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ufk22 last won the day on June 26 2019

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  1. This isn’t about a non-warm welcome, this is about you and your safety. You’ve got 30 some jumps, a 2 year layoff, and you were seriously injured on your last jump. My point is you should take the FJC, not just plan on some review and a jump. You yourself commented on how uneasy you felt about your canopy skills in your other post. Just my recommendation. As an C-E, a S/L I-E, and a AFF D-E.
  2. Just replied to your other post... I jump in Fargo. Are you signed up for a FJC? I hope you are not planning on just showing up for a recurrency jump.
  3. You were a low time jumper and did not know about the difference in parachute performance at high altitudes. Take the FJC, ask for radio assistance, and definitely practice PLF’s. Nothing against the DZ where you were trained, as Spaceland has a great program, but I everyone thinks their training was “the best”. PLF’s are something that receive very little time in most student programs. This is pretty universal since round mains and reserves went away, but when things go wrong, a good PLF can save you.
  4. Only with special clearance from headquarters. Under normal circumstance, group member drop zone is required.
  5. I guess the fact that you refer to dives by number (4 or 5) rather than by letter, to start with, and then mention including docking as part of the dive flow, and then question why we teach to not use us as a reference for what I assume is D-1 and D-2 (intentional turns)...? As to DZ’s doing their own thing, that is the common problem. Not just DZ’s, but also instructors. It’s pretty common, not just in skydiving, but very common IN skydiving, to resist change. The “this is how I was trained, I turned out OK, so this is how I train” attitude, or even worse the “I invented a better way”, or the worst, “I figured this out because of a potential problem that might or might not have ever even occurred” are all things I have seen way to many times and continue to see. The ISP isn’t perfect, nothing ever is, but it is the best, has the most up to date techniques, and has the best potential for uniform student training and advancement.
  6. Being a small club DZ, at Skydive Fargo you actually get more than what you pay for. All 25 jumps include a coach or instructor flying with you. No extra charge. That being said, this program is not designed to bring in outsiders, as free coaching is a money losing proposition. It is all about bringing new local skydivers into the sport and growing our club. On a side note, we also offer AFF. It also includes coaches flying with you through A license.
  7. So, you run AFF ratings courses that don’t follow the ISP? ie, include docking in early dives? Is your Examiner rating from USPA?
  8. This is NOT a common malfunction, it’s actually fairly rare.
  9. Bio says you are an AFF IE??? Current? Could you explain what you mean by “AFF like ISP dives”? Doesn’t the ISP define AFF progression?
  10. As others have said, you’re not current, not even close. Look at the upside. You were above the formation, not below. As long as you have altitude, you’ll figure out how to get down. When you’are well below, a lot tougher. Get back in the tunnel and work on fall rates.
  11. There are a number of different techniques given for diving exits, these are only mine. Usually, tumbling on diving exits is caused by trying to get belly to earth too fast. For students, I usually try this one first. Left foot in the door, right foot back, body facing the line of flight. Pick a spot on the horizon about 20-30 degrees in back of perpendicular and launch straight out with right hand high, left low. Do not look at the plane, look at the horizon. Another option. Left foot on the door frame right foot slightly back, body facing towards the back of the plane at about a 45 degree angle. Pick a spot on the ground about 45 degrees back and 45 degrees out. Dive down, away and back. Try to focus on diving down rather than getting belly to earth for a count of five. Once you get the feel of the relative wind you’ll wonder what gave you the problem
  12. Even though I don’t know YOU, I know you. Anyone who has been in this sport for a lot of years has know a lot of you’s. This is not a personal attack. It just is. We all thought we were different, above average, and could progress faster than those other guys and gals. This sport is full of type-A personalities. It’s the nature of the sport. I was you 30 years ago. Fearless, self assured and as I went from student to licensed jumper, smarter than I was. I’ve made more mistakes than you will probably ever make in this sport, because back then the training, the knowledge and the abilities of the really good jumpers was no where near where it is today. After 30 years, I know how much I don’t know and how much I still have to learn in this sport. I also tip-toed around the experienced regulars at the DZ. It takes a long time and a lot of jumps to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to skydiving advice. There are two way to go from here, either live long enough to figure out how much you don’t know or let your ego (not specific to you, this applies to everyone) limit you. The next few hundred jumps will get you one place or the other. I really don’t care if you’re honest with us, just be honest with yourself. Google (generic term, I hate google) Dunning Kruger effect and realize it does apply to all of us. If we ever meet, I’ll get the first round, but you, having many more “firsts”, will have to cover the rest.
  13. If you can’t take down the hanger, at least leave a large hole to be remembered by.
  14. Preface with the fact that I am not a rigger. You should know how to lube your cut-away cables and exercise your 3-rings, know how your rsl/mard system should be routed, know how to disconnect and reconnect risers and know how to do a complete line check . Any more is useful, but not necessary for the average sport jumper.