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Everything posted by jsaxton

  1. I demo'd a pilot 124 at the last event (185way) and was pretty impressed. It was very manageable in spite of loading 1.8:1. Only had 1 "off heading" (meby 30 degrees off) opening. opened good, flew good, good flare.
  2. IMHO this is bullshit. The USPA says that a student that has been cleared for solo may jump with a D license holder and the approval of the SATA. They should not gouge the students like that.
  3. BTW, I bought a ParaSport jumpsuit from these guys, the service was great.
  4. http://unfeathered.com/
  5. Then remember how we stuffed your tent full of blowup toys?
  6. That's exactly what I was thinking of. Premature release of one side, Banner twists up, Loop handle becomes tourniquet. Ouch. If they are made over sized they slip off real easy, and are easy to hang on too in freefall. Unless they somehow get twisted up and trap your hand(s). I saw that happen a few years ago. Resulted in a reserve ride, and a bloody, mangled hand that looked quite painful.
  7. As much as I dislike saying this....Top hit it on the head ;-P And why not. THAT is the real issue. The logic USPA uses to justify night jump requirements at all is severely flawed. Regardless of how you feel about the requirement, the logic of the reasoning is flawed...stupidly flawed. [sarcasm] Oh, I know...not enough of them will admit to making a mistake and have the balls, or lack thereof as the case may be, in correcting it. [/sarcasm] If they want to keep the night jump requirement, at least have them come up with some logical reason for it. I have balls, but that has nothing to do with this requirement. Logical reason for keeping it: skydivers being who they are tend to push the limits of safety. One of those limits is the division between day and night. Many jumpers have left the ground for a "sunset load" only to find out they are on a "near night jump," with their dark goggles, no illumination, and at a boogie. By having some training and experience in that environment previously, jumpers have a better chance of knowing what they are doing and make better decisions whether to proceed or not. The safety rules and requirements should be written in red ink, to remind everyone of the blood of those we lost before we learned. Personal reason for keeping requirement: I like them. top
  8. I'm not an expert at this stuff but doesn't anyone see a problem with having loop handles rather than a strap with a know at the end?
  9. Jump prices have gone down! I'm paying $13 to 13K!
  10. It's back, MegaMillions California Lottery ads are the ones with roll-over popups and just to make it extra annoying ..... they have sound!
  11. I assume you will have an auto. It is about 140-160 kilometers between Lodi and the tunnel. All the towns you mention will have accommodations like you describe. If you can afford it I would check into the Marriott Residence Inns. It is a hotel but has rooms with a full kitchen as well as having a Gym and Pool. I jump at Lodi and live about 40 kilometers from the tunnel, feel free to PM me and give me more details about when you are planning to come, budget and preferences. You can also call the Parachute center http://parachutecenter.com/ and ask to speak with Bill or Cathy, they will be happy to help you.
  12. Woah, meby I'm missing something. Did AADs suddenly become mandatory?
  13. WTF a rollover popup? guess it's time to adjust noscript.
  14. Off topic, but this reminds me of a saying.... "I always look for a girl with a tattoo. It tells me she's not afraid of making a decision she'll regret later."
  15. Too late, you've already blown any credibility you might have once had I'll pile-on against Doc Pop, on top of mojosparky. It has struck me as very out of place that DocPop, with only 200 jumps, feels like he knows what's best for everyone else, and is willing to tell all of us that we should open higher. So, like mojo said, DocPop: try listening and learning more, instead of using limited knowledge to act like a know-it-all. When you were fresh out of medical school, did you go around telling all the more experienced doctors that they were performing their surgeries incorrectly? Read post #56
  16. You know you're a skydiver when you are sick of "You know when you're a skydiver" crap.
  17. Jumping an appropriate canopy for the situation is a better idea.
  18. Fuck getting stable, I'd rather kick out of reserve line twists than burn in!
  19. And be trigger happy if you're on the outside ring and pulling below 3K
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  21. Meby an instructor could chime in here and explain the difference of a step-through BELOW the slider and a step through ABOVE the slider.
  22. You might also want to read "Come up and Get Me" ISBN 978-0-8263-4803-6 That's Joe's Autobiography I have a signed copy
  23. not all line overs spin, a friend of mine had one and it flew quite well until he unstowed the toggles!