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    PD 360
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    8200
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    42
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    Formation Skydiving
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    3500
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    CReW
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  1. Look like I don't read my post enough. On that one I was so focus on the 101 years old of Armand my passenger that I write that the previous record holder was Bjarne Maeland that did a tandem jump from 10499 feets on september the 8th 1999 at the âge of ...101 years and 21 days ... but in fact it was 100 years old and 21 days! Since then I heard that a mâle passager did a tandem jump in california for his 101th birthday. If he did it on his birthday then Armand Gendreau still old it by 3 days. From what I remember the jump in California was 2 years ago and probably in Perris. If every body have some info about the jump in California please let me know so I can advise the family of Armand who by the way passed away two years ago. When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.
  2. I agree with you Doug with 25 min between load it is always possible. Easier with heavy passager but with smaller one not fun. Here our season is short but we are a pretty busy DZ. We can do 8 or 9 loads in 2h.So when we end up with less the 10 min in between I have to dress a few passagers myself so the instructors can still do a nice and relax service to their customers. This is where it hurts my business. Being a regular customer, an Instructor and an Examiner for UPT for the last 30 + years I can assure you that these guys will come out with a solution pretty soon. Keep you posted, When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.
  3. For the last two years or so UPT use a different webbing to built there passenger harness. The coating is thicker so adjusting these harness is very very hard. So hard in fact that my instructions leave them on the side and takes the old ones. With my latest addition I am now stuck with 40% of these. Last year we follow UPT recommandation and wash it two or three times with basically no result. This time we will try to soak them even longer, maybe a day or two...but I am not expecting that much. I talked with UPT earlier this week and they are not happy with this webbing either because it is very difficult for them to sew that webbing. So I know they work very hard with their supplier to find a solution...but until then is there any of you guys in the field that found a trick or two? Because on my side so far nothing is working. Thanks When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.
  4. Your question did generate a lot of comment for sure. To be honest I don't know all the rules in States about medical, doing it private compare to commercial DZ ect. But as a current examiner and a DZO I new a few things. If you are really serious about investing in that project and doing it right it is still possible. If I was you this is what I would do: First Contact UPT and asked them for: A :All the info you need to do what you want B :An examiner closed to your place (not one that want to sell you a rig) C :If you are serious about doing 50 tandems jumps / year and staying curent then i suggest you strongly the Sigma System. The différence is like jumping a round parachute, like we both did back then, and a square parachute...no joke. You can contact me at any time for more info. When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.
  5. Here we have only sigma's 340 for all passengers size in every condition.In my mind and from my insu that work at other dz before, this is the best main canopy on the market and with only 2 reserves in our last 7000+ jumps this is also very reliable. I think we can copare the sigma 340 to a big stiletto.The toggle pressure is easier then the sigma 370 and a lot better then the EZ 384. When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.
  6. Since I am both dzo and TE can see both side. Depends on the dz the answer can be different. In our case we do 40 + loads/ day during the weekend with two planes. So if one customer open high for any reason it will turn out to be a problem. We have the students to steak the canopy until 1500 or so but never opening the main. Also I don't think it is a good idea to train a student to pull the release w/o throwing it knowing that if he go aff the it is the opposite he will have to throw it as much as he can. So I think it is a bad habit to start with. When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.
  7. When something is going wrong, the same way and more then once in a relative short amount of time, I tell my instructors that the problem is probably not the equipment (if well maintain) neither the passenger but the instructor new bad habit! Usually only by listening to the instructor I end up to a pretty good idea where the problem is, but first I ask them to sit back and try to find what they are doing compare to what they learn in there course. If they can't find it then I give them my opinion and if there is a video we have a look at it. If the instructor is not sure what it can be an outside instructor can be a very good advise. Richard DZO UPT TIE When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.
  8. No With new sporty tandem main and unless you land on the beach where it is always windy, I think the best landing surfaces is grass. Of course you can perform a stand up landing on grass as well if there is some little wind otherwise I ask my my instructors to perform a sliding landing on their butt. If the instructors doesn't do uncontrol crazy low turns this kind of landing is very easy for both the passager and the instructors. If it take a toll over time is because the instructor is not doing his job properly. Trying to stand up with a Sigma 340 , like I have here, with no wind will eventually end up with passenger and instructors injuries! Where tandems take toll over time is probably at the beginning on shoulders. But when you learn how to save your energy by using the passager and how to do some exercices it is not a problem anymore. When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.
  9. Good one budy but it doesn't help me with the clicky!! Richard When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.
  10. Look loke it doesn,t work If we go one click at the time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSpxC6Gc1rU When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.
  11. It is now official. On June the 27th 2014 at Voltige Armand Gendreau became the oldest man to do a tandem jump at 101 years and 3 days old. He broke a 14 + years old record hold by Bjarne Maeland a Norwégian who did a tandem jump from 10500 on September the 8th 1999 at the âge of 101 years and 21 days old. Since it was too late for the 2015 book it will be in the. Here is two clicky but I am not sure how to do it so it work. 2016.édition.http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/11000/oldest-tandem-parachute-jump-(male)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSpxC6Gc1rU When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.
  12. This guy is trying the same thing with me. But when a put pressure on him he send me the exact same e-mail of 2 weeks earlier. I just hope DZ.com will make sure this guy won't stay on the system. Richard Lavoie When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.
  13. I am not a guiness specialist but from what I understand they have many category. Oldest jump, man ,woman, oldest first tandem ect. When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.
  14. Oups look like I push the wrong button. When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.
  15. When you think you're good...this is when you become dangerous.