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  1. jdfreefly

    Ultra Performance Canopies & AAD

    I realize this is non trivial, but g-force sensors could be added. People that approach speeds in excess of activation speed while under high-g load...of course the flat spin needs to be accounted for so it only goes into g-sensor accounting mode after opening. Trivial! Methane Freefly - got stink?
  2. jdfreefly

    Dropping things out of the sky.....

    I was on one of those jumps and aside from the need to be very careful on the ground, people also should use extra caution for planning them. Those things can change direction in a hurry and with no warning. That combined with everyone fixated on trying to be the closest to it...could very easily turn ugly if the skill level isn't there. Methane Freefly - got stink?
  3. jdfreefly

    Pepperell,,100 tandems in a day

    Crosskeys did over 400 in one day, all from 13K Methane Freefly - got stink?
  4. jdfreefly

    GoPro Hero3 Playback on Macbook Question

    I've had similar issues. I found that if I played HDMI out to a HDMI tv, no problem. If I used VLC to slow it down just less than realtime speed, no problem. If I try to play it at normal speed however, I get skipping and shittiness. This happened whether I was playing from the card, from the hard drive or from the camera (mounted as a usb device) My conclusion is that something in the chain of getting the data from storage to turning it into a video on my screen is not able to keep up. Methane Freefly - got stink?
  5. jdfreefly

    New guy here... How dangerous is this stuff?

    People often want to know, "How dangerous is skydiving?" Usually when they ask this they are thinking about getting into it, and they want to know how dangerous is this for me, but that's only part of the question. The real question is what will I likely lose, and what will I likely gain if I stick with the sport. Also, this question becomes hard to answer over a longer and longer period of time spent in the sport, there are two ways people stop skydiving…either they quit or they die, so you need to also think about from the aspect of how long you stick with it. What might I lose? Obviously, you may die or be injured so badly that wish you had died. But that is a small portion of the risk. If you stick with it for 1-2 years, the odds are pretty good that you will lose a lot of money. Somewhere on the order 0f $10K in the first year would be my guess, but I speak from my experience of learning to skydive in 1997, I'm sure it's more these days. Assuming you're a straight male (this is my experience so I'll speak to it) you will probably also lose at least one relationship to the sport, either because she gets sick of taking a back seat to jumping, or because you just seem to be a less stable choice than the guy who just wants to watch football on the weekends. You'll probably lose some friends as well. Some friendships can't really survive the neglect that a skydiving obsession will bring. What about if you stick with the sport for 5 years? Well, there the odds of "bad" things happening changes significantly. You will likely go to a funeral of someone you knew who died in a skydiving accident. Maybe not a close friend, maybe just someone you've shared a beer with around the campfire, but you will be somewhat disturbed by the fact that your fun now has a body count. The odds of you having done something to require metal be inserted into your body also go up significantly. With any luck, one of your closer friends at the same experience level will have ponied up their body for the metal insertion in front of you, so you'll have a chance to learn from them and not make the same mistake, but the odds are real good that if you and 10 friends of the same age started together and stuck with it for 5 years one of you would have been carried away by an ambulance or a medivac helicopter. What if you stick with it for 10 years? The odds of you yourself dying start to go down significantly, you find your sweet spot, you stop taking so many chances with canopy selection and you've acquired the skill to not only get yourself out of trouble when it shows up, but to see it coming and avoid it before you even get on the plane. The odds of you having escaped the phenomenon of a close friend dying in the sport however are quite low, as are the odds of you not having done something to require metal being inserted into your body. Man…lost of downsides and loss or life events to deal with. So if that's the case, why would anyone do it? What might I gain? That is entirely up to you. It is a sport and community where you get out what you put in. But you may gain all of the following: A life less ordinary. My friends who's lives revolve around the weekend golf outings listen with sincere interest as I talk about my New Year's skydiving trip to Mexico or my weekend skydiving outings. I've given up a lot to get where I am in the sport, but there are no regrets there. You may never look at a clear blue sky or a limp flag the same way. I have an almost pavlovian response to these stimuli now. It's interesting to me to see people going about their day, blissfully unaware of a world that exists right above their heads. You may have a group of friends who you may not see every day, but you feel closer and more connected to than you ever did before. You may gain a perspective on life that few get, the little things will bother you less and you may even learn to focus more on the things that matter and less on the things that don't. You may notice changes to your problem solving abilities. I think that seeing the world inverted or facing life and death decisions on a regular basis has some effect on the way our brain works, and in turn improves our ability to solve problems. You may learn to care more about others. As I stick around the sport longer, and have experienced more than my share of loss related to it, I find my self becoming more passionately devoted to keeping others safe. I try to keep the skygod attitude to a minimum, not because I'm humble but because it just doesn't help me get people to listen. This is just off the top of my head. But for me, while I don't easily dismiss all I have dealt with, lost or given up to be a skydiver for 15 years it has been well worth it. Methane Freefly - got stink?
  6. jdfreefly

    Would you ground this canopy?

