matthewcline

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  1. Different flags have different set ups. These flags are carried in a container mounted to the front of the jumper. Usually these set ups are used in conjunction with a clear and pull. After your done with the controlability check (yeah we still do 'em) your either are at the point you want or move to the point you want to lower the flag.

    There are numerous styles and techniques for flags/banners and all have thier Pro's and Con's.

    The "Drop" flags are getting a little more popular as they can be made larger than the "canopy" flags. Being larger means you can make a flag or banner seen from a greater distance.

    I have to admit I am very impressed with Travis' handling of the 7800',he lands it in such a way as to show respect for its symbolism and show the crowd it is a tough job.

    I remember the last practice I saw him jump this flag. He landed the flag, then he stood up his landing a few feet from it, turned to the flag and with brakes still in hand placed his right hand over his heart. He may chime in and say it was an accident or that he was signalling us he was trying CPR :P(these hings are stressful to fly), but it still looked reverent.

    Matt

    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  2. "Good writers are minimalists . . . "

    I thought that was strippers?

    Where I jump-
    The SIM is introduced at the FJC and then used as a back up reference at each Cat brief for the next jump (we have a Cat brief card/s done for each Cat so it can be in the AFF-I's hip pocket). As the "A" license card suggests we too ask about joining USPA. We make the SIM available in a hard copy form so they can read it from jump to jump and show them the USPA web page so they can down load it if they want.

    Matt
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  3. I get stuff like that all the time.
    Inlcuding ones for a job I no longer do!

    It at least gives me some thing to do in the AM when I get on the computer, I am always so dissapointed when the inbox is emty and I don't have my usuall 6 e-mails trying to make my tool bigger and a bashing or two from some other skydiver.

    ;)

    Matt

    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  4. I think a "time in sport" requirment might be better used here over a minimum jump number.

    Sure we can have folks who have 100 jumps and 100 hours in a wind tunnel out fly us "I's" already, but if that happens in 3 months, what have they learned of the sport?

    What about knowledge concerning wind conditions (near obsitlces and at altitude do they know what a "dog leg" is?), gear maint. canopy maint. proper spotting experience, etc.

    Time in the sport will help gain that knowledge.

    I think when original standards where made we had more time in sport when hitting these numbers and gained more sport knowledge. With the fast planes, big DZ's and packers we can make the minimum number of jumps pretty fast with out really learning much about the sport, and yes, there are exceptions, and every single one of us is that one exception.

    Matt
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  5. Yeah, that is a cool shot of "Ice Cream" landing!

    You should send it in to Skydiving Magazine, larger circulation I think.

    Matt
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  6. Yes, old news that has been reversed.

    But I think it should be the same fees no matter who is one board. I always made sure my orders had the extra fees covered before departing on any TDY trip.

    Matt
    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  7. Mutli Cam was rejected purely over political reasons. It was not a wholey US held and developed company so no was the answer, but having worked as a COR before, I think it is also because they didn't have an advocate in the Lab for them.

    Multi Cam should be the choice in the future with the "PROPER" Fabric and uniform design with maybe a few changes (like getting that fucking zipper off the coat so the SAPI plate will stop digging a hole in my chest when I hit the dirt!) (well not for me any moreB| but for those who still kick in the doors) . There is also a Multi Cam BDU.

    Multi Cam will end up being adopted much like Tiger Stripes in the 60's. The Lab did not develope Tigers either (they did test and refine the design at some point), but SF, Force Recon, Seal's, LRRP's and PJ's used them as they worked so it became an item of issue for specialized units.

    Since Multi Cam is not "Approved" for Conventional units and is not a Service Uniform at this time my self and several of us on the film crews use it when doing any thing remotely tactically related. I prefer the Sage Green AF boots by Rocky (AS2, I think) as it seems to blend in pretty good and are pretty comfy (they come in tan too for the Army Folks).

    Matt

    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!

  8. My new job has me trying to keep up with the many uniform changes ALL services are going through right now.:S

    The Army is of course going all ACU for Tactical wear and most daily activities. The new Dress uniform is an effort to stream line the amount of clothing needed for occasions beyond the dirty work and to reduce cost for the Soldier (Lou D, both the Male and Female Versions put the patch in a simular spot look for the 101st Patch on the males Right Pocket, but yeah Glorified Cook is accurate).

    The Marines have done a few chnges during the last five/six years and spurred the current digital fad for the tactical uniforms.

    The Navy is making changes designed to cut 9 uniform choices to 3, saving money for the indiviual sailor. A slight step backwards was the NWU, they ended up with three versions of it, Blue Digital, Tan Digital and Green Digital. The Blue is for all sailors and the Tan and Green for those who may go a shore in some sort of Land Warfare role (Coprsmen, SEALS, UDT, SEA BEE etc), but over all a step in cost reduction for the Sailors.

    The Air Force has adopted a new tactical uniform and dress uniform as well. The new Digital Tiger Strip looks cool but is not doing well in the filed (much like the ACU).

    Funny thing is that all four Services took the Tactial Pattern than did not finish the highest in testing. Multi Cam beat all four of the currently adopted patterns for function in the field. Uniform design is just a matter of placing pockets, buttons, zippers and snaps etc in the right spot. I know that in the Army all we in the field asked for was the ability to modify our uniforms like SF but keep the DCU and Woodland Pattern as they happened to be pretty good and unifrom suppliers met that demand in days!

    The badges and wings are still dearned, but maybe the definition of "earned" has been broadened.[:/]

    Matt

    An Instructors first concern is student safety.
    So, start being safe, first!!!