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  1. Happy Sky-B-Day, Dave
  2. Probably should have said, "Did she not have the urge to go potty in five years?" Was meant more towards motivation than spillage.
  3. OK. I'll ask the obvious... Did she not have to go potty in five years? I'm thinking that if I ever found myself too big to potty, that I'm too big to eat. Seriously though, a part of you has to feel some kind of sadness that someone gets that way.
  4. I think we "may" be doing the same thing during the initial climbout, in which my body is about the same. If you stop there, then that's where the difference begins. As the student is swinging out on the strut, my right foot then gets brought to the right furthest edge of the strut and I am squatting on the step facing forward so that I am inches from their face and can ensure my right arm with the P/C and bridle remains in the center of their back.
  5. I am VERy confused by this statement. Exactly how are you climbing out that your reserve is exposed to the prop??? When I climb out with the student, we're side by side facing forward. I have one hand on the strut, both feet on the step, and my hand with their P/C in their back the whole way. Please elaborate.
  6. Thanks, John. And, you're right. I've had to miss the WFFC once before since getting back in the sport and the following year it was more appreciated. Sometimes short-term sacrifices have to be made for the greater long-term good. Blue skies...
  7. Fortunately and unfortunately, I accepted a new job a couple of weeks ago. Actually, I was offered two jobs in the same week. The first offer was an old boss of mine who made the offer and blocked out the WFFC week as part of the offer. The second offer that came in was more lucrative, but I could not get the week of WFFC as part of the package because they needed someone to prepare them for an end of August system deployment. I had to choose. One choice would have been an emotional one and the other a more logical one. While it would have been easy to accept the choice that included WFFC, I don't know that I would have been as passionate about that job for 51 weeks for the one week of passion at WFFC. So, this year, I skip the WFFC. To all that are there and that have seen regularly over the years, Mar, Doc, Brentster, Marcus, Hutch, Lee, Steve, Djan, Anthony, Tony, et. al. I'd like to say that I know you're missing me as much as I'm missing you, but you'd be lying. Wishing I was there and not being such a responsible adult. Please be safe, enjoy, and one more thing... Please make sure there's at least one no suit, no stress, sunset Anvil Brothers dive for me.
  8. Ahh, ok. Maybe as a warmup till you get some one on one, you could view the following from Sid...
  9. First the ratio of reserve rides is pretty high when compared to failed reserves. Parachutes these days have a 99.997% probability of opening - for both mains and reserves. The odds of something happening with both are pretty phenomenal. Having said that, if you pull silver and the reserve doesn't leave your back; as mentioned earlier, use your elbows to bang on the side of the reserve pack tray (if memory serves, this scenario is what drove Mick C. to invent the catapualt system in his Reflex) As for the bag lock on a reserve, it's "probably" (not the only) the brake lines that need to be pulled on vigorously. We have replicated a reserve bag lock on the ground and found that pulling on the toggles releases it. And, as everyone else has stated, do everything you can think of till you see the light. Bang on the reserve, grab the toggles, the rear risers, etc. Finally, you should really focus on the positives of how many times reserves have worked flawlessly, rather than the minimal amount of times they have not. Each year millions of military jumps and skydives are done around the world, with thousands of reserve rides. As you continue, you may wish to consider geting an intentional cutaway rig and doing an intentional cutaway just to gain the confidence that they do and will work. What will amaze you even more is seeing the Skyhook in action on a real cutaway situation. I am still in awe of watching that work.
  10. My question would be, "How did you get your "A" license without learning how to pack?" That aside; my recommendation would be to get with a instructor/rigger/packer, inquire as to how much for an evening of packing class, set a time and get after it.
  11. Contact Kat directly at Alti, she'll accomodate you individually and provide as much customer service as your used to with L&B. Personally, I'm sticking with the hard Alti III and the ProTrack in me bonnet. If I can bang up the aluminum Alti III well, imagine my ability to tear up a Neptune.
  12. No doubt. That thing wore me out. Trickly little [email protected]#$tard...weren't it?
  13. Any thoughts on the skydiver's size and effect on parasitic drag? edit: oops, you mentioned over 200 sq.ft.
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