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  1. We'll start off at one Look for the bald, pasty white Canadian with rust flaking off. Has been known to tell a tale or two. Rule of advice is not to try to drink the Canadian under the table. But you can try! Major Dad CSPA D-579
  2. Cheers Remi, Of course I'm coming down.... jimstermer is buying me pitchers of dark ale at the Bent Prop. Who can pass that up! If the roads are halfway decent I should be rolling in on Sunday the 23rd. Hold me stable? Also make sure your Tetanus shot is up to date, I got some rust to blow off! See you in a couple of weeks. Major Dad CSPA D-579
  3. As a Canadian who has jumped at a number of US DZ's since the Canadian repack cycle was increased to 180 days, I have chatted with a number of riggers (US and Canadian) on the topic. Tom B's article covers the topic well in that since your parachute components are US Made and TSO'd they fall under the US rules and the 120-day cycle. A minor component that is not TSO'd (whatever you mean by that) does not grant an extra 60 days on the repack cycle and may open more questions than you expect. Now there are many Canadian's who will tell you of events and places where the the 180-day repack cycle is allowed for Canadians, whatever they jump. Normally this is where either the person is well known to the Drop Zone or some other factor in play. This is not a right under the FAA rules. I haven't been to Deland in years so I dont know their policy. I suggest you call or e-mail them in advance so you dont have a suprise start to your vacation by having to get a repack (and boogie repacks can take a while and can be expensive). Also if your concern is that your reserve needs to be repacked after 'cause your cypress is due, talk to your rigger. They dont have to do a complete Inspection-and-Repack just to pull the Cypress. You are probably better off to get the repack taken care of before you head to Deland by your own rigger. Regardless, have fun in Deland, it is a great place for jumping. Major Dad CSPA D-579
  4. Hey, some of it may even be true! See you at the Bent Prop. A jug of dark ale if you please! PS good luck in your event Major Dad CSPA D-579
  5. You're on the proper side of the grass so what you did worked. A couple of observations though - 1. Your profile indicates you are jumping a Hurricane. This canopy is not in my neck of the woods so I cant talk from experience, however it is an elliptical. An elliptical on someone with your jump numbers and body weight may cause more difficulties than anticipated, especially if soft housings are involved. If you haven't already, have a chat with your rigger or Chief Instructor if Gear / Experience was a factor. 2. The Emergency Procedures Drill that is first taught (be it one hand/handle or two hands/handle) is generally the one remembered under stress as it is the one most practiced (muscle memory kicks in). If you are contemplating changing what you were taught, again have the discussion with the Chief Instructor on your DZ. It is easy to get advise from the internet and Lord knows it is an opinionated bunch. However, truth be told, without the context of knowing you and your ability/experience, the advice and a couple of bucks will get you a coffee. Good job on living though! Keep it up Major Dad CSPA D-579
  6. Do you know how precocious it is for a person with 60 jumps and 1 year in the game to say that Tunnels will doom the sport of skydiving? The sport will change and evolve and be around for a long time. I know many intermediate-level and high-performance athletes with national and international aspirations who swear by the value tunnel training adds to their program. Skydiving is big enough for a lot of things including Cessnas, Turbines and Wind-Tunnels. I am personally looking forward to the Star Trek Transporter Beam so Scotty can Beam my 1,000 way up to 20,000 feet. IMHO, the more variety, the better. Everyone can find their own niche and/or explore new ones if they want to. Beam me up, Scotty Major Dad CSPA D-579
  7. Buy enough Rounds and the "Veterans" will "teach" you everything you wanted to know..... Major Dad CSPA D-579
  8. You've done lots!!! Ya don't always get caught! Major Dad CSPA D-579
  9. What 'Shell said plus we normally know someone in a company where the prospect has previously worked and check sources other than references. After all it is rare for someone not to have "good" referneces lined up. It happens, though. I once had someone I fired use me as a reference without checking with me. When asked if I thought the guy was a good worker, I had to ask, in all seriousness, if the guy had stopped drinking...... Fortunately I work in a red-neck industry in a red-neck part of the world and this was before the term "politically correct" was coined. Good luck Renee! Major Dad CSPA D-579
  10. It was Remembrance day yesterday and a number of the Edmonton Skydivers went to the service to remember Chris along with many others. My sister sent this link to me this morning. It is a tribute video that was done up for all the Canadian Soldiers who have died in Afghanistan to date. It will bring a tear to your eye. BSBD Chris Major Dad CSPA D-579
  11. 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) Major Dad CSPA D-579
  12. The Golden Knights jumped out of one in 2002 Major Dad CSPA D-579
