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  1. 3 points
    If you’re asking for drop zone financing advice here, you’re not ready to buy a drop zone. IMHO Do you have a good DZO friend that has been around a while that can mentor you through the process? There are about 101 things to review before purchasing, or starting a DZ from scratch. A nicely run DZ in a good location can be very lucrative. Signed, recovering dzo
  2. 2 points
    I'm not sure what their current system is, but the one I'm familiar with is the D-6 which is or was a common Russian paratrooper rig. There the drogue is static lined on exit, with the drogue attachment basically at the top of the pack behind one's neck. A rotating disc release mechanism can be activated by a KAP-3 style mechanical AAD, or by ripcord. The drogue then pulls the main canopy out. The whole system allows one to have a relatively light and large main canopy yet jump at very high exit speed. A few pics from my system are attached. (I posted years back on DZ, but the new dropzone.com system has made the old photos disappear)
  3. 1 point
    Is there a gear store at your dz? Is it staffed with jumpers? That is a great place to start. If there isn't one at your dz, you can contact one or more of the "big guys" (Square One, Chuting Star, etc). Usually the salespeople are experienced skydivers and can definitely help you figure out what gear might work well for you. Most have used gear available as well. Your instructors, local riggers and other highly experienced jumpers can be great resources for getting this sort of information. Just be aware that most jumpers will tell you that what they jump is the best of the best - which it may be for them but might not be for you. And then there's the internet. There are a lot of threads here that discuss what you are asking about; do a search or ten (there's a lot of info and opinions here). Every manufacturer has a website. A few of the big dealers have excellent basic gear selection information on their websites. Take some time to check them all out. Now for my opinions (I used to sell gear so I do know a little bit about selecting it). Used vs new - Jumpsuits are best ordered new; it will be made to your measurements (and in your favorite colors too!). Used containers, AADs and canopies will save you money and get gear in your hands faster than ordering new (delivery times range from a few weeks to a few months depending on the manufacturer). The biggest thing with used containers is to be sure the harness fits your body before making the sale final. Have any used gear item inspected by a local rigger to be sure it is both airworthy and what the seller advertised. It's a good idea to stick with gear that is less than 15 -20-ish years old unless you are really broke. Jumpsuits - Look around the dz and see what jumpsuits other belly fliers are wearing. Talk to them about what they like and don't like about their suits. Order through a dealer or direct from the manufacturer. They will be able to tell you which of their suits will work best for your body shape and size. Containers - Again, look around the dz and ask other jumpers what they like/don't like about theirs. imho you really can't go wrong with any modern container - they all do what you want them to do. Some have available options that others don't and some of those options might be important to you. This is where researching the various containers online can be really helpful. Order through a dealer or direct from the manufacturer (some manufacturers only sell through dealers). Canopies - You need to figure out what sizes you want/need first. A good rule of thumb for new jumpers is to size your canopies so you are at about a 1.0 - 1.1 wingloading - ie your exit weight is close in numbers to your canopy size. For example, I'm 150 out the door and I jump a 150 sq ft canopy, which is a 1.0 wingloading. If I downsize to a 135, I'd be at a 1.1 wingloading. The lower the wingloading, the more docile the canopy will be - docile is good when you are still learning the basics. A few good main canopies for new jumpers are the Spectre, Sabre2, Pilot and Safire (there are others out there, these are just a few of the more popular ones). Reserve sizing should be much the same. Which reserve isn't that big of a deal as long as it is not too small for your experience; they will all do what you want them to do. Again, order through a dealer or manufacturer. AAD - Pick one. They all work. Congrats on getting off student status! Now the real fun begins.
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    Your profile says you're an AFF-IE with 45 years in the sport. Where do levels 4 & 5 include docks? I've been an AFF-I since '90, and every school I've taught at 4's & 5's are about heading control and turns - docking comes later. Anyways, to my mind, having them use a point on the horizon for heading reference during turns makes them less dependent on us and establishes practices that they'll use on their solos. (Obviously on docking dives they would use us for that reference.) Indeed, on later levels I like to stay above and behind them. (Other than for docking), I don't want them to see me. I tell them that unless I'm giving them hand signals, just ignore me and do their thing. One, this gives them the idea that they don't need us, and two, it gives me an idea how they're gonna act when we're not there. On a side (but related) note, I always find this scenario funny: At the end of those dives I like to show up in front of them and give them a smile and a thumbs up, let them know they're doing a good job. Then I go to their side for the pull. Often they follow me. On the down side, I'm trying to get to their side so that I can watch the pull and assist if needed, and them following me makes that harder. On the UP side, that is usually their first intuitive turn. That is, they're not 'mechanically executing' a turn, they're just flying that way without thinking because that's where their attention is. It makes for a good teaching moment.
