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  1. baronn

    Looking for non-airworthy Sigma

    Never said I haven't been in a training harness. I just haven't been in 1 since my 1st jump course. Last time I checked, a TI isn't a 1st jump student. UPT doesn't require this and there's a good reason for it. Use the real thing. Been working fine so far...
  2. baronn

    Looking for non-airworthy Sigma

    Transitioning from a Vector to a Sigma isn't that much different. Your TI"s aren't 1st jump students. There is no need for an "Unairworthy" training harness. Keep asking, you'll get the same response. This is a bad idea
  3. baronn

    Looking for non-airworthy Sigma

    >What is going to be used for the actual jumps? Actual tandem rigs. Then why do you need a training tandem harness? I personally have never used a tandem harness for training and I've helped with quite a few courses and have never seen 1 used in any course I've witnessed. us$50 would probably be considered a better cost for a unairworthy training aid. (But if $5500 is not that much to you, I'm sure they'd appreciate a check!) A: I doubt you can find a used Sigma rig for that much. UPT charges $1000 to re-harness a rig. It's like brand new when they are done. Can't understand why anyone wude give up a working piece of gear for 50 bucks when they can put it back into service for that much. B:Clearly you didn't understand that not spending funds on an un-needed gear wude leave more to spend on needed equipment. Like a real rig to make a jump with.
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    182 engine failures

    As I stated in the original post, I'm new to this part of the game. I asked a LOT of questions and checked references and I still was deceived. Knowing what I know now, this would have still been difficult to detect at the beginning because I was simply lied to. The references came from GA pilots that fly less than 10 hrs a yr. I won't get caught again and I now have an A&P/I/A that bitches if you even mention cutting corners. My kinda guy.... I've been able to remedy almost every issue with this person and expect that last few to be done shortly. Pretty much killed my season and I'll be on beans and rice this winter but, I'm happy with my decisions and have a great bird for next year.
  5. Perhaps that may have been true in the past but, as the poor decisions our elected members continue to make are revealed, It seems more are waking up and voicing their displeasure. This kind of a awakening tends to be healthy. Expecting the general membership to just "accept" whatever decisions elected members are making and be happy with them is, IMO, not acceptable....
  6. baronn

    Looking for non-airworthy Sigma

    And this is going to be used to train TI's? What is going to be used for the actual jumps? No, they aren't cheap but at about 5500 plus shipping, they aren't that much. Canopies and AAD's can be switched over. Not sure why this is even being considered....
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    182 engine failures

    Thanks I try my best I do however, based on the some of the responses I get, wonder why I bother. Can live without the personal attacks but, hopefully my experience can help someone else in the future. I sure wish I wuda had it.....
  8. Spoken as only a true Liberal wude. Clearly you don't believe the average individual has the ability to make decisions for themselves. What makes you think anyone on the board has done any research on this? Clearly they haven't. If they had, they'd have found the same thing that I and many others here have discovered. The only plan that is firmly in place rite now, is to induct folks into an imaginary Hall of Fame in an imaginary Museum that has never materialized in almost 40 yrs. Every skydiver I know wants this to get done. What we don't want is to be scammed by a group that is not being forthright about what exactly the funds they are suppose to be responsible for, are being used. Funny how holding people accountable for their actions leads to clarity....
  9. "Huge Problems, eh?" What problems are you referring to? Are you saying that members aren't qualified to make a decision on the dues they are required to pay to retain their membership? The only "Huge Problem" I see here are elected members making decisions on funds that are not theirs and funding a failed endeavor that was never suppose to be funded with members dues.
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    USPA Revoking Memberships?

    OK, I've been wrong before. However the USPA did revoke the personal membership of the owners of Skyride and the group membership of Skydive Atlanta. They didn't think that was fair and brought a legal action against the USPA for doing that. The case was made and if it was settled before it went to court, why did the USPA do that? Clearly they didn't think they cude win and so decided to settle. The USPA agreed to a monetary settlement but, ONLY if it was kept confidential. Still a mystery what the settlement was. The BOD continues to say how transparent they are in making decisions that affect the membership, yet continue to make decisions that do and when asked about them turn mum. Why? And let's get back to the original thread, why did this person have their membership revoked?
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    USPA Revoking Memberships?

