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    RWConcepts 6-Way

    Miss my load organizing days...
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    Cut away cable length & RSL

    It only needs to be sufficient measurement (as you said) to make sure the one side does not release egregiously before the other. How much "difference" are you looking for / expecting / wanting to see? The correct way to tell, is not by trying to judge a total net measurement difference of the cables, and looking for some certain pre-set "offset", once they are removed from the rig - - - as from rig-to-rig, that net measurement difference can vary widely. Instead, what you want to do, is when you've re-assemble the rig - do a slow-pull of the cutaway, and observe effectively when each cable end, clears the retaining-loop on each side. Optimal result and "answer" you are looking for would be probably more closer to near SIMULTANEOUS than offset on either side, by too terribly much, actually.
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    Is this for real?

    Looks legit to me.
  4. Really? Kinda like NASCAR then - if the "crowds" come to see this, no doubt it is going to be for the sure to be "spectacular" wipe-outs!! - Sorry dude, I simply still - just cannot see this (actually) happening. Anyone else?
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    Who did this tandem FB page?

    Click the "about" link, at the page header, brings up this: Page was apparently created as if an "individual" in June of 2011, rather than a "group" page, so there is no listed "administrators" or anything like that. I suppose you could complain to FB admins about this being a TOS violation, if you don't like it. FWIW
  6. I don't understand if in every other way performing otherwise "typical skydiving flight-ops" - why the 4-mile out entry into a pattern/glidepath conducted approach? Edit to Add: Maybe not the usual "DZ" / Operating in tower-controlled or class-B airspace perhaps?
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    Belly mount for gopro

    I used [url]THIS[/url] one, just last weekend, to make [url]THIS[/url] video with. Very functional for the task, and effective.
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    Cal City DropZone

    Interesting. And maybe you will get some "takers" to help you formulate a model of opportunity here. For those "locals" out there still letft without their home, I would think this possibly intriguing. However, hard for me (being a past frequent cross-country visitor) to picture it ever being even close to what it was, without the Pray's involced. "Family" there, is, IMO - what really made that place - - - and without a FAMILY return to it (rather than a business) - I just can't see that ever, being recreated. If it does actually happen though - do let us know! Blue Skies, -Grant
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    Introducing the Garmin VIRB Action Camera

    Another interesting aspect is that for mounting options, the VIRB also offers "industry standard" (read: GoPro base) mount compatibility options as well. So for those who already have GoPro mount-bases affixed to their helmet tops, NO NEED TO REMOVE/SWAP or ADD ANYTHING ADDITIONAL/EXCESSIVE OR NEW either. - Interesting.
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    AFF - handycam

    Not used one, and do not think/cannot envision that for any reason - when conducting AFF jumps, I EVER would. Apparently, you've never (yet) been in the situation where you've had to get your hand(s) involved in say assisting a bag extraction from the pack-tray, b/c the student held, then "half-hitched" his PC? I can think of way too many instances, exposure to nothing but pure TROUBLE, having a "Handi-Cam" set up perched on my hand, during AFF could cause, or become a part of / cause further problems/difficulty for. IMO - the potential benefit "reward", is not worth its respective trade-off of exposure to added risk (and in my mind/experience anyway very - real, to consider) potential.
  11. [Thread-drift/hijack mode] - Man, these things have gotten way more expensive, IMO, than they are "worth" [/Thread-drift/hijack mode] The mounts on these are stronger than most people even consider/give them credit for. Instead thinking/counting on them to "tear off" in what would otherwise be an entanglement or other contact incident; when in fact they are finding - quite the OPPOSITE instead, to be the reality. YMMV
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    Cookie Fuel arrived today

    Yes - What are you going to do when a line snags around that, and you are spinning/hanging on your head? Fumble for the chinstrap standard 2-point squeeze-to-release plastic buckle while under that load? - Good luck with that.
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    Line of Flight Explained

    In reply to: "If you are in the boat, and drop one stick into the stream a few seconds after another, would the second stick land on top of the first?" If the 1st stick suddenly "stopped", and began "holding" (relatively) in place (think of the canopy opening) - - - Then YES! ...Yes, it would!!
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    International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society

    I wonder why they seem to only focus strictly on Singer Machines only. Nothing on Pfaff's, et al?
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    new scam tactic

    And another fairly recent anomaly resurging - "ghost" sellers, whose ads look good (even have pictures, etc.) because they are copying OLD (but not that old) ads of other, prior legitimate sales - and they get you to pay (even through paypal - they can open & close & move on pretty quickly; rinse/repeat from accounts even there) for something you will NEVER receive. It pays to be a little less impulsive, and do some independent CHECKING on any transaction - from either side of the equation - and yes, this is a very good reminder of that.
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    Stock wings

