Andy9o8

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  1. This subject is obviously important to you, for you to revive a 7 &1/2 year old thread that you started 9 years ago. It's certainly a reasonable topic. I admit I haven't gone back and read all 395 posts, but: have you proactively engaged the USPA in an effort to persuade them to revise the D license requirements to realistically reflect the current state of the sport? If so, how have your efforts been received by them?
  2. "Should I skydive?" "You'll probably be fine."
  3. Apparently one can. Neither the D license requirements, nor the C license aerial performance requirements (the D license requirements expressly incorporate all of the C license requirements) require classic freefly skills, such as back-fly, sit-fly, head-down or transition to and/or from any of those orientations. D license C license
  4. You did not "fail" your first AFF jump any more than you "failed" the first time you tried to parallel park a car. AFF jumps are training to perform a new skill set; they're not a test. Just like in driving, you have to practice a new skill set, especially one as alien and counter-intuitive as skydiving, multiple times to become proficient enough to be tested on it. Any time you hear (or read ) anyone use the word "fail" to refer to a student jump that didn't result in maiming or death, walk the other way.
  5. That is pretty stupid, IMO. If an AFF student on his first jump points at my chest strap while in the airplane and tells me that it is not properly routed I would blush, say thank you and shut up. I have 260 jumps. I hope I keep thinking and behaving like that my whole live. This "unwritten hierarchy" is not an excuse to have an idiotic attitude, neither being sloppy in your procedures. This. An improperly routed chest strap can kill the jumper, which fucks up the DZ, which fucks me & my buds up; and I might even give a shit about the life of the jumper even if he is a sophomoric asshat. Can it also let his rig shift around more on his body, increasing the chance his pilot chute might come loose in the plane, go out the door and kill all of us? Maybe. Does it reflect an attitude that if he's careless about that, he's probably also careless about protecting his handles and his PC in the plane? I think so. So I'll tell him about it. If he doesn't like it, he can bite my ass. Sometimes I'll notice a newer jumper eyeballing my chest strap in the plane because he's learned it's the right thing to do. I'll nod or say thanks to encourage him to keep doing it. Fuck the hierarchy.
  6. I think it's even more simple than that. People who are inclined to act like assholes will do so if given a forum that enables them, especially if with little or no penalty. Thus: Skydiving, at every historical phase of the sport, has always had its share of self-important douchebags who behave that way at the DZ, and probably always will. So, the tunnel doesn't bring out the inner asshole in jumpers any more than anything else: they were already like that.
  7. Pfft. That's like saying a herd of fish. Skydivers don't come in groups, they come in formations.
  8. I would just strongly urge everyone to keep it civil. Please. Let's keep our eye on the big picture.
  9. Tell me about it! Failure to use an appropriate plurative would annoy me, too. Really, nobody tries anymore.
  10. Jumping with boxers is an emasculation waiting to happen.
  11. Yes. And I'm very sensitive about my body image, if you don't mind.
  12. Relax, Grasshopper. Observe the peaceful grace of the butterfly. Contemplate the sound of one hand clapping.
  13. I've reviewed the answers I gave in 2009. They haven't really changed, but maybe I've mellowed just a tad more. Anyhow, I'm not rude (moi?) to people when they ask the questions, although I try to steer the conversation to "pass the potatoes" as soon as I can. But I'm naturally an impatient person, so I just don't have patience with the same questions & comments over and over the way some others in this thread seem to.. For this reason, I never disclose I'm a skydiver to those who don't already know it, and ask my family to do likewise. Sometimes my wife amuses herself by throwing me under the bus to see me squirm when she's had a few martinis, but hey - that's my gal, and she thinks it's a hoot.
  14. Thus insuring that everyone will be at the same place and the same altitude often at the same time or just seconds apart. Brilliant. Yup. Hey, I'm not an instructor, just observing what wuz and what iz.
  15. Yes, it's cultural, but in part due to the evolving nature of jumping. At Cessna DZs in the 70s, especially in the pre-Otter days, half the canopies in the air were rounds, and it took 100 jumps to get to jump a square. Usually a max of 4 of us under canopy at any one time. There were no "patterns", especially for rounds, you just landed in an open spot. Even if you had a square, you spiraled wherever you wanted, and landed wherever. So, we just used our eyes, and gauging altitude under canopy was (and frankly still is) pretty easy (unless you wear an eyepatch and say "Arrrrr" a lot). Eyeballing is still an important and under-emphasized skill. But with modern emphasis on everyone flying a predictable pattern to avoid canopy collisions, and with more canopies in the air at Otter DZs, there's more emphasis taught on specific altitudes for turning onto the last legs to landing. That breeds a lot more use of altimeters under canopy than when we were pups.
  16. This was my thinking, too: he was uncertain about his horizontal separation so he added vertical separation. I've seen the deadly results of freefall into canopy collisions. Yes, there are limits; but I can understand the thought process.
  17. And if they try to pull that, I, as well as MHS's lawyers, can think of multiple reasons why such abusive multiplicity of litigation should be both legally and equitably barred. And it would almost certainly be viewed most skeptically by a court. Again: there are good defenses to that tactic, too, under both law and equity, and a court would view the obvious tactic with great skepticism, to say the least. Friends (to all): This really isn't the place to be strategizing legal defenses and approaches. MHS's lawyers know what they're doing. Please, give them the breathing space to do it.
  18. It varies from state to state, but if the DZs are truly making money off the insurance premium (as opposed to being merely a 100% pass-thru), the particular state's Insurance Commission might require the DZ to apply for licensure in advance. I'm also curious: have you researched polices that would not have express exclusions (since many do) for activities such as skydiving?
  19. My litigation attorney brain figured they'd probably do that after the site visit the very first time I read that the site visit would take place. I can almost guarantee you the plan to discredit the site visit, one way or another, was formed before the visit even took place. I'd have been shocked if they hadn't filed this motion... or done something like it. Oh, well, they're nothing if not predictable. Hopefully the court will see this predictable move for what it is.
  20. Why not offer to take it home and run it thru the washer? Not sure it would survive a wash cycle lol. Might see if I can use the next size up. Lots of DZs really appreciate a little bit of volunteer help and there from their jumpers. Volunteering to wash a few of their jumpsuits would not only increase the supply of cleani(ish) jumpsuits, it's an excellent suck-up to the DZO, especially for a student. A win-win for everybody. There are more ways to spread good will at a DZ besides just bringing beer.
  21. Why not offer to take it home and run it thru the washer?
  22. Agreed. I'm all in favor of starting out on S/L and then transferring over to AFF. Lots of students on S/L progression (RAPS) struggle with instability on the shorter freefall jumps due to poor body position they're not even aware of due to sensory overload. "You kicked your legs; go back up and do it again. And relax!" isn't very effective instruction. Been there, did that. S/L is a great way to punch through sensory overload and concentrate solely on the basic staying-alive skills; then AAD is a great way to learn freefall stability and control. That's why I'm in favor of hybrid training programs, which IMO not nearly enough DZs offer or encourage.
  23. I thought you re-compress in freefall, not decompress. Explain.
  24. Would it stop a person from enabling his PMs, PMing someone and then (re-?)disabling his PMs before the recipient could respond?