jsaxton

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  1. any info about the ash spreading yet?
  2. And you have jumped at Lodi exactly how many times? Irrelevant... I'll never jump there. Not after what the DZO pulled there. Good
  3. And you have jumped at Lodi exactly how many times?
  4. STEAM?!!! BRUSSLE SPROUTS?!!!!! They should always be served roasted. No wonder you hate them. You're just a hateful old woman. There is nothing wrong with brussel sprouts. You are probably just steaming them too long. You should be forced to eat Brussels sprouts twice a week until you see the light.
  5. http://www.l-and-b.dk/products/audible/optima_ii I was just thinking about that this morning,before reading this thread. I have some hearing damage from my youth and I normally wear earplugs when skydiving to protect what hearing I have left. I often do not hear my audible, but I don't depend on it either. The cell phone vibrator motors are available via surplus electronic sales. It would not be all that hard to connect the speaker output from an off the shelf audible to a motor control driver circuit and just cause the vibrator motor to run when the beeper is beeping. It would be best if the motor was in some way in contact with your skull. It would also require a package with a battery and the drive circuit on or inside the helmet. I keep thinking about the motor being against my skull and then being driven into my skull by a hit on the head. Just a minor design challange. It might be a nice college project for some young skydiving engineering student
  6. I always figured I'd go for body to body, feet first
  7. You will also decide to cut away when you land in high winds and are being dragged backwards on your back, towards the parking stops in the lot you just landed out in. Wishing you'd disconnected your RSL. Yeh. I was taught that if it's unavoidable get big (spread arms n legs).Communicate with each other (if you're on the bottom read out altitude to guy in wrap, let him know if his canopy is good etc). Figure out if some1 needs to chop, wait for OK b4 chopping if you do. Make decision whether or not to disconnect RSL. Only other situation I can think of for disconnecting the RSL is if you're landing in water. If the canopy sinks you'll have to cutaway from it and you don't want your reserve coming out if that happens. I can't think of any other reason??
  8. no, but it's happened. My general rule is not to bust industrial haze unless the bottom is above break off.
  9. My point being that the other jumper in addition to the other organizer had different limits. And these limits can change for a number of factors. For example I would feel a lot more comfortable busting clouds with a 20 way than I would with a 100 way.
  10. Everyone has their own limits. That includes load organizers that are world record holders with thousands of jumps.
  11. You forgot the Russian at Perris There's been (I think) three fatalities in the last few years where the person wasn't missed and the body wasn't found for a few days. The one in Houston, the one at Bay Area Skydiving, and this one. This one and the one at BAS were both no-pull fatalities; a check-in system wouldn't have changed the outcome; there was some debate as to whether the guy in Houston could have been helped. I'm with others who say that it really needs to be incumbent on us to look out for each other. Jumping in a group? Make sure your group is all accounted for post-jump. Jumping solo? Let someone on the load know, and ask 'em to check in with you after the jump. New to the dropzone and jumping solo? Same thing, but you'll have to introduce yourself to someone on the plane first.
  12. We all learn (hopefully) I remember people telling me to use the 45 degree rule for seperation around that time too. Hmmmmm.... I remember a day back in byron where you recommended to a newer jumper that he should track off on his back so he could see everybody. Glad to see those bad habits didn't stick around :P
  13. Maybe going a bit off topic here, but would you have the same opinion concerning separation during freefly jumps? Not that I'm a badass freeflyer but on all the freefly jumps I've done the protocol was to backtrack away for a couple of seconds, switch to belly and track as normal, no barrel roll before deployment.
  14. I'm just another asshole on the internet, but, I've been on a _few_ hundred ways so maybe I'm qualified to answer this one If you are relying on booties for safe break off you have much bigger issues. Concentrate on turning 180 from the center, grabbing air and flat tracking in a straight line all the way to deployment altitude while remaining aware of where everyone else around you is. And one other thing, don't pay any attention to anyone who suggests doing a barrel roll.
  15. Listen to your instructors, what this thread has is some guys with
  16. FYI on Friday and Sunday it is almost impossible to drve from Kolomna to Moscow.
  17. SabreI 135 Specter 210 Slider WL 1.8:1 Seems to work great
  18. you don't know what you don't know, come back with a tandem rating and a couple thousand tandems.