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skybytch

Going Home Again

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I haven't made a skydive in over five years.  Why is not important.  What is important is that my rig is being put back together and I'll be going back home sometime this spring. 

I have not kept up with much in the sport since I had to stop.  I know things have changed in five years.

So what's different?   What's better now than it was five years ago?  What's worse?  What do you think a returning old fart should know about jumping today?

Thanks!

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You will have no trouble. I have made recurrency jumps with people out of the sport 40 years, and no issues. Just get a complete briefing from an S&TA or head instructor, and perform EPs several times. Follow the BSRs, don't do anything out of your comfort zone, remember to breath, it all comes back to you. Good luck!

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You're not that old a fart. Honestly, canopy flying is a little less wild west than it used to be, with better control of swooping on most of the DZ's I've been to. So that's good. I do RW, and it hasn't changed all that much, other than that the participants mostly seem to be getting older. But so am I... 

Enjoy!

Wendy P.

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Oh my...

I thought you were playing hockey. 

Welcome back.

 

Gear has gotten prettier. Everyone has an AAD & a MARD. 

To a large degree, the 'canopy Nazis' won (this is a good thing).
The old 'cowboy' days of big turns and swooping into the main landing area are pretty much over. Again, a good thing. 
Some places don't even allow big turns and swooping at all. (a bit of overkill, IMO).

Almost everyone has a smart phone. Pics on the plane, in the landing area, all of that are pretty common. 
There's an app called 'Burble' that lets you manifest from your phone. It also lets you send a message if you land out (various degrees of urgency, from 'I'm ok & walking back' to 'call 911 right now') Pretty handy.

 

Everyone spends a lot of time in the tunnel. In air skills are pretty good. Everything else?
Not so much. 
Gear knowledge & understanding in particular. Lots of folks don't seem to pack for themselves after they get their A. 

All the 'cool kids' are freeflying or doing 'angly stuff'. The only ones flying belly are the 'crusty old guys' and hardcore belly comp folks. 

 

After hours shenannigans have taken a huge hit. The fact that everyone has pic & video capability in their hand has discouraged a lot of the nudity and silliness. Nobody wants evidence of this sort of thing. Understandably.


The people are still the same. Even if they are different people, they are the same. Best bunch of weirdos, miscreants & delinquents I've ever hung out with. 

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RW groups may not be the first ones out. It may be people who are referred to as movement groups.  These are people on tracking dives or angle flying. With two movement groups on a load, one group may go first and one may go last. They may also not be that good at it. Make sure you know where they intend to go and watch for them. 

Welcome back

 

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