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  1. chuckakers

    Selections by Mike McGowen

    Must have.
  2. chuckakers

    USPA Badges

    Welcome to the family! The awards you are referring to are a way to recognize jumpers for reaching milestones. If the jumper likes, a presentation by a USPA board member, DZO, or family/friend can be conducted and a photo submitted to Parachutist magazine for print. Also, some people frame them for display. Just 988 more jumps and you get one too!!!
  3. chuckakers

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Maybe just quote the list of punishment actions that can be taken against GM DZ's. Surely just showing the membership what actions COULD be taken against a GMDZ is not in violation of 1-6. Have you read the USPA Governance Manual? The answer to your question and most others can be found in it. https://uspa.org/Portals/0/files/Man_GovMan.pdf Specifically, your question is answered in 1-6.4.C
  4. chuckakers

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Me either... And I have looked. I am eagerly waiting for someone to answer what "teeth" have been put into the GM program. In accordance with the USPA Governance Manual Section 1-6... "2. To protect a member [including group members, emphasis added] who is wrongly accused and to protect the rights of all persons affected, members of the board of directors and USPA staff will refrain from discussing any matter relating to any alleged offense with any person not a party to the action and shall express no opinion nor make any statement concerning anything related to the alleged offense except as provided in Section 1-6. Any breach of confidentiality may be subject to disciplinary action under Section 1-6.4 B.9."
  5. chuckakers

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    The USPA constitution contains the following references: The purposes for which USPA is formed are as follows: To encourage unity among all persons interested in skydiving...to promote and encourage the study and knowledge of skydiving among the membership and the public at large....to compile information regarding the science of skydiving and to edit, publish, and disseminate the same...
  6. chuckakers

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Irony score 8? What training does USPA provide the US parachute team? Derek V No irony at all. You can't fix things from the outside, and since that post long ago there has been some teeth put into the program and the pledge. Is it perfect? Nope. Am I taking an active role in improving it. Yep. When did you say you are running for the board? You seem to have a lot of thoughts on how to do things better. Why not become part of the solution you insist upon? As for your question, here's a possible answer. Years ago when the only competitions were style and accuracy, "coaches" were selected to work with our athletes to train them. I can't tell you if funding was ever provided to these coaches, but they were selected by USPA - presumably as part of the charter. The coach slot still exists and is sometimes filled, but is most often used as an assistant team manager slot. For the record, team managers are now selected by USPA and coaches are typically selected by team managers and approved by the committee. BTW, coaches are not paid for their efforts nor do they receive funding. I can't speak to how things were done years ago, but that's how it's done currently.
  7. chuckakers

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Bill, I don't know the history so I can't speak to that. Maybe there was a time when USPA (PCA) paid for coaching, jumps, or other things for the team. If any old-schoolers can chime in with FACTS on USPA's financial support of the team way back when, please do so. What I can say for sure is that USPA does NOT provide team funding in any way today.
  8. chuckakers

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Then I am surprised I had to quote it to you. Notice it says TRAIN? You can try to explain it away, but it says TRAIN in plain English.... See attached. You have a nice day. Lol, Ron you didn't have to quote it to me. As I said, I am familiar with USPA's charter. I'm not explaining anything away because there is nothing to explain away. You are stuck on the word "train" to mean that USPA funds that training. We do not. Not sure how many ways I need to say it - USPA provides NO funding to the US Parachute Team. If you question the accuracy of my statement, feel free to call Executive Director Ed Scott. I'm sure he will be glad to confirm what I am saying.
  9. chuckakers

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    USPA provides no funding to US Teams. The teams are funded by investment income from the US Parachute Team Trust Fund, which receives nothing from USPA. Please look at the charter for the PCA, later turned USPA. "To select and train the United States Parachute Team for World Competition" As a director and member of the competition committee, I am quite familiar with our charter. Note that it says nothing about funding. USPA does not provide money for team training or any team necessities. Our teams are funded through sponsorships, fundraisers, the trust fund, and out of pocket dollars.
  10. chuckakers

