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    Why is tandem customer called a student?

    I thought the question was "student" or "passenger". I already quoted the FAA regulation that defines that person as a "passenger parachutist". I'm still waiting for the explanation of why it would matter to the FAA, and how it threatens the sport, if that person is called a "passenger." Does it make a difference to the FAA whether a "student" or a "passenger" flies an airplane? No, any pilot can take a passenger up and let them fly the plane. However, a passenger doesn't become a "student" unless there's a qualified instructor present that makes the logging of flight time legal. It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
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    Why is tandem customer called a student?

    I don't get where you're going with this either. The FAA has already made several specific determinations towards what constitutes a "passenger" during certain flight operations: a) A parachutist is not a "passenger" as it relates to Part 125, meaning that an airplane can carry more than 20 parachutists and be exempt from the complexities of Part 125. b) A parachutist is not a "passenger" as it relates to seat requirements or limitations contained in a Type Certificate meaning that a skydiving airplane can carry more skydivers than the maximum "passengers" an airplane is type certificated for. c) A private pilot may be compensated in glider towing operations because a towed glider and its occupants are not considered passengers or cargo. I'm not sure what slippery slope you're talking about. It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
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    Why is tandem customer called a student?

    I'm not exactly sure what your point is since the FAA already has a definition for Tandem Passenger. It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
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    Super Bowl Winner Prediction

    I haven't had a chance to see the final score, does anyone know if the cheerleader boobies won? There should be a little "view" hyperlink next to the voting buttons for you to see the Poll stats... but in case, I'm attaching the stats Boobies Won. I wasn't asking about the poll, I was asking about the Super Bowl. It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
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    Super Bowl Winner Prediction

    It really leaves me shaking my head, especially compared to when Brian Westbrook did it. Was it really that hard for Bradshaw to fall down, or was he just waiting for a Patriot to push him into the endzone so he could have his Super Bowl touchdown? Well, at least Bradshaw wasn't asked to punt the ball out of bounds by Coughlin. It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
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    Super Bowl Winner Prediction

    I haven't had a chance to see the final score, does anyone know if the cheerleader boobies won? It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
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    Coach Course/Camera Requirements Re-visited.

    Long-standing issue. He was one jump from being eligible for the Coach Course and working with students, but 101 jumps away from being able to jump a camera. Big difference between being eligible to take the course (by having 100 jumps) and being able to pass the course and get the rating. Not really! It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
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    Super Bowl Winner Prediction

    I want to see someone kickflip that skateboard! It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
  9. According to chutingstar.com the current delivery time for a Mirage is 5 weeks. It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
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    Caption this

    "Isn't there some homework I should be doing right now? Please!" It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
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    Leading cause of death in skydiving

    Utter bullshit. The real reason is violent video games and moose hunting. Nope I disagree. I think the leading cause of death in skydiving is trying to get cool video The leading cause of video in skydiving is trying to get cool death! It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
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    swarming quadrotors

    Give me a shotgun and it will be just like Space Invaders! It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
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    Additional reasons to not jump camera

    Holy crap! Somebody gets it! It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
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    New AFF School

    What's the new school? This sounds more like Skyride trying to sell AFF courses at established dropzones. It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
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    Steven Tyler is a Professional Singer?????

    At least he didn't end it with, "...home of the Indianapolis 500," this time! It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
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    Cool Registration Plate

