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  1. Sorry about the humor man... im sorry you got hurt, you know our hearts go out to you and your right it aint funny but sometimes humor is a good thing, I take it seriously and im known to be a bit of a wind weenie... I have no fn problem with that, i just wish there were more guys on our side, but that 30 bucks will make you jump in some crazy shit sometimes wont it? Especially when your DZO is on the plane and your on jump run. One of the worst things that Ive heard many times is "well hell if we dont jump in these winds we'll never jump"... then fuckit, dont ever jump.. or move your dz somewhere else! oh in a perfect world... heal up quickly bro and just like its said on Top Gun (the movie) "A good pilot is compelled to evaluate whats happened so he can apply what he's learned" Viper is like Yoda man... yoda, peace
  2. Dont i know it! this weekend im gonna work more on my 630 tandem hooks... i just gotta remember to set up a bit deeper on my downwinders! was also thinking about not throwing the drouge till pull time, just to stay current on my terminals
  3. I really like it! Its really fast to hook up, just slide the nylon through the steel slot and slip in the cable. Openings have been normal to me, easy to remove, I recommend it man... but who am I? about 50 jumps on a velo 96 2.0... just switched from the UPT style rds... which I cant stand when packing in a hurry... which we usually are... so my vote buy it man you wont be disappointed, peace
  4. just wanted to add this for whoever else was reading this... First your video showed me the winds werent really that high... the yellow tandem was definately low in his turn, he keeps that up and itll get him for sure... a tandem should never be in the corner IMO... that being said, I have turned several students too low and got lucky.. anytime your in breaks to pull out of the dive its too low for a tandem IMO.. but honestly those winds didnt look that bad to me... they all had fwd speed... so they mustve been gusty and turbulent (could be obstacles as I see plenty of trees) but here is an example of gusts up to 26mph! (light girl but still) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yMJXcZocE8 All TIs need to see this, especially the immortal rockstars... these winds were around 20-26 mph... i was there packing, the ti who landed behind him landed fine... as it was said before its not a matter can, but rather a matter of should. this TI is a great skydiver and a good friend he broke his pelvis on this landing and was lifeflighted... he spun and took the hit, the girl walked away without any injury. Turbulence is hell and should be respected always... we as tis need to always err on the side of caution no matter what the DZO's say... unfortunately, as you know, this is rarely the case... and it fn pisses me off... I guarantee the minute the landing area is cleared of your broken body they will be jumping again... nature of the sport? but it doesnt have to be. Tis need to stick together and say hell no we're not jumping today till its safe... or better yet maybe i should just stop taking people skydiving. Four weeks ago i got out at 21-28 knots but landed in 35 knots, chopped the main on the ground ect... but before I landed my chute collapsed at 1200 feet just before i started my downwind... the minute I see a tandem canopy buck, im out.. cause i know there is turbulence close to the ground... the only way pilots know if there is turbulence is with what little tools they have and by other pilots telling them its there... with canopys its much the same... dubai wind limits im told are 21 mph... mile high stops at 22 or 23 knots... IMO anything over 25mph should be shut down... the DZ loses no money on rainchecks... none.. in fact they only gain cause some of the people never return... they dont make much on funjumpers and students are a no go anyway so what the hell? rant over... ha Edited to add: for all those idiots who think that a parachute just quickly reflates after it collapses, yes most of the time it does, but its still not a reason to keep jumping, its a reason to sit down.
