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  1. ufk22

    USPA Board Meeting

    I don’t understand alll the fuss... A student can sue????? For an AAD fire????? This seems to go to the erroneous assumption that the instructor in there to save the student’s life. That is the student’s job. My job is to train them to proficiency. Maybe because is was trained S/L and trained S/L students for 20 years before I started AFF. As an AFF-I, I see my responsibilities being to train thoroughly on the ground, supplement this with hand signals in the air and assist with stability and deployment. If USPA can gain information from this reporting that allows me to do that more efficiently, great.
  2. ufk22

    AAD fires

    I’ve directly witnessed two AAD fires on student jumps, know of a half dozen more on student jumps, and have seen or heard of about a dozen on fun jumps at local drop zones.
  3. ufk22


    http://www.chutingstar.com/skydiver-smoke, good stuff http://www.paragear.com/skydiving/10000143/L1256/EG18X-MILITARY-SMOKE crap
  4. ufk22


    We’ve tried the new style demo smoke and had really bad luck, and 75% bad. Plan on going back to the traditional stuff even though it’s $30/pop. Anyone had good luck with the new stuff? This is the paradox of skydiving. We do something very dangerous, expose ourselves to a totally unnecesary risk, and then spend our time trying to make it safer.
  5. If you can find a DZ that will let you jump without a FJC refresh and at least one AFFI, do not jump there. Yeah, with 50 jumps and a 10 year layoff, it’s like falling off a bike..... A really BIG bike.
  6. ufk22

    Tunnel to AFF training BSR change

    The important question is exactly what training they received in the tunnel. As we see utilization of this BSR change increase over time, I think we will see the tunnel training items evolve. Exactly. Evaluating any training based on certain worst cases doesn’t work. Unusual for tunnel students to over arch. Basic tunnel training usually has students flying too flat. They probably weren’t trained adequately or whoever taught them was overcompensating for expectations of them flying too flat. Every program has some instructors that don’t train well and every program has dramatically changed training as the sport has progressed. Look at how tracking or turns used to be taught and remember how many more students did poorly when starting out back in the day. I spent a season as the lone AFFI at our DZ, a small S/L operation. Never took a student that hadn’t completed C-2 (1st clear and pull with S/L, 6th jump). Some were really boring and some were a shit show but this didn’t mean the program was dangerous, just variations in students and differences in advancement standards with different instructors. I agree that having two instructors for the first jump has advantages but disagree that only one is not safe. And, if any student managed to “chuck me” by arching hard I’d be re-evaluating my own methods, not the program that trained them.
  7. ufk22

    Tunnel to AFF training BSR change

  8. If your description of what happened is accurate, this doesn’t sound like a toggle fire. Without video, you will never know. What you do know is you executed EP’s and lived. Quit second guessing yourself.
  9. There’s two kinds of need for “currency”. One kind to deal with issues and problems. The other for skill in the sport. On the safety side, your statistical analysis of the danger is wrong. While statistically your chance for a cutaway is tied to jump numbers, in the real world it isn’t. I had four reserve rides my first five years of jumping and none in the last 22 years. I learned more about how to pack, why things happen and how to prevent them. For safety, how much “currency” is needed changes with jump numbers. You, with a B license, need more jumps with more regularity than someone with 1000 or 2000 jumps. That’s why the USPA standards change with different licenses. There is not a point where jumping more yields no benefits unless you become complacent.
  10. ufk22

    Katana's dont kill people...

    How much do you know about your canopy? Do you know the steering lines need to be replaced every 200-400 jumps? Do you know what happens if you don’t? I watched a good friend’s steering line break at 50’. He lived, but femured and injured his shoulder. http://www.dropzone.com/forum/Skydiving_C1/Gear_and_Rigging_F6/HMA_lines-_history_of_snapping_without_warning_P367436 See post #20.
  11. ufk22

    Are Ifly encouraging bad body position?

    Would you teach all this to a Cat A student before you took them up for their first jump?
  12. ufk22

    Conflict of Interest?

    From coaches I’ve flown with; Coaches buy block time at discount, you pay them at regular rate. Coach makes money off difference and tips. They will schedule you into times that are only partially filled with regular customers. Tunnel fills partially open time blocks. Kind of like putting 4 fun jumpers to fill a tandem load. Win for everyone
  13. It’s a lot more complicated than size. A PD 190 is probably 20 years old. When it was in common use, almost no one jumped 1:1. It is now an earth seeking missile. I started on gutter gear like that, but at about 1.5. Landings will be an adventure. You don’t say what canopy you have your stand ups on, but chances it has a Zp top skin at the very least. Landing old F111 canopies is very different. Much easier to stall if you flare early, much easier to pile in if you flare late. If you are considering jumping it, get it inspected.
  14. break at 4500’- 10 seconds=2500’ deployment, not 3500’.
  15. You have 3 jumps (non tandem). Take your time, be patient. You will learn. As to ego, you’ll figure out this sport is full of MORE than most. Take advice with a grain of salt, as a lot of people think they know more than they do. Being female, be extra careful, know your limits. Women get “helped along” in this sport more aggressively than guys. Not uncommon for this “help” to get you into situations you might not be ready for.