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1. In order to get a canopy into horizontal flight at landing...

Not knowing what you don't know is certainly something to think about when giving advice to low time jumpers.
3. Commercial "space" jumping

Can this be done at the same time as climbing to 40k' in a "reasonable" time? Very few planes can you take to 40,000ft and jump. But the answer to your question is anywhere from 1,000ft/min and up. It really depends on how much helium is wasted in the free lift. If 20,000lb extra were thrown into a balloon lifting only 2,000lb, it would take off like a rocket ship. Not asking how fast a balloon can climb, asking if you can "hover" a balloon over a certain area while at the same time climbing to 40k' in a reasonable amount of time? Longer answer: Assuming perfect conditions in the most ideal area in the world, maybe. If you use a tether. A 60,000' tether for something with ~4000lb inertial mass would weigh (assuming lightest material available) about 4000 pounds. That would probably leave a mark if it came lose and hit you.
4. Commercial "space" jumping

Can this be done at the same time as climbing to 40k' in a "reasonable" time? Very few planes can you take to 40,000ft and jump. But the answer to your question is anywhere from 1,000ft/min and up. It really depends on how much helium is wasted in the free lift. If 20,000lb extra were thrown into a balloon lifting only 2,000lb, it would take off like a rocket ship. Not asking how fast a balloon can climb, asking if you can "hover" a balloon over a certain area while at the same time climbing to 40k' in a reasonable amount of time?
5. Commercial "space" jumping

Can this be done at the same time as climbing to 40k' in a "reasonable" time?
6. TI FAA medical?

This guy, Dr. Bruce Chien, can fix this with the FAA if it can be fixed. He is Da Man when it comes to hard case medicals. Contact him and be excruciatingly honest with him, he can smell BS from a mile away. https://flightphysical.com/dr-chien-dirksen-pkwy If you know anyone that is an AOPA member he is well known on the Forums there.
7. Axel Zohmann Fighting Leukemia

Bump..... Two of the nicest people you'll ever meet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
8. Reserve slider upside down

Should the rigs in question be grounded until this is sorted out?
9. What to do in Flagstaff, AZ?

Sunset crater is pretty cool.
10. Selfie

Yes because we let our students take cellphones on jumps for this exact purpose. More likely the student was a douche nozzle, and despite being told to empty their pockets fully they snuck their phone on to the jump and pulled it out unannounced and unplanned. Would the pilot be in jeopardy of an enforcement action/lawsuit if the phone was dropped and caused injury/damage?