maggyrider

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  1. Thanks a lot for all the responses... Helps already to see that I'm not the first one to have that kind of skydiving-burn-out happen to one. I think I am just going to ask to reduce my time spent at the dropzone as I see this as the only chance in bringing my passion for the sport back.
  2. I think it's fair to consider myself an experienced skydiver. I started back in the end of 2012 and did about 3.500 jumps since then, of which "only" 1.500 jumps are tandems. Did my coach rating the second year after obtaining my license and my tandem and AFF ratings not that long after. Where I jump skydiving is seasonal so it's not really possible to live off it alone, so I still have a part-time job next to it. Skydiving season is pretty intense, as we have a 6-day week at our dropzone and due to my part time job I have a 7-day workweek from late spring until mid fall. Staff does normally not get any days off and we are expected to be available at all and any time. No pay for bad-weather-standby-days though and no getting out even on light workload days. I've had a total of 2 requested weekends off the last 7 years - and that is "surprisingly" taking the fun out of the sport for me. Season opening was late this year due to COVID. When we finally started our season it hurt to see all those great people at the dropzone, all my friends and students being amazed to get up into the sky again and me myself just feeling numb and irritated that all those days of endless standby and waiting at the dropzone are now starting again. Being on my canopy for the first time in more than 6 months did not excite me even the slightest. My only thought was to just get this over as quickly as possible so I could finally go home to do something with my valuable spare time that I actually wanted to be doing. I don't want to rant too much. I just never had those feelings about skydiving ever before. Maybe all that is caused by the COVID restrictions, that finally gave me some spare time in the warm season and reminded me that there is more in this world than just skydiving. Maybe I just overdid it the last few years and need a break from skydiving. Anyways... Has any other experienced skydiver out there ever been in a similar position? Advice is very welcome...
  3. I have about 1500 jumps experience on the Aerodyne 350sqft A2. Openings are nice and constistent, although sometimes they will rock back and forth after opening. This issue will resolve itself after a few seconds without any need for interaction, but will resolve faster when brakes are being released. Other than mentioned by another jumper, I think they fly absolutely amazing in turbulent conditions. I have loaded them between 300lbs and 470lbs, landed them from downwind to extremly gusty 25kts wind in very, very turbulent conditions and never ever even had the slightest disturbance in canopy rigidity. The canopy does not need any form of acceleration to maintain its pressurization and long straight finals are perfectly fine. I've heard very different stories about tandem canopies from another manufacturer. Longevity is amazing - the oldest canopy we currently have in use is 12+ years old with round about 4000 jumps on it. As we regularly reline our canopies (from my experiency this makes a huge difference), the flare is still very comparable to a brand new one. I will not hesitate to jump this canopy with any passenger in any jumpable conditions. Now on to the downsides... The flare is great, although it requires a lot more power than for example a Sigma 340. Also steering is quite power-consuming but nothing one couldn't get used to. Interestingly responsivity increases and steering-backpressure decreases with line-age. The flare-power significantly decreases, once the lines are noticeably out of trim. Opening characteristics stay pretty unaffected by this.
