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  1. 2 points
    Stay teachable. By that, I mean don't ever forget that you know very little and have a lot to learn. Don't become the '100 jump wonder' who knows everything. Continue to learn. I've heard it said that some skydivers have 500 jumps, others have done the same jump 500 times. Keep showing up. Even if the weather is 'iffy', show up anyway. There's a lot that can be learned on weather holds, just sitting around and talking. Listen more than you talk. At this point, there's very little you can do to impress them with your skills. But you can show a good attitude.
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    Long time DZO of Lake Wales and Phoenix Z-Hills passed away this morning. She did a lot for our sport and she will be missed.
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    Any candidates that are interested in filling the vacant seat on the board that wude like to throw their 2 cents in well, heres yer chance. Yes, I realize this a BOD vote and not members ( whole other subject there), but, they will (mite?) be representing us and lets hear whatcha got. And just to save time, lets not get into qualifications ( jump numbers, yrs in sport, yada yada) tell us what you see wrong or rite and what ya think needs to be done Thanx
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    The BOD is meeting this weekend. Jim McCormick is scheduled to speak at 2pm on Fri. Shude be interesting to hear what he has to say. Last summer, the ISMHOF promised ground wude be broken within 18 mos. IF thats true, then they shude have a site, bldg plan, whatever partnership lined up and the permit process started. I highly doubt that is done. Let's see. IF that has not happened, I think funding from members funds shude stop. Remember, the ISMHOF spends approx. 37% of all donations on getting more donations. So that means out of the 25k per yr the BOD has pledged, over 50k of members money is being used by the ISMHOF to do......... Well, since they havent done anything but, make a LOT of promises that don't happen, we don't know what it's used for. Make sure and contact you area director and let them know how you feel about this
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    In the Parachute Rigger Handbook is the following image. I'm not 100% sure but I think I saw the yellow 3-ring cables as pins for the static line. Is this something that's okay or something that should be strongly avoided? (I'm not a rigger, just trying to learn) Thanks!
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    Once a year me and some buddies travel to Swiss for the "Eiger Scenic Tours", so yeah Heli to the top of Eiger mountain. Northside of Eiger is pretty vertical, and so you get out, and have like a normal skydive, right next to the wall of that Eiger and you end up deploying like in a normal skydive (so no BASE gear required). Check this out: https://www.facebook.com/dfu1963/videos/491228498102808/ Jumps are ~140 EUR each For more info go here (Patrick Reuter is the organizer): https://www.wingsuit-fly.com/
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    Brian Germain has a good article on down sizing. And a chart to go along with it. It's a sticky in the 'Canopy Control' forum. BillVon has a very good article on downsizing in the 'safety' articles. He includes a good checklist of skills you should be able to demonstrate on your current canopy before downsizing. Strongly suggested to only go down one size at a time. It's suggested that the reserve be approximately the same size as the main. Not everyone follows that advice. Some folks like as large a reserve as they can fit in their container. Some companies make rigs that hold tiny mains and reasonable sized reserves. One of the jokes that applies here is: I've never heard anyone look up at their reserve when they needed it and complain that it was too big.
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    Hit up Douggs at Learn To BASE Jump (LTBJ). He and Sam Hardy are organizing a WS skydiving event in Lauterbrunnen next to the Eiger this summer. I think your thread title (Safe flight lines over terrain in the alps not BASE) has a few different contradictory elements. Learning from someone like Douggs will be a good starting point to learn what's out there.
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    Skydive Bovec in Slovenia (basically on a border with Italy) has a great scenery and there's wingsuiters most of the times I'm there. It's a PC6, not a helicopter though.
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    My take on where you find yourself: The tunnel is great to refine and to learn new disciplines, BUT unless one of your AFF instructors tells you that you NEED tunnel time, stop wasting that money. Get checked off and get that A license. On a side note, the other day I over heard a student tell the instructor that she didn't think it was good to look first in the direction BEFORE starting the flat turn, because I guess in her mind that caused instability. So just go into it blindly??? If your NOT a strong instructor who can be FIRM and educated people correctly, please do something else with your time. That being said Mr Wang, be a good student, if and when something doesn't sound right or safe, by all means question it. BUT also know when to listen and follow simple instructions. Excuse me while I step down off the soap box!
