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  2. johnmatrix

    Ever been unable to find PC?

    Curious, has anyone here been unable to get to their PC on a wingsuit jump, when experienced and current on the suit you were jumping? What happened and why? Particularly interested to hear from anyone who had it happen following mutiple uneventful deployments on the same gear configuration. Edit: please no brand wars but am keen to hear what suit you were jumping. I know there have been instances of this on different suit models from different manufacturers.
  3. kat00

    Beginner wingsuit recommendations?

    If you rent from Wicked Wingsuits it's a choice between Squirrel and Tony Suits. I think the Swift 3 is probably the best choice and can take you to hundreds of jumps and you could still be learning. While I was waiting on my swift 3 I rented a T bird and then R bird from them(before they had squirrel). You just need to keep in your jump number range. There is also Arcus Flight that deals only with Squirrel suits. Before you go to a FFC, you should have a long 8' bridle to deal with the burble. Even a small suit can cause problems with a shorter bridle. A Squirrel SkySnatch is a great all around Pilot Chute especially for wingsuiting but even for everyday use.
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  5. Just wondering if there are others who have been through the same-ish thing and might share their story or particularly give some advice. Excuse me if there are obvious resources for what I'm looking for. I'm not on the ball right now and you'll understand why in a minute. I am in New Zealand on the other side of the world to home and my home DZ. My first 6 months here I never got the opportunity to head to a DZ and jump. Then 2 and a half months ago I had plans to jump on the 8th Feb, and on the 7th Feb I fell off a cliff. It was a small cliff, about 10 metres, but I went head first and landed straight on my head on the road below. Originally paramedics thought I was unlikely to make it, but here I am! However, amongst the many broken bones, collapsed lung and other injuries, the main one was a nice big Traumatic Brain Injury. It was severe. I had a GCS of 3 at the scene, woke up 3 days later, and spent the next 2+ weeks in a state of Post Traumatic Amnesia, thinking I was 4 years younger, that it was the apocolypse at night, and that my nurses were zombies. It was quite recently, so I'm not out of the woods yet, however I have been amazingly lucky in my recovery and I'm not too far off it. I am still occasionally getting the fatigue that comes with a TBI, but only if I try something very strenuous, and it's not that bad, my memory is functioning ok and not holding me back, although not quite 100% yet, I am expected to make a full recovery, and all I want to do is skydive. Now don't worry, I'm not under the impression that I can right now, and I wouldn't even consider it without my doctors approval, but I'm not far off the full recovery and I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on getting back after something like this for when I can. My memory was at first wiped, and then most of it came back, but things in life I didn't know really well, or that I learned recently, are still gone. The way I am seeing it is that I know as much as you need to, to do a solo. I know everything someone who has completed AFF knows and more. I know how to do a normal dive and the emergency procedures. But some of the things that I have learned over time jumping, from just speaking with experienced people, and having situations happen to people and then discussing it with instructors are likely to have been unlearned. For example methods of dealing with certain very specific situations that I have never been in and hopefully won't be in, but you never know. I was considering heading down to the DZ before I can jump even just to get my head back into the sport, or even taking up a canopy course and not jumping, but I just missed one. I don't know any skydivers here, and I've never even been to the DZ. If I do head down I will explain my situation to them, but any advice, possible helpful pages for getting that knowledge back, or shared experiences are welcome! Thanks!
  6. skow

    ATC vs Freak 3?

    Maybe during next weekend I could do a comparison based on flysight data between Swift3 and Freak2. Those are same generation suits and build for and flown by the same person so could give some answers.vBut I don't own an ATC.
  7. birdynamnam

    ATC vs Freak 3?