  5. "slight increase in saves who cut away too low" Dont know if i buy that anymore. Most people who chop extremely low and are saved do not report it... but i want to discuss this a bit more with you as im not sure what insanely low is. Yesterday I was flying over some hangers (bad spot, totally my fault) canopy collapsed just as I was going for my fronts, it was turbulence... i wondered what, if any options i had... fire reserve into spinning/collapsed main, pull both handles simutaneously, canopy transfer, or just dump the reserve... few options. But at 850ft, skyhook? Dunno... id really like to hear from some of you... Ive seen many vids of insanely low saves (skyhook) and many vids of insanely low not saves (no skyhook) I just wonder if we really know the numbers of the saves is all
  6. its a good question. My 2 cents. A skyhook, provided its rigged up properly and has no malfunction of its own, will have a reserve out quicker than an RSL. More time to deal with mal'd main and find safe landing, provided people arent purposely pulling lower and chopping lower, i.e. its not an excuse to burn pass hardecks and other safety measures, but it is there if, for whatever reason, you find yourself low as hell with no options. I have seen, and been apart of reserve pc hesitation. Most people i have spoken with dont have res pc hes in their eps. Just the other day i saw a low cutaway from a student and the reserve pc was just bouncing around on his back for about 800 ft or so and finally the reserve opened. I believe all student rigs should have a skyhook. Simply put, in all working parameters (RSL misrigging has caused issues/fatalaties as well) the skyhook gets it out much faster but is not ideal in some disciplines as you can imagine. My assumption is that his friends may not have had an RSL at all, and that type of cutaway takes a little while to open, especially when you throw in the res pc hesitation and low chops. I have spoken with many HP canopy pilots and most of them fly, and have used the skyhook. General consensus is they save lives. Jimmy T just recently told me at mile hi that he believes it saved his life... he has over 20,000 jumps. End of the day, just cause you have an airbag in your car doesnt mean you drive into a brick wall but when a brick wall suddenly appears, its great to have an airbag, but again, airbags have killed. I think at this point its safe to say that a skyhook equipped rig is a safer rig, even moreso than just an RSL, but that doesnt mean you are safe in this sport. All we can do is mitigate risks... to quote Bill Booth "the true test of a safety device is whether it saves more lives than it kills" now let the vultures chime in
  7. Darius Turcinskas from skydive midwest made this video.. thanks again brother! i hope you all enjoy it... again... blues http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi7eOTUFXJA
  8. Let me just ask you something. Most atheists (even agnostics) call themselves free thinkers, personally, I think just cancelling out all possiblity that a natural spirit of wisdom exists is taking the easy way out. So, ponder these questions as much as you will allow yourself. What is life? (Ive heard the mysterious argument before... its also the easy way out) Can life become non-existant? What is truth? (Ive heard the truth only exists because we percieve it argument... also the easy way) Can truth become non-existant? (There are some laws of physics that seem not able to be broken, so a law that cant be broken is based on truth) Is it at least possible that the only way a consiousness continues to exist is if it believes it does/will? Our will to live is much stronger than our ability... I often wonder why that is. Life itself is so fragile, can be taken from our bodys in literally an instant (not even sure if the amount of time it takes to actually leave is measurable) But yet, even as fragile as it is, most still believe it wont happen today. (To me, the person who believes that doesnt live by the truth.) There seem to be things that empower life to live fully. A miracle being one (in my eyes anyway). A host (body, and some would believe even a soul in a body). Human beings are not the only thing that have life... Life is everywhere, so its only natural to have a connection with it. So the beginning of my philosophy of possibility begins with a few very simple questions, that deeply intrigue in alot of meditative minds. Something that as humans, we are able to do. Its facsinating to me that we have at least the ability to percieve a connection with life beyond what we see or even feel. I say feel because this guy started this thread basically not fully able to fully express what he is feeling in this sport. It often sounds to me that when someone cant express something fully, but knows its there, they use the word spiritual. Truth and Life for some have a much deeper connection than what is often revealed to others. I would hardly begin to assume that they have very little logic or rationale in their thinking. Which is the intent that is so often projected in these forums, and clearly evident in some of the more "juvenile" posts I have seen So at the risk of being pounded some more, I will ask these questions and see what they mean to you, or at least I will get some idea of how much thought your freethinking has allowed you. Besides, Im at work with an extremely different co-worker is is hard to work with, so, what else do I have to do?
  9. Damn...why cant you just see that Im right? You will never be right, you will always be wrong...wrong I tell you... wrong... Sorry man, couldnt resist.
  10. Yes. It's very very simple - if [I believe] there is no god, the influence of god is zero, zip, nothing. I put the brackets in there for you. I do understand your philosophy so thanks for clearing up its simplicity. Guess you got it all figured out.
  11. "I belief and am very afraid of little green hobbits who control the universe" No you dont.... and no your not.
  12. "Someone who doesn't think there is a God is naturally not going to attribute anything, good or bad, to it's influence" Do you really believe this?
  13. All these people who apparently have no fear of God sure are afraid of recognizing and accrediting anything good to his spirit. The sky is good. God is good. You might be entering a spiritual journey that goes way beyond skydiving, so dont let those who think its "uncool" deter your ability to wonder.
  14. Pretty cool but a bit expensive. Anybody know where I can get a used one??? Thats hilarious!!!
  15. Have a glass / bottle of decent wine / tub of icecream / nice meal - watch a good movie, get a good night's sleep and then hit it again ... Or... Take a few years off, sell most of the crap you probably dont need anyway, pull the kids out of school and move to another country! You may find that doing something just so you can make more money isnt worth it... or you may find that it is... You clearly are a very passionate person, so be Radically passionate and do something radical... or not! But, whatever you do, try not to worry so much about it, easier said than done of course... I think it goes without saying, we want the best for each other.. There was this girl I was living with, and we were both going to acting classes. She quit her job of 80k at 35 yrs old to pursue acting full time, said she couldnt stand her job anymore... gasp... she was an accountant. Sorry, this is all I have. See, taking time to read how ridiculous OTHER people sound really does cheer you up a bit aye? BTW... your definitely not alone in your thought.