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    Now we know who Putin thinks will win on November 3.
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    I PLF more than most people. In fact, my default landing is PLF, with a standup being a last-minute decision if everything looks perfect. And it's a fairly honest PLF, generally done only when it's a no-wind or downwind landing, so there is some speed. I just don't run out landings any more. Frankly, my depth perception isn't great, never has been, which makes using my backbone/ass instead of my legs be the first point of contact (i.e. sliding) a really bad idea, too. What has this bought me? A dirtier rig than most, and an injury-free jumping career so far. That includes about 500 round jumps (although most of those were standups). I taught PLF's back when I was an instructor, so I do know how to do them, and it's pretty automatic. I highly recommend the skill, and enough practice for it to be fairly automatic. Unfortunately, the most realistic PLF nowadays would be to jump off a moving truck or something, but frankly the injury rate would be too high. And since generally the forward speed is higher than the downward speed, it'd be jumping off a lower platform than the 3-4 feet that we used to use for PLF practice. The practice should't injure you (though I did have a student discover once that she had osteoporosis after breaking her ankle jumping off the PLF platform). Wendy P.
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    Thank you for all the encouragement. And you guys have convinced me and I will post the details here for the purpose of learning and helping others. I feel bad to ignore multiple inquiries. But I can expect that I will get different opinions and advice here. What happened: I hurt my arm during my previous landing. It was sore but was functional and I decided to jump again. Right shoulder dislocated on exit and I couldn’t control my right arm right after the exit if I remember correctly. Pulled the reserve at 3,300 ft. (And my coach pulled the main at the same time but I didn’t realize it) I was under the beautiful white reserve and my main was trailing behind, still in the bag. Later, the reserve suddenly dived down at maybe just a couple hundred feet. I was confused for a second, looked back, saw the fully inflated main and realized i was having a 2-out. The reserve was nearly below me and the main was behind and above me. I thought it was a down plane, so I cut away immediately and hit the ground before the reserve flew level. What I have learned: 1. Make good decisions up high to avoid making bad decisions down low. (Pull the reserve at 4,500. ) 2. Altitude is my friend. 3. Do not jump when I am not fully confident with my body. What I still feel confused about: People (who I have asked) have various opinions on whether I should cut away (or not) my coach told me that not cutting away at that low is a better course of action and personally I tend to agree with this saying - because the main provided a drag force that slowed me down. If I cut away I would swing under the reserve.And one of my instructors thinks that it looks like a down plane but it actually acts like a stable “bi-plane”. Honestly I still don’t understand why it acts like a “bi-plane”. He says I was coming down at an angle not straight down,so I should have landed the 2-out. However, some people say I should cut away(and that is what I actually did) “it is a down plane by definition” and “any down plane is a cutaway”. It is definitely a tough 2-out situation.. it is not a standard down plane but it really looks like it. The reserve was nearly below me and the main was behind and above me and they were opposite each other. Welcome to discuss...I always have fun learning new things. I have been doing research on two canopies out these days.
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    What you call it doesn't really matter. What matters are the rates in this third . . . call it positive slope if you like.
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    Hummm.....you seem to think that somehow along the the way i have disagreed with you. I have not. But again, punishment is not the point, and deterrence is not the point. That fact that guns are so pervasive in America that toddlers shooting themselves and each other is a regular thing is the point. Get it?
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    To my recollection, proper PLF involves feet together, knees together and roll TO THE SIDE on first contact. Modern parachutes have forward speed that makes this impossible. So one either has to turn body 90 degrees sideways right before touchdown and roll to the side (= along the forward speed of the parachute) Or roll forward on touchdown. Or combination of both. All are modified PLF, I agree with the author. Nobody questions usefulness of that type of landing. It's just that instructions on how to perform it have gaps and holes and don't make that much sense. For me the biggest take away is FEET AND KNEES TOGETHER and then roll part is improvised. I wish there were better instructions out there.
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    It is tough to unseat an incumbent but it has happened. The last 2 Presidential candidates that had a women as a running mate lost. Trump is behind in the polls but he was behind in 2016. Trump has a lot of supporters but has lost some since 2016. I wouldn't want to take bets on the outcome of the election. If Biden wins the election, who knows what kind of stunt Trump will pull as a lame duck President.
