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  1. grimmie

    Skydive in Nicaragua/Costa Rica

    No one operates in Nicaragua. We have three active DZs in Costa Rica. Skydive Pura Vida -David Major is the DZO Desafio Vertical- David Clark is the DZO Skydive Costa Rica/Tropical Skydivers-Arnold Andre is the DZO Email them.
  2. I can tell you from personal experience and past history, the USPA's response to a non-members recent incident, is viewed by the powers to be as solely a power grab to ensure dominance and control considering the FAA's "memorandum of understanding." The fact that tandem operations are NOT under anyone's sole regulatory control, and the duty of certain government agencies to "protect the public from faulty amusement park type "rides," has not gone un-noticed. ChrisD, Do you ever read what you post????? FARs §105.45 Use of tandem parachute systems.
  3. grimmie

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    The BOD members that voted yes are thinking that is what they are helping to accomplish. "Promoting and building our sport".
  4. grimmie

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Thanks Jan, As I figured about the vote. And thanks to you, Gary Peek, Chuck Akers and Mike Mullins for expressing your views here on a somewhat regular basis. I know quite a few members on the USPA BOD personally and a handful of the USPA staff. No one will ever agree with certain moves and decisions made by everyone and I applaud your openness here. I have spoken to probably 50 or so skydivers that are members of the USPA. Not one of them was pleased with the recent museum expenditure vote. Thank you for reminding me what the total USPA buy in will be. It would be nice if the USPA had an online forum for questions and comments on the web site. Like the AOPA has..[url]
  5. grimmie

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Thanks Jan. Jim is a great guy. But this is a lousy idea. Our treasurer, Albert Berchtold, said the USPA can't afford it and yet some members voted yes. Can we get the list of those votes?
  6. grimmie

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Out of 40,000 members, and including DSE, someone has to have a better widget now. The BOD should really look into it. Again.
  7. grimmie

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    I wish I had a dollar for every time someone says how easy it is to do video of BOD meetings. Go to the web site of your local government and find video of a meeting, then go to where the meeting is held and video is done (don't forget the audio, which is more important), and look at what it takes, then tell us how easy it is. Or contact a company that does things like this, describe USPA BOD meetings (don't forget the committee meetings) and ask them what it would take to do it right. Or, contact Douglas Spotted Eagle, who used to be the moderator of the video and photograhy forum, and ask him about his experience in doing video of a BOD meeting. For the record, I would welcome recording or live video/audio of BOD meetings. I'm sure it could be done for less than $150,000
  8. grimmie

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    I spoke with Shawn Hill in person about it at the Lost Prairie boogie and let my thoughts be known.
  9. grimmie

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    The USPA voted to give the museum $25,000 per year for 5 years for a total of $125,000 to a project with no scheduled opening date? Tell me that isn’t true. If it is true, I have a project that could use $125,000. Derek V It's not true. They actually are giving $25,000 of our dues to the museum for SIX years. The total needed to construct it is estimated at $14,000,000. The BOD was lobbied hard by the museum folks. I'm all for an International Skydiving Museum and Hall of Fame, however I think it is not the USPA's BOD best decision to giveaway our money like this. Especially to a project that may never get built.
  10. grimmie

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    The USPA constitution contains the following references: The purposes for which USPA is formed are as follows: To encourage unity among all persons interested in promote and encourage the study and knowledge of skydiving among the membership and the public at compile information regarding the science of skydiving and to edit, publish, and disseminate the same... Chuck, as you know, I'm a pretty pro USPA guy. However. This is an abuse of our dues, IMHO. The museum isn't anywhere close to being built. So we are going to lose interest on a ton of money. What happens if it is never built? Do we get a refund with interest? We have far more pressing needs to keep DZs open across the nation. Our teams beg for funding. I very strongly disagree with the board's decision.
  11. grimmie

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    The payment to the museum is not in accordance to the USPA's own mission statement.
  12. grimmie

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    You are talking in circles. The USPA weeded out the bad apple and you think it was unfair.
  13. grimmie

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    The BOD voted on the museum spending. It was all their idea.
  14. grimmie

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Ed Scott never claimed this happened because Lodi wasn't a USPA GM DZ. I have attached the video for you to review. This wasn't an "Unlucky Tragedy". This was negligence by a number of people involved.
  15. grimmie

    How to make a barrel roll with canopy?

    What did the canopy coach say about you doing barrel rolls??