Niki1

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  1. Niki1

    Floater exit

    Try NOT thinking about how to do it. Think about what you want to do. You don't think about how to walk, you just do it. Granted, you have a lot more experience walking than skydiving but after 15 minutes of freefall you have much more mobility than you had after 15 minutes when you were learning to walk. Or after 15 minutes of learning to swim. And there's only three places you can be on this planet. On the ground, in the water, or in the air. Skydiving is simply mobility in a different medium. Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossilbe before they were done. Louis D Brandeis Where are we going and why are we in this basket?
  2. Niki1

    Pit Meadows '86

    I'm looking for a video of the jumps we did at Pit Meadows in '86. Maybe the best day of skydiving I ever had. We did five 100 way attempts in one day. We got a 97, a 98, a 99 and even a 100 way when Norm Kent docked 100th in place of someone who went low. Most of the same group met again at the Nationals Boogie a few weeks later and made the official record on the second try. (The first one was a comedy of FUBAR) It was really cool to do it in front of the crowd at Nationals but the five jumps at Pit Meadows were even more fun. I'm wondering if anyone from back then might have the video of those jumps. I sure would like to be reminded of how good I used to be. I'm going to post this on the Bonfire also because I'd really like to see it again. Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossilbe before they were done. Louis D Brandeis Where are we going and why are we in this basket?
  3. Niki1

    Instant Karma in the Sky

    Now that's funny. I don't care who you are or what side you're on. That's funny. Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossilbe before they were done. Louis D Brandeis Where are we going and why are we in this basket?
  4. Some what similar story. It's the early 90's in DeLand. I'm driving south on Marsh Rd that runs just east of the airport. I look up and see a cutaway canopy coming down. I go around a curve just in time to see it land right in the middle of the road. I stop, get out and as I'm taking a few steps to the canopy a pickup comes screeching to a halt. A guy jumps out yelling, "Don't touch him! Don't touch him! I'm a medic!" I'm looking at this crazy person wondering if he's panics easily or if he's overly excited to use his medical skills. I stand back not saying anything as he tries to find the body. He finally stands up with a very puzzled look and I explain it's just a canopy. The jumper has landed at the DZ under his reserve. He gets a very sheepish look on his face and as he goes back to his truck his wife/girlfriend is giving him hell for driving like an idiot to get to a bunch of fabric. I wish I had had the wherewithal to do what BobBurnhams' buddy did. Bump. Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossilbe before they were done. Louis D Brandeis Where are we going and why are we in this basket?
  5. Niki1

    Paradactyl

    Hey, Bill Joe Morgan said that a Delta II was better. It covered the whole car. Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossilbe before they were done. Louis D Brandeis Where are we going and why are we in this basket?
  6. Niki1

    Bruffy's beauty from the mid-80s

    Like Larry the Cable Guy says, "That's funny. I don't care who you are." Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossilbe before they were done. Louis D Brandeis Where are we going and why are we in this basket?
  7. Niki1

    Falling Angels DeLand

    There hasn't been an official Falling Angles club since before Gary moved into the big hanger from the little building close to the Airport Bar. That was about 1973. Some of the members were Terry and Wendy Pickup, Tom and Pat Shapanski (sp), Doug Wheaton, and of course Gary Dupuis. I think Gary started the club in the early 60's with his brother Joe. I'm not sure when they got the little building close to what is now the Airport Bar. Tommy and Chuck didn't open that until '73 or '74. Gary built custom rigs. Some times he would make the entire harness and container and some times he buy the container and just build the harness. The most comfortable rigs I have ever put on and sat in under canopy. Joe Smith stayed around there in the late '60s and early '70s. I got my senior riggers ticket from Joe in '71. I got there on a Monday morning and the first thing Joe did was go to the refrigerator and get a pitcher of beer left over from the night before. He said, "Drink this then we'll get started." It was a different time back then. Gary moved to the big hanger in the spring of '73, I think. There was an old DC-3 that had been on the ramp for quite some time and Gary , Bob Favraue (sp) and some other people got it running. The first jumps out of it were a couple of 10 ways. The 10 High Bunch came over from Z-Hills and were first out. The next pass 5 DeLand jumpers and 5 Palatka people made the second 10 way over DeLand. Everyone on that jump got a merit badge either an SCR or SCS or both. Except me and Fred Cruess. We already had them. But a lot of beer. That derelict DC-3 didn't last long. Gary, Jay Hilden, Bob Favrare , and some one else I can't remember got Conrad Hiltons' old airplane. They turned it into Mr. Douglas. Slots are for Tots started coming up from Miami to jump it. Bill Booth moved up from Miami to open a small shop in a strip mall on N. US 17. And things started to turn into second Golden Age of Skydiving. This started out about the Falling Angels. Sorry for stumbling down memory lane. Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossilbe before they were done. Louis D Brandeis Where are we going and why are we in this basket?
  8. Niki1

    Catastrophic experiment

    Karma is a bitch, isn't it? This obviously proves that a "skydiving cat" will land on the skydivers feet. And then run off. There was a story in DeLand from the late 60s about a cat that was dropped out of a plane at about 1,000 feet and landed (impacted) off the end of a runway. The cat was gone when they went to retrieve it. Some time later, weeks, months, a cat showed up at the clubhouse. Had the same coloring as the previous cat but the face was pretty flat. I wasn't there. I didn't see it. If it's a lie, I'm not the first one to tell it. (But the damaged face would indicate that the cat did indeed land on face down if not on its feet.) Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossilbe before they were done. Louis D Brandeis Where are we going and why are we in this basket?
  9. Niki1

    My little project

    Car-towing a ramair canopy is a pretty stupid idea. Don't do that. Not if you've got the right set up and equipment. It's a stupid idea to do anything without the right set up and equipment. Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossilbe before they were done. Louis D Brandeis Where are we going and why are we in this basket?
  10. Niki1

    How to finance your jumps ?

