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Jumping a Strato Flyer - Hints please..

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Folks,

I thought this a better thread for the old school pioneers rather than Gear and Rigging.

I am the current owner of a Strato Flyer (160 sq ft) in good condition, and I am currently planning on jumping it in a few weeks.

I'm after any views on the canopy, flying / flaring / packing techniques, and the benefit of any other adive you might be able to offer (I have had the advice about not jumping it, booking the ambulance in advance, etc :-) )

I am planning on using a D-bag, which I am advised wasn't the norm, back in the day. Wing loading on the Strato Flyer = about 1.15. I have about 720 lobs, currently flying a Safire 2 169 and a Stiletto 170.

Thanks,

Darren

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Hi dgw,

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I am planning on using a D-bag, which I am advised wasn't the norm, back in the day.



Whoever told you that was not there 'back in the day.'

My one & only suggestion is to lose as much weight as you can. My first jump on a Flyer, I weighed ~175 naked, and that was the hardest landing I have ever encountered.

JerryBaumchen

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DON'T jump it if there's much turbulence in the air, those canopies are somewhat sensitive to turbulent air and will sometimes collapse and drop you in from 60 feet or so.
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I used to watch Dean Westguard land his and he was about 225 without gear. You could feel the ground shake.

Sparky



That sounds more like "controlled flight into terrain" than a "landing".:P
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Well,

Thank you one and all. I am picking up a fairly unequivocal trend here, which is giving me pause for thought (about legs and ankles and other fragile bones, and all the things that I need those bits for).

I have watched Mike Swain's DVD that accompanies his book 'The Endless Fall', which is my entire experience of hard landings (aside from the occasional mild stoof).

Water landings are not, to my knowledge, do-able, in the UK so that is a bust. I would really like to give this canopy a day out, and I'm thinking maybe with a cutaway rig. I know a chap who might let me use one.

Jerry, the chap who passed on the advice about the free-stowing of Strato Flyers is, coincidentally, experiencing his 30th anniversary of his first lob tomorrow. He has (I think) about 10,000 lobs. The fullness of his comment was, in fairness, that 'Everybody went through the 'system'. Buy a Strato Flyer, free pack it (with description), have a mal, guaranteed, within three lobs, and then use a different packing method.' His counterpart (the other co-owner of the DZ) added that they used to be called Strato Splats.

Anyway, I have picked up the lesson, and it is appreciated.

Thanks and kind regards,

Darren

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Jerry, the chap who passed on the advice about the free-stowing of Strato Flyers is,



I can’t comment on free packing the Flyer but I made over 400 jumps on a CruiseAir free packing it. At the time it was called trash packing. Only had one problem and it damn near killed me.

Sparky
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DON'T jump it if there's much turbulence in the air, those canopies are somewhat sensitive to turbulent air and will sometimes collapse and drop you in from 60 feet or so.



I never heard that before; in fact I believe the Strato-Flyer became the first square reserve. They were d-bag deployed originally, but of course a lot of people got into the free packing thing (not me). I have a hand full of jumps on one and stood it up every time (135lbs) though not as easily as my Strato-Star.

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Hi Roger,

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in fact I believe the Strato-Flyer became the first square reserve.



Yes, it did.

Personally, I will never forgive Para-Flite for using the jumping public as their test dummies for the development of the square reserve. IMO they never had any intention of the 'Flyer being a sport canopy for the masses. It was just a test project & we were the dummies. B|

JerryBaumchen

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Hi Roger,

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in fact I believe the Strato-Flyer became the first square reserve.



Yes, it did.

Personally, I will never forgive Para-Flite for using the jumping public as their test dummies for the development of the square reserve. IMO they never had any intention of the 'Flyer being a sport canopy for the masses. It was just a test project & we were the dummies. B|

JerryBaumchen



I thought it was rather clever. The lemming skydivers were always flocking to whatever was smaller, and it was inevitable that someone was going to bring out a canopy too small, and they would finally learn that one-size-does-NOT-fit-all.

I had the Safety-Flyer reserve, and it actually did not land that bad with a 175# jumper. The one bad landing I had was when I failed to notice one end cell was closed, (no cross ports). I never made that mistake again!:S
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one end cell was closed, (no cross ports)



That might be a reason why an earlier comment about not being so great in turbulence makes sense.
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