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Everything posted by grimmie

  1. You should stop betting me six packs on hickey games. and don’t teach an angle camp. other than that...keep on typn
  2. I made my first jump in 1980. still not sure if I like, so I better keep trying.
  3. At what point will it be impossible to sell securities to cover the debt payment? $30 trillion $40 trillion
  4. I allowed them after we were open and renegotiated the lease. There was a two year legal battle involved in opening the DZ. it was very complicated to get it started and avoid lawsuits from the city and local residents.
  5. Go Jump purchased Tsunami a few years ago.
  6. If you’re asking for drop zone financing advice here, you’re not ready to buy a drop zone. IMHO Do you have a good DZO friend that has been around a while that can mentor you through the process? There are about 101 things to review before purchasing, or starting a DZ from scratch. A nicely run DZ in a good location can be very lucrative. Signed, recovering dzo
  7. I spoke with Gary many, many times by phone before we ever met in person. We discussed an array of issues in the sport and also discussed numerous folks that were running some scam DZs. When we finally met at a DZO conference we laughed over a few beers about all sorts of stuff and hit it off even better in person. We had some difference of opinions but we respected each other’s positions. We continued to speak often about all sorts of issues. He had the backs of small DZs and USPA members for sure. Fly Free my friend...
  8. Jerry, I think there are only two ways the HOF and Museum stay viable and open for the long haul. Build at a large warm weather DZ. Make a nice exhibit hall. Put in a banquet facility that can be rented out for all kinds of events. Host the yearly inductions and dinner there. Keep it open 3 days a week with volunteers. or... Put it at an existing air museum that gets a lot of annual visitors. Some donors are getting very frustrated.
  9. The BOD actually owes the membership an explanation. I know there has been buyer’s remorse from some BOD members that voted yes to the donations. This was presented as “If the USPA donates, the other national organizations like CSPA, BPA and others would donate”. As far as I know, this hasn’t happened from the other associations. Our competition teams beg for funding and DZOs across the land are under attack from the NIMBY crowds. Our dues should fund those situations. I have spoken at great length with my friend Jim McCormick about their plans for the museum. It’s currently a very poor business model that will need $400,000 to $500,000 in yearly contributions to stay open. This was a poor use of our dues,IMHO. I am all in on a museum, and HOF, and have donated privately to it. However this isn’t a wise USPA funding situation in my opinion.
  10. Ken, If only John Smith was alive to see this, eh.
  11. He's truly one of the best human beings in our sport. He will help and jump with anyone. And, he owes beer !
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. grimmie

    The wall

    Wall reality. Let’s say the Dems and GOP decide to fund it. The estimates are on the billions of $$$$, and it’s a government project, so add on the usual 40%~60% cost overruns. And then add on the time and cost of legal battles for all of the private property needed for it. And then add on the time for companies to bid. And then survey. And finally design and build. And finally, what is the annual cost to maintain a wall of this magnitude? Weather and the humans trying to go over and under it will be doing some costly damage. All problems have common sense solutions. This isn’t one of them.
  16. I have reached out to them. Discussed all of the above.
  17. Call and speak with Isaiah Maring, team leader.
  18. I spoke for a very long time with my pal Jim McCormick. He was one of the folks that pitched the donation idea to the BOD. Here are some facts. Ifly agreed to donate some space in a yet to be built wind tunnel. The museum folks want to raise $14,000,000 for the project. There is no plan B, such as an existing aviation museum or drop zone location. A consultant from Boston told them 65,000 visitors would pay each year to visit it and Orlando is a great location due to the amount of tourism. That’s 178 paying visitors per day, 365 days per year. They plan on hiring about 21 employees. There is an interactive map planned where people can find the closest group member drop zone to their home to make a jump. After opening, they will still need an anticipated $300,000 to $400,000 in donations to stay open. The hope is that after the USPA agreed to funding, that other national associations would follow. Maybe some foreign jumpers can let us know if that has happened with their associations. I have many good friends that are involved in the project. I agree that we need a museum and I think the HOF is a nice add on. I have donated privately to the museum. However, I think usuing USPA dues, no matter how large or small, is not a proper use of our money. We could start an entire thread on what difficulties our sport currently faces, and what is coming down the road to affect skydiving in the USA. Unfortunately, I think we’re going to need that money sooner than later.
  19. You should call James LaBarrie and be his guest speaker at the DZO conference on how to maximize income in cold weather locations.
  20. the museum and HOF will be a stand alone entity adjacent to the tunnel. The museum won’t operate it or have a financial stake in it, according to the info presented to me two weeks ago.
  21. My recent letter to Parachutists mag now has some of my friends upset with me. . I think it would be great if Jim McCormick would post their official museum plans and projected costs here for a better informed membership. A museum is a great idea, but not with USPA $$$. IMHO
  22. Thanks, I thought his ramblings sounded familiar!
  23. We can spend trillions on wars, but the downfall of America will come from within.