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    When you were reluctant to share, most probably thought you made a newbie mistake (me included ) by turning to low, or trying to avoid something or whatever newbie mistakes we make in pattern/final. The fact that you are here, writing about it, means you did what was right to save your life. Thanks for sharing, this is definitely a good scenario to share as when I was doing FJC the bi-plane was a cutaway if you had altitude.
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    OMG, thank you, thank you, everyone who made an effort to respond to my questions. "Mbohu", you are correct. I did not ask the question but my main purpose was to make sure that I don't get hurt. I did not ask the question because I understand and respect, as in all things, that I have to pay my dues in learning the step by step process of becoming proficient at this sport. Also, I did not want to influence the responses so that I may receive information/guidance/assistance that I may not have thought about as a student of the craft. All of you have inspired me to continue while having fun. 2 days ago, I just passed my level 5 and going on my level 6 next week. I'm more confident now and I have taken on a different mind set after reading all of your responses in addition to enjoying my last 2 jumps even more. This is NOOB statement here, "I made my first landing on my feet on my level 4 jump". That was so exciting! Thank you for all the book recommendations. I'm sure they will be a fun read and of great value. Once I become a license skydiver, I hope that some day I meet all of you and fly together. =) Again, thank you everyone who posted because you made a difference in my journey to learning and participating in this sport / life style.
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    Hi Bokdrol, I doubt that he could sufficient work to 'work in all weather conditions.' I was there a few years ago & there are plenty of well-established riggers working there already. But, one can always try. Jerry Baumchen
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    I guess I conflated questioning myself with questioning my beliefs. Either way, to me it's powerful. I'm quite comfortable with myself, and questioning my beliefs makes me stronger, not weaker. Just as questioning myself does. It tests me. I can't make a completely neutral test, so I just have to keep working the pieces. Wendy P.
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    Holy shit! You survived a nightmare situation. That could have easily been a fatality report and damn, I'm glad it isn't All my respect. You sir are a badass.
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    Thank you for sharing. I was wondering: 1. What were you and the coach doing from 12,500 to 3,300? Did he know you were having right-arm issues? What was your plan (i.e., did you intentionally wait to get to a lower altitude to pull the reserve, were you panicking, did it take you a while to figure out what to do, etc.)? 2. If the coach was going to pull your main, did he say why he waited until 3,300 to do it? Good luck in your recovery!
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    Dude, you survived a situation that a whole lot of experienced people would have trouble dealing with. Really. You got some good luck, but quite a bit of bad luck too. This was not a beginner malfunction. A lot of people have jumped with injuries they thought they could handle; most of them got lucky. Your shoulder demonstrated why that's not always smart. Having two out is a theoretical situation that they give very experienced jumpers during emergency procedures practice; there are a lot of decision trees, and you haven't the time in the sport to have gone through most of them in your mind. One thing to consider is that when you have a potential ball of shit above you, a big ball of shit is probably better than a small ball of shit. And cutting away that low is almost guaranteed to kill or hurt you very seriously. Even a downplane that starts that low probably doesn't have enough time to accelerate as much as cutting away would. But shit -- you have 24 jumps and you were facing an emergent situation. You're here to talk about it. Anyone who gives you a bunch of crap is wrong. Instructors and the like talking to you about choices are hoping that you can incorporate what happened well enough to judge more quickly if you have another malfunction. You are very lucky that you were probably still jumping big student canopies. This would have been a different report with smaller canopies. Heal fast. Wendy P.
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    Also curious about how the injuries occurred. Sounds like a really shitty landing from the stated injuries. It might be helpful to many jumpers if the details were posted; I know I have learned a LOT from people who shared that kind of info, and I have shared what I learned from them with other jumpers. Because an incident report was submitted to USPA does not mean that the info will be published in Parachutist. No one has to post anything anywhere about something that happened to them. But doing so can be super helpful to other jumpers, even if it is embarrassing to talk about. Heal well, David. Do the physical therapy religiously and don't get back in the air until your doctor gives the okay. And good luck with the parents.
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    Keeping things neat and straight can help, but only to a degree. Anyone who has watched even one single rear facing camera view of a parachute opening knows that once it hits the relative wind, shit goes flying everywhere and that nice art of perfectly executed folds turns into a ball of crap in a nanosecond anyway.
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