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  1. I wrote an review about skykef, which is the only place for funjumpers in Israel. It is a friendly, professional dropzone near Beer Sheva. You will find it on in the "Dropzones" section. Jumping was great, they operate a skyvan and have a huge landing desert with lots of space in all directions. If you do not have your own rig, you might have to wait long for a rental rig to become available. Jumping was expensive compared to germany, and even more expensive compared to the USA, so it might not be the place for a jumping holiday. But if you are in the area, drop in for a day or two. Don't worry if you don't speak hebrew, almost everybody speaks good english, you should have no problem.
  2. I think you did great. This must have been scary. When i did AFF, i almost shit myself every time when doing HopNPops. I never got the stable exit right. I managed to pull 5 Seconds after exit so it was ok, but it never felt good. When i got my license and did some jumps "just for the lulz" on my own, every exit was kind of stable. I finally got it right without thinking about it. When the pressure is gone, you will see how easy and fun the HopNPops are. At about 30 jumps i signed up for a canopy control training. Exit at 2000m and instant pull to use all the altitude for canopy flying. Guess what happened? The guys already flying their canopies seen me falling and tumbling, pulling at 1700m. So just thinking about "this must be done 100%" and I f***** up. Now I enjoy HopNHops, i have my own private landing area. And a few jumps later i'm sure you will enjoy them too.
  3. They offer *much* more comfort. For jumping, yes, foam ones would do it. But for a party with music, they are unusable. They are not linear in the filtering, you can not enjoy the music anymore.
  4. +1 I got custom earplugs with -15 db filter when i started jumping. That was one of the best investments, they are super comfortable and do not interfere with the pressure change while jumping. I got a tinitus from exposure to loud noise before. You do not want that. It's scary. Think of the ringing in the ears when you had to much noise at a party, and then think of that sound NOT going away in the morning. Get earplugs. They will not keep you from talking to people on the plane, you can still talk to them just fine, i can actually hear them even better.
  5. djar


    I took my rig along for my holiday in israel. Mailed both dropzones in israel, skykef and paradive, and asked if it would be ok to jump with them as a beginner. I had about 80 jumps since my AFF nine month ago. Paradive is a tandem only dropzone, so there was only skykef. The dropzone is located near Beer Sheva. It is a 70 minutes drive from Tel Aviv, depending on the traffic. They jump on friday and saturday. Jumping started at about 12:00 on friday and 08:30 on saturday. The airport is busy with other small planes and glider pilots. The local rigger checked my documents and someone showed me the landing area and explained everything. The had a skyvan that had the engine running all day, even for fueling. The boarding area is directly at the taxiway, so you don't have to walk in the heat that far. And beeing used to more mild temperatures, hot it was. I did 5 jumps, despite the fact that they were shoveling tandems all day and i'am packing very slowly. There were packers that cared for the tandem rigs and the rental rigs, and some busy work jumpers. I packed myself, but got help with reatatching my main after a cutaway on the ground due to high winds. Jumping was great. Did i mention it was hot? The landing area is huge, but only a small patch of it has gras, which is used mostly for the tandems. Everybody was friendly and helpfull, so i felt welcome even as a beginner, jumping the first time away from home. The winds were sketchy for me, the local jumpers seemed to be more used to jump in higher winds The ticket costs 220 ILS if you have your own gear. Gear rental might be possible, but bringing your own stuff simplifies things a lot. Almost everybody speaks english, so i was fine even without speaking hebrew. You might ask arround a little bit because the signs, manifest documents etc. were hebrew only, but it was no big deal. The manifest made sure i knew when my load was comming up. When returning to israel, i will come back for sure.
  6. This would suggest that a failed unit will be detected by the user the next time he tries to turn it on, as it will still be on and not reacting when given the "startup sequence". If this is the case, every occurrence should be known by airtec, and they could provide the exact number off how many units are effected, or am i wrong?