Odin

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  1. AND get pictures so we can see your perfect swoop in the dark! Es gibt nur zwei Dinge welche unendlich sind: das Universum und die menschliche Dummheit, wobei ich mir beim Ersten nicht ganz sicher bin..
  2. If you get to western Canada, Edmonton Skydive had a quadriplegic jumper who got pied a couple of years ago for his 100th jump. www.edmontonskydive.com and follow links for Dave McCullough or for Bernie Cyr. They might know someone in your area. Es gibt nur zwei Dinge welche unendlich sind: das Universum und die menschliche Dummheit, wobei ich mir beim Ersten nicht ganz sicher bin..
  3. good to see there's interest. Like I said, I want to wait a year or two, but when it's time, watch out! We just need a really large DZ so everyone can land away fro9m everyone else. Es gibt nur zwei Dinge welche unendlich sind: das Universum und die menschliche Dummheit, wobei ich mir beim Ersten nicht ganz sicher bin..
  4. I saw the second impact not the first, and I was confused by the fact that he made no attempt to PLF. As the jumper was a good friend, I felt a kind of introspective sadness as the incident unfolded, but it's a state of mind I can't really put words to. By the time the ambulance arrived, (it was a panic toggle turn to avoid another canopy) I just felt like letting the other jumper involved know that he was still very much family. The feelings about the whole incident/issue still go on, but those were the first few.
  5. Did a naked jump for #69, it was kind of scary as not every landing at the time was a stand up, and my accuracy was hit or miss. All the extra pressure added up to a soft stand up (nobody wants to biff when they are naked) ten steps from my clothes in a field a short walk from the DZ. Has any one else done a nekkid jump #69?
  6. With the encouraging number of one-eyed fliers with their "D", just curious as to what the largest formation is with only one-eyed skydivers. I'm still not that comfortable being around large groups in the air (109 jumps), and CReW scares me just watching it, but in two years or so, I would be interested in seeing about putting together an attempt at a record. Anyone interested? Es gibt nur zwei Dinge welche unendlich sind: das Universum und die menschliche Dummheit, wobei ich mir beim Ersten nicht ganz sicher bin..
  7. As a one-eyed jumper with only 109 jumps and still leery about being around large groups of people in the air, I am curious-what is the largest formation of jumpers with only one-eye? Es gibt nur zwei Dinge welche unendlich sind: das Universum und die menschliche Dummheit, wobei ich mir beim Ersten nicht ganz sicher bin..
  8. Ended up on one by accident at about 50 jumps. Started out as a sunset load, got delayed, I was on the 3rd or 4th pass, debating whether or not to leave the 'plane and had my mind made up for me by the freeflyers after me. A quick boot to the butt gets you in the air pretty fast
  9. Just thought I'd add my two-bits to this discussion. I lost the vision in my left eye in 2001 due to a retinal detachment which failed to re-attach, followed by corneal scarring, corneal perforation, corneal transplant which failed after further retinal surgery was tried, resulting in bleeding under the new cornea making it opaque so that I get next to no light transmission through my left eye. Why the long intro? I started sky-diving three years after and now have 109 jumps in just over a year. I also tend to flare a bit high, but after reading the other responses, I know why! On low wind days, I tend to land crosswind because I have spectacular PLF landings in very low wind approaches. I weigh 190 and jump a PD210, so my loading is 1:1. I am one coach jump form my RW endorsement for my A CoP, and looking forward to doing two-ways. I tend to land well away from the congested landing areas because other divers look closer than they really are. Being pretty much blind in my left eye makes for interesting adaptations in checking my altimeter. If I didn't start to do a slow 360°, I would backslide, because I would tend to lift my upper body so that I didn't have to turn my head as much. I now fly in a mantis rather than a box, thanks to the guys at Perris Valley Wind Tunnel, and can check my altimeter by sliding my my arms fingers to elbows, which puts my altimeter right under my nose. For the two-eyes out there, try putting a patch over one eye for a couple of jumps-I'm sure all the monocular jumpers will get quite a laugh out of your landing . It's a long post, but there are a lot of technique alterations needed to safely jump with one eye. For the original poster, tell your brother to go for it. Es gibt nur zwei Dinge welche unendlich sind: das Universum und die menschliche Dummheit, wobei ich mir beim Ersten nicht ganz sicher bin..
  10. Recently spent the week in Switzerland for a meeting in Lucerne and found this great Dropzone. They have just the one plane (holds 10), but there was never a long wait. The place couldn't have been friendlier. Most of the regulars speak English in addition to German, so no language difficulties with communication. Highly recommended if you are in the area.
  11. It took me very little time to make friends at this zone-my German is not the best-but never felt like I wasn't welcome. Fehrbellin has a large landing area with very few obstacles, and is easy to locate from altitude. On the week-ends, it can take a while to get on a load, due to a large number of tamdems, but there is no shortage of people to chat with while waiting.