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Everything posted by TommyM

  1. I might not have been as scared as you but I didn’t really like skydiving for the first 50 jumps, It was entirely too stressful. I distinctly remember when it changed, I was in a DC-3 shitting my pants again and stressing out when I asked myself why am I putting myself through all this? then I said to myself “Because I am a skydiver” not just someone making another jump, but a Skydiver. When I accepted this obvious fact, everything turned around and I started having great fun. After 33 years and 4 digits of jumps, I occasionally ask my self why I still do it, It is because it is a part of who I am.
  2. Give Lake Elsinore Skydive center a call, Gliders and Jumpers have shared that field for 50 years or so.
  3. Interesting video. Here is a pic of my closed rig. I use the alternate closing method and don't tuck the bridle in under that corner. I think I like the alternate method even more. Notice the lower corner of my flap, it has a slight bend. Rig has about 200 jumps on it.
  4. Just a thought, Maybe you are tucking too much bridle under the flap.
  5. Just for fun, I did an experiment with my rig (curv, mfg late 2018) I use the alternate closing method on page 24,25. My bridle is perfectly free and clear when I pull it straight up, no perceptible drag at all. I did it with the pin protection flap in place and without just to see what was going on, no difference. You could post a pic here and others could comment, but I’d call/contact RI, ask them for advice.
  6. Go with thin layers. Gloves are important, thin but warm if possible, numb fingers and hands could be a concern. Use something around your neck. Fortunately the exposure time to the coldest temps is only a matter of seconds. The plane ride may be remembered as being colder than the free fall. Moisture in the air can be a challenge, ice on the face is extremely painful. In the end, the instructors will guide you. Good luck and don’t jump right after scuba, but you know that right?
  7. Ha! you know your jumps were very good otherwise you wouldn't have posted them asking for a rating, typical skydiver.."look at me, look at my video"'ll fit in perfectly! Well done, and welcome to a new world.
  8. Inspect the pin, make sure it has no significant scratches, burrs, pits, etc. it should be very shiny and smooth. I know the following is not a loop wear problem but while you are at it, you might want to inspect the washer that goes in front of the knot, some of them have a significant sharp burr on the ID (inside diameter) from the manufacturing process, I replaced a sharp edged washer for this very reason, I just didn't like that edge having the remotest potential to damage the cord.
  9. 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.
  10. 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)
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. These guys might be able to help you, I would guess they would be represented there.
  15. I stopped for 13 years, 2005 thru 2018, but jumping never left my heart and soul. I decided to go for it while I was still healthy, but the sniper can get anyone at any age so do it while you still can. Be sure to get good recurrency training, the changes have been significant since 2005. Some of my challenges, besides flying skills, have been the proliferation and ascendency of different free fall disciplines, the MUCH higher deployment altitudes, AAD, MARD, two-out training, slow opening canopies, BOC, GPS spotting, mandatory landing patterns, flaring technique, cameras everywhere, tandem mills, tunnels, hardly no one will make a jump below 3000 ft and DC-3 exit skills are no longer needed, rules, rules and more rules, and strictly following them! I went out to the DZ to just make one jump to see If I still liked it, then I made another, then another, so far I’ve done 50 since the summer and bought modern gear. Do you know what the best thing has been? that jumpers are still the greatest people in the world to be around. Don’t over think it, Just do it, even if you do just one, I doubt you will regret it.
  16. 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.
  17. Hey your a good skydiver! I don't think I smiled in FF till about 100 jumps.
  18. 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.
  19. About 25 years ago at Deland I was following Scotty under canopy from a long spot. At about 1200 Ft, as soon as we cleared the trees and were over the drop zone Scotty abruptly cut away and opened his reserve. When we got to the ground I asked him what happened and he replied that his reserve was due for a repack and he wanted to test it. I knew then I had met a unique crazy ass dude. Then there was that time at Quincy... RIP, Mr. Carbone.
  20. Getting experienced Jumpers attention and help is not difficult if you show true dedication, then they will take notice of you and want to help. Below are some examples of dedication. Spend a lot of time at the DZ, both rain and shine. Jump your ass off. Try not to scare anyone. Do low Jumps when the ceiling is low, Jump when it's cold, Jump when it's hot, jump when it's wet, jump solo, jump with coaches, jump with other low-timers, Jump at dawn, Jump at dusk, Jump your ass off. Don't be shy. shut up and listen. Respect the experienced jumper but don't brown nose, asking them to sign your log book is a good ice breaker. Buying beer is nice, but don't over-do it (brown nose) Don't complain about petty shit or gossip. Do your own packing, at least until you are "in" Jump at other drop zones. Tunnel time will help technique but it will not bond you to other SKYDIVERS. Jump your ass off......did I already say that?
  21. Larry was great guy for sure, he taught part of my first jump course in 1987, he taught me to PLF. I went on to do many training Jumps with Larry, he was always very patient and generous with his knowledge. When Larry learned I had a machine shop he came to me with an idea for a custom designed prosthetic devise that would help him swivel on the end of his post. He and I worked together to design the device and he used it successfully for many years and was always grateful.
  22. The challenge you will have is how hard/fast/high you flare depends on how much headwind you are facing. There is no such thing as a standard flare it's all about conditions. You might think that all no wind landings should be the same but temperatures and field elevations can have a dramatic affect too. Don't look at your altimeter that low to the ground, instead focus on your rate of decent and penetration and look where you are going not where you are. Someday you may be facing a ferocious headwind and you may not need to flare at all! Then there will be the jump where you bury the toggles and wish your arms were 12 inches longer! Failure is an excellent teacher but no one wants to attend his class, the trick is to pay attention to the landing conditions and how it related to your landing. Cap 699
  23. That is the greatest skydiving video I have ever seen. Cap699