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  1. Andy9o8

    Uber app install keeps coming up.

    I'm getting it too Samsung android Pls fix this, guys
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    GQ Security "The Unit"

    Just throwing this out there: is it possible the current landing characteristics of your PD 190 are, at least partly, affected by the age/permeability of the fabric? How well does it flare anymore? Also, if the Unit - which is what, 30 - 35 years old? - has been well-jumped, wouldn't fabric permeability be an issue with that one, too? And if it's one of the 200 sq ft canopies, would that land much slower than your 190? Again, these are just questions, and I'm sure as heck not a rigger. I'm humbly open-minded to learning.
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    Clean, Safe, Quiet Skies

    Paranoid megalomania knows no geographic boundaries. Or somethinglike that.
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    PM idea

    Would it stop a person from enabling his PMs, PMing someone and then (re-?)disabling his PMs before the recipient could respond?
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    Funny Skydiving Nicknames

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... i.e., my first DZ back in the 70's... there were these 2 girls, I think they were friends, who were student jumpers. Pretty close together in time, one of them pulled really really low...and lived. The other one no-pulled for whatever reason, and her trusty (!) Sentinel Mark-1 popped her reserve... and she lived. Thereafter, they were called "Low-Pull and No-Pull".
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    "Who" invented "what" in skydiving?

    I invented dumping through my legs while on my back in a flat spin in the mid-1970s.
  7. I respectfully urge all to please consider this (and I hope this post is permitted to remain here):;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread
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    Hello From Upstate NY

    Where in Upstate NY are you? Finger Lakes Skydivers is in Ovid, near Syracuse. Frontier Skydivers is in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area. I think there's a third one up there closer to Rochester, too. The Ranch is great, but it's more downstate in Gardiner, near Poughkeepsie.
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    Need advice in Philly

    [url] Here's your link.[/url]
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    Need training graphics
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    PD "Proxy"

    It's all about choosing one's own level of risk to assume. Remember, 99% of the population think you and I are utterly mad for engaging in even the most docile and conservative of parachute jumps. Do DZs and skydiving equipment manufacturers have no shame by advertising their products? Does jumping out of airplanes with only fabric parachutes to save one's life need more encouragement? Hell in a handbasket.
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    Buffalo, NY?

    When I got started Back In The Day (1970s), one of my earliest DZs was [url] Frontier Skydivers[/url], now in Newfane, near Wilson (outskirts of Buffalo-Niagara Falls area). Terrific DZ, wonderful people, salt of the earth. It's a testament that while none of the other several DZs in Upstate NY that existed back then still exist today, Frontier is still there, and some of the people who jumped there back then still jump there today (some of whom post here!).
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    friend requests???

    Do you ever click on someone's profile while reading on a mobile phone? If so, the friend-request link is so close to the profile link that it's easy to send a friend request inadvertently. (p.s., It Would be nice if they gave us a confirmation screen first before the request is sent... especially if you're trying to check out the profile of someone you think is a Big Fat Douche. )
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    should i continue aff?

    Wrong. I've written about a dozen posts to students who say that. Although each jump is expensive, there's no such thing as a "failed" student jump that you land safely. An AFF jump is training - it's practice - it is NOT a test. If you have to repeat a training level to learn the skills, that's what practice is all about. Get your head out of the mindset that the need to PRACTICE a training level more than once is "failure", or you'll set yourself up for needless and unwarranted discouragement. If your instructors intimidate you or make you think that you "failed" a training jump, then you need to find new instructors or a new DZ.
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    skydiving sleeve!

    I swear to god I thought you meant a reefing system for a canopy. Yeah, I'm showing my age. .
  17. I'll let someone else answer the question about making enough money, but I will give you this advice: before you do it, make sure - in advance - that Canadian law (or the laws of any country you travel to) will allow you to work in exchange for any kind of payment - money, food, a place to stay, jump tickets, etc. - with the type of visa you will have.
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    Car Pool to SkyDive PA

    This won't help you immediately, but please consider: According to your profile, your occupation is "Commercial Truck & Auto Collision Repair". Perhaps you can do that acceptably well without the ability to test-drive the vehicles you repair; I don't know. Anyhow, driving schools aren't dirt-cheap, but many are quite affordable, and they're pretty efficient, too. If you don't own your car, there's no need for you to carry (the expense of) regular auto insurance. Once you have a license, I'm sure there are "Rent-A-Wreck" type places in the Pittsburgh area from which you might be able to find great weekend deals - perfect for the person who needs wheels on the occasional weekend without too much expense. (They'll charge you a bit more for their insurance if you don't have your own, but not too much more.)
  19. Sorry, haven't heard of him. This may or may not help your investigation: 1. What due diligence did you conduct before sending money? 2. Did you protect yourself by using someone like a rigger or gear shop as an escrow agent?
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    4-way vocabulary question

    Reasonable? I suppose. Practical? Open to opinion. Tell you what, if that gains traction, I propose we call freeflying formations "free radicals".
  21. The Marines can land on any goddamn beach they want. Just putting that out there.
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    C-9 info needed

    Will this help?
  23. Hi there! I'm so glad you're OK from your incident at Lodi. Do you mind if we continue the discussion we had in this thread in 2008? Have your thoughts on tert reserves for CRW (or anyone) evolved at all since then? Look forward to your thoughts.
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    AFF Level 1 Malfuction? Advice Please

    It's not extremely common, but it does happen occasionally. That's why your instructors trained you in EPs to deal with it (I would hope). There is no single, universally agreed-upon accepted answer to this question. The answer may vary with your training method and/or level of experience, among other things. As a student, you should obtain the answer to this question only from your own instructors.
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    Skydiving after open heart surgery

    Nobody who is not a trained medical professional is qualified to answser this. Individual non-professional anecdotal experiences, without more, are greatly overrated.