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  • Home DZ
    Skydive Chicago
  • License
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  • License Number
    25528
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    2400
  • Years in Sport
    9
  • First Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving

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  1. It was the load from hell. It happened 7 or 8 years ago. I still have jumper friends to this day who were on that load. One person on the load I was to meet years later and we would become fast friends talk about it. Conditions: Late fall, dropping ceiling, down to 1100 feet by deployment time. Winds in excess of 20 mph. Wouldn't try it today. Neither would this DZ now. Opened downwind of the DZ, trying to land in a plowed field. Wind pushed me back over a ravine with big trees on the banks and a creek and small pine trees on the ravine floor. Wind was dropping as I descended, partially due to the windbreak of the trees on the ravine crest, requiring constant adjustment. Had 70 jumps. Slid to a stop between two 8-foot pines with no damage, just a grass stain on my knees. No injuries on the load, but one parachute landing in one of the trees on the ravine crest by another jumper. One freeflyer had shoe laces come tied together in freefall, had to kick off a shoe on landing. Have picture somewhere. Harry I don't drink during the day, so I don't know what it is about this airline. I keep falling out the door of the plane. Harry, FB #4143
  2. I know of no limit on foreign spending by US citizens in other countries. I'm also not sure how many other countries fear for their currencies enough to do this. Harry I don't drink during the day, so I don't know what it is about this airline. I keep falling out the door of the plane. Harry, FB #4143
  3. Good advice to keep jumping and packing it. Postponing packing it, if you plan to continue in the sport, is not the answer. I don't drink during the day, so I don't know what it is about this airline. I keep falling out the door of the plane. Harry, FB #4143
  4. Unless i missed a post with this suggestion, try a bungee cord in the back of the leg straps. your rigger can help you with this. Many free-flyers have this, since radical changes in body positions, head-down, etc. can move the rig around. It really helps. Harry I don't drink during the day, so I don't know what it is about this airline. I keep falling out the door of the plane. Harry, FB #4143
  5. "Freeflying" is colloquial at best, just a convenient and recognized term. Usually it means, sit, head-down, stand, maybe even inlcudes knee-flying. People just have a perception when the word is mentioned. Generally speaking, it can include a lot more things. | I don't drink during the day, so I don't know what it is about this airline. I keep falling out the door of the plane. Harry, FB #4143
  6. Interesting point about accessibility to activities shown on TV, from newbies' point of view. Maybe more stuff about tandems and elementary skydiving would be helpful. Would it be a good idea for someone to be shown stuff that they can do after a few weeks rather than after a few years? It's tough enough to convince people to jump, given the fear factor, time, and money. After I did my first tandem, I asked what percentage of people went on to do AFP (AFF at other DZs). The answer was about 2%. | I don't drink during the day, so I don't know what it is about this airline. I keep falling out the door of the plane. Harry, FB #4143
  7. Quote: In my opinion, if you're smart enough to figure out how to use Access to effectively and efficiently manage your dropzone, then you're smart enough to realize that you're better off buying someone else's application instead - since there are already a handful out there reasonably priced. In my experience, whatever you start to write, you will almost always realize that your true requirements were greater than you had initially realized. For example, during the course of this thread you have decided upon more information that needs to be kept, or so it appears. | I don't drink during the day, so I don't know what it is about this airline. I keep falling out the door of the plane. Harry, FB #4143
  8. As long as the plane doesn't malfunction on the way up. ] I don't drink during the day, so I don't know what it is about this airline. I keep falling out the door of the plane. Harry, FB #4143
  9. In 1997 I was trained on Sabres ranging from about 210 down to 170 by the time I finished AFP at Skydive Chicago. I don't recall any Stilletos being used, but wouldn't recommend it for students. The older Stilletos (c. 1996) were less forgiving canopies than some others, as far as poor body position on opening. | I don't drink during the day, so I don't know what it is about this airline. I keep falling out the door of the plane. Harry, FB #4143
  10. Yes. It's the association. I don't drink during the day, so I don't know what it is about this airline. I keep falling out the door of the plane. Harry, FB #4143
  11. I am curious about what kinds of music people tie to their jumping experience. I am a fan of R&B, classic jazz, vocal standards (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, etc.). I was listening to certain CDs of this music on the day of jump #1, and hearing them again always reminds me of it. Now, jazz to and from DZ will cause me to think of jumping when I hear it later. The musical association lingers in a great way throughout the week. Anyone else have this experience? | Harry Edited to add: from 5 years ago, somehow Miles Davis got connected with doing 4-way team video.| I don't drink during the day, so I don't know what it is about this airline. I keep falling out the door of the plane. Harry, FB #4143
  12. Bright Orange top and bottom skins with purple in the center cells. Crossfire 2 129. BRAND NEW, and anyone can spot me! I need to be on my best behavior, as they will always know it is one of two jumpers on the DZ. | I don't drink during the day, so I don't know what it is about this airline. I keep falling out the door of the plane. Harry, FB #4143
  13. It looks to me as if the main deployment would have to be modified somehow. Maybe a ripcord? | I don't drink during the day, so I don't know what it is about this airline. I keep falling out the door of the plane. Harry, FB #4143
  14. Pin checks are still very much in vogue at our dropzone. Sometimes I find a pin that has moved 1/4 to 1/2 inch, so I push it back in and check the bridle window as well. On the latter, if the bridle has been readjusted and no new color has been painted on the kill line, or there is no window on the bridle, it may be hard to verify that the pilot chute is cocked. You may have to ask the jumper. | I don't drink during the day, so I don't know what it is about this airline. I keep falling out the door of the plane. Harry, FB #4143