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  1. skykatherine

    who is Scotty Carbone?

    Scotty was larger than life. A true legend in his time. He lived louder and on the edge more than anyone I've ever met. His stories were unbelievable (but believable, knowing Carbone). Some of my favourite skydiving memories are from Quincy 1995 and 96 with Scotty as a soundtrack to my memories. - In 1995, I drove up to Quincy from Deland with Scotty & Rickerby. Rickerby in his van, and Scotty in his RV. The two fought like an old married couple, but loved each other to death, best buds until the end I believe. Scotty surfed his pet lizards out the RV window. Only one survived the roadtrip, dying from the shock of all the airtime! We had a funeral and burial by the WFFC showerhouse for his dearly departed pet on arrival. He was so stricken with sadness and couldn't understand why it had died?! - On my first & only Carbone-organized Quincy lingerie jump -- the last visual I had before opening was Scotty dive-tracking with his crazy trail-blazing hat. - Scotty in his cow-suit (always the trendsetter, making the onesie popular!!) was host to the wet t-shirt contest. And then the storm came whipping through. What a night! "Scotty in his element working up the crowd at the 1995 event for the Wet T Shirt Party- "Get out your 5 dollar bills and dollar bills and pass um on up..come on guys!" - then the storm hit" Thankfully, I'm NOT in the video although I was in the contest :P. Scotty had such a raspy voice -- as if he smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day -- and he was often curt, loud and brash as fuck. But boy, was he a kind (often generous) soul with an open and good heart. Good times, great memories. I'm nostalgic in watching all the memorial ash-dive videos from this past Saturday -- he wanted his ashes spread on his birthday. 33 dropzones around the US and many more around the world participated. I'm so grateful to have grown up as a skydiver around that era, meeting the old-timers like Carbone, Rickerby, Dodgin. How about you?
  2. skykatherine

    Carbone Zone has touched down

    In true base-jumping style "If he told you to jump off a bridge, would you do it?", yes ma'am, yes I would!!
  3. skykatherine

    How fit should a skydiver be?

    When you say "I having a semi weekly regimen of using weights and PT bands to mimic skydiving inputs so I can build muscle memory for free instead of 24 dollars for 50 seconds of training.", can you break down what you do with weights and bands to mimic said skydiving inputs, please?
  4. skykatherine

    New Project, Cutaway For A G3

    What do you think about Brian Germaines cutaway system? Looks easy enough to install!
  5. skykatherine

    Helmet Cutaway Resource Thread

    What do y'all think of Brian's version of a cutaway system??
  6. skykatherine

    ringsight outdated?

    Please elaborate on how this was scary in so many ways? Thanks in advance :) sKY::
  7. skykatherine

    What format is your finished product?

    Thanks Spot. I can't seem to render anything other than a mpg or HD Sony format on my Sony CX100. What settings render the mp4?? Thanks! sKY::
  8. skykatherine

    GoPro Hero 3 - Firmware Update and Stability Issues

    What about the GoPro Silver ... do you get the same issues with white balance on the still frame photos? I just bought the Silver only for shooting skydiving Photos. I have the CX100 for video :)
  9. skykatherine

    So, You Want to Be a Rigger?

    Thanks for the great resource. It might be 10 years old, and some links don't work, but it's still very relevant. Thanks for that!
  10. skykatherine

    Stunts Adventure Equip. Eclipse

    I believe Ray Ferrell at Skydance still makes / has spare parts for the Eclipse. Worth a shot :). Action Air Parachutes 24390 Aviation Ave Davis, CA 95616 Tel:(530)753-2650
  11. skykatherine

    Best Skydive Ever?

    YAY Richard! If it weren't for you and your ingenuity, would never have had this opportunity. Your boogies rock! :)
  12. skykatherine

    Best Skydive Ever?

    Hey, I was there too, and jumped that helicopter. Which was an AMAZING ride indeed! Never had the privilege of jumping the Quincy Jet there, but I have jumped an Antonof and a military helicopter over the Durban International airport, jumping out at 14,000. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!!
  13. skykatherine

    Best Skydive Ever?

    I must admit, I have a similar experience for my second favourite jump ever ... flying my canopy through statuesque towering canyons of clouds in Sebastian. :). Trippy cool, especially with 3 other canopies swirling around me doing the same :)
  14. skykatherine

    Which DZ are heaven to work for and DZO aren't crazy???

    I third that opinion! Elsinore rocks. Chicks Boogie rocks even harder!