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  1. sorry if digging up old thread. What is to stop one from saying they broke their foot playing a non high risk sport (basketball, soccer) vs from downsizing too quickly?? Obviously anything serious enough to require a trip to the ER asap is going to be harder to cover up. But injuries where you can come in a couple days later? Asking for a friend.
  2. I dunno when it is too tight but you know it is at a safe tension when your packer starts complains about your pull up cord being too tight
  3. Well if you just saw an aircraft below there is no way you can fall fast enough to get down to it to hit it. It's the plane you can't see that you are at risk of hitting! "Below" doesn't necessarily mean directly underneath you. If it's at a lower altitude, and moving towards you at 120 mph from a mile or two away, it could intersect with your freefall path. So you don't just check underneath you, you also need to scan around the horizon in a circle, as much as possible. What would you say is the reliability of your attention when you are in the door about to do a skydive to spot an aircraft 1-2 miles in horizontal distance? Particularly when you are not looking at the spot before the green light goes on, i.e. first group already left and pressure to set up in the door is on? I think the biggest risk for collision is at deployment altitude this is where the more amateur pilots are more likely to be flying around 3000-4000' and more prone to miss out on the fact that they are flying over a dropzone. Most pp's on their Cessna 172's won't be flying above 9000' routinely. Commercial operations should know enough to stay out of DZ airspace although as we all know from scary pictures and videos this is not always true! DISCLOSURE: IF YOU SEE A PLANE BELOW DON'T JUMP!! ...even though I still think the probably of hitting a plane you see is extremely low
  4. Well if you just saw an aircraft below there is no way you can fall fast enough to get down to it to hit it. It's the plane you can't see that you are at risk of hitting!
  5. the most important thing is to read all the fatalities and accidents related to cameras and review additional things that can go wrong, not having 200 jumps. That being said with 30 jumps no way you can jump a camera, it would just be information overload. Fresh off A license you are still nervously checking all your gear, don't know order in the plane etc... and unless you have a lot of tunnel you won't be able to get any footage anyways. Around 100 jumps (if you get to 100 fast and actively jumping) is when you start getting comfortable enough that you could add a camera IF you understand all the extra thing s that can go wrong (knowing snag risk is not enough, you need to think about snag on reserve bridle, snag on another jumper main bridle, snag on front riser, snag on D ring in the door or in free fall, etc...) it's really an issue of "you don't know what you don't know"
  6. if it's so different how come tunnel instructors who never skydive before, then start skydiving and then are super good at free flying at
  7. If you ws a valkyrie I'd recommend also getting a valkyrie reserve so you don't miss out on a swoop after all the cutaways you'll have
  8. skydiving is boring. but the longer of a break you take between jumps the more better next one gonna be. Problem is after 500 jumps even if you take a few weeks off next jump is still boring
  9. sounds like the FAA physical is a manufacturer requirement, not a law. I think you're a lot better off getting cleared by your family doctor who knows you a lot better than an aviation expert who never met you. It'll be harder to hide serious medical conditions from someone you been seeing a long time.
  10. I could see it from a sit but he did it in an angle so I'm wondering if he got some kind of special mouth switch for zoom!!
  11. anybody know how to use zoom from the camera during a jump? The guy who made this vectorfest 2016 video said he used the zoom on the camera in this. Wondering how that would work in free fall? It looks like he would just randomly zoom in/out while free flying from the camera as opposed to zooming in from editing software
  12. that's a nice setup thanks for sharing it! Just find someone who is into 3D printing and they could make a nice looking mold to place where the a5100 hangs out to eliminate the snag hazard.
  13. Nice! I currently have 2 go pros for tandems and switching to GoPro + plus a5100 for tandem stills. And I want to shoot Freefly formations with ax53, the tonfly I got though doesn't hold both ax53 and a5100 at the same time unfortunately. I currently have a fuel so I could probably add the dual top mount which would probably hold a5100 and ax53 at the same time if need be. Do you find a ring sight is mandatory for flat top mounted stills/video? This is because there is quite a large difference in the angle of my GoPro I have between belly/tandem and Freefly so I have no idea how I will be getting a center shot with a top mount camera that does not tilt up or down to adjust angle!!! Gonna have to start using my neck!
  14. what is a good first cam to get when you're looking to step up to something more pro than a gopro? I've been looking at the sony a5100 16-50mm. I'd like to be able to shoot between tandems and freefly formations I'd also like to be able to get shots of hop n pops with enough zoom that you can see the buildings and roads on the ground nicely. Is 50mm enough for that or does quality of detail on the ground more a factor of megapixel as opposed to zoom?
  15. I googled the London marathon race results and the top 24 finishers male age 55-64 were all sub 3 hours finishers. If you don't know anything about running in marathons a sub3 is considered like the 'mecca' finish time for marathon runners. It is extremely difficult and is pretty much a Boston qualifier if done in any age group. By BPA logic nobody should be allowed to skydive unless they run a 2hour 50min marathon