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  1. Call the famous freefall photographer Norman Kent, who lives in Florida. Kent has long suffered from a weak left arm, but Norman handles it far more gracefully than Kaiser Whilhelm II. I have also talked with a few similarly challenged skydivers. After opening, they "pop" brakes and do the usual controllability check. Then they reach their strong arm backwards - between the risers - to grab both steering toggles with their strong arm. They make gentle turns by pushing both toggles left or right - in front of their chest and flare by pulling both toggles down their sternum. They will never be precision landing or canopy formation or pond swooping champions, but they softly consistently.
  2. Dear Mccordia, Perhaps we should insist on "X" number of jumps, plus demonstrate "the following list of skills" ... sort of like Bill Von Novak's list of tasks before down-sizing to a smaller canopy. Yes, we know that the better BASE Instructors insist on a minimum of 200 jumps, but even they are not interested wannabees who merely punched 200 holes in the sky. Hopefully the junior jumper learned a little on every one of those 200 jumps. This also reminds me of the "gear selection exercise" that is part of every CSPA Rigger Course. When I taught that course in Switzerland, everyone thought it was perfectly normal for a student to want to wingsuit off a Swiss cliff at the end of his second season. OTOH A British candidate wanted to punch out a student that ambitious. I tried to calm the Brit by telling him that I could keep the student busy doing 200 accuracy jumps ... on his way to a CSPA Exhibition Jump Rating (stand-up precision landing). In the end I did not care if the student jumped off cliffs, because at least he would be accurate on landing.
  3. I am agreeing with Ian and Wendy. I teach students that containers are going to shift. Then I teach them to grab their own ass and slide their right hand up until they feel the corner of the container (BOC). If they have short arms or difficulty with Method A, I teach them to slide their thumb down the right side of the container until they find the corner. I also teach them to continue reaching for the BOC even if they feel the main parachute starting to open, because this is also a test of what they will do when things get "confusing." Bottom line, pull the dummy handle in a methodical fashion no matter what time the main parachute opens.
  4. Samhain, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and harvest celebrations are pretty much the same thing. Notice that Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October - a month before Americans - because we have a shorter growing season. The first frost often arrives in October. All Hallo's Eve and Dios de Los Muertos are linked as well. Halloween is the day when spirits get loose, while Dia de Los Muertos is the day that Mexicans visit the graves of their dear departed ancestors and raise a toast to grandma.
  5. The latest version of the Canadian Fire Arms Act specifically prohibits Ars built by Armalite plus dozens of "AR-clones" by model name and manufacturer. "AKs" built by Kalashnikov and a dozen other factories are also prohibited. The FAA also prohibits "Mini 14"and dozens of other rifles firing military ammo. It even names a variety of .50 caliber rifles, mortars, flame-throwers and rocket-launchers. The scary part is that the revised FAA was enacted by an "Order in Council." It was never debated in the House of Commons. That is not "the democratic process."
  6. because police hate being out-gunned.
  7. Canadian Skydivers Lose COVID Restrictions April 1, 2021 Canadian skydivers no longer have to restrict themselves to small groups, or bubbles or social distancing or wear masks announced Omar Alghabar, Minister of Transport. "Since skydivers voluntarily take far greater risks than the general population, COVID 19 is only a minor additional risk for them. Besides, most skydivers are in the 2o to 40 age bracket, which is at low risk of dying from COVID. They may suffer chills, headaches and difficulty breathing during skydives, so COVID adds no additional risk. However, commercial pilots flying skydiving airplanes are still required to wear surgical masks and get regularly checked for COVID. We do ask that skydiving pilots please put their microphones INSIDE their mask, so that air traffic controllers can understand what they are saying. Too avoid contaminating the travelling public, Transport Canada also asks that skydivers avoid cluttering up the controlled air space frequented by commercial airliners." From a prepared statement. Transport Canada promised to update COVID restrictions as the vaccination campaign continues to roll forward.
  8. Bob Sinclair lived in a converted bus 30 years ago ... long before the current fashion for tiny homes.
  9. Does childhood bullying predispose some one to becoming a mass murder?
  10. Dear Phil 111, with the shift away from hunting, why are so many "Mericans buying military-style rifles, which are little more than "range toys?" Is it because of all the "Merican soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan? I got the impression that the majority of these poorly-regulated "militias" never served a day - in uniform in their lives.
  11. Canada tried a (non-restricted) long-gun registry - from 1993 to 2012 - but it proved an expensive flop. Officials stated that its primary purpose was to allow police to determine if a house contained firearms before they entered. Few police consulted the registry. It did fund several federal gov't jobs in Chatham, New Brunswick ... another attempt at buying votes. It cost about $2 million dollars per year, but was eventually cancelled. The only province that wanted to keep a long gun registry was Quebec. Quebec is the most authoritarian of all provinces. Guess why I moved away 42 years ago. Most of my high school classmates also moved out of Quebec.
  12. On the first day of a riggers' course, the instructor asked his students: "Where is the best place to find a manual?" Answer: "In the DZ trash can." Hah! Hah! During TSO drop tests, all reserves must prove that remain intact during high speed openings with 254 pounds suspended weight. After that, the manufacturer may placard to reserve for 254 pounds or any lighter weight.
  13. Dear Kleggo, The bigger the reserve, the better when you land unconscious. That is why students get 250 square foot reserves.
  14. Next guess, they ban "pistol braces" the same way that they banned "bump stocks."
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Yes! Apaches greeted Spaniards with arrows.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. How many jumpers did you carry in the DH Rapide?
  24. 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).