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  1. I wonder how many people who jump with a full face helmet have practiced quickly opening the visor. (that's a real question, 'cause I have a Protec and goggles) You don't have to outrun the bear.
  2. I realize that the issue has been resolved and my comment is a bit late, but: That guy is not current. Regardless of his previous experience and ratings, SIM section 5.2.D requires him to make one or more jumps under the supervision of an instructional rating holder. Unless I missed it, this point wasn't mentioned, but would any of you want to take him out on a coached jump? If he wants to jump alone, he can hire a pilot to take him up, but at a USPA dz, his first jump will necessarily involve someone else. Just a thought; carry on. You don't have to outrun the bear.
  3. I heard a WW2 pilot talking about the canopy sizes recently. He pointed out that the 28 foot canopy was thicker, so it set you up higher in the cockpit. The smaller guys got those. The 24 foot canopy was smaller, so provided more headroom. The big guys got those. You don't have to outrun the bear.
  4. I can understand how a guy drives a car into a tree, but I'm sure neither of us condones things that shouldn't be done. I'd break this down into two cases: The student is getting it but slowly. Spend more time on the ground, even if he has to come back tomorrow (or later) to actually jump. The student will never get it. Yes, this happens. Not everybody can or should skydive. I generally find that going over the exercise slowly and carefully with positive corrections will eventually let the student see that he's not getting it. More often than not, the student will say something like, "I don't know if I'm ready for this" or "I didn't know it would be this hard". At that point, I say "Why not do a tandem for your first jump? There's less pressure and they're lots of fun." By this time, the student is usually looking for a way out, so they agree immediately. If they've already done a tandem, I suggest a second tandem. If they just aren't getting it and don't realize they aren't, I'll tell them something like "When you jump out of a plane and the adrenaline hits, you're going to revert to habit. Whatever you're doing on the ground is what you're going to do in the air. If you can't go thru the exercises here on the ground, I can't let you get on that plane." It's rare that things get to that point, but that usually does it. You don't have to outrun the bear.
  5. It's usually not the reserve that fails, but the decision making by the wearer. I doubt if that one-in-a-billion scenario would be realized. and Likestojump: my hat's off to the guy who photographed that jump. Those are cool pictures. You don't have to outrun the bear.
  6. 1. Get at least a 210. 2. Any of those AAD's would be fine. The most important things are to read and understand the AAD owners manual and to maintain altitude awareness so you don't actually have to depend on the thing. You don't have to outrun the bear.
  7. I'm thinking some good marketing. Would you want the "junior rigger" to pack your parachute? It really would be interesting to know the thought process behind that designation. You don't have to outrun the bear.
  8. The way most containers are constructed, when you close the main top flap, you pull on it in such a way that the reserve bottom flap grommet can pull against the reserve closing loop. It won't happen on all containers, but can happen on some, depending on how tight they are. That can cause wear on the reserve closing loop at a point under the pin where it can barely be seen without a flashlight and a magnifying glass. Any roughness on the grommet will accelerate that wear. Next time you pack your main, you can see if this might be causing the problem. You don't have to outrun the bear.
  9. packing for no reason at all will cause more wear/damage than just leaving it alone. you might want to sell the AAD now and get another when you resume jumping, since the AAD has a limited lifetime whether you use it or not. You don't have to outrun the bear.
  10. "Interesting question for your 3rd post on the site BTW! " Only the 3rd. Maybe his law firm just isn't very busy. You don't have to outrun the bear.
  11. The minimum is already set at 1. By publishing these records, USPA provides the incentive to go out and set new records which will be a more realistic display of achievement. You don't have to outrun the bear.
  12. More specifically, use the "dropzones" tab at the top of this page to find a DZ in Southern California. Actually go there and repeat your question. You might want to go to a couple of dropzones to see what kind of vibe you get. Good luck. You don't have to outrun the bear.
  13. So your problem is really with the guys who see the green light and have to go immediately regardless what the guy in the door sees ?? Easily solved. If you're a little short, hold your hand up and wait for a few seconds, then go. If you're way, way off, move over and invite the loudmouths to go ahead. Some people can't be told, they have to be shown. (Well, have a little consideration. Don't let them go out over a big lake or a formation of Chinook helicopters!) You don't have to outrun the bear.
  14. I'm guessing you're not the first guy out the door very often. If you were, you'd learn to look, in case the pilot remembers the jump run from yesterday and not the one he was told this morning. You don't have to outrun the bear.
  15. Persons too young to legally buy or consume alcoholic beverages are, by definition, non-drinkers in the context of the "Beer Rules". Is this the first time you've lost an argument to Sparky? You don't have to outrun the bear.