  13. This isn't lawnbowling. This is skydiving. With modern and appropriate equipment, proper training, good attitude, some aptitude and staying within the limits of one's experience, a skydiver can reduce the risk of leaving an aircraft in flight. However there are risks involved with skydiving and if you stay with it long enough, you will see or know someone who dies making a mistake. You will even see or know someone who dies without making an obvious mistake or is taken out by someone elses mistake. If you cant accept the fact that you can die skydiving without making a mistake on your part or by being taken out through the stupidity of others, quit - you don't understand the risks you assume when you sign that waiver and get on that plane. Sometimes bad things happen to good people through no fault of their own or though the actions of others. Sometimes someone just has a bad day where an error in judgment that they got away with many times before bites them bigtime. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the deceased from Friday's accident at Eloy. My heart also goes out to the staff at Eloy and others who help deal with the accident and the dead or dying. It is very hard on the staff and the first responders. For those who haven't done it, talk to those of us who have. There is a reason why some of us fossils get a little preachy at times. Mostly because over the years, we had to deal with the results of people who wouldn't treat skydiving with the respect that the risks demand. I have jumped at Eloy many times over the years and wouldn't hesitate to jump there again. It is one of the best operations in the world for skydiving. The people who work and hang out there are some of the best people it has been my pleasure to meet and I am by far the better person for it. I look forward to jumping at Eloy again and I am a little jealous of some friends of mine who are making the journey there this coming weekend. They will have a great time (Again...) Blue Skies, Major Dad CSPA D-579
  14. That be the ground? Darwin regulates Ground Launching. Sometimes he wins right away, sometimes he has to wait awhile. Darwin is pretty patient though..... Talk to someone who knows what he is doing and can teach you some hard earned lessons rather than learning strictly internet research. Chicks only dig scars if you live Major Dad CSPA D-579
  15. I'll gladly buy him an ale of his choice. He can drown his sorrows about his rig being in the police lockup while mine is in my closet (waiting for spring). Major Dad CSPA D-579
  16. From the article in the Edmonton Journal "He initially claimed he had jumped from an airplane but later admitted to having taken the dive from a nearby communications tower." We all know the accuracy of the media is normally very lacking. However there were no aircraft involved with this jump. As Tom has said, charges are pending and this case has made the local media in a large way (BASE jumping is not as well known in the Edmonton area). Let it run through its 15 minutes of fame so the individual can go back under the radar. Personally I think he owes BEER as it was his first arrest, however he claims this is only applicable for "Skydiving" related events. Major Dad CSPA D-579
  17. Hey 'Shell We got a box of the fresh from the line Huck 'n Honey as well. You may have to fight Audrey for it though.... Have a good one Major Dad CSPA D-579
  18. Cheers Rémi, I'm finishing off my Master's this term and couldn't squeeze the trip to AZ in (we'll be heading down to Florida during the Reading Week break in February, though). Audrey is leaving on Thursday so she should be pulling in sometime Saturday for a week or so. She was pretty excited to hear that you and Karen would be out. You'll have to toss her around the sky for a jump or two. Have a good one. Major Dad CSPA D-579
  19. Hook up with the Canadian Invasion which will be underway at Eloy at that time. Lyal and Aidan will be running a CRW camp sometime during the invasion and they only have 10,000+ CRW jumps between them. Have fun Major Dad CSPA D-579
  20. Because We Can! (And we really don't drink Americans under the table. It is an Urban Myth. Come on up and disprove it ) Major Dad CSPA D-579
  21. Exactly! One of my heroes was 74 when he packed it in. He made three skydives one Saturday morning and died of a heart attack that afternoon. Beats the hell out of fading away in the old folks home. Major Dad CSPA D-579
  22. Have a great time this year Tina. It sound like quite the group heading down this year. I wont be able to make it this year as I am heads down into my Masters Thesis (I want to get it done before the spring gets here so it doesnt ruin my weekends), but I will be with you guys in spirit. Now you can always come to Lost Prairie.... Love ya, Major Dad CSPA D-579
  23. Remi did a pretty good description on the JM climbout for an IAD. I always had my cypress on when I was dispatching and never gave it a second thought as it was well outside of the activation parameters. Proper climbout/climb-in to avoiding brushing of the pin while managing the student was higher on the priority list. If you are new to jumpmastering, you may (if you haven't done so) want to have the chief instructor watch and critique your climbout technique. Major Dad CSPA D-579
  24. It was educational to watch the Montana Cypres Two-Out Competition. I saw four 2-Outs during the week which is somewhat unusual. Two elected to land the bi-plane and two elected to chop the main when the main was in front (without attempting to get it into a side-by-side). All landed unevently. Next Years Mad John Team Cypres Jump may be a formation load. Cant wait untill LP 2005!! Major Dad CSPA D-579
  25. I've done about 5 of them successfully. It is simplest to be IAD'd by someone else so that you and your partner can concentrate on a clean exit. Practice the exit and talk about where the grips will be taken and how you are going to hold on so you dont accidently grab the shiny handle. If you can do a chin-up, you can do a Mr. Bill. Have fun! Major Dad CSPA D-579