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  1. riggerrob

    Why You're Normally Deviant (And Why You Shouldn't Be)

    Good points Annette. Consider that all skydivers live with "normalized deviation" by jumping out of airplanes - something the general public avoids because they know it is dangerous. Also consider that going a few years between accidents makes it easy to forget dangers. For example, few jumpers at Pitt Meadows wear seatbelts because they prefer to forget a crash that happened 9 years ago ..... even though the wreckage still lays beside their boarding area!
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    Side by Side - A Two Out Story

    The only time I have suffered a two-out was when jumping student gear (during an instructor certification course). My Manta 290 (main) and Tempo 250 (reserve) flew gracefully into a biplane, with the main leading. Since I already had the main toggles in hand, I just did gentle toggle turns. As long as I only did gentle toggle turns (front canopy) they remained in a stable biplane. Since I was descending so slowly, I did not bother flaring. The jump concluded with a gentle butt-slide in the grass.
  3. Tandem instructors need a minimum of 500 jumps, coach rating, etc. The NZ plan is for you to learn a variety of entry-level skills: driving students, manifest, dressing students, packing, editing video, freefall videographer, etc. ..... work at a DZ for a year ....... earn a coach rating ..... until you accumulate 500 jumps ..... Since DZ.com contributors know little about skydiving in India, you need to research DZs in India before committing to the NZ skydiving college program. You may need to work abroad for a year or two before an Indian DZ will hire you. As for working visas in New Zealand .... ask NZ drop zone operators or college staff.
  4. Installing a canopy one size (15 square feet) larger or smaller usually fits fine. The next smaller size will be slightly easier to pack. You might need to shorten your closing loop to maintain sufficient tension on your pin. OTOH The next larger size of canopy will be more work to pack and will probably need a longer closing loop. Hint: if you can pick up the entire rig - with the bridle - your closing loop is too short! Hah! Hah! If you get silly by trying to install a canopy two (30 square feet) or three (45 square feet) too big you are asking for troubled: slow pack jobs, sore hands, cursing packers, grommets pulling loose, cracked stiffeners, etc.
  5. Been there. Done that. Dislocated my shoulder. Dislocated my knee. A judge recently concluded: seat belts might have reduced injuries.
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    Rapid Transit System (1980s)

    There was a bewildering array of experimentation during the 1970s. Back around 1980, we had not standardized on cutaway right and open reserve with left handles. Eventually we standardized on the current: right hand open main, right hand cutaway and left hand open reserve. I simplify this for students by telling them to work along a diagonal line: starting at thier right hip, then diagonally up to their left shoulder. The Australian Parachute Federation has a tradition of starting every accident report with: "The deceased was wearing borrowed gear." Standardizing handles has reduced the number or car accidents, motorcycle accidents, airplane accidents, parachute accidents, computer accidents, etc. I have only sewn a handful of left-handed BOCs and they were all for guys who never regained full-mobility after injuring their right shoulders. The first customer's right arm got shot up in Viet Nam.
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    Skydiving From a Drone - A World First

    Why am I picturing a future skydiving school with a fleet of drones that haul static-line students to 500 or 1000 metres high? Drones would use GPS navigation to fly over the dz and drop students automatically over today's spot.
  8. The Cessna Pilots' Association publishes an excellent guide book on purchasing a Cessna 182. The CPA guide will help you avoid many pitfalls. As for modifications (e.g. jump door) consult a company that specializes in jump-planes (e.g. Nevada Airlift). Prices will probably be lowest in the USA or Canada - because of availability - ... maybe low enough to offset the cost of stuffing your "new" airplane in a shipping container and shipping it to India. A shipping container is far lower risk than flying it to India.
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    Seasonal Dropzones

    The best seasonal dropzones are in Northern areas that get snow during the winter: Canada, Denmark, Finnland, Northern France, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, most of the "Union" states within the United States of America, etc.
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    Helmet chinstrap keeps coming undone

    Closely examine the chin strap and its buckles. After 2 years and "X" number of jumps, they maybe wearing out. If so, Bonehead will cheerfully sell you replacements.
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    Apprehension as I progress

    Apprehension is normal and healthy. You merely have more apprehension than most. Your best course is to modify your self-talk. Instead of your current random fears, learn how to focus your self-talk on a check-list of items that need to be completed before jumping. Did you sleep well? Did you eat a decent breakfast? Did you pack snacks? Did you pack spare clothing? Is you car gassed and ready to go? Is your credit card strong enough for a day's jumping? How high is the cloud ceiling? How strong are the winds? Etc. Similar IMSAFE check-lists are printed for pilots. You will find yourself so busy working your way down your checklist that you will arrive at the airplane - fully dressed - with enough time to glance at the windsock one more time and think over your landing pattern.
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    ??looking for help with identifying parachute??

