Really great thread. Learning alot from it. Can see that i need to focus way more on safety.
Did AFF in a different country where I almost (but not enterily) understood the language. Alot of times I was thinking that this sounded really important, but I didn't really understand it. Took me a whole day to get that a situation where the pilot is on the floor in the plane, can result in somebody ripping up the plane, because the instructor was talking about the PC and not the actual pilot. Doh!!
#1 jump. at VOSS norway without radio. Was kinda oblivious to the whole canopy ride thing. Just wanted to jump out an airplane. Started landing pattern at about the double altitude that I was supposed to. Overshot like crazy. Saw powerlines and thought fuck. Turned 90 and landed uphill in complete sidewind. Luckily did PLC and it didnt hurt too bad.
#30 About a month ago. Still student. In a hurry to get to plane. Got gear-checkout from instructor. While waiting in line to get on, the instructor comes running out from the clubhouse and checks my cypress, because he forgot that. It occurs to me that I didn't check it myself and it was the first lift of the day with that rental rig. Learned that I really need to check my own gear and not rely on everybody else.
I love this sport, and I love that I'm completely responsible for my own safety (soon anyway). Here stupid things have consequenses. To quote my AFF instructor: "Remember! It's not complicated.. But it's important.."