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  1. I would wholeheartedly recommend Mesquite. Went to the tandem factory in Jean one day with a friend. Didn't jump. Very unfriendly to fun jumpers and super expensive. Went to Mesquite the next day with a different friend doing their first jump and it was the exact opposite.
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    Brian Germain videos?

    Brian's videos are great. Every so often he has some good bundle deals too.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Would be great if they did that. Even the FAA puts things out for comment.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Seems everyone took away something different from this. LOL. I saw the summary and I thought USPA hates small dropzones. The new requirements for B and C license could be tough if you are at c182 DZ. 50 formation jumps with 10 being 4 way or larger when that is the total capacity of the jump ship. Can be hard to schedule all that at a small dropzone. Honestly, even at a larger Cessna dropzone it could be hard to get all these jumps in in only 200 jumps.
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    ATC changes defeated AGAIN!

    As a pilot I am also a member of a few other aviation groups. USPA is always the first and sometimes only organization that alerts me to important things such as this.
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    Air Speed

    There are some pretty compact systems being used on ultralight. You might have a look at those.
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    Lost art of flat packing

    Recently they said they won't put them on even if you ask!
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    Lost art of flat packing

    I don't have packing tabs on my rig. One of the riggers has said she would sew some on. PD stopped offering that option recently.
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    Lost art of flat packing

    My daughter is looking to start packing soon at the local DZ. They prefer flat packing for student and rental gear. I think there isnmerit to their arguments for flat packing sometimes. We made a little video for anyone who cares to learn more. Keep in mind this is geared toward students and is not necessarily a tips video. https://youtu.be/heARYyRbv9I
  10. This is a small part of a project I recently started. Best thing you could do is get the range increased to a couple miles. BTW, I plan on integrating this into a complete system that will also control cameras.
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    is it safe to downsize from 230 to 190 ???

    I suspect you already know the answer to this question. What's the cost of renting a 210 for a couple jumps? How does that compare to cost of doctor visit follow a rough landing?
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    That is my home DZ. And they have no refunds. At all. Period. Zero. Cash, credit, whatever. Once money is handed over, you will never see it again. It's not on their website, but at manifest, there's a sign. I fibbed myself on AFF-A, after putting like 500 bucks (cash) into account. Not sure if I will come back to the sport, I asked about refunds. Was told No. What if I will never jump again? Well, you can bring someone and they can do a tandem... I thought this was the norm, so I annoyed the shit out of DeLand manifest (first DZ after my home DZ I went to) by bring them cash for every jump. When they told me that they will just cash me out at end of day, I was shocked. What DZ so I know which one to avoid? They're talking about Sky's the Limit in Stoudsburg, PA.
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    I have a lot of questions. New Jumper

    For cold hands, latex or similar gloves under decent skydiving gloves seem to work well. They will get sweaty and should only be worn from shortly before you board to when you get down to avoid having that sweat get cold later.
  14. I mean that this year I'm already committed to other things that weekend and the following. Wish I could get back down to Georgia, but won't happen this year. Maybe next year will be different.
  15. Ugh! No way I can make a trip down South that weekend.
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    That's some horrible customer service there. Having been to other dropzones in this area (Above the Poconos and Endless mountains) I can assure you that's not the norm around here. Most people will refund money for things that aren't your fault. I was out in Iowa a few months ago and went jumping with some friends. They signed up for tandems at Quad City Skydiving and they said up front they would refund deposits if the weather was bad since people weren't local. Thankfully the weather was good.
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    Georgia Diver!

    You are not alone. There are quite a few Georgia skydivers wandering around this board. Most jump in Rome (me, yingjowmama, jon, ...) or Thomaston (Tim, aufreefly, mouth...).
  18. Seems like I've been in this discussion before (can you say diverdriver.com?). As an active CFI I don't know if I would want the liability of signing off somebody for a jump pilot endorsement. Suddenly I'm responsible if anything ever happens while that pilot is flying jumpers. Since everyone is using analogies. How about this. What do I need to tow a glider? I don't need an endorsement from a CFI, just some experience. I'm responsible for the safety of someone else, but the FAA doesn't really regulate this activity. The thought of the USPA getting involved with this scares me. Perhaps a Jump Pilot Information Manual or something similar would be cool, but they have no business "licensing" pilots.
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    PISA Hornet

    You don't have to say any more. It is amazing how people know sooooo much about products they have never used! I warn all of my flying students about pilots like this. Skydivers generally seem to be even worse. I've got 150 jumps on my Hornet, and still liking it. Several guys from the DZ are picking up canopies while one of them is in South Africa next week.
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    Hornet Openings

    I do something similar. I have about 110 jumps on my Hornet. I don't roll the nose. I do quarter the slider and make sure that it is pulled out to choke off air going into the nose. I also roll the tail 3 or 4 times, but just to keep everything together mostly. The Dutchboy Phil's Flying Enterprises, Inc.
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    Tempo or Super Raven ???

    I have a jump on a Tempo 210, loaded just over 1:1. It was a full terminal opening. It flew fine. The Dutchboy Phil's Flying Enterprises, Inc.
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    Do skydivers care about safety?

    Nice article. I had never really considered the safety aspects of using spectra lines before. I have to agree that it is way too common for jumpers to choose fashion over function. My favorite is the tiny reserve since it looks nicer above the tiny main. The Dutchboy Phil's Flying Enterprises, Inc.
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    Which freefly suit would you all recommend?

    I also have a Freedom Means Choice suit. I'm quite happy with it. The Dutchboy CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI http://www.philsflying.com
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    Hornet after student gear

    Wow, where did you get that price? I was happy to get mine for < $900. Of course, that was over a year ago. As a side note, I love my Hornet 190. I have about 130 jumps on it now. The Dutchboy CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI http://www.philsflying.com
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    Wings or a Dolphin?

    Lisa, I'm surprised that you would think this given that you work for a gear store. They can and will make custom harnesses for your Dolphin if you just send them measurements. That is what I did, since I had to wait on my custom main anyway. The Dutchboy http://www.geocities.com/ppolstra