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  1. diablopilot

    BN2A Islander for Skydive operation?

    I seem to remember a UK DZ operating one a while back, I'd say the biggest reason Stateside it the relative obscurity of the aircraft here...
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    Best thing you've ever seen a student do....

    Best thing I've seen a student do? Get right back on the horse after failing a level/having a malfunction.
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    Salton Sea Drop

    What kind of experience do you have? The short list is: Find someone with an appropriate aircraft that will rent it out, expect to pay for the travel there and back plus pilot's fees, but assume that it's likely that it won't be legal for you to ride there in the aircraft unless the original seats are reinstalled. Obtain land owner permission for your landing site. File a NOTAM (or have your pilot do it for the operation at least an hour prior, but no more than 24 hours prior.) Jump. Don't die.
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    Custom made container too big

    Contact the person/company that ordered it for you, then the manufacturer.
  5. I wanna know which state was taxing freefall. I'll bet they are gonna try a breathing tax next.
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    skydive spaceland otter question...

    Desert Sands, the company that owns Spaceland's aircraft leases them out to other DZ's who do not have aircraft of their own. You've got to do SOMETHING with 9 airplanes....
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    50% off Tandems = 50% off TI pay?

    No. I'm a contractor who's paid to do a job. My going rate has a minimum.
  8. If you think the plane is badass, wait till you meet the pilot!
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    Your most remembered tandem

    http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=3299249;search_string=gary%20tandem%20static%20elsinore%20daughter;#3299249 As an aside, Blues Skies, Gary, and Harry......
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    Suit alterations in southern CA

    Used to be a lady out there named Shirley. Last name might be Pelland? Ran a company called Pineapple Express? She did good work.....
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    How long should my rig stay packed?

    You probably should know the answer to this, how long can your reserve stay packed?
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    Dumping in a track?

    Only if you don't want an increased chance of malfunctions, or hard opening resulting in injury. Other than that, go for it.
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    Raven Reserves

    No reason not to own one, just understand the limitations. They were designed in the 80's and 90's and are not designed to handle high speed deployments or high wingloadings.
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    Bad start for 2012

    In all honesty seems like about every other year that I've been in the sport.
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    Own your own jumpship?

    My consultant's fee is $40,000 per year. Plus Jumps.
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    Flite Suit

    What is your height, weight and gender? Those can be important in recommending a brand of suit.
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    Need Freefly Tunnel suit ASAP

    PM sent.
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    Gopro vs traditional video cameras

    Yes, because GoPro's just don't have the quality for tandem or other professional video yet.
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    Altimaster N3 battery life

    I charge mine about once a month and I make about a 1000 jumps a year.
  20. There is no point to climbing with the gear down, you might as well reduce the drag since you'll be carrying the extra weight. You'll want to fly jump run with the gear up so no one tries to use it as a step since it won't take any weight at all...
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    Walkie talkie in the tunnel

    http://www.raredynamic.com/ Having used the systems and seen many use them you need to remember that it's almost useless to have a conversation while you're trying to fly. For maximum effectiveness a complete briefing of the lesson before hand is critical to it's success. The air to air communication system is a benefit only when used for simple one or two work reminder or commands. More than that the student stops flying while they listen and that's a major waste of time.
  22. 1) Yes. 2) Yes. 3) No.
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    About CompAir 8

    Depends on the regulations in the country you'll want to be using it in. On paper it looks great, but since it's a "Kit" aircraft and not a certified production aircraft, it is not eligible for commercial use in the USA.