    its what we have. Everything else is just different opinions
  8. My goal this yr is to get into wingsuiting. I'm going to start looking for a FFC, but need recommendations on a general idea of what kind of wingsuit to start with? I'm going to probably rent from Wicked Wingsuits. Also anyone that knows of any FFC near the upper midwest please let me know. I jump a Hornet, low wing loading, going to eventually get a new PC with bridle extension.
  9. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    I think it's a screwup by the Reno FBI office in their reports. They name TWO chutes, but a reference to a third... Then they say at the end of the report 'that is the end of evidence found on board...' Naming two chutes, but making reference to a THIRD canopy. Then you have a much more detailed, and more organized report on the chutes from Agent John Detlor in Seattle. He lays out exactly who provided what, and how many. The Reno stuff just doesn't make any sense. And why would they reference TWO canopies to what is obviously the SAME container? Until better evidence comes along, I have to go with the Detlor paper. Oh...we have fifteen confirmed apps to go on the camping/search trip now. And Nick B and Darren S have said they are stoked, and coming. I am going to cut it off at 36 apps and hope thirty show up. I can't do BBQ for many more than that number anyway. On Monday, to expedite this whole process, I'm going to load the video directly to the homepage at AB of Seattle and do a comprehensive text pitch to accompany it. That should help fill the rest of the slots. The minute we get to thirty-six I'm pulling the video, the WordPress article, and everything else. When we did the Eclipse Trip, a week prior to the eclipse more than a hundred people suddenly decided they wanted to go. It was totally crazy. I'm trying to avoid all that this time. But I just KNOW some of the people who are coming will probably try to bring a friend or something as well. (Now that I thought of this, I had better make sure that doesn't happen, and will include that restriction in the PDF document with the maps and information. We're responsible for everyone who goes and I can't allow non-sanctioned people to attend.) Don't know what will happen but I hope I can actually feed all these people on Saturday evening. Yes...I do have a current Food Handlers license from the State of WA. We're going with chicken and hot dogs mainly. Easier to deal with than hamburgers. Side dishes will come from #10 cans only. Both the hot dogs and the number ten cans will come from Costco, along with the hot dog buns. I had good success with that at a couple of previous campouts.
  10. dudeman17

    DB Cooper

    It is 100% certain that Hayden would not have a belly pack to go with his bailout backpack. They are not compatible. A sport skydiver uses a sport main parachute that he packs up and uses however many times he jumps. The 'belly pack' is a front-mount reserve, packed by a rigger, in case his main malfunctions. The bailout backpack, packed by a rigger, does not use a front-mount reserve, because it IS a reserve in case the pilot/plane malfunctions.
  11. dudeman17

    DB Cooper

    There is a lot of conflict. But I think the whole thing stems from - Flyjack thinks that the one Hayden got back was not the one they found on the plane. Now you just said, "If two backpacks were found on board..." - but that's not right is it? I thought it was established that one backpack and one front-mount were found on board. So that's where the problem starts. Cooper uses one backpack, it's gone. One backpack is found on board. If that's not the one they gave back to Hayden, that would mean that that rig was never on the plane. A question - The front-mount that was found on board, did they give that one back to whoever it came from? Got any more of those Excedrins?
  12. skow

    ATC vs Freak 3?

    Statistically we all have one boob and one testicle I may be wrong, but I have a feeling that people tend to fly bigger suits so there may not be enough data about smaller ones.
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  14. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    I think without a solid, upfront explanation on all this from the FBI, there is no way to tell for sure. The Seattle FBI might be a bit slack on some things regarding the Cooper case, but you would think they could settle this one somehow for sure. There is conflicting information going here. Agent Detlor submits a report saying only four total chutes were provided to the hijacker, and only four were delivered to the airport, two of them allegedly by Hayden. Neither of them was a 24' chute, neither of them was a belly pack. If two backpacks were found on board and Cooper jumped with a third backpack, this is also a conflicting bit of evidence. EDIT: Hayden says Cooper jumped with his NB6-contained chute. Or NB8, whichever you believe. One thing we can eliminate, I think, is the idea Hayden would have owned a belly pack. I think that's 99% percent certain he wouldn't have bothered buying one. He wasn't very happy being forced to wear a bailout rig, I can tell you that much from the interview with him. Said 'the damn thing just gets in the way'. (Referring to doing sport flying with rolls, etc while wearing a backpack bailout rig.) So he's definitely not wearing a bailout rig AND a belly pack. No way. I have no answer for this question. To a certain extent, there are two conflicting sources. Who the hell knows what the truth is? I certainly don't.
  15. dudeman17

