Bob_Church

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  1. I don't know where you're at but in Ohio Steve Alexander used to specialize in big guy tandems. When Taylor Skydiving in Lancaster would get a request from someone too heavy they'd refer them to him. He'd then come to Lancaster and take them up, and sometimes he'd have been approached by someone and would bring them to the DZ. So it can be done, it's just that you won't find it listed on most DZ's websites, if any. But ask around.
  2. It looks nice but since this is a boogie a room is just someplace I can crash then have a shower when I get up. A couple hundred a night for stuff that seems nice, but I'll never use, is a little steep for what I need. Bob
  3. Yep, that is what I do. I had cards printed many years ago, and have not yet run out of them. Unfortunately, so many riggers and dropzones now think that information besides that of the reserve must be present on the card, that I kind of have given up, and just use the preprinted cards available. I guess I'll design a new card whenever I run out. My favorite packing card is a hand made one from Kennedy Space Center. I bought a reserve from a man who worked there and he packed it on the same table as the Shuttle booster canopies. Speaking of futuristic, I really like the usb card that Strong provides along with the paper one. It's a great place to keep digital copies of everything. The one downside is that it's shaped in a way that fits into the reserve card pocket and it's so very tempting to keep it there. But I suspect that after one opening it would look like a saltine you stepped on. There are paper usb cards now, so can flexible digital cards be far off?
  4. I did way too many clear and pulls, I'd look down and tumble. At Bidwell, in '78, they said they were considering putting me back on static line. But "putting you back on static line" was actually a euphemism for suggesting you find another sport. Then one day Kenny Bright was there helping out. Kenny had a lot of jumps and experience. A lot of the people running Bidwell were young and with a few hundred jumps. They were good, they knew what they were doing and all, but there was something about Kenny's older calmer style that really seemed to help. He took me up and I finally did a perfect c&p. Then he took me up for a five second delay and that went well. After that it all worked,the usual screwups now and then but no more "maybe back to static line." I still credit Kenny Bright for letting me become a skydiver.
  5. My first water jump was for the Sternwheel Regatta in Charleston Wv. I got paid $25, got my rig cleaned and repacked at no charge, a free t-shirt and best of all, had the local emergency crews waiting for me as I went into the water. Then to top it all off they let me swim from the motor boat to the dock. Swimming in that area is usually strictly forbidden with huge 'No Swimming' signs all over the place. Small things, but I had a great time. It was a good afternoon.
  6. "Right. But the aircraft is still overloaded per the mfr's specs." What are those specs? They must be different from what I was told. According to AOPA "Ask 205/206 owners why they were drawn to such ordinary-looking airplanes, and the answer will nearly always center on load-hauling capability. Both airplanes have generous weight and balance limitations, and generally, filling the seats will not require an hour's worth of calculator time to keep the airplane in the envelope. With a useful load of 1,500 to 1,800 lbs. depending on the model, the aircraft competes with most other heavy singles and many light twins. " The result being that you can't put more skydivers into a 206 than it can carry.
  7. But the 206, and i believe the 207 is similar, is sort of unique in that you can't overload it with jumpers. If you can squeeze another person in the aircraft can deal with it. The aircraft can. The jumpers, not so much. I HATED 206 loads. I'd be nauseous by the time we got to altitude and there wasn't anything anywhere near like a comfortable position once you got six big guys and the pilot in it. And all those times you'd feel your stomach lift then hear that "thump" as too many people squeezed into the back too soon and it went down on its tail.
  8. And he even spells it right. He's always been a class act.
  9. Personally, I don't think you can beat Greene County. They're not called The Legend for nothing.
  10. It's beautiful isn't it? The ad in Parachutist points to a very minimalist page that lets you order it and you can use a credit card or paypal. http://selectionsthebook.com
  11. How difficult is it to take them out for the jump? Or is it a problem? I can see how it might be, but I'm lucky enough to not need them so I don't know. At least not yet.
  12. "I didn't think the Xenia club was there anymore. I didn't see it listed in the current USPA list of DZs anyway. I never jumped there, but I did visit a couple of times. There was a pretty well stocked rigging loft and pro shop there. I bought most of my basics (altimeter, packing mat, gear bag, 1st jumpsuit.... etc from that shop. I bought my SST rig from them too. I don't get over that way much anymore, though. I used to work for NCR, and as such would be in Dayton for weeks, even months at a time for training and special assignments fairly frequently, so Waynesville and even Xenia wern't much a drive to get to. A lot of good memories about my times there. " There are two renegades at Skydive Greene County. Here's a photo of them. Jim isn't a USPA DZO, he's independent. But if you ever get out this way give me a yell. Bob http://www.skydiveohio.com
  13. Aren't we legally required to say "it could happen with any canopy at any time" whenever someone has a problem?
  14. CASA would be the next closest I could think of. 32 jumpers. Slower on the climb. Tougher to use with lots of small groups since the jumprun tends to be faster and the drop gets strung way out. But you can chunk some wicked formations off that huge ramp. Great for boogies, but you need a hundred fun jumpers to keep one turning so not so great for daily use. Just my opinions. Don't know if it's possible to make new Skyvans, but they did start making otters again due to demand. Casas need 2 pilots. Another strike against them, tho they are f'ing fun planes for sure. As long as you avoid the Casa Rash.