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    USPA provides no funding to US Teams. The teams are funded by investment income from the US Parachute Team Trust Fund, which receives nothing from USPA.
  11. chuckakers

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Actually Westerly was... it is my understanding is that no one legally needs anything from the USPA to be a TI.
  12. chuckakers

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Read back a few posts. Westerly was doing just that.
  13. chuckakers

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Incorrect. FAR 105.45 states: Sec. 105.45 — Use of tandem parachute systems. (a) No person may conduct a parachute operation using a tandem parachute system, and no pilot in command of an aircraft may allow any person to conduct a parachute operation from that aircraft using a tandem parachute system, unless— (1) One of the parachutists using the tandem parachute system is the parachutist in command, and meets the following requirements: (i) Has a minimum of 3 years of experience in parachuting, and must provide documentation that the parachutist— (ii) Has completed a minimum of 500 freefall parachute jumps using a ram-air parachute, and (iii) Holds a master parachute license issued by an organization recognized by the FAA, and (iv) Has successfully completed a tandem instructor course given by the manufacturer of the tandem parachute system used in the parachute operation or a course acceptable to the Administrator. (v) Has been certified by the appropriate parachute manufacturer or tandem course provider as being properly trained on the use of the specific tandem parachute system to be used... That of course begs the question, what organizations are recognized by the FAA? The answer is found in the FAA Field Inspector Guide 8900, which states: D. United States Parachute Association (USPA). The sport parachute industry is largely self-regulated, with most sport parachute operators belonging to the USPA. 1) The USPA has established a group member program as a way for sport parachute schools, centers, and clubs to provide its affiliates with resources, such as recommended aircraft inspection programs, pilot safety information, and safety procedures. 2) The USPA is the only national skydiving organization currently recognized by the FAA. 3) The USPA “D” license is the only license that meets the master parachute license requirement of § 105.45. 4) Inspectors may verify USPA credentials by emailing uspa@uspa.org. So yes, tandem instructors are required to hold a valid and current Master license issued by USPA (which is valid only with active membership) to legally perform tandem skydives in the United States. Pass it on.
  14. chuckakers

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    This is dishonest at best. Remove the requirement from the GM pledge and let the chips fall where they may. Derek V I disagree. However, feel free to contact the Chair of the GM Program, Chuck Akers, and ask him to put the following item on the GM Agenda for the next BOD meeting: "Discuss the requirement for USPA Membership at GM DZs and the possibility of removing the requirement". You may go to the meeting next board meeting and state your case, or you may send emails or letters, or you may even possibly skype into the meeting. Contact and meeting info: Chuck Akers Gulf (GU) Regional Director Chair, Group Membership USPA Member # 49855, D-10855 chuckakers@comcast.net 19514 Pitchstone Dr. Tomball, TX 77377 (832) 630-1213 The Winter 2019 USPA Board of Directors Meeting: USPA BOD: February 1-3, 2019 Hyatt Regency Dallas 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75207 (214) 651-1234 FFI: uspa@uspa.org I have given you all the contacts, addresses, dates, the procedure, and have ever written the agenda item for you. Complaining on DZ.com is not going to help you with your goal of removing the requirement of USPA Membership at GM DZs. I have told you exactly how to go about achieving your goal. It is up to you to follow up with it and enlist whatever support you think you have. However, in the unlikely event that you prevail I doubt that there will be any additional DZs that will allow you to jump without USPA Membership, aka liability insurance. Those that complain about having to have USPA membership to jump at a GM DZ are a small minority, but please indulge your passion. Mike Mullins I invite anyone that wishes to discuss the GM program or anything else to call me. My cell phone is with me 24/7/365 unless I am in the air or on the air. I also encourage our members to sit in on the GM committee meetings (and other committees as well). My committee is genuinely interested in hearing what our members have to say, and we take their ideas into consideration. Example - at the 2017 summer board meeting we dramatically lowered the fee for non-group member DZ's to host instructional rating courses. This action came after a non-group member DZO requested we consider the change, pointing out that more DZ's would host them if the fee was not prohibitive. The majority committee vote was in favor of the idea because we felt it was the right thing to do for potential rating holders, and we easily got it passed by the full board - all because a single member wanted us to consider his idea. By the way, the upcoming Dallas board meeting will also be the meeting at which we will hold the annual general membership meeting, followed by a big bash hosted by myself and SW region director Jack Pyland. 100 people attended the meeting and party at the San Antonio meeting and we expect a much larger turnout in Dallas since the meeting is in conjunction with the PIA Symposium and Dallas is more central to a lot of skydivers than San Antonio. Hope to see everyone there!
  15. chuckakers

    Stuffing into centre cells... wtf?

