SkyChimp

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  1. I met Chip at the Jumping Place with Packing Cathy in 2008. Chip loved skydiving and he loved his family. Chip would usually jump between St Mary's, Palatka, and Deland. He was a Vietnam Vet and will be greatly missed. Chip passed of a heart attack on Thursday May 19th in Jacksonville. You will be greatly missed Chip!! Obit Below...... “Chipper” Carl Parks, Jr., 64, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016. He was born December 11, 1951 in Okmulgee, OK where he had lived all his life. Chipper attended Andrew Jackson High School class of 1968, was a Vietnam veteran and served in the U.S. Army and loved skydiving. He had previously attended Oceanway Assembly of God, was an avid believer in the right to bear arms and loved Harley Davidson motorcycles. Chipper was predeceased by his son, Shane Parks; father, William Parks, Sr.; brothers, Jimmy Parks, Bruce Parks, Johnny Parks and sister, Jody Hornaker. Survivors include his wife, Linda; step sons, Kevin Barrs and Alex Stepanov; God child, Diamond Smith; bestis girlfriend, Linda Smith; mother, Willa Parks; grandchildren, Preston Barrs, Ashley Barrs; great grandchild, Isabella Barrs; nephews, Beau Parks (Emily), John Parks, Billy Parks; numerous other family and friends. Memorial services with military honors will be held Tuesday, May 31 at 9am at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd 32218, with Pastor Ricky Crews officiating. Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!
  2. SkyChimp

    Landings account for 31% of all Fatalities

    Funny thing, the USPA agrees with you. For years now, the USPAs solution to improving canopy control was a recommendation that 'all jumpers take a canopy control course'. However, they have yet to develop one, or make it a requirement for all jumpers. So they want you to take one, they're in charge of educating and training jumpers in the US, but they don't have a program, require a program, or even have a preferred provider that they recommend you use on your own. Great job, USPA, real solid work. Well I think we need to start making more phone calls to the USPA. Many people I've spoken to have said they would like to see a canopy course as part of the licensing process. Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!
  3. SkyChimp

    Landings account for 31% of all Fatalities

    Yes I noticed that some of these unfortunate fatalities took place outside of the U.S. I do like your proposal of wing loading stipulations and requirements for canopy control courses. I had the opportunity to take Brian's canopy control course and after finishing the class I took a wealth of information that was worth more than I paid for. I admire Germain's knowledge in the physics of canopy piloting and think that the skydiving community could benefit by these canopy control courses. Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!
  4. SkyChimp

    Landings account for 31% of all Fatalities

    I was looking at the fatality statistics here on DZ.com and noticed that 31% of the fatalities reported are related to landings. Taking into consideration that these statistics are "unofficial" as disclosed on this website, I think it's safe to say that almost 1/3 of our fellow skydivers who have been killed were in the process of landing. I then looked at the reported details of the landings and saw the common denominator as posted in the pictures below. "Hard Landing while making a low turn" or "Low turn/ hook turn". I am not implying that people shouldn't swoop. I believe that everyone has the right to skydive in their discipline of choice. I do however think that we need more education about safety during performance landings. This education might include the acceptance of an abort while performing under pressure to do well. This education might also include more understanding of the physics involved with landings. These are just my raw thoughts but I (like everyone else) would like to see our fatality numbers decrease and landings appear to be the #1 cause of death. Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!
  5. SkyChimp

    malfunctions video

    That's a great video for any level of experience to watch. I wish the clarity was better but we didn't have HD back then. It's always good to review malfunctions from time to time. "Out of sight, out of mind" can be a disaster if we aren't careful. Every time I pull, I always tell myself "This is a malfunction until it proves otherwise". Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!
  6. I got another reminder of that today when a local jumper, with maybe 500-700 jumps, had his first reserve ride. He's an average sized guy but that means he was loading his PD 113 pretty heavily. When he flared, he says he brought the toggles down to his shoulders fairly early, waited a few seconds to get lower, and then finished his flare. Not exactly the best way to do it. Luckily it was a soft muddy field that he pounded hard into, and he was uninjured. Glad to hear that guy was uninjured. I'm thinking ground courses should talk more about flaring the reserve just as much as the main in case there is a cutaway. The more education the better. It's also nice that we have this forum to discuss these issues and learn for better safety in the future. Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!
  7. SkyChimp

    Hi Everyone

    Welcome to the sport. Skydiving never gets old to me. Unlike that first bite of a cheeseburger, every jump is just as exciting if not more exciting than the previous one. Stay safe and congrats on the A license.
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    New Colorado Jumper

    Congrats on joining the sport. We are a family and a culture in itself. I've been told a lot of awesome things about jumping on CO. I need to make it out west sometime. Stay safe and enjoy. Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!
  9. I completely agree with this.... These materials have huge differences in flight characteristics. I flew an F111 7-cell at 120 jumps and to this day my right ankel doesn't feel right. Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!
  10. SkyChimp

    Ed Ristaino

    Your father was an amazing person. He had a great laugh that made us all laugh. I had the privilege of jumping from his balloon twice in Fitzgerald both 2009 and 2010. He welcomed jumpers with a smile and made us feel safe while piloting. I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure you are most proud of him. Here is my picture of him filling the balloon in 2010. Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!
  11. He has one listed in his profile. Matt I guess I'd be pissed off too. The truth comes out. :-) Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!
  12. SkyChimp

    skydivingmovies.com

    *bump* Kryo... any luck on this? Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!
  13. MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!!!!!! Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!
  14. This will be a really good boogie...... every year is!!! Is Scotty (I mean Cookie) in charge of food again??? Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!
  15. Me, sealing, and his wife are in on the balloon. Just posted it for you on that thread. Does anyone else find it funny that we made a SPORT out of an EMERGENCY PROCEDURE?!?!