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    Back in the mid "00's; there was a girl ~your height at Skydive Dallas. We called her five foot nothing. She would take guys 6'4" on tandems. If you can pass the TI course - you can out-control most anyone strapped to you. Go for it.
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    As a judge, I loved working competitions (especially Collegiates) at Lake Wales. Betty was always so attentive to the judges as well as the competitors, because she wanted everyone to have a great time and a great meet. So sad to hear this news. I'm sure the crew at Lake Wales is really hurting, but I am also sure they are supporting each other.
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    So true. As I said to skybytch separately: "... giving salutes to the new senior jumpers for doing the right things from people like you could easily be the most sport strengthening things you ever said." We're not completely F'n useless :)
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    HIPPI CHONKER ADVARNING Oof. This is a big topic. Hits me right in the chonkeratøs. When I was in my 30's I decided to tell the "fuck offs" to a well paid and "highly respectable" career path, went back to college, sold my city apartment and moved my shit back to my parents house. Wish there was some kind of training on this. There isn't. You want advice on how to determine the future. You can't have it. You won't know. You might do 100's more. You might do 1000's. Who cares. Just exit the fucking plane. Do what you enjoy. Feel it. Appreciate the sensation, the people you meet, the places you visit, and those you connect with. Tell them. Accept what you cannot control but take charge of what you can. And if you ever get caught up in a waterboarding situation, good luck with that.
  16. 1 point
    I made my first jump in 1980. still not sure if I like, so I better keep trying.
  17. 1 point
    No slider? Ouch. On the other hand, I do wonder just how much effect the slider does have, as the openings are rather hard in my very limited experience... (Single keel that is. Dual keel is nicer all around.)
  18. 1 point
    Betty's face was one of the kind faces I always looked forward to seeing at Lake Wales when I went through my student progression there in the early 2000's...She will indeed be missed.
  19. 1 point
    Fully agree with this 100%! You want to impress your instructor? Stay humble, ask questions and most of all, be safe. Remember THEIR names are in YOUR log book, and what ever YOU DO. Reflects on them.
  20. 1 point
    Where is @gisellemartins Soude, there was a long discussion on this forum about 7 years ago about if it is possible to design wingsuits with large enough wings to allow soaring (like a hang glider). The answer is it is not possible for many reasons. You can search for "JetMan" to see a person flying under a rigid wing.
  21. 1 point
    A RigSleeve is a cover for your rig, a sleeve, if you will. http://www.rigsleeve.com/
  22. 1 point
    IMHO, I don't want to pay for college students to jump. They should be saving their pennies and learning how to make a living. Once they have some $ saved up, they can pay for their own damn jumps. I'd rather fund a museum.
