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  1. So if your are super stable, smooth and fearless, will they let go a tad, or are you going to be clenched tight no matter what? I'm thinking though the requirment to ARCH, no matter what your instinct might be otherwise.
  2. Has this every happened that you know of? I've hit one of these on a motorcycle and it could have been worse. Just wondering about bird strikes. I've not seen too many birds around 4000 AGL but who knows what might be lurking.
  3. Lots of good info here. Thanks. Cheryl Starnes shure blew the theory about only one stable position. She is quite adept at dealing with the wind. Thanks for posting the vid. Yes, stability, smoothness are important. The only reason I've asked this is to determine how I might help the learning curve. Which might be a good thing starting out in any sport. I can't imagine, as big as the sky is, that I'd only do belly down flying as when I was a boy, looking down at the water from the board, I knew there was a lot fun between the board and splashdown. Yes, I think the only fear I'd have is collisions. I'll be last out before any practice runs. Thanks for the input.
  4. That's a back layout. Body is more prone with outstretched arms. That must be fun doing it as slow as you can. Fella at wind tunnel told me it took him about an hour of wind tunnel time to learn to sit fly. Now that's about 60 jumps or more trying to get the hang of it. Is it that hard really to balance sitting? How important are your hands in feathering wind while sitting? Also what is the number one hardest maneuver to do? Just curious.
  5. Quote For example, you do tuck your knees to your chest to do a back loop, but the motivational force is when the wind hits your calves/feet, and blows you over backwards. When you go to stop, it's not a matter of timing the relaese so you run out of 'loop' when you're back on heading, it's a matter of coming around and returning to the arch and letting the wind stop you and hold you back in place on your belly. Yes, the visual is a part of the manuver, and it does help with things like head position and holding a heading in the beginning of the learning process, but that goes away eventaully. Since the wind is both the 'home' position and the motivating force in the manuvers, it's possible to do them blindfolded and just use the feel of the wind to guide you. Quote OK so in doing back flip, when you see straight down you're commensing level fight belly down position? as relative wind starts at eyes and works down to belly. Yes I can see where you could do this blind folded. Those sit position/roll, sit must be a bear to get right. Is it possible to do sit/back flip/sit? Actually what is the most difficult maneuver to do right?
  6. How important is viewing (seeing) the horizon in ending any maneuver or is relative wind (feeling) more of an indication? If seeing is more, then are hazy days problematic in doing these maneuvers where you can't see the horizon? Plus how unstable could you be if you assume a stable body posture upon entry to ending the maneuver: fists in front of face, body arched, and knees bent 90 degrees?
  7. Is doing a back flip the same while skydiving as it is on a high diving board, less the wind of course. Head back and knees into the chin? Or do you need do something completely different to achieve the same maneuver? Same with front flip, chin tucks down into chest and knees up to chin. Just wondering.
  8. what is the power plant for wind generation?
  9. What do they use for engine? Is there a propeller there somewhere? There's a lot of old turbines laying around... hmmmmm
  10. Just wondering about trend? How about use of wind tunnels. Is use up? We could use one here in Balt/Wash area!
  11. Suuz, Ya Ya, Nope, no boasting. Experience was only provided when the off topic training content commensed to allow for a more fluid conversation about the off topic content. Fortunately we got it back on track long before the "I have a lot more experience than you" squabbles started that would have accomplished nothing. I don't know about you guys but I'm pretty happy about how this ended up. Thanks again!
  12. Flight instructors are Skygods and know everything. In case no one noticed. They are better then anyone else. offtopic: not sure if you EVER want to join an airline but with this attitude will be REALLY hard to join and survive. The conversations I was having with others were productive and successful and if you were reading along you would have noted the conversation had pretty much ended. Your comment is off topic. Not only that it's not true. Just because I have control over my life does not make me a God. Yes as a flight instructor I might be better disposed to knowing what questions to ask. As an independent thinker, not dependent on handouts, I can choose what instruction I want to receive, pick instructors or schools. In this case I was qualifying information, a normal process for me to ensure survival in this sport, a good thing that obviously you think is a bad idea. You've offered nothing. And I think any jump instructor who has read this thread in its entirety would agree with me. And thanks again for those who stayed on topic and discussed the matter. Happy Skydiving!
  13. It's been around awhile. Did you recognize Jay Stokes? ..and no...Jay does NOT have the perfect arch. What school is this or is this just a training video?