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    Skydive Cape Cod
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    26131
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Years in Sport
    27

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  • Tandem
    Instructor Examiner
  • USPA Coach
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    Senior Rigger
  1. neandertal

    Information on not recent tandem double fatal

    English is my third "second" language, hence Neandertal without "h", as it is written in my native tongue. I used to get frustrated with my grammar mistakes, but POTUS put me at easy... Thank you, Sir! Here is what I should have explained better: Comparing to other tandem canopies, the HOP lineage is in my book, a high performance wing, falling behind only to the 280 x-braced. To make matters worse, he was a big guy himself. Please let me know the proper name for this occurrence, other than 3 rings flip through. I have watched the video taken from his HC AND I JUST SPOKE WITH HIS FATHER on the phone. He is in good spirits and accepted his loss in the best way I can possibly imagine. This accident wasn't caused by a 3 rings flip through . It was caused due to a 3 rings assembly error . Only 2 rings were connected to each other, while one ring was left out. I call this error a 2 rings assembly. The rig was used by several TIs throughout the reserve packing cycle and it was going to get repacked after this fatidic jump, since it was the last load of the day. He deployed the reserve, but the pilot chute didn't extract the free bag off the container. It was just trailing behind. I can tell he put up a good fight. He never gave up. I didn't ask for any more details. Bad enough me calling him out of the blue to ask about his son's death almost 3 years latter. Off course I thought about a overly tight hesitator loop (I know UPT hates this name) scenario AND/OR a combination of this with a bigger size reserve canopy from another manufacturer AND/OR many other scenarios that I rather not spend days speculating about it. Again, a gear check would have saved two lives.
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    Information on not recent tandem double fatal

    It happened in Sao Paulo State, Brazil, roughly two years ago. The TI jumped on a flip through packed rig and couldn't cut away after the canopy start spun out of control. The G forces generated by an un-leveled high performance wing combined with a flip through were not the cause of this double mal. The lackness of a proper gear check was. I knew him and his father, also an accomplished skydiver. RIP
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    Dallas Skydive Center

    Welcome to Dallas Skydive Center, the closest drop zone to Dallas!! Dallas Skydive Center is open to all skydive disciplines and their tribes! Our massive landing area offers 651 acres of open field and more outs than you can count. That makes us great choice if you are flying a wing suit, canopy formation or just don’t want to worry about off field landings cause your buddy spots like he’s blind. We provide separated landing areas for students/A and B Licenses, C and D licenses and a high performance area. We’ll be taking jumpers to 13,500 in the famous Air Forest One, piloted by none other than Forest McBride. Incase you’ve been hiding under a rock (or a turbine), this little C182 packs a constant 300hp engine and wing extensions, earning its nickname “The Rocket.” Come for the wide open spaces, stay for the good vibes and campfire stories.
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    Skydive Chatham

    Skydive Chatham is the closest sky diving facility to the beach from Maine to New York. We are only 3.7 miles away from Chatham Lighthouse Beach. Our drop zone is located at the Chatham Airport (CQX), in the Town of Chatham, Massachusetts. We offer the best view among any Boston Skydiving Center. For skydiving in Boston, the Boston area or New England in general, Skydive Chatham is your destination. Skydive Chatham not only gives you the exciting thrill of skydiving on Cape Cod but also the convenience of enjoying the rest of your day or weekend on one of the 100+ Cape Cod beaches. There is absolutely no better place to skydive in New England!
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    Skydive Rio de Janeiro

    Party hard, jump easy. You're in Rio!!! It is hard to thinking about skydiving when you're here on vacation. But you are a skydiver and we bet you aren't going to leave Rio without jump. Very often we organize beach jumps and night jumps landing on the beach.
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    Skydive Cape Cod

    The ONLY drop zone ON Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The most beautiful scenary in New England. Jump overlooking 120+ Beaches. Open from April to October.
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    Firebolt

    I flew a demo Firebolt 146 several times whit my 250lbs fully equiped weight and I loved the way that it opened and its ground aprouch. I don't think its 2nd brake line is a big deal. Try one and have fun.