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  1. jimmytavino

    What was your safest parachute?

    An RW Challenger 240.... made by New England Parachute Co.
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    Are the cameramans in danger of extinction?

    Excellent, DougH....
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    Are the cameramans in danger of extinction?

    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....
  4. 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
  5. 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.....
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    Lost art of flat packing

    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
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    Lost art of flat packing

    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..
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    Cheapest DZ in the dallas area

    I truly send you Good Wishes in your start to a skydiving career...
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    Nailing “The Most Technical Demo Jump in Skydiving”

    I and Nancy And our Son had the Pure Pleasure to attend a Broncos game in Dec of 2014...!!!! They were playing the Buffalo Bills !!!! Unaware that a demo was to occur, we were very EXCITED when we saw the King Air and then canopies !! Our seat were literally 4 rows from the top edge of the Stadium with the huge scoreboard to our left!!! Watching this team Dive !! >> one after the other and spiral and complete each flight, to a great landing was a Huge charge for the entire crowd. My thoughts were " 99 % of these fans have NO Clue..... of the complexity of what they just Saw " !!! Hahahaha But WE DID..... It was one for MAny wonderful occurences during our trip to Colo...Great article, thanks for the solid explanation of Team Thunderstorm. p.s. Peyton beat the Bills that day but not by ,AND the Bills defense managed to break his " multi-season string of at least one touchdown pass, per Game " !! ;-)
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    Who is it?

    based on what I have read and photos I can remember... I will say Bob Sinclair...Cross pull on his arm...the gear, the confidence to fly That Helmet.... and what little can be seen of his face,,, Looks to me like a younger version of the pleasant and interesting guy that a shared a conversation with, a few years ago, while On a DZ...... Any other suggestions??? from forum readers??? jmy
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    Weekday at the Ranch?

    while I don't visit NEARLY enough.. (300 mile drive each way ) I would guess that at this time of the year...there would be a good amount of activity... and Many people would be there.... waiting for YOU to show Up !!
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    Insuring your rig?

    hmmmm we got a state farm Life Ins. policy on me... which COVERS me, in the event of any skydiving related "loss" So it's funny to read that your agent says they don't wish to be "associated with skydiving".. they've been cashing OUR ( substantial ) premium payments for years... Had a video camera covered under Homeowners, when it got smashed during a "zero G " situation.. With the cost of todays gear.. ( MY rig is worth MORE than my Van ) ( which ain't sayin' Much ) it sure does make Sense to find coverage in the event of a lost cutaway main and freebag AND of course against theft... Check your auto insurance to be sure that any theft from your car.... is covered.... and/or fire. It may be a good idea to alert them to the (approximate ) Value of the gear...at some point so there are fewer issues, IF ever you used the insurance. good luck.
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    New Skydiver from CT

    GOOD for you..... worry NOT what your family thinks....it's Not easy to explain the allure of the sport. Glad to see that you're at The Ranch...Great people great staff Great airplanes... When you drive there from CT. do you drive past Brewster NY ? I grew up there and still have lots of family members in that town... OK i guess since i have YET to "grow Up " i should revise my words and say,, " I was a KID there " ,, in the 50s and 60s " jmy
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    old dropzone brat from past

    hello Alright then,,, tell us the road.... on which those DZ were located !! I logged MAny jumps there...MANY ( at BOTH places...often on the SAME day !!)
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    % of tandem to AFF?

    just a guess....but IF they did the T 1 out of a Cessna, i'd say UNDER 5 % ... and that would be for Starting AFF...EARNING an A License..??? the number will be Lower... imho. IF the T1 was out of a turbine.... and IF the AFF will be out of a turbine... then maybe the numbers go UP a little. BUT just guessing.... It would be interesting to see some actual, accurate numbers from DZOs and or manifest staff....because my reply (admittedly ) is just a guess.... jmy
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    washers in my staelizers

    because it must be an Older canopy.... and those are slider stops
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    Hobbit? Try it?

    Hobbit ??? If you start out, 5 foot 9 you'll end Up, 4 foot 9 ..... like a Hobbit...... mostly just joking....But OLD ram airs are mostly JUST that...OLD.. How do you KNOW... the sabre 190 is "low mileage"??? what is IT'S date of man...
  18. Re: "5 minutes after I arrived at the DZ"...."a TI approaches me with a nasty tone of voice...." HOW ?? can you have "landed" ANYwhere??? If you had Just arrived????? is it possible that he mistook YOU for someone else who DID land there... and whom he may have known WAS " less experienced " case of mistaken identity??? I LIKE your reply... "i'm not your PAL, guy" hahaha good for you.... sometimes staff CAN overstep things,, in some misguided attempt to ... 1. exert control over unknown jumpers 2. emphasize their own "status" at the place 3. use some perceived safety concern to ream someone whom they do not know... I have No horse in this race.... but it's best to let it go.... and maybe just write it off to "overzealous posturing".. If your profile is accurate... and i have NO reason to think it Isn't.... just shrug it off and be glad that YOU are NOT their next Tandem Passenger !!! safety First.... and what the Hell.... Safety second too... jmy A 3914 D 12122
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    Lovely news story on the sport

