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  1. The best answer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgOUgrOHuFc John Arizona Hiking Trails
  2. I remember having 2 or 3 jumps in 1992 and being totally hooked on skydiving and wanting as much information about the sport as I could get. I went to the local library and look up Skydiving in the card catalog (you younger folks, ask you parents) and the only book I found was the Art of Freefall Relative Work. I read it cover to cover many times and though I did not understand most of it at the time, it opened my eyes to what could be. Later I read United We Fall and I learned about skydancing. That book is still on my desk and I peruse it often. Blue Skies , Pat. Thanks for everything. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  3. I know it as isotosis. My standard one is launch a star. 5th person dives down and the next point is stairstep diamond. Sequence i use most for beginner groups is : Star Stairstep Diamond Donut Zipper Satellite John Arizona Hiking Trails
  4. I think it might be a bit underpowered. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  5. It's a barometric measuring device. Changes in atmospheric pressure will make it go up and down. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  6. Not to overly downplay the accomplishment but did you look at the wind blades and smoke. The winds on the ground were smoking fast. I'd be interested in see how that would go in light/no wind conditions. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  7. South Park parodied the annoying loud motorcycle problem a few years ago. Pretty funny. http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s13e12-the-f-word John Arizona Hiking Trails
  8. Identify who the base is. Your first priority is to match the fall rate of the base. Your second priority is to be in your slot. That DOES NOT mean GRIPS. It means that you are flying relative to another person, on level and in the correct orientation to the base. Finally take grips. Do not reach for the grips. Reaching indicates that you are not either on level or in your slot (see above). Be disciplined about these steps and you will be successful. 1. Fall rate (on level) 2. Proximity (in your slot) 3. Pick up grips. 4. Smile, smile, smile. Have fun. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  9. Check your harness. I had a problem like that when I downsized and found out the hard way that my rig was manufactured with the wrong yoke. Almost universally, you should reach for your handle in roughly the same location that you reach for your wallet. If your handle is not in the correct location the yoke may be too short for you. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  10. Nippleboy would be impressed by the quality of your posts. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  11. No, she became a little girl and we had to go to a Disney Princess Pink! It was sad to paint over that. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  12. We did that back in 2000. See the pics. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  13. We expect the 8-way pool to be changed this year. No more Wagga-Wagga. The IPC meets in late January or early February and should decide then. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  14. Many experienced skydivers are unable to be liver donors. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  15. My first jump was a static line jump with my Father. Mom and Sis came out to watch. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  16. Remster and I will be rocking 4way Intermediate with "3 Keys and Counting" and then soundly putting the smack-down on Airspeed and the Knights in 8-way Open with Arizona BOHICA. Probably doing some 16-way too. See you all there. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  17. jverley

    'A' blocks

    GIYF -- Per this AAA/Open Class Class This is the current USPA Open/Advanced Class applying the whole IPC 2012 dive pool and rules. AA/Intermediate Class The AA Class is identical with the current USPA Intermediate Class. This class is the next step for teams and competitors that have mastered the Rookie Class and the A Class. Eight additional blocks (1, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 22) without memory and mirror image and a little longer sequence are added to the rules of the A Class. A Class The A Class is the next step up after learning the basics of 4-way competition in the Rookie Class. The A Class applies the following eight blocks of the IPC dive pool: 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 19, 21. The sequence can be three or four formations long. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  18. I have averaged 225 a year for 20 years. My best year was over 470. My worst was just under a hundred. I aim to do 365 a year. That's just one a day and keeps me happy (and poor). John Arizona Hiking Trails
  19. They're the groups we have to "move down for" while comfortably riding in a very full Otter. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  20. The ONLY way to get it right is to throw a Wind Drift Indicator. It the old days this was a weighted sheet of crepe paper that would be thrown over the target and watched to see where it landed relative to the target. The spot was then adjusted the same distance upwind. It requires multiple passes of the plane and many DZ's are loathe to make the extra pass. The modern approach is to see where the first group on the first load got out and how far off they land and then adjust the spot accordingly. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  21. The first time I got to chase a tandem, it was with a blind passenger. It was fun and I even docked. The next day I told a friend who was a TI what I did and his response was priceless: "What did you even take em up for? Put them in a harness and stand em up in front of a powerful air conditioner...Weeee, we're having fun now.
  22. That is such a shock. She was the most gentle soul, with a persistent smile. My heart goes out to Brian! John Arizona Hiking Trails
  23. No, they just think that at 55 you cant teach a old dog new tricks. The figure you can still do the old tricks you already know. John Arizona Hiking Trails
  24. The BPA has identified 55 as the maximum age to learn to skydive: From their website: (http://www.bpa.org.uk/yourfirstjump/) Maximum age Analysis of statistics compiled over many years indicates that incident rates tend to increase as student jumpers get older. This may be due to slowing reaction times and sometimes less acute senses as the years go by. Risk assessment suggests the tipping point to be when a person reaches their mid-fifties. On this basis, to avoid increased risk, the maximum age at which even a hale, hearty and healthy person can be admitted to start training for solo parachute jumping is before they reach their 55th birthday. This restriction does not apply to tandem students, where the descent is in harness with a qualified instructor (although health requirements continue to apply). John Arizona Hiking Trails