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    Lots of legal battles have been fought over similar scenarios. Four cancer charities were taken to court in 2015 for misappropriating donations. Government officials have also found themselves in deep water for the same. So you don't have to steal money or be a thief for the act to meet that definition, only misuse it. In this particular scenario, we have seen $87,000+ go into a project that has produced absolutely nothing over a long time period. If the USPA isn't misusing these funds by blindly giving them to another organization to build something that has yet to materialize since 1999, where is the proof? The BOD has kept largely mum about the accountability of those monies. And then come the comments about the USPA not being responsible for donated funds. Wrong. Take a gander on a reputable, legal website and you'll find a plethora of examples where organizations were grilled about where their money went. I've led large organizations for most of my professional life and money is something you must be careful with or people will grow suspicious and start pointing fingers. At the very least, this situation amounts to a bad optic with disastrous potential. Why not spend that money on something that will actually benefit skydivers? Like efforts to reduce canopy-related deaths or fighting to keep dropzones open at airports who have suddenly terminated their leases? Our sport just saw yet another canopy-related death (see parachutist). And several dropzones have been given the hook this year by their host airports. Yes, there is money going into related counter-efforts, but not enough. The USPA also has a mandate to "promote our sport." A museum that hasn't broken ground after five years and tens of thousands dollars isn't in keeping with that mandate. I'd go one step further to say that most skydivers neither give a hoot about a museum, nor want one. Our sport isn't on par with the likes of the NFL or NBA and much discussion about including several of our disciplines in the Olympics has thus far been for not. We need to be more realistic about our sport's goals. Why not promote it by funding AFF programs for college students - like I saw at one DZ a few years back - or something similar for service veterans with jump ratings to transfer to a civilian license after separation or retirement? I've witnessed DZ's funding such programs in the past, but what about the USPA funding something similar on a larger scale? Thoughts? Let's actually have a discussion about it rather than label one another. As far as my vernacular goes; yes, I feel I've chosen the correct word in light of the known facts. Having said that, I'm open-minded to any proof (facts) anyone might have to the contrary. -JD-
  24. 1 point
    I've had someone else's ligaments in both my knees since 2010. Still jumping
  25. 1 point
    did you stand up the tandem? No shame in sliding in intentionally... Food for thought. I say this because I jump with a woman with a double knee replacement.
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    Lots of USPA members support this project. The BOD is representing everyone, not just the folks complaining about it. It's easy to complain, much harder to get things done.
  27. 1 point
    I pretty much ignored my family and got all new friends. Worked well for me.
  28. 1 point
    Not sure how many of you are familiar with the skydiving price comparison website www.jumpticketprices.com? Well, I run it, but no longer really have the time to maintain it. In theory once set up it should be good to keep itself going. However, this was dependent on the websites that I scraped the currency exchange rate data from not changing. Unfortunately they have, which has meant I'll need to recode some of the site, as it is currently not working. The whole thing is also needing a bit of a revamp and more modern look to be compatible with mobiles etc. Currently it is really only desktop friendly. I am also a novice at web page design, with the site currently written in a combo of html, asp/vbasic and some java scripts, almost all of which was learnt on the fly from web tutorials or copied without real understanding from somewhere else. That coupled with recently moving webhost, and something that worked fine on my previous host no longer seems to work on my new host, and I've no clue why. Lack of time to find out the reason has brought me to the following decision: I'm looking to pass this site on to someone else to look after, revamp and really do whatever they want with to take it forward. The domain is currently purchased until 22/12/19, so just under a year left. If anyone is interested in taking over the site, please get in touch. If required, I can provide the hosting, as my current webhosting package for this and my other website has WAAAAY more space/bandwidth etc than I need, and it is a reseller package. Not mandatory at all though. My hosting package will expire in Dec. 2020 I believe. Sky Switches - Affordable stills camera tongue switches and conversion adaptors, supporting various brands of camera (Canon, Sony, Nikon, Panasonic).
