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Everything posted by TitaniumLegs

  1. Greg, if you're still out there I would love to hear more. I jumped the jet 2x in 93, 1x in 94, 96, 97, and 2x again in 98 (once with a skysurf board). I recall the ramp/airstairs were removed on the ground, the top 3 or so steps were covered in plywood, and the hydraulic cylinders were covered with padding for safety. I remember the seatbelts attached to the L-track on the floor. Would love to hear more, including stories about FAA "negotiations". Thanks and Blue Skies Peter
  2. All of the above. There is a ton of great advice in there. But for me, the main thing is, set a goal or goals, and stick with it at a reasonable pace and achieve those goals. A-license, world champion, or anything in between. Like Lisa (skybytch) said, the best is when one of your former students achieves things way beyond what you did. Another favourite feeling is seeing one of your former AFF students on the other side of an AFF jump.
  3. The tunnel people want your hands further forward so you can prevent yourself from smacking into the wall, both by having your hands get there first, and by the backwards pressure it exerts. In AFF, we want your arms further back, thumbs roughly aligned with your earhole, because for most people it's more stable, and you get better leverage for turns. Every time I get an AFF student with prior tunnel time, the first thing I ask is "What does this mean?" holding up my index finger. If they say "Chin up / Look up", I slap them silly* until they forget and learn that it means pull. I don't know who the dumbass is that came up with tunnel signals, but that is the number one most important signal in AFF, and it's a huge disservice to teach it as anything else in such a closely related "sport". * No I don't actually slap them, and it would be a proxy slap because the tunnel signal inventor isn't known (to me) and available to slap.
  4. There is no standard for this, at least not that I can find in the SIM or IRM. You can get together with a group of other instructors, share ideas, watch and critique each other's videos, look at other videos online. Quiz each other from the AFF ISP oral quizzes, the exams in the back of the IRM, the license tests, and other sources. You could even do this in a Zoom/Webex. If you have a new aircraft, figuring out exit techniques, loading, seating, etc. counts as this kind of activity. The important part is that you log it and get a signature from another instructor or higher. IMHO, what you should NOT do is pay anybody or any organization for this. Way too much of that going on.
  5. I love hearing from students, especially when they get hooked and licensed. Awesome to see them compete and turn into record holders and champions. The absolute best is a couple years later seeing them on the other side of an AFF student.
  6. He's got us confused with rec.skydiving. Wait... Snuffy? Peanut? (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  7. So what is typically involved in this grant of temp license? Does it matter what level of license, rating, experience the foreign jumper can demonstrate? (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  8. Unfortunately this is not 100% true. I am an Austrian citizen and live in the US where I have my license. Austria (and probably most of Europe?) does not accept the USPA license as valid, because the USPA is not a governmental organization, but a private club. I don't doubt your experience with that particular dropzone, and it may even be a thing across Austria, but I lived in Germany and jumped several DZs in Germany and France on a CSPA membership and license, and had many American friends jumping on their USPA docs. Never had a problem. The only thing I ran into that I didn't like was the "rigger" inspecting my gear at check-in in Lachen-Speyerdorf with a lit cigarette hanging from his mouth with 3cm of ash and ember. (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  9. http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=4900777 (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  10. Thanks, that's awesome! I must have missed that one in my sampling of the BoD minutes which is the only place I can find any reference to these. It establishes a precedent. (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  11. As commercial flights started back up after 9/11 and jumpers were traveling with gear, TSA started tampering with gear, to the extent of using wire or bolt cutters on reserve cables and so on. USPA went to the FAA and TSA and explained that the TSA was going to get jumpers killed, effectively doing the terrorists' job for them. TSA invited USPA, PIA and manufacturers including AirTec (CYPRES guys) to teach them about sport parachutes, AADs, etc. and help come up with guidelines for both jumpers and TSA agents. Without this kind of advocacy, there would likely have been fatalities before FAA took notice and slapped the TSA around. Another one is that formation flights with paying passengers are illegal in the US. USPA got FAA to reinterpret that rule such that for the purposes of that rule, jumpers are not passengers. Does USPA do things we don't like? Sure. Does USPA support the manufacturers more than the jumpers? I can wee why some people see it that way, but I don't think it means USPA cares more about the manufacturers. One example is raising the non-tandem minimum age to 18. They did it strictly for legal risk management. Pressure was applied by the manufacturers, but USPA did it to protect the association from child endangerment lawsuits as well. I really disagree with this BSR. You can get your driver's license and solo an airplane at 16, and die for your country and get your private pilot cert at 17. Yes, there's a waiver procedure, but it's full board and even if both parents are instructors, a waiver is not likely to be granted except in special circumstances (terminally ill last wish kind of thing). (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  12. The instant we start collecting this information, we run afoul of HIPPA, at least in the US. Technically, we may already be across that line asking about disabilities and other medical issues on the waiver, but asking about things like HIV are a whole new can of worms. (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  13. For years I've been using the Perris and Hinckley crashes as cases in point both during AFF training and when arguing with experienced jumpers about using seatbelts. It's amazing how many people won't believe your evidence unless they experienced it or were at least around for it themselves. So many are too cool or have too much mad skillz.
  14. I did OEC with National Ski Patrol years ago, even though I never became a full patroller. I've also maintained emergency first aid, CPR, AED, etc. When I crashed and broke both femurs, as you say, I was my own first responder. EMTs were surprised to have the patient give them a full patient care report.
  15. Pretty sure for #2 she's talking about on the ground, hence "with rigger watching", but I thought she meant in the air at first too.
  16. At the risk of your post being a troll, how did you ever get A-license and 108 jumps without ever being told about FAR 105.43? DZs ask to see your reserve packing data card for some combination of the following reasons: - FAR 105.43 - Liability if they don't set and follow some reasonable minimum safety standards - Don't want to scrape your icky remains back off the runway - Don't want to deal with the paperwork - Oh, and not wanting to lose any more friends if they can possibly help it (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  17. Did you make that chart up? If not, where did you find it? I'm printing it on a T-shirt. (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  18. Back when I got my rating and was doing tandems, the guidance was "If it's not in the manual, it's not part of the program." That included freeflying, hook turns, 3rd-party drogue punching, 3rd-party standing on the back of the rig. They aren't necessary. TIs and their friends only do it because they're bored and have forgotten who the customer is and for whose benefit the jump is intended. (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  19. Didn't like the feedback and lack of sympathy, so he pulled the video. nice. (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  20. Not niplboy. Not even "not niplboy". (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  21. 1963 - I wasn't born yet. My father was at Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, which is ... 1986 ... where I was. I remember coming into the 1 squadron bldg (Stone Frigate) after lunch and before afternoon classes, and being invited downstairs to the lounge - highly unusual for First Years - and seeing the replay over and over. Didn't have much time to dwell - had to get to class. 9/11/2001 - I was still in bed since I had been up late working the night before. Steph worked at SFO at the time, which like every other airport in the US was in the process of implementing SCATANA. She called and said to turn on the TV. When I drove into work, the South Bay freeways were practically empty. (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  22. This should be required reading for everybody cleared for self supervision or higher, including fun jumpers, instructors, S&TAs, and skygods (self-proclaimed or otherwise). Thanks for taking the time.
  23. 6 years, and still she touches many. I still have Shannon stickers and a few patches if anybody wants some. (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  24. I just got the BA ad too. There wasn't even a X to kill it with. In fact, after the video ended it wouldn't go away, no obvious way to kill it. I ended up closing the browser (Chrome) and starting again. (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.
  25. I thought an appropriate tat for a rigger is the crossed fingers... (>o|-< If you don't believe me, ask me.