    Those small 'chutes are "MA-1 spring-loaded pilot-chutes." Look along the skirt hem (where suspension lines meet fabric) of the big canopies to find data panels. Harness data panels are usually sewn to the horizontal back strap. Container data panels are stamped or sewn to the outside of the container. If you are lucky, you might find a packing data card in a small pocket outside the container. That card should have: manufacturer, model, serial number, date of manufacture and records of inspections. If you post all the data on those panels, we can help you identify your equipment.
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    Lines to Onyx Atair canopies

    Have you asked Pete Swan or Mel Lancaster?
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    old school Racer SST questions

    A lot of different versions of SSTs and Racers have been built over the years. First question: What is the serial number? Second question: What year was it made? Third question: Are any sizes listed on the data panel? Fourth question: What type of canopy releases? Fifth question: What type of main deployment? Sixth question: Do you have the original freebag? Seventh question: What type of reserve pilot-chute? To answer your question about reserve pilot-chute caps .... Yes, you have to cut hand-stitching to dis-connect the decorative cap. Next question: Why do you want to dis-connect the Pop-Top?
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    Another one tunnel... But for birdmen!

    Why am I envisioning a wind tunnel with one set of fans, but two playrooms: the first - horizontal - playroom for wing-shifters, then a second - vertical - playroom for the rest. We might eventually see a whole "chain" of playrooms tailored (by venturies) for different speeds and styles of skydiving.
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    How to Spot In The Manner of a Boss

    Annette, I always learn something new from your articles. Good points about "underlying logic" and "pointing your finger towards the spot." Spotting is such a huge subject. May I add "pre-spotting" meaning keeping your eyes outside the airplane for the last two minutes before exit? Familiarizing yourself with the direction of jump-run, clouds, winds, speed across the ground, etc. reduces the number of decisions to be made immediately after the door opens. Even better is multiple eyeballs outside the airplane checking for traffic in the pilot's blind spots. Even better is multiple eyes outside the airplane looking for traffic in the pilot's blind spots. Sorting out all those different groups is best done on the taxiway before that noisy airplane shows up. It speeds loading if all the different groups stand in a line before that noisy airplane shows up.
  17. ...... filling out a passport application ..... when they ask about "current hair colour" ......
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    A Packing List For The Boogie-Bound

    Good point about pull-up cords and rubber bands. I always stuff a few spares in a pocket on my rig and keep the rest in a pocket on my gear bag. For something as important as pull-up cords: 1 = none. So carry two or three of the most important items. Speaking of important items, we return to the subject of rubbers. Carry a few spares with your sleeping bag.
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    Crossfire 2

    Crossfires are too "zippy" for a first canopy. You will live longer under a Safire.
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    Pelican Cases - Travelling with your rig

    But a Pelican case that classifies as carry-on luggage: 21" X 14" X 9". Pelican 1510 measures 22" X 14" X 9" so you MIGHT be able toe ram it on as carry-on baggage, but I would buy the next smaller model to carry a solo rig, plus jumpsuits, helmet, etc. You might have to carry the helmet in a second bag. Airlines usually allow you to carry a carry-on plus a briefcase.
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    Skydiving For The Unlucky In Lung

    Adrenaline is a great cure for exercise-induced asthma! Did I tell you how much I enjoy adrenaline?
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    You Know Nothing About Seatbelts - Part 4

    NickyCal, There has been no "official" change to seat-belts off altitude, but fashion is trending upwards .... similar to the way fashionable opening altitudes are trending upwards. The old logic of waiting until you climb above 1000 feet considered that you were high enough to open a reserve and the engine(s) had survived the first power reduction. Most aircraft engines are only rated for full, take-off power for a minute or two. Run them too long and they overheat and melted bits start falling off the engine(s). The new logic - behind waiting until you climb above 1500 feet - is related to collision avoidance. Since most of the "Sunday fliers" enter the landing pattern at 1,000 feet, that is the altitude with the greatest risk of a mid-air collision.
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    Lost my Log book, how to resurrect?

    Did your local DZ use electronic manifesting software a decade ago? Electronic manifesting can remember base-line data: date, altitude, airplane's, coach, etc. Also ask USPA to dig up data Tom your last license.
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    You Know Nothing About Seatbelts - Part 4

    You nailed it Annette! Every decade .... or so ...... skydivers ask me to sew up an ash bag. Now the local DZO is "encouraging" me to sew up my own ash bag. "It will be easier on the survivors." I would prefer to spend my time sewing seat-belts ...... 'cus more seat-belts equal fewer ash dives. Clarification: Hooker (single-point skydiver restraints) come standard on new jump planes like Kodiaks and PAC 750s, and can be retrofitted to another dozen types of old jump-planes.
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    You Know Nothing About Seatbelts - Part 2

    Jefspicoli, In a perfect world, every pilot would broadcast their intentions, fly predictable patterns and constantly watch for other airplanes, parachutes, balloons, etc. Perfect pilots keep such good watch that they spot converging traffic more than 3 miles away and gentle alter course to pass on the right or behind the other airplane. These aeronautical courtesies are based on centuries-old sailing maneuvers. In the real world, "Sunday pilots" do not always fly predictable patterns, so the later you spot them, the more violent the maneuvers to avoid collision.