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  2. I would assume that Sandy tried to sell it but was unable to. And that is not surprising. It is a small boutique business and Sandy is its biggest asset.
  3. The VSE Facebook page has some teasers with Kelly confirming it can’t be retrofitted to older rigs.
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    A must see for any skydiver! Brian Germain goes into greater detail on the important topic of flying your canopy in turbulence. Were you trained in how to deal with collapses of your canopy in flight? Most of us where not. Worse, many of us were taught incorrect responses to canopy distortion, and have developed learned instincts that are profoundly incorrect. 25 years of parachute test piloting have given Brian Germain a deep understanding of the topic, an understanding that you can have as well. This video will instantly make you one of the most knowledgeable skydivers on the dropzone on the topic of turbulence and what can be done to prevent accidents from flying in rough air. Includes in-depth instruction in the art of the Parachute Landing Fall, something that many skydivers did not get at any time in their training. Runtime: 1:10 Format: downloadable video and or streaming. Purchase video here: https://www.adventurewisdom.com/store#!/NEW-Taking-on-Turbulence/p/74485156/category=7094902

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    Learning how to perform high speed approaches is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous activities in the sport of skydiving. Hundreds of people are seriously injured in this pursuit each year, and without the key concepts conveyed in this video package, you could be next. Offering core concepts necessary to begin and improve high performance approaches, the video will guide you from straight in through 90 degree turns, and the essential ideas will lead into larger turn radius approaches as well. Nearly thirty years of high performance parachute flight and over twenty years of parachute design and testing has provided Brian Germain a unique perspective of the topic of Swooping. As a United States Parachute Association Safety and Training Advisor and Canopy Flight Instructor, Brian has taught these core concepts all over the world, and now you can benefit from his experience. This is one of the most important videos we have created for advancing canopy flyers. We believe that if everyone who wants to learn to swoop were to watch this video, with the help of good on-site mentors, there would be far fewer accidents. If you don't own this video, you don't know what you don't know, and you are probably missing out on key ideas that you will need to survive. Format: Download and/or Streaming Purchase video here: https://www.adventurewisdom.com/store#!/Surviving-Swooping-Beginning-High-Performance-Landings/p/65726719/category=7094902

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  9. I would guess they are referring to this. (Ignore the kicker plate) I don't know how aerodynamically sound they are as a pilot chute once they are out of the pack. Maybe they are OK in that regard. They might be referencing the springs, which are OK as long as you are happy with a PC that basically just poops the flaps open and then, spent by that effort, lays serenely on your back, chilling out in the burble.
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    "It is an amazing video! Loved it and learned a ton from it." -Kelly Bee Fox - Despite significant advances in parachute design, landing accidents are on the rise. A perfectly functioning canopy over your head is clearly not enough to prevent twisted ankles, broken bones, and even loss of life. When it comes to safety, knowledge is power. In this fascinating and informative two hour video, Brian Germain guides you on an all-encompassing survey of the topic of landing safety. Originally created for instructors, this in depth seminar is now available to anyone who wants to learn more about what can go wrong on landing, and what we can do about it. This is a must see for all skydivers. Duration: ~2 hours Format: Streaming and/or download Purchase video here: http://www.adventurewisdom.com/store#!/~/product/category=7094902&id=34735088

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    Learning how to pack a parachute can be the most difficult part of becoming a skydiver. The frustration that many experience in this process is so profound, in fact, that many people either quit skydiving, or surrender to the added expense of paying a professional packer. Although this is always an option, choosing to do something is not the same thing as having no other option. World-renowned instructor, rigger and parachute designer Brian Germain shares his secrets to packing in an easy to follow format in this entertaining video that you will want to watch over and over. Multiple options are presented, along with clear explanations for Brian’s methods. Brian takes the stress out of packing, and guides you to a complete understanding of the subject. As one of the foremost experts on modern parachutes, Brian Germain is the perfect person to host this video. BONUS FEATURE: Additional 1.5 hour Instructional Video: "Principles of Parachute Packing" 2.5 Hours of Instruction! -No Sweat (61 minutes) -Principles of Parachute Packing (93 minutes) Format: Download and/or Streaming Purchase video here: http://www.adventurewisdom.com/store#!/~/product/category=7094902&id=37711064

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    This extraordinary video will teach you the skills needed to make it to the pea pit or simply land safely when you get an off spot. Parachute Designer and Teacher Brian Germain explains the science behind parachute navigation and accuracy in a way that is comprehensive, intelligible, and interesting. This video is one of Brian's very best, so don't miss this opportunity to become a safer skydiver. You CAN land where you choose. Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes Format: Download and/or stream Purchase video here: https://www.adventurewisdom.com/store#!/Navigation-and-Accuracy-Secrets/p/57346162/category=7094902

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  14. talericom

    Sensei 101

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    Sensei 101 DOM 2012 602 Jumps Lines were replaced 2 years ago and have about 170 jumps on them. One owner

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    Tampa, Florida - US

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    Learn what your packer and rigger won’t do for you. This Skydiving Gear Maintenance video with Brian Germain offers need to know information plus tips and tricks on how to maintain your skydiving gear. Ultimately it’s your responsibility to ensure proper functionality of your skydiving equipment. This course covers some of the important things to check and perform to ensure safe skydiving gear. Learn to care for the gear that cares for you. Time: 2 Hours Format: Download and/or Streaming Purchase Video Here: https://www.adventurewisdom.com/store#!/Skydiving-Gear-Maintenance/p/47999957/category=7094902

