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  1. I also received an attempt from this account on my classified. Standard PayPal, pickup agent scam profile. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  2. I jumped at FSV Saar when I was stationed at Ramstein. I found it to be a great place with some great people. I'll hopefully be finding my way out there sometime soon. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  3. There is no legal problem with running plates for wants/warrants, since there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in a license plate. An outstanding warrant or suspended license would be at least reasonable suspicion that criminal activity may be afoot allowing for an investigative (Terry) stop. You're right the driver is not necessarily always the registered owner, but usually is. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  4. Vivian is a nice, friendly 2 Cessna DZ with a good crew of local jumpers who love the sport. They currently only offer static line and IAD training. It is also close to Shreveport. I can't give any opinion on Gillam, because I haven't jumped there yet. If you're dead set on AFF you might consider Skydive Dallas. It is a very nice, large dz with great facilities and two turbine aircraft, but is a long drive from Shreveport. Good luck selecting a dz for your training. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  5. Not sure on fuel burn, but the Soloy I was jumping in Germany was averaging 17 minutes to 14k ft (on my alti), I think it was 4500m for everyone else on the load. I was jumping at FSV Saar in 2003-2004. I always thought it was the ultimate small DZ airplane. I'm interested to see your PT-6 powered version in action. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  6. This DZ will be my home for the next several years while I'm here in Louisiana. I found the DZ to have great people, a zeal for the sport, and a professional training program. Local jumpers are friendly and eager to jump. The aircraft are well maintained and pilots were safe and efficient. The DZO was extremely friendly and supportive. One of the best small DZs I've ever been to. It felt like I was at home the minute I walked in the door and introduced myself. I look forward to making many more jumps at The Skydive Experience!
  7. I wear gloves on almost every jump after ripping my hand wide open on some sharp skin of a 182 door frame. Blood everywhere and a scar to remember it by...lesson learned. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  8. Have you tried The Jumping Place in St. Marys? It's a pretty fun little DZ with some good people. www.jumpinjax.com Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  9. I had one like that once, when I had about 100 jumps or so. I left the Otter on a 4-way and had that feeling like, I'm forgetting something...crap my rig! I remember thinking, well can't do anything about it now, and continued turning points. After breakoff I tracked and flew a traffic pattern to the grass runway, where I slid a few hundred yards on my belly and then got up. I dusted myself off, realized I was okay and that the next load was getting on the other airplane...so I walked over and got on. Wierd dream, but wouldn't it be cool. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  10. What a great jet...50 years old and still getting it done and more reliably than much newer airframes! Congrats on tracking tankers, it's a great place to be. Luckily for you, they've shut off inbounds to Grand Forks. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  11. The DZ I jumped at in Germany (FSV Saar) had two or three Soloy 206's when I was there, and they were great. Cargo door with a large drop step that ran the length of the door, outside handles, and camera step. The only thing I didn't like about the planes were the fabric rollup doors. Lexan would have been really nice. Overall it was a great jumpship, and I would think that it would make an ideal airplane for a smaller DZ looking for turbine turn times. 6 jumpers to 4000m in 15-18 min. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  12. I would not fly an aircraft with an inoperative airspeed indicator. It is a required instrument for flight. I have had one go out (blocked pitot tube) in flight in on a winch launch in a glider. It was due to a bug getting rammed into the pitot tube on takeoff. I took a piece of wire, cleared the blockage and then made the flight. I would not intentionally take off in an aircraft with a known inoperative ASI. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  13. Back in '02 I briefly tried skysurfing. I was on an intermediate board and exited last from a Beech 18. While flying inverted, I looked down and saw a Piper Warrior flying directly toward a collision point with me. I stood up and dumped immediately, missing the tail of the aircraft with my canopy sniveling by about 50-100 ft. The interesting part of this story is that in 2007 a coworker of mine and I, in Texas, were sharing aviation stories and I mentioned this close call. He mentioned having a close call with a skydiver...in the same place, in the same time frame, in the same type aircraft. I can't remember any other close calls at the DZ that year, so we are convinced that we nearly met 5 years earlier at 5000ft over Ohio. Wierd. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  14. Definitely Abby if we're talking about which character I'd most like to spend time with ;) I love the fact that she's brilliant, not to mention very intriguing. If we're talking which character I'd like to be most, then Gibbs. Totally badass and a revered icon in his chosen profession. Not a bad way to finish a career. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  15. Lol, smash the VSI...also works as an alternate static source if need be :) I usually have a swiss army knife in my pocket when I'm flying anyway. I've never thought about having to use it to cut away a student in tow, but you can pretty much fix anything in the world with a swiss army knife, duct tape, and a ballpoint pen :) Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  16. Agreed, we do static line training where I fly and jump. I'll be taking the SL instructor course this weekend. We keep several hook knives in the aircraft just in case. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  17. As someone who writes and uses such governmental documents on a daily basis (air traffic controller, commercial pilot, and governmental desk jockey), it is extremely important to pay attention to the letters, numbers, and subletters of paragraphs. In this question I will also provide an example of each scenario. (a) For airports with an operating control tower, provisions 1, 2, and 3 must be complied with in order to meet the requirements of this paragraph. You must have approval of the airport management, you must have approval from the control tower, and you must have two way comm between the pilot and the control tower. If you do not have all three of these requirements met you are in violation of this paragraph. Example - A DZ is located at an airport with an operating control tower. Since it is an established DZ, the operator has approval from the airport management and the control tower to conduct jump operations on the airport. However, during the flight the radios in the jump aircraft becomes inoperative. The jump must be terminated. (b) In this case the DZ must have approval from the airport management to jump onto the airport. Example - the typical DZ at a non-tower controlled airport. As far as this paragraph is concerned, if you have the permission of the airport management you can go ahead an jump onto the AIRPORT without any other approval. However, if the jump is made through controlled airpspace it will need to be coordinated with the controlling agency (105.25). (c) No approval from the airport management is necessary to jump over an airport as long as you remain 2000ft above the traffic pattern. However, you must not create a hazard to air traffic or persons/property on the ground (this is a catch all sentence just in case something does go wrong). Example - On a cross country canopy flight your flight path will be over another airport at least 2000ft above the traffic pattern. No approval is necessary other than required in other paragraphs (105.25 specifically). However, something happens that the FAA deems a hazard to air traffic or persons/property on the surface they can still get you because of the last sentence. I hope this answers your question on this paragraph of the FARs. A good portion of my job is spent writing, reading, and revising very similar documents to this. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  18. This used to/still does happen a lot in the Air Force. Different units will put stickers of their unit patch/logo (called zaps) on other units airplanes, behind the bar at the club, in the crew bus, etc. I don't think a little unit rivaly is in poor taste, as long as it doesn't do any damage or tick anyone off. It's kind of cool to go to an out of the way AF club and see who has been there. Some places the protect them as part of the history of the place and encourage new visitors to place theirs somewhere. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  19. Having been on both sides of the coin on a regular basis I would say there's a lot of...it depends in this answer. When I'm flying, I check the winds estimate the spot based on it and then drop the first load. After that I fine tune the spot since the winds forecast comes from 90 miles away and is not perfect. In a Cessna, I encourage the jumpers to hang their heads out and wait for wherever they see as the prime spot based on their canopies, opening altitudes, etc. Although I do get a little annoyed if I've flown the same jump run for five loads with the spot right on and get major "corrections"...but the bottom line is as the pilot I'm staying in the plane so if you want a 10 right I'll give it to you. That's how you learn. In an Otter, Skyvan, or Casa if the first group waits for the "prime" spot there is a real potential for the last group to get hosed, depending on what's on the load. There, especially if a few loads have already been flown with good results and I'm first out, I'll take a quick peep, just to verify that the pilot didn't accidentally put in the wrong waypoint and fly 10 miles in the wrong direction before exiting. As far as learning goes...spotting is an essential skill that ALL jumpers should know how to do. Just because you jump an otter with a great jump pilot today doesn't mean you'll always be in that ideal situation. You may find yourself on a trip at a small dz with a pilot who has no clue about what happens once you leave the plane and in that case it's up to you to ensure that you are in the right spot when you exit and don't blame the guy flying the plane if you can't spot. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  20. This Parachutes Australia service life limit got me. I have a bailout rig from PA for my glider that is completely serviceable other than the service life limit. Because it has been stored inside or been on my back in the cockpit of the glider, has seen very little sunlight, wear, etc. The rig, including the canopy are as nearly good as new. 0 jumps on either (thankfully). However I don't think it's worth the hassle of sending the thing back to PA for an evaluation, nor was this update out when I replaced the rig. Now I'm using this canopy for other purposes(car cover/rigging practice). Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  21. flyboy62000

    Pilots

    Hey everyone, I hold a Commercial Instrument w/ 500 hours and am currently flying the Super Cessna weekends at Skydive Fargo. I am an Aircraft Maintenance Officer in the USAF for my day job. Jeff - Congrats on your F/A-18 selection! Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  22. I was a skydiver at UC about 9 years ago...then I cutaway and spent all my time at the DZ...then I joined the Air Force and I'm still in it. Good luck on reviving the club, and if you see Jim & Lee anytime soon tell them Adam Deem says hi and wishes I was still there. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  23. flyboy62000

    Clif Bars

    I pretty much lived on Clif bars for a year when I was a roadie. Peanut Toffee Buzz is the best, hands down although there are many other good ones. Mint Chocolate Chip was pretty good. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  24. As long as you are not disobeying a lawful order (verbal or written) you should be fine as far as a line of duty determination is concerned. However, if your Commander has said not to skydive or your command required a high risk activity briefing/waiver then make sure that you have everything signed and documented before you jump. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  25. I also received replies from this individual. Thanks for letting us know it's a scam, HH. Blue Skies, Adam I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things . . . — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry