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  1. bill6870

    Diff between RW & Competition jumpsuits

    I have bought an RW and a camera suit from Bev and the quality is top notch. I have done over 1000 tandems in the RW suit and other than some minor repairs it's still going strong. Tony suits are well built as well. Jump suits are expensive but don't go cheap, you get what you pay for.
  2. bill6870

    Can You Install a Skyhook Into any Rig? How?

    UPT licenced the skyhook to Sunpath so you can get it on a Javelin also.
  3. I have done tandems with many people that have insulin pumps and have never had anyone have a problem. The main thing is to make sure it's in a place on your body that the harness won't interfere with it.
  4. bill6870

    Gear for a newbie

    I have heard many jumpers say that but have never seen one actually do that. Don't underestimate the psychological pull that rig sitting on the shelf will have. Someone said buy the rig you are ready to jump now and I agree 100% with that. I have seen many jumpers downsize too rapidly and be just fine but also have seen a couple of jumpers permanently paralyzed doing that. It's just not worth the risk. Ultimately you have to live with the decision you make. It's much easier to live with the one that lets you keep walking. I don't know you and very little about you so this is very generic advice based on what I have seen being in the sport 33 years.
  5. bill6870

    What counts as a freefall jump?

    From the latest SIM currently on USPA's website. Clearly states 25 freefall skydives. Note: USPA Headquarters will accept either completed card signed by a USPA Instructor without the official stamp. The registration fee must be included. 1. Persons holding a USPA A license may jump without supervision, pack their own main parachute, engage in basic group jumps, perform water jumps, and must have— a. completed 25 freefall skydives b. completed all requirements listed on the USPA A License Proficiency Card c. completed five group freefall skydives involving at least two participants d. received the signature and official stamp on the USPA A License Proficiency Card or USPA A License Progression Card (ISP) which validates the A license for a 60-day time limit following the completion of the card e. The completed and signed USPA A License Proficiency Card or USPA A License Progression Card must be validated within 60-days of completion by sending the card to USPA Headquarters. Once validated, USPA will issue a license number that becomes a permanent record of the member. f. passed the USPA-developed written and oral USPA A-license exams conducted by a current USPA I, IE, S&TA, or USPA Board member
  6. bill6870

    Easiest Stability Exits

    That's fantastic! Congratulations. Blue Skies
  7. bill6870

    Easiest Stability Exits

    Did it just click or was there something specific that you did to make it happen? Blue Skies
  8. bill6870

    Easiest Stability Exits

    There are three parts to an exit. The setup: how you position yourself in the door, hand and foot placement etc. The launch: how you actually leave the airplane, should be hips into the relative wind. The flyaway: how you ride the hill. Take your time and set yourself up properly in the door. Once you are set up launch yourself with your hips into the relative wind. Then continue to fly your body on the hill. A lot of people have said to arch hard but in my opinion that tends to make you tense and rigid. I find an exaggerated relaxed arch works much better. Blue Skies
  9. bill6870

    1 or 2 Pin AAD on 2001 Infinity?

    Have safe and be fun! I wish you many years of healthy skydiving. My one piece of advice is to get to know your gear, your life depends on it. The skydiving world needs people like you so please take the important steps to make sure you are around for many years to come. I apologize if my reply came off as harsh, I didn't mean it that way. I just want you to progress in a safe manner. I wish you all the best that this sport has to offer. It has served me well for the last 32 years and I hope it does the same for you. Blue Skies
  10. bill6870

    1 or 2 Pin AAD on 2001 Infinity?

    It seems odd to me that you say "The experience I currently have is sufficient enough to determine what rig is right for me" but you don't seem to have the knowledge to lift up the reserve flap and count the number of pins. You might not know as much as you think. Some time with your rigger and instructors would be well spent. Blue Skies
  11. bill6870

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Most non GM DZ's require you to be a USPA member so you have the 3rd party liability insurance. I don't necessarily agree with the GM concept but there is a practical reason for DZ's to require membership. I doubt that if USPA dropped the requirement that many DZ's would follow suit. Blue Skies
  12. bill6870

    How old is too old?

    and what size human? Blue Skies
  13. bill6870

    D license able to jump with students?

    From the BSR's in the SIM 6. Students training for group freefall [S] a. Student freefall training for group freefall jumps must be conducted by either a USPA Coach under the supervision of a USPA Instructor, or a D-license holder, and; b. The maximum group size allowed for any group skydive is four if that group includes any solo students cleared for self-supervision. There must be at least one instructor, coach or D-license holder for each student involved. Blue Skies
  14. bill6870

    Questions - just did AFF Level 1

    Spend time working with your instructors until you have the landing pattern down. It is absolutely a safety issue to fly a proper pattern, if you don't, you dramatically increase the possibility of a canopy collision. In the meantime check out USPA's online ground school. The section on patterns has good descriptions and graphics to help you understand the concept. It has a lot of other good information as well. It is good you are reaching out to get a handle on this important part of the skydive. Have your instructors go over the pattern before every jump you make with an aerial view of the airport. Blue Skies
  15. bill6870

    Is gone?

    I don't use the site much but when I do I'm very grateful to have it. I would be willing to pay a small subscription fee each year to keep it available. I would guess I'm not the only rigger to feel that way. Blue Skies