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  1. I heard that full time skydiving will return to the Ovid Airport in May 2024.  This is a completely new operation with new owners, equipment and aircraft.  The only similarity is the location.  They will be operating a Cessna TU206 and Cessna 182.

    I have also heard previous operators of Skydive Finger Lakes have moved out of the area.  I don't know if they are still in the skydiving business.

  2. 18 hours ago, wmw999 said:

    I guess then that the definition I heard of gender as being “generally descriptive, but not definitive” would be pretty decent.

    After all, well over 95% of Chicago residents are honest and not the least bit violent. Doesn’t seem to stop people from describing it as a hellhole where you can’t trust anyone

    Wendy P. 

    Population of Chicago, 2.7 million, 5% is 135,000, that's a lot of bad people.

  3. 20 hours ago, JoeWeber said:

     maybe some kid sorts out how to tap into the planets electric field 

    I saw a youtube video of a college professor about electric motors.  He built and demonstrated an electric motor that ran on the earths magnetic field, no other source of electricity. It was small and barely ran but it did run.

  4. A few thoughts on this subject.

    On Nov. 20, 1967, as the United States Census Bureau's Population Clock ticked past 200 million, the Union's editorial board looked ahead to the challenges facing Americans. The U.S. population officially reached 300 million in 2006 and topped 333 million this year.

    How many is enough, how many is too many.

    At the start of 2022, corn production was down 9 percent from 2021.

    How much of that corn goes to making ethanol to add to gasoline rather than for food.

    The carrying capacity of an environment is the maximum population size of a biological species that can be sustained by that specific environment, given the food, habitat, water, and other resources available.

    What is the carrying capacity of the earth?  I think we may have exceeded that number already.

    I used to joke with my wife that what this world needs is a good plague.  I guess it is not much of a joke any more.

    In the future, the human species may not experience a complete extinction but certainly a massive reduction in number.

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  5. 15 hours ago, wolfriverjoe said:

    As I've said more than once, I'd vote for Howdy Doody, with Clarabelle the Clown as his running mate over ANY R candidate

    I wouldn't vote for Biden or Trump but maybe Buffalo Bob with Alfred E. Neuman as VP. on the independent ticket.

  6. 3 hours ago, wmw999 said:

    My sister in law just posted this on FB; it's very topical to the discussion... 


    Wendy P.

    If the earth is flat, what is on the other side, Australia?  If people think the earth is flat, maybe their head is up Uranus.

  7. A wife asks her husband, "If I died would you get remarried"

    The husband says, "Well I guess possibly"

    The wife asks, "Would you let her drive my new car"

    The husband responds, "It is new and nice and would hate to let it go to waste"

    The wife asks, "Would you let her cook in my new kitchen"

    The husband replies, "We just remodeled it and would be a shame not to use it"

    The wife asks, " Would you let her use my new golf clubs"

    The husband replies, " Absolutely not, she's left handed"

  8. I noticed that Skydive Finger Lakes is not listed in the July Parachutist.  I checked their web site and it is no longer accessible.  I also heard that the owners sold their house.  I wonder if anyone had gift certificates or jump credit.



  9. 30 second ads during the Super Bowl were reportedly selling for 6 to 7 million dollars.  I saw 2 commercials for Jesus, that's 12 to 14 million dollars.

    I guess what they say is true, Jesus saves.

    Compound interest for 2000 years, probably some investing not to mention his side gig of turning water into wine.

  10. I was at an Inspection Authorization seminar for aircraft mechanics and I remember one of the presenters said he owned the hatchet that George Washington used to chop down the cherry tree.  He said the handle had been replaced 3 times and the head twice.  On an aircraft, you can basically keep replacing parts until none of the original parts remain and still have the "same aircraft".  On a parachute rig, you could replace the harness then later replace the containers and still have the "same rig".   When I do an annual inspection on an aircraft, If I find that it is not airworthy, I give the owner a list of items that need to be addressed.  The owner can take the aircraft to another mechanic and have those items taken care of and that mechanic can sign off the aircraft as airworthy.  Usually what happens is I or other mechanics will tell the owner what needs to be done and the owner will have the mechanic take care of everything then sign the aircraft off as airworthy.  On an aircraft or parachute rig, some things are objective and some are subjective.  It is sometimes up to the rigger or mechanic to use his judgement.  If a rigger feels that a rig or parachute is not airworthy, he doesn't have to pack it.  It would be a good idea to inform the owner why he thinks it is unairworthy and what, if anything can be done to make it airworthy.  

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  11. On 2/1/2023 at 7:10 PM, SkyDekker said:

    At least we know who they are. Trump is refusing to disclose who actually found the confidential documents in his self storage unit.

    So if accessibility to documents by other people is the driving factor, both are "at risk" Would appear Pence less so.

    Realistically, the documents found in Trump's Self Storage unit are likely not going to be an issue for him, since it would be impossible to prove intent. I think Pence and from what I can see so far Biden are going to be in the same boat.

    Will be a lot harder for Trump to argue he never intended to have those documents.

    NARA has now sent a letter to all living former president's and vice-presidents to check if they inadvertently have information lying around too. All except Carter that is.

    Better check Mount Vernon for classified documents.

  12. 1 hour ago, JerryBaumchen said:

    Hi Ken,

    From personal experience, it is more misery than joy.

    Jerry Baumchen

    If you drink enough, you can forget you are miserable or happy.

  13. To the best of my knowledge, if you send an aircraft part to be overhauled and the facility finds the part non airworthy, they can mark the part not airworthy and return it to you but they are not allowed to destroy the part.  I don't know if it is the same with parachute equipment.  The manufacturer has determined your rig not airworthy.  They don't want the liability if the rig is jumped.  If they feel it is not airworthy, you don't want to jump it.  You may be able to look up FAA regulations and find something or call your FAA, FSDO office and ask them.

  14. On 1/10/2023 at 11:48 PM, billvon said:

    And this isn't the first time.  None other than Tucker Carlson lamented last year that "the brown M+M has 'transitioned' from high stilettos to lower block heels.  Less sexy!  That's progress!  M&M’s will not be satisfied until every last cartoon character is deeply unappealing and totally androgynous. Until the moment you wouldn’t want to have a drink with any one of them. That’s the goal. When you’re totally turned off, we’ve achieved equity."

    I don't know what's more disturbing.  The idea that even candy gets targeted by right wing nuts, or that Tucker Carlson was actually disappointed that he no longer finds one of the M+M cartoon characters arousing - to the point where he wouldn't even buy her a drink and, you know, give it the ol' college try.

    Is this change being driven by M&M Mars or their advertising agency to be politically / culturally correct.

    What about LBGT...and you are forgetting about Drag Queen M&M's.

    Are they wearing Nike or Addis sneakers, maybe Air Jordans.  None of them are wearing pants.

    Does a piece of candy have to represent something.  Just rip open the package, throw it away and eat a handful of the things.