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  1. “My home tunnel is an iFly 14 Footer. 2 Fan Recirculating design.” That’s not a thing. Derek V
  2. Anyone have an XL G2 and need a L G2? Derek V
  3. “ i didn't pay a lot of attention as you were trying to convince me that safety isn't necessarily safe since the standards don't really enforce safety. from what you said, they aren't that great, but as i said, that's what they are and we should change them to make them safe, not ignore the ones we have. ” I can tell you did not pay attention. I never said safety isn’t necessarily safe. I don’t even know what that means. If you are going to argue a point, you should educate yourself beforehand. the annual AFFI renewal requirements are 15 aff jumps and some ground requirements. The problem is there are no performance standards for these15 aff jumps. The affi could exit with the student and never see them again until after they land and that counts towards the 15. So you could have sub standard (unsafe) affi’s meeting the minimum requirements that you argue must be enforced. Currency does not equal safety. Currency + performance standards = safety. I have always advocated for a annual or biannual check dive. This is what pilots do. I recently spoke with an awesome RD that is putting a program together for beta testing. Derek V
  4. “anyone who goes past 180 days can just go south and jump, then come back and do the 15 or however many they need and if they miss that, there are exceptions and ways to get current i presume, or have been told anyway.” You don’t even know what the currency requirements are for different license and ratings holders are. Derek V
  5. It would all be in the phrasing. I bet, “Are you in favor of using a small percentage of member’s dues to fund the International Skydiving Museum and Hall of Fam?” would get a positive reaction. “Are you for or against USPA giving the the International Skydiving Museum and Hall of Fame $25,000 per year for 5 years from your membership dues, without any guarantees it will ever be built?” would not get a positive reaction. I emailed Jim McCormick on Monday asking about the museum’s plans and more details about the wind tunnels. No response. Derek V
  6. The museum so far has raised a significant amount of money. They have not broken ground and may never break ground. What due diligence did USPA do before sending checks? What happens to the money if they never build the museum? A tunnel manufacturer (not iFly) is going to build 2 tunnels in Orlando where there already is 2 tunnels; Has this manufacturer released a press statement with their intention to build 2 tunnels? Have they built a horizontal tunnel before? What size tunnels are they planning on building? Which tunnel manufacturer has committed to these 2 new tunnels? Has USPA reached out to this tunnel manufacturer for any information on their schedule or experience in the industry? Derek V
  7. Except the micro stamping would be on the firing pin, which strikes the primer, which is not re-usable..... Derek V
  8. “In 2017, nearly 11,000 people lost their lives to drunk drivers that year alone, according to the NHTSA, or one death roughly every 48 minutes.” If the gun-control debate was about saving lives, why did this topic receive more discussion about strip clubs than saving lives? This is low-hanging fruit and could save ~11,000 lives a year. This is why I don’t believe anti-gunners stated goal of saving lives. I see their goal is to restrict gun ownership as much as possible, up to and including elimination of all gun rights. Derek V
  9. https://www.thedrive.com/news/30486/new-bill-could-force-automakers-to-install-in-car-breathalyzers-to-prevent-drunk-driving Derek V
  10. And you have something other than your gut feeling to support this? How much less? Derek V
  11. "But I also know the G3 isn't going to do much of anything to prevent a concussion. " For the same impact, how much will a G4 protect the wearer compared to a G3? Motorcycle helmets failing actual testing with DOT certification; https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/final_sae_motorcycle_presentation_v2-tag.pdf https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2019/02/20/4-out-of-10-dot-certified-helmets-fail-government-performance-tests/ Reading this; https://www.satra.com/ppe/EN966.php After reading this, I don't know how much of an impact a helmet with this rating will take and leave me injury-free. I also don't know if a G3 protects me the same, more, or less than a G4 from the same impact. Derek V
  12. Not all containers are equal. First thing to look at is re-sell value. The containers that hold their value more than others do so for a reason. Next is discussing what your rigger prefers to pack. Some containers require knowledge and experience with that specific reserve container to get it to pack up cleanly. If you have the only container of that type that your rigger ever packs, it will be more of a challenge fro them. Lastly, the Micron has magnetic riser covers. They do not open until deployment. They open at the same time (unlike tuck tabs), and they open before the canopy comes out of the bag. Microns have internal riser covers. Microns have the Shyhook as an option. Recently did 3 intentional cutaways on a Micron, 2 with Skyhook, 1 without. Skyhook is amazing. Microns have a semi-stowless main deployment bag as an option. Easier to pack and better openings. The freefly pud main PC handle is nice. New construction method on leg pads is very nice. UPT's customer service is industry-leading. With few exceptions, all containers are good these days. But Microns are better. Derek V
  13. I’m not frustrated. I am open to change that will have a meaningful impact on mass shootings without it being over bearing. See my TSA example above. There currently is restrictions owning firearms. Lots of them in fact. Some of them are not enforced and should be. I have not seen you, or anyone else propose a “common sense gun law” (love that label, who can be against common sense?) that will have a real impact on mass shootings that isn’t “confiscate all (most) or the guns. Derek V
  14. 2 separate points. General aviation point was we don’t, as a society, demand ‘something to be done’ even though we are more likely to die in a general aviation accident than a mass shooting. It is an emotional reaction. Same as a bus crash vs. many more car crashes. how many people died in the 2 recent shootings? How many died just in Chicago over the weekend? I explain my TSA point, over reaction for very little gain. Banning assault weapons will do exactly what to mass shootings? Remember, we tried that once. Derek V
