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  1. NWFlyer

    Reading material 4 way RW

    https://www.facebook.com/notes/397791286992705/ https://www.facebook.com/notes/402916153146885/ I helped pull these together when I was involved with the NCSL. Haven't checked all the links in a while, but most of 'em are probably still good.
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    Places to Jump along Route 66

    Christmas week? I think you're going to find most everything along that route closed for the winter until you get to California. Perris/Elsinore are open year round and aren't too far south of Rte 66.
  3. Have? or have one that's still flying? In the latter category: Skydive Arizona.
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    USPA elections

    If you find this interesting, you may also find Scott Smith's candidate statement interesting. (page 42 which is the 5th page in this PDF excerpt) http://www.uspa.org/portals/0/downloads/BODElection.pdf
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    Skydiving at Burning Man

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    How much money am I losing?

    Age is a less critical factor than considering: 1) How many jumps are on the canopy? 2) How has it been stored when not in use? 3) Is the canopy / design one that is still common / popular? I helped a coworker who'd been out of the sport for nearly 15 years sell his stuff recently. Most of what he had was gear that's less popular today, but he also had a Spectre 190 and was pleasantly surprised to hear that even though it'd been in a closet for 15 years, that Spectres were still popular and that a 190 would be a popular size for newer jumpers, so he could actually get a good price for the main.
  7. Whatever someone is willing to pay for it. Size of the canopies may make a difference in price because of a different level of demand.
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    Cluster Balloon Nooooob.

    Wait, what, we're saying that 30 jumps isn't adequate for planning and executing a surprise demo into a high-profile sporting event?
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    Protrack question

    You're not doing it right. (Sorry for the smart-ass response, but really, how's anyone supposed to help diagnose the problem if you're not specific about what you tried to do?)
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    Looking to buy my FIRST RIG... HELP

    Assuming you are a brand-new skydiver whoever told you that might not have your best interests in mind. 215 lbs on a 190 is a wingloading of about 1.25-1.3, which isn't generally recommended for a novice jumper. Even at a weight of 200 your wingloading would still be on the high side on a 190. If you take a look at Brian Germain's chart linked in the thread below, at an exit weight of 232 (which is the closest to your exit weight that's on the chart) a 190's not recommended till you're over 240 jumps. http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=3470220 Keep in mind, also, that wingloading recommendations also should be applied to your reserve.
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    Reasonable number of jumps a day?

    8 to 12 is not uncommon for fun jumpers, and not all that hard to do at a reasonably busy DZ with good weather and long summer days. That said, if your profile is accurate and you only have 14 jumps total, you may find more than 4 or 5 in a day to be a pretty ambitious pace at this point. If you're currently jumping at Cloverdale, why not spend the day or the weekend at one of the busier turbine DZs in northern California? You can up your pace without having to commit to taking a huge chunk of time off.
  12. http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?do=search_results&search_forum=all&search_string=chris+kotscha&search_type=AND&search_fields=sbjbdy&search_time=&search_user_username=&sb=score&mh=50 http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?do=search_results&search_forum=all&search_string=freefall+suits&search_type=AND&search_fields=sbjbdy&search_time=&search_user_username=&sb=score&mh=50
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    Altitrack Stealth Failure

    Yep, had it happen before. I've sent two different units back to L&B because of resetting problems. First advice I'd give would be to change the battery. One thing I've observed as a "feature" of the Altitrack is that it will be low on battery but won't register as being low on battery till you shut the unit down, take out the battery, and reinsert the battery. THEN you'll get the warning. (But since yours is brand new, the battery is less likely to be an issue, but it's worth a shot).
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    RW Jumpsuits

    Brands are really a matter of preference. There are many good ones and everyone will tell you their favorite is the best. Get booties. If you're going to compete, even just for fun I'd recommend the biggest booties available (often called comp booties or mega booties). Inside and outside leg grippers are also really helpful, and if there is a choice in gripper size, go big. Cordura butt and knees can help with durability. Extra zippers (leg, arm) are imo an unnecessary failure point. A pocket or two can come in handy if it doesn't come standard. Other options are going to depend on your size/fall rate, such as fabric choice, fit, etc.
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    Cross Country - Planning

