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Dec 20, 2007, 9:53 AM

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Paralyzed and progressing towards solo sky diving -info on what were doing

I thought to start a thread here so folks who are in similar situation as me and are wanting to sky dive alone eventually (sure I love my tandem instructor dearly but I do not plan on hauling his ass through the blue skies for everTongue ).

Here is my intro thread where you can get the general idea of whats going on to date:;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread

I will keep posting the videos as we get them.

But this is my 4th tandem progression sky dive.
We discuss in this video how we secure my legs, and what skills i was working on during that dive,
at the end of the video is the debriefing and the issue that occurred which we needed to correct (these are important aspects ) is discussed.

here is the 4th tandem progression dive:
Something important to note about the 9th tandem dive is that we did not plan to do two back flips.

Since I was in control of stabilizing us,
I was not able to stop the second back flip but as soon as it started I arched as strong as i could and
did finish with a clean stable arch after the second one.

Of course had I not been able to do so,
my instructor would have worked towards stopping us,
but the idea is to see what I could do alone.

This was my last dive prior to our planned trip to the wind tunnel in Feb 2008 or March 2008 and there we will see how stable I am without anyone attached to me.
That will be the real test of what will happen.
There will be video posted of that experience once we have made the trip.

I'll keep this thread updated with the video links and any info on stuff that we find important to share.
especially if something does not work well, and we need to change aspects of our ideas.

Such as what happened with the 4th dive,
we needed to change some things so the strap with which I was to pull my legs up for landing didnt interfere with pulling the cord which it did in that video (it is visible how the daisychain we used is getting in the way when I try to pull... that time it took me 1000f of altitude to finally be able to pull.

ONE VERY IMPORTANT aspect is TO ALWAYS DEPLOY MUCH HIGHER then able bodied people do.

The students at out DZ deploy at 3,000f
I must commence my wave off at 5,500f and have finished pulling the cord by 5,000f.This gives me time to pull up my legs after checking for upper wind directions, DZ location etc. well before I hit the 3,000f marker where the other students would be ready to start flying their canopy.

I think that this is probably the most important thing I can stress. Is the fact that we quads need extra altitude to do our jobs.


(This post was edited by gimpboogie on Dec 20, 2007, 9:54 AM)

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