The distance of the video makes me wonder about the experience of the videographer.
I'll offer an alternate opinion.
The video flyer still stayed on level with a drogueless tandem, while flying head up. That's pretty good in itself, and more than is planned or expected of him.
Keeping close to fast falling drogueless spinning tandems is not part of the job description, unlike for an AFF instructor to chase a spinning student.
The exact quality of the student's video may not have seemed to be of much importance to the video flyer at the time either.
It sure wasn't on the one jump where I chased a long tandem side spin. I admit to getting a bit [typo fixed] high on them, as they drifted off horizontally too, with me getting 50' high and 100' away while I transitioned to sit and then to stand. Maybe I could have been quicker off the mark and also practiced my head down, but after the drogue was out and the spin stopped I swooped in for the shot just before the deployment.
If you want to rule the guy out for video flyer of the year, fine, but generally I'd say the criticism is a little harsh.
(This post was edited by pchapman on Jun 11, 2012, 4:09 PM)
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