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Everything posted by dudeman17

  1. It's kind of odd that this girl made these posts, then doesn't appear to have been back since.
  2. That's not because it isn't regulated, it's because people ignore the regulations. If it's a registered aircraft, it requires TSO'd gear.
  3. "Dammit Jim, I'm a Doctor, not a Social Justice Warrior!"
  4. http://aerialfocus.com/commercials/sony/index.html This one?
  5. Jimi was no whuffo... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX6vhRKKpmU ("...excuse me while I kiss the sky...") Wanna bet?
  6. I your profile is correct and you're in the 40 jump range, don't even consider trying to jump with them (you won't be allowed to). Even if you wouldn't blatantly threaten their safety, the TI would have to keep track of you, and would be less able to give your friend a quality first jump experience. Be on the load with them, have fun with your friend on the ride up (but defer to the TI when he needs his student's attention), give them a good geek before you exit, then be ready to congratulate them after they land. That works just fine.
  7. "If you ain't scared, you don't fully understand the situation." "We don't do this 'cause we're fearless, we LIKE being scared." "Blue Skies, Black Death!" This sport is supposed to be scary, that's part of why it's so much fun. Eat that shit up. The girl that draws those duck cartoons that Joe referenced above, I was one of her instructors. I think it was her level 6 or 7, we got to the loading area and she asked me, 'When does the fear go away?' I kind of chuckled, then called for everyone's attention. 'Ask them what you just asked me.' She did, and everyone immediately started laughing out loud. Not AT her, WITH her. Have yourself a laugh with all of us, and enjoy. That said, don't ever get complacent. This is a sport of attention to detail. Every detail, every time. Be alert, be attentive, be deliberate, be wise. Some day, you'll knowingly pass this on to someone else.
  8. That would be about the worst thing that she could do. I might be wrong, but I think Teresa is related to an old skydiver from back in the day, and her information probably comes from that angle. While Robert is extremely knowledgable about the case, her info would not support his suspect, so he would discount it. Meanwhile, he would try to hoard the info for himself, and lock it up so that no one else could consider it. She would be better off referencing people like 377, haggarknew, or myself.
  9. Jimmy Tyler also did another chuteless jump where they rigged up some sort of weighted baker's pot and a drogue on which they mounted a container containing a round reserve. They threw that out of one plane, he exited from another plane, caught up to the pot and attached his harness to the container. Ballsy dude, Jimmy Tyler. Died on a jump from Half Dome in the early 80's and what they discovered after that about him, his job as an IRS agent, and the Grandma Mafia is a story worthy of a James Bond type novel.
  10. There used to be a distinction between an Instructor rating and a lower Jumpmaster rating, but the JM rating was phased out quite some time ago. Perhaps that now applies to a Coach rating.
  11. Tandems became what the customers wanted them to be.
  12. Robert, I know you're not a skydiver, but if you thought this was funny you should look for a video called 'Good Stuff' by Joe Jennings.
  13. A factor that I haven't seen discussed, and I don't know how accurate it is (I'm guessing some of you do), is this: Cooper's jet is flying at 10.000ft., but that is MSL (above sea level). On that 'Case Closed' doc, it said that the ground elevation was was something like 4500ft. So even with an immediate pull, that puts Cooper under canopy at 5 or 5.5 AGL, (above ground level). That would reduce the possible distance of his drift. Also, the forward throw of the airplane doesn't last that long (wind resistance), so even with a no-pull, it wouldn't account for a whole lot of distance.
  14. There does indeed appear to be lines with frayed ends coming off that container. It looks like there might be one coming off the top end of the one above it, draped over the nail that it's hanging on and over the clip. I'm at a loss as to why they'd be there. Stuff trailing from containers can have a nasty habit of snagging deploying parachutes and killing people. On the Cooper gear I just noticed that those lines weren't pink and the rest was speculation. Definitely a mystery. Is everyone sure that 377 never addressed this? That is a common thing to prevent fraying. Might have just worn off of the other ones. That also is an interesting statement, at first read it sounds like the training dummy, but it means he was grabbing 'student gear', as opposed to somebody's personal gear. Drop zones maintain and supply the gear for student jumpers.
