ECVZZ

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  1. Hey Scott - Thanks for the call today. I'm sorry I missed you, and I'll definitely call you back tomorrow. I understand completely about not being able to answer your phone, as I obviously have the same problem depending on where I'm working on a given day. Please understand that my post wasn't directed at you personally, but rather at tunnel management. By the time I booked at Perris and made the above post I had given up on flying in Ogden at all because I couldn't contact anyone. I had called information and was given a # which I called and left a message. It appears that the # was incorrect, and it's all 411 had. I then called Ogden, hoping maybe Brian or Suzanne had the #. I don't know who answered the phone, but they were very clear in informing me that they were in no way affiliated with the tunnel (Duh...no shit! )and couldn't help in any way. I tried your cell as a last resort. Again, I didn't mean anything against you with the last post, I think you're a great guy. It was the lack of contact info that lead to my frustration. Perris isn't until the 4th, so I'll call tomorrow and see about booking some time with you in the meantime. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  2. I was thrilled at first that there was going to be a tunnel nearby. That feeling was soon replaced with confusion, then frustration, and now total apathy. Maybe they have enough business, or maybe they just don't care enough to answer the phone or return a call...I don't know. I do know that I'm not going to drive 1-1/2 hrs one way on the off chance that I may be able to fly there when Perris is only a 2 hour flight away. Skyventure Perris answered the phone, booked my time and took my money just like they were interested in having my business, so now they do. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  3. I use packers a lot, and I always set my own brakes and stow the excess brake line; un-collapse the slider; do a line check & shake the canopy out; and cock my pilot chute. I won't get into whether or not I think a packer should do those things, as what I think about that is irrelevant. What matters to me is that I know they're done. If a packer couldn't (or wouldn't) close the container using flap sequence recommended by the mfr, then I wouldn't use that packer. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  4. Voices, a thousand, thousand voices Whispering, the time has passed for choices Golden days are passing over, yeah I can't seem to see you baby Although my eyes are open wide But I know I'll see you once more When I see you, I'll see you on the other side Yes, I'll see you, I'll see you on the other side Leaving, I hate to see you cry Grieving, I hate to say goodbye Dust and ash forever, yeah Though I know we must be parted As sure as stars are in the sky I'm gonna see YOU when it comes to glory And I'll see you, I'll see you on the other side Yes I'll see you, I'll see you on the other side Blue Skies Shannon...You are missed.
  5. Lmao...the thought's kinda funny, but I actually saw this very thing result in a tib/fib fracture, accompanied by ankle dislocation with a full 90° angulation. Paper streamers are definitely cheaper. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  6. ECVZZ

    epilepsy

    No argument here. No prob...If the epileptic in question is controlled with meds and hasn't had a Grand Mal for the last year or so, knows their triggers well, and has jumped previously, then it's a judgment call for the TM imo. If there are no previous skydives (no guarantee it won't trigger a seizure), or if the person has recently experienced a Grand Mal, then my opinion would be no, the person shouldn't be allowed to jump. That's where you said it was the same type of erratic movement. It's not the same. No TI should go into a jump with an epileptic thinking they're even remotely similar. I have a little experience skydiving and no instructor ratings at all, but I do have a shitload of experience with epilepsy both personally and (in a former life) professionally. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  7. Holy shit...I wouldn't jump that thing either! I could tell it was a FF handle, but it honestly looks like a relic, instead of a current production item. All the pc's I've seen have the handle attached directly to the apex, just as you described. Any idea of the reasoning behind this design? G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  8. Damn that looks dangerous! Was that shipped from a current manufacturer? G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  9. Absolutely no argument there! I would like to think that any Rigger would approach all the gear he services as if he were the only one to ever inspect it, regardless of whether he works for the mfr. That being said...we don't live in an ideal world, and I'll take all the eyes I can get to inspect mine! G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  10. After reading about errors made by Riggers in general, I wouldn't honestly think the mfr would be any more prone to miss something than any other loft. I believe it all boils down to the level of commitment to quality and detail of the individual Rigger rather than where they work. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  11. Nothing but Kudo's for Kate and Co here... Except for that damned DGskydive guy.. J/K Dom! (He's actually one of the nicest people I've met!) G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  12. There...fixed it for ya! G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  13. ECVZZ

    epilepsy

    Sorry, but not even close to a Grand Mal seizure. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  14. Since common sense dictates the use of some form of eye protection, and I have very sensitive eyes (blonde/blue)I usually jump with my sun glasses. I wear clear goggles when needed for eye contact. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  15. Lol, you'd need a body mount to jump an F828. Actually, I'm grounded for awhile due to a neck injury and figured I may as well make the best of the situation and get some nice pics at Nationals. I have no plans to actually jump a camera. The Sony looks like it may get the job done nicely without going to a DSLR. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  16. Damn, that's a powerful statement...made me stop and think. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  17. It seems to be the state of my body, too. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  18. Anyone here had any experience with it? If so I'd appreciate any opinions...good or bad. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  19. I think John Mellencamp said it best: "Days turn to minutes and minutes to memories." G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  20. Hmmm...So a Sabre 190 wouldn't be more likely to slam me than a Spectre 190. Interesting point of view. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  21. I'm sorry to read about your troubles with your new container, I know it must be disappointing. I'll echo the opinion of others who've replied to your post though... I doubt very seriously this has anything to do with VSE or their product. Says a bunch about Kelly & crew that they're going to this extent to help resolve the situation though. Hats off to them! Good luck. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  22. Damn you Bill!! I just about choked on my coffee on that one... seriously! If you see me in the loading area with a roll of duct tape, it'll be for your handles and pin flaps. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  23. Don't recall exactly what the SIM had to say about it when I went through AFF, but it was common for students to exit at 18.5 - 19k ASL (O2 from 9k AGL, till jump run), right along with the up-jumpers. Somewhere I still have the "A" license card that was signed off by the S&TA at that DZ...in fact, he was my AFFI for all but one of my student jumps. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  24. If you have a variety of containers available to you at a daily rental rate, my advice would be to jump as many of them as possible before you make a decision. Rent the Infinity and jump it for the day, then move on to Mirage, Wings, etc... I jump an Infinity myself, and the pin and riser protection is what sold me on it (not to mention it's extremely comfy, and the customer service is outstanding!). As Tonto said, rig preference is a very personal choice. Decide what's important to you in a container, and make your decision based those qualities. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."
  25. Climb-out is easier with an inside bar, but for some reason I always liked an outside bar when I used them. Don't have much use for either these days. G. Jones "I've never been quarantined. But the more I look around, the more I think it might not be a bad idea."