nigel99

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  1. nigel99

    4-way exit FAIL - skydiver loses shoe

    Dress for success. 4 way is much easier if appropriate jumpsuits are worn. Interesting thread as the original poster doesn’t appear to have attitude of being unwilling to learn, but clearly is lacking some knowledge. He’s been beaten to death with advice, poor guy. Glad they had fun and no one was hurt. I loved 4 way and hopefully there is enough belly 4 way at his DZ that he can find some good mentors to learn from.
  2. I don’t like using them, as I feel they take away jobs. Mostly the checkout staff locally are school leavers who struggle to find other employment and I like to see them kept engaged. I read an article a little while ago where some stores were starting to move away from self service due to much higher theft. People scanning cheaper goods, not scanning etc. The comments on the article were telling, a number of people felt justified in ‘paying’ themselves for doing the checkout with a free bag of carrots or similar low value item. Experienced jumper - someone who has made mistakes more often than I have and lived.
  3. nigel99

    Fidget spinner

    Yeah my girlfriends kids have fidget spinners and I told her I was very happy with my spinner Experienced jumper - someone who has made mistakes more often than I have and lived.
  4. nigel99

    "Fly the Friendly Skies"

    Honestly this event is a disgrace but reflects my experience of internal flights in the USA. I think you guys are exposed to the worst customer service and attitude that I've experienced anywhere in the world - I'd even rate Ryanair higher than any US carrier that I've flown. Overbooking to the extent it happens appears to be uniquely American - I've not seen it anywhere in Europe or Australia. Stop putting shareholder value above customers and change ticket conditions so that flights are not over booked and you're still a viable airline (although US airlines seem to constantly be on the verge of bankruptcy anyway) I fly into major US hubs and then drive whenever possible. People at work think I'm crazy for doing this. But given the choice of a pleasant 5 or 6 hour drive where I can relax, versus being treated like shit and having uncertainty I know my preference. 2 weeks ago I foolishly flew united from LA to San Luis Obispo (which I normally drive) and regretted it the entire time I sat through the 5 hour delay Experienced jumper - someone who has made mistakes more often than I have and lived.
  5. Key being can't SHIP on PASSENGER aircraft. Look in IATA section 2.3 (page 19 in the 2017 book). Then look at the graph 2.3.A. (you will want to look on p25). So you can't ship on pax aircraft. You can ship on cargo aircraft*. You CAN carry on a plane either over your shoulder or in checked bags. *Depending on the Operator variations. For example FedEx just changed from allowing section II to requiring them to be section I, or IB. I am a certified IATA instructor. Yup that aligns with my knowledge (good to know the DG training was worth while). What I had overlooked was the exemptions for passengers. I pity you, those IATA regulations are mind-numbing! Experienced jumper - someone who has made mistakes more often than I have and lived.
  6. nigel99

    Name something that is a bad idea to do naked.

    Having been to many nudist beaches/colonies, I can tell you that once you are used to people not wearing clothes, it is no more "psychologically traumatising" to see all shapes and sizes naked as it is to see them with clothes. In fact, in my opinion, there is a beauty to walking around care-free and not being subjected to constant branding and advertising and displays of wealth and/or other fashion "musts"... I agree, nudity is awesome Experienced jumper - someone who has made mistakes more often than I have and lived.
  7. So surprised that people are answering this seriously. It has all the hallmarks of trolling, just surprised it's a xfire 1 and not 3. How many people with 26 jumps use 'fully elliptical' etc. Experienced jumper - someone who has made mistakes more often than I have and lived.
  8. Yes that's why the less than 1 gram rule applies and the PI for battery contained in equipment. Honestly good luck getting it all sorted, from experience once you get stuck in the DG rabbit hole with freight people nobody wants to be the person that says yes. It's easier and less risk to just say no . Marair do stuff for us when we occasionally get stuck and I do recommend them. The fact of it is that most small operations get away with ignoring the rules. Part of my day job is looking after global operations doing 500+ shipments per month containing lithium batteries. We obey the rules (listed company that values reputation). For a while I was going rigging and shipping Cypres's back and forth for service and not once were the rules complied with. Experienced jumper - someone who has made mistakes more often than I have and lived.
  9. https://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/dgr/Documents/lithium-battery-guidance-document-2015-en.pdf This document is a year out of date, each year the regs on batteries change. It is actually Packing Instruction 970, not 968 that applies (batteries with less than a gram of lithium) Check the flowchart on page 10 of the guidance document. Not that it helps your situation, but something I'd overlooked is that there are exemptions for checked baggage containing equipment for personal use. So in theory traveling with an AAD is fine, but shipping it is not. Experienced jumper - someone who has made mistakes more often than I have and lived.
  10. Hi The statement about the Lithium battery is not true. I have confirmation from IATA, issued two days ago :- "The explosive content is excepted from the regulations and the lithium metal battery is within the allowable limits for passenger checked or carry-on baggage" IATA also supplied the relevent certifiation. Furthermore, I am sure Airtec would be up in arms should your assertion be correct. Honestly I don't know anything at all about the explosives part, but I do a bucket load of stuff with shipping lithium metal batteries contained I. Equipment and an AA cell isn't exempt. We use exactly the same battery as the Vigil (the tadiran pulses plus) and can't ship on passenger aircraft. Experienced jumper - someone who has made mistakes more often than I have and lived.
  11. Under the latest IATA regulations the lithium cells are classed as Dangerous Goods that are restricted for air travel on passenger aircraft. Whoever did that classification was correct and well within their rights. It is only lucky that most airlines are not as aware of the battery issues within an AAD. From memory it is Packing Instruction 968. I don't have my copy of the DG regulations on hand to be certain. Honestly shipping batteries legally is a pain in the arse. Your rig technically needs to be packaged according to the instruction in approved packaging and labelled properly. Then you need to have a copy of the battery manufacturers compliance certificate for UN38.3 (Vigil uses Tadiran batteries so that is easy, no idea what Cupres uses) A company called Marair can help you get it shipped. Experienced jumper - someone who has made mistakes more often than I have and lived.
  12. nigel99

    GoPros not just dangerous for skydiving!

    http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/lone-fisherman-dragged-overboard-by-marlin-rescued-after-six-hours-at-sea-20170104-gtlodg.html Lucky guy Experienced jumper - someone who has made mistakes more often than I have and lived.
  13. nigel99

    Crossfire 2

    Crossfire 3 is out now, so the 2 is now a lower performance and therefore safer canopy than it was last week Experienced jumper - someone who has made mistakes more often than I have and lived.