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  1. I just made my first jump after 15 years absence. Had over 400 and was told I had to do the entire aff to jump. I was pissed, after-all I'd done demos, had at least 14 cut aways.....hell why should I have to be treated like a student again?! Well I made my first aff last week and it was the worse jump I ever made. Over on my back, arch back face to earth spinning like a top! I ate humble pie and it don't taste good at all. Just do the jumps required and be thankful they have your safety in mind. Just a side note.....if you want to be a jumper long time.....keep current. Good luck.
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    Heart problems

    Thanks man it's good to be back!
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    What was your first canopy?

    PC.....ugly gray and maroon that someone had dyed don't know what color it was originally.
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    Who's Jumped a Strato Star ?

    Just checking some old log books. One Strato Star jump 1976 borrowed while my sled was getting reefing line repair (again) after another cutaway.
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    Parasled jumps?

    Howar, do you know where Dean is these days? Not a clue. HW I heard that Dean became a Mormon and is now a doctor somewhere down in South America. The guy never ceases to amaze me.
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    Heart problems

    Wow what an eye opener and a huge plate of humility I just experenced!! I did make my jump and it was like I'd never jumped before. I was all over the place. On my back, spinning like a top, heels on my ass.....jumpmasters comment was that he'd never had such a hard time keeping up with a student. Talking about humble pie I got a huge dose. The old body learned for real that it was no longer 30 years old....lol. Still enjoyed myself anyway. Went to the air tunnel and got most of the issues resolved ( hopefully ) and went to the dz yesterday to make my second jump. Before the plane got attilitude it had to come back down due to engine problems.....adrenline rush followed by disappointment. Going back tomorrow if plane is fixed to see if I got my chit back together. I want to thank Art the dzo for not selling me a complete rig before the jump, he obiviously had more forethought than myself. I was a bit resentful that I had to take the aff again because I after all had SO much experence and I didn't need that......man was I wrong! I'll continue the aff with a different attitude until I pass of they kick me off the dz or my body says otherwise. I experenced no heart problems that I'm aware of but man was this dude sore the next day. Thanks everyone here for your input it has been appreciated.
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    Heart problems

    YES!! I told the doctor that he was causing me undue stress by refusing to let me jump ( with halfhearted humor) and he agreed to do a stress test and make his decision from that I did the test and PASSED! Hope to be in the air this weekend. Thanks for the support people!
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    Used reserve

    It's a Firelite reserve and I trust the guy that gave it to me without question. I talked to a rigger that I've known for thirty plus years and he doesn't understand the reasoning behind the issue. I like your idea about contacting the manufacturer. I appreciate all the input from everybody and am going to follow up on suggestions.
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    Used reserve

    I'm getting back into the sport after an extended absence and was given a main and a reserve by an old friend who had just up graded his gear. I took the rig to a rigger for inspection and he told me that the reserve was no good because it had been jumped as a main. My friend told me it had one jump only as a main and no jumps as a reserve. My question is why can't it be re-rigged as a reserve. The rigger told me that the canopy was in good shape but could no longer be used as a reserve???? Any opinions?
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    Earliest Naked Jump

    Made my first nude jump on my 100th. It was may 1974.I was jumping a baby plane and Goose was jumping a PC. He made the mistake of letting me spot. He landed on a golf course and the pilot picked him up on the fairway...I made it back and got a beer bath from the ladies...
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    Heart problems

    Well I've since found out that I still have blockage that the doctor is hesitant to deal with without consulting some of his fellow cartiac doctors. I can deal with that as long as he works with me to resolve the problem. I go back for test at the end of the month to re-evaluate and make future plans. The doctor is convinced that I am going to jump so I think he is going to help me along. And I did tell him that I'd rather die in the air than in a hospital bed. Thanks for the input.
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    My career might be over

    Marz I'm hating that for you I know the feeling. I am in the process of trying to return to jumping after 15 years but just had two stents put in my heart. Doc says NO jumping. I am doing a lot of research ( including on this forum) about my condition and what it'll take to get in the air again. Read, talk to others but don't give up until you run out of options. I'm pulling for you man and I wish you the very best.
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    Heart problems

    I have no choise now I hafta jump. Jack LaLonde D-4865 who I usta jump with in Delray and Indiantown just bought a new rig and GAVE me his old canopies....how friggin cool is that! He's jumping in Palatka now along with Pop. I'm loving relating memories of the older days with them.
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    Parasled jumps?

    Howar, do you know where Dean is these days?
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    Howard White Will Know

    Was jumping the Lodestar at Pops place at around 2000' Pop says fuel running low we could jump or ride it down.....17 jumpers made the fastest exit I ever saw!