  15. If you ever get over this way give a yell. Skydive Green County Xenia is my home dz despite not getting there very often. I'm semi retired so most of my jumps are C-172 jumps for events at Vinton County Airport where I'm the official skydiver since I'm the only guy with a parachute. It's less than thirty minutes away but after I moved Xenia is about three hours each way and my back hates being in a car. But it's always good to get over to Xenia when I can and it always feels like pulling into home. It can be weeks or years but Lee and Jim still recognize you instantly. So do some of the others but my memory has gotten worse than my hearing. Bob Edit: And do it when you just get off student status. I've never been any good at RW so at that point we'll be well matched.
  16. It's not really a problem, go for it. You'll be told that you have to do a tandem jump, which is cool. After that, I don't know and it will depend a lot on how that goes, that sort of thing. But The Sport is easier to enter than ever, except maybe the costs. Between tandem and the hybrid AFF that that it leads to you can be off student status in no time. Just don't buy the horseshit about downsizing. Swooping a small canopy is a discipline of its own and if you get a lot of experience then want to do it that's fine, but don't accept the all too common crap about it being part of skydiving and you're in the wrong sport if you don't get a smaller canopy. Oh, and you'll be surprised about sizes now that ZP is standard. I jump a 210 hornet which, when you were jumping was a medium sized canopy like the cruiseair I had in 1980. Now a 210 is huge and lets you down nice. So when you're getting off student status do some serious checking. Canopies are different now but mostly in a nice way, just be sure to get good advice. Welcome back.
  17. I just ordered my copy. This is the first skydiving photo book I've bought since Skies Call, but considering who's photos they are there's no way I'd miss this one. And I suspect this book will take care of some of my Christmas shopping.
  18. Where are you jumping now? Bob
  19. I was seriously frightened on the ride to altitude for dozens of jumps but never once I exited. I'll get a mild version of that occasionally on some demos. My theory is that it's my brain trying to talk me out of it, but once I've left the plane it figures there's no point arguing now and goes into full time helping me with the jump.
  20. September 30 1979. I had 45 jumps and the rule at Bidwell was 100 jumps before jumping a square but Andy let me and Danny Joe helped. Jump 46 went ok, I slid a little but not bad. Then on my next jump the requirement went. Back to 100. That didn't actually hold then the 100 jump rule, but it was awhile before I had a shot at it. At about thirty feet I felt the canopy stall and just let go of the wooden toggles. I have no idea why. I watched the ground come up but came to looking at the sky. Spurgeon was on the pay phone calling 911 when he saw me stand up. I think those may have been my only Strato Star jumps.
  21. Bubble gum so your ears don't pop?
  22. I can only notice my tinnitus in quiet environments. My problem is hearing people over the blender running in every room I enter. The only good thing about it is that I prefer blaming my increasing deafness on skydiving instead of age. Tom Hantack is 14 years older than me and once said "Bob, my favorite thing about skydiving is that every time I wake up with a new ache or pain I don't have to blame it on getting old."
  23. Jerry Towner had more cutaways than everyone else I know combined. He would grab a fistful of lines and growl as he shoved them, fist and all, through the rubber bands. One time he paid a rigger to swap his reserve, he was switching things around. This was now his secondary rig for Bridge Day. First, he said, the rigger said something about how it had been over three years. Then he laughed really loud when describing how the rigger discovered that he'd had two water jumps since then. The rigger had to dig caked dried mud and mold out of his links and lines. That's why I laughed when they said "an aad may have prevented this fatality." It's number 26 here http://www.skydivingfatalities.info/search.asp?MinDate=1%2F1%2F1997&MaxDate=31%2F12%2F1997&Country=US&CountryOp=%3D
  24. I'd definitely recommend both. You can make notes of any sort and get other jumpers' signatures in the physical one, and look up things in the computer version, then maybe even go to the paper logbook for more details. Bob
  25. I never had enough money for a new rig so I had R-3s on my Green Star Trak 2 for several years after the far superior three ring came out. I wanted it, but had to wait.