    The middle "Y" could be Spanish for "and" in which case you get initials for "SKY" and "DVA". It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
  17. Really? Last I checked 2011 was last year, and this was a fatality. http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=4136506 Pay particular attention to post 137. Alright, you got me there. All I remembered was the broken legs and facial trauma. I still stand by the point that it wasn't the camera that caused the accident. It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
  18. In case you haven't noticed, and you haven't, I'm the one arguing on behalf of the BSR as written. What I'm arguing against is the mob rule where jumpers have taken a "recommendation" in the BSR and turned it into an absolute restriction to arrogantly harass and ridicule newer jumpers who aren't actually doing anything wrong. It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
  19. Oh the irony! Your Bounce Bingo card has crashed! Try again... Nope, didn't even come close to dying. It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
  20. Well then... I guess this attachment is for you. Do you have a Dauber? Oh the irony! Your Bounce Bingo card has crashed! It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
  21. I'm fully aware of the history surrounding Sangi, and if you're somehow under the delusion that rapidly downsizing and swooping as Sangi did compares to wearing a camera then it just goes to show how irrational your argument is. There's no comparison between the two. It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
  22. The incident at Hollister last year was not a fatality, and didn't have anything to do with the camera. The fatality was a different jumper three years ago, also didn't have anything to do with a camera. It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
  23. No! Do you think this incident should cause a ban on pulling the slider down the risers? You just keep thinkin' Butch...that's what you're good at. Okay, does this one verifiable incident justify banning C-License holders from using cameras? Does it justify requiring camera flyers to use an RSL? Don't worry, just leave the thinking to me. It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
  24. No! Do you think this incident should cause a ban on pulling the slider down the risers? It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.
  25. The report is in swedish, so it is understandably that it didn't get much attention here. The report is available from http://dl.dropbox.com/u/50053191/Rapport%20dnr0919%20kompr%20format.pdf but it is in Swedish so you'll have to translate it yourself. The jumper had 362 jumps. Wow, that was an impressive skydiving accident report. A great argument for the benefit of digital and audible altimeters, besides the data from the CYPRES, the jumper also had an N3 and a ProTrack. The "theory" presented in the report, because they admit they can't confirm exactly what happened, is that the jumper pulled the slider down behind his head and then did a steep spiraling descent before aggressively leveling off out of the turn. It is believed that the aggressive maneuver caused the risers to twist spinning the jumper's face into the slider causing the GoPro to catch on the slider probably disorienting the jumper and blocking his vision. He managed to cut-away (1,150 ft) which also pulled the GoPro mount off his Bonehead Optik. The mount was held on by two screws, one of the screws was pulled out of the helmet and the mounting plate broke apart from the other screw. The jumper apparently tumbled out of control and couldn't pull/find his soft reserve handle. The CYPRES fired (635 ft) while the jumper was on his back which likely delayed the opening of the reserve. The jumper hit the ground upright under an opening canopy at about a 4000 fpm impact speed. The jumper is believed to have been conscious at impact because he had put his hands up on the reserve risers. The jumper died at the hospital of blunt force trauma from the impact. The jumper had gotten his A-License in June of 2009 and had 362 jumps at the time of the accident. In 2010 he did the majority of his jumps on a Spectre 170 before downsizing to a Lotus 135 at 188 jumps. He did 14 jumps on the Lotus and ended 2010 with 202 jumps total. He then purchased a new Mirage G4 with a Sabre2 135, an Optimum 143, an RSL, and a CYPRES Expert. From February, 2011 to the accident in July, 2011, he did 160 jumps with this rig. He earned his C-License in March, 2011. The jumper's 232nd jump was his first with the GoPro and it's believed that the majority of his jumps since then (130) were done with it. The G4 was equipped with an RSL but it was not connected per SFF guidelines for jumping with a camera. Ironically, the RSL likely would have saved his life in this instance. The report also focuses on the soft reserve handle, due to the disorientation the jumper experienced he may not have been able to locate it. I apologize if any of this is in error. I only just today learned Swedish. This jumper effectively did everything correctly and met all the appropriate "recommendations" for camera jumping. Obviously there's still a lot here to learn from: Should sliders be brought down behind jumpers heads if they're wearing a camera? Does the disconnected RSL/Skyhook recommendation for camera jumpers need to be reviewed? Would a D-Ring reserve handle have helped the jumper manually deploy his reserve? It's all been said before, no sense repeating it here.