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  17. Although USAPR is closely associated with RI, and I've worked with Sandy for a while, I'm not privy to exactly what Sunpath and RI have planned for the future. I've been careful not to ask, so I don't have any secrets to keep. I'm curious why you think Sunpath bought/merged with RI if Sunpath doesn't intend to keep producing RI products. Can you speculate?
  18. If you come to Canada or the USA there are lots of options. The 2 Toronto operations offer training for people up to 250lbs. In the USA there are lots of places - the Spaceland franchise for example. Couple places in Georgia too. Just do the research. I am hoping to do my first jump this year. I am 6'3" 250 and hoping to lose some more weight. If you can get sub 220 the options are almost endless.
  19. HPC

    Merger

    So it looks like we're in agreement about the Curv's long-term prospects.
  20. HPC

    Merger

    Sale, merger - call it what you wish. My point (and feeling) is that in ten years the Curv won't be in production. Of course, I'm not privy to the contract details so I can't say for certain. No doubt the "merger" contract will specify continued spare parts and support for the Curv for years to come (I would guess at least twenty). It may even specify continued Curv production for a period of time. But after that - who knows. The Q&A gave the same answer to most of the questions: everything will remain the same for the foreseeable future. Very little was actually answered but no surprise there as it's much too early for SP to show its cards. I see this "merger" as a long-term win-win-lose proposition. A win for Sandy and Brenda who get a well-deserved retirement, a win for SP who will get whatever it is they want out of RI, and a long-term loss for anyone who was looking at buying a Curv down the road. That's just my gut feeling. Hopefully I'm wrong, in part because the Curv is in my top three list of favorite rigs. BTW, I think UPT is number one, followed by SP in rig production. I think UPT has around 150 employees to SP's 70-75. Since both companies only produce H/Cs it would stand to reason that UPT produces more rigs. If not then either UPT is very inefficient or SP is very efficient, or both. Just curious - how difficult was it for you to keep this secret?
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    Javelin Odyssey RSK.5 (holds 80 to 120ft² main) size C18. All Black with silver pinstripes and handles. Full options: - articulated harness, - skyhook RSL, - “v” stripe on the reserve pin cover, - pinstripes, - stabilized lateral system (s.l.s.), - sun path back pad (SPB), - easy grip dive loops on 22” risers, - type 17 extended chest strap 12” longer, - leg pad cover - DOM 05/16 Comes with 126ft² Optimum Reserve (DOM 03/16), 0 openings, 4 repacks Cypress 2 C-Mode (DOM 05/16) Set has 238 logged jumps on it, closet rig since mid-2018. Top of the line gear, selling for a great value!!! Alert: NO MAIN!

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  22. Hi HPC, No more difficult than anything else that I have been told to keep to myself. Jerry Baumchen PS) I'm thinking that SP may only support the RI products for a number of years & then that will be the end of them.
  23. HPC

    Merger

    Sale, merger - call it what you wish. My point (and feeling) is that in ten years the Curv won't be in production. Of course, I'm not privy to the contract details so I can't say for certain. No doubt the "merger" contract will specify continued spare parts and support for the Curv for years to come (I would guess at least twenty). It may even specify continued Curv production for a period of time. But after that - who knows. The Q&A gave the same answer to most of the questions: everything will remain the same for the foreseeable future. Very little was actually answered but no surprise there as it's much too early for SP to show its cards. I see this "merger" as a long-term win-win-lose proposition. A win for Sandy and Brenda who get a well-deserved retirement, a win for SP who will get whatever it is they want out of RI, and a long-term loss for anyone who was looking at buying a Curv down the road. That's just my gut feeling. Hopefully I'm wrong, in part because the Curv is in my top three list of favorite rigs. BTW, I think UPT is number one, followed by SP in rig production. I think UPT has around 150 employees to SP's 70-75. Since both companies only produce H/Cs it would stand to reason that UPT produces more rigs. If not then either UPT is very inefficient or SP is very efficient, or both. Just curious - how difficult was it for you to keep this secret?
  24. Hi HPC, Re: makes me wonder why Sandy decided to sell He did not sell, it was a merger. Re: had he first tried to sell the company I had heard that it had been for sale for about 4 yrs; no takers. Re: the second largest manufacturer of H/Cs I do believe that Sunpath is the largest mfr of H/C's. Re: their decision to buy out RI Again, not a sale, a merger. The devil is in the details. Jerry Baumchen
  25. Hi HPC, IMO this is very common practice in the business world. A good friend sold his business when he was ready to retire. His real only competitor in this area bought him, moved the equipment & closed up his former business. My friend owned the building that he was in; that was his retirement $$$$$$. Jerry Baumchen
  26. Areon

    Mirage G4

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    Mirage G4DOM 07/12/2007 150/150 ft 175/80 Free Shiping.

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  27. HPC

    Merger

    As you said, the Curv and Javelin are quite different in their design philosophies which makes me wonder why Sandy decided to sell to SP. Perhaps he felt that the basic differences between the two systems is what might keep both rigs in production. After all, it wouldn't make sense for SP to continue producing two similarly-designed rigs. What remains to be seen is whether or not SP will advertise the Curv and if so to what extent compared to Javelin advertising. And if Curv sales remain low compared to Javelin sales will they continue to market the Curv? I wonder if Sandy would have done more to ensure the Curv's long-time survival in the rig market had he first tried to sell the company and keeping it alive as its own entity instead of going for the merger (I.e. sale) with the second largest manufacturer of H/Cs. Maybe they bought out RI so that they could incorporate some of the Curvs many design features and innovations into a future Javelin update without having to pay royalties. I guess only the SP owners know the true motivation behind their decision to buy out RI. As you said, they didn't have to do it. I guess ultimately only time will reveal that.
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