psychoswooper

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  1. psychoswooper

    Handi Cam AND top mount Go-Pro on Handicapped Tandem

    No, not that. I mean mounted on top of the TM's helmet as in sticking up on top of the head!
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    Handi Cam AND top mount Go-Pro on Handicapped Tandem

    I am really curious as to the people who voted "no problem" do you seriously not recognize any problem with having a nasty protruding line catcher on top of your head on a Tandem jump (regardless of the passenger)? And have you ever seen video of Tandem reserve deployments up close? Sometimes all kinds of stuff is swimming around up there. Do you think this is making the skydive "as safe as possible" for the passenger? Do you realize that Tandem pairs are sometimes not very stable during reserve deployments? Are you actually a TM? I really want to hear why you think it is not a problem.
  3. psychoswooper

    Handi Cam AND top mount Go-Pro on Handicapped Tandem

    OMG hilarious.. Yes ..like that!
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    Handi Cam AND top mount Go-Pro on Handicapped Tandem

    Recently saw photos of a TM taking a paraplegic on Tandem. TM wore both Handi Cam and top center mounted Go-Pros even though there was outside video. I personally think the top-mount was insane, (having seen many Sky-hook deployed reserve videos) and even the Handi Cam was a bad idea but that's just me. Wondered what other (preferably Tm's) thought? Note: the psgr used to jump and a group of highly skilled jumpers built a big round on the Tandem. Not sure but I think it was also the TMs 1st Handicapped passenger.
  5. psychoswooper

    AFF instructor salary

    Our DZ pays $40 on 1 JM levels and $40/$25 on 2 JM levels. JM who does ground prep gets the $40
  6. psychoswooper

    Physical Test For Tandem Students

    Used to work at a DZ in Locarno Switzerland. All Tandems had to walk down to the control tower and back in a certain amount of time. I can't remember the time but it required a fast-ish pace. Solo students had to do that in a much shorter time, plus a fast sprint, standing broad jump further than their height, and shimmy up a 3 meter pole. Instructors had to do it with them :) Some females lacked the upper body strength for the pole climb-initially-but we would see them about 3-4 weeks later flying up the pole!
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    Smaller TI's shooting Handycam

    The only one's who like handcam are the ones getting paid to do it. I beg to differ. We offered both for a while. Showed examples of both to customers (and it was good quality outside video) 95% of customers chose handcam (good hand-cam) primarily because of the under canopy footage and being able to hear the conversation under canopy. It's not just all about the freefall. A first jump is a total experience.
  8. psychoswooper

    Conflicting advice from 2 S&TAs

    Hmmm, I see neither the word "never" nor "always" in either of my posts.....In fact I even make a reference to "giving a pass" meaning that sometimes (there's a word I bet you like!) there is room for flexibility IF a full knowledge of the jumpers background, skills, etc. are well known which was not the case in this instance.
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    Conflicting advice from 2 S&TAs

    If these guys go around "shopping" for a DZ to kill them self’s at, all you can do is make sure it isn't yours. I don't think this young jumper was "shopping" for a DZ to say "yes" and I don't fault him at all. I think he may have thought that the only issue was the original side-mounting of the camera and, having changed that, was smart enough to seek out the advice of the S&TA. My concern is about the S&TA who did not know enough about this jumper's background (which was trouble free- but there was no way for the S&TA to know that) to give him a pass on starting earlier than the USPA recommends without so much as a phone call to the jumpers home DZ. I wonder if he was asked "how many jumps on your present canopy?" for example. Or "Have you ever had a cut-a-way?" It seems as if the S&TA him/herself may not have been very well informed, because frankly . "It's a Go-Pro and it's top mounted so it will be OK." sounds more like something that would be said by somebody with much less experience and knowledge of past accidents regarding cameras than I would expect an S&TA to have.
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    Conflicting advice from 2 S&TAs

    110 Jumps...Local S&TA who was also jumper's AFF I and knows jumpers complete history, skill level etc.....says" NO, you can't jump that GO-Pro just yet" First off It is mounted horribly on the side with major snag points, and besides, USPA recommends a higher experience level.....Jumper visits other well known SE FL DZ. 1st time there, first time jumping new main canopy as well. ..S&TA who just met jumper says....Since it's a Go-Pro & has now been top mounted it's OK. WTF? First time at this DZ, 1st jump on new canopy. 1st time jumping camera....what could possibly go wrong??? Why even bother trying to go by USPA recommendations? Fuck it...do what ever the hell you want. I don't care anymore.
  11. psychoswooper

    AFF Level 5 Cutaway

    hmm that point is interesting. my opinion is your instructor should have never allowed to jump like that. glad ur ok and managed to land safely in the end. and congrats on passing your aff. I agree. Most experienced AFF I's are well aware of the need for contrasting colors on cut-a-way handles and jumpsuits. Some resolve this problem quite easily by simply putting a stripe (black for example) on the cutaway handle. Locating your handle quickly could make a difference some day. You did great. But take this lesson away with you.
  12. psychoswooper

    WFFC

    QuoteI miss waking up to this: [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_DKWlrA24k&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/url Wake up to that song? Hell we heard it right smack in the middle of our party time:). We used to go in a DZ group of 20-25 people. 7 years in a row. The "Other Quincy" gang would reorganise their vacations in a heatbeat for another chance to do a WFFC. Too bad the "youngsters" will probably never know anything close...thousands not hundreds of jumpers all in one place...Jet jumps, the wild helicopter rides, corn fields... I hope they do. What happens at Quincy/Rantoul stays at Quincy/Rantoul....
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    Cypres2 cutter broken, any rigger feedback?

    http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=3380901;page=unread#unread
  14. psychoswooper

    Awesome another skyride Groupon

    Everyone gets all outraged by skyride tactics- often rightfully so- but there are DZOs doing stuff just as sleazy. There's a DZ nearby that ran a Groupon caiming a regular Tandem price of $299.99. You could go on their website & book it for $189 thru ProSkydiving's online reservation program. When Groupon found out, did they make the DZ change the groupon? NO. But the DZ took all references to regular price off their website. (does this make them conspirators?) They also claimed (in the Groupon deal) an 18 place plane, 14K and Beach landings while knowing they had a 182 went to around 10K & are far inland. But I know some people who bought the deal & are going to go there and demand what they paid for & go to the State Attorney when the "Bait & Switch" happens.
  15. psychoswooper

    Xtreme Spring Break Boogie

    First off geography must have not been a priority for you in school because Panama City is not near that far from the Airport we are using. I guess geography is not a priority for Google Maps. They must have attended the same school I did. I just put in Panama City Beach, FL as my starting point, since that's where I'll be, and Altha, FL which is the address you gave as your location as my destination. 3 different routes showed 60.9 miles, 77.6 miles and 69.5 miles. So I rounded. I don't understand why you are mad that people just want accurate information, I would think that you would want everybody to know as much as possible.