Deisel

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  1. Lots of USPA members support this project. The BOD is representing everyone, not just the folks complaining about it. It's easy to complain, much harder to get things done.
  2. I'm looking for recommendations for DZs to visit. I'll be in Germany for the next year or so and I'd like to see and jump Europe as much as possible. I just had my gear shipped over and I'm ready to get in the air. I don't know squat about the skydiving scene out here and would appreciate whatever info might be useful. I'm about 5 hours away from Pink Klatovy and so far it's the only place on my list to visit. So any recommendations would definitely be appreciated!
  3. Martin, I believe that there's value added when the BOD gets out among the members. Having the meetings across the country gives us the opportunity to attend in person when they are in the vicinity. Personally, I'm not too concerned about the costs. They do a decent job of regulating spending and there aren't a lot of frills. After all, these guys and gals are working on our behalf. Shouldn't there be some benefit to it? If the whole thing sucked, who would ever want the job? Louis The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    TI wearing camera setup?

    Maybe there are several TIs filming each other's exits. It would work for everyone except the last guy out. Just a guess. The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    Deprecate the USPA

    Do you have any facts or details to go along with all of this generality? Exactly what problem are you addressing? Exactly what solutions are you proposing? Have you ever dealt with another country's skydiving laws and requirements? I'm currently in Japan. Based on my experience, the USPA makes skydiving much easier than what I've dealt with in other countries. The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
  6. Never been ramp checked, huh? Yes, the FAA will levy fines and pull licenses. UPT and USPA will revoke ratings. And FYI - WE are a SELF governed body. By policing ourselves, we keep the FAA and other government entities out of our business. Examiners, S&TAs, RDs, NDs, and DZOs are all part of a system that is only as strong as it's weakest link. D The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
  7. Not necessarily. The rig owner can perform most examiner functions. Its a loophole id like to see UPT address but none the less, it does exist. D The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
  8. 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. The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    The old AND bold skydiver list

    I second that - Sinclair is a PIMP! Bill Morrissey Bill Booth Derek Thomas - if you don't know, look him up. D The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
  10. 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 The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    Collegiate Nationals

    Good point, but the midshipmen and cadets have summer training requirements that are non negotiable. Take them out of the mix and the event goes away all together. It looks like poor choices all around. D The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    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 The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    Questions on buying a helmet

    Hey bud, let's think this one through. In order for there to be a rating system there would have to be research and development. They would have to figure out what combinations of equipment protects the body under what conditions, etc. You can already easily drop $300+ on a new helmet. Its anyone's guess what the costs would balloon to after a few months of lab & field tests. And it would require that someone invest up front before ever selling a single helmet to cover the costs. You got some spare cash to donate to research? I don't. And them come the lawyers as soon as someone gets hurt while wearing one... And exactly what are you looking to protect yourself from? If any of us bounce, there is not now, nor will there ever be, a helmet that will save your ass. I've been kicked in the face, kneed (almost passed out) in the head, head to face smash by tandems, etc. Yes a helmet helps and I wear them most every jump. But they only go so far. And please lets not even begin to discuss having the FAA get involved. I won't call it stupid but its damn close. D The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    Questions on buying a helmet

    Skydiving helmets are NOT rated in any way for anything. Yes, you should visit a local gear store and try them on as they all fit a little differently. And consider that even though you don't plan to use an audible at the moment, you may want to have the option later. Helmets, especially a full face, are quite expensive. D The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    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 The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    How to write a decent DZ brief.

    Any airplane specific concerns. I'm Reminded of the incident in z hills where jumpers who were not familiar with the skyvan door broke it. It fell off the plane on jump run. The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
  17. One of my pet peeves is telling a student that they are cleared to self supervision. I believe that this particular wording is abstract at best, and flat out incorrect at worst. I tell them that they are 'self supervised', but not really. The wording should be more clear. A student is never self supervised. Per the SIM, student training must be supervised by an appropriately rated instructor. How is this SELF supervision? Telling a student that they are self supervised implies that they can do whatever they like. When in truth (IMO), they should be discussing every jump, at least in passing, with an instructor. I believe that this leads to a couple of negative outcomes. Less respect for coaches, students on jumps beyond their experience level, and wasted time, money, and effort punching holes in the sky, are a few that come to mind. At the next BOD meeting I'm considering offering a proposal. Rename 'self supervision' to something that is more descriptive of what is actually taking place. Call it 'reduced supervision', 'coach supervision', 'post AFF status', or something. Thoughts/opinions? Flame on! D The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    ryan katchmar any michigan jumpers?

    I've bought a couple items from him with no issue. Always on time and as advertised. The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    Electronic Rigger's Log

    Eventually, all business will be conducted electronically. I'm of the opinion that it's generally better to dictate the terms of change rather than have them dictated to you. Besides, if banks can figure out how to protect trillions of dollars I think we can come up with a system that maintains the integrity of a logbook. The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    Electronic Rigger's Log

    With all of the new technology out there, has anyone come across an electronic version of a riggers's logbook? Is there any FAA rule that would prohibit the use of one? D The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    200th

    Don't get too complicated and increase the likely hood of it not working. BFR with your friends and have a beer after. The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    drop zone radius?

    Situations like these are the reason why I’m a huge advocate for DZ outreach programs. There are several ways in which we can connect with those around us. When was the last time anyone invited outside entities (local pilots, first responders, airport/FAA officials, local government, etc.) to the DZ for an event? Safety day is a huge opportunity for this. Seminars are also a good way to get some continuing education for jumpers as well as some of the folks listed above. We can really go a long way towards helping ourselves here. Build the relationships before we need them. D The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    military jumper going civilian

    Try a Silhouette. It's considered an intermediate canopy so appropriate for your jump numbers, depending on how you wing load it. It's a hybrid ZP/F111 which makes packing it much less painful. It's been my canopy of choice for many years. Also, talk to the DZ about getting your license requirements signed off. You should be qualified for a B, depending on what training you've completed already. D The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
  24. Calling all skydiving Marines (and friends) stationed in the National Capitol Reigon. We're having a end of summer wrap up event! Here's the skinny; Who: looking for US Marines but all are welcome. What: end of the season jumps When: 10am on 13 September Where: Skydive Orange, Va Why: ...... Not? This will be a final get together for the year. Come out and let's start planning next season's events. For additional info you can reach me at parajumps@gmail.com. Semper Fi! Louis The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.
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    Missing Pack Data Card

    Thanks Rob. Turns out that the reserve passed inspection and was quite well maintained. The main however, has been grounded pending multiple repairs. Go figure... The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.