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  1. Yes, that's it, thank you! I thought it was a separate thread for some reason.
  2. I remember reading a compelling story by mister NickD about that infamous jump, but couldn't find it with help of search engines, can anyone help me? It's not this http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=1609006#1609006 As I remember there was a separate thread by NickDG and the story was about the load he was on and how much easier it might be to lutz a jump than one might expect or something like that. Any other good read suggestions are welcome too :)
  3. Don't know about booking in advance, but a friend of mine did jump 3 tandem jumps the first day she visited the DZ
  4. One thing I came to believe when it comes to learning in the tunnel is that not only pure flying time matters, but also thinking and visualizing, so it's not that important to spend too much time too quickly. You can occasionally go to wt say 15 minutes twice or even once a month. Surely you will not learn as quickly per wall clock time, but you will make progress. I met a lot of fellows that fly less frequently than I do but started sooner and did that consisntenly and they're decent flyers. This is the way we go with my gf right now, per unit of flying time she must be progressing faster than me. tl;dr buy a rig, try to fly a little, but give priority to the skydiving development, that's my opinion fwiw Also, never met a person who would say freeflying is anything short of extremely hard, you will have more rewards from skydiving initially, much more time and effort is required to really enjoy freeflying.
  5. worth repeating that this is never the earth (see "wing level" priority)
  6. Very interesting topic, I have recently been unable to find my freebag while I have seen my main land and found the cutaway handle while looking for the freebag. Will be unable to attend the talk in person obviously but is there any chance of a video being recorded, uploaded and posted in this thread? Would be invaluable I think, thank you!
  7. oh you do, the air is not as uniform as it looks at first. Not all the time anyway.
  8. I guess not everyone knows or remembers the origin of the name. I guess this distancing ourselves as skydivers from the mythological Icarus is lying to ourselves. Reread it, remember the legend was probably told to you by a whuffo.
  9. I don't think this is always realistic. If you're put last out from small altitude in the first group this is probably according to opening altitudes/wing loading/planned actions during descent. So one would need to properly blend with the next group and possibly be the last one out also. Not that this should stop one from considering all the options, just a little nitpick from me.
  10. Did you not read the first four words of his post? still a valid question to ask oneself to learn and turn experience into skill
  11. Your profile shows russian flag. There's this thing called parachute-athletic triathlon or something. But it's a bit old fashioned i would say, gets accuracy from skydiving. I can say that vfs can get quite demanding physically.. But that's mostly training/technique issue, gets better over time. Freeflying in general gives a strong incentive to stay in shape including stretching.
  12. First jump with a round at 17, second at 20. Went for aff and started jumping actively at 24
  13. If we're talking Flystation in St.Petersburg vs Freezone in Moscow. In Flystation you have a single wind tunnel, in freezone there're two windtunnels at the same facility, one a little bit smaller than flystation the other one is a little bit bigger (you can find the exact spec on the internet I guess). Both flystation and the big tunnel at freezone fit well for dynamic flying coaching. You can save a bit of money if you need static flying in the smaller wind tunnel. If you want to go crazy cheap on basic static flying you can find even smaller tunnel is Moscow with decent quality airflow (Aerodinamica is the newest one, located just outside the city) As of present moment accommodation is more convenient at Flystation: they have a mini hotel just outside the facility. Freezone have started building a mini hotel, but I'm not sure it will be finished by January. Otherwise you'll have to stay in small local town 10-20 km away or in Moscow (50-60 km away). What kind of flying/amount of time are you planning to do?
  14. Are you going with a coach or are you planning to find a local coach? Pros and cons of russian wind tunnels in general or between moscow and st. Petersburg?