  15. If a drogue is attached to something, it is not with lines, but a bridle. A bridle is a length of nylon webbing, like a lanyard, that is flat, bigger/wider/thicker than lines. A pilot chute is also attached with a bridle. A drogue bridle is usually heavier/thicker than a pilot chute bridle. All a pilot chute has to do is extract the canopy from the container and pull it to line stretch. A drogue bridle holds the drogue in place at freefall speeds.
  16. Perhaps Tiny Broadwick snagged one of her students in one.
  17. Your knees in the breeze, your hair in the air, your rear in the atmosphere!
  18. (This is probably sexist, but...) I would imagine that the first hanging harness was used when the first FJC was taught. I would imagine that the first time one was improvised for sex was when the first female took an FJC.
  19. I'll trade somebody a roll of toilet paper for a haircut...
  20. She probably didn't know. It sounds like he was still working that out when he sent her up front. It's also been speculated about what went with him, what got thrown out and why... The way he handled/took other evidence, I think it's pretty sure that he was not going to leave the briefcase on board. Whether he used it to hold money, whether he threw it out, I don't think can be definitively known. As for the dummy reserve, especially if he did open it, whatever parts did not go with him, it's possible that if he left any of that anywhere near the open door, that it got blown out or jostled out after he left.
  21. You made a commitment, both public and private > you gained from that > you did not honor your commitment > your word is worthless. End of story.
  22. A pilot chute and a drogue are similar in design and appearance. The difference is in the function. The drogue trails behind something/someone in freefall for the reasons stated above. The pilot chute deploys the canopy. In the 'cutaway' method of emergency procedure, then the reserve would have a pilot chute, and that's what is seen in that last picture you posted. Again, I would guess that any white material might have come from the dummy reserve. The pictures in the 'citizen sleuths' link: In the picture of the canopy laid out on the table, the lines at the near end, the far end is where the pilot chute would be, yet nothing is seen. No pilot chute on that rig. That bundle of lines between the hardware in the container is a cross connector. The parts of the hardware that can be seen inside the container, those rectangular metal loops, are where the parachute lines attach. That hardware goes through holes in the container fabric, and the other end are those hooks/clips that are seen in other pictures. Those clips attach to the D-rings on the main harness. If one of those attachment points were to fail on opening, you'd lose tension on half of the lines, the canopy would collapse and you'd go in. That cross connector would hold that side of the hardware and prevent that collapse from happening. Those lines tied to the side of the container is probably something Cooper did in an attempt to tie that to him. That those lines are white, and not pink like the ones on the chute in the picture make me think that they too might be from the dummy reserve.
  23. Other than a misidentified pilot chute, there is no such thing as a drogue on a reserve. A drogue is a small parachute that trails behind someone/something in freefall. They can be used to control freefall speeds and/or stabilize whatever it is they're attached to. The military also uses them to extract cargo from planes. Modern tandem jumps use a drogue, then when the main is deployed, they double as the pilot chute. Joe Kittinger also used a drogue on his high altitude military test jump way back in '60. The white material might have been from the canopy in the dummy reserve. ---------------- Richard Blevins still posts as though he still has credibility. I am again reminded of the title of a book.
  24. By drouge (actually spelled drogue), I believe you are referring to the pilot chute. (It's interesting to see that also mentioned in the supporting document.) In those days, most if not all front reserves did not have pilot chutes. In the emergency procedure for a malfunctioned main, you did not release the main before deploying the reserve. (That process is called a 'cutaway'. You don't actually use a knife to cut anything, that's just what it's called.) Rather, you would deploy the reserve canopy by hand, throwing it out away from you and hoping to get it past the main. Not sure exactly when the cutaway method began, but when I started jumping in '79 it was still in transition. Of the two major drop zones near me, one was teaching the cutaway method and the other was not. (That applies to student parachutists, who were still learning on 'gutter gear' [back mains and front reserves]. Most experienced skydivers were already using 'piggyback' rigs [main and reserve both on your back] and definitely using the cutaway method.)
  25. 5 miles out? I didn't realize they were so far away. I was thinking that the chase planes were there to see Cooper when he jumped, to locate his landing zone. That sounds more like they were there to locate the wreckage if Cooper blew the thing up.