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  1. Let me update my answer. The DZO is closing in on 50 and I'm 64 with 3000 tandems. Heck I have over a 1000 tandems on my new knee. Age is a hell of lot more than a number! STEVEMACHINE!
  2. Unless it is cold I don't wear a helmet now (I did when I started because I wore a protrack) Most of my students don't either. I only have 2500 tandems but have never been head butted because I'm looking UP at the canopy as I deploy. And as one who was given head lice by a pastor visiting from Africa, I don't blame people for not wanting to put a hat on their head worn by 100s of people. steveOrino
  3. One halloween I jumped in a reggae dread lock wig under my helmet. As I deployed I felt a hesitation before canopy inflation. Then I felt the canopy open. A good assumption was the dreads got caught in 3 ring system or risers. Never again! steveOrino
  4. +1 Nothing prepares you for the AFFI course like practicing Cat C&D jumps with an AFFI or a tunnel rat who knows what that is. And learn to teach a class. All the 4 way skills in the world won't help you with that part of the course. IMHO docking on a 4 way ain't nothing like chasing a student across the sky, stopping spins and flipping upside down students. steveOrino
  5. The man has 18,000 jumps! You think he may have some muscle memory for that? I only have 4000 jumps and 2400 have been tandems I have found myself checking the drogue release on a jump or two with my regular rig. LOL! steveOrino
  6. Good for you! I'm 61+ and did 10 last Saturday and 6 Sunday. This week should be more! steveOrino
  7. How about when they can longer pass the FAA medical? I fail to see that chronological age has much bearing. I know an 86 year old guy who is far fitter than many 35 year olds. Amen! and amen! I'm 61 and I don't want to retire because of some arbitrary age. I can stay with the 20 & 30 year olds just fine. When I can't pass a FAA physical will be my signal. steveOrino
  8. I'm a big believer that the ground control should have a Instructor rating, but I cannot find anything that is published that specifies it. I guess our friends up north (Canadians) have it written in B&W. I think USPA should have something written down, but no one is citing it. steveOrino
  9. What are the qualifications to operate the ground radio for students? Please site source (BSR, SIM, etc plus page #) steveOrino
  10. Id like to do more than Bring in a game ball or flag. I want to add smoke and other pyrotechnics steveOrino
  11. Anybody know where I can buy that book? steveOrino
  12. I have had my PRO rating for 12+ years and have made 100s of demo jumps into High School football games, pro baseball games, etc. We have used smoke and flags. I know the basics, but is there a resource for improving? I want to develop our demo team into one of the most professional demos teams in our area. Any suggestions for taking it to the next level? steveOrino
  13. I jumped with AFFIs as "student" and while that was helpful, NOTHING compared to the Pre-Course with the Director. There you get to see what you will see in the course itself. He/She will make you a better flyer! After 7 years as an AFFI, I only have about 300 AFF jumps (as we are a Cessna 182 tandem factory) and I still have fun and get surprised every now and then. steveOrino
  14. My very first paying tandem (2006) passed out on me. I kicked his feet out in front of me right before I flared. I stood it up. Everything seem pretty easy after THAT beginning! steveOrino
  15. I'll be 60 in 3 weeks. I only have 2000 tandems so I still enjoy it. I can outlast any of our new Tis that are in their 20s & 30s. It is the guys in their 40s that give me a run for my money. Age is a hell of a lot more than just a number! steveOrino
  16. I have 2000 tandems and 10 reserve rides. On most I had to respond w/o conversing with student. On a couple it was line twist that wouldn't untwist before my hard deck and I asked the student to look up and arch. Whoops! Second free fall ... No extra charge. steveOrino
  17. I'd sure agree with that! Too many wanting to be Instructors as soon as they can rather than wanting to be the best instructor they can be! steveOrino
  18. I got my TI in '06 and AFFI in '08. I trie dot get my AFFI first but I guess I wasn't good enough. I know throwing a drogue all day will diminish some flying skills. so I'd get AFF first. It about kicked my but at age 53. The tandem at age 51 was a piece of cake. steveOrino
  19. I'm not sure where to post this question so I will it post here. After 50 years of pain & trouble I am having my left knee replaced. (I'm 59) I'm healthy, work out 5 X a week and do 20-25 tandems/AFF a week as a weekend TI/AFFI. Drs say I will be out 8-12 weeks from work (that is BS, as I'm a therapist … I sit and listen ;/) I hope to be back at work as therapist in 3-4 weeks. What is a reasonable time to be back to work as TI or AFFI? Anybody else close to my age have this done? steveOrino
  20. We are a long way from you but I have taken 6'9" 260 athletes steveOrino