  15. I don’t know the NRA’s talking points. I am not, never have been, and no plans to be a member of the NRA or support them. Way too extreme for me. I would answer your question, but you never do the same when I ask you questions. You just like telling people how they are wrong if they do t agree with you. Because you are smart and therefore must be right. Telling people how they are wrong makes you feel superior. But when asked direct, specific questions, you just quibble. “I already posted my answer. What was it? If you search for it, you will find it, I’m not reposting it for you. Ok, I searched and didn’t find anything, what do I search for? ............”. I have no desire to engage with you. You use big words and my reading comprehension isn’t at a high enough level to understand your wisdom. Better you don’t even waste your time addressing someone like me, just a waste of your valuable intellect. Derek V
  16. I would put it at 5% and 95%, but close enough. My point is the TSA was an over reaction to a small probability, high cost event. The same type of reaction i see to mass shootings. We spent and continue to spend a not insignificant amount of money, time, etc. and get very little for it. The cost/benefit just isn’t there. Derek V
  17. I’m sure fly commercially often, what is your opinion of the TSA? Derek V
  18. Agreed. I don’t think the hysteria is any more productive than “Those who would claim that controlling those types of weapons is just the beginning of a larger effort to remove more and more killing machine rights? Well, they are correct, it is.“. I would be ok with more regulation if it made a meaningful impact. I do want the current laws enforced vigorously. I do want a felon that attempts to purchase a firearm prosecuted. I do want a program that keeps firearms out of the hands of anyone with mental health issue(s) that doesn’t discourage them from seeking treatment. I am against doing something (ANYTHING!) just to say something was done. For example, the magazine and universal background checks here in Colorado. I believe we are all on the same side. I don’t know anyone that wants mass shootings. I know I don’t. Where we get divided is how to go about reducing/eliminating them. This has been a large part of my thinking on the topic. We all agree on where we want to go, just not how to get there. I think if we keep that in mind, the conversation can move forward. Derek V
  19. Sure, but again, we accept that we are more likely to die in an aircraft accident. I don’t think very many people would support banning general aviation. I know I don’t. The difference is the emotional reaction to an aircraft crash vs. a mass shooting. Derek V
  20. Yes, I understand that. But what would it cost to require new cars to be limited to the speed limit for the section of road they are on? Or to be equipped with ignition breathalyzers? Or tech that would prevent phone usage while the vehicle was in motion? What would the benefit be? I’m not saying ignore the problem. I am saying look at how big the problem is, what it would cost to address and what would the return be on that cost? If banning assault rifles resulted in no more mass shootings, I would support that. What impact did the 1994 assault weapon ban have on mass shootings? Derek V
  21. That is a simple question to a complicated problem. What impact would a ban on assault weapons have on the issue of mass shootings? How many lives need to be lost every year to general aviation aircraft accidents before you would support the elimination of private aircraft ownership? We are more likely to die in an aircraft accident than a mass shooting. We have to look at the cost/benefit. I don’t think any constitutional right is unlimited. Jerry- I haven’t posted in a while, that is true. But I have been reading and thinking about this. I didn’t feel like I had anything worthwhile to contribute. My “silence” doesn’t mean I don’t care, just didn’t want to add to the noise. Did you have anything to add? Derek V
  22. You are right, and I agree. Murder is higher priority than cheeseburgers. But is less than 1000 from mass shootings a higher priority than 30,000 from vehicles accidents? We could cut that number in half very quickly. But we don’t because it doesn’t have the emotional impact of mass shootings. Derek V
  23. https://www.mediamatters.org/white-nationalism/cnn-pro-trump-commentator-steve-cortes-starring-new-prageru-video-rewriting uh huh. Derek V
  24. No posts about the 40 victims of gun violence in Chicago over the weekend? Or does 1’s and 2’s not get the headlines and emotional response that a mass shooting does? Neil Degrasse Tyson is right. Hard to argue with numbers. Is it about saving lives or gun control? What are the leading causes of death in the US? Around 74% of all deaths in the United States occur as a result of 10 causes. Heart disease. Cancer. Unintentional injuries. Chronic lower respiratory disease. Stroke and cerebrovascular diseases. Alzheimer's disease. Diabetes. Influenza and pneumonia. kidney disease. Suicide. Lifetime odds of dying in a motor vehicle accident- 1 in 108. (Just missed making the top ten, it is number 11). Lifetime odds of dying in a mass shooting- 1 in 11,125. Where should we as a society spend our time, energy, and resources to get the most lives saved for least effort spent? I’m not saying do nothing or nothing can be done. I think we should enforce the current laws for sure. What I am saying is if I am not breathing and have a cut on my leg that is going to require stitches, don’t start discussing the best way to sew me up. I get it, we are wired to react emotionally to mass shootings. The same way there can be 30 people die in separate motor vehicle accidents won’t make the national news, but 30 people dying in a bus crash will. But if we focus on bus crashes, how many lives will be saved per year vs. if we spent the same time on motor vehicle crashes? People complain that nothing is done after a mass shooting. That is because there are no easy fixes to that issue. Derek V
  25. I tried cutting a line over. On a jump where I knew I would have a line over. On a PD-170. From 13,500 feet. Couldn’t do it. Cutting a line over is not a good plan. Better than doing nothing, but your odds of finding the correct line and then cutting it are not good. Derek V