    DB Cooper

    Robert, I think the part you're not getting about the 5/6 parachute theory is, that not all of them were on the plane. I'm not saying that I subscribe to this theory, indeed I'm just interested in the one he used and how it might affect the success of his jump, but as I understand it... Cooper asks for 4 parachutes. Maybe a couple different agents get on that, I dunno, but perhaps someone gets 2 from Hayden, someone else gets 4 from Cossey or Sky Sports or whoever, but they end up giving Cooper 4 out of the six. The other 2 are no longer in play. It sounds like the one Hayden got back may have been one of those, the other one seems unaccounted for. The part that I question about all of that is, at least 3 of the backpack ones are bailout rigs, certainly the ones they gave him were. The 2 front-mounts are useless from the get-go, regardless that one of them was a dummy, because they don't have harnesses, and don't attach to the bailout ones. I think I speculated on this before, but maybe they did that on purpose - he asks for 4, they give him 4, but 2 of them are unusable, limiting how many other people he may have forced to jump. But they gave him 4, if there were 1 or 2 others, they were never on the plane.
  16. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    You would have to search further back. Yes, there was a previous thread on Cooper prior to the 2008 entries. It was locked for one reason or another, but it should be back there in the Stone Age somewhere.
  17. RobertMBlevins

    DB Cooper

    Some people have wondered exactly WHAT was in that paper bag Cooper carried. I keep wondering if it was a pair of boots, maybe a few other small items, but there is no way to tell. The former manager at the Ace Hardware in Des Moines, WA was in the Army Reserve at the time of the hijacking, and Gayla Prociv used to work with him back in the late 1990s. His name is Bill Rattie. He claimed to me that he was part of the group called up to do the search near Ariel. He also said he found a single brown loafer and turned it in to his superiors, but heard nothing else about it. This happened some years before I ever heard of KC or Skipp Porteous. Back in 2000, I believe, not long after I met Gayla. I know that isn't much...not expecting people to jump up and down about it. Bill later moved to Hawaii, but neither Gayla or I have heard from him in many years. Can't even be sure he is still there. Goes by Bill but full name is William Rattie. As far as the parachute question, i.e. could there have been FIVE chutes on board, I just don't know what's going on with that. All previous information going back decades has said only four chutes were provided and that one of them was the dummy trainer. So...I just don't know what to say on that. The reports are a bit conflicting in some parts. EDIT: THIS is Bill Rattie's Facebook page. Damn. He hasn't made a post there since frickin' 2012, and I saw I had a message in to him six years ago that he didn't yet answer. I recognize him from his pictures there. How does someone do so much Facebook and then stop seven years ago? LOL. Oh, well. That's him, though. Frankly I'm starting to doubt his story. He said he was barely 18 in 1972, and that would make him about the same age as I am now. Hmm....he might not have been old enough in 1972 to BE in the Army...I will have to check this out further. I was trying to remember how old he looked in 2000, and he COULD have been about my age back then. Maybe. Until I can figure out a way to get hold of him with some pointed questions, his story should be taken with a grain of salt. EDIT: Well...maybe he WAS telling the truth. At least about being in the Army at the time of the hijacking. These places he lived match his history. But there isn't much else on the internet about him, unfortunately. I would have to drop a few bucks on one of those reports you can buy. One source says he's 68 now, the other says 62. Big difference in this case. Thinking back, I'm *fairly* sure we were about the same age when I would see him at the Ace Hardware back in 2000. I don't think he was younger than me.
  18. dudeman17

    DB Cooper

    If they were hi-tops, they'd certainly have a better chance of staying on.
  19. FLYJACK

    DB Cooper

    According to Tina.. brown ankle length pebble grain shoes, not the tie type perhaps ankle boots?
  20. dudeman17

    DB Cooper

    Something else - Supposedly Cooper was wearing loafers, presumably of the dress shoe variety (since he had a suit on). Unless those things were fairly snug, I would expect that they might likely blow off on a 200 mph exit. That means he would be landing and hiking out in his socks. I hope he had feet like Cody Lundin.
  21. FLYJACK

