jacketsdb23

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  1. More drama from the Lodi tandem course fiasco many years ago. Will be curious how this ends. https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/san-joaquin-county-skydiver-arrested-running-unauthorized-tandem-instructor-courses?fbclid=IwAR1J9K-54iAs7VHd8Pt3j4s50-FInjljkV9xBsKvgVhrnoQgwGF5Ho2DNWA
  2. Id advise against in air rigging and going lower than necessary. If you've made the decision to chop - then chop. One thing you can never have enough of is altitude. Would be shitty if you ate up 6k of altitude then had to deal with something on the reserve that required time and altitude. Keep it simple.
  3. Recognizing you haven't practiced landing on rears (and even that is not apples to apples when one side is in half brakes) this type of mal is why I highly recommend and teach to new jumpers to get comfortable with all control inputs as soon as possible. I did something almost identical and I should have known better. I landed my Velo loaded at 2.2 by taking two wraps of the 'good' toggle and landing on rears...however I had years of practice doing so (albeit not in half brakes). It was very natural and soft landing. I would not recommend that to anyone who has not practiced it. At the end of the day, its just money. You landed safely and made the right decision. Live and learn. Good job.
  4. Im gonna get back into photography since a 'retired' my sony CX and cannon rebel xt setup many years ago. Has anyone jumped the sony A6000 with Sigma 16mm lens? The lens is much bigger/heavier than the Sony pancake lens - but at 26oz not too much different than similar DSLR camera's like the SL1. Just wondering if the quality difference with the Sigma 16mm lens would be worth the weight/size difference. Also plan to fly with a GoPro for video. Was thinking the Tonfly 2.5x helmet might be a good choice - as long as I can use the pro mount link for quick detachment to fetch the card which is on the bottom of the A6000.
  5. Hi Doug. We had our child in February of 2019 and I purchased term insurance that specifically covers skydiving. Our insurance provider is Principal. The cost was 2 dollars per thousand of coverage, which was by far the cheapest I found. I actually have two policies due to the expense. 500K that covers skydiving and 500K that excludes skydiving. One policy that excludes skydiving is about 400. The other that covers skydiving is about 1400. I have super preferred rating based on physical. I found through the process that some insurance providers would downgrade your health status if Skydiving was included. That never made sense to me. I found Principal to be up front with everything and very easy to deal with. The policy that does not cover skydiving has an aerial exclusion...due to my answers to the questions on skydiving. The policy that covers skydiving doesn't have the exclusion. I only mention this since I had been expecting a 'rider' to cover skydiving but its not set up that way. Good luck and congrats! Let me know if you have any questions. Marcel
  6. You probably used one hand because that is what you do a million times after gearing up and while getting on the plane. Think about your routine - you touch your pilot chute and cutaway handle with your right hand, and your reserve with your left hand. You probably only practice the real cutaway / reserve sequence a fraction of the times that you touch your handles one hand at a time. This exact thing happened to me as well. Practiced two hands...but when it became show time - I used one hand each. Good job staying alive! Well done.
  7. I don't agree with that. I never got my TI because I didn't need the money. I teach AFF because I get joy out of teaching skydiving to new students. A good AFF instructor puts in a ton of work and is definitely not lazy.
  8. I don't think it matters if you are a skydiver, just state that in the insurance application. Of course it will cost more, but you'll be covered if anything happens. I spent 6+ months trying to find insurance that made sense for me and our family that covered skydiving. At the end of the day, I got two policies - one for a fee of $2/1000 of coverage with a general aviation rider that covers skydiving and a policy without the rider. I post as many skydiving photos as I want on social media.
  9. Good question. Maybe this is happening more than any of us would like to think it is? I dont know.
  10. I have seen two different AAD fires on AFF jumps (from the ground) at different places. I was able to narrowly avoid having it happen to me on a Cat E2 AFF several years back. Got the students reserve pulled at 2K. I have no problems with this BSR. The added information from factual reports may provide input for AFFI courses and added or better emphasis of training in different areas. If you're writing these reports regularly something is wrong. Seems like good information for our organization to have.
  11. IMPORTANT: RSL's and AAD's are not interchangeable. They serve very different functions. Also, having the RSL attached should not change your decision making process. Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.
  12. Probably, in part, because of this...and their response to this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dvy7ywQK18 Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.
