matthewcline

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  1. In the US once certified it is as JP stated. Only one rig manufacturer gets involved in Helmets and only really for the certification course. All manufacturers recomend a helmet for both Instructor and Student, a hard shell for the Instructor and Frap Hat type for the Student. Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  2. This is great a supported "Mentorship" program. Kudo's Mike! Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  3. You think growing up is safer? No Shit there I was, using the weekend to do a little house work. So I snatched up the laundry basket and turned to head over the the washer. HOLY SHIT! Who shot me in the sholder!?!?! With my momentum I stumble in to the now dropped laundry basket and trip, as I pitch toward the floor I realize I still have the basket in my right hand and it is blocking both my legs from moving, thus blocking any cool Ninja like recovery. Well hell I'll just brace with my left hand, oh wait the left shoulder was where I just got shot, so I am now going to get a serious rug burn. Well no rug burns if I dropped the basket from my right hand and brace that way, oh wait better yet roll with it and ala Jerry Lewis I am back on my feet! Well that didn't go right. I dropped the basket and attempted to roll only to get my feet, yes feet not foot, tangled in the damn thing and down I go! BAM! I'm down like a WWE wrester and the basket is headed UP like it is coming off the top turnbuckle. Now I am kind of on my right side, pinning my right arm adnd any chance of defense I have to the floor. Seeing the basket reach its apogy and start down toward my head, I think, "Oh Fucking lovely". As it decends it disgorges all its contents, socks, under wear, t-shirts, jeans and towels. SO I resign myself to my fate, I am to be knocked out by the Laundry Basket, OK fine, just don't let my my "knocked out cold" face be covered by my under wear, I just think the EMT's would post pics on flicker and then argue over who had to see if I was alive! There is a God and he gave me a miracle! The basket lands next to me and falls away from me! Whoo hoo I am saved! Now to quickly get up and reload the basket and finish the trip to the washer before any one ses this! All one "armed". SO in pain I get the fiorst load in the wash, head over to the mini drug store we commonly refer to as the "Top of the Fridge" and load up on the pain and anti inflamatory pills. As I down the pills my 13 years old daughter walks by carrying a bra, shacking her head and not saying a word (I wonder where she got that attitude from?), goes to the washer checks it is the right colors and tosses it in, as she walks back out of the kitchen headed back down the hall way where the scene of my near demise took place she says: "Found that hanging on the lamp there Emmit Smith, that was funny". Shit She saw me crash and burn So you see growing up can be just as dangerous! Hope your feeling better! Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  4. Happy B-day Ole Bean! Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  5. How close are you to Chambersburg? That was a GREAT DZ last time I visited it. If you have not been there yet give it a try, if it is within reason. Of course I drive 4 and 1/4 hours to the DZ I mostly jump at. I have never been the Skydive PA. So no Opinions there. Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  6. Now that is funny! Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  7. In your line of work and who you work with, damn that is scary! Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  8. Oh look! Red Red Green It's like Chritmas in February! Oh wait the Religous Holiday referance will get this moved to SC, I'm Sorry! Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  9. I have stalled a Storm with out wraps as well. Why? Just to see how it would behave so I would know, I do not anticipate needing to use the info for any thing else. Scott - I agree with the points of the stall being performed up high! I also follow your thoughts about the "why do it?" and understand the lack of it being needed or even capable with lots of the newer designs. I still think knowing how any canopy will behave is good knowledge, and knowledge is power! (Good old School House Rock!) I am one of those "Education" guys. Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  10. If you had a UHF radio in the helmet that would be a hoot! "Super Hornet this is Amazon, joining your formation on the right, what do you say we pick up the pace?" I wonder if they do a barrel roll at break off? Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  11. True, but it it good info to have. Knowing when a canopy will stall and how it behaves in the stall, and in it's recovery, is good info for later use. Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  12. Spelling shmelling. Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  13. "It doesn't explain why or how the airborne began doing that in the first place. Oddly, only MPs and airborne were permitted to do the 'pants leg' tuck thing into their boots." The blousing came about because of the Leggings. Leggings where used to keep bugs and dirt out of the lower legs during excercises and combat operations, but not worn in Garrison. The original Boots used by the Infantry where lower and provided little to no ankle support, so not ideal for Paratroopers. Tankers had just gotten a new boot that was taller but had buckles across the arch, not good for jumping. The Tanker Boot was modified for Airborne Troops and the Cocharan Jump Boot was developed. Since the jump boot was providing the ankle support and bug protection, with the pants bloused into the top of the boots to keep the dirt and bugs out, leggings where dropped by the Paratroopers . This also allowed them to show of the new Paratrooper Boots that only they had authorization (although officially it was not authorized till later) to wear. And today they still blouse the pant legs in to Jump Boots. Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  14. I think he was taking a pic of some one drooling in their sleep. Look at Clarence Thomas, he looks knocked out! Neat tech though. An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  15. Didn't know or Forgot? Just kidden, really Ah shit he got a gun, damn! Every one freeze, I'm going to run! Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  16. +1 Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  17. A 46? Gear in a plastic bag? (yeah I am sure your is new and does not leak like the older ones did) Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  18. Yes, the lines are out there for Skydiving Canopies as well. Flight Concepts Inc puts black, red and white on various Demo Team canopies and I am sure could do it for other canopies they make as well. Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  19. Oh yeah, Well I go get 180 freaken roses, cost me $540, head on over. Where talking things are looking good, then she asks if I have the "roses". I say "be right back, three trips from the car later and then she doesn't even want the damn things! Why even ask for 'em then? Sheesh Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  20. Rough Terrain Suits are used by some Smoke Jumpers, and some Paratroopers in the US (and I am sure of other places). I have two Rough Terrain Jumps, one in the suit. Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  21. I guess it would be fair for me to pay to do a few 3 or 4 would be a good number. Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  22. Then you would use D=KAV, in two parts. For Freefall D=3 (the constant or "K")xAltitude (thousands of feet falling reduced- 9K=9)x Velacity (averages of the winds for each thousand foot increment). or D=3x9x12 D=324 m This is freefall drift. For the round Canopy flight D=25x3 (openning at 3K) x Velocity (average again) or D=25x3x10 D=750 Or the spot will be 1074 m from the center of the peas. (based on the tube scenario, not swagging any thing like forward throw or climb out etc. and using a perfect one direction wind chart) Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  23. Probably more to do with what General Yarborough was wearing when he met the President. Hint: Look at some of the photo's of the eternal flame at the Presidents grave. OF course it will have to be a photo taken the first day or two after the buriel. Matt Edited 'cause I goy my names backward. Must early on set of that thing that messes up your memory, oh hell, I forget what its called. An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  24. I am not sure how many planes DoD has but I think thay have a version of the computer on all most all of 'em. What 6 planes and what purpose? Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!
  25. Flight Concepts does complete rigs (Wings Conatainer) or Canopy Deals. Works out to around 45% off for a complete rig and 40% for a main/reserve combo. Matt An Instructors first concern is student safety. So, start being safe, first!!!