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  1. Hooknswoop

    Required pull force for main d-bag extraction

    Did you check the kill line length with the bridle under tension? Derek V
  2. Hooknswoop

    Required pull force for main d-bag extraction

    Do you have a spectra kill line PC? The spectra will shrink with heat from the friction with the bridle when the PC collapses. To check it, the bridle has to be under tension. A kill line will look correct with the load tapes taking the force until you tension the bridle, then the kill line will be taking the force and not allowing the PC to fully inflate. Check the length of your kill line with the bridle under tension. Derek V
  3. Hooknswoop

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    The USPA voted to give the museum $25,000 per year for 5 years for a total of $125,000 to a project with no scheduled opening date? Tell me that isn’t true. If it is true, I have a project that could use $125,000. Derek V
  4. Hooknswoop

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    To summarize; Chuck went from believing the “The GM program should be scrapped where it stands.”, to the Chair of the GM Program. He says it has teeth now, but is sworn to secrecy and cannot tell the membership what those teeth are. USPA gave $25,000 to the skydiving museum and wind tunnel. The museum’s website says a 2018 opening. That is not accurate and the museum and USPA can’t (or won’t) tell us when the museum and wind tunnel are actually scheduled to open. USPA is supposed to be training the US parachute team. They do not supply any funds to the team (that money seems to have gone towards a project with no schedule), and cannot describe what training they provide. Selecting the team manager is not providing training. What did I leave out? Derek V
  5. Hooknswoop

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    The old, “If you don’t like it, run for office argument”. I pay membership dues. I pay to have a voice. I am working within the system, expressing my opinion to USPA. I haven’t seen any teeth being put into the GM program. Has USPA changed it’s charter to include supporting regulating, guiding, or otherwise getting into the business of DZ’s? The USPA selects the team manager. That is the training provided to the US parachute team? I would support sending the $25,000 we sent the museum (their website still says they plan on opening the wind tunnel in 2018, no one seems to know when it will really open) to pay for training the US parachute team. Derek V
  6. Hooknswoop

    182 engine failures

    USPA’s response to the NTSB report regarding jump ship incidents; Derek V
  7. Hooknswoop

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Irony score 8? What training does USPA provide the US parachute team? Derek V
  8. Hooknswoop

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    What training does USPA give the US Parachute Team? When is the museum and wind tunnel expected to open? Derek V
  9. Hooknswoop

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    “Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 21:01 The Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame is pleased to announce it is collaborating with Skyventure iFly to co-locate the Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame with a 16-foot iFly wind tunnel in North Orlando, Florida. The museum is currently working with a leading design firm to combine building space and functions and iFly is actively searching for a suitable piece of property as a venue for the combined facility. The co-venture is expected to open its doors in 2018.” When is the wind tunnel expected to open? I can tell you for sure it won’t be 2018. Derek V
  10. Hooknswoop

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Do you think USPA certifies DZ’s? From uspa.org; “No organization rates the relative safety of skydiving schools” What is it that you think USPA does that ensures the peopl on the plane with you meet a certain standard? Derek V
  11. Hooknswoop

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    No, I am trying to explain that what you are relying on (USPA), to ensure that other people in the plane meet some sort of training standard, is a bad plan. What do you put your faith in that the aircraft is maintained according to the FAR’s? What do you put your faith in that the pilot is qualified and current? What makes skydiver A with 30 skydives and no license safer than skydiver B with 30 skydives and an A license? How do you know that the skydiver sitting next to you in the plane with 30-skydives has an A license or not? Derek V
  12. Hooknswoop

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    The faith you are putting in the USPA to ensure that other jumpers meet certain standards is misplaced. They do not audit student programs. Some are very good, some are not. A USPA license is kinda like a USPA Group Member DZ. it doesn’t mean it is good or bad, it just means they sent the USPA a check. I could give my dog an A license..... Derek V
  13. Hooknswoop

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Nope. Let's look at how things work now and then if the mandatory send your $ to USPA was dropped by USPA. Now; Drop Zones choose how much of USPA's BSR's and guidance to follow or not. If a DZ does not follow the BSR's, etc. there isn't really anything USPA can do to change that. They could suspend rating's and memberships, or even the DZ's GM, but they cannot force a DZ to follow the rules. USPA is motivated NOT remove GM because then the DZ would be released from the requirement that jumpers are USPA members. If USPA comes down too harshly on a DZ, they might piss off the DZO enough that they drop their GM and, again, drop the requirement for the jumpers to send USPA every year. This means less money to USPA. DZ's control USPA's revenue stream. It is a conflict of interest. If USPA dropped the mandatory membership requirement; Most DZ's would probably still require it, if for nothing else, the liability insurance. But some wouldn't bother and I would imagine USPA would seen a small decline in revenue. If an alternative insurance was found that was $6/year, that would meet the individual insurance requirement, I could see USPA having real financial troubles. I think overall USPA is a good thing, but the system of DZ's controlling their revenue stream needs to change. Let them stand on their own. I jumpers feel they are getting $55/year of value, they will pay it. If not...... Derek V
  14. Hooknswoop

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    The DZ sets the level of training and safety requirements. USPA not requiring GM DZ's to require membership (If A=B and B=C, then A=C) will not change that. USPA does not enforce any standards. Do you find it reassuring that USPA lowered the standards to become an AFFI to address the instructor shortage? This is instead of letting the market self correct. What did an AFFI make per jump in 2001? What do they make now? What does an AFFI with 5 AFF jumps make? What does an AFFI with 100 AFF jumps make? I don't know if I would drop my membership if I could. Honestly, probably not for the reason Mr. Mullins points out, the insurance. As well as keeping my AFFI and PRO ratings. Derek V