  13. That routing should only be done for hop n' pops in my opinion. I used to do it as well for competitions, but there is absolutely no reason to do it for freefall jumps. Equipment is getting very specialized. Its hard to have something that does everything well. If you want to freefall, gear up appropriately. If you want to competitively swoop, swoop your face off on a hop n pop. Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.
  14. Thats a pretty good option. Do you have to have a pilots license to be a member? I'll read up more on this. thank you! Regards, Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.
  15. I did a search here. Thought I'd do a final 'crowd source' before I pick a direction. I've been skydiving or been around it my entire life. I love it. I carry a mon-fri engineering job and pick a day on the weekends to jump. I'm fairly active, 200 - 300 jumps a year. I'm at the stage of my life where I want life insurance to protect my wife and any future family that we may start. Most life insurance policies will include skydiving for a flat extra rate of about $2.50 - $7.00 per 1k of coverage. For a 1M policy, that is a premium of $2,500 - $7,000 per year to cover skydiving. I'm very up front with the insurance companies that I explicitly want skydiving covered. Considering the costs involved, I see the following options for a 1M policy: 1. Pay the premium 2. Quit skydiving (for 2 years at least) 3. Get 2 policies: One that covers skydiving (say 500K) and one that does not. Anyone out there have an amazing company that charges less than $2.50/1K? I know some employers have options, but my death benefit is limited to 50K. Considering my mortgage in California, the 1M policy is my goal. I've looked into the USPA options and they come out to about $2.50/1K as well. Seems like if anyone would know the statistics it would be the USPA. Seems that is as low as it gets. Got any other good options? Thanks! Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.
  16. Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.
  17. Probably the Katana? I never liked the openings, but it can swoop. Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.
  18. Maybe people think bad things about Lodi because the folks involved in the fraudulent ratings courses are still allowed to jump and work there? But yeah I know, who likes rules and stuff. Who cares about ratings. USPA is useless and Sigma ratings don't mean anything. Its all overblown right? I mean there haven't been two, maybe three tandem fatalities or anything from instructors related to those courses. Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.
  19. Awwwww shucks Thanks for the kind words. I'm an instructor out at Tracy and would be happy to answer any questions you have. You can email me at jacketsdb23 at gmail or reach out directly to skydive california at www.skydivecal.com. Hopefully we can meet and you find what you are looking for. FYI we don't even have a bonfire, for risk of burning the state down Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.
  20. You could try to get on the waiting list for Rich Grimms Exotic Boogies. Hits all the points you describe. I wouldn't call it cheap, but its not crazy expensive either. I would say it has lots of value. They are going to be in Belize this year and returning to Costa Rica (Rumor) next year. Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.
  21. Some canopies are upwards of $4,000 USD. For those of us that open those canopies at 13K - $60/year subscription doesn't seem that bad. Call it insurance. However, the alternative model of 'per use' might also work. You'd probably have to up the 'per use' cutaway cost to make the model work, but we all know people that will pay $100 - $200 to get their canopy back. This has been used successfully for the same purpose: http://www.iotatracker.com/ Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.
  22. I recently upgraded to a Samsung S8+ and can't get the files to upload from my Dropbox (or SD Card). Its unfortunate because I really like the app. I'll probably duplicate the info and start over but it would be really great if there was an app that was supported, in an ongoing manner. bummer. Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.
  23. A licensed skydiver can go 'coach' an A-Licensed skydiver without a coach rating from USPA. There are plenty of newly minted A-licensed skydivers that could use experienced guidance, and you don't have to be a coach to do that. Just willing to spend time and money out of your own pocket to do it. Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.
  24. You don't need an instructor rating to do a 3way or 4way with A-Licensed newbies to teach them critical skills. Most qualified people don't or won't do this unless their slot is paid for or they are getting paid as an organizer. Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.
  25. It takes two forces: 1) Experienced jumpers willing to dedicate time to smaller groups, briefs, and debriefs to develop the skills of the new jumpers and 2) new jumpers willing to be taught. There are few experienced jumpers with the necessary skills to teach that don't want to be paid for their efforts. The ones with enough experience are doing their own thing or working doing Tandems and AFF's. The gap between 25 jumps and 200 jumps has always been tough for the sport. Losers make excuses, Winners make it happen God is Good Beer is Great Swoopers are crazy.