  5. 1 point
    When you have a fundamental understanding of a subject you don't always need to see the numbers to know the general outcome. Anyway, found the reference to the standard from chuting star. "The XPS 72-600 is a Skydiving and Windtunnel Helmet standard used for the G4. The impact testing is the same as the EN966 standard for drop height and conditioning prior to impact (5.47 m/s at roughly 1.6 meters). The impact must be less that 250G. The XPS standard also requires a SNAG test, while the EN966 does not. The XPS requires the chinstrap to be on the exterior of the shell so that a line cannot pass up the inside of the helmet, while the EN966 does not. The EN966 is a Hanggliding helmet standard and also has a penetration test, while the XPS does not require a penetration test. However, Cookie has tested the G4 helmet for penetration according to EN966 and it passes with "great results," says Cookie."
  6. 1 point
    Dumb, just dumb. Standards are a pain. To add some more info, XP S 72-600 is EN966 + some stuff relating to snag resistance. But as far as impact goes, it is the same. (I can't find my source on that, but I'll keep looking for it.)
  7. 1 point
    I went over this like, 2 posts ago. hahah, because something hurts or not is a great way to judge the amount of energy transferred to your brain. I've hit my head on lots of stuff in the plane, including being a rookie and taking the door to the head. Would it have hurt a lot without a G3 on, obviously. Am I stupid enough to think that if that blow was hard enough to give me a concussion the helmet would do anything significant to lesson that blow? Absolutely not. I'm not saying it is zero, obviously the shell deflecting and the liner mushing will absorb some energy. I am saying that instead of a concussion its lowered to a headache, or instead of a TBI it is lowered to a concussion. That difference is critically important. But sure, the G3 might make sure you have a pretty face while you suffer from PCS, or recover from a TBI.
  8. 1 point
    Edit: I decided what I said was hash. Long story short, The G3 is not going to protect your brain from smashing into the side of your skull.
  9. 1 point
    Carl passed away suddenly in his New Hampshire home in February. I know he left a decent impact on the people he met and made acquaintance with, I just want to make sure the Skydive Community is able to remember him here. He jumped Skydive New England frequently and will be missed. Too bad we couldn't fly together Uncle, Blue Skies.
  10. 1 point
    Two recommendations is all the more compelling. Looks like I'll be changing my flight.
  11. 1 point
    IANA DZO, but I'd bet you could find a lot of information at the USPA DZO Conference - connections, where/how to secure a loan, maybe sample/template business plans.
  12. 1 point
    Anyone can submit an incident report to USPA. These reports have always been voluntary until recently. There is a new requirement that a report be filed if an AAD fires on an AFF or tandem jump, whether it was the instructor's AAD, camera flier's AAD or the student's AAD. This is required of the instructor/camera flier on pain of disciplinary action for NOT reporting it within a few days. If one does report it on time, there will be no disciplinary action, even if something happened on that jump that in other cases might be a reason for disciplinary action. No clue what any disciplinary action might be since USPA doesn't release such information. There is no requirement for anyone to submit a report to USPA if any jumper (including students) is injured or killed, even if requested by a USPA director; only if an AAD fires on a student jump. Some jumpers/instructors/S&TAs/DZO's will never file a report because they don't trust USPA to keep the information 100% confidential. According to USPA these reports are destroyed with no copies retained by anyone. Release of some or all of the information on an incident report can definitely affect potential legal action. It has happened before when a board member kept a copy of an incident report then somehow the information on it got into the hands of ambulance chasing attorneys.
  13. 1 point
    The Atom problem was not due to heat. Just shitty material. They tried to cover themselves with the heat and humidity excuses but it is simply not true
  14. 1 point
    How very interesting: To read through the salacious suggestions concerning a member of the “Cooper Community.” I know precisely who is behind this—her MO hasn’t changed a bit. My college-age daughter and I have nothing to do with “Anonymous in Vancouver” and have had nothing to do with her for the better part of several years. There is a reason for this. I will simply leave it at that. With that in mind, I am going to caution you to be extremely careful with respect to anything involving my immediate family. I have tolerated your vitriol regarding everything from CooperCon to my YouTube videos to my theories regarding the Western Flight Path. That said, I will not tolerate anything that drags my daughter, or the sick and distorted libel that her mother has spit out for many years, into this forum or any other forum. This is the one and only time I will address this subject. Do not try my patience. My family is off limits.
