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  1. Cosmic, Send me your address and I'll send you my copy. I have The Art of Freefall Relative work too and a few other old-time skydiving books you will like. You can have them all.
  2. Yes. And good leadership too. There are no good choices and some will always be disappointed but Perris made a firm decision, communicated it exceedingly well, stuck with their choice until circumstances changed, and now are making a measured return to normal. Or whatever the new normal will be. Very professional.
  3. I don't come around here much anymore but wanted to recognize Perris and Dan BC in particular, for their Covid 19 pandemic response. Not just with decision making but _communication_ as well. This is the most challenging time for our generation and there really are no "good decisions" given the circumstances, but I think Perris and Dan BC have really risen to the occasion and have done a very admirable job. All the best with the reopening!
  4. It's good to see John Mitchell be recognized in the Profile section of this month's Parachutist magazine. And, good to know a little more of his background. I've never met him (except possibly at the T-Mobile demo in SF.?) but have always been impressed by his presence here on DZ.com. He always seems to be measured, supportive, kind and helpful, and quite knowledgeable. Plus, as an Air Traffic Controller - a pilot's best friend! Way to go John Mitchell!
  5. When I was working at Perris years ago I had a few opportunities to jump the jet - one of them paid for by a buddy - and I kept saying no. And interestingly, I have no regrets now. It always seemed just a little too sketchy for me...neither the airplane nor the pilots got exercised much, the runway was incredibly narrow for the gear and wingspan, the Take Off over town looked really low and fast, etc. "Just get me high enough to jump" wasn't working for me. I'm sure I would have been fine if I had made the flight - one almost always is - but I've always listened to my gut on these kinds of things. Even against peer pressure. Kind of like the time at Eloy when I was the only person (one of 44 people) who got off the DC3 prior to TO because the left engine wasn't making full power on the 1st TO attempt. Turns out that was a revenue-producing maintenance flight. Everything turned out fine on that one as well, but I was the only person who made the right decision that day.
  6. >What's the best way to practice packing? With a Professional Rigger watching over your shoulder. Find a local rigger and ask if you can practice packing in their loft. You can do your thing and develop practice and muscle memory, and they can do their thing - rigging and paying the bills - and provide oversight and guidance as you go. Pay Them For Their Time. It will take practice and repetition, but with the right amount of guidance, you'll both come out winners in the end.
  7. "At home in her sleep"... That's a kind and gentle way to go for such a kind and gentle person. She was a sweetheart, I always enjoyed being around her. Rest peacefully, Linda.
  8. Bobby Smith let me jump his Strato Flyer at Perris in 1980. The opening and landing were both _Rock hard_ and we were both little guys. I had a ton of respect for him after that jump!!
  9. >But remember I can think of only two.properly constructed harnesses that have failed in my 40 year career. Councilman, was it the stitching that failed or the actual webbing? If the webbing, type 7 or 8? Anything noteworthy you can recall?? Thanks!
  10. And I have couple non-diapered C9s in great condition which I pulled out to replace with new Strong 30 ft Lopos. :-) I'll make someone a good deal if interested.
  11. I will ask Allen - thanks. Anybody have contact info for Bob Celaya? If so, please PM me.
  12. Anybody know someone in the CA/AZ area that can inspect/service a Martin Baker "hot" ejection seat? I have a customer that is looking for someone. I thought of Mike Owens or Bob Celaya, but don't have contact info for them.
  13. And to add.... This was the Ala Doble (double wing) Ranch in Esparto, west / northwest of Sacramento.
  14. Any Old Dogs here that attended the fly-ins at the Vern Dallman ranch in Northern California in the 90s? Old Yolo or Pope jumpers? One of my rigging customers mentioned this to me, and it sounds like one of those "you had to be there" type of experiences. If you were there, I'd love to hear the stories. With all the aerobatic flying going on, there must have been some skydiving too.?
  15. >I am seeking a serious mentor/friend who is willing to help me to continue to progress in my skydiving career. Good for you. And good luck! I wish someone had made a well spoken, well informed, and well thought out request like this to me, when I was still active. It feels good to give back to someone who is appreciative - and you sound like that kind of person. Blue skies.