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  1. Answer..... Insignificant !!!! (when compared to the Cost of Staying On the Ground ,,,,, when you Really NEED some altitude ) .........
  2. It was 1972. I had never been in ANY airplane before.... So I was a 19 year old,,,,,just Looking for an Airplane Ride.... I was a sophomore at a College which HAD a "skydiving Club " .. 50 bucks got me ALL my training, my lift ticket, Gear, logbook and 1st Jump Certificate. I Really Enjoyed it, and since my next 4 static line jumps were only 10 dollars Each, I stayed with it.... Once I got to Freefall a jump at 3 grand cost me 3 Bucks, and 5 bucks, got us 7 - Five !!! Seldom went above That and so building freefall time was Slow Slooooow... Anyway, here I Am almost 47 years later, Not as active as I MAY have been in certain years PAst,,, but still Current, still safe, still " getting to the DZ " as often as I can. Lots of Good times , Great memories, Fantastic Skydives..... I Have made and Kept, MANY friends with whom I share a Love of the Sky... jmy... A 3914 NSCR 1817 " Skydive Often, Skydive Safely, Skydive with Friends "
  3. An RW Challenger 240.... made by New England Parachute Co.
  4. Can't we Do Both ??? Much easier, with a turbine dropzone, since there are More slots in the plane.... A C182 DZ,,,much simpler to manifest Two TMs, and 2 First timers, right??? Rather than the tandem Trio and a Solo....... If the marketing is good and the student is made Aware of the Options, then Both, would make sense. As for added cost???? Ah Hell just convince 'em to swipe a charge card....
  5. Don't we have to go through this every year? Rick, if you don't come, you're going to break Bradley's heart. He loves hanging at the Muff Trailer and eating your pretzels! Exactly...... what Miss Mama has SAID !!!!! Plus,,,, we Gotta Have the Mobile Muff Machine,, On site.... Rick,,,,, if you have Other matters of Pressing Importance... I suppose we'll have to deal with that... But IF that is the situation,,,, At least,,,,,, Please Send Deb !!!!! jimmy
  6. Assuming the jumper COULD don the rig AND exit OK..... then Yes. He or She WILL "LAND the Parachute " .... Gravity will see to THAT..... Now , Whether that landing will be upwind, downwind or crosswind is anyones guess....If the uninitiated person does Any sort of "toggle whipping " chances go Up that the Landing will be rough.... Unclear terrain.... the landing will be rough.... Open fields ??? Maybe survivable...... A round "emergency " Main. and the realization to "drop and roll" could improve the chances of NOT getting Killed " !!! Nasty Scenario, in Any Case.....
  7. definitely Yes. to packing tabs My clouds All had them The RW Challenger(s) which I jumped for over 1,200 jumps... Malfunction - Free, had them and when I changed mains to The PD Spectre(s) about 15 years ago,,,, I was happy to see That THEY also had them... This gave me some silly sense of assurance, that it WAS OK to continue packing as I always had... Plus ,,, in a world of all too frequent conformity, I Like being Different jmytavino
  8. I have been safely flat packing, since my first "square jumps " in 1974... and since I bought a second hand Cloud,,, in 1979..... STILL Do... I carry a packing mat AND drag mat with me, and set up in a shady area, soas to "not intrude " on the regular packing mat... Yes I Do "Move " my mat around, as the sun overtakes any Early morning Shady spot... thousands of pack jobs.... Just as quick as PRO Packers, and often quicker..
  9. I truly send you Good Wishes in your start to a skydiving career...
  10. Looks Like a StyleMaster... Center Pull...PC and Kicker Plate....
  11. Quote Nice Post... For Anyone who has ever enjoyed exiting a plane and Freefalling..... Try to Never say.. " My Last Jump / Skydive was..... " even IF it has been years ago or decades ago.... Instead try to say " My Most Recent Jump / Skydive was ..... " !!! See the difference?? jmyt
  12. So you might be thinking of, what was it, the jumper in NY state who fell to his death at low altitude while trying to close a Cessna door that had popped open. Yes.............. we lost a Good friend due to those circumstances..... although you are incorrect to use the words... "fell to his death ".. seat belts WERE in use. Those In the cabin remained so, as the plane encountered the trees. The Deceased was on life support for about 5 days... and then succumbed to his injuries .
  13. I've been deploying left handed for almost 12 years now... and was pleased to find that it easily and quickly became "2nd Nature " .. My rigger modified the spandex pouch changing the open end... bridle routing and protection was assured... and I Simply Changed....Cannot say that I ONE Time... reflexively " went for the hackey with my Right Hand "... I had my right shoulder dislocate immediately after a CASA Exit... as one of Our "Base 6 " managed to Snag some part of His harness on some part of the interior of the airplane... My exit slot was on the left side of the tailgate, backing off, facing In.. 2 friends to my right also backing off.....facing in. Then 3 others, lined up abreast, and facing Us... anyway. We were all double gripped on shoulder grippers and when WE went,,, The guy Facing me, didn't... as the exit flailed, I tossed off the grips. but the guy on My right shoulder clenched right onto to me and then back looped.......The rest of the skydive was Interesting anyway,, being the upbeat kind of guy I LIKE to be,,, I wasn't gonna let that injury nor the following surgeries Ground Me... Thanks to my friend who is a Rigger.... I can still " make a jump or two,,,," " every once in a while" ..
  14. i was 19 years and 3 months of Age... First parachute jump ( static line ) AND First Airplane Ride... I had almost 200 Take-OFFS in a Plane Before I had ONE Landing, in a Plane. it was 9-16-72... Tomorrow !!!! is my 45th "skyBirthDay " I think I will be AT One dropzone or another... jmy A 3914 D 12122