  29. 1 point
    My impression is that USPA is part of the problem. When the NTSB issued their report in 2008; "The Safety Board's review of parachute operations accidents since 1980 identified the following recurring safety issues: Inadequate aircraft inspection and maintenance; Pilot performance deficiencies in basic airmanship tasks, such as preflight inspections, weight and balance calculations, and emergency and recovery procedures; and Inadequate FAA oversight and direct surveillance of parachute operations." the USPA responded with requiring DZO's to fill out a form each year with their GM renewal with information about their aircraft, pilots and maintenance. So the USPA is giving the appearance of checking on jumpship maintenance, when they actually are not. Chuck, you and I agree. Derek V
  30. 1 point
    Congrats, you now agree the GM program is meaningless.... Took long enough! Then maybe the USPA (and you) should not act like a GMDZ is better than a non-GM DZ? A GM takes a pledge to follow the FAR's so it is not a gigantic assumption that a DZ that has been proven not to follow the FAR's should not be a GMDZ. It is my time to waste. I don't consider it a waste to help people open their eyes to the scam that is being played on them. Fact is the vast majority of jumpers know exactly nothing about FAR's or can tell if an aircraft is legal. They rely on the DZO to be honest and the lie that a GM follows the FAR's. Simply put, the USPA GM program does not give you any guaranty of a safe DZ. You want proof? A DZ that had a crash due to bad MX was still a GM. That same DZ had the DZO censured by the USPA but was still a GM. That DZ has now had a FATAL crash, again due to bad MX.... And as it stands currently is STILL a GM DZ. I feel for all those that lost... But to pretend the GM program is anything more than a scam to force individual membership and provide fake legitimacy to the DZ is simply shown to not be true. The USPA does not even remove the GM of a DZ that has been shown to not follow the FAR's. These are facts. You can try to play me all you want, but you can't refute them. "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." -- Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334
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    Don't you get it, the plane ride is PART of the event. And the pledge says you will follow FAR's! If they are not following FAR's they should not be a GM. Here is the GM application. You will notice it starts off talking about the advertising and then later mentions the pledge (which we all know means nothing if a DZ that had a crash due to MX is still a GM). https://uspa.org/Portals/0/files/Form_GMInitialApp.pdf Point #1 of the pledge: "Comply with the USPA Basic Safety Requirements (BSRs), which include compliance with the Federal Aviation Regulations relevant to skydiving operations, including aircraft operations." COMPLIANCE WITH FAR's!!!!! Point #3: "Ensure that all aircraft utilized for the purpose of parachute operations comply with commercial maintenance requirements described in U.S. Federal Aviation Regulations Part 91.409(a) through (f) as applicable." COMPLY WITH FAR MX REQUIREMENTS!!!! So if they are not doing that, they are not abiding by the "pledge" yet somehow still are a GM???? But lets continue with the "pledge": But lest look at the GM program manual!!!! https://uspa.org/Portals/0/files/Man_GM.pdf Look at 1-3 "benefits" the first two are: "Use of the authorized phrase, as indicated on the USPA Group Membership Certificate" "Free advertising" So there is little doubt that it really is about marketing and not actual safety. Yet, here we have DZ's breaking at least TWO of the seven "pledges" and still are GM DZ's...... It is about money, not safety. "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." -- Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334
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    And yet I just gave an example of a GM DZ that had an issue with illegal MX in the past resulting in a crash and recent action against the DZO and now a fatality at that DZ in part due to MX and they are still a GM. These are all facts. GM DZ having a crash due to illegal MX - Still a GM Action taken against the DZO - Still a GM An additional crash, with fatalities, reported to be bad MX - Still a GM DZ. Now maybe the USPA has not acted yet.... But they didn’t take action from the last crash due to bad MX, so I have little faith they will take action now... The check cleared. Maybe the USPA will finally act.... So maybe a preventable fatality is the line that removes a DZ from the program? That would be nice to know.... ‘Dangerous activities are allowed until someone dies.’ At that point it isn’t more than just the check clearing and an empty promise. Anyone that thinks the DZ being a USPA GM means anything is fooling themselves. The GM program is there to force individual membership and to serve as an advertisement tool. Funny how Chuck has made that’s EXACT claim on this forum before. "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." -- Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334
  33. 1 point
    An RW Challenger 240.... made by New England Parachute Co.
  34. 1 point
    For me probably the Viking Superlite. 230 sq ft of F111, my 125-lb self could sink it into anything. I was able to stand up a landing when I hooked it on backwards once Wendy P. There is nothing more dangerous than breaking a basic safety rule and getting away with it. It removes fear of the consequences and builds false confidence. (tbrown)
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    Doesn't seem like 31 years, but there it is. Have a cold beer in memory of those who won't return to the bonfire. "Even in a world where perfection is unattainable, there's still a difference between excellence and mediocrity." Gary73
  36. 1 point
    dumb. The TM should never have let that happen.
  37. 1 point
    Um... no. Is stupid and reckless. JW Always remember that some clouds are harder than others...
