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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.
  4. 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?
  7. 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.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    I wish I had a dollar for every time someone says how easy it is to do video of BOD meetings. Go to the web site of your local government and find video of a meeting, then go to where the meeting is held and video is done (don't forget the audio, which is more important), and look at what it takes, then tell us how easy it is. Or contact a company that does things like this, describe USPA BOD meetings (don't forget the committee meetings) and ask them what it would take to do it right. Or, contact Douglas Spotted Eagle, who used to be the moderator of the video and photograhy forum, and ask him about his experience in doing video of a BOD meeting. For the record, I would welcome recording or live video/audio of BOD meetings.
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    Easiest Stability Exits

    (The following assumes a "larger airplane" with a side door, like a Twin Otter or a Cessna Caravan. If you are exiting a small Cessna with a step, and are fully outside when you leave, this is unlikely to apply.) One issue that I have seen people have that are worried about the exit is that they are hesitant, and exit slowly. This means that one side of their body is out in the wind before the other side leaves the airplane, and this of course rotates their body around. You might try being very forceful and just flinging your body out there symetrically. Someone watching you exit should be able to tell if this is what is happening.
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    Tunnel to AFF training BSR change

    That is pretty much how I am thinking about it. It is another way to do things, and it may work well for you.
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    Trolling speakers corner

    Hey, there you go, that's it! That is why I like it. Plus, it is a bit entertaining to me I must admit. I seldom post there, and when I do, I usually regret it. I'm an easy target because I am not as conversant as most of you are on the types of topics in Speaker's Corner. Carry on, everyone. Have fun.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    A system exists where a BOD member can ask that their vote be recorded "by name", which means it will show up in the meeting minutes. (Some of us do that from time to time, but for some reason I did not do it for this vote.) The draft minutes of the meeting do not show that anyone did that. So you will need to ask the individual BOD members how they voted. It might be a good exercise for you, to see who cares enough to respond to you.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    I think it can be said even more accurately that the BOD was lobbied hard by some museum folks, and it convinced 13 of the 22 BOD members who voted "for" this. FYI, I voted "against".