    DB Cooper

    Found another FBI document... Parachutes found on plane FBI doc page 4951 "On the floor directly in front of seat number 18D, the exterior canvas cover for a chest type parachute was observed along with the handle utilized for releasing this parachute. The label on this canvas covering indicated it to be Pack Part Number 4511876B and indicated the date of manufacture to have been October, (year illegible). The flap on this canvas exterior contained a sewn on white label with the notation SSS # 5 and COSS. This flap had also been stenciled with the name JOHNSON. An opened parachute which apparently had been removed from the canvas parachute cover described above was found spread out over seats 17C and 17B. This parachute was of a pink-orange color. On seat 18B, an unopened back type parachute was observed. A card in the pocket of this parachute reflected it to be a Conacol type parachute, number 60-9707 and made by the Pioneer Parachute Company. This card indicated it was last inspected on May 21, 1971." The Pioneer back chute 60-9707 left on the plane does not match the chute Hayden got back from the FBI.. that indicates one of Hayden's chutes was not sent to the plane and Cooper must have jumped with Cossey's chute. 1. MAKE: Pioneer TYPE: 26 ft white ripstop conical, SERIAL NO: 226, DATE OF MFR 9/57 (1957) --- packed by Cossey 5/21/71 (Hayden got this one back) 2. MAKE: Pioneer TYPE: 24 ft white ripstop conical, SERIAL NO: 60-9707, DATE OF MFR: 7/60 (1960) --- packed by Cossey 5/21/71 (This back chute was left on the plane, ID'd by National Guard in Reno)
  22. Skyjeff03

    Small Parachute de France Rig in great conditions!

    do you want to split the AAD?
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  24. pchapman

    What does 'deep brakes' mean?

    'Deep' is relative to whatever the stall point of the canopy is. Which could be with toggles past full arm extension, or chest level, or whatever applies to you and your arms in that particular harness with that particular canopy. So you can fly with no brakes, shallow brakes, moderate brakes (or medium or whatever term you want), or deep brakes. There's no specific definition (eg, "75-99% of the usable brake range before the first pre-stall rocking"). It's just "a lot of brake, getting closer to the point where you would stall the canopy or have arms fully extended". In deep brakes the canopy will fly a steeper line towards the ground, a steeper descent. The canopy might be dropping vertically faster than in moderate brakes, although possible less than when in no brakes, if it is a ground hungry canopy with a high descent rate in normal flight. It is easier to hit a target on the ground when coming down steeply, rather than skimming by at a shallow angle. Deep brakes is good for that. If too deep, you are getting closer to a stall, and thus susceptible to added danger from turbulence or accidentally stalling the canopy. You also won't have much energy left in the canopy for a flare, which isn't a big issue if doing accuracy with a big canopy onto a soft tuffet. If you do need to descend steeply (e.g., landing into a small field surrounded by trees), but would hit the ground too hard without much flare, you might need to have the room to pick up some speed again (out of deep brakes) before doing a flare with more effect. You might also fly in deep brakes when learning about and practicing approaches to stalls and doing stalls, while up high. Flying in deep brakes is therefore something with some added risk if not done appropriately, and not generally needed for normal flying and landing (excluding the dynamic activity of the flare), but is useful in specific situations.
  25. FLYJACK

    DB Cooper

    28 ft non-steerable, winds were estimated by using/averaging over time the Portland and Salem data. Initially they thought from the W, then SSW but close to 8 PM they were ESE and were shifting to S and SSW. So, like almost everything in this case,,, ???
  26. It's rather interesting that everyone (including my prior posts) are talking primarily about 'death'. We talk about 'deaths per xxx', or how likely you are to die. While that is perfectly understandable, for a couple different reasons, it ignores the injury potential. One of the reasons that injury is often overlooked is the reporting/statistics. Deaths are tracked a lot better, if for no other reasons than they make the news. At least in the US, it's pretty hard for a skydiving death to happen without the government (local & FAA) getting involved. Injuries are different. While many are reported to USPA, many are not. I can think of a lot of serious injuries (hospitalization serious) that never showed up here or in Parachutist. I also know a lot more folks who have suffered serious injury than have been killed. I'd guess that many injuries are 'self inflicted'. Swooping being the most obvious. Don't swoop, you won't misjudge a big turn and pound in. But not all. In addition to the classic 'swoop gone bad' injuries, turbulence or misjudging a 'normal' landing can have a bad outcome. Freefall collisions, bad exits (hitting the door hard enough to break bones), dislocations (primarily shoulders) during RW, that sort of thing. To disregard that risk, to only look at deaths, is to only see part of the total picture.
  27. pms07

    Randy Iverson

    Sad news indeed. Randy kicked me off the Baldwin drop zone back in the mid-'70s but likely I deserved it. Still, we got along well and he welcomed me back a week or two later...
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