    For license/experience level - I'd say enough experience to be comfortable selecting an out landing area and safely landing out, and that may vary depending on where you are. Somewhere like Byron or Eloy where there's a pretty decent amount of wide open space, finding a decent spot to land isn't that challenging. Somewhere like Hawaii... not so much. Wherever you are, your best bet is to talk it through with experienced hands at *that* DZ. They can tell you about prevailing winds, and whether if the wind is coming from X direction cross countries are great but if they're coming from Y direction, they're not a good idea. They can talk you through the flight paths and the outs, and local limitations (such as other air traffic). I've not been to Hawaii but you may find limitations there (or at other DZs where the out landing areas can be quite hazardous) simply because of the higher risks of landing out. At a big DZ like Eloy, whether or not you can do one will at least partly depend on what's going on in the operations that day. If they're only turning one plane it's more likely to be allowed than if multiple planes are turning. But as you've probably already figured out by your question about checking with DZ management, a cross-country the type of jump you always want to discuss before you do it so they can work it safely into operations and so that if someone's on the ground counting canopies, they're not freaking out because you're not landing with everyone who did freefall jumps. As for wingloading, nope, not everyone has to be similar wingloading. At Lost Prairie they do a multi-plane cross-country load every year, and people exit from highest wingloading to lightest wingloading. That creates natural separation, which is a good thing when you've got a lot of canopies in the air. Cross country jumps are often done at sunset - that creates a couple more things to think about. Climate - are you somewhere where the temp drops dramatically (like Lost Prairie) as soon as the sun goes down? Dress appropriately or your beautiful jump will be miserable. If part of the attraction is that beautiful sunset, which way will you have to face to see the sun? Which way will you have to face to head back to the dropzone? Make sure you're not "that guy" who gets so distracted he forgets to make it back.
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    Skydiving Cross-Country Road Trip

    U.S. summer, I'd stay north-ish. In late July you could hit Summerfest at Skydive Chicago, then boogie across the country to catch Lost Prairie in western Montana (which follows right after that) then spend August in the Northwest (Leap for Lupus is usually in August at Skydive Kapowsin, plus there are several other DZs in Washington and Oregon to visit and it's a spectacular time of year there).
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    The dream of a young skydiver

    I guess I'm old fashioned but I find this type of fundraising really distasteful. Don't get me wrong, I'm willing to help out people who are just getting into the sport, but it's not going to be from just throwing cash at an online fundraising site. It might be by talking to them about what they're looking for in gear and giving them a heads up when I see a good deal advertised on the classifieds, or hear about another friend who's selling exactly what the newbie needs. It might be in doing a coach jump with someone for free. If I win something I can't use in a raffle, I'll look for someone who needs that thing or that discount and give it to them. I'm willing to do that because I'm building a relationship with the person and I've gotten to know their circumstances, and because of that budding relationship, I want to help them out. Not because they said "please give me money because I really want to do this."
  18. Please tell me you had someone on as counterpoint who tried to defend the 45 degree rule.
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    Tib/Fib break and recovery

    So I haven't had a tib/fib but I've had a lower-extremity injury (torn MCL) where I had to work with my doctor and physical therapist to figure out when I was "ready" to go back. If you haven't already, I'd suggest that you explain things in terms that will be more understandable and familiar to your care team. Such as "I need to be able to jump off of a moderate height (say a table) and land safely without increased risk of injury" and "I need to be able to run out a landing safely" and "I want to be able to make sharp lateral moves without increased risk of injury." "Skydiving" is really abstract to them. Running and jumping are things that they can understand, and they'll understand the forces that will be on your body.
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    Skydiving Research

    Are you looking for research on the industry? The people? The gear? The sciency stuff behind it? "Research on skydiving" is a pretty broad descriptor. http://www.pcprg.com/ Some nerdy aerodynamics stuff here. One of the researchers posts on this site as peek and would probably be happy to help further.
  21. In the US, I'd vote for Skydive Arizona for having your best shot at reliable weather. It might get chilly (especially in the mornings) but it seems to have a better track record of clear days than some of the other warm-weather destinations. Good facilities, making it a comfortable place to spend a whole month. Jumping every day, good organizing and coaching available, etc.
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    2014 USPA Nationals - A Weekender’s Perspective

    Hah, I'm glad to see that Corn Hole will be coming back next year even with the (generally) better weather in Arizona. Sounds like it was a successful test event this year. :-D
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    You can encourage her to keep coming out with you. You can point out that every jump she walks away from is an opportunity to go up and do it again, whether or not it was "perfect." There are many many stories (probably many at your own dropzone) of skydivers who had to push through a lot of early fear and performance anxiety and performance issues to keep going - hopefully someone more seasoned can share their experience with her. But ultimately, it's got to be her call as to whether this is something she wants to continue with. It's not for everyone, and it's an expensive, risky sport - you really do need to be pretty into it to be willing to accept both of those things. She may or may not be.
  24. Check out the NCSL - we have lots of events that are appropriate for newer jumpers and it's a good chance to meet others. https://www.facebook.com/NorthernCaliforniaSkydivingLeague And don't be afraid to ask more experienced folks to jump with you - yeah, there are a lot of folks who are working, or doing team training, but there are plenty just there to fun jump - you just need to ask and meet them.
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    Cons: You can't put it in some rigs. You can't jump it at some dropzones. Pros: cheap.