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skygeek  (D License)

Jan 9, 2002, 12:22 PM
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Im looking for fellow heatwave pilots. I fly a heatwave 150 loaded about 1.3:1 and I love it. You guys have any issues with them? The only mod on mine is a bigger slider, makes for great openings. Lov'em hate'em whats your story?



kris  (D 26033)

Jan 9, 2002, 4:19 PM
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I had a Heatwave loaded at just under 1.4 a few months ago. I absolutely loved it. Great openings & landings and easy packing but there were a couple of problems that made me ditch it...

1. It had enough oversteer for two ellipticals. Coming out of a turn I was all over the harness w/ a little toggle thrown in to stop the turn.

2. It developed a built-in turn that kept getting worse the more that I jumped it. At the end, I was holding 3-4" of opposite toggle to keep it level. It was checked by three riggers and the lines were all in trim.

If it wasn't for that turn, I probably would have kept it but I was looking at a 5-week turn-around to get another custom Heatwave and PD happened to have a Stiletto in my exact colors and size sitting on the shelf so I sent the Heatwave back.

We have two other Heatwaves in our extra staff rigs at my DZ and they fly just fine. I just wasn't as lucky.

Kris




kirils  (D License)

Jan 10, 2002, 12:08 PM
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I jump a 150 loaded at 1.5. I have jumped hotter canopies but still like my HW. I like it far better than the Spinetto or Vengence. I took 4" off the steering lines to get better landings. The quality of construction is outstanding and I love the colored line tabs. BUT ...I get tired of elipticals and their quirky openings (it's the nature of the beast) and the high potential for twists. Ahhhh...those old T-10 memories (grin)

Skydiving is not a static excercise with discrete predictability...


freeflir29  (D 10000000)

Jan 10, 2002, 12:12 PM
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". Ahhhh...those old T-10 memories"

Yeah but those don't give the ultra cool spinning mals....Laugh

"I got some beers....Let's Drink em!!!"
Clay


amir1967  (B License)

Jan 11, 2002, 11:08 AM
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What then
or what do you jume now

AM67


kirils  (D License)

Jan 11, 2002, 11:45 AM
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I still jump the HeatWave...and enjoy it. It's just lately I like the ease and relaxing flight of a big boy canopy. (maybe it's just old age) Hey, the HW is a very good canopy.

Skydiving is not a static excercise with discrete predictability...


skygeek  (D License)

Jan 11, 2002, 4:03 PM
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So Kirils do you hook you HW? Any tips? I have been doing a little toggle turn to build up a small amount of speed for landing and it works fine. But I know its not as safe.
Sg



kirils  (D License)

Jan 11, 2002, 5:23 PM
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I don't do anything abrupt with the canopy. A long carving riser turn into final, 4-6" of front riser and a smoooooth transition to toggles gives me a nice short surf. My Heatwave
is kinda like a family car with a big hot engine. My new Chaos is the jet funny car. My Triathlon is the family van. Each one has a speciality and when used for their intended purpose they are all great!

Skydiving is not a static excercise with discrete predictability...


apoil  (D License)

Jan 11, 2002, 7:41 PM
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In reply to:
My Heatwave
is kinda like a family car with a big hot engine. My new Chaos is the jet funny car. My Triathlon is the family van. Each one has a speciality and when used for their intended purpose they are all great!
So you use your triathlon to take the kids to soccer practice?





cobaltdan  (D License)

Jan 12, 2002, 10:59 AM
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>I get tired of elipticals and their quirky openings.

hi kirilis,
you might like to try a cobalt.
it will definately break the negative mold of what you consider elliptical.

sincerely,

dan
atair
www.extremefly.com





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