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  1. gregpso

    RIP Gene Cernan

    One of the greats !!!! I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    Skyhook

    Then why was my jumping ended at Skydive Nagambie in Australia by the CI Don Cross for asking as to why the student rigs did not have Skyhooks. I expected support form Mr BOOTH over this but got nothing. banned from ever jumping there !!! (For asking questions) I was ahead of my time.. again Soon skyhooks will be on every student rig. Like in 1981 when jumpers laughed at me when I said automatic opening devices will be standard on rigs... AAD mandatory in Australia now !!! I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    What drew you to the sport?

    To jump out of a plane.. period everything else was a bonus. Met some really good good people... and a few dick heads but that's the same every where. First jumps in 1981 in a club environment (read not for profit) took a long time to be accepted in that format but once you were in .. you were really in. Again jumped again in 2008 in the era of commercial skydiving. Different experience..(Yes safer and better equipment and training) I thought the CI and staff cared about me and welcomed me with open arms but in reality it was only to get my money. (largest DZ in Victoria) as I did a lot of tandems. They dropped me like a ton of bricks cause I asked about skyhooks. Got told by email I was banned from AFF... not even the courtesy of face to face or a phone call.. very disappointing. !! (AFTER 19 TANDEMS) My faith was returned when I went to Australian skydive and found CI Ralph.. a kind and generous man who really cared. My story the way I saw it, others will disagree (squeak) I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    Hi from Australia

    Enjoy yourself mate. If ever in Victoria try Skydive Nagambie or Australian skydive near Bendigo. I did some jumps at both and both are great Drop zones with l good people and CIs(Don and Ralph) Enjoy your adventure I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
  5. yeah me just did not fit in. Did ok with jumps but folk took a set against me cause I happened to have an opinion. It was fun but nil interest in ever doing it again particulary at my last DZ (skydive nagambie) For me it appears to me a single persons sport. The amount of money it cost and time it consumed I do not know how one can maintain a decent marriage (unless married to a jumper). Selfish to spend that much money when one has a wife and kids. Nothing to show for it except memories and the odd video. What finished it off for me was I got pearl harbored from by CI (banned for asking too many questions) it was the best of times and the worst of times ) Still supporting skyhooks I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    Doing my first jump soon!

    Enjoy it mate a world of adventure awaits you !! I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    skyhook incorrectly assembled ?

    yet another skyhook save get with the programme !! I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    G'day from Newcastle, Australia

    You are in for a blast mate Enjoy !! AFF way better than a tandoom (tandem) I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    Feeling discouraged

    sounds like the experience I had at Skydive Nagambie Australia.. ay Don ieEach time I ask questions I kind of get the brush off and questions are left un-answered or I get treated like I'm stupid for asking certain questions. Yes people are nice and if engaged they are polite but that is about it. This has made it very difficult to get the training and support needed. I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    Well Hellllo!!

    good luck 40s is young I returned for a while when I was 50. Listen to the advice of the experts and you will be fine best wishes I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    AFF Injury Rates.

    Read books, ask instructors questions, watch other students land (and make mistakes), learn about their problems, and learn more than just enough to get by. I did that!! read lots of books asked lots of question and then got banned from AFF (me thinks I researched equipment like skyhook too much) its a fact that if you ask too many questions its easier to just get rid of you..(At NAGGAS anyway) AM I RIGHT DON !! I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
  12. Congrats Bill. Unfort my devotion to your invention skyhook ruined my jumping at skydive nagambie in Australia. (got banned at AFF for asking some uncomfortable questions like why no skyhook on student rig ?) never got an answer to that one. But thanks for inventing it !!! I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    How many tandems

    What lies mate all true !! It may surprise you that i still like and respect Don and Louise. Just did not agree with Dons decision.... thats life !! I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    How many tandems

    I did 19 tandems before AFF. That was way too many. I reckon about 3 is right. By then you are used to getting out a perfectly good plane and free fall holds no surprises. I wish the place I went too insisted I do AFF after 3 tandems rather than take my money... but business is business I suppose... and they did nothing wrong. I went to another melbourne DZ the boss (Bridgewater)... Ralph, said he never lets customers do more than 2 tandems. I kinda wish I went to Ralph in the first place.... things may have turned out different. too late now.Quote I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    New Year's Eve Plans

    working at Parliament House. Living the dream not !! I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
  16. Exactly......couldn't agree more. At the DZ I jumped at (Skydive Nagambie in Australia .. a good dropzone) AADs were compulsory. Might be time everyone followed that. A reserve is compulsory so should an AAD. I remember at ist jump course at bridgewater we were told an Australian champion was saved by AAD. Seems she could not find her reserve handle after cutaway. if that sort of thing can happen to such an experienced jumper it can happened to anyone. obviously the swoopers need a special aad. Compulsory AAds and RSLs would save many lives every year. However you good folk in the USA have a fear about the government telling you what you must do.. but thats a different story. I love the USA and its people by the way.. visit often. but you have a different mindset over there. I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    RIP: Robin Williams, Story Attached

    Glad you made it through. hope you enjoyed the 14 jumps. Hope you do more ! I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    RIP: Robin Williams, Story Attached

    very sad. he was great !! Cannot get my head around it but I never walked a mile in his shoes. Some celeb you feel like you know. Was gobb smacked when I heard the news..... just like when I heard Elvis and John LENNON died as well. Entertainers are such a big part of our lives (or most of us anyway) Thanks Robin for the great entertainment ( I hope you knew how popular your are in Australia ) Just hard to fathom !! I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
  19. For me it was easy. The decision was made for me. Did not fit in which was my fault. Made enemies on line. (mainly my fault) It was meant to be. Did 66 jumps without a scratch and met some really good folk like Ralph and Patrik. Happily retired with good memories... nil interest in jumping again. A couple of folk i would like to get even with. but not worth the energy. It was fun and a good experience. Thanks Ralph Patrik Wooka Boo to the max Don Sarah and KGB (but they would say the same to me) I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    Buying a second rig

