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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 dz.com 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. fullboard@uspa.org
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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".
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Even better is that, for quite some time now, individual members have been able to create their own personal account (login) at the USPA member database online, and accesss/display their credentials. It no longer requires that the DZ do this as a Group Member. (It also does not require accessing a third-party web site, although you may want to do that.) So wherever you are, if there is access to the internet you can prove who you are.
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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.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Wow, that is a rather radical decision. I suggest that you are possibly eliminating some dropzones where you might jump and have fun in a safe situation. It just depends on the individual dropzones, which you must judge individually.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    USPA banned wingsuits for several decades. On what grounds? Because there was an increasing number of experienced jumpers dying while using them. Note: The design of that generation of "wings" was not anything like what wingsuits are now. Do some searching and look at the pictures.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    What dropzones are those that violate BSR(s) on every load? Which BSRs? What area of the country? Does it matter? Most DZs do at least one thing is questionable. All drop zones have at least a few fun jumpers who dont take safety seriously. Some are better than others. Some care, others dont. I've seen TIs do 270s about 100 feet off the ground and swoop their 380 Icarus tandem in. I've seen HP landings a few from AFF student landings. I've seen half the load land north and half land south, all at the same time, in a small landing area. I've seen guys with several thousand jumps on a WL of over 2.0 yell at someone with 50 jumps because he 'got in the way' flying a standard pattern when the dude was trying to set up for a 720 HP landing. I've seen AFF-Is tell guys "you have your license now, you dont need to fly a pattern. That's AFF shit". Some DZs do this stuff all the time. Does it matter? Well, only if you truly care about safety and about our sport. If you don't have the courage to be specific in a forum, then at least ask some questions if you are present when these things happen. Having said that, your last example is questionable. What kind of instructor would say something like that?
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    I appreciate your thoughtfulness, and the topics you bring to this thread, but I'm going to have to throw your insistance on examples back at you! :) What dropzones are those that violate BSR(s) on every load? Which BSRs? What area of the country? In my area, I'm seeing good compliance with BSRs and other important activities related to safety.
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    Tunnel to AFF training BSR change

    The important question is exactly what training they received in the tunnel. As we see utilization of this BSR change increase over time, I think we will see the tunnel training items evolve.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    One example I learned of a while back from a DZO was that the usual group of freeflyers, who are normally falling faster than belly flyers, and who usually should be exiting later than belly flyers, were using smaller canopies than the usual group of belly flyers, and therefore arriving at the pattern at the same time as the belly flyers. They determined from experience that having the freeflyers exit first prevented this conflict and did not make their opening proximitry an issue. The only point I'm trying to make is that we all need to ask questions, but also we need to be flexible.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Just want to make sure that you know... exit order is not specified in the BSRs. And... many DZs have modeified their exit orders from the "standard" exit order, and for good reasons. (Having said that, the instructor you referred to could have been making a mistake.) Some of this stuff just isn't that simple.
  25. 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.