    Are those dimes sewn into the top skin all over the place, or just the three spots? I would think that PD would keep dimes off the assembly floor. Methane Freefly - got stink?
  7. jdfreefly

    So I want to swoop...

    Good advice from Dave. Given the OP's experience level, I think this is where they should be focused for the next 50 jumps. Accuracy in the pattern, not just the final 5 feet, is just so important for a consistent and safe approach. Dave, maybe expound a bit more on what is meant by accuracy in the pattern? Methane Freefly - got stink?
  8. jdfreefly

    and the worst DZo award goes to :

    I have this crazy idea that people should be allowed to run their businesses as they see fit as long as it is legal. DZOs don't owe you ANYTHING. They take on a shit ton of risk, to provide us a playground. Methane Freefly - got stink?
  9. Good on you Chuck. I think the culture of not naming names and not calling people out publicly is a big part of our problem today. Name names, start a discussion, fix the problem. Stop talking to your friends about the assholes and start talking to the assholes. If the asshole won't listen, call them out publicly on it. Why are we more worried about hurting feelings or insulting someone than we are about saving lives? Methane Freefly - got stink?
  10. Your comment implies that CEOs should feel guilty for their success, or that their success is somehow morally wrong. Methane Freefly - got stink?
  11. jdfreefly

    Fast learners

    I'm very interested, some of these accidents are terrible...people paralyzed, limbs amputated. The reality is we don't really track that data very well so it wouldn't be a reasonable request that someone advocating a BPA style WL restriction produce it. Maybe the BPA does track it and could produce it, and if so, I'd love to see it. As far as my feeling on WL restrictions. I do think a WL BSR would harm DZOs by putting more responsibility on them to regulate things and thereby increase their liability. I do believe that slowing people down and giving them time to learn more before they progress, as well as giving them the resources to learn (quality coaches and education materials) will reduce both the accident and fatality rates in the sport, as well as decrease canopy collisions. I'm just not sure that a jump number based regulation is the the way to slow people down. I think I'd rather see us change the culture in the sport than change the rules. I realize that I seem to be in a shrinking minority. Methane Freefly - got stink?
  12. jdfreefly

    Fast learners

    It's the first line in the group member pledge for DZO's wanting to join USPA. That's the first bullet item in the pledge. As soon as you step on the DZ and try to jump from their airplanes, if it's a BSR it's their problem. I've heard they've got rules in other countries, but I don't recall anyone ever presenting statistical evidence that over time it actually had a positive impact on the number of fatalities, or even the number of fatalities related to canopy flight. If I may paraphrase the great skydiving scholar and philosopher Bill Booth, you make the sport safer, skydivers find a way to inject risk back into the equation and the fatality rate stays the same. If you believe that to be true, when you add regulation to the sport you end up with less freedom, less personal responsibility and the same number of fatalities. I'm all for better training. I'm all for changing the attitude. We should all feel like it's our responsibility to educate and protect each other. I'm not for pushing it off on some central authority and asking them to legislate my safety for me. Skydiving is a dangerous activity, I don't think we can change that. Methane Freefly - got stink?
  13. jdfreefly

    Fast learners

    The downside is that it puts responsibility on the DZOs to enforce it. The argument from DZOs is that skydivers should be capable of making this decision on their own. If you make the BSR, and someone lies to circumvent it and then dies, you put the DZO in a bit of a sticky spot where they could be held liable for not doing enough to make sure the person was qualified. In the end, this will make it harder to be a DZO, and as a result, raise the cost of jumps. That's the argument I would give you if I were a DZO. Also, if I were a DZO, why should I need USPA to tell me what wing loading requirements to make? Why can't I make that decision on my own? One more argument; every time you create a regulation, you remove a little more personal responsibility from the individual. Over time, this eats away at the feeling that we are responsible for our own safety and results in a mind set that USPA will protect us from ourselves. This in turn leads to carelessness and more accidents, as well as a belief that if you get hurt, someone other than you must be to blame, accountable, liable, financially responsible. Just some arguments for you, don't assume I believe any of them 100%, or that I think any of them are 100% bullshit. Methane Freefly - got stink?
  14. jdfreefly

    Rec.skydiving - Sound off!

    I posted there with about the same frequency that I post here....that is to say not very often. Methane Freefly - got stink?
  15. Missed your reply, 2005 it was. I know my attitude about these parachutes and this subject changed over the following years, and that specific accident had a lot to do with that. I can't speak for Glenn or any of the staff at CK, but my attitude didn't change that day, or the following weeks, but over time it did change. Methane Freefly - got stink?