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Posts posted by illusioneer

  1. On an absolute beautiful sunset load on saturday 10-20-2007 Carol Clay made her 16,000th jump. I hope you all will join me in congratulating her on such a great accomplishment and being a blessing to us by being such a wonderful person as well.
    Love you Carol. Blue skies

  2. I am a wife and child are not. I want to take them to a tunnel but I have never been to one. Do the tunnels provide a jump suit, goggles, ect? How much time should I plan on for two first timers? Can we jump in our street clothes on do we need to have jump suits on?

  3. Am I remembering wrong? Didn't the "free fall time" charts in the old log books have an opening altitude at 2,000 ft... Now the opening is at 3,000ft. Do any of you old timers know If I am right or did I smoke out too many brain cells in my youth?

  4. I don't have as many jumps as you by far, so please don't take this the wrong way. Can you help me to understand how toggle length and not being able to stall the canopy doesn't effect your ability to flair the canopy and slow the forward motion. In Brian's piece he seemed to say stalling the canopy was an important/integral part of the flair...

    As I think about it, the closer you come to stalling the slower your forward speed will be. If you are prevented from approaching a stall the faster your forward speed will be. I know that students are at a far greater risk of stalling and need to be on a forgiving canopy.

  5. My first commercial flight after I began jumping was with my wife. Evidently I was visibly "uncomfortable" during take-off and climb to altitude. After about 10 minutes I felt a hand on my leg and turned to see my concerned wife ask "What is bothering you?"

    "This is the first time in over a hundred plane rides I haven't had a parachute and a way to get out of the plane" I said.

    I was surprised how attached I had become to having a safety exit. (It was also the first commercial flight I had taken as an adult) I have flown many times now on a commercial plane and don't feel nervous but I still feel more comfortable in a jump plane with a rig on my back. :)

  6. Last weekend I was told that while I was not jumping during the last 14 years, there was a decline in the number of jumpers in the sport.:o
    I found this to be counterintuitive...With the boom in "x-games" and adventure type of sports I expected the number of jumpers to be growing by large amounts.
    My questions are:
    1: Why are there not more people flocking to our sport?
    2: Do tandem jumps hurt the number of new jumpers by turning the jump into a thrill ride with less commitment to the sport?
    3: What can be done to increase the number of new people comming to, and sticking with our beloved sport?
    4: What thoughts do ya'll have about this subject.

  7. I did not fail any of my AFF jumps. It always felt easier to control myself while in the air than when in the water...And I grew up on the coast spending most of my days (during the summer) in the water. B| Maybe being part "fish" helped to know how my body position effected my freefall:S