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  1. As it has been said, as long as the car is well taken care of and is capable of the speed without being at 110% go for it. That said, I am going to turn the thread in another direction. 105mph in a car feels like I should get out and push. with 100s of hours of track time and a handful of race experience on street bikes, I laugh at you car people. 160 down the front straight at Brainerd is more like it. At 13000rpms you don't stop and wonder..., hmmm is this bad for my bike. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
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    I jumped a later version of the Jedei. A swept wing with eagle line trim. It has already been noted that the Jedei, was pre-lazer table so each is a little different. The canopy I had was awesome, it opened very nicely, flew like a razor and had tons of lift. I put 1500+ on it, at about 1.85lbs. pr sqft. I got the canopy at about 700 jumps and it was way over my head. When I got the Jedei there were no canopy courses, nobody with any real knowledge of how to make these canopies perform (not in the mid west and not many places in the world). We learned the hard way back in those days. If you know what your getting into and your ready giv'r. none of us know you so we can't really say you should or shouldn't be on the canopy. Someone has seen you land, someone knows what you can handle, don't ask us ask them. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
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    I'm 21

    I went Skydiving the week before my birthday. I never looked back. Now, I celebrate May 11 1991 as my birthday. My skydiving birthday. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  4. [reply) you haven't lived unless you have taken a 4-way out the door, turned a point or two from 3000 feet. Thats the way!! With the advent of the super fast canopies and the SLOW snivelers, this is going on less and less. I still keep my fury in date and ready to go for just such an occasion though. Unfortunately no one else keeps their Fury ready. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  5. All right, I think it's kinda funny to listening to the AFF people to, But not really. The h&p is in there for your own safety. If you can't leave the plane and instantly be in a position to pull, you are a danger to yourself. Reserves are packed with care and precision but if you need 3-5 seconds to get stable before pulling,,,,.... geesh. If you have to get out of a burning plane at 800ft you don't have 3-5 and as your reserve pilot chute goes between your legs, who knows how it will open. I was another s/ler so my 3500ft h/p was higher then I had ever been and it went smooth as glass. I remember thinking this is just to easy. On jump number two (5 sec) I let go of the strut with my left hand and gave my jm the hang loss sign before letting go. I am glad you took the time to get it right, congrates. Sorry for bringing things down a bit, it's just a personal pet peeve. People should not be frightened of lower altitude. Maybe go do some BASE jumps, then you'll realize how much time you really have from 3500. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  6. I like to see those people with few or no jumps posting. It is fun to go threw the different threads and pick out the HPDBs (huge poser douche bags). It makes me feel both good about myself and my huge base of useless skydiving knowledge. It also makes me laugh at these people who think they know enough to express and opinion about skydiving and don't. I have been called an elitist before because of my feelings about what is current (200+). This is the net though. This is a place with no accountability, where you can say what you feel and think. This is also for the most of us a free country and we are allowed to express our feeling and opinions. So let the HPDBs have at it, I for one find it both amusing and thought provoking. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  7. L.O.

