matthewcline

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  1. Yep no more "and like your know",
    it is now "hey y'all listen to this I'm fixen' to tell ya story":P.


    I'm a Hawaii Kid who transplanted to Cali who then transplanted all over the states the last 20+ years. It wasn't so much a culture shock but I did get to see some of Jeff Foxworthy's stage material in real life.
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  2. From Cookeville, Skydive Smokey Mountains is the closest. Turbo Cessna 206 and a 182.

    Then you have Tullahoma where the famed King Air of Mr. Mullins flys part time and a Cessna 195 on other days.

    Then Skydive Paris in Paris TN. Cessna 182 and a enclosed packing area.

    Be carefull you don't fall for the ASC web pages that will claim to be Skydive Pick a city your in and drag you hours from your home.[:/]
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  3. Yes 900+ as the T-I and 50+ as the Student. Part of an I/E's job of course.

    Oh, yeah I did do a Tandem as my first freefall jump. C-141 B Starlifter at 14,000'.
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  4. I can get a canopy to the container in about 2.5 minutes (timed many times). 4 minutes from back to back again. This is with the F-111 type Demonstrator canopy I use on the Demo Team.
    The small Cross Braced canopy takes me about 7 minutes to put back on. Shipree stuff the ZP:S.

    I am able to do it through lots and lots of practice. I do the same technique in a hurry or taking my time, in a hurry I don't talk, talking slows me down, well that and looking at the DZ hotties.;)
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  5. Many years ago I saw Lake Wales had a English group in town and they had a near 300 pounder using the RWS Tandem converted to solo (It is in the Vector II Tandem Manual).

    The two AFF-I's had on nylon RW suits weight belts and still bowed in half! But they did it all well and the gent graduated by the time we left a month later.
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  6. For "Just Cause" (or "Just Because" if your politics went that direction then) we did the <500' AGL Combat Jump. I exited and it was pitiful, I had so much weight in my Ruck and Combat Harness that I just tumbled out the door. I landed WITH twists and riden' the ruck, right on the runway numbers, wrong end of course. I hit so freakin' hard the M-16A2 loaded itself (we jumped with the 20 round mags in the well but not chambered).

    Oh, the good ole' days, fun times, fun times.
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  7. The first bear hunt I was on in Alaska there was four of us. One dude walks up to another and asks his 2 mile time, goes to me and does the same, gets to the fourth guy and that dude asks "why?", the fellow says, "I am not the fatest here but faster than you and that is fine by me".

    Ok, back to the World Meet, is the Omniscore glitch fixed? I know it is free to us lowley RW fans but it is the only way for me to get my fix. They aren't treating this like a crack dealer are they? Gave us our taste and now the real cost is a commin'!
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  8. I would of figured you SF fellows stayed out of Ranger school turf:P, or maybe it was after the phase was scrubbed from the school.

    Last night we had the PC110 mounted on the camera helmet in night shot mode doing the 800' CE/T/N. It will be a good blooper real, twists, riden' the ruck to impact and the most aweful PLF:$.

    Glad it wasn't me, I did the day SF-10A instead. It is good to be in charge sometimesB|.
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  9. OK.:)
    are we meeting half way? Or do I go all the way there then blow ya?
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  10. Hmm, Desert Phase or Ragnar School?

    Like Bigun it was #2 and the Army said go, the door was open and the light was green (no spotting for us).

    Now having near 50 Army Static line night jumps (of my near 200 jumps) and over 100 night skydives, they can get tediuous, but I still make 'em as fun as I can.

    We had a good 2 CE/T/N Jumps last night, other than the heat and humidity.
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  11. Phreezone,

    Only my opinion, but the front along the tent camping area is usually fairly quiet. You know behind where "Casa de Cline" was, over the 4th of July. It would give him 200 meters of seperation easy from the peas. plus he could usethe corn field to the south as his play ground (wind allowing of course) with out others needing to pass through since they will be over the main landing area (mostly).
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  12. We all have stability issues whe nwe start.

    Eventually we can leave in any orientation stable (dive poise sit etc.) the deployemtn should be properly oriented to avaoid the issue you pointed out (horse shoe).

    But we do not get there with out practice. Next time it is a low day but high enough for you to jump, jump. You can also use it for canopy control and statistically we all can use that.
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  13. Read it again, Gary did it after the legal issue went away and used it as a chance to drive home a point.

    Pathetic? No, Smart, he made his point the lesson (I hope) was learned with no long term legal issues.

    Weather we agree with what he did or not, we are all learning some thing from this, what that is, is up to each of us.
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  14. I asked the Nashville FSDO office about that, for thier understanding on the FAR's and TSO's.

    Thier take; It is illegal and NOT waiverable, to jump non-TSO'd gear and/or not have a dual parachute harness conatiner, from an aircraft.

    A balloon is an Aircraft as far as the FAA feels.

    The FSDO went on to say if the rig was TSO'd and had a reserve, have fun, BUT watch the special provisions and deployment altitudes (he figured this was a specific event and would have a 7711-2 and -1 on file), this may or may not apply, it would be a WFFC staff question to answer.

    Safety wasn't a real issue. Legality is/was.

    Plus, I think it was defined as a legal issue when the FAA rep addressed the jumper in question and any argument against that is pointless, the enforcment authority made thier presence known (yes, at a skydivers request)

    I support Gary for using the FAA rep, once he knew the jumper would face no real legal issue, but to help drive home the point of legal or not.

    We may not like it but we who ARE members of USPA agreed to it in theory and the FAA has pretty much let us handle it. In my opinion it is better Gary handled it than the Local DA.
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  15. A friend of mine when he was stationed in Hawaii got ticketed (the whole load he said).

    He finally won his case in court but it cost him around $15,000.

    Before you say "pay the fine" and move on, apparently it is more than just a fine that hurts you.
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  16. I see a rift in the Marriage already! Who is the better "sitter":P

    Congrats! Chears to many years!
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!