  4. True... We are landing on grass - but compared to previously used rainbow pants (with parapack reinforcement on the butt) the new kevlar version is a massive improvement. Anyways, as you already said, landing on sand will kill any type of pants sooner than later. If I would land there, I'd probably also go with the cheapest I could find. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  5. As the pants are kept in the dropzone design, the dropzone provides them. I jumped the same model (but a different design and without the mentioned modifications) before I became a staff jumper - and I also was involved in specifying those special modifications. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  6. Rainbow Designs Freefly Pants (see http://www.rainbowsuits.com/en/products/freefly-pants). All of our staff are using the same design. We requested the latests series of our pants with some special modifications: - No backpockets as those proved as weak spots - Butt reinforcement made from kevlar instead of cordura - Lycra slider pocket on right leg (very useful not only for removeable slider but also for handles, etc.) We not only use the pants for tandem but also for solo jumping. I usually land my VK84 downwind and prefer to slide landings out on my butt, when winds are too strong. Until now - about 500 tandems and 500 solo jumps - the pants only show slight wear and no damage. Can fully recommend. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  7. The Speed 2000 reserve made by Paratec in Germany is absolutely great. It flies nice, flares great and has a smaller pack volume than a same sized Optimum (saying the 120 Speed will pack like a 106 Optimum). By the way it is also cheaper, but still on the more expensive side for reserves. The disadvantage? Because the pack volume is so small and the material is so thin it will wear out rather fast. 5 or 6 openings (depending on deployment speed) will require a replacement or living with a pretty weak flare. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  8. The graph shows actual speed - not average speed. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  9. Basically yes... I think that speed skydiving given the current measurement methods is complete nonsense. I mean, just look at the deployment speeds of some curves?! Deploying at over 250km/h - that's a pull in headdown. I once had a deployment happen at the transition from sit to track and that was already painfull as f*ck. And now I should believe in curves telling me that people pull at over 250km/h on a regular base? Change the measurement. Make it ground based, make it based on an inertial navigation system, whatever... But get away from something that obviously cannot be right. It makes a joke of the whole discipline to accept speeds as records that are physically impossible. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  10. Summary for people too lazy to read: The measured acceleration is physically not possible. Measured speed is a result of air turbulence influencing the Protracks, and while it is still a record, it does not give a lot of information on the actual speed. Detail It's very impressive to see results like this. Anyways I don't think that the real speed relative to the ground was actually that high. I think this is acutally kind of a big problem in speed skydiving. Protracks are using airpressure to measure altitude and therefore speed and allow for manipulation by "turbulence". Just look at the graph. At the beginning of the speed curve there is a speed of about 40km/h or 11,1 m/s. At the beginning of the measurement window at 2700m the speed is at about 400km/h or 111,1m/s. The time between these two points is about 20 seconds and that gives an average acceleration of about 5m/s². As soon as the measurement window starts, acceleration increases a lot (the speed curve gets steeper), which is very strange already. Given the entry speed of about 400km/h or 111,1m/s and the exit speed of about 620km/h or 172,2m/s (lowest reasonable value to see from the graph - real exit speed is not visible and possibly even higher) there is a speed difference of 61,1m/s over a time of 5,99s (average between the two Protrack values). This gives an acceleration of 10,2m/s² for the measurement window. As you might know freefall in vacuum happens at a acceleration of 9,81m/s², so without additional thrust the measured acceleration is impossible to achieve (even without any air resistance that is working against acceleration anyway). So what I want to say is, that the record is very nice (and of course valid) as it happened in compliance with the ISSA rules, but the measured speed cannot be anywhere near the actual speed as it is physically impossible to achieve such an acceleration. Wether the influencing of the Protracks happened conscious or unconscious is not subject of my post. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  11. Seriously?! https://www.facebook.com/redbull/videos/vb.14226545351/10157249017360352/ Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  12. First of all - I know that the 132 Pilot ZPX packs about the same size as a 120 Katana. It will still be a thight fit that I do not recommend. Second - a 150 main combined with a 126 reserve is a bad idea because of your ability to land it safely. If your jump numbers and weight are correct you have no point in being under a 126 reserve. Why jump a 126 reserve when you want to jump a 150 main? And just some generic advice... You want to buy a new container but somehow it seems you are not having your priorities in the correct order: 1. Choose a reserve canopy - this will be the one that will save your ass. This will be the canopy you jump for. If your main opens, nice for you. But always expect to need your reserve. And to have to land it in a tight spot between buildings, trees and power lines. 2. Choose a main canopy - this will be the one that you will spend the most time under. It should fit your skill level and your intentions. It will be most likely for you to hurt yourself because of a wrong sized / wrong planform main. 3. Choose a container to correctly fit your reserve and your main canopy. Form follows function - not the other way around. Do not put looks above safety! Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  13. Stuffing a 150 in a V319 is plain stupid. Combining a 150 main with a 126 reserve and your jump numbers is even more stupid. Don't do it, invest money and buy a container for the canopy you are jumping, not one that you might jump some day. Simple as that... P.S.: I don't know which chart you are using but in the sizing chart on the UPT website (http://www.unitedparachutetechnologies.com/PDF/CHART_00037___Rig_Sizing_Chart.pdf) the OP 126 is marked as a loose fit. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  14. This will definitely be overstuffed - and thou shalt not overstuff your container! The Pilot 132 ZPX packs almost exactly like a Katana 120, so you have some reference. I'd say the MT container is good for you. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  15. It is a pretty new Paratec Next tandem system - not too common but also nothing too special. Most of the Next systems I know are equipped with yellow cutaway cable, just this one is equipped with clear cable. Inspection did not show any damages. I was just asking because of the incident and the resulting DZ-thread (that is linked in the first post) last year. Thanks! Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  16. Hey everybody, While inspecting a rig I have discovered a cutaway handle with clear coating instead of the more common yellow one. I have not seen clear coating on a cutaway cable before and remembered reading something about a fatality caused by the failure of the coating. After some research I found the following post - http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=4764216#4764216 The recommendation (by the DZ-user) is not to use cables with clear coating anymore. There is no SB by the manufacturer and I have not been able to find anything else on this subject. Did I miss something? Is it safe to use the cable with clear coating or should the handle be replaced? Thanks! Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  17. In the few years I have been into skydiving now I have met more people believing in (and sometimes religiously preaching) conspiracy theories than ever before. For example: - 9/11 was an inside job - chemtrails - NWO - hollow earth - Anunnaki (Aliens created humans as work slaves) - Germany is a company not a state (see BRD-GmbH) - and many more I don't really want to discuss those conspiracy theories here, but I am actually interested if you also have the feeling that the amount of people believing in such stuff is higher amongst skydivers than amongst the "normal" population. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  18. If possible, let somebody else (as experienced as somehow possible) jump your rig. Body position is a reason that is given much too often for bad openings, but I still see the possibility. A new rig, with different sizing and a different place to grab your pilot chute can do strange things to your body position while pulling. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  19. It is absolutely not a bad thing to finish your aff-course in one week - but a finished aff-course is not the same thing as learning to jump. When you are done with your aff, you know how to fall out of an airplane and act in a way that reduces your chance of getting killed to a reasonably low level. If you really want to learn to skydive, you will have to invest a lot more than one week. There is no shortcut to this. Learn skydiving first, then think about the travelling. Lots of people go to many dropzones and places and think they are skydiving all around the world, while they do nothing but fall out of different airplanes more or less controlled. You learn better if you stick to one place for your first few hundred jumps - at least that's my opinion. But I cannot really give any recommendation about the freefall university or the irish parachute club as I don't know both of them personally. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  20. Can you give any details on inspection and maintenance cycles? Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  21. One of my teachers always told me, there are people landing their canopies and there are people stopping to fly. In which group are you? Do you think this is the way to go? Think about it that way - a smaller canopy requires more, a bigger canopy requires less skill. Something going wrong requires skill. Learning requires skill. A new situation requires skill. Currently you are using 100% of your skill just to get to the ground somehow - in perfect conditions. If something goes wrong you don't have any skill left to influence the outcome. You are relying on luck and not on skill in those situations. You will not progress as fast as somebody on a canopy that fits their skill level because you cannot invest anything into learning - you don't have any skill left to improve because all your capacity is already used. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  22. maggyrider

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    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.
  23. You might be right... Look what I found on the vimeo channel of the guy in the military suit. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  24. I never did a night jump myself, so the following is just based on my common sense: If you want to check out your eyes, go see an eye specialist and let him check out your vision. It's easier, it's probably cheaper and you will get a more objective, better result (and if you discovered a problem yourself by flying up with the plane again, you would have to give the eye specialist a visit anyway). If he discovers a problem, fix it. If not, your problem had nothing to do with your vision, but with your experience or the way the jump was briefed (you know, with 100 jumps, things like this can happen). Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.
  25. http://www.pgasus.be/start.php?pg=text&item=mPOD I use this one - completely stowless. Works perfect. EDIT: Regarding experience with the mPod - most of the staff jumpers on my dropzone rely on it. So alltogether there have been about 4000-5000 jumps on it, with zero hard openings due to line dump or premature release of the canopy from the pod, no line-overs, no bag locks, etc. There has been one single malfunction when the pod fell over the nose of the canopy, all magnets alligned on top of each other, caught a single A-line that could not be released anymore and caused the canopy (Velocity 96) to spin violently. Nice words are not always true - and true words are not always nice.