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  1. Jumper experienced a spinning malfunction on their main canopy due to a toggle coming undone during the main opening. They then cut this malfunction away at a very low altitude which was too low to allow for the reserve canopy to open.
  2. Thanks for the info. That interactive map does not work for me. Maybe its my browser.
  3. Hey. I'm participating in a secret santa event, and am buying for someone residing across the country. He says he's adventurous, so I figured why not expose him to skydiving? Anyway, there doesn't seem to be any easy way of discerning the closest DZ's based on address (Why do we make it so hard to find legit DZ's yet so easy to find skyride type stuff??). Cali has a ton of dropzones, and I'm not familiar enough with the state to know what small airport town is near what other large city. Does anyone know what the closest ones are?
  4. Hey Folks-- Newish to the Cincinnati area... Called my local DZ today, but no answer. Does anyone know a rigger in the Cincy area? I'd like to get my rig repacked ASAP and take advantage of some of the early spring weather happening here this week.. Feel free to PM, or whatever. Thanks, Ryan
  5. I'm from Franklin. There is no DZ in the immediate area. Closest options are Skydive Alabama (about 2.5 hours south) or Adventure Skydive Tennessee in Waverly, TN (about 1.5 hours northwest). I think Skydive Alabama is probably open on New years, not sure about AST.
  6. Awesome video!! Is that music explosions in the sky?
  7. One of the closest calls I've ever seen a video of. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiGdqPfztsc&feature=related
  8. Take your whuffo bullshit sense of entitlement somewhere else. You're at a privately owned and operated business, and the rules that they have set forth to keep spectators safe apply even to you. Just because you occasionally fly airplanes doesn't make you a VIP on the dropzone, nor does it indicate that you have any working knowledge of safely navigating a parachute landing area. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-44fMWOoxg&feature=related http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/safety/detail_page.cgi?ID=223 http://www.dropzone.com/fatalities/Detailed/462.shtml http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=3658412;search_string=spectator%20injury;#3658412 There are tons more examples around the web. People get hurt and killed messing around in and around the landing area. You don't deserve any special treatment.
  9. A non jumping friend sent this to me. Apparently its one of the feature articles on Gizmodo today. It's a pretty cool video, and the quality of the GoPro looks damn nice. How do you make gopro footage look THAT good? http://gizmodo.com/#!5793612/watching-people-skydive-in-slow-motion-is-absolutely-mesmerizing
  10. Do you have a fistula or a permacath?
  11. I consistently have openings wayy worse than those, on different mains. Those openings would be great for me. And I know for mine, the problem is not the canopy, its the packer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0JBTQv_-c8
  12. Dude, right on! That was awesome!! Haha, you've got backflying DOWN! Nice! Funny video, good times for sure.
  13. I sold blood plasma, and my sanity. I was a paid test subject for psych experiments at the college I was attending. Then I decided that sucked ass and got a job working at Subway.
  14. But unfortunately, shit does happen. Whether it was a bad decision or not doesn't really matter to you in the moment, if you find yourself in that situation.
  15. I actually contacted PD a few months ago when I bought a used PDR 160. I weigh about 210, and I bought a PDR BECAUSE they are TSO'd to 254 lbs.. HOWEVER- when I received my 1993 PDR 160, it had a TSO to only 160 pounds or so.. So I called PD to get an answer.. The answer: These canopies were all originally TSO'd to 254 lbs. However, in the early 90s people began flying square parachutes at wingloadings far too high for THEIR flying ability (not the canopy's ability). Often these flights resulted in landing injuries. So, PD elected to manually de-rate their canopies, and post a weight limit on them that would not exceed a wingloading of approx 1:1. Now that people regularly jump canopies at wingloads of 1.5 and up (with proper training), PD has returned their canopies to the TSO class that rates them for their actual weight limits. So, the PDR that was made in 1993 is exactly the same specifications as the PDR made today, and originally held the same TSO rating. This was the case for the PDR's. I would contact PD to see if something similar wasn't done for their main canopies.