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  1. a little early for April Fools...
  2. Looking forward to it, Rich! See you the 26th
  3. MajorDad

    Ian Aitken

    Eternal Blue Skies, Ian
  4. MajorDad

    90.000 US$ price money for DUBAI 4-Way

    Cool Landing Area......
  5. This is hitting litigation in the states and the lawyers troll this site. You want a poll of skydivers assigning blame to one party, the other or both? Lets not feed the machine, there are plenty of ambulance chasers doing it already......
  6. In year 5. Two friends same week, separate accidents, different Dropzones. We cried, we remembered, we laughed, we moved on. We also planted trees at the Drop Zone in their memory which are 20 feet tall now. Every year those of us who remember Merf and Nessman gather around the tree and toast absent friends. It drives home the point to be excellent to each other and look after each other as best we can. Blue ones
  7. MajorDad

    wind drift indicators

    Sure. We call them "Load 1" Blue Ones
  8. MajorDad

    Perris Big Way Roll Call: Did you attend?

    Pasty white bald guy from Alberta, Canada. Things I learned: -Discipline and attention to the small details is so important for bigways -ALWAYS look at the center -Big Ways are fun and looking forward to September already -Skydiving is such a small community. Met old Friends from long ago, put some faces to names of ones I had heard of but hadn't met, and made a lot of new ones -Americans can't drink Canadians under the table (knew that one already but always good to confirm) Thanks again to the P3 Crew and all the team mates for a wonderful time and sending good vibes for those still down south for good weather and big blots! Blue Ones
  9. MajorDad

    Perris BWC who's going?

    Rig in date. Check Jumpsuits. Check Weight Belt. Check Passport. Check Logbook. Check US Money. Check Credit Card. Check Plane Ticket. Check Good to go. Looking forward to that 11 PM Ale in the Bomb Shelter tomorrow night and blowing off some rust in the sun Thursday. Oh yea - plus there is forecast for MORE snow here in Edmonton tomorrow (this spring has been stupid!) so the California Sun will be even sweeter. Blue Ones,
  10. MajorDad

    Leonardo da Vinci parachute jumped..

    The Story.... ----------------------------------------------------- Swiss jumps using Leonardo da Vinci-designed parachute 1 day ago PAYERNE, Switzerland (AFP) — A 36-year-old Swiss amateur parachutist made a successful 650-metre (2,130-foot) drop Saturday using a replica of a parachute designed more than 500 years ago by Leonardo da Vinci. "I came down... smack in the middle of the tarmac at Payerne military airport," said Olivier Vietti-Teppa. "A perfect jump." Vietti-Teppa is the first person to have made it safely to the ground with the Leonardo model. In 2000, Britain's Adrian Nicholas tried it but had to pull the ripcord on a modern backup parachute to complete his descent safely. Vietti-Teppa jumped from a hovering helicopter and the Leonardo parachute opened at 600 metres, he reported. The parachute he used was made using modern fabric along lines designed by the Renaissance genius. The specifications were found in a text dating from 1485. The parachute consists of four equilateral triangles, seven metres on each side, made of parachute fabric, Vietti-Teppa explained. The base of the pyramid is a square of mosquito net, which enables the parachute to open. A wooden frame originally conceived by da Vinci was not used on the model in action on Saturday. One drawback: it is impossible to manoeuvre or steer the Leonardo parachute. "You come down at the whim of the wind," said Vietti-Teppa, who carried out advance tests using a scale dummy model launched from a remote-controlled model helicopter.
  11. MajorDad

    when does cypress 2 arm itself

    If you toss your pilot chute at 1000' you will in all likelyhood see both your main and your reserve. Have fun with that. The vast majority of two-outs I have seen over the years have been due to loss of altitude awareness and pulling out the pilot chute too late. What altitude are you pulling at now? With your jump numbers it should be well above any area where you should be concerned about your Cypress firing. Blue Ones
  12. MajorDad

    Otter Bite

    Don't you put the new people in the suicide position? They learn faster that way not to cut the corner!!
  13. MajorDad

    Seargent Christos Karigiannis

    Chris was a young man who took his career as an infantyman seriously. He considered it an honour to to lead his section of men and was excited when he left in February for Afganistan. He had been an active skydiver for a dozen years or so and had been one of the go-to instructors at the Eden North Dropzone near Edmonton, Alberta, when he wasn't off with the military on training or with the Skyhawks. Chris died way too early and it hurts to write about him in the past tense. However, he approached life with passion and he would not have had it any other way. Chris led a soldier's life and he died a soldiers death. Goodbye, my friend. Your job is done. You did it well. BSBD Captain Phil Perry Canadian Military Engineers (Retired)
  14. The Golden Knights jumped out of one in 2002