Feb 28, 2013, 9:26 AM
Post #29 of 34
Re: [3mpire] Alti failure - what to do.....
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look at clouds
make mental notes of cloud altitudes on climb up.
Back around 50 jumps I was in a 206 riding to altitude with a older skydiver, ex-SEAL supposedly. When we approached the cloud deck he tapped me and said "look at the clouds". I thought to myself "fairly pretty". A couple of minutes later he tapped me again and said "look at the clouds". I looked at them and thought "fine example of cumulus, but WTF?" A minute later he taps me again and said "look at your altimeter. If it fails on the way down that cloud deck is your altitude reference". I haven't passed through a cloud deck since without noting the altitude.
Mar 7, 2013, 5:59 AM
Post #30 of 34
Re: [shorehambeach] Alti failure - what to do.....
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As an update I have now adopted several of the very good pointers mentioned in this thread.
Got my alti fixed for free on a next day service from Alti Europe (superb service)
Now I spend my time in the plane looking at the relative sizes of houses/cars/roads /buildings.... cloud levels (common in the UK!) and noticing the change from BLUE to GREEN as my altitude decreases in freefall.
Thanks again to all those that answered my questions and sent me PM's
I will be jumping in Deland next week - much nicer than wet and cold England !