  15. 1 point
    There is no specific jump number for this type of stuff. My advice: discuss it with the instructors at your home DZ, and find a demo jumper that has experience jumping with extra stuff. Any jump-specific advice (like higher pull altitude, things to keep in mind, etc) are highly dependent on details like your actual experience, the exact way you want to do this, how you're going to make and hold the banner, etc... Generic things to think about and discuss with said instructors and experienced demo jumpers would be: How to hold it in freefall while maintaining stability (restricted use of arms)? How to handle it during deployment? What happens if you do lose it? How do you exit properly with it (also depends on airplane type)? And probably a couple other things I'm forgetting here.
  16. 1 point
    Just as Peter has explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lACUXqfFmV8 and: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT12xDwXq8E
  17. 1 point
    My 2 cents. It really depends on the group. If you jump with an experienced group they will to some extent tailor to your skills and you will feel you have progressed. If the group has weaker skills you will feel you are stagnating. The best thing to do is to get on coached camps. It is well worth the money. They will always make groups with different skill levels and they will always make the jump challenging but not overwhelming so you will get maximum progression from each dive. It is the best way to learn large formation skydiving. It also depends a lot on your daily form. I know that I make ridiculous mistakes if I get too tired. At this point it becomes a waste of money and I become a risk factor. So monitor yourself.
  18. 1 point
    Check out the “Firebolt” from Parachute Laboratories Inc. in DeLand Florida. I have a Firebolt 164. The Firebolt is the best all around canopy I’ve ever jumped since the Cruiselite by Para Flite. It’s designed for soft on heading openings and easy landings. You won’t have any problems with a Firebolt of any size. http://plabsinc.com/
  19. 1 point
    Robert, you are not hard on anyone. your animosity is more than enough proof. what would be the reason for even making statements as you do over the years. is it people talking about you, if so, please direct me to the discussion surrounding one Robert Blevins. you do show more than enough proof it's some sort of competition with you and other boards. do you post the same on your board that millions view? shouldn't you worry about Robert vs what Shutter is or isn't doing? For the 200th time. DB Cooper is a hobby of mine. nothing in any contract tells me I MUST promote at every corner. your site alone should be the top dog since you love to dish out the advice on running boards? this last week had NOTHING to do with Cooper and EVERYTHING surrounding my life and others around me with a devastating storm approaching south Florida. I was far too busy worrying about an decades old hijacking. I was out helping the community and now in between my regular work I have to return and help them get back to normal. I'm also considering going over to the Bahama's and help. do you think the public will approve my absence? sometimes people have better things to do. I can't spend hours on the computer till the sun comes up whining about others. you recently posted not hating anymore on Eric so you decide to whine about me again? You be sure to let me know when you have a life or death situation facing you that takes days to conclude causing panic throughout an entire state. you actually want to put people down now for even having a Cooper site or is it just me? nobody posted on Bruce's site since August 20th? it's no different here. one of the main posters isn't even suppose to be on the board? you of all people being a main contributor should be helping the site guidelines but you break most of them anyway...perhaps you could fly down here a really help? they pay up to $500 a day in the Bahama's cleaning up? it's right up your alley. all tax deductible..I realize it's hard work telling people I don't show pictures or links. it can take a toll trying to discredit on a daily basis. then us talking about the same old boring stuff. unlike the hot topic of Reca or what picture to post on a YouTube channel? then you wonder why nobody wishes to work with you, really? I'm trying to figure out why the public hasn't asked me why I don't allow links to be shown? is my site the only one on the internet that does that? let me jump on Facebook and look, oops, I have to JOIN to view. the number ONE social media site and I have to join it to view anything. shameful, isn't it? I've had many join and say they only wish to view vs post. they don't like it, I don't need them.....let's head over to Citizensleuths, oops, have to join to view....they have several Cooper threads..
  20. 1 point
    Just forget you ever heard about the 45 degree exit rule.
  21. 1 point
    Cookie G3 gives good visual range so you can still see your three rings, RSL, etc. well. I like the full face. Protects me from passenger fluids. =)
  22. 1 point
    Full face helmet on a tandem skydive is total bullshit.
  23. 1 point
    before you put on your helmet rub some Vagisil on your face, it will fix you right up. lol
  24. 1 point
    I've bought it. Not being patiently is expensive, but I couldn't wait longer.....But most important is, that I'm super happy with it and can't wait to jump it. Thanks for all your answers despite I've ignored them all :P
  25. 1 point
    First jump at 52. First world record attempt at 55. Nationals medal at 57. First world record at 57. First wingsuit jump at 59. US wingsuit record at 64 and again at 65. Go for it. Your instructors will tell you if you need to take up bowling instead. ... The only sure way to survive a canopy collision is not to have one.