  38. 1 point
    It's not hilarious or great - this is plain stupid and dangerous. Apart from the distraction added by handling his phone, think of what would have happened to him (or his tandem master) if the phone slipped from his hands. Think of what would have happened if the phone hit somebody on the ground. Getting hit in the face or in your head by a phone at freefall speed? Absolutely hilarious... And to answer your question - things like this tend to happen more and more. I've had numerous discussions about why it's not possible to bring your own phone or camera on a tandem skydive. I've had people show up with meter-long selfie-sticks. I've have had tandem passengers try to smuggle Gopros into the airplane, even though we strictly forbid it. Social media show people a lot of stupid things and as most people are not used to thinking on their own, they try to recreate everything that might generate a few likes and online-attention without considering the possible consequences. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
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    Hi Jeffsnephew, I was going through my AIT Army training at Ft. Gordon in 1984. I had a little over 500 jumps at the time. We were not allowed to have a car during this training so I would catch a ride to West Wind from a local jumper, Mike Delang was his name. I jumped there for a few months until I finished my AIT training. I went to the DZ for what I thought would be the last time. I was going to my next phase of training, Jump School at Ft. Benning, on Monday. I wouldn't have a car at jump school so this would be my last weekend at West Wind. I was saying my good byes to everyone for the last time , promising that I would be back to visit some day. When I went to Jeff to say good bye, he asked me if I might get any weekends off during jump school. I told him I had no idea. He said " well if you get a day off, come visit us" and he handed me the keys to the dropzone van. I was speechless. He said "use it as long as you need it". I will never forget the looks on the Black hats faces (jump school instructors) when I came rolling into Ft. Benning in a van with WEST WIND SKYDIVING CENTER plastered on the side of it. I was called out by the instructors the first day of training and dogged pretty hard for the entire training. It was a wonderful time in my life and your uncle was a big part of it. I got to go back to the DZ a few more times during my stay at Ft Benning. I can't remember exactly how I returned the van to Jeff before going to my permanent party station at FT. Bragg. I visited Jeff and Teresa on my way back from the Mardi Gras Boogie, I think it was 1985, It was the last time I got to see them. If you are still in contact with Teresa, please tell her I said hello. Thanks, Cliff .
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    Hi, I'm Jeff Saunders nephew. You might remember me running around the DZ with my cap guns and riding that old dog around...lol..... anyways, I would love to have some of the pea rocks if you don't mind. Thank you.Quote
  41. 1 point
    Came across a canopy that looks like a single keel paradactyl, but was made by Pioneer. Does anyone know what it might be?
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    I thought the forum name was pretty obvious, but recent posts are making me think that I need to explain the purpose of this forum. As the description states, "This is where we remember our friends". Quite simply, this is where you can post memories, pictures and condolences of your fallen friends. If you have something negative to say about someone, this is not the place to post it. The real friends and families of the deceased are already experiencing enough grief; it is improper and rude to come here and post negative comments about people who are dearly missed to some. Please remember the phrase, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." This is your warning. If you choose to ignore this warning, don't be surprised if you are banned from this forum for a very long time. She is Da Man, and you better not mess with Da Man, because she will lay some keepdown on you faster than, well, really fast. ~Billvon
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    The molds for the cowl have been built and the cowl plug is off the plane. Propeller and spinner shipped today. Ill spend next week chasing installation parts.
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    Actually Cowboy wasn't flying. He was on the load to jump. Tragic and unnecessary loss. Chuck Akers D-10855 Houston, TX
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    Yes. Skydive Houston has been his "home" drop zone as far as I know, for quite some time.
