DanG

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  1. Since the site was reorganized to make it more friendly to mobile users I find it really annoying that a lot of functionality seems to involve hovering over a button or icon. I can’t hover on my iPad, so how am I supposed to access that functionality?
  2. DanG

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    What kind of teeth are you looking for? Examples, please.
  3. DanG

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    I have no idea what that means, but whatever. You are not listening to other people's points so there is no reason to continue to engage you.
  4. DanG

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    What you are suggesting is literally exactly what USPA did. They required retraining for the TIs and punished those responsible. Bill Dause was one of the people responsible.
  5. DanG

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    So say what you thin USPA should have done. You've stated they shouldn't have gone after Dause. What should they have done or not done?
  6. DanG

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    The accident led to USPA discovering the false licenses. Do you think they should have ignored what they found because the accident could have happened to anyone?
  7. DanG

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Yuri admitted in his faacebook post that he let the unrated examiner teach classes and use his signature for issuing ratings. There was no claim of forgery made.
  8. DanG

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    If by "an incident" you mean knowingly allowing an unrated person to teach multiple ratings courses at his DZ and then employing those improperly trained jumpers? Yes, every DZO who has that kind of "incident" should be chucked out of USPA.
  9. DanG

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    So Bill Dause should have been given a pass because, why? And if you didn't read Yuri's missive on facebook, here's a summary: Sure, I let an unrated guy teach tandem certification courses, but only when I was around. I never said he could do it when I was out of the country. I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, that he somehow got his hands on a stack of blank ratings forms with my signature on them. Yeah, if you think all the parties were innocent in that debacle I have some nice oceanfront property to sell you right next to the DZ in Eloy.
  10. DanG

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    USPA can't win. Punish people for flagrant violations and they get jumped on. Don't hand out enough punishments and they get jumped on. I think they usually do an okay job. Sometimes they fuck up, but they're only human and they don't have the resources to be everywhere at once.
  11. DanG

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    You're selling your credibility for a one letter savings. Very efficient. And don't you mean, "my eficency syndrom wont alow me?"
  12. DanG

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    "Would" and "should" Stop typing wude and shude.
  13. DanG

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Sure you can. No one is forcing you to jump at a USPA Group Member DZ.
  14. DanG

    New SL/IAD "freefall" jump requirement

    Static line and IAD jumps did not count toward your license when I started in 1995. Not sure when they made the change.
  15. Of course everyone is going to completely change their bodies and legal status just to have a slight competitive advantage over people they weren't competing against in the first place. Haven't you heard of the rash of elite athletes undergoing elective amputations just so they can kick ass at the Paralympics?
  16. Skydiving, including swooping, where gender shouldn't matter. IMO the only reason we still have women's records and women's categories is to promote women's involvement in the sport. While an admirable goal, I don't think that distinction should be made at the pro level.
  17. DanG

    Cilliers Trial UK.

    Terrible article. Not a single mention of how to identify and target your rigger's car.
  18. Hmm, I'm aware of people getting kicked off every DZ I have ever been to. Been involved in kicking people off my old DZ back in the day, including lifetime bans. To imply Bill Dause has some sort of monopoly on safety is one of the most ridiculous things I think I have ever heard.
  19. DanG

    Do Canopies Naturally Turn Upwind?

    I'm on board with Bill's yaw stability explanation regarding the center of gravity vs the center of pressure. That being said, this tendency to turn downwind is only valid for changes in the wind. If the wind is constant there will be no tendency to turn.
  20. DanG

    Do Canopies Naturally Turn Upwind?

    I'm not sure weathervane is a good way of putting it. An airplane is like a weathervane with a large vertical tail surface. Parachutes don't have that. The only way they change heading is by changing the relative proportion of lift to drag on the right vs the left sides. I have trouble seeing how a cross-wind affects that change other than through the pendulus effect. In other words, if you didn't have a large mass suspended below the wing, and no vertical stabilizer, what force imbalance would cause a turn?
  21. DanG

    Do Canopies Naturally Turn Upwind?

    I think the effect is due to how the two bodies (skydiver vs canopy) react to a sudden wind change. The canopy has low mass and thus low inertia, but high drag. The skydiver is the opposite (high mass and inertia, low drag). The skydiver is going to keep going in a straight line and only be affected lightly by the wing change. The canopy is going to be affected right away by the wind change. The result is the canopy is now slightly downwind of the jumper, and the pendulum effect as the system tries to return to equilibrium causes the turn.
  22. DanG

    Do Canopies Naturally Turn Upwind?

    But parachutes don't. I think the only thing that could cause a downwind turn on a parachute is the different masses and drag forces on the canopy vs the jumper's body.
  23. All you'd be measuring is how many people USING YOUR APP are going to the dropzone. It won't tell you anything useful unless you get a very high participation rate. It also won't tell you anything about tandem business unless you convince all the DZOs to share their data with you in real time. Good luck with that.
  24. DanG

    Sitting on TI lap during climb-Creepy?

    Do the male students also sit on the TI's lap, or just the cute female ones?
  25. DanG

    Training Gap-related questions

    You should know that the DZ at West Point is not the same DZ that operated there for decades. To go to that DZ you need to go to Petersburg. Where do you live?