    I stuffed center cells with a Monarch, Excalibur, and other canopies. Never had a problem and it fixed the slam-bang openings. That said, I would never recommend it to others.
  16. chuckakers

    Wings Vision

    but could it be that the pilot chute is bad instead of the container? If so, what PC would you recommend?
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    EPs: Look up before pulling reserve?

    I'd like to see evidence of that. My guess is when suspended from the harness connection point during a malfunction, a jumper's head position has little or nothing to do with what happens when the cutaway occurs relative to other factors like spin-induced body attitude, body position at the time of release, etc.
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    EPs: Look up before pulling reserve?

    By default, a properly connected and functioning RSL is relatively easy to dislodge. Correct. And once dislodged, it is no longer a properly functioning RSL. That was my point.
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    EPs: Look up before pulling reserve?

    You shouldent be in freefall with an RSL. On that point, has there ever been a case of a properly connected and functioning RSL failing to open the reserve container after the malfunction separates? I've been looking and so far I cant find one single case. The only thing I can think of is if the mal does not produce enough drag to extract the lanyard and pull the pin (e.g. horseshoe). Well yes there has. VSE Service Bulletin ( http://www.velocityrigs.com/media/manual/airsportsservicebulletin.pdf ) was because the shackle although checked had become dislodged. I believe someone else had posted something a while back similar. Hence the RSL was checked on the ground and during the jump it became disconnected. By default, an RSL that becomes dislodged is not a properly connected and functioning RSL.
  20. Why does the local newspaper continue to give this woman a platform for such things? Maybe Mile Hi should start naming the paper in the next lawsuit. The city has said her claims have no merit. The FAA has said her claims have no merit. The courts have repeatedly said her claims have no merit, to the point where she had to cover the defendants costs. But somehow, the newspaper seems to think her claims have enough merit to earn space. And the is no place for comments.... WTF? And isn't she in violation of the court order with this? Didn't the judge order everyone to play nice from now on? top Newspapers - and all the media for that matter - are in the business of exploiting titillating stories for advertising dollars. Nothing more, nothing less. The editors of this newspaper don't see this as giving an overplayed nutjob exposure beyond her relevance. They see it as a way to keep the story alive in hopes of selling their increasingly irrelevant product. It's important to understand that much of the general public sees the news as news. Many (most?) in the media see the general public as useful idiots who keep their paychecks coming.
  21. aaaaand.... http://www.timescall.com/columnists/opinion-local/ci_31923012/kimberly-gibbs-take-stand-against-skydiving-bullies
  22. Exactly. That would be more of a poised exit. You said Mr. 15K jumps didn't explain why. That makes me think he doesn't have a good reason. All the advice I dispense comes with the reasons why it's "good advice". he said because it was faster to get down to the formation. He mentioned that if you do a tail exit there is a higher chance of messing it up and getting flipped around since it's a more difficult exit. He mentioned it's typically faster to exit facing the nose and turn 180 on the hill as it's a more stable exit and you're less likely to get flipped or fly off heading. There's nothing inherently more difficult about a diving exit than a poised exit. What he might have meant is that performing a poised exit may be a faster way to the formation for someone who hasn't mastered the diving exit, but that would be a very short-term strategy - like on a single jump when performance is needed over practice. Every exit should be mastered. Once you have all exit types in your bag, use the one that cuts the most corners to get you where you're going most efficiently.
  23. chuckakers

    AFF Stuggles

    +1 Getting some solid instruction in the tunnel can take a lot of frustration out of your training.