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  1. It's "feet together and angled slightly to the side" (translation difficulties). Also, you obviously must flare before you touchdown, keeping your hands together near your crotch, your elbows tucked in etc. That way you are able to make the roll in the flying direction. Based on the quoted picture you would face plant, hard. All in all that has nothing to do with the PLF in general and everything with the quality of the picture. I've had a student once who during FJC insisted that sliding it in was better than PLF. I made him stand on a table and asked him whether he'd like to land on his ass. When he said no, I asked him why it would be a good idea to do so when jumping from 1 km instead of from a table. A second student didn't discuss but just landed on his ass a few times. He'd get a talking to, promised to do better but was stubborn. After a few jumps he had to be taken to the hospital with a fractured tailbone. Personally, the PLF allowed me to jump earlier after recovering from a knee injury. No problem at all rolling the entire season.
  2. Baksteen


    It's approximately 3/8 of a cornucopia.
  3. And you know this how exactly? During the early stages of the FJC there is occasionally a student who out of habit says 2000 meters instead of 2000 feet. But that is easily rectified. Moreover, unlike the Iranian example above, Dutch altimiters, course material and teaching consistently use feet. To my knowledge there has never been an incident, near inicdent or even occasion where a Dutch student indicated they were confused about when to open their parachute due to having to make mathematical conversions. You pull your main at 3000 feet (which is when the needle is pointing at 3000 feet). Later, you learn to estimate the altitude for yourself and you KNOW you're at approximately 3000 feet. But nobody is taught from a young age how to estimate altitude, especially when suspended in mid-air or falling.
  4. You'd be wrong. :) In the Netherlands, skydivers use feet for altitude. We teach students that their hard deck is 2000 ft, without confusing them with conversion factors.
  5. Baksteen


    Interesting article, with more in the links. Unfortnately I haven't got the time to read it in depth at work, but at first glance it looks like Fords' reaction to the swine flu was the exact opposite of the international COVID-response.
  6. Baksteen


    I'd turn you down. All that cash would be eaten up by the bills I'd need to pay if I broke my leg. Especially if I was subjected to the American healthdon'tcaresystem. As to vaccines and "what could possibly go wrong", do not forget the potential risks to the next generation. Thalidomide comes to mind.
  7. Baksteen


    He owned his mistake, apologised deeply and emotionally and is allowed to stay on with a reprimand. Populist opposition moved to dismiss him, but got little support from serious parties. Populists also demanded that all Corona related fines and cases were dismissed, to which the minister replied that that it would be a funny old world if court cases would get dismissed because he himself made a mistake, no matter how severe.
  8. Baksteen


    The Dutch minister of Justice and Safety, who is one of the three figureheads of the anti-Covid campain in the Netherlands has been photographed while at his wedding at times not observing social distancing. The press were having a field day. Then new pictures came out with him actually shaking hands and hugging his mother in law. It will be interesting to see how he is going to defend himself in the coming debate.
  9. Baksteen


    I'm talking about political rallies or sports matches, where a lot of cheering by a lot of people occurs. Why is cheering bad? Because it is a disturbance of the air like singing. See the choir practice from earlier this year where one sick singer infected 40(?) others. As for food, I could shop immediately after work like most people do. Instead I wait until seven, when most people are having dinner and the supermarket is a lot more quiet. Also, I shop only once or twice a week. As for public transport, I have changed my working hours to avoid the rush hour (or what's left of it).
  10. Baksteen


    I do not dispute that. But many people seem to believe that the benefit IS binary: I wear an mask, so I can't get it. For instance, when the BLM demonstrations were occurring, cities and protest organizers worked together (or at least tried to) t ensure that the demonstration took place in a large enough area to make social distancing between protesters possible. That worked reasonably well after the first few protests. An article in a leading Dutch news platform reported that at the demonstration in Amsterdam too many people showed up spontaneously., so not enough distance could be kept. The authorities held the organization responsible and said that for future demonstrations better planning was necessary. The article then concluded by saying "even though many protestors were wearing masks". And don't get me started about the people who do not cover their noses , remove their mask to eat/drink in crowded situations etc etc.
  11. Baksteen


    Maybe, maybe not. I agree that in a tight corner masks are better than nothing at all, but some people seem to view face masks as some kind of anti-COVID deus ex-maskina: wear a mask = you can't get infected. And that I do disagree with. Not hosting gatherings were a lot of people congregate in the first place does a lot more for stopping COVID than merely wearing masks.
  12. I'm going to partially disagree here. While tunnel teaches all the skills necessary for a successful freefall, it does nothing to actually teach you what it is like to be out there; actually falling towards the planet. As instructors we need to be very careful to not fall into the trap of OK-ing experienced tunnel staff for too much, too soon. They're still students with individual and maybe unique needs. To the OP, as others have pointed out you do have an extensive toolkit for successfully making that first freefall. If you feel that this toolkit alone is not sufficient, there is no shame in quitting. The first jump (your tandem) merely happens to you. After that, you start experiencing the jumps more and more. With the knowledge and experience you have so far, you have to make a decision. Also consider this: In the tunnel, you da man. Every student looks to you what to do. You know how things work, teach people to fly their body and probably can do stuff that most other people, skydivers included, can only look at in admiration. Then you go to the DZ. Now you are the student. The feeling of control you have in the tunnel is gone. You have to accept this not only intellectually but subconsciously as well. Finally, I would submit that "I continued for no other reason than because I did not want to look afraid" is one of the worst reasons to continue jumping.
  13. No, he was claiming to be holding a tandem rating. I totally believe him. I once held a tandem rating myself..... when checking the TI's paperwork when working manifest
  14. Q: How many monks does it take to change a light bulb? A: Nun.