    So, you think you're ready for a high-performance canopy? Can you do everything consistently, already - as seen on [url]THIS[/url] list? At 100 jumps, you've probably barely even had sufficient opportunity to have even tried all of these, let alone having successfully accomplished them. Just something to also consider, is all. The Mfr should be able to tell you which canopies (and what size/ranges) will fit in their rig before / as you are ordering it.
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    Teaching Aid

    Teaching what, in particular Phil? - The FJC? TLO's for incremental (pre-A license) categories? ...In general, I have found that having an instructional flow that provides a stimulating variety (not necessarily just flashy aids or props in of themselves) of both visual, audio & even physical interaction with the learner/student(s) & varies location (not just sitting in one place throughout, like a classroom - regardless of aids/props provided) works best. For instance, when I teach a FJC, it starts in the classroom, with a video, then outlining the TLO's, then an introduction to the gear - and then moving OUT to the hangar to open it all up (I hate it when I see instructors still do all this remaining IN the classroom!) - then, out to the airplane, or the ramp, to get the intro to the A/C - see the landing area etc. - Incorporating USPA's "Whole-Part-Whole" philosophy, but all the while providing (IMO) much needed CHANGES / VARYING OF THE VENUE, to keep things "lively", and hold the student's interest, energy level(s) and attention, is the actual key. IMO, "flashy props", in of themselves - like powerpoints etc. are wholly unnecessary and are not the answer to the problem you seem to be observing. In fact, I find most of those - when provided, are provided really only for "weak" instructors, so they can use them as a crutch - - - and that actually becomes rather, quite COUNTER effective/productive. I can work easily as well (and in some cases even easier) in a venue that has absolutely none of these. So long as you are at least teaching "on-site" (another subject matter altogether - but teaching at home/off-dropzones I find falls into this pitfall) - ON / AT THE DROPZONE. Certainly the venue of the dropzone itself alone can (or should) be able to provide sufficient "props" (and activity/activities) to hold a students attention. "Teaching (verbose) from the SIM"? ...Ewwww - yuck, really? If that is what you are doing, you've prophecized your own problem/doom. Sure - have it (and it must be at least available, in most instances) as a REFERENCE ...but the key to (effectively) TEACHING is 1st knowing the stuff (in it) yourself (and then being able to TEACH it yourself) COLD. ...And that can be done WITHOUT the need of (again IMO should be/should be able to be without) any "flashy props". I know I am not necessarily just giving you what you were looking for (reference to other resource material) but none-the-less, I hope this helps.
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    Spam Arrest... scam or not?

    Spam Arrest is at least a "legitimate" subscription, anti-spam/spam preventative service. It has though, clearly - "mixed reviews" (as to both its effectiveness, and at times - their own practices). That said - in of itself, no - it is not a "scam". However, the individual who reached out to you, via his e-mail that he/she already knows he/she has this "service" upon, should have at the very least, in advance - if they expected a response from you, either "whitelisted" you (in advance - so you would not have had to gone through this) - or informed you of it, to expect it. And allayed your, understandable, concerns. The program, in theory (again how they effectively practice it, has been debated) is merely trying to assure you are a live, breathing, and able to manually respond individual, and are not yourself - a spambot. So you are being "pre-screened". There are several programs and companies/services out there that do this. Spam Arrest is one of them. Sendio, just for example (in case you want to look any of these up, FFI) is another. FWIW.
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    Bev Suit Cool Max option

    Search "Coolmax" (as all one word) in the forums, and you will find IIRC, several reviews and posts on this.
  21. "Sangiro's Synergy" strikes again!
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    Bill Newell

    So sorry to hear this, Michael. BSBD
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    Questions AFF vs SL

    Can't answer your first question for you I'm afraid. But the answer to your second question is YES! Your tandem jump counts as a jump, in your total count #'s, once you start logging.
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    Seat belt wear limits

    Safety Belt Maintenance & Inspection Requirements, as found by searching the FAA database: Several references throughout were also made with regards to belt inspection, applicability & maintenance, to: 14 CFR part 23, § 23.561 & § 23.785, but absolutely nothing I could find, spoke to or addressed VISUAL wear indication / standards. Seems absolutely everything wants to reference to load & strength TESTING as being "the standard". I've highlighted the section that seems most pertinent to your question, and how the FAA anyway, seems to want to address it - vis-a-vis observed / noticed visible wear. Does any of this happen to help you any?