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  1. I have a Kestral 1000, and have found it to be very good, however, as I search for "handheld wind meter" I see many types and prices. I don't see why a cheaper one would not be as good as my Kestral if all you need is wind speed. Others have many other functions that you may not need to be paying more for.
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    USPA rule applicability

    Bill, you are right, I missed that one. I think though that any type of communication with any of these individuals would suffice, and with the communication options available nowdays, that it could be done. (Even defining "the appropriate" might be a challenge. Since the defacto Regional Director for foreign DZs is the USPA HQ Director of Safety and Training, I guess he gets the email or the text!)
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    USPA rule applicability

    Peter, I wish I could provide that clarity in all cases, but I cannot. At least people like Mike Mullins and myself think about and discuss these issues. Many members do not. To answer your main question, it is in the BSRs under "applicability". I would not argue with anyone who thinks that is too inclusive, or that it could be worded better.
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    USPA rule applicability

    #1 This was a problem, but has been taken care of by a BSR change (from about a year ago I think). It added the verbiage "or those training personnel under military orders" SIM section 2-1: BASIC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS, A. APPLICABILITY #2 Advice for water and demo jumps is not BSR related in another country. #3 It is a BSR violation to violate an FAR, but in another country the FARs don't apply. Unfortunately, this stuff is often not easy to understand. Mike and I have often called each other to discuss what some things mean and how to interpret and explain them.
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    Preventing Hard Openings

    I took the attached picture back when this thread was new, and have been waiting to use it. This is my zero porosity Manta in the bag, waiting for me to check the grommet position and close the bag. (Yes, those are black Dacron lines.) It starts out stack-packed with the tail ever so slightly wrapped around the canopy. It is packed "wide", to fit the bag. (I don't fold it into the bag, rather I fold and stack the folds, then put it in the bag.) This is how I have packed all of my canopies for decades, including the Stiletto. All wonderful openings.
  6. That is the opposite of my experience! What is that based on? What canopy? What era, etc.? Me and some friends have some older Flight Concepts canopies lined with Dacron, and have 500-1000 jumps on them, with little to no change in the lines.
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    Fear of Landing

    I suggest that the first thing to do is determine what kind of fear she has. Is it fear of injury or fear of looking bad? If it is fear of injury, someone needs to convince her that a good PLF will almost completely remove the chance of injury, however, some people will probably still comment on the "crash" landing, and she will just need to ignore them. Specific coaching from a sympathetic instructor that knows her will likely be needed.
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    Who's going to PIA?

    I'm leaving this afternoon for the USPA BOD meeting, then I will be at the Symposium until next Friday morning. Why? It is because that is what I have been doing for so many years. The BOD meeting is "challenging" to say the least, but the Symposium is pure fun. I get to see people that I have not seen in 2 years. It is like a family reunion.
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    Dropzone Site Launch & Bugs Megathread

    You guys are doing fine! It takes time to do things like this.
  10. You are going to need to give them some time to correct the problems. They had to start with a completely different software package and add all the features we are used. This is difficult and time consuming.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Thank you for your understanding and for explaining that even better than I could. Here is some interesting history about USPA BOD meetings and electronic voting. 1. A few years ago Jan Meyer created an online system where the Secretary could set up a vote for each motion, and BOD members could enter their votes from their laptops to a web page on the server. (It inherently recorded all votes "by name"). Unfortunately she had to bring and set up a server computer at the meeting, and it was a bit ahead of its time for the BOD. (Some users were impatient and critical of it.) This system could of course be done better now, but you would need to ask her about that. It would be a lot of work for her to put it all together again, work that she would have to volunteer (again) with no guarantee of acceptance. 2. Many years ago, before the internet was popular, BJ Worth asked me about (wired) boxes with switches that could connect to a computer and record the switch positions corresponding to the voting of the individuals. I thought about it a lot and realized that I would be volunteering a lot of work and a fair amount of money, with no guarantee of acceptance, much less reimbursement, so I never did prototype it.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Not that I know of. I don't want to say too much about it because this is not my area of computer expertiwse. With a USPA BOD meeting, multiple committee meetings are going on at the same time, so I think meetings would be better recorded and available on a web site for later viewing, rather than live viewing. How does Beto get audio from questions asked by people at the meeting? Does he walk among the audience? Do you have any links to recordings he has made of meetings?
  13. Unlike the original Sabre, the Sabre 2 is noted for opening well if packing is done well, and I have not heard of one needing a larger slider. Line trim will need to be checked first. You might need to send it to PD to test jump. To all: Does anyone know someone who has installed a larger slider on a Sabre 2?
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Well, I don't quite know what you are talking about. I voted against the museum donations. The only thing negative I have said is that video of meetings will likely not happen in the near future. Mike and I posting here makes us easy targets for criticism. Try contacting other Directors and see who even responds to you. I hope you come to the PIA Symposium this winter early enough to attend part of the BOD meeting. It will fill you in on a lot of the things we are all talking about.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    I'm pretty sure it could too. I feel like I should explain that my comment on the difficulty of doing video of a meeting is based on my idea of "good" video and audio. There is a huge difference between 2 people on their laptop computers communicating in their quiet offices, and 20-30 people trying to communicate in a large room with echo, and without a PA system. But that is what we usually have.