chopchop

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  • Main Canopy Size
    111
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    135
  • AAD
    Cypres

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  • Home DZ
    Bay Area Skydiving.. Byron, CA
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    25001
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    2686
  • Years in Sport
    7
  • First Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    1400
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Swooping
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    1400

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  • AFF
    Instructor
  • USPA Coach
    Yes
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  1. I don't know why your Pilot went BOOM but I do remember a few nice rides I had under that particular PDR193.. one of them was even in Perris! Good on ya, Tom! chopchop gotta go... Plaything needs a spanking.. Lotsa Pictures
  2. Or get your rating so the dzo doesn't have to break the rules and you can do the jumps. chopchop gotta go... Plaything needs a spanking.. Lotsa Pictures
  3. I've got 2 AADs.. one for each rig.. haven't needed either of them yet. I jump the same whether they are in my rigs or out for service. Somehow, though, I kind of like having them there. There are lots of ways to kill yourself skydiving.. this is just a safeguard against one of them. It's cheap (when factored in per jump) insurance against an unlikely but possible occurance so why not? chopchop gotta go... Plaything needs a spanking.. Lotsa Pictures
  4. You may find some stuff on our site. www.skycamphotography.com Click the pics to get to the galleries instead of the links as we are changing services from Shutterfly to Smugmug and all of our stuff is still on Shutterfly where the pics link to. Enjoy! chopchop gotta go... Plaything needs a spanking.. Lotsa Pictures
  5. Check with Deuce here on dropzone. He has 2 Spectre 150s in Byron in his rigs. He is pretty good about letting people jump them in Byron. chopchop gotta go... Plaything needs a spanking.. Lotsa Pictures
  6. Bonnie, from my perspective, the layout at SSD rocks. The swoop corridor is in a place that students would never land in anyway.. too close to a structure. It's not too wide which would make experienced straight in pilots feel put out because of a long walk back. The setup point is completely out of the way of a standard left hand pattern. It's absolutely perfect. I never felt more comfortable swooping at a dz I was visiting at than there. Of course it helps that the wind is consistently form one direction.. chopchop gotta go... Plaything needs a spanking.. Lotsa Pictures
  7. Swooopin Tommy D! I'm really gonna miss you buddy, messing with you on the plane, sharing your booze berries, hanging out in the hangar, just your presence.. I'll miss your warmth, your caring and your compassionate spirit. Love you, Tom. Fly free up there. chopchop gotta go... Plaything needs a spanking.. Lotsa Pictures
  8. My old Pilot 140 swooping the pond in Byron.. One of my Mamba 132s.. and my other Mamba 132 My photographer rocks! chopchop gotta go... Plaything needs a spanking.. Lotsa Pictures
  9. I participate in the ASI Program and it works well for me. Like a few others here, it was 50% when I started and I got 2 complete rigs. Icon, Pilot and Smart reserve. Since then, I have used credits and the 35% discount to upgrade to Mambas. I am extremely happy with the gear and the deal I got on this gear. I've put about 900 jumps on this gear now and it looks and performs like new. I'd say make the call, get with your DZO and local gear dealer and start showing the folks around your DZ the great products from Aerodyne. chopchop gotta go... Plaything needs a spanking.. Lotsa Pictures
  10. You're welcome, Bryan! It was definitely our pleasure. And we all look forward to you being a fun new addition to our dz. Keep coming back and learning with the rest of us. Blue skies and good grooming! chopchop gotta go... Plaything needs a spanking.. Lotsa Pictures
  11. Amber lens Gatorz with an open face helmet.. comfy sunglasses that allow others to see my eyes.. and my face as I'm yapping to them about "ARCH".. or smiling an encouraging smile which sometimes is the best tool I got. chopchop gotta go... Plaything needs a spanking.. Lotsa Pictures
  12. Lany's working on the pics from the competition.. in between massaging my sore ass.. The pics of Darren's crash are something to see.. much like Andy's 437 foot swoop but in a different way.. chopchop gotta go... Plaything needs a spanking.. Lotsa Pictures
  13. yup.. thanks Andy.. I had a blast. But why does swooping hurt so much?? chopchop gotta go... Plaything needs a spanking.. Lotsa Pictures
  14. I now have 5 reserve rides since getting my Aerodyne gear. The SMART 135 has performed flawlessly on every one, opening quickly and on-heading. The last one had a couple of line twists but even loaded at almost 2:1, it flew straight and level while I kicked out. 4 out of 5 times I landed out with my main and freebag and have had no problem standing up the landings. Even on a dark "sunset" load... I trust my SMART reserves.
  15. I'd like to point out that it sounds as if you were backsliding which is quite common for beginner freefliers and you can slide a pretty good distance. During this period of your progression, I recommend facing perpendicular to jumprun such that you don't backslide into other groups. Just pick a landmark and face that. Get your group between you and the landmark if you are using them as a reference also. chopchop gotta go... Plaything needs a spanking.. Lotsa Pictures