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    Heard of the Skydog Skydiving Club when in Snohomish WA from the Seattle Skydivers there. Never met Hutch, but knew he started the whole mess of "The first word in funnel is fun" stuff. I remember my initiation jump into the club and stil hold my card. SD #626. Thanks Hutch for making a then newbie feel welcomed and loved. Still have my Skydog Skydiving mug and t-shirt. "Wuffo?" "Becuzican!" Cool guy. ltdiver Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon
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    Attached is the only photo I have of Hutch. With the bandana and sunglasses, it doesn't do much to identify him. He was a great guy, and we've known this day was coming from as long as a year ago, but it's still a shock. About six months ago he showed up at Skydive Houston and was giving away all his old skydiving t-shirts, magazines and jumpsuits. So we knew the time was getting closer. Hutch served as a lieutenent in the Army in Vietnam. RIP
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    Woof. Hutch was a really good guy, and will leave a hole here. He hadn't been jumping much lately, because he was too busy doing other things, rather than just waiting. Wendy W. There is nothing more dangerous than breaking a basic safety rule and getting away with it. It removes fear of the consequences and builds false confidence. (tbrown)
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    I just received word that Richard Hutchinson succumbed to cancer yesterday. He was the prime mover of the Skydog Skydiving Club, which is dedicated to having safe, fun skydives with jumpers of all experience levels. The club had gone dormant as his health took priority. I am honored to have known him as a friend, and feel lucky to have spent such time with him as I could. He was one of the good guys, and he will be missed. BSBD, Winsor
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    Ever get a balloon or base jump when it feels all too good... you max out the suit, and you effortlessly fly at insane glide ratio, you experience the quietness and smoothness you've never experienced before and can't figure out what the hell is right? You may think that increased concentration and strength made you fly better. Well, now you can praise basic aerodynamics instead of praising yourself (or clown shoes)! The wingsuit equations are solved in the attached spreadsheet using the simple Euler integration method for some sustained horizontal/vertical speeds (which, as we saw, determine the adjusted lift/drag coefficients). For simplicity, we assume constant Cl and Cd (that is, the wingsuit geometry and angle of attack are constant) and zero-speed exit. You can change the values of Vxs and Vys to match your speeds. In this particular example, Vxs = 86mph, Vys = 43mph, L/D = 2.0. The graph PlaneoutTheoryVsExperiment.gif compares the calculations with one of the Phantom flights (the above parameters were chosen to best fit the experimental data). As you can see, from about 12 seconds to 24 seconds, the glide ratio is higher than 2.0 - we have a planeout with maximum glide ratio as much as 35% higher than the sustained glide ratio. The graph PlaneoutVsWingloadingAndLD.gif shows the dependence of the planeout duration (time period when glide is better than L/D) vs. wingloading. The heavier flyers experience longer planeouts which start later. The graph of glide ratio increase vs. L/D shows that the planeout effect dramatically increases with the increasing L/D: the better you fly, the more you can be fooled into thinking that your insane glide ratio is your L/D. PlaneoutVsLD.gif shows the trajectories and glide ratio vs. time for different L/D. Unlike intentinal dives and spirals and subsequent high-speed planeouts with quite high g-forces in skydiving, the smooth transition into full flight on a base or balloon jump hides the planeout in virtually unnoticeable ~0.1g decelerations that bleed your speed ever slowly, but do make your glide substantially better than your actual L/D. In conclusion, - when analyzing GPS data from a base or balloon jump, discard the first ~30s of the flight, even if it has a linear portion that looks like a sustained flight... it's not! (or better yet, correct the glide ratio for acceleration using the formula above) - planeout effects can also manifest themselves when you change your body position and feel the decreased fallrate and improved glide - only to lose it in a few seconds. It could simply be a planeout! (again, accurate acceleration data can help you see if the improved glide was real or "fake") - after the planeout, you will experience temporary "drop", a decrease of glide ratio even below your L/D. Plan your "do it or die" jump accordingly. - heavier jumpers will experience the planeout effect longer. Vampire will exhibit stronger planeout glide imrovement than Prodigy. The higher the performance, the better the planeout - and the worse the "drop" after it. Android+Wear/iOS/Windows apps: L/D Vario, Smart Altimeter, Rockdrop Pro, Wingsuit FAP iOS only: L/D Magic Windows only: WS Studio