalling with the big-way. Kevin K.
  7. Pat, Congrats on a fine run in our fine sport. Best wishes for the next 50. Thanks for all that you have given back. Kevin Keenan SCR 3022
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    Good way to exit front floater

    Try to make sure that you don't get backwards to the relative wind. As you are in the door, your front arm and leg should come off first, so that your chest is into the wind. This will allow you maintain control and start flying immediately, rather than getting flopped around. A lot of front floating is the timing of your exit - too early, and you drop below, too late, and you land on top of the rest of the exit. If you are taking a 4-way piece off, it takes practice coordinating the timing with the other three. But if your chest is into the wind, you can fly through the exit and maintain your position. You don't have too many jumps, yet, so be hang in there, be patient and keep working on it. You will acquire the feel. Kevin K.
  9. All civil aviation regulations vary according to country...much like every other law in the world.
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    skydive radio

    Yes, they are. They seem to be getting back on a regular schedule again. The latest podcast came out on 6/3/. They are here: http://skydiveradio.com/ Kevin K.
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    Perris C.A

    If you want to be close and aren't too fussy about accommodations, check with the DZ for info on the Bunkhouse or the IHOP.
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    Ash Dive help

    I'm sorry for the loss of your daughter. Yours is a good idea for remembering her. Many riggers, especially at larger DZs, have experience in building containers for ash dives. If you're doing it this weekend, that may be a problem when it comes to fabricating something, but it's possible your rigger can suggest a solution. Kevin K.
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    more interesting goggles

    If you feel the need for $350 GPS-guided goggles...
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    Add DeLand to your list of consideration, and delete Titusville. I'm sure someone will provide an explaination for that one. Kevin K.
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    Fathom: The movie. 1967

    It may be a lame movie, but watching Raquel Welch pack a PC is worth the price of admission.
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    Does your DZ give refunds?

    I forget whether it's a Pit Bull or an Alligator that has a reflex that will not allow its jaws to release, once it has a grip on something. I think that most DZOs hands work that way with money.
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    Highest landing

    It's a helluva thing to go to 20k for a 3k ft. Hop & Pop.
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    I LOVE skyride!!!

    Is this really Billy Vance ???
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    Canopy tuning and adjusting Line lengths?

    Usual practice is to add a connector link to the rear to increase drive / sink rate of the canopy. I would suggest that you use this method, as the links are a standard size and known strength. If you are going to use something else, try to make it about the same length as a standard connector link. Make sure that you are adding the same length to each side. I would suggest that you be very careful if you exceed the length of a standard link, as the rate of descent may give you trouble with landings. NOTE: Please have a CRW-knowledgable person - preferably a rigger - check over what you have done prior to jumping it. It is possible to add too much and produce an uncontrollable canopy or possibly an unsurvivable landing. Kevin K.
  20. Best Scenery & View - Skydive Sebastian Fla. Best Skydiving Vibe - Skydive City, Zephyrhills Fla. High Overall Skills - Skydive DeLand Fla. Skydive AZ, Eloy AZ Skydive Perris Valley CA
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    My ass bag landing weekend!!!

    Get used to it. Those 9 were just a fluke.
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    That's good advise. This subject was discussed a lot some time ago. Someone posted a photo of a traumatically-amputated ring finger - not pretty. Kevin K.
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    WOOHOO 1st Wrap at WI Boogie

    Actually, there was already so much beer at the boogie, it almost went unnoticed. But she bought: 1. A Case for her first wrap 2. A Case for her first cutaway 3. A Case for the dude who followed the main into a bean field a zillion miles from the DZ.
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    Packing Question?

    Just lay them in the bottom of the pack tray, so that the bag lays on top of them. Try to avoid putting any at the bottom, where the line stows will go. You can figure-8 them if there is a lot. Just make sure that they are laying in the order that they come out, i.e. lines leading to the bag on top and lines leading to risers on bottom.
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    Gravity Devils Skydiving Exhibition Team

    Quote from article: "The most dangerous part about skydiving is the car ride to the airport," said Soignet. "Statistics-wise, you're more likely to be injured in a car accident getting to the drop zone than the actual skydive." Where have we heard that before ?? I think that is statistically true, but only if your DZ is 10,000 miles away.