blacksha

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    SkyDive Az, The Ranch (NY), Marana (AZ)
  • License
    B
  • License Number
    31921
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    127
  • Years in Sport
    6
  1. blacksha

    Skydiving Quotes

    "Quit your whining, and get ready to jump." Goes along with "shutup and jump"...
  2. blacksha

    Does the fear ever go away?

    Some of my most fearful jumps were the best performing, and some of my least fearful jumps ended up being the scariest by the time I touched ground. Skydiving is an experience where one will continually learn over time how to use the fear in a more positive way, to keep you alive. Positive confidence is good, but over confidence and skydiving will put you back in check, fast.
  3. blacksha

    Paul Hardin

    RIP Paul! Lonne
  4. blacksha

    Leg Disability?

    Under what circumstances would someone with a leg disability be allowed to safely tandem jump? I understand that there is some sort of seat some drop zones have where they put tandem passengers' legs into? Example: What if the tandem passenger was older, say in their 60's, and had metal in their thigh from having a previously shattered thigh bone? The person can now walk, but not too well...would this meet the conditions for this seat-harness? I apologize if I should have searched for this, I'm sure the answer is in this forum already. Just wish the search function was more reliable like Google. I often do searches for something and it takes me a long time to come up with the right keywords to find what I'm looking for.
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    Employee Aviation Risk Policies?

    At a previous company I worked for, I was attempting to organize a group of tandem skydives for team building. Someone commented that there was a policy requiring that only n employees at a time could fly on an airplane together. Is this a pretty common policy with big companies?
  6. Bummer man...don't even know ya but have read tons of your posts...Make a jump again soon Lonne
  7. blacksha

    Skydiving after scarey mal

    Wow. Great job... Won't get into the details of my high speed mal but the way you came out of yours is very inspirational...seeing now that I know the next one is coming only a matter of time... I've read and re-read many mal stories, and yours is one of a kind...
  8. blacksha

    DB Cooper

    It sounds like you're a skydiver...but was 200 grand worth jumping out of an airplane for all of that? In the 70's and 80's? Probably you bet, to some people. Heck, on my 44th jump, I had one hell of an experience that none of my first 43 even came close... I jumped in thick thick clouds, rain, and freezing temps. Of course, it's always freezing up there. I'm sure that night it was much colder than when I jumped the other day at 4pm. But let's just say that sudden weather change caught me totally by suprise. And the winds were probably the highest I've jumped in. Should I have done it? Probably not. Do I have the experience to have done so? Probably not. Was it night time? No. But I could not see that's for darn sure. Of course my advantage was that clouds were high enough and there was still plenty of daylight that by the time I got out of the freefall in total clouds where I could not see a darned thing, I could see enough to land in my desired drop zone. But not being able to see in freefall? Wasn't as bad as I thought because I know how to arch and feel the wind. Technically you're always a student and I'm still a student even though I have my license, but I can see why they don't like newer skydivers to jump in that weather. It was scary as all hell and the rain sure as hell hurt. All my "attempted freefly" jump plans when out the window when I realized I needed to put my survival skills to the test...this is certainly the closest jump I've ever experienced to a night jump, but that has gotta be 10x worse because of not being able to see much on the canopy ride. I still think if Ckret and Sluggo went and did a tandem skydive, it would give them a fresh look at the case, even if conditions weren't similiar to how they were that night. It sure wouldn't hurt for them to go make a jump and it could only add to their investigative theories...Everyone's been doing it lately...Geraldo, Bill Murray...cmon guys
  9. blacksha

    discipline advise...

    Thanks for serving. Sorry to give you such a rough time but we hope to hear from you soon.
  10. blacksha

    discipline advise...

    I can't understand you. Could be punctuation, run-on sentences, or grammar. Can you re-pose your question?
  11. blacksha

    Jerry Piccola aka Maggot.

    RIP Maggot... Only met you once, but won't forget ya...
  12. blacksha

    Extra credit A license skills

    Talk about learning the hard way...I've: 1. Had a low turn first jump off radio. I was static line progression so this happend on like jump number 4 or something, can't remember exactly... 2. After being lectured on #1, was totally overcompensating on anti-low-turns...saw a friend under canopy in traffic, and worried about a collision, I turned the opposite way at enough altitude and changed my plan However, now I was on final, and just barely landed next to a tractor. Would have been a goner for sure. Never forgot tiny S turns to avoid obstacles after that, that's for sure. 3. Landed underneath a small Arizona tree by barely missing the landing area...main was all caught up in the tree. After jumping at the Ranch learned what a real tree is and decided I didn't ever want to do that again. Also learned alot more about what spotting is. 4. On a 5-10 s delay, like jump number 6, from 4500 or 5500 still didn't know how to get stable and had the parachute open while I was upside down. I remember seeing my legs in between the risers and pulling my legs out. 5. Had a reserve ride on jump 19. Jumping old ripcord spring loaded pilot chute main and most likely pilot chute was in burble all I had to do was look at it....didn't know that before the jump. Broke my wrist under reserve because I didn't PLF on landing. 6. Was out of the sport for 2 years. Didn't have my A yet, so did an AFF 7 on my recurrency jump then a solo on my 2nd jump back. Wasn't comfortable under canopy and due to a mixup in the plane jumped with my radio off. Had so much adrenaline under canopy, didn't realize I could reach over and turn the radio on, so I just made a landing plan and stuck with it. Landed downwind, but wow did I learn a valuable lesson here about having a landing plan and not changing it. 7. Jumping a student rig, didn't tighten the chest strap all the way. Let's just say on deployment, the chest strap was all the way to my neck and there was like a 3-6 inch gap above my shoulders to the nearest over the shoulder webbing. And some people said the chest strap could have decapitated me on opening. Let's just say I like making sure my harness is on very well now... Safe jumps and Blue skies...
  13. blacksha

    Vegas Tunnel?

    The newer ones to skydiving don't like it because its not modern... If you're a bit older and have a finer taste for older things in life, then it's actually kind of neat and is a lot more challenging to fly than the newer wind tunnels because you have a "drop off"... I learned how to belly fly there, and I recommend the place, I think it's cool...hey it's right off the strip So it's not modern...it's still pretty cool! Lonne
  14. blacksha

    T-Shirt Ideas

    Nice I like it...!! Lonne
  15. blacksha

    Signing jumps

    So what is the difference between: 2. Jumps for license and rating qualifications 3. Jumps to meet skill requirements Obviously I know what a license requirement is, but what is a skill requirement? Can someone give me an example?