    that's all fine and dandy. The question was, why did this guy get his membership revoked? A random reply helps but, doesn't give any specific info. The USPA did the same thing to the owners of Skyride. They cude afford to defend themselves and did. The USPA lost that in a 22 minute case heard by a federal judge. They agreed to the settlement but only if it remained confidential. Still is to this day
  12. Point is, 13 BOD members chose to vote against what had been a precedent in the past. Why? That we don't know and may never know. They cude come on here and explain their reasons but, haven't done that. Perhaps they have a good reason for supporting a failing operation that has not materialized in almost 40 yrs. As of rite now, there is: No site selected. No plan for the building No firm budget No completion date No explanation where funds are being directed and for what And the best part is, they are still inducting former and current BOD members into a non existent Museum and imaginery Hall of Fame. A bill of goods are being sold as a promise in the future after what can only be called, a pathetic failure in the past. Don't know a single skydiver that doesn't want the museum, we just don't want the continuation of history. Get it together and put a plan in place.
  13. Really smells like an out of control government project doesn't it? That info isn't available because it doesn't exist. Everything about this is a "We think it's gonna be this much..." Questionable research for how many will visit this, as of right now, no firm plans for the final concept, still rallying for funds for an unknown, disorganized, pipedream that has been a total failure for almost 40 yrs. If this project has ANY chance to succeed as real entity, we need real clarity and a real, doable plan. Today, none of that exists....
  14. Not Choking but, I am surprised it's this close. I'll continue to use wude and shude for no other reason than it bothers you
  15. Certainly something to consider but, I'm not sure how much it really matters. be better to have people involved in the sport but, I wude rather see BOD members that are putting members 1st. Sherry Butcher and Mike Mullins have both strongly supported using members money to fund the debacle known as the National skydive museum. Hoping both will listen to what the members are saying here and make some better decisions in the future. You both want it built? No problem, pay for it yourself or find another way to fund it.
  16. baronn

    BOD election 2018

    I don't think that at all. Hoping they saw this before the election
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    60" drogue

    Didn't ask for the demo. Never occurred to me. This was delivered with a new container I bought. Yep, I was warned about the "oscillations". I've experienced that before on repaired drogues. This was more like a bucking and felt different. Tom Noonan did reach out today. After more 'splainin", he did offer to exchange it. Thank You. I'll probably do that. Haven't decided just yet
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    60" drogue

    Finally got all the parts together to put this rig into service. With a 400 in a Sigma container, real estate is definitely at a premium. Drogue toss was uneventful but, this thing bucks around like crazy. Pretty annoying. I called UPT asking to exchange it for a 54 and was completely shut down. Was told they can't take back a "used" drogue. Yeah, it has a whole 1 jump on it. Landed on grass and you couldn't tell it's been jumped. Charge an exchange fee if needed but, I didn't even get that. Just a really rude response and a lengthy 'splainin why they can't/wouldn't do it. Pretty shitty service after paying full retail for my 5th rig I got from them.
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    BOD election 2018

    I waited till now to vote. I was hoping some of the candidates mite come on here and state their position and what they would want to do in the future. Few did. My RD ran unopposed. I chose 7 from the list and I wrote in another. Let's hope some of them came on here and heard some of the members concerns and will choose a direction that reflects those views. And for Heaven's sake, Shit can paying for the museum with members money.
  20. baronn

    BOD election 2018

    I'm saying it now. And I'm not the only 1. Pay attention
  21. Getting down to the wire. Was hoping some of my posts wude have stimulated a response from some of the candidates. Few have. Thanks JK and GP for doing so. To the rest of the slackers out there, here's a few questions; State yer position on the Museum What needs to be addressed for change? What are they and why? Doesn't have to be long, just a short idea of what can be expected if yer elected. Thanks to all that respond
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    BOD election 2018

    Have to disagree. This discussion was never about who does the job, it's always been about how the job is being done., Cudos to anyone that chooses to step up and be on the Board. This raises the question: If it's such a shitty job, why run? Clearly has to be motive. What is it? If you choose to run and get elected, what fiduciary responsibility is there for protecting the interests of those you were elected to represent? Seems that is being ignored here and some other agenda is taking place. The museum was NEVER suppose to be funded with members money, This boondoggle has failed to materialize in 30+ yrs, no clear plan to ever get it done is being presented and how is throwing another 125K (or 150K) gonna change that? If yer gonna choose to do the job, have a plan to get it done. So far, very few have even come on here to state their position on almost anything for the future. Mysteries make ya wonder why...…..
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    BOD election 2018

    Soooo, you're suggesting that the members do the job that elected BOD shude be doing. What a crappy response. If I had the time (and desire) to run, I wude. Because I don't does that mean I shude just be happy with whatever these folks do once on the board? Elected officials are suppose to reflect what the constituents that elected them want. Simple. If they aren't doing that, then they shude be held accountable and if they can't/won't get the job done it's time for someone who can. That's why it's an election.
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    BOD election 2018

    296K? Fuck, it's worse than we were led to believe. Clearly any BOD member that supports this is drinkin the Kool-Aid. Out they go!
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    BOD election 2018

    Am I the only person having a difficult time finding a BOD candidate to endorse? Seems all of those running want to tell us about how long they've been jumping, running a DZ, skydive awards, ratings blah, blah, blah. Now don't get me wrong, we certainly don't want anybody that doesn't know about our sport but, I haven't heard a single candidate talk about addressing (what I think) are more pressing issues. Using members money to fund a failure like the Museum, failing to address the need to put the meetings online to improve efficiency and costs, addressing the problem with the rash of 182 crashes lately and a number of other issues that need to be addressed. Feel free to correct me with anything I may have missed. An informed decision is usually a better 1...