I have to agree with what everyone has stated in this thread. I am a pilot with over 500 hours. I have landed airplanes at over 100 mph. This has definitely made flying a canopy much easier. Even with my experience and 250 jumps I still fly a canopy at 1.4. I only have 2 landings that I did not stand up. This is not because I can't fly a higher wingloading; in fact I have flown up to a 1.6 wingloading. What you need to realize is that you can land almost any canopy in perfect conditions. However, if for some reason you take a bad spot in the worst conditions can you consistently land your canopy without hurting yourself? If the answer is no you have not mastered anything, and you should reconsider your downsizing options. If you can't land into a tight spot downwind because you have to reconsider your downsizing choices!
Edit- I have also take 3 caniopy classes. These helped, but they did not make me an experienced canopy pilot!
(This post was edited by james309 on Sep 15, 2008, 9:38 PM)
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