Bob_Church

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  1. Bob_Church

    EPs: Look up before pulling reserve?

    "The Australian Parachute Federation's Cutaway EP videos show the students being taught to pull the cutaway and reserve, then immediately look up and arch. Would it make more sense to look up and arch before pulling your handles since there is a strong chance that by the time you pull the reserve handle and start to look up to arch, the reserve will already be out? " If you're training students then you will have no way of knowing their altitude if and when they need their EP. Therefore I'd always go with pull the handles first.
  2. Bob_Church

    Selections by Mike McGowen

    It may seem expensive at first glance but between the limited audience and more importantly the quality and size of the photos I'm not sure how he did it for that price.
  3. Bob_Church

    EPs: Look up before pulling reserve?

    In my opinion, and that's all it is, my opinion, this reflects one of the most dangerous situations in skydiving. A lack of confidence in your reserve. It manifests itself in many ways and all of them bad, like giving that trashed main one more second because, well, what if my reserve doesn't open, then impacting during line stretch because you needed half a second more than that extra second left. I am absolutely confident that my reserve will work or I wouldn't leave the plane. But like I said, that's just me. Like I said, this is an old debate. But as a rigger, and the main rigger on my DZ, and the rigger for most of my skydiving friends, and the rigger who packs our tandem reserves, I can assure you I do not lack confidence in my reserve. I just know that reserve p/c and or bridles can entangle with a PCIT. Or other parts of a departing main. If mine does I prefer to have more options. I am not telling you or anyone else what to do in this situation. PCITs are a very different animal from a total, which is what I was referring to. On my fourth reserve I managed to somehow pack a total on a ripcord deploy. In my defense, not that it matters, the rig had been loaned to me and when I said I didn't know how to pack a square or that type of container they handed me a manual. I believe I crammed the pilot chute between the main bag and the reserve so as soon as I dumped the reserve the main came out and twisted all the way around the reserve. People on the ground that I was done, but the cutaway risers kept twisting around too and it cleared, though with some nasty burns on the reserve. But as for PCITs I'm in the same boat in that I hope I never have one.
  4. Bob_Church

    EPs: Look up before pulling reserve?

    In my opinion, and that's all it is, my opinion, this reflects one of the most dangerous situations in skydiving. A lack of confidence in your reserve. It manifests itself in many ways and all of them bad, like giving that trashed main one more second because, well, what if my reserve doesn't open, then impacting during line stretch because you needed half a second more than that extra second left. I am absolutely confident that my reserve will work or I wouldn't leave the plane. But like I said, that's just me.
  5. Bob_Church

    EPs: Look up before pulling reserve?

    "Always cut away a total. " That tactic has kept me alive. Also, Pat Works' advice to build muscle memory of your handles and procedures. If you have to look you'll be in big trouble if you get low. Ground rush is downright mesmerizing. But the main thing is to select how you're going to do it then practice it until your body will do it for you.
  6. I don't know, but considering some of the uses for wingsuits I'd say stitching on them would be at least as important as on main canopies. That's why I was asking.
  7. Bob_Church

    182 engine failures

    I've always seen USPA as a central body that represents skydivers. They mostly defend us against those people who see skydivers as an unnecessary problem. There are occasions where they need to act on something but the idea of actually wanting to set up a group that oversees us, I think, says more about the person wanting it than USPA or skydiving. Some people can't imagine a body of people without someone being in charge and enforcing rules. It's like when we were kids and we'd start a club and the first thing we'd do is set up rules and the punishments for breaking them. Most of us grow out of that. But not all. Personally, I'd rather be skydiving.
  8. Are there any patented stitches involved with wingsuits?
  9. Bob_Church

    182 engine failures

    "You can decide whether you think that is unsafe or not," But the real question is, "why would I decide one way or the other?" This is just a guess but do you have between 100 and 200 jumps?
  10. Bob_Church

    182 engine failures

    You're kidding right? "inform not enforce" translates to "I can do whatever I want because I wont get in trouble for it anyway". Imagine if the police only 'informed' citizens about the laws they broke and not actually enforced any of them. The FAA needs to step in the other direction and start handing out larger fines, revoking pilot licenses, and grounding aircraft permanently. What do you think would motivate a DZO more to do maintenance, threat that the FAA will come over to them and 'inform' them about the FARs they broke, or threat that the FAA will fine them six figures and ground their entire fleet? Are you really having this much trouble, or maybe I should say lack of trust, at your DZ? Was it an incident or something else that made you feel like you aren't safe when you skydive where you do? Have you talked to anyone else at your DZ to see if there isn't a way to address it locally?
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Well, while you are technically correct.... It does not say "fund"...Try to give an example of where providing training in skydiving does not require spending any money. Tunnel? Money Jumps? Money Gear? Money Get them a book on mental training? Buy the book or spend funds on an employee finding one for free, or copying it, etc. So it does not say "fund"... It does say train and you will be hard pressed to help train several teams without spending any money. BTW, It also does not say 'fund a museum.' I don't get where you're coming from on this. DZs and boogies offer load organizing. Many DZs offer coaching jumps. To even start skydiving you need first jump training and then the training that goes with whichever type of student program you choose. These are all forms of training but there's never any question of who will be paying for the jump tickets, and even the tickets of the coaches. Bob Church
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    Altimeter Combos

    I wear a chest mounted MA2-30 as my primary altimeter. I also have a Neptune 3 wrist mounted. I half jokingly refer to it as my toy. I like the information it gathers and sometimes its handy when under canopy to have an altimeter that I can see when looking up and another when looking down. But I wouldn't run out and buy one just for this but since I have it I put it to use. And on a side note, have any of you jumped with the Titanium model of basically a Alti-3 that they sold years ago. It was limited edition and I keep trying to find info about it but no luck. If anyone has pointers to information like how many made, that sort of thing I'd really appreciate it.
  13. Bob_Church

    GPS/ Cellular Tracker for Canopy?

    As electronics get smaller and cheaper I could see doing this for a freebag and pilot chute.
  14. Bob_Church

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    USPA, like our federal government (just recite the pledge of allegiance) is a republic, as is every state government. You elect board members that then handle USPA business by vote. I believe that this is the first monetary donation that USPA has made to the museum. However, USPA has made "in kind" donations by allowing the museum to use USPA office space. You say "after the BOD voted to sell the land". I do not know what land you are talking about. The museum owns a plot of land next to USPA HQ, it was paid for by them, and they still own it. USPA did not donate any money for that land and it is up to the museum to sell it or keep it. USPA has the right of first refusal if the museum does sell the land. In my opinion, the museum made the right choice by co-locating with a wind tunnel in FL. There is no way the museum could attract enough visitors in Fredericksburg, VA, to sustain it. Bottom line, it is $0.62 per year per member, and, it can be terminated by USPA at any time for any reason. Mike Mullins Call me unimaginative but I can't imagine not wanting a Skydiving museum and I can't imagine anyone but USPA doing it. I just really really hope they use that article "The First 50" about night stacks from 1982 as the basis for a bronze plaque.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    "Bottom line, it is $0.62 per year per member, and, it can be terminated by USPA at any time for any reason. Mike Mullins " The increased time between reserve I/Rs alone saves me more each year than my membership. And I have no illusion of that happening without the USPA's getting behind it.