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  1. Here is a bump for what is going to be another great boogie! I am looking forward to seeing many of you there and having some great skydives! Cheers. "... this ain't a Nerf world."
  2. +1 "... this ain't a Nerf world."
  3. As a videot and not a tandem master I will offer a tidbit here. On landing if you get you feet and knees up for landing you should be fine even if overloaded. Your goal here should be to keep your feet out of the way and slide on your butt if there is still speed after the flare. Let the TI time it out and deal with the results. Most tandem injuries I see come from students trying to stop the planet with their feet with another grown person and 50ish lbs of gear on their back. You will have a blast. Do yourself a favor and get the video. You can only have one FIRST skydive. "... this ain't a Nerf world."
  4. One use of the diving exit is to join a group that has already left the plane. In that case, heading control will greatly impact how quickly and efficiently you can locate the group and move to join them. My guess would be that the instructor just wanted to give you an accurate assessment of the jump for you to build from. Don't look at logs as report cards. They are more for your use, and initially for your instructors to help steepen your learning curve. As an instructor, if the 15 degree rotation on the dive is the worst thing logged, I know you had a truly exceptional dive. Don't be so hard on yourself and congrats on a nice dive. "... this ain't a Nerf world."
  5. The responses have been good but I want to weigh in on one point. (sorry for the pun) Just to be clear, the weight restrictions and associated concerns have less to do with the gear actually failing than with narrowing the margin for pilot error. New skydivers have to learn and we all make mistakes early on. The larger gear is intended to give you more room to screw up without getting hurt. What this means to you is that you need to be sure you understand what is expected of you very clearly. Practice until it is truly automatic. Piloting experience will be a huge help in the landing but you need to be proficient with the PLF and be ready to do so on every landing. It is easy to transition from feet and knees together and slightly bent to a stand up but if you are not already in that position, you will likely hit the ground before you are. You will just have to put on your big boy pants and understand the consequences of screwing up. There is no reason you shouldn't be fine as long as you really apply yourself. Good luck and have fun. "... this ain't a Nerf world."
  6. I think if we are going to include military static line numbers we should include BASE numbers as well. Neither are all that similar to the skydives I do. Just my opinion mind you. "... this ain't a Nerf world."
  7. Yeah but she provided a "clicky"..... Everyone loves clickys "... this ain't a Nerf world."
  8. Thanks for the answer and that is a great deal! Of course there is absolutely NO WAY I am going to do a hop n pop at 14k this weekend
  9. There are DZs all around me closing for the chilly weekend. How much are hop-n-pops at the Farm this weekend? "... this ain't a Nerf world."
  10. This is aimed at jf951 and not JD but wouldn't things like starting with caps and using apostrophes and such be considered grammar as well. The funny thing is it took me a couple of seconds looking at the OP to decide what this guy is even complaining about. It is supposed to get to about 37 or so here and I think I may find something else to do. "... this ain't a Nerf world."
  11. I am thinking you didn't see him in costume and make up then. He is nice enough but that is only scratching the surface of Bolas. I can't believe I typed that "... this ain't a Nerf world."
  12. Jumps 1 through 9 from an Otter (probably super) in Sebastian from Skydive Chicago. Thanks guys. 1-7 were for my first swoop comp and 8 and 9 were coach Eval dives done as a favor for a friend of a friend (now my new friend) also in Sebastian. I love that place. "... this ain't a Nerf world."
  13. Did the guy with the cutaway ever find his main? I hope so but I never heard. Thanks for a great first meet by the way. I look forward to the next one. "... this ain't a Nerf world."
  14. I think I understand your position but still don't like trying to bully anyone into jumping in a situation they choose not to. One of my favorite sayings is "Whatever you do, I'll be fine." I say that because I knowingly choose my own level of risks and I encourage others to do likewise. Seek out knowledgable sources and learn all you can about this sport. That is the only way you can make your own informed choices. "... this ain't a Nerf world."
  15. I see in your profile you are a pig farmer. I recommend keeping a close eye on any you bring with you! (See Andy, I didn't single you out) "... this ain't a Nerf world."