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Everything posted by riggerrob

  1. Fold an IAD pilot-chute pretty much the same way as you would for freefall, just leave the bridle outside of the fabric. In other news, I always wrap two or three fingers around the pilot-chute adn the rest of my fingers around the lower lateral strap on the student's harness. This allows me to sense and control them while I am checking the spot, etc. The other major point - of IAD - is always releasing the pilot-chute well below the horizontal tail of your airplane. With Cessnas, the simplest way to develop the habit of tossing the pilot-chute below the door sill ... every time.
  2. Those "ribbons" are packing tabs which come in handy when side-packing a ram-air canopy. You grab all the front packing tabs in one hand and all the rear packing tabs in the other hand, give the canopy a quick shake and lay it on its side. Then you stack line-groups, etc. These days fewer and fewer skydivers know how to side-pack because they only learned how to PRO-pack. There is nothing wrong with side-packing. The last time I worked as a tandem instructor, the DZO side-packed all the tandem rigs while young jumpers teased his antiquated packing methods. Since all the tandem openings were soft and consistent, I reminded young jumpers "Don't mess with success."
  3. Why does this remind me of the 2011 riot in Vancouver when the home team lost the hockey cup? Rioters taunted police, set fire to police cars, looted stores, etc. The next morning, several were fired by their corporate bosses. Eventually about 2 dozen faced court trials for their participation in the riot. A few were expelled from universities, lost scholarships, positions on sports teams, etc. It is amazing how quickly security camera footage and phone video footage cuts through the legal baffle-gabble, white-privilege excuses, etc.
  4. She was in the front rank of a violent mob that was committing "break and enter" and she was the first protestor through the broken window. No sympathy for her. Back in "the good old days" Landsknechts and Swiss Pikemen were paid double for fighting in the front ranks, because they suffered the highest casualties. No sympathy for anyone who was in the front ranks of that riot. It is sad how Trump used her as cannon-fodder while he hid. Master Corporal (retired) Rob Warner, 13 years service in Canadian Armed Forces.
  5. Like SethinMI, I have suffered two herniated discs in my lumbar spine. I tried to ignore pain in my left leg for three weeks, but when my left calf muscle cramped up solid, I discussed it with a doctor. Fortunately the doctor was a sports medicine specialist who diagnosed the problem as a pinched sciatic nerve. To this day, I have to do a regular series of sit-ups and stretches to keep my lumbar spine in correct alignment.
  6. Rick Horn's "soft" reserve ripcord handle folded under his harness, making it difficult to see or grab. Rick's other problem was the the steep spiral was pulling his harness to one side, making it even more difficult to see his reserve ripcord.
  7. Definitely ask your local master rigger to check how that harness fits you. It might be a better fit than student rigs. If the laterals are too short, then your local master rigger can replace them with longer webbing. While resizing is also the best time to replace those snaps on your leg straps. Simpler friction adapters have far fewer malfunction modes ... bordering on zero. IF you have a choice, get the shiny, stainless steel friction adapters made by Wichard in France because they are specifically designed for modern webbing. I share your dislike for snaps/hooks on harnesses. The woman in that scary video had B-12 snaps on her leg straps. It appears that her partner accidentally opened one when he grabbed her leg. Only time I have ever seen that!!!!!!!!!
  8. You and Kathy Reichs. Hah! Hah!
  9. Skydiving deaths tend to happen during three distinct seasons: winter spring and August. Most of the winter deaths are during boogies at the larger resort DZs in Arizona and Florida. Rusty jumpers party hard and try to blow off rust that is two or three months old. Also, it may be the dead guy's first visit to a large DZ with multiple airplanes, special landing patterns, etc. Springtime sees a second rash of deaths as skydivers who have not jumped since Halloween (end of October) rush out to jump again, often with new gear that they bought over the winter. The third wave happens in August when jumpers are current ... more like over-current .... over-confident while suffering heat stress and fatigue. Hazy August skies limit visibility and increase density altitude.
  10. Dear tstar, The best skydiving schools (e.g. Eloy, Arizona and Perris Valley, California) have wind tunnels on site and their AFF instructors integrate a few minutes of tunnel time into the AFF Program. I strongly urge you to get a few minutes of tunnel time before your first freefall. As for timing .... December through March can be wet months in Southern California. OTOH they are the best months to jump in Arizona. Please don't wait until summer, because both those DZs get "stinking hot" during summer. Both DZ also hav bunk houses, restaurants, bars, gear shops, etc.
  11. Dear tstar, I agree with your logic. The emotional training benefits of tandem fade after 3 or 4 jumps. The canopy training benefits of S/L and IAD fade after a half dozen jumps. The freefall training benefits of AFF fade after a dozen jumps. Tunnels are just cool and can extend to advanced skills. But again, tunnel will teach you nothing about steering your parachute. No one system is perfect, it is just "best" at a different level of the learning process. I have taught with all the different systems and prefer the sequence above with a bit of tunnel time before progressing to AFF. I have dropped hundreds of S/L and IAD students. I have done harness-hold jumps with hundreds more freefall students and more than 4,000 tandems.
