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  1. Dear Kleggo, The bigger the reserve, the better when you land unconscious. That is why students get 250 square foot reserves.
  2. Next guess, they ban "pistol braces" the same way that they banned "bump stocks."
  3. Good point Wendy, I simple solution would involve Washington clarifying the definition of "militia." I served 5 years in the Sherbrooke Hussars, a Reserve regiment in the city of the same name. While serving I learend how to drive AFVs (M113.5 Lynx) plus a variety of trucks, firing machine guns and rocket launchers, spent a summer in the high arctic, toured Western Europe, etc. Even simpler is for 'Merica to adopt the Canadian definition of "militia." In Canada, "militia" is slang for the Canadian Army Reserves. They wear the same uniforms, same rank structure, use the same weapons, drive the same vehicles, etc. as the Regular Army. An important point is that ALL Canadian Army Regiments report up the same chain of command all the way to National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa. Over the last 30-or-more years, whenever the Regular Army found themselves short-handed to UN Peace-Keeping missions, or thumping terrorists in Afghanistan, they contract in reservists for 6 months or a year. Some of the Canadian units serving in Afghanistan were half reservists ... not much different than 'Merican Army Reservists or National Guard. Mind you, if "Merica adopted the Canadian definition of "militia" they would automatically ban hundreds of right-wing, amateur "militias.
  4. Modern reserves can be compared to Sabre 1 of the same size. For example, I have an Amigo 172 reserve and for many years I jumped a Sabre 1 170. They both turned and flared in similar manners.
  5. A few years in the future, I would love to watch a teenager try to steal the Korean War surplus Jeep that I learned to drive in: manual steering, manual transmission, manual choke, windshield wipers driven by manifold pressure, no heater, no air-conditioning, no cigarette lighter, no GPS, no reverse camera, no turn signals, no anti-lock brakes, no automatic cancel on turn signals, no automatic following distance, no automatic braking, no cruise control, ... oh and the battery was dead forcing us to push start. I quickly got good at parking on hills.
  6. I call that "generational stagnation." Tom McCarthy (DZO Gananocque, Ontario) explained the concept to me more than 30 years ago. Tom said: "There are guys in town who have the same hair cut, same wife, same taste in music, same muscle car, same job, etc. as when they graduated high school. Tom is the only non-CSPA DZO that I respect. Tom led the industry in freefall FJC, harness-hold jumps, IAD, piggybacks for students, hand-deploy for students, tandem, etc. Tom was one of those - rare - DZOs that knew more than CSPA.
  7. I have done a handful of tandems from a Cessna twin. The door was a bit smaller than a King Air. Sorry, but I cannot remember exactly which model of Cessna twin.
  8. Yes! Apaches greeted Spaniards with arrows.
  9. German autobahns are better built and German drivers have better situational awareness. Posted by a guy who has driven in Canada, USA, Germany, Austria, Italy, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, France, Belgium and Holland.
  10. In a recent issue of OUTSIDE magazine, BASE jumper Jeb Corliss said something about BASE jumping allowing him to vent bad feelings a little at a time as opposed to repressing those bad feelings until they explode.
  11. How many jumpers did you carry in the DH Rapide?
  12. Forty years ago, Relative Workshop introduced their Vector 1 harness-container. It was one of the first containers with a single ripcord pin and set the standard for all later containers. Along the way, Vector was up-dated with a stronger pilot-chute spring (Vector 2), electronic automatic activation devices (Cypres 1991), hip rings (mid 1990s), a new closing sequence (Vector 3 mid-1990s) and "Skyhook" main assisted reserve deployment (circa 2000).
  13. All those symptoms can also be attributed to insomnia.
  14. I predict that COVID 19 will be the excuse that many POPS use to quit jumping. They may have been hanging-on for a few extra years, despite a nagging knee problem, etc. Kind of like the hijackings of 2001 caused the collapse of an over-speed economy, a bloated airline industry, etc. Mind you, I feel sorry for my friends who work for Air Canada who are currently on furlow. No-one deserves to be unemployed because of things beyond their control.
  15. CSPA's E license also required water accuracy, night accuracy, camera jumps, high altitude jumps with supplementary oxygen, rigger rating, etc. I fear that too many "ticket-punchers" will only do a handful of high altitude jumps - to qualify for an E - but will not remember any of that new information a few weeks later. OTOH if you area long-time skydiver, you should be able to earn more that a D license. Back when I was working full-time, I made a personal challenge to add a new license or new rating or attend a PIA Symposium every year, just to stay ahead of the younger guys.