    I find that hard to believe !! I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    Skyhook

    ^This. So I have been right since 2008 when I started promoting them.. and paid the price (esp at nagambie Australia) But its nice to be right! Will be as common as AAD in a few years !! I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    Skyhook

    It's distressing that I have to write this, but historical accuracy demands it. I have been skydiving for 35 years, and I am as big a fan of Bill Booth as anybody, and in no way do I mean to denigrate him or his contributions to our sport. But he did not invent the skyhook. He may have redesigned it for skydiving rigs, but the first MARD system was invented by Mark Hewitt, on a base rig called the Sorcerer, and Bill knows this. Credit is deserved where credit is due. The inventive idea in the Skyhook is not simply the idea of hooking the cutaway main to the reserve bridle. It is how to do this in such a way that the connection releases and gets out of the way when it is not needed, but stays connected when it is. A little history. If you will look at the beginning of our "Skyhook Promotional Video" (#2 on UPT's website) you will see video evidence that I started working on MARDs in the early 1980's. The reason the skyhook didn't come out until 2003 was that it took me all those years to work out all the problems that need to be solved before such a device would be safe enough for sport jumping. During the 80's and 90's I designed and jumped several primitive MARD's, but none of them worked well enough to satisfy me. The Sorcerer system came out during this time period, but required a hand deployed reserve pilot chute, had no automatic release system, and wouldn't work with spring loaded, ripcord activated reserve systems. As has been noted elsewhere on DZ.com, I included mention of the Sorcerer in my patent application. Some of my first devices involved pins and loops similar to the Sorcerer, but these systems weren't reliable during rapidly spinning malfunctions. You see, the MARD connection pulls on the reserve bridle near the midpoint, which means that it is pulling on both the bag and the pilot chute. If there is a lot of horizontal speed involved (spinning malfunction), then the pilot chute often generates enough force to prematurely release a simple pin/loop system, which will release as soon a the pilot chute loads at all. I needed to work out a system where it took a lot more force from the pilot chute to release the MARD connection in a partial malfunction than in a total malfunction. This is where the Skyhook lever/cam design came in. It is designed to require 5 times more force from the pilot chute than the weight of the packed freebag (25 - 60 lbs.) if you have a partial malfunction, yet release with a force of between 4 and 8 lbs. if you have a total malfunction. And it has to figure this out instantly, with no input from the jumper. The lever idea worked well, but there was one more serious problem to address. Simply - What happens if the RSL side riser releases BEFORE the non-RSL side riser. This is a bad situation even with a "normal" RSL, and has resulted in several deaths due to main/reserve entanglement. But with a MARD, the situation practically GUARANTEES a fatality. I was stumped, so I put the Skyhook on a back burner for nearly 10 years. Then one day I was discussing the problem with a young engineer I had hired straight from Georgia Tech. After thinking about it for a moment he said," Why don't you simply connect the RSL riser to the cutaway cable leading to the other riser? I was stunned. There was the answer I had been looking for dropped right in my lap. The young man's name was Kyle Collins, and that's how the Collins' Lanyard, a necessary component of ANY MARD system was born. We had a working model that day, and you will notice that it is his name, not mine, on the patent. So I put out the Skyhook immediately right. WRONG. I didn't want to put two new reserve related systems at once, so I fitted all of my existing and new tandem rigs with the Collins' Lanyard. I then waited the requisite 5 years to see if the Collins' Lanyard worked as expected. It did. Then, and only then, was I ready to release the Skyhook. The whole process took nearly 20 years from inspiration to implementation, but I think the result was worth it. yes it was worth it Bill Thanks for doing it !! I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    Skyhook

    Bill I too want to thank you for inventing skyhook ... unfortunately it trashed my jumping adventures in Australia as I promoted it heavily on Aussie forums. Result banned at Skydive Nagambie (you should have seen the look on the CI's face when I asked "are there skyhooks on the student rigs?) That was the beginning of the end for me though certainly not the only factor.. I then got accussed of being sexist cause I warned woman about the attention they would receive in a male dominated sport. Would I do it again ? YES YES a thousand times YES Bill you can PM me and I will supply my bank account details for the royalty check for australian sales. LOL This really is my last word. I started with skyhook post and I finish with skyhook post I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    always finish on a postive

    Look I am not slandering Don or Skydive Nagambie I was disappointed he chose to tell via email I was banned from AFF. The fact is Don and crew run a great dz and I have never said anything to the contrary. They looked after a knucklehead like me for many jumps and kept me safe. For that I will always be grateful. It ended badly which is unfortunate. I loved Don and still do and thank him and his crew for what he did for me. So I have ended my posts with a positive. Now please cancel my account. I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??
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    dumb things I heard at the DZ

    I have now retired and as far as I am concerned Australian skydiving can get fucked.(except Ralph and his DZ) and I am sure the feeling is Mutual. . particularly at Nagambie But the last word I will share is some of the dumb things I heard at the DZ 1. "Just cause Don Cross demands I have an AAD at Nagambie does not mean I have to turn it on" !! 2. " I now have over a 100 jumps. I disconnected my RSL " (When I asked why he could not answer) I enjoyed my time but it ended when I was banned from AFF by the CI at Nagambie. He did not even have the balls to tell me face to face... he emailed me (after me spending $5000 at his DZ) This despite no safety breaches etc. apparently I over researched everything. So farewell a great pleasure for me and you too. I tend to be a bit different. enjoyed my time in the sport or is it an industry these days ??