  12. Amish domestic terrorists have been know to cut off each others' beards. Hah! Hah!
  13. Correction: 8 January 2021 is the first Canadian National Day to Remember Victims of Air Disasters.
  14. The 1985 bombing of Air India flight 182 was only one action in a civil war between Sikh religious groups. The Babar Khalsa sect was implicated in the bombing. Two Canadian Sikhs - who manufactured the bombs - were tried in Canadian courts. Perjury, destruction of evidence, murder of witnesses, appeals, etc. delayed criminal trials. The trials seemed to last forever, but eventually Inderjit Singh Reyat spent 30 years in Canadian jails.
  15. The 1988 Lockerbie bombing was a straight military hit intended to kill a United States Air Force combat controller who was returning to the USA with results of surveys that they had been doing of airstrips in Libya. The bombs were planted on a Pan Am 747 by Libyan military agents. The fact that 300 innocent civilians died in the crash does not bother African dictators. Remember that back during the 1980s, Libya was at odds with the USA. The USAF launched bombing raids against Libya and dictator Colonel Mohamar Ghadafi.
  16. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just announced a National Day to remember victims of Air Disasters like: Air India, 9/11, Lockerbie, Malaysia Airlines and Boeing Max 737. Do I get a say for surviving a King air crash back in 2008?
  17. Skybytch's story reminds us of what my younger brother has been doing for the last few years. About 4 years ago my father was diagnosed with Altsheimer's disease, so my younger brother started helping him get his affairs in order. The old house was a cluttered disaster, with documents scattered at random .. even mixed in with buckets of ammunition! My brothers sold off most of dad's gun collection to help pay down his debts. After my dad lost his driver's license, he moved in with his girlfriend of 16 years, but by last year, it was clear that taking care of dad was exhausting her. We were only able to move dad into a retirement home last July. He died in August at age 89 ... long list of medical problems. When my dad died last August, he was the last of our blood relatives still living in our old home town. I went back twice last summer. The first visit was depressing, because my dad did not recognize me! The second visit was to provide moral support to my younger brother during the funeral. Since then my younger brother has been doing the 5-hour drive a couple of times per month to sort through dad's messy old house. He has donated whole trailer loads to local charities and delivered as much to the town dump. Skybytch, the best thing you can do is complete walking the Pacific Crest Trial next summer. It is a great way to clear your head.
  18. That reminds me of an awkward conversation a few years back. After surgery, my knee was so swollen that it was difficult to wear pants, so I pulled my Utilikilt up over my aching knee. As I was walking out of a store, a guy complimented me on my kilt. He was wearing a "Soldiers of Odin" shirt. I mumbled a thank-you and wandered off. How does one gracefully respond to a compliment from a political group that one fears?
  19. Dear obelixtim, Some DZOs narrow their focus to who pays the bills. Back when I started jumping (1977) static-line was the only way to make your first jump, so DZs focused on training large numbers of static-liners. Once the day's First Jump Course finished their class-room training, licensed jumpers were forced to wait until all the students had jumped, before they could resume fun-jumping. Then along came AFF and the emphasis changed to pumping out as many AFF students as possible. Then attention shifted to tandem, so DZs focused on tandems as a quick way to make a buck. Meanwhile, fun-jumpers sat on the ground until all the tandem students had jumped and gone home. A second advantage is that you rarely have to cut them out of trees after they wander off under canopy. The only advantage to AFF and tandem was that the airplane consistently climbed to full altitude and a fun-jumper or two could slip onto a high load if they bribed manifest with beer, sex or recreational drugs. Another
  20. On the rare ocassions when I have jumped tandem canopies by myself, they opened so softly and flew so slowly that I had to look up a couple of extra times to re-assure myself that they were inflated properly. Hah! Hah! For comparison, I have made more than 4,000 jumps with tandem students strapped to my chest, so tandems are my "normal."
  21. Shoveling snow is good exercise and will help you lose a few pounds over the winter.
  22. I sort of half understand your point of view. Some pilots get nauzeous when riding in the back of some-other-pilot's airplane, but are perfectly calm when at the controls. When riding as a passenger during scary maneuvers (e.g. spinning out of control on ice), I tend to bite my tongue to avoid distracting the driver. I might vent a few profanities. After the fact, there is little point to venting profanities at the driver because he was doing the best he could during a dangerous maneuver. By remaining outwardly calm, I half the number of toxic psycho-chemicals coursing through my veins. I try to analyse the situation enough to invent a strategy to avoid repeating the driver's mistakes, but after that try to avoid re-thinking the scary parts too many times. Rethinking the scary moments because that path leads to PTSD and madness. PTSD is a sign of a mind too cluttered with old fears.
  23. I celebrated my 40th birthday by climbing Mount San Gorgonio. I celebrated my 60th birthday by climbing the Grouse Grind, near Vancouver.
  24. Good point dear sundevil, Locking into any single technology too early limits investment into other forms of energy. As an aside, I was reading up on nuclear power when I came across a graph that showed that countries that invested heavily in atomic power generating plants tended to invest less in other forms: solar, wind, tide, hydro-electric, fuel cells, bio-diesel, etc. It is too early to say which is the "best" new energy source and it may end up that "A" is "best" for equatorial deserts, but totally useless in the Arctic. "B" might be "best" in mountains, but totally useless on plains, etc. In the long run, we will end up with 3 or 4 "best" systems, depending upon local circumstances. I still believe that battery-powered airplanes will dominate short-haul routes: commuter, crop-dusting, banner-towing, initial flight training, glider-towing and skydiving.
  25. Dear sfzombie13, And we all know what happens when we mix sodium with water .......