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Spotter Now Generally Available

I have now made available the spotter application under the GNU GPLv2 license, head over the spot calculator page for some background story and a link to download the latest version.

There have been a few requests to deploy the spotter, and I enjoy giving back to the skydiving community! Would love to hear from you if you have tried, installed, or made modifications!

update 3/7/13: Thanks goes out to Tyson and his gang at Skydive Snohomish for finding and reporting an error in drift calculations when north was reported at 360 instead of 0 degrees. The download link has been updated with the fixed version 1.2.2

Canopy Courses, Sign up!

It’s on everybody’s mind, or it should be…. canopy canopy canopy. With all the talk that has been happening around canopy collisions now is the perfect time to seek out a canopy course at your local dropzone and sign up!

Equip yourself with as much knowledge as you can to make your entire skydive and everyone else’s skydive a successful, safe, fun skydive. Dropzones are offering Canopy Courses and I highly recommend attending them. They aren’t just for new jumpers fresh off AFF. You can learn a lot about that wing over your head. You might be able to overcome some of your fears about canopy flight. You may be able to finally dial in your accuracy and land exactly where you want to (invaluable for off field landings).

Here is a list of some canopy courses in the northeast, I encourage everyone to take advantage of these great resources!

USPA Action Call

Please take the time to read and process this information, it could save a life or two one day.

Source: USPA Action Call

 

Since late February, there have been five fatalities (and one critical injury) that were canopy-collision related. Every skydiver is asking the same questions: “How is this happening, and why?” It appears that skill level and proficiency are not indicators. One accident involved two jumpers with about 23 jumps each who were the only two jumpers under canopy at the time. Another accident involved a jumper with 17,000 jumps and another with 8,000 jumps, both very proficient and with very little other traffic around them.

It is time that we all accept the responsibility of ending the canopy-collision threat.

We are asking all skydivers to join in this CALL TO ACTION. Individual jumpers must follow the guidelines in the Skydiver’s Information Manual that have proven to keep our skies safer when they are applied correctly. Additionally, we are asking that all S&TAs observe and correct poor habits at their DZs. We are asking that DZOs become more involved in canopy safety by establishing canopy flight rules, and safe landing patterns and landing areas. This type of accident MUST STOP, and we all can be a part of making that happen.

Jay Stokes, USPA President

~ Life in the wind ~

Floating in the gentle breeze,

I have ups and downs.

Swept up in life’s current,

along for the ride.

You may not notice me,

I am one among many.

My uniqueness, like no other,

shines brightly in the day.

Where the wind takes me,

a wondrous adventure.

Life in the wind,

I am a snow flake.

-Matt

2011 Safety Day

In the northeast the snow is melting, the birds are chirping, the skies are clearing, that must mean skydiving season is around the corner! What better way to kick it off than to attend Safety Day. The majority of cold climate skydivers hibernate for the winter and have not stepping into those legs straps and threaded their chest strap in a few months.

Have you seen the changes in this years SIM & IRM? For that matter when was the last time you peeled the cover back and really read the SIM, not just thumb through it 😉

Seriously though, this is a great time for some review to help get back into the swing of things. There is a wealth of information available on the USPA site regarding Safety Day.

The SIM is available online, and a document highlighting all the new changes.

UPDATE: PD has make a great post on canopy inspection, well worth the time to watch the video!

Let’s try and make this year even safer than last year!