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Skydiver flying with Whuffo in tunnel?

 


bch7773  (C License)

Oct 14, 2011, 4:23 PM
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If I'm a licensed skydiver with 600 jumps and about an hour of tunnel time, and I want to fly with a whuffo friend who has never been in a tunnel before... is this possible?

I know the tunnel instructors hold onto whuffos tightly while they belly fly, I am wondering if they would let me into the tunnel to dock on the whuffo friend. The instructor would sitll be in there at all times.

Is this something the individual instructors have say over, or is it strictly forbidden in the tunnel rules to have a whuffo in with non-instructors?


adagen

Oct 14, 2011, 4:52 PM
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Talk to a manager at the tunnel, preferably just after you've flown there. Then they'll know that you're capable of flying in the confined space of the tunnel without bumping off the walls or burbling yourself or your friend or the instructor. the tunnel management has a duty to ensure that people who fly there are safe, and my guess is that they will be more receptive to the idea if they know a little about your current abilities.


jtiflyer  (D 27430)

Oct 14, 2011, 7:39 PM
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No need to ask the manager. Talk to the instructor before you enter the tunnel. Tell him what your idea is. Then you demonstrate the ability to fly controlled on all axis'. From there its up to your friend to prove he isn't going to kill the both of you (or make the instructor make a save).

After that its up to the instructor.

When I was instructing I would see how well you fly, then see how the whuffo does in his/her first rotation. If they aren't a spaz and and sit there fat dumb and happy, then I would let you join, besides with both of you in there at the same air speed you are gonna struggle which means I don't have to work as hard when one of you messes up.


bch7773  (C License)

Oct 15, 2011, 5:26 AM
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ok at least its possible. I was afraid there would be some set in stone rule against it.

and I'm not doing it to save tunnel money or anything, I just think it would be neat for the whuffo to say they've docked with me in "(simulated )freefall"Wink


rehmwa  (D 12816)

Oct 17, 2011, 12:23 PM
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Re: [bch7773] Skydiver flying with Whuffo in tunnel? [In reply to] Can't Post

In reply to:
and I'm not doing it to save tunnel money or anything,

that's a good reason also -

though frankly, your 'reasons' shouldn't matter at all - just whether you and the other person are ready for it -

if the tunnel attendant cares what your reasons are, I'd ask for someone who's less of a busybody

show you have the ability to do it, and you'll get to once your buddy is ready


(This post was edited by rehmwa on Oct 17, 2011, 12:24 PM)


hparrish  (D 25090)

Oct 18, 2011, 9:47 AM
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Talk to the Instructors. I have 100+ hours in the tunnel, but stay out of the way with 1st time flyers until they can fly well enough to justify it. A new flyer is very unpredictable and can very quickly put themselves in danger. Since the Tunnel Instructor needs to be able to make the save, it's best if I'm not getting in their way.

I took my nephew in and after about 10 min's he was doing well enough for me to join him in the tunnel. But not everyone picks it up that quickly.


Ron

Oct 19, 2011, 12:41 PM
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I'd let them fly by themselves and not get involved.

I have seen this play out before in the tunnel. They new flier gets screwed by the old guy trying to "do something cool" for their friend.

Better to just let them enjoy the experience without added stress.


Joellercoaster  (D 105792)

Oct 25, 2011, 4:43 AM
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Book some time and rotate with them. It's cool, they get to watch you flying around and see what's possible once you have your body under control - without the concentration overload that happens the first time they ever get in the tunnel and they realise it's REALLY WEIRD.

If that's all that happens, then you've still shared the experience. Or if it's all going really well, the instructor might ask you to come in for the last flight or two Wink

[edit: I got to fly with my Mum a while ago in just this way, it was priceless Cool]


(This post was edited by Joellercoaster on Oct 25, 2011, 4:45 AM)



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