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  1. I took approximately a 15 year break from regular jumping, I've been back 14 months. I had a bunch more jumps and years than you when I quit but I still went through the entire first jump ground course and one check dive. I would highly recommend you do at least what I did. I was a little shocked at what I had forgotten and coupled with the updated training, it was significant. The DZ safety rules and enforcement are 10 fold what I was familiar with. I also needed to update my gear to modern standards such as RSL, AAD, and MARD, and BOC, which all required new knowledge training and practice. looking back now, compared to today, jumping was somewhat wild and dangerous in the 80's and 90's. As for the free fall part, I have subsequently done some coached tunnel in an effort to update my body positions and techniques to the latest efficiency standards. I suggest don't get overwhelmed with all this info, just get new training and do that first re-currency jump to see if you still like it, then go from there, one jump at a time, just like when you started. Warning; be prepared to get sucked right back in, it's still a great sport with great people.
  2. TommyM

    Night jump - altimeter?

    Duct tape and glow stick.
  3. TommyM

    I have 12 jumps

    Congratulations! I had a very similar experience but with a few more old jumps and several more years in-between time. I figured I better do it now before I physically couldn't That old "Just like riding a bicycle" saying was very far from my experience, it took me nearly a year and 100 jumps before I started to have any confidence about my flying skills. The word is humbled. I used to be able to reasonably fly any slot, anytime, out of any plane and I'm still not back there yet. I also had to deal with modernizing my gear and EP's to all the new acronyms, AAD, MARD RSL, Etc. Welcome back, I daresay you won't regret it, I haven't for one moment. (except for that "packing" thing, it still sucks)
  4. TommyM

    April 22-1992

    I think about that day often, especially when I’m rolling down the same runway just like they were. Scott and I were Newbs together and I remember how impressed I was when he started doing camera, he was good. Then there was Jacqui, that gal always had a big smile and a bright greeting, we shared many jumps together. At the memorial at the DZ they played the song “forever young” by Rod Stewart, I still get glassy eyed when I hear it. Forever Young indeed.
  5. Flexibility and body control are more important.
  6. Thanks Mark, I understand now, so if an AAD is installed in a solo rig then it’s considered part of the reserve system and is now controlled by the FAA regulations.
  7. Does the status of the AAD affect the airworthiness of the rig or pack job? Does the FAA treat an AAD as mandatory to the reserve system and something for riggers to control? I don’t think an expired unit would prevent a normal manual deployment would it? An AAD is not supposed to be relied on to pull for you, correct? I thought they were just for worst case scenario, not first case scenarios. I suppose an expired AAD could fire incorrectly but If there is doubt, would it not be the jumpers responsibility to shut it off?
  8. These guys might be able to help you, I would guess they would be represented there.
  9. Who am I to challenge someone with 15k jumps but the above is exactly how I used to do it so I could present as much surface on the hill without flipping forward, keeping a visual lock on the formation, and to reduce some horizontal separation before the 200 mph vertical boogie. What the OP describes as diving facing the nose is actually what a floater does on the hill, dive up to the formation.
  10. Hey your a good skydiver! I don't think I smiled in FF till about 100 jumps.
  11. TommyM

    Jumping in Hawaii

    I assume you mean Dillingham field. Incredible scenery. Consider the following challenges. High landing winds, the exit spot, landing out can be rough, clouds, and I reccommend a flotation vest or device. It's all manageable but things can get very ugly very fast without having a plan B and C ready, and listening to the advice of the RIGHT locals. I think it's worth it.
  12. The girl/women you are referring to and in the photo you posted appears to be Dale Stuart, try looking her up. I remember George from those days. He also Jumped at Perris. --T El Cap 699