    A job every day should give you thirty bucks or euros (not quite clear where you from). means: 5 tickets a week > 5 jumps at the weekend that´s not bad at all options: > more work or more risky jobs > more money > more jumps > find someone who pays for your jumps (maybe you are great in something else ..) > do crowdfunding and promise to give the money back after you became the youngest worldchampion in skydiving .. > dig for gold, diamonds or oil > invent something what everyone needs, like an app for broke people getting money .. > start a blog about your awesome life > become famous with your skydiving youtube clips > become a parachute-packer (already said) > dont´take advices too serious .. All good sugestions but the BEST way is to inherit a lot of money. No matter how much it is you'll go through it after a while but by then you should have enough experience to "turn pro"
  11. Niki1

    How to finance your jumps ?

    Go to college or a trade school. Keep jumping as much as you can afford but learn a marketable skill. After school, you can afford to jump a lot more than now. I started jumping before college and did not let anything get in the way of jumping. I Jumped at Palatka, FL so we got quite a few U of F students. Some of them continued to jump as they finished school. They became able to afford to jump as much as I wanted to jump. The Aesop's Fable about the ant and the grasshopper applies directly. I've had a great time and enjoyed 99% of it. But the sport got too expensive for me. I'll always call myself a skydiver but now I'm semi-retired because that sounds better than semi-unemployed at age 67. Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossilbe before they were done. Louis D Brandeis Where are we going and why are we in this basket?
  12. True. A solo on a tandem comes down a little slower and and has a little more forward speed than a T-10. I made 10 or 15 jumps on them when I was at the Relative Workshop. One thing it doesn't do is deflate well after a solo cutaway. After one drifted "over the horizon" I started taking a 5lb. shot bag to hang in the toggle before the chop. Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossilbe before they were done. Louis D Brandeis Where are we going and why are we in this basket?
  13. Niki1

    John Robbins, my best friend

    John died today after a short illness. He was my best friend and has been for 58 years. We met in the 5th grade. We went through school, Boy Scouts, high school swim team together. After high school I went into the army and he started working as a draftsman. I started jumping in the army and when I got out I came home with the typical enthusiasm of a new jumper. We went to Kissimmee where Jimmy Godwin had a drop zone and John made his first jump. That was in 1970. We discovered that a guy was jumping at Herlong Field on our side of Jacksonville. He made a couple of static lines there but didn't make his first free fall for whatever reason. Some years later, '74 I think, he decided to get back into it. I was jumping at Palatka by then and had all the "merit badges" and put him out on his static line jumps and his first free fall. He continued on through his progressing with no real problems. When he had about 35 jumps we went to DeLand and I organized a 16 man star and he was the base. There were 25 people on the load but this was 1974. He continued jumping as he went through college. After he graduated he could afford to jump more and we were on the Palatka 10 man teams for the Z-Hills Turkey meets. In '77 he was on a 4 way team, Kinetic Sunshine, with John Kivipelto, Doug Smith and Jimmy Thrift. They took the silver at nationals. In '83 he teamed up with Doug Smith again and Tommy Pirus and Guy Manos. At the '84 Nationals they were Goldie Locks and the 3 Bears. The next year. Doug dropped out and Joe Neputy (sp) came on. This was the Air Bears. They won the Nationals and went on to the world meet in Yugoslavia. They took me as the team rigger and packer at Johns suggestion. They won by a fairly wide margin. That was the last competitive team he was on but he kept jumping. He was on the Olympic Rings dive in Korea. He was on several World Team record attempts. While he was doing all this, he was also building his engineering practice, As an environmental engineer he was much sought after because of his expertise and integrity. He wasn't afraid to speak truth to power and it may have cost him some business but that wasn't the kind of business he wanted anyway. He was a very successful engineer. He was a very successful person. He was my best friend. I think he was a lot of peoples best friend. But I had the privilege of knowing him for fifty eight years. Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossilbe before they were done. Louis D Brandeis Where are we going and why are we in this basket?
  14. Niki1

    One Eyed Skydiving

    Did you play sports as a kid? Probably didn't do well at baseball but what about football, basketball? I had ambliopia (sp) as a kid and now have next to no vision in my left eye which turns out and up. (Wall eyed I think is the expression) I played sports, was a springboard diver before starting skydiving. I never had a problem because of lack vision. It's only a problem if you think it is. Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossilbe before they were done. Louis D Brandeis Where are we going and why are we in this basket?
  15. With the couple of students who "froze" on the step, I applied my foot to their hip and moved their cg out till they "decided" to go. With AFF, during the "up, down, ..." some gentle pressure out will move the cg without them knowing and them it's only a few inches to freefall so never a problem there. Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossilbe before they were done. Louis D Brandeis Where are we going and why are we in this basket?