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  1. Thanks for the advice Sarldo, I'll make sure the guy in Canada is OK with paying for shipping it back to me if he decides he doesn't want it. The moral to the story is: Jump your brains out when you are young. Getting old sucks, especially when you can't jump any more. I really miss the sport already, but don't want to end up in a wheel chair, Kevin ---------------------- I'll think of a really cool and witty signature later.
  2. Due to non-skydiving related injuries, I've decided to sell all my gear. I haven't been able to jump in a year and don't see things changing any time soon. I have a few questions about how to not get ripped off, and what the customary practice is for shipping, what happens if the guy decides he doesn't want it after looking at it, Etc. I have some offers from folks out of state, and one up in Canada. I am in Washington State. I have home dropzone information on the Canada guy and will be calling there to make sure he's legit. Do I ask the buyer to pay for shipping both ways if he ends up refusing the rig? Pay half? Should I ship to a Canadian rigger of his choice after checking with the local dropzone that the rigger is legit? What do you think of PayPal? Would that help with some potential fraud issues? Any help or pointers for selling gear out of state would be greatly appreciated! ---------------------- I'll think of a really cool and witty signature later.
  3. I don't know if its worth 29 bucks, but it is definitely worth some TIVO disk time or a VCR tape. It was an excellent documentary following (in great detail) the training of a large group of special forces guys in the fine art of military/HALO jumping. I got a kick out of watching the newbies flail out the back of a C-130. That Adam kid really was a "natural" if that was his actual first jump they highlighted in the film. ---------------------- I'll think of a really cool and witty signature later.
  4. Don't know about Cross Keys, but at Perris it was 5K for $50. Eeek! Expensive, but worth it. Riding up to altitude while sitting in the door with your feet on the skids is a rush when the pilot is hotdogging it. You get punished by the downdraft from the main rotor though. Wack wack wack on top of your helmet - keep your head inside the door on takeoff ---------------------- I'll think of a really cool and witty signature later.
  5. My step daughter finished IFF training but has yet to get off student status. She doesn't get much time to jump since she is in the USAF and has a busy flying schedule. My youngest son made it all the way through AFF (on my nickel) before deciding he preferred terra firma to blue skies. Grrrr. My Eldest son did a tandem and turned a lovely chartreuse color. Don't think I'll get him to jump again. Oh well, one out of three ain't bad. ---------------------- I'll think of a really cool and witty signature later.
  6. I do a lot of jumps with organizers - I much prefer method A, even if *I* don't need a refresher, it helps keep the jump fresh in everyone elses mind. Doing a final runthrough in jumpsuits and rigs helps a lot when jumping with strangers. It would be a lot harder finding my slot without. ---------------------- I'll think of a really cool and witty signature later.
  7. Was your high altitude jump a military or civilian sport jump? Brooks is just down the road from Lackland isn't it? I went through basic training there many moons ago. I am ex-USAF, 1972-1979. Never go to fly - I was in tactical and long haul communications. I took my altitude chamber ride at Beale AFB, up near Sacramento earlier this summer. That was a lot of fun! I was the only skydiver in the class, but there were a few jump pilots there so it wasn't too bad. The USAF has closed most of the altitude chambers around the country, so it was a long drive for me up to central California. There used to be one at Edwards (about 90 minutes from my house), but I hear they are now using the chamber as an office! ---------------------- I'll think of a really cool and witty signature later.
  8. Zero points - The four of us on the load were strongly advised against doing anything other than solos by the JM. For one, exits are a problem since the pilot was having problems keeping the plane in the sky. The load before us went up to 32K and had a little tail-stall problem. Anyway, the JM had us exit one at a time with *very wide* spacing to give the pilot time to recover straight and level flight. The fall rate at 30K is pretty horrendous, so it would take some superior flying to do widely separated diving exits and actually meet up with someone before pull time ---------------------- I'll think of a really cool and witty signature later.
  9. Hello everyone! I have been jumping for a couple years now but am new to this forum. My home DZ is Perris, where you'll find me every other weekend or so, finances permitting (or not) I have 360 jumps in my logbook and recently got my D-license. Back in September I did my first HALO jump from 30,000 feet at Skydance, near Davis, Calif. That was a jump to remember! 2 minutes of freefall, and I got up to 170 MPH on my belly! The view was awesome - while doing a slow turn in freefall, I could see all of the San Francisco bay, including the Golden Gate bridge, plus all of Sacramento. Man is it cold up there! I can't wait to try it again someday! Check out my pictures at: Sorry, no pictures in freefall - it was pretty extreme with the safety precautions, oxygen masks, bailout bottles and whatnot. Not much room for cameras. Anyway, I hope to get to know some of you folks and maybe do some jumps together someday. ---------------------- I'll think of a really cool and witty signature later.