    not surprised by this "news report" people who do such "investigative reporting" AS outsiders... can put any sorta spin on a story that they want.... seems like that is what happens here.... blah blah blah ........"eyewitness Trouble makers"....imho jmy
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    Camera tips for filming 20-ish ways?

    first of all.... Communicate effectively with the entire group about where you plan to BE... throughout the entire dive.. THEN Be there...Work with the L O and be sure to attend the dirt dive(s) I've had the pleasure of videoing big ways from a Casa,, (as well as otters ) many times.. Think hard, about exiting First..( Not always good) since you could put yourself out and away.... real quick... If you jump the gun and leave at any point which is before the base... Leave late.. and you're INTO the base... so there is a fine touch when it comes to the exit TIMING i have had success being off to the side, on the ramp, and leaving WITH them.. Brief the divers, that You WILL be there,,, as they clear the door,,, and tell them which side you will move to.... Let the late divers KNOW that you will be on this side or that side, etc.... This way you can capture the launch and then get positioned relative to the location of the sun... be sure to stay out of any of the diving lanes.. for the late flyers.. KNOW the formation,,, so that as it builds you can position yourself to fill your frame.. without being to close,,, OR too far away/above. IF the formation does NOT build... ( as might be the case with "a variety of skill levels" ) do your best to be AWARE of exactly WHERE ... the jumpers who are OUT.. ( or under it ) may be.. this about collision avoidance and self preservation.... You can move your eyes ONLY to scan for anyone who is NOT docked.. without having your cameras leave the formation... Start moving UP a bit as seperation altitude is approaching.. I seldom sit fly and so would not find myself Under it, looking UP.. But if YOU do.... then get Those creative shots, early On.. and then get outta there.. Jumpers who are turning and tracking almost always have NO idea, of where the camera guy is.... and a facefull of a friend.. coming right AT you....at 4 grand or worse yet , 3 grand is NO good.. so be Up ... near the end of the dive, and press to where the center of the formation WAS..... and Pull!!! let 'em all KNOW either at the D Dive. or while boarding.... that you'll "take the center".. and DO so... You can also leave from inside aircraft,,, which allows you to turn and scan the divers... as the base is setting up.. and then go RIGHT with them.... moving to a pre-declared side.. as soon as the exit is completed. This way IF the base comes off clean... you have a good close-up of it.... instead of being way "down the hill from it"... You can then scan UPwards to catch the later exiters for a second or 2 or 3.... Then back to the base as flyers start to close on it... have fun... skydive safely jmy A 3914 D 12122
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    anyone looking for a nice round?

    my buddy had one exactly that color pattern...... i put a few jumps on it myself, in '74 or '75.... seems like the ad is for canopy only.... no mention of container(s) i can assure any potential buyer that those french Paps.. were excellent parachutes.... i stomped a disc or two, using them... AND on a downwind final..... jmy a 3914 d 12122
  22. Hell NO.. thank you very much.... only time i'd loosen ANYthing. would be in case of an accidental water landing...edited to add also in the case of an intentional water landing, but that's how i came up... because A.... i don't swoop and B... i don't wanna 'fall out'... i'm perfectly comfortable with it as is... and get very good perfomance out of my canopy.... I'm more concerned with where i am, where i'm going, what the conditons are, and where all the other canopies might be... while it's not for me... i DO get a kick outta watching others zoomin' around,, with their 3 rings out near their biceps!!!!!
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    What kind of airplane

    airplanes need to FLY... not be pushed around by a tow bar..... So I'd say this one is a SAD... airplane. sorry i have no real idea of what is is..... but will be happy to find out... jt
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    New jumper from Tampa, FL

    good for You!!! you picked a Fine place to learn.... as for the friends... you will be making many NEW ones @ the dropzone. jmy
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    Jumpers over DC?

    are ya' sure it was a parachute???? seems like that location could be a tough place for "an impromptu demo" especially without a decent MAIN... could it have been one of those really LARGE balloons which are tethered to the ground ??? usually at Car dealerships,,, and tethered in such a way, that if it's at all windy,, they MOVE,,, could give the appearance of someone under a parachute,,, IF you're a good distance AWAY !!! and nearsighted>>> any OTHER ideas??? jmy