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  1. Report it to your regional director, Jim Crouch at USPA, and Tom Noonan at UPT (assuming that they are using Sigmas). They will investigate it.
  2. Most competent coaches should be able to train you in 1 jump. Not to perfection of course, but to meet the standard. So doing extra jumps in order to train the skill should not be necessary. Once you have completed the training I would recommend continuing to jump with coaches and small RW groups. Doing solo jumps will not allow you to judge things such as fall rate and level adjustments. Get video as much as possible - its a great teaching tool and allows you to see exactly what you are doing up there. D
  3. Deisel

    Digital Logbooks

    It depends. Mostly yes, but it depends on the person reading it. USPA requires signatures to verify jumps, which most digital logs such as altimeters, protracks, etc. can't accommodate. But there are phone apps that offer the feature to sign jumps. But at the end of the day, it's up to whoever you're presenting it to. I've used my phone app for years now and have never had an issue. Any log electronic or written, can be forged. D
  4. Deisel

    Winter Coach Courses

    Steve Hetrick at Skydive Orange, in Orange Va. He has a regularly scheduled course in April but will run one for you by request. PM me if you need more details. D
  5. Congrats Chuck! My tools were collecting dust but now I gotta catch up. I can't let you army boys out do me. But I'll keep an eye out for ya brother.
  6. Deisel

    What's going on here?

    What's going on here is assault. Not sure if I'd call a lawyer or kick his ass. Best case is that he ONLY loses his rating.
  7. Deisel

    Skydiving/Dropzone related jobs

    The only white collar type positions on a DZ would be DZO or manager. And that's using the term quite losely. Most places are too small to need or afford admin staff unless youre a cute manifest type. The entry level position with the lowest barrier to entry is a packer. The best way is to start packing for free, develop a reuptation for being fast and good. Once you're in demand doors will open. Just my 2 cents worth. D
  8. Dewolf is running a course from 17-24 January.
  9. Deisel

    Friday jumping, VA, NC

    Where are you coming from? What route are you taking? These are pretty close to I-95; Skydive Orange, va. Virginia Skydiving Center in dinwiddie va Triangle Skydiving Center near Raleigh Durham Raeford Parachute Center in Raeford NC Skydive Costal Carolina near Wilmington NC All great places with great peeps!
  10. The canopy and its pilot by Brian Germain. After the SIM, of course.
  11. Sorry to see such closed mindedness at a supposed place of higher learning. But the ball's in your court. Are you going to accept this as the final word or continue to push it? Trust me, she doesn't have the absolute last say on what does or doesn't happen on the campus. Find someone more influentual that's friendly to the cause and continue to push. Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Keep squeaking
  12. Deisel

    "stay safe out there!"

    Great point about complacency – it kills. I jump at a tandem factory with a total of 8 jumpers. We have our process dialed in tight from working it all summer. Everything is buttery smooth at this point. But in the last week and a half we’ve had 3 chops and several canopy conflicts low in the pattern with one resulting in a last minute change of direction that sent a tandem into the high brush. But right along with complacency we also have to worry about burn out. Especially for instructors that are at seasonal DZs and hitting it hard before the winter comes. It’s easy to wear yourself out and not know it. If you’ve never experienced burnout before the warning signs can be very difficult to recognize. Please keep an eye on each other. Watch your buddy for signs of slowing down and loss of sharpness. Day dreaming and forgetting simple things can be indicators as well. D
  13. Wait until you go to a boogie. The gear manufacturers usually bring out a variety for jumpers to demo. But please remember, never change more than one thing at a time! My first full face jump resulted in a fogged up visor and I had a spinner on top of it. Don't give yourself too much to think about.
  14. Deisel

    Our unknown influence...

    Not to dwell on the negative but I think it's worth the time to mention the other side of the coin here; those instructors that only give a shit about their paycheck. Far too many of us don't have time for those that aren't paying for our services. But I don't think that it's always intentional. Hopefully this story can serve as a reminder to MAKE the time for younger jumpers. Great job.
  15. Have fun and enjoy the ride! But to address some of your concerns, I can offer the following; - yes, it will be cold. Bundle up but not too much. Your hands going numb will most likely be the biggest issue. Wear whatever you would normally use for staying warm on a cold and windy day. - let your instructor know that you would prefer to not do any spins. Its a typical request. - don't go out for heavy drinking the night before. Do whatever you normally do and you should be fine. You will quickly learn that the gas that goes in the plane isn't the only kind we use! - I'd check to see that the other DZ was a USPA group member. And even if it is, use common sense. If it doesn't look and feel right it may not be. Drop by on a random day and see how they do business. - you will probably be ok with a good luck charm in your pocket. But once again, talk to your instructor. I typacally tell people not to jump with anything they aren't preparred to lose. But there are ways to do it safely. Have fun and blue skies! D