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  1. jzzsxm

    Not cut out for it?

    Are you even remotely close to a wind tunnel? If your big problem is stability then wind tunnel time is going to be the perfect solution for you, and WAY cheaper than all the jumps you're repeating.
  2. Typically you'd look at your altimeter on your way from A to B, see that it wasn't dropping, and swing super wide away from the DZ to lengthen the leg. Also, knowing how little descent you're getting, you'd likely want to swing wide and adjust your altitudes for the other legs. Looping the pattern is definitely not the worst thing you could have done, but swinging wide is usually standard procedure (at least at my DZ)
  3. jzzsxm

    half-psycho pack for XF2?

    I do this with my new Safire 2 189, at the suggestion of the rigger at my DZ. I pro-pack as usually but then instead of s-folds I fold it almost in half (bridle attachment folded over almost to grommets) and then in half again. Then I sort of tighten it up by rolling it and containing it, then into the bag it goes. It sounds a lot like what you've been doing except that I fold it twice before rolling. Seems to work fine! I have an extension on my bridle between my canopy and D-bag, which helps.
  4. jzzsxm

    February issue Blue Skies

    My guess? Rigged to go under the shirt or photoshopped out so the logo (advertisement) on the shirt could be seen.
  5. jzzsxm

    New iPad skydiving App

    lol, this is hilarious! I've already induced 3 cypres fires trying to get one more point before decision altitude :) It uses google maps to let you jump at, what I believe, are real DZs. There's an altitrack and an audible, as well as some tunnel time at the beginning to teach you how to fly. The RW suits don't have grippers, which makes it a bit hard to turn the points, but that's pretty minor. The rest definitely realistic enough to satisfy actual skydivers. For $0.99, buy it. It's hilarious. And fun. And hard.
  6. This seems like a really dangerous idea.
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    Steering lines themselves, not sure why other than to do a really hard turn without pulling a toggle all the way down to your side.
  8. jzzsxm

    Newbie with gear questions....

    Not a rigger and I've only got 55 jumps, but having just gone through this process I think I can offer some help. Feel free to correct more-wizened-jumpers. Helmet - Open of full face is completely user-choice. I assume you've been jumping with an open-face during AFF, see if you can borrow or try a full-face. In general they reduce noise and wind smashing against your face. Some people dislike that aspect of skydiving and go for the full-face, others love it and stick with open. It's up to you. As for jumpsuits, there are two primary types that you'll see most often around DZs - freefly suits and RW (relative work) suits. RW suits are likely what you've been wearing during training. They have grippers (handles) on the arms and legs that are used for grabbing and making formations during skydives. They're designed for flying on your belly and doing things with other skydivers who are doing things on their belly. Freefly suits are designed for freeflying (makes sense). They typically fit looser/baggier than RW suits and lack the grippers. Other suits out their include wingsuits, tracking suits, and other variations (freefly pants, etc etc). Most peoples' first jumpsuit is an RW suit. All of the recent A-licenses at my dropzone got RW suits (and coincidentally we all got Bev Suits). Before you pull the trigger on ANYTHING, talk to the people at your DZ. I chatted with well over a dozen people asking about different suits, helmets, altimeters, etc. I had people show me the different suits, examples of different materials and gripper sizes, etc etc. Use the internet for cursory research, but there's nothing quite like seeing the real thing and getting advice from people in real life.