Sep 21, 2011, 10:15 PM
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RW Tunnel training & paralyzed
This was almost 2 yrs ago soon- but thought I'd post it up for those who either work with paralyzed folks wanting to skydive- or are someone with paralysis looking to try wind tunnels and see what is possible to learn there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuZAPuP676E
This was one of my 2 one hour sessions in the tunnel that winter- preceeding the coached jumps required for RW endorsement with CSPA, and to move on from there to participate in other RW jumps
This was a session combining levels, with forward & backward flying, along with docking.
Other sessions included the rest- and are posted on my channel.
What I found most interesting is that the 'fun and games' part of my sessions were actually sometimes most difficult tasks to achieve.
Fortunately I had this tunnel to train in, before the jumps of the subsequent summer and winter.
Wind tunnels are certainly worth every opportunity, if you have any differences in how you need to fly, in comparison to the typical skydiving population.
Its where I test all my new gear when I can-was what I used to say, until I just test pilot myself into a tib/fib. with 2 new gear combinations at once- each of which I had flown with previously separately with success. While a 3rd piece of my gear- I've flown with hundreds of times- impaled itself into my leg this summer due to the combination of several things being tested at once.
live and learn, tunnels going to be my best friend for freefall gear changes, the titanium and carbon fiber additions will remind me of this.