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  1. No, they would probably storm the Capitol.
  2. Baksteen


    I thought this whole thing was Bill Gates' fault?
  3. Do you think zero-pilot ops for skydiving lifts (remotely piloted from the ground) would stop "pilots" trying to make things more "exciting" for passengers?
  4. Pre-2020 we politely sneezed in our hands. Then COVID happened and alternatives were sought. Sneezing in your elbow, for instance. Pre-2020 we shook hands. Then COVID happened and alternatives were sought. The elbow bump for instance. For the time being, I'll wave at you, thanks.
  5. Baksteen


    I'm aware that you say "not very likely" as opposed to "impossible", but I would like to point out that the risk could still be significant. You can be fully immune for a disease like Polio, but still 'shed' the virus into the environment (sewage). Subsequent improper treatment of this sewage can then lead to infection of non-vaccinated people. Not much of a risk in the Western world, maybe, but a very real one for developing countries. Now vaccine protection against Covid on the other hand is something completely new. I would advise caution in abandoning all safety measures based on having had the shot, or being in contact with someone who did.
  6. RW-balloon suits. Nuff said. ;-)
  7. With AFF there's at least "levels" you have to pass. I thought the OP was driving at that with the question.
  8. The "number of rejumps" question is not really relevant for SL. You'll get there when you get there (freefall). You might need six jumps, you might need sixty jumps. Either is fine.
  9. Baksteen


    What is the assessed impact on the intended use, and is the intended use conform the manufacturer's guidelines? How much has the tensile strength of the old rope diminished compared to a new one of the same make and type? How much does the tensile strength vary between lot numbers? Is it still within specification?
  10. Baksteen


    Is a Super Bowl made of silver? Inquiring minds want to know.
  11. If the blanket statement is made by doctors/scientists I'd call it ass-covering, but other than that I agree.
  12. Baksteen


    I don't know what the weather is like where you're at of course, but have a nice picnic perhaps? Knowing the size of your average American car you might even be able to picnic inside your vehicle...
  13. Discuss openly about risks and the steps you take to manage them. I find it helps sometimes with people who do not know about skydiving and have the "you're insane / have a deahwish" knee-jerk reaction. When you counter with well-thought arguments, people eventually tend to get interested despite themselves and ask more questions. Downside is, you have to do this again with every new person, which takes a lot of time. I'm blessed with very supportive parents. Talking about risk management, precautions etc. helps them stay supportive. Well, except that my mom does not want to hear about CReW. When I told them I was going to take the FJC they just smiled, looked at each other and told me that that was exactly something they'd expect me to do. I'd get the idea, and I'd go do it. Funny thing is, approximately half the people I knew at the time agreed with my parents point of view, the other half reacted exactly opposite.
  14. Well that's some comfort at least. I didn't know that.