  16. I can foresee using an electric starter-generator to boost the power output of a stock gasoline engine. When the gas engine is producing full power for take-off, the electric motor supplies additional torque spin the prop shaft even faster. If prop tips are almost supersonic, then the prop governor steepens prop pitch to absorb the extra horsepower. Alternately, the electric motor could turn an additional propeller. If one gasoline engine quits, then you should have enough reserve electrical power for level cruise and return to the departure runway. As for asymmetric thrust - after an engine quits on a twin - remember that piston engines more than 300 horsepower and all turboprops don't actually turn props at the same speeds as the crankshaft. Larger piston engines and all turboprops turn their crankshafts at the most efficient speed then use propeller speed reduction units to slow propeller rotation to a speed that keeps prop tips sub-sonic. To change prop speeds or direction of rotation, you just rearrange gears inside the PSRU. In the not-too-distant-future, we will see electric (trickle charge) stations at airports, similar to the block-heaters already used in colder climates. These will re-charge airplane batteries over-night so that they depart with "full" batteries next morning.
  17. Yes Joe, When I was the Tandem Examiner at Pitt Meadows, I used to tell younger jumpers to mellow out or "watch your language." However, the work place bullying got excessive, so I left. I am too old for fist-fights on the job site. ... er ... I have never had a job that paid well enough for fist-fights. Often workplace bullying sounds like sexual harassment because harassers/bullies don't expect women to complain.
  18. Too many skydivers seem to be caught in a time-warp because they still act in a manner that was fashionable back during the 1980s ... before herpes, AIDS, gay rights, LGBTQ+++++, etc. POPS can use the excuse that they learned everything they need to know before age 30, but younger jumpers cannot use that to excuse their crude behavior. Frankly I am embarrassed by some of the things young skydivers say in front of the public (e.g. tandem students). I am also tired of some of their black humor. Yes, black humor has its time and place, but not in front of students about to make their first jump.
  19. Yes, it is a bit silly for doctors to worry about elders getting addicted to opiates. A few years back, I was in a lot of pain after knee surgery, so the surgeon prescribed Oxycondone. I weaned myself off Oxycondone as soon as pain subsided enough to sleep through the night. This reminds me of the last week of my mother's life, when she ingested massive amounts of morphine to dull the pain. She insisted that she never got "high" on morphine, but it did dull the pain for a few hours, allowing her to get a bit of sleep. I still have a few Oxycondone pills left. Would you like me to mail them to you? Hah! Hah!
  20. Dear JD Boston, I regulate fear in first-timers by two methods. The first is based upon my previous experience teaching earlier FJC. If an old lesson scared students too much, I back off from that technique. Then I watch reactions of students in the class room and during other ground training and try to tailor levels of fear to below those where the student can still handle complex tasks under stress. If a student is slightly overwhelmed, I ask them to step to the back of the class and watch a few other students practice the drill. If they are still overwhelmed, I suggest that they come back another day to jump. In the worst case scenario, I hand that student off the tandem instructors. Which reminds me of an incident. One day I was puttering around in the loft while Andrew was teaching the IAD FJC. Part way through the morning he marched a Japanese student in and introduced me as "our best tandem instructor." Then we went up for a tandem jump and flailed all over the sky. Even something as simple as the "banana position" was too much for her. She was emotionally overwhelmed even during a tandem! All that afternoon, I wondered why Andrew hated me so much????? That evening, Andrew explained that while teaching emergency procedures, the girl kept asking "but if I do nothing, will I still be okay?" Clearly, she was not intellectually capable of handling the stresses of a solo jump.
  21. Retiring parachutes after 20 years of service is the law in some European countries.
  22. Fear can be a training tool, but it must be used wisely. Too many early skydiving instructors came from the military where fear is routinely used to prepare soldiers for the ridiculous levels of fear and confusion they will face in combat. Military instructors gradually ramp up fear to further condition young soldiers. They also use fear as a selection process to determine which soldiers can tolerate the highest levels of fear and uncertainty. Young soldiers with low tolerance for fear and uncertainty become cooks and drives, while those with high tolerance become special forces door kickers. Unfortunately, some military instructors miss-interpret this use of fear - as a teaching tool - as a license to act like bullies or jerks. Fear does not work well as a training tool for civilians who have never been in a life-and-death scenario before. They get over-loaded and freeze. So civilian skydiving instructors need to know when they can apply pressure and when they must back-off to avoid over-loading students. For that reason, I use a minimum of fear when teaching the first solo jump course and emphasis what a good main parachute and good landing approach look like. We can add more levels of complexity (practicing stalls, riser turns, etc.) during later jumps.
  23. We teach first solo jump students only the basics and barely show them enough malfunction photos that they can distinguish between "square, slider down and steerable." Canopy flight is far to complicated a subject to teach in only one lesson. There for, when they transition to faster canopies we teach them additional malfunction drills like cutaway from a wildly spinning case of line-twists. As they progress to