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Everything posted by pkasdorf

  1. "...Honestly all I have to say is that you can never touch and look at those three handles enough times- it may save your life. I am eternally grateful I was trained in the habit of touching my handles in the order of use multiple times pre-boarding and on plane, and to visually locate where and how they shift... " How true! Congrats... HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  2. It is like asking if you would partcipate in russian roulette with four more chances than with a six shotgun. With all due respect, only people with suicidal tendencies would abide. And, honestly, I don-t think military parachuting fits the description. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  3. You don't need an altimeter to be safe, esp. on hop and pops.
  4. And I would still like to know what's the particular fun or thrill in jumping without an altimeter? HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  5. You don't need an altimeter to be safe, esp. on hop and pops.
  6. What's the particular fun or thrill in jumping without an altimeter? I would rephrase it just like this: Always wear an altimeter Period... HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  7. I just noticed this in the official USPA's "How to start skydiving" page: "Skydiving is simple, safe and life-changing." It makes skydiving appear as a little too innocent as a sport compared to reality. Just a suggestion, wouldn't people known for their experience and commitment to safety like you, for example, have to address USPA for them to change that statement concerning safety and rephrase it? HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  8. And this thread is on fire? It's true what they say skydivers, we are nuts! HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  9. First of all let me say that I am surprised that a poll I posted in January 2004 and had had no activity since then resurfaced in June 2009 after more than 5 years! And the intensity with which it did confirms that this is a much present topic in the community. Nobody doubts that it is risky. And only fools could claim that it is 100% safe. After all this discussion the conclusion I think most would agree is that the risk prevention and management capabilities we do have in our sport make it "safer" or "less risky" (put the definition you like better) than other risky sports. And, as you say, it is a strictly personal evaluation. HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  10. In Jagüel airport, Punta del Este, Uruguay a boogie will be held on February 23, 24 and 25th. There will be wingsuit instruction and formation jumps. The plane will be a Casa C-212. Whoever knows the place does know that it has one of the most beautiful sceneries! Just imagine yourself... Come and enjoy our sun and beaches! HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  11. Moving it up in search of the 500 votes... HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  12. I really would like to know who are the 2 "after 80" starters... HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  13. It happened to me and I was 48... HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  14. 499... isn't the average 1/500 jumps? I wanted to prove statistics right! Ah, and I didn't stand up the landing... HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  15. My case is similar to yours, in numbers (start at 48, 600 + jumps) and feelings!!! HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  16. OK, on a total of 304 votes here are the gross numbers: + Nearly 70% do it before age 30 + An additional near 20% do it in the next decade + Near 10% do it in the next one + Near 5% do it with 50 or more. My sincere admiration to those who do! Thank you all for voting and participating!!! HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  17. 3 more and we reach the 300... HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757
  18. I really wonder who the 2 skydivers that answered "80 or more" are... They figure in the poll from the start, I've asked this question before and no reply... May be a joke? HISPA # 18 POPS # 8757