jackwallace

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  1. There is no way USPA could front the money to underwrite "skydiver's insurance". There is no way any other existing insurance company would underwrite such insurance because there is no way it'd ever be profitable. Skydivers are very, very good at racking up insanely large hospital bills. Now, you're right, THEORETICALLY it could be made profitable if the company charged enough. But the monthly premium would be so high we'd all scoff at it and walk away anyhow. Elvisio "ICU stays are expensive" Rodriguez Many years ago I was an Ironworker. We self insured ourselves. We did this for a few years and the insurance companies came knocking. They saw profit. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  2. I look at their shoes. That will usually tell you if they need money or not. I've also offered half a dozen people jobs over the years. None have been there when I went to pick them up. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  3. The question should be: Why doesn't the USPA set up insurance for people in the sport? This sport has become an industry. People make a living at it. Pay mortgages, put kids through college. What's the USPA doing? Building a stupid museum. Leaveing jumpers out in the cold, because most if not all insurance doesn't pay for skydiveing injuries. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  4. Got this in an email from Lou Aug: just because its a snowy sleety nasty day here in cedar ,mi. i'll float one out to see if anyone can top it. bob alm and dick parker during deployments with bob spinning thru dicks lines and wound up hanging below dick. the canopy was wrapped around dick and he could not see what was going on. bob shouted at dick and when they both decided they were ok they decided to ride it out. these were pc's (any body remember those?) and handled very differently with weight. bob called the turns but they coming down very fast. they were the only 2 guys jumping that day at streator, il airport and typical of those days you could show up and if the flight instructor wasn't doing any thing he'd pop the door and take your up for tach time. it was springtime and some time prior to the event a severe windstorm blew thru and wrecked some planes and tore the sheet metal off a set of t hangars. the only thing left standing was the steel skeleton and stacked inside was the broken aircraft, twisted sheet metal and whatever else from the storm. i think even the airport tractor was in there. now our two intrepid skydivers were heading right for the building. bob thought they would land short of it but no, they didn't. bob flew in the hangar just below the header for the hangar door and dick flew over the roof to the length of bob's suspension lines and was pulled down inside the building. his canopy stayed inflated above the roof and there they were both hung inside the hangar from the steelwork and few feet off the ground and unhurt. they both cut-a-way and dropped unscathed to the ground. they should have gone out and bought a lotto ticket ! no, wait, Illinois didn't have public gambling in those days. should bob have cutaway at altitude and let dick figure out what to do ? yeah, but it made for a great story and turned out fine. streator was the first place i jumped as a civilian. i had 40 some odd jumps then and used to the strict operations that the military clubs ran. it was pretty loosey-goosey operation to say the least but hey it was jumping. i came down thru a broken cloud cover at about a 500 feet once and landed on the roof of the pig barn across the road from the ap. i had a golf ball sized lump on my elbow for about a year after that. i wonder if there any operations like that any more ? there were a number around ill. and wisc. back then. modified b-4's and splitting tach time probably are a thing of the past. being a rigger i was acquainted with some and with my little cessna 120 I'd get around to a few dz's, pack a few reserves (on a mat on the ground). skydiving is big business now. i'm trying to make myself think that its a good thing. lou U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  5. Why would you not want to be afraid? Then it would be bowling. People spend a fortune trying to be afraid: scary movies, roller coasters, bungy jumping and it'll never come close to what you got. Appreciate it. Soon most of it will go away and you will never get it back. Unless you team jump and then you'll know what reeeeal fear is, cause if you screw up they will climb down your throat and rip out your spleen. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  6. Check for old grass inside the deck. Stuff dries like concrete. Check belt routing. There are guides, little metal rods. Got to be on the right side of them. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  7. Nest time you look down at those little houses. With the little pools and the little BBQ's . That;s as exciting as those folks lives get. You choose. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  8. Hey you left out low pull contests. A lot more marketable and spectator friendly. Jumping into stadiums. The woffos could sit there drinking beer and watch people open right in front of them. Could hold it in Nevada and bet on it. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  9. They didn't mind me jumping, but went nuts when they found out I played rugby. I had to tell them when the season started and ended. Said they couldn't depend on rugby players being there in one piece on Monday's. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  10. moon shadow U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  11. I was on that load. Everyone was geekin' the rear gear as they left the plane, not paying attention to the dive. Didn't they put the tail gear on a mattress or something to carry it over there? It was like a bunch of ants moving a hot dog. I wonder if there is any film of it? U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  12. 2. While flying a DC-3 load, you get a call from the DZ asking you if you have a tail wheel in your aircraft. Sending the right seat guy back to the back end to check, through 30 jumpers who don't know what the hell he's doing, and when he returns, there is no tail wheel....Better think quick. Was this at Zhils? I think I was on that. In the mid 70's at Rainbow airport in Wi. A jumper and his college roomate come out to the DZ. The roomy wants to go along for the ride. Frank Youngquist was flying his C196. They go to altitude and everybody gets out, everybody. Including the observer. He only had on the main from a student rig. Frank flew around for a while to calm down and the two guys had beat it by the time he landed. He had not seen him open. Frank's comment was too bad the guy didn't have on an emergency rig, instead of the student gear. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  13. "My fuzzy recollection" That proves you jumped in the 70"s. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  14. #1 criteria for any jump- You walk back. Seems you got that covered. #2 Were you smiling when you land? If yes stay. If not leave. After that everything is just show biz. I've seen people come down after 10 point 4 way or a 5 point 50 way all crabby cause of some small problem. Then I've seen two guys that were jumpin around, laughin, high five'in cause they touched each other in freefall. Who's doing right? U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  15. I'm an idiot. Wonder why I didn't remember this before. THere was this little concert in upstate New York in summer of 69. "and its 1,2.3 what are we fightin for, don't know and I don't give a dam." U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  16. Best: Blue Oyster Cult, sometime in the 70's. It would take a book to describe it. Worst: James Taylor. Might as well put up a card board cut out of the guy and play his album. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  17. How about cleaning like a man. Fire up the air compressor. 130 psi will move some dust. Then turn on the Roomba, sit down and drink beer. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  18. OK then. It totals. It totals with a Tri-con in it. It totals with some weird 26' Chez reserve in it. I had one in the 70's. You could pull it on the table and it wouldn't budge. I hooked a piece of 550 from the handle to the top flap, so it would yank it open. I was at the Nats in Tellequha and a APT guy came over to tell me how theirs had totaled. I flipped open the pin cover and he laughed. They had done the same thing. Make sure the line is long enough to clear the pin first. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  19. Can't tell from the pic, but does it have alligator clips on the belly band? Did they have a center pull version? U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  20. Is that the curved one pin reserve? U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  21. This strikes me as bad business all around. Doesn't this just open up the "invading" DZ's airport to anyone coming there and setting up an operation whenever they want? U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  22. I think its fear. The best jumpers I have known, jump a lot of different places. The bad ones stayed home. When you go different places you learn new things. Meet new people, see different equipment. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  23. Pull into s small town. Park on s back street between two houses. They each think you are visiting the other guy. A couple years ago I made the trip south. I was fried a 1 AM and pulled into a wayside. Not enough room in the car to get comfortable. I opened the door. Stuck one leg out and layed my head against the door frame. I woke up about four hours latter. No one had messed with me. Or checked to see if I was alive. Don't worry about it. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  24. Southern Cross the reenactment plane. Southern Cross the jump plane. Both at Oshkosh, 2010. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316
  25. Saw Bob wednesday night at Deland. Still kickin. U only make 2 jumps: the first one for some weird reason and the last one that you lived through. The rest are just filler. scr 316