    Recovery Time

    I can't say I have broken my tib/fib but I did my best in an attempt to get rid of my left femur (the X-ray looked like a broken Coke bottle). While I was at it, I thought why stop there. I broke the knee-cap and the ball at the hip socket. The hip in 6 places. My skull in 6 also. I don't remember the parts were I couldn't walk (Feb-May). I was at the DZ every week-end because I couldn't work. I packed and packed because I could not stand. The doctors made me lay-off for 6 months. My first jump back was a 12-way at the WFFC, I was the L.O.. After openning, I spotted one of my buddies flew over docked, side-by-side, down-plane, brake,land. So, how long for a fibula? Do you have to take a brake for that? HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  8. Obviously Sam has been the recipient of some poor teaching and a little misinformation, or possibly he is just retarded, so leave him alone. All kidding aside, I went 288-244 nothing 244-220 the Fury rocked 220-200=0 200-120 holy shit at 160 jumps 120-105 big dif at 700 jumps 105-120 after liquified left femur, broken hip(6), ruptured spleen, shattered skull (6) (through a Factory Diver). loss of short term memory, brain surgery to repair the torn dura layer, I could go on and on. 120-89 3000+on my 89s going to a 90 in the spring. So, if you want to continue down this path go ahead. I was not a runner but a long distance cyclist and in top condition. I was a hot pilot and making 500 jumps a year. My "I can do it, it's easy for me" attitude got me big time. You may be lucky enough to get away with it, but don't expect these people to let you get out of here without a firm shake. I have done the stupid stuff and will never recover fully from it. This is serious stuff, be careful. Stop where you are, learn the canopy. I can do more with a 150 then 95% of the people jumping cross-braced. I would say That the way to go is to embarrass the people jumping X-braced, with your Safire 190. Then when you can do that, downsize and show'm how it's done. Good luck. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  9. I had a couple hundred hours flying airplanes when I did my first jump. I landed on my first jump, stood there for a second, then remembered my PLF. I quickly performed my PLF. I was in the pee gravel on 3 of my first five. Back in the day we had no radio assist so no cheating. Zero P had just come out and the Sabre was hot and scary. My first 0P jump was a Janathan 136. This was the first canopy under 200 that I had ever jumped. I have always had an easy time with canopies even down to the 63VX (at 3.?). I make a lot of jumps on a Fury to, so don't think I'm a swoop only flyer. I think it has been mentioned already about complacency. I payed a heavy price for my fun. 10 years ago on Thursday, I hit the ground so hard you wouldn't believe it. I will never recover fully from the accident. The sport and the equipment has come so far. Take a good canopy coarse, take your time. As long as your not hurting yourself your doing OK. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  10. I commit so much time to these new jumps, and I still get picked on relentlessly. It's just not fair HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  11. At my DZ all of us with the skills to pay the bills are load organizers. If you sign up on the load and we have three capable people we do a 4-way, if not its two 2-ways. To see a 4-way on my DZ without at least one 10000 jump wonder on it is a freak occurrence. To see the posts with people saying "no one will jump with me" makes me feel ashamed. To keep the sport alive and growing we have to help these people out. I may be a very highly skilled jumper now, but I think there was a time when I was not so good. I don't remember it but there has to be a beginning to everything. So today I jump with anyone who signs up, no mater their skill level. Last weekend I was on at least two loads that I didn't really want to be on. I went because I have the ability to make things work. Even if they didn't work I could at least see the problems and help the people on the load see how they f-d up or contributed to the problem and how they should have fixed things. Thats how it works at my home (I live here). I get no money for what I do (I pay full price), I do it for the love of the sport and the people doing it. I am sure you can tell that this a personal pet peeve. I am getting more and more angry as I write so I'll stop here. Sorry for the rant. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  12. It is unfortunate that so many people fear airplanes. Airplanes are a necesary evil in this sport we love. To hate any part of the sport takes away from your overall enjoyment of the experience. The suggestion has already been made that you learn to fly. That might help. Tell ya the truth, I love to fly but it can be hard to watch another pilot control your destiny HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  13. You have no idea. My boyfriend and I have a deal. Either one of us can sleep with him and its not considered cheating. I don't know about him but I've never had to "cash" in yet. No I have not cashed in on our agreement. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  14. If you put 200 on a new rig and it doesn't look great, it would be a freak occurrance. My XRS Javelin looked great at 200 so did my other Jav and my wings W1 looked super. If you only put on a few jumps a year and are very careful any rig will last forever. I am going to get another Wings next year and finally retire the XRS (1996, 3000+jumps). Never had a Mirage, sorry. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  15. Did Rods Bell 412 at Quincy, many times. They were OK, I prefer a hot 4-way thanks. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  16. -8 and sunny. Waiting at the DZ for anyone else to show. Wild fan is here with me. I live here, she has no excuse other then being HARD CORE (and she loves me, Who wouldn't). HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  17. Pack volume for a Sabre 1 150 is 413cu. in. according to the chart in Para Gear. The 135 is 363cu.in.. These numbers come from PIA. I couldn't find the 1.4 in the current sizing chart for the infinity but if the placard is correct then you are well within the manufactures recommendations. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  18. I am going to chime in with the same opinion as everyone else, demo, demo, demo. Jumping the canopy is the only way to find your soul mate. We are all as different and unique as the canopies we jump. Sounds like you have it nailed down to one degree or another, now it's just time for some action. Go out beg barrow and steal anything you can get your hands on. after that make your choice, Good Luck. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  19. When Goerge SRs train went past the South end of the DZ in 1992, I was next to the tracks with my ass hang'n out. So what do you think? HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  20. My skills, came about mostly from jumping with others whose skills were far beyond my own. A big part was also watching the first ten seconds of 1200 skydives a year from the pilots chair. I know most people will not like this, but all came easy. My mind was able to grasp the concept with ease. By 100 jumps, I was jumping small parachutes and doing big ways without getting noticed. I love skydiving. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  21. That was a little uncalled for JP. The stuff from most manufactures comes with some assembly instructions and the L&B guys are usually great. This kit is garbage the way it was received. To have to tack and cooble this expensive equipment together is not right. two riggers the Square one dealer and everyone else who looked at it were all baffled. We just didn't expect such a difficult process. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  22. She got me a new Sidewinder and I got her a new Oxygn A3. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  23. You think that was bad? The guy running the show, for the -5 jumps, Joe Johnson was taking tandems up to 7G. It was the ultimate kick in the nuts for the wuffos, and they didn't even know it. Since the helicopter (R44)had no doors and no room to move, they left the ground fully hooked up and ready to go. Joe was on his back inside the chopper, while his passenger dangled outside for the whole trip to altitude. We payed $60 for the heli jump, it was stupid, but the kids had never done it and would have jumped no mater what. These tandem students got down and did the standard tandem student things. They were all about how great there jump was, but holy s&*t they just got stiffed for $250 got almost no freefall and got the brunt of 25 minutes of very sub 0 temp. I would love to get them into the polar bear thing, they really deserve some kind of reward. for doing what they did. They were given the option not to jump. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  24. Lynn made a mistake , but she is just very excited. This weekend was the end of a three weekend draught. No jumps for almost three weeks. I was also very pumped to be back in the sky after so long. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.
  25. It has been two weeks. The longest lay-off this year. I have not gone more then three weeks since the first Thai record in 02, and that was only one span of four weeks. I was off for 16 months for an injury. Other then that never more then 3 weeks since 93. If I don't jump next weekend, I will repack my mains and start getting real nervous. I feel like a rusty nail after two weeks. Three weeks, it feels like I'm doing 4-way without booties. Four weeks, I'm waiting for the phone to ring, and someone to offer a small sum for my gear. The reasons for the two weekends of no jumps, were, bad weather the first weekend, bad weather and below zero temps the next. Me the DZO, DZM, and wildfan 75 spent the weekend at the dz anyway. I live there so it's not hard to spend a lot of time at the DZ. HPDBs, I hate those guys. AFB, charter member.