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    If their opinions are important enough to go to the trouble:- Invite these people to spend a day at the DZ. Let them chat to other 'family and friends', as well as other jumpers. Perhaps walk them through the various areas - training, packing, manifest. From the ground, talk them through a jump - show the aircraft running in, the exits, the openings, the pattern, the landings.
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    Yeah it’s funny one of my Grandmas is the most supportive, although she would never even consider a jump. Blows my mind that my roommates who dirt bike/ rock crawl (rock buggys) and race cars claim that skydiving is sketchy (definitely is a little) but I’ve had friends die in the other sports we partake in, even still knowing the risk. I’m just sick of the reminders of Eric Roner or whomever. I take great precautions and read the Uspa manual during work breaks lol I’m over preparing for a malf I’m always trying to learn as much as I can.
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    THIS ADVERT HAS EXPIRED!

    • FOR SALE
    • NEW

    NEW condition! Packed but never jumped. Only H/C for sale. No damage, harness just a little big for me so bought smaller replacement rig. Variable Geometry Harness ($225), MLW 17 +1, fits approx 5’7” to 5’11”, Center Flap Piping ($70), 3D Spacer Foam ($170), Freefly Mod, BOC Freefly Handle ($40), Soft Reserve Handle ($45), Skyhook RSL/MARD ($282), Semi-Stowless Deployment Bag ($70), Metal Hook Knife ($35). Main fit 120 sq ft (x-brace) -190 sq ft. Reserve fit 150-170 sq ft. Buyer pays shipping and insurance.

    $2,750.00

    Lompoc, California - US

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    I've been doing 450's for a long time now. Last year, I wanted to try out only harness to explore the difference. I think I ended up doing 200 jumps with harness only. I'm jumping a HK-75(WL 2.6) and a HKT-69 (WL 2.9). Front riser turns: Gave me a much faster dive. Sometimes at Pink Open, it can get turbolent. And sometimes so much, that I couldn't hold my front risers down thoughout the dive, ruining the dive. Harness only: A much flatter a searching dive. I was doing the turn too slow though. And when I was speeding up the turn in general, I found it hard to get enough speed for the rollout-power to be efficient. It's quite comfortable though. You just chill and turn, giving your brain peace for concentration(no mucles needed, pretty much). At the moment, I wanna go back to 450 with fronts, or go to 630 only harness. At times, I would get the SAME horizontal speed on the 75(WL 2.6) with fronts, compared to the 69(WL 2.9) with harness only. As far as Setup: Fronts: Easy. You don't travel as much in the dive. You don't have to account for drift in the turn as much. Harness: Semi-Hard. You have to start the turn further out, and you travel a bit more forcing you to really read the winds and try to calculate the drift in the turn. So my conclussion was: Harness only = less speed and power through the gates. Hard setup. Easy to turn. Needs a bigger turn, or I simply need more training to adjust(faster turn). Fronts = More speed and power through the gates. Easy setup. Hard in turbolence.
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    Hey everybody, I completed AFF and all other requirements except the 25 jump requirement. I'm on jump 15 and I need 10 more to get my A license. Pretty stoked about getting my license. Any advice for a newbie?
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    I too use a Quattro but any of the L&B altimeters should be fine. It comes down to how many alarms and how much do you want to spend.
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    The best way to get your questions answered is to talk to your instructors. Most of this is best explained in person. Once you are off student status, take a canopy control course as soon as possible. Don't do anything I suggest before talking to your instructors/S&TA. I found this easier to learn by practicing up high. While flying straight at full flight, pick a point in front of you. If it's fixed, you will likely land there if you change nothing about how you are flying - ie no turns and no brake or front riser input. If it is moving down, you will land long. If it is moving up, you will land short. Now change something. Go to 1/2 brakes. What does the spot do? Go back to full flight, then pull down both front risers. What does the spot do? Go back to full flight, then pull on both rear risers. What does the spot do? Once you've "seen" it and practiced it a bit, you'll find it easier to apply when it comes to entering the pattern, knowing when to turn base and when to turn final. Once you are on final, consider yourself committed to wherever you are going to land (unless of course you would be landing in the swamp or power lines or trees...). Too much other stuff to think about and do. DO NOT DO S TURNS ON FINAL - or anywhere in the pattern for that matter. It can not only confuse other jumpers, it can be a cause of a canopy collision. In many cases it's better to overshoot. Flying in deep brakes on final will slow you down and confuse other jumpers. Practice flaring from brakes up high. Go to 1/2 brakes and then flare the rest of the way. Try it again from 3/4 brakes. Even though you really don't want to do it on final, someday you might have to - like when you really overshoot and are going to land in the swamp/trees/powerlines. It is an option, just not on final. Again, unless you are going to hit an obstacle. Don't. The jumpers behind you can't predict what you are doing. Unpredictable is the last thing you want to be in the pattern.
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    I jumped and used the tunnel there, last year when I was training for the USPA National Speed Skydiving Championship, and plan to return to Krutitcy this year around July. Great facilities, great staff, the rental gear is in great shape, etc. They also have some bungalows, and the nearby town is big enough to not lack any of the basics. The drive from Moscow sucks a little, but the skydiving experience more than makes up for any other shortcomings. Cheers to Yuri, Nataliya, and Nastya (with the gear/apparell store) -- everyone made me feel super-welcome :* <3
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