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  1. But he said, "my friends." Doesn't that ensure it is not a vitriolic response? And if you don't agree with me, then I say, "Good day, Sir!"
  2. flyhi

    Extreme engineering

    Pretty valid. My undergrad is in civil and my graduate degree is in aeronautical. I tell non-engineers that both disciplines rely on Newton's F=mA, but in civil A must always equal zero and in aero, it almost never does. Gross approximation of the truth, but you know how non-engineers are. If you have the option, I would recommend taking an elective in a Computational Fluid Dynamics course if you can. I know Scott uses it in his work and it is the future. Wind tunnel in a box.
  3. Jumped at Monterrey 15 -18 years ago. I was traveling and did not have a helmet, altimeter, or goggles with me. They said they would rent me each of those devices. For $5. Each. Per jump. Also had an indoor and an outdoor packing area. Don't know how it was phrased or presented, but the bottom line was there was a cost to use the indoor area. It was air conditioned, after all. This may have all changed by now. Back then, I understand the owners were on site and since then, they have relocated to one of their other DZs on the east coast. Quien sabe? Having said all that, I did not see anything unsafe while I was there. At that time, the aircraft appeared new and well maintained. Jump run was done up the wind line, and with appropriate time between jumpers, I easily made it back to the landing area. Would I jump there again? Probably. It would be like jumping at Lodi. (I would do that, too.) You have to realize that you are acting as your own safety officer. Be alert, look around, keep your head on a swivel. Do you have the experience to do that? No, not at this point. That plus the fact that you are already predisposed to not trusting them would lead me to recommend you not do AFF there. I would recommend you do AFF somewhere else, get some experience, and then, if you want (and if you can), get on a load at Monterrey. The scenery is pretty spectacular.
  4. More protection on landing. Less snag hazards. Yes, controlling fall rate. The miltary has a saying, "Train like you fight." Works here too. Less prone to covering a handle? Old timers here will remember a post from Sangiro when his shirt did exactly that. And he knew what he was doing.
  5. Not familiar with this terminology. What does the "IAD student" part mean?
  6. What does YouTube pay per view? I heard it was $7 per thousand views. If true, that means they have pulled in over $100k from your video. Is it worth getting a lawyer or taking them to small claims court?
  7. flyhi

    Skydiving after shoulder surgery

    Had surgery for a dislocation with a rotator cuff tear. Everytime the doctor saw me he loved to say the word massive. "That was a massive tear. Massive." Twelve months to jump again. Do your rehab. Join a gym. Get a good trainer. Never stop rehabbing. You'll have a massive amount of fun.
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    Bob "Hubie" Huber

    I remember Hubie from Lake Wales. He was usually out early in the day and on the first or second load. I don't remember him jumping with anyone consistently. He always seemed to enjoy doing hop n pops early in the day and then finishing them up with some accuracy at the bottom end. After reading about him being the Quincy Santa Claus, I can see why that was important to him. Sat around and talked to him on some weather days and he was very gregarious. BSBD, Hubie. You will be missed
  9. Where you jumping, Skydive Palo Alto?
  10. Best Audible for a KISS Helmet Looking for an audible altimeter to use with a KISS helmet. I have heard of at least one that is not loud enough to hear. I jump with ear plugs so that would definitely be an issue. Never used an externally mounted audible, so no experience to fall back on. Thanks
  11. flyhi

    Going Home Again

    RW groups may not be the first ones out. It may be people who are referred to as movement groups. These are people on tracking dives or angle flying. With two movement groups on a load, one group may go first and one may go last. They may also not be that good at it. Make sure you know where they intend to go and watch for them. Welcome back
  12. flyhi

    Jim Dann, SCR 6, passed Aug 23, 2016

    Is it still possible to see this image? I guess it didn't make the leap over.
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    Balloon Jumps

    Did this balloon jump with Get Loft, Hot Air Balloon Adventures. Damian travels as the demand requires. I believe he said he has something set up in the near future in South Carolina. You can contact him at With him or with someone else, definitely do it. It is totally unique.
  14. What are you calling the base of the lark's head knot? Is it the red box portion? Thanks and sorry about the pic. Was in a hurry before my boss came in.
  15. So, tell your friends and family not to die on Friday and Saturday?
  16. flyhi

    US DZ operating Skyvan or Sherpa

    Looks like no matter what you do, you're just screwed if you own Skyvan S/N SH1960.
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    Packing Nightmare

    Also clear the excess material from between the lines before laying it down.
  18. flyhi

    skydive boogie in Ramsar , Iran

    May want to post this in the Events & Places to Jump forum. If it's real.
  19. Saw two cutaways on one day. And he packed for himself and was very particular about the way he did it.
  20. Looks like the draw was M - E - O - N, but with the centers in a two-way instead of a cat for the N. Was that the official formation back then?
  21. flyhi

    Skydive Chicago

    I bet he has already decided.
  22. flyhi

    Fluidwings Gangster

    How big do they pack? (My container is tight for my current canopy. Would probably go the same size in the Gangsta.)
  23. Why was Andrew Hill fired from Mile-Hi Skydiving? (Assumption on my part.)
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    Katana's dont kill people...

    They did you a favor.