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  1. strop45

    Surviving Death Online

    Not sure if this is a repost, but well worthwhile reading http://womanwidowfriend.com/2015/08/13/surviving-death-online/ The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein
  2. Really? How many of your skydiving friends have actually been killed doing non skydiving activites versus the number killed skydiving? It doesn't matter how you cut it skydiving is a high risk activity with a real chance to die. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein
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    Email address for LookMa

    You could always look at the website - email addresses are there? The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein
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    Helmet = AAD?

    Another issue is that the article does not consider the rates of participation - of course there are more head injuries in car than on bicycles – most people travel many more km and spend much more time in cars than they do on bikes. Misusing statistics like this would lead you to believe that driving cars is more dangerous than base jumping as more people are killed on the roads than base jumping. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein
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    Exit order for tracking groups

    But increases the risk of serious injury or death if the group tracks back onto the flight path. Having given a tracking group 12 seconds exit gap, I was in a 4 way RW group where the cameraman from the tracking group ended up opening in between us as we were tracking away, i.e. we all passed him (mind you he was an aussie) under canopy on seperate sides. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein
  6. Yip and so had Liam. This is an interesting discussion and its not clear to me whether unstowing brakes before or after collapsing the slider is "safer", what is clear is that you need to do it as soon as it is safe to remove your hands from the rear risers, so that if things go south you have time to react. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein
  7. Worth reading and and thinking about http://www.deepseed.com/d-spot/blog/liam/inside-no-pull-cypres-save-0 The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein
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    Texas - where to sepnd the weekend?

    Thanks to everyone who has replied, after further discussion with the company I'm visiting, it looks like it will be Skydive Dallas this time - it works better with the site visits. kia kaha The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein
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    Texas - where to sepnd the weekend?

    Kia ora I'm coming to Texas for work and will have the weekend of the 8/9 June free. I'm flying into Houston and out of Dallas - Any recommendations for a good friendly DZ to have a few jumps? Wind tunnel? Rental gear? Its a long way to bring my rig from New Zealand for a weekend, let alone issues with TSO rig needing repacking before jumping in US. cheers :-) The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein
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    Written warnings...

    Talk about throw the baby out with the bathwater. lets not stop/warn or record the person who is unsafe, cause when he/she has an accident, you might be liable. Remind me to let you drown if I ever see in trouble in the water - much better than saving you, only to have you sue me for not doing something 100%. At the end of the day, having a system to try and record unsafe actions so that you can do something about it, should count for you, not against you and if it does count against you, then the legal system needs a rethink :-) IMO, far too many people are more concerned about the legal position than fixing the problem. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein
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    Jumping in New Zealand...

    When snowboarding, snow is a good thing. For skydiving, a few layers is all thats needed in NZ. early in the morning it might be below zero on the ground and say -20C at altitude, but a couple of layers and all's good :-) The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein
  12. Sounds great!! Not too sure about your maths though. A sheet of paper weighs about 5g so 160,000 sheets is 800kg or 0.8 metric tonnes. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein
  13. http://www.skydiveauckland.com/ The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein
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    Size main? 215lbs male beginner

    Since you asked what I'd suggest is that you read/listen/think more and comment less. The size of the main you will first jump will actually be determined by the instructors at the DZ you go to, not the comments on dropzone.com. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein
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    Size main? 215lbs male beginner

    Yip, you can learn lots of things on the internet, but where misunderstanding what's on the internet or using an inaccurate source might lead to your death, its not a recommended way to learn. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein