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    Riggers in Boston?

    I know this thread is old, but are there any riggers in the Boston/Cambridge area (aside from those listed above)?
  2. This is an interesting story because I had a friend who broke his back while jumping in the US. He had all of his expenses covered by his healthcare from Canada. I also spent a few months living in the US a few years ago and contacted our healthcare provider to check and see if I would be covered. They said absolutely, as long as I was not going to be there for more than 6 months I think. I just had to inform them when I left and when I returned.
  3. Thanks for your concern! Fortunately, I married a US citizen and after a load of paperwork I was awarded a Green card, and am allowed to work here (I currently am). Thanks for the reminder! I certainly will when I get out there my first time. Also a good point!
  4. Thanks for the reply Remster! I just checked the SIM and it looks like a recurency jump is required (not surprising). Now I just need to meet some skydivers in Boston to carpool with.
  5. Hey All, I tried doing a search on this, but nothing useful came up. I moved to the US last summer and haven't made a jump since I've been here (mainly due to lack of transportation), but I am going to try and make it out this summer. In Canada I had a C license, and 600 jumps. I know I will need USPA membership, but are my licenses valid or do I need to apply for USPA licenses? Thanks!
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    Sky Tie - do you use one or not!?

    For the ten people that voted they don't know what a sky tie is: http://www.skysystemsusa.com/accessories/SkyTie.htm
  7. Actually, I would recommend against pillow reserve handle for the time being. Being new you should stick to what is familiar (stainless handle). It provides a more positive/easy manner of extraction.
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    wingload speed

    My suggestion is English 101.
  9. Using a sophisticated counting method it appears to be 27 cell...
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    The Leak Is Stopped

    Thank you for the mature, informative post. Do you honestly think they weren't motivated? They had continual efforts put forth to improve the matter, they might not have worked, but they tried. People are so ignorant and arrogant it's amazing...
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    Websites of Skydiving container manufacturers

    I don't know what's wrong with Aerodyne's website? I've been on it frequently recently considering an Icon as my next rig. I love their website, very easy to navigate, and answered nearly all my questions. The only question it didn't answer was about pull-out systems, and within a few hours I had one of the nicest, most informative replies from a manufacturer. Also, I jump a Javelin, so I'm not bias towards Aerodyne. P.S. Cut in laterals won't change how well you freefly, I've done 500 jumps without em and I can fall just like my friends with em.
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    Optima 2 volume

    Is the speaker pointed towards the ear or away?
  13. I'll second Brian Germain's book, "The Parachute And It's Pilot" http://www.amazon.com/Parachute-Its-Pilot-Ultimate-Ram-Air/dp/0977627721/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278735954&sr=8-4. It will answer most questions you could have any canopy piloting. Something else I'd recommend is a Brian Germain canopy course, you get plenty of aerodynamic details, as well as practical coaching.
  14. I learned everything I know from packing. I became a packer early and packed student and tandem gear. Keeping the operationg going ensured I had many jumps with the DZO's and tandem masters at the end of the day. Best possible way to make money and learn.
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    Basik Seven

    I wouldn't consider it at all because I can't stand the look of the thing. Here's what Mike Gruwell thinks: http://www.chutingstar.com/archives/00000149.html
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    Altitron Digital Altimeter?

    I don't own one, but I did borrow one while L&B was replacing my broken VISO with a new FREE one. I really like it, maybe moreso than my VISO because of the large screen. I would not hesitate to jump one. I've never dealt with their customer service so I can't comment on that.
  17. My experience: My rig has a freefly hackey (normal hackey with tuck tab). In about 800 jumps I've never used two motions to extract it. It really doesn't feel any different at pull time, at least for me. Agreed. Mine has a velcro strip and requires no additional movements (unless I've been doing it wrong for the past 500 jumps...).
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    USPA and July issue.

    Happy Canada Day everyone!
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    The Self Packing Parachute

    My middle name is Andy (Andrew), does that count? On a related note, new materials are being developed known as smart materials or shape memory alloys. When heat is applied, or a current is passed through, the object resorts to previous shape. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsBHF_j2FJ4 All we need is out canopy wired with a connect, hook it up when we land and through carefully controlled current, the main packs itself, voila.
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    Learning to swoop on a Pilot?

    Who is it? I'd like to know their name so I can avoid getting coaching from them.
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    Learning to swoop on a Pilot?

    So you're already flying over the recommended wingoading, and people are recommending a Katana? Who, is this some hot shot 100 jump wonder, or it is a an instructor? If you can't swoop your Sabre2, then you've got no business being on a Katana. I've got a Sabre2 and can hold it in a dive for 720* before the riser pressure is too much. A few tips to help, make sure you're flying in deep brakes before your turn. As soon as your ready, let up fully on the brakes and start the turn, the pressure will be non existent. If you see you're too high, slow the turn down. Also, harness turns can be used to turn the parachute without distorting the tail and slowing it down. Also, go to the gym and do chin ups and pull ups. I hope you take your own advice (stay safe) and continue learning on the Sabre2, it is a great wing and swoops nicely.
  22. Actually, had you read my post, you'd know I said that I cock it before it goes in the bag. I was only pointing out there is more than one way to skin the cat. Just because you do it one way, doesn't make it the best way. People that have been doing it for years might be better/faster doing it that way. If I bag my canopy by psycho packing it, and it takes slightly longer, but in the end, it's the same result, am I doing it wrong? No. Is flat packing a canopy wrong just because it's slower and different? No.
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    Feeling let down by mac

    My condolences... Have you tried Windows 7 yet? By far the best Windows OS so far, functionality and stability wise.
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    bored with the sport

    Yeah...but you're Canadian. You can't compare apples to oranges.
  25. You reach to the bottom of the bag, and separate the fabric from the kill line...