Douggarr

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  1. I have a Vigil II DOM June 2010 that has been part of a voluntary recall. A couple of my fellow skydivers have this AOD of similar vintage and have already sent them to Fla./Belgium for maintenance. One said they simply updated the software and changed the battery (and made a couple of other fixes, no charge, like a cracked window). He only paid shipping both ways. Another said that they aged out his unit and said he needed to buy a new one. Just curious if anyone else has had similar experiences with the Vigil II.
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    Jumping All Fifty States

    Lew Sanborn has finally jumped in Hawaii, completing the 50-state marathon (finally). I wrote a short piece about it that should be coming up in the June issue of Parachutist. SCR-442, SCS-202, CCR-870, SOS-1353
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    Jumping All Fifty States

    Taking off at Pepperell and landing in NH. Been there and done that, back in the early '70s on one of the first Otter weekends. My only jump in that state. SCR-442, SCS-202, CCR-870, SOS-1353
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    iFLY Lauderdale Moving Ahead

    I just spent a month in Hallandale Beach (December) and made some jumps at Skydive Miami (run by Pam Manos) and Clewiston. If the Ft. Lauderdale tunnel is like the one they built in Yonkers, N.Y., it's going to be a dandy. I've now flown in about five tunnels, and by far the iFly in Westchester is the best. SCR-442, SCS-202, CCR-870, SOS-1353
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    Altitude awareness

    Here's another thought for you -- digest it as you will; it's free advice so it might be worth what you pay for it. When I started in the bad old days there were no digitals and no dyters. My instructor used to cover my altimeter on the way to altitude and say, how hi are we? He was training me to look out the plexiglass door and capture the size of the landscape. Pretty soon you get to be plus or minus a couple of hundred feet. The reason for this is not just altitude awareness but training yourself to never ever rely completely on an instrument. They're just aids. As you're accumulating jumps you'll see what the landscape looks like at pull altitude and your inner clock will tell you that it's getting late -- check your altimeter. Train yourself to trust looking at the ground as well as the dials (digital or otherwise). And if it's coming up fast, you have ground rush and you're probably approach two grand or lower. SCR-442, SCS-202, CCR-870, SOS-1353
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    Tommy Granato

    Those of you who jumped at the Greene, N.Y. DZ may remember Tom as a great guy, terrific instructor. He passed away last Thursday afternoon. He took me through training on static line, and I was hooked right away. Then when I had a contract to write a piece for Popular Science about the new ram air canopies Tom lent me his Para-Plane to kick off my research. It was my first article for a major magazine. So Tom kicked off my skydiving career and my writing career. I'll miss you big time. Fly free. SCR-442, SCS-202, CCR-870, SOS-1353
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    Your First Reserve Ride - Laying The Foundation

    Good piece. At every Safety Day I make the following announcement: "If you haven't had a cutaway in the last 12 months, it's a good idea to do the hanging harness." I've had four malfunctions, two streamers under rounds (capewells and a belly reserve) and two in the modern era, a bag lock and a spinner, (where I couldn't beat the RSL), and I still follow my own advice.
  8. It was the only lottery I ever won. I remember the day like yesterday. I was a junior at Syracuse University, and I wandered up to the journalism building to stand by the AP wire machine, like dozens of other J-majors. The word was that if you were 1-120 you were "vulnerable;" 121-240 you were on the bubble (depending on your locale and draft board you may or may not get drafted); 241-366 you were in the clear. It was crazy anticipation. I got 253 and exhaled. And we joked later that all the ROTC kids got numbers in the 300s and the hippies and stoners were all in the double digits. Looking back, the selective service system would have done much better for the Army if they allowed prospective inductees to trade numbers. SCR-442, SCS-202, CCR-870, SOS-1353
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    Pat Rogers, BSBD

    I just found out that Pat Rogers of the old Stormville crowd passed away recently. He was a NYC cop when I first met him, and I made a lot of skydives with him. Great guy, a pleasure to be around the DZ. RIP, Pat SCR-442, SCS-202, CCR-870, SOS-1353
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    iFly Westchester

    Finally, a wind tunnel only 30 minutes from Manhattan. I've been in only 4 other tunnels (Vegas, Perris, Raeford, and Nashua, NH), and I finally got to fly last week in Yonkers, N.Y. It's a nice tube, 14-feet wide. They coudln't go to 16 feet because of issues with how deep the foundation could be dug. What I liked a lot about this facility was everything was on one level (unlike Perris which is a hike upstairs). No need to go up or down a flight to a team room or the bathroom. Very well run. Waiver on line. Quick, easy check in. Attentive staff. My only issue was that getting reservations for an early evening hour was a hassle. They seem to block off 4-8 p.m. and weekends for the lucrative party trade. I get it, though. This is a big investment and they have to book a lot of revenue. I have a flexible schedule and if I can find enough flyers to share block time with at off-peak hours I'll be back fairly regularly. SCR-442, SCS-202, CCR-870, SOS-1353
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    Skydiving Hall of Fame weekend

    The annual fundraiser and skydiving Hall of Fame weekend will be held Oct. 1-4 at Connecticut Parachutists, Inc. and the Marriott Hartford hotel. If you have any interest at all in the history of our sport, and you want to meet some of the pioneers and legendary jumpers, try to get up there for one or two days. It's not just older jumpers telling stories (though there is plenty of that). It's a fun-filled weekend with a pro-am six-way event, plenty of fun jumping, a couple of big aircraft, and a lot of hanging out. It's a charitable event, and any money you spend goes toward the building of the National Skydiving Museum, which we're hoping will be built and open in the next couple of years down in Florida. SCR-442, SCS-202, CCR-870, SOS-1353
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    Does your DZ require seatbelt use?

    Seat belt compliance has been mostly good in my view, since my return to the sport in 2009-9. What bothers me, however, is too often I see a videographer with a heavy-duty rig on his helmet sitting by the door of an Otter not wearing it or securing it to his chest strap on takeoff. This gives me the willies, and I hate to be the one who points this out, but I do because takeoff and initial climb out is one of the most dangerous parts of any skydive and I'm always thinking about the worst case scenario. SCR-442, SCS-202, CCR-870, SOS-1353
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    Max Miensopust

    I'll miss you Max. And I'll never forget our first 8-man team at Stormville -- you, me, Hadden Wood, Earl Wilson, Paul Heubeck, Frank Bender, Fred Stadler, Mario Borg. I still have the photo, hanging in my office. SCR-442, SCS-202, CCR-870, SOS-1353
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    10 Things To Note Regarding Malfunctions

    Agree with JimJumper. Forget about your handles. In the old days, holding a main ripcord handle could fuse or tangle with the reserve suspension lines (mostly with belly warts). And yes, they did cause fatalities. This, of course, is no longer an issue. But when you cut away, you're not thinking about the 65 bucks for the reserve repack, so why think about how much it's going to cost to replace a cutaway handle or a reserve ripcord handle.
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    New Camera flyers

    I'm hoping anyone who is a relatively new skydiver and chomping at the bit to strap on a Go-Pro will read this: Go check out Norman Kent's terrific video on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn2BCmnDUUM The Dangers of Being a Hero. He knows what he's talking about. Also, though it's not a requirement, I'd recommend you get a good briefing from an S&TA or your DZ's experienced camera flyers. The snag issue is just one thing to worry about. Be safe, have fun, and try to look good on video, people. SCR-442, SCS-202, CCR-870, SOS-1353