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Everything posted by rohicks

  1. Barring knowing you and how you perform you're going to be fine. Basically the exact same thing I did with exact weight and specs. Only difference between us is I waited until B license and around 50 jumps to buy my first rig—wings with a 210 pilot sized for a 190. Still have it and jump it and I'm around 180 jumps. Take your time with your first rig and learn it in and out.
  2. No one has confirmed his age yet. Looks can be deceiving so let's not assume anything yet. He could be in his 20s or early 30s. Maybe someone should write into the Parachutist Mag inquiring about this to the editor. Maybe that'll get some eyes on it or make some noise if nothing else comes of this?
  3. I noticed this too and wondered the same thing when I saw it. If that was ok to do as a tandem jump. Not remotely qualified as TIs are so I certainly don't know, but I have a feeling it might not be recommended.
  4. Thoughts? Video from barstool sports. Couldn't find the full clip anywhere else online as it just aired tonight. This shows the end of the turn and the hard landing. Article describing the incident as a sort of play by play thing.
  5. The obvious answer is your instructors know you and your skill level and you should ask them. I personally think your suggestions are maybe a little aggressive. Others might disagree or back me up. I'm coming up on 160 jumps and I'm still on a 210 pilot that I downsized into coming off my A license. It puts me right at 1:1 or just a tad under pending what I eat and my activity level that month. I have the skill level to downsize into a 190 at the present time, but I'm not going to just yet because I only jump a few times a month (and the money isn't there). I bought my rig a couple of years ago close to my B license and it's sized for a 190/190. Take that for what it's worth.
  6. Read this article in the Wall Street Journal this morning and thought it might be worth a discussion for our community to see what people think about this topic. Not sure if this belongs in this forum or the speaker's corner. Mods move if needed, please. Original article - Without the paywall -
  7. Anyone at your level will always get the response "ask your instructors," when asking this type of question. It's not meant as a shitty or snobby response to you. They know you better and have a better idea of what you could handle at this level. All these questions you're posing and pondering on here could be easily answered by someone who has coached you and seen your progression in person.
  8. I'm a small time jumper compared to most people here, but I've been jumping my wings from mid to late 2014. Not had any issues with mine. I had it designed for a 190/190. I pack a pilot 210 and smart 190 in it. I like it and it's the only rig I've owned to date. I plan to keep it for a long time and customized it with that in mind. The latter was a major reason why I decided to buy my first harness new instead of used. I've not had a reserve ride on yet so no comments there. It was a great price and that definitely factored into my decision. I got it fully loaded with options, custom fitted to me, and designed for $2,100 (that includes a 50% off gift certificate on the harness price). I know of a lot of people that jump them including some of my friends. As gowlerk has been saying, you're fine.
  9. Not going to tell you how to parent, but... ugh... I would absolutely restrict access if I found out my kid was watching this asshole.
  10. I agree with Rover ^. Harden up a bit snowflake. I started jumping at Mile-Hi a year ago when I moved to Denver and I call BS on your claim. It's one of the more welcoming dropzones I've jumped at. They do "no-pro sessions" once a month where jumpers under 200 jumps get free coaching and organizing to work on whatever they want. In fact, they had the last one of the year yesterday (10-29-17 - So ya... I call bs on your claims. Dramatic and sensationalized IMO.
  11. Just got through AFF and already buying a suit? Seems a bit early.
  12. Ok of course no problem. I hadn't been clear on what you were objecting to. I was just using 750 and 1000 as simple approximations, rather than arguing numbers in between. Clearly the pressure behind on object in freefall will be lower. And higher on front, eg highest at the stagnation point. For an AAD inside a skydiver's rig, with the skydiver on his back, I'm not sure just what the pressure will be -- due to the large size and volume of the pack, the pressure increase at the sensor might be a fair bit less than at the stagnation point itself. In any case we don't know exactly what sort of pressure changes exist at the AAD sensor in different body positions. This sounds like a case for Myth Busters .........
  13. That seems pretty aggressive. At least to the route I took. My exit weight is 200 plus or minus a few pounds pending the week. Jumps 1-11 I was on a 260 Jumps 12-50 on a 240 Jumps 51-70 on a 220 Jumps 71-present I am now jumping my own rig built for a 190/190 but using a 210/190 in it. Which puts me at .93 wing loading. Also just because you can stand up a landing doesn't mean you should be downsizing. Talk with your instructors and S&TA.
  14. It's better... but can someone please get rid of that damn smooth scrolling.
  15. This has been tried before. I also started a thread on this subject awhile back for a kickstarter project I found that could potentially work as a recovery system. And here is another thin tracking device.
  16. I disagree. It's different for everyone. Try a viso2 out at your dz, and see if you like digital or analog. If you do then buy it. I was using mine before 38 jumps and I know of some DZs that were using them with their AFF students. Wasn't there an article in Parachutist about it sometime in the last 2 years? I'd have to check my issues. I disagree with your disagreement! On your next jump, note someone close to you in the dive plan who is wearing a digital altimeter and note their altitude checks. In my limited research (as in limited to about 70 seconds each time), I have watched people take as long as 2~3 seconds to check their altitude as they totally defocus from the dive and basically go blind intensely focusing on their digital altimeter. It's even more fun to watch on a casual Saturday 10 way belly jump with a few low time jumpers wearing digitals! Yes, some jumpers with digitals are assuredly a little quicker than others but I have yet to see someone with an analog take more than a quarter (.25) to half (.5) a second to check their altitude. This is with a wrist mount or a chest mount. The chest mount is usually the quickest, especially if anchored over your chest strap buckle on the left side to prevent "flopping" in the wind. Also, it's a rather handy position come cutaway time for your next (or first) malfunction. The added bonus of an analog altimeter is other people can see it too. It keeps them in the dive instead wrist flipping every few seconds. Just my 2 cents.
  17. I disagree. It's different for everyone. Try a viso2 out at your dz, and see if you like digital or analog. If you do then buy it. I was using mine before 38 jumps and I know of some DZs that were using them with their AFF students. Wasn't there an article in Parachutist (corrected to BlueSkies Mag) about it sometime in the last 2 years? I'd have to check my issues.
  18. I hang mine in my closet on a tough hook. Holds very well.
  19. The point I was making was that savings is savings. I personally don't care how it's done, or in the manner in which it's applied to the product, or how much. I'll take it and be grateful for it.
  20. Isn't saving money the same no matter how it's done? I got 50% off the base price on my container from Wings which knocked a good 1k off the price. Got 1K knocked off then loaded it up with 1K worth of options. I see that as a huge savings because without it I wouldn't of been able to get the type of container I did with the options. I'm pretty sure the OP won't have a problem getting some sort of discount with whoever the OP goes with being in the military. To be exact... I saved 1,075 off the base price. My final price came to 2,045.95 which would of been 3,045.95. I consider that a hell of a savings whether it was on the base price or not.
  21. This has got to be a horrible experience to go through before death. I'm sure anything other than a natural death is probably horrifying. I dunno....
  22. Looking might work! ***The canopy malfunction had been so violent that it had yanked the cutaway handle upward. It was stuck between him and Shirley, and he couldn’t reach it. Worse, the other cutaway handle was blocked by her body. Excuse my ignorance - but what system has 2 cutaway handles - or is this an indication to the research done by the journalist! Full of 'my life flashed before my eyes' bullshit. My 11 year old son could write an article better than this. Sorry it wasn't worth your time. Make it worth Dave's time and donate to help him out. It was worth my time, and I'll send a few bucks his way. This was probably my favorite part of the article.
  23. If it funds; update us on how this product works out for you.