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  1. Scott was a cool guy and long-time old school Texas skydiver. He owned his own little playground known as Skydive Cowtown at Rhome Meadows airport. He had a hell of catch phrase too-- when flying jumpers right before he would open the door he would always grin and say, "It's show time!"
  3. I bought a used wingsuit here on using PayPal from a guy over in the U.K. and it went really well. However, I also used PayPal to buy a different used wingsuit from a guy on the Facebook Used Gear Group and it went really bad. The guy on the Facebook group claimed to be wingsuit flyer from South America traveling in Europe. He said that the suit was with his friend in another European country and that the friend would be shipping it to me, and had me send the money to his South American girl friend's PayPal. After I sent him the money he informs me that its going to cost $150 to ship the suit to the U.S. and that I need to send him another $150. I told him that $150 was too high for shipping and that the deal was off. He ended up refunding most of my money, but still kept around $100. At first I wasn't sure if this was an honest mix up as it really could cost this much to ship if you try and go through DHL or someone like that. But a few weeks later the guy changed his name on Facebook! So I don't know. Guy was either some sort of scammer or just incompetent. Either way, I'd say avoid overseas sellers and don't spend too much. But hey, I've had a similar awful experience buying used gear from skydivers offline too. It would be nice if everyone could just start using eBay. I'd feel much better buying gear off eBay personally. Maybe people will start cross-listing their gear on eBay and
  4. How does tracker maintain communication with your smartphone without LTE? I would imagine that a cutaway canopy would be too far away to maintain contact via bluetooth. Just wondering as I was interested in creating something like this to track skydivers in the event of off-airport landings. My idea involved Android smartwatches with LTE service, but I gave up on pursuing it any further after calculating how much it would cost.
  5. My buddy and I did our skydiver training at Skydive Eagle's Nest and Skydive Westex (both in west Texas). Adam (my friend) had a two out situation on jump number 8. He cutaway his ram-air skymaster main parachute and landed in a cotton field under a round reserve. This was around 2009-2010. Skydive Westex has since shut down and I imagine those rigs are no longer in service. These rigs were likely some of the very last round canopies still being used in sport parachuting here in the United States. In the end, the dropzones that can't afford to upgrade their student rigs end up not being able to afford maintaining their aircraft either, and eventually go out of business. The aircraft are usually then sold to another dropzone. Seems to be a reoccurring pattern: The Death of the Cessna 182 Dropzone.
  6. Dallas jumper here. Wind is just part of the game. I remember I didn't get to jump the day I took the static line course because it was too windy. Just came back the next weekend and jumped. Once you get a license the wind is less of a problem because you'll be allowed to jump when its somewhat windy. But for students, there are restrictions to keep them from going out and hurting themselves. If you can, try and be at the dropzone when it opens so you can jump on the first load as winds tend to be lower first thing in the morning .
  7. Well upon you all's reassurances I went ahead and purchased some gear here off the classifieds. Hopefully it all works out! Thanks everybody.
  8. Hey thanks for the replies everybody. Hmm maybe I should go ahead and make this purchase!
  9. I've been checking out gear in the classifieds, and I keep coming across sellers with old accounts with 0 forum posts. Are these people all scammers? Who registers an account with 6 years ago, never makes one post, and then decides to head back to six years later to sell some gear? Any tips on avoiding scammers, and how to find real sellers in the classifieds would be appreciated! Any tips on how to actual go about purchasing equipment would be appreciated as well.
  10. The "tracking device" would need to have LTE & GPS for it to work. I originally wanted to develop something for the Android Smartwatch because it's smaller than a phone, but it looks like it's still a pain in the ass to try and get cellular service for smartwatches. Also, the "tracking stickers" that someone mentioned use bluetooth, which wouldn't work if your stuck in a field. It would only work if you were very close.
  11. Thanks for the feedback. It looks like people might be interested if the app could be run on jumpers personal phones. The only problem with that is that I'll have to find someone to help me write the iPhone version =\.
  12. When writing software you have to talk to your potential users. So that's why I posted my idea here on I just wanted to gauge whether there was any interest in my idea before I go and waste 3 months of my life writing an Android app that no one wants. So thanks for all of the feedback. But Riggerlee, you didn't need to call me a "tool", and Chuckakers, you didn't need criticize my "canopy piloting skills." Pretty much everyone uses software, but relatively few people know how to write it. So that's what puts people like me in this situation. We have to go out into the world and figure out what people want so we can make it. It looks like no one wants what I'm working on, so I'll just have to go find something else to work. Well thats it for me, enough arguing with people on the internet.
  13. My gadget idea is the whole point of the thread. Your comments have nothing to do with what I'm working on, and hopefully the moderators will delete your irrelevant comments from my thread.
  14. Didn't realize he says that in the video, as I don't have flash player installed. Had I known there was a video where you can hear the tone of voice, I never would have posted this.