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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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?
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    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.
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    GPS/ Cellular Tracker for Canopy?

    As electronics get smaller and cheaper I could see doing this for a freebag and pilot chute.
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    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.
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    Collapsed Slider Still Noisy?

    I wonder if the cords are too long between the locks and where they're sewn into to the slider. Mine has plenty of slack even when uncollapsed so talk to your rigger about the possibility of shortening those. It sounds like maybe it doesn't collapse it enough and actually makes it louder. There's no reason you should have to switch to something else, a lot of people are using these successfully.
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    First rig: Piece one together or buy complete rig?

    This is just my preference but I like to think of the reserve and container as a single unit. I have a Strong container with the Strong reserve that it shipped with but have had a couple of different mains in it. It just seems like it would be less likely to run into any compatibility problems and someday having a rigger say "I'm sorry but I'm not comfortable repacking this reserve into this container". But, that's just my opinion, I haven't seen anything that backs it up and I don't buy gear often enough to run into exceptions.
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    Benny Liner

    If this doesn't work out for you Paragear sells a replacement set for a lot less that I'd have figured.
  19. I'm afraid I got a call from home and had to leave early but it was great to meet everyone. As the man said "I'll Be Back!" Bob Church
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    From what I recall the source of the blank cards was delayed until recently. Make sure you have indicated in the database that you want a card. No more Pro card with picture. No more stickers. Pro is going to be on the membership card. Something that's handy is that most member DZs have a computer that's online and can check directly with USPA. I showed up once and realized that I still had last year's card but it wasn't a problem and wouldn't have been if I hadn't had any card. They just verified my membership online. Most of the places I jump don't check so I forget to replace it.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    I guess the answer would be whenever they become complacent? Other people's mistakes can harm you on the plane, in the sky, under canopy and on the ground. Maybe one should worry about what other people do since their actions can harm you. We watch out for each other, we scan each others chest straps and do whatever we can to support and keep each other alive. But that has nothing to do with what I'm talking about. The sport gets a lot safer when we start spending more time worrying about our own attitudes and practices than trying to find some way to judge others. In that case, safety becomes an excuse, not a reason.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    This is something I've been wondering about for years. Has anyone ever figured out the average number of jumps for when someone switches from worrying about everyone else and seeing the importance of just working on their own skills and procedures? The "why yes, I am my brother's keeper" phase seems to kick in somewhere about fifty jumps but I've never figured out when it stops, but have observed it happening over and over again. Maybe 300 jumps? Or is it even jump numbers, maybe its some other factors.
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    How old is too old?

    "That is exactly what it means. I am that rigger. The 20-year policy was established before I started here, and to be honest, I like it." My only problem with it is that I LIKED having that particular rigger pack my reserve. I always felt like I could really trust it afterwards. I don't feel that way with all riggers and I don't like the possible hesitation of even half a second to give it one more chance to open that that lack of absolute trust can give me. I'm not the sort to just drop my rig off with someone I'm not familiar with then pick it back up in a week. I've even pencil packed in years gone by because I thought it was safer than the riggers I had access to at the time. It took awhile to find a replacement this time.
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    Water Dropzone - Looks Safe

    Ok, but serious question. What about when the water went up your nose? Do you think that that and the momentary disorientation you felt would affect some people enough for them to not want to come back?
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Just for the record, except for the odd visit somewhere else I've never jumped at a USPA member DZ. Oh wait, Lancaster was and I jumped there one summer. Now I remember that they had to take my USPA number and check it. That's the only way I knew. I'm not trying to go all anti-USPA but I thought some posts were going a little overboard with how much we need them.