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  1. tikl68

    Recommend a DZ (US)

    All the info given is pretty accurate, aside from the DZ in Oceanside. No offense to Oceanside,they just dont have rental gear, and you need a B license to jump there. Most of the TI's there are AFF rated also but the DZ does not have any student program. Its either license jumpers, or tandems.
  2. tikl68

    Pack Monkey experience anyone?

    JMHO. It is a gimmick. No offense to the creator, but I teach the AFF packing course and have for 11 years and was a full time packer for 4 years. It is all about technique. Still to this day when i am jumping and see some one struggling to put it in the bag I will usually approach and ask if I can help, and show them some very simple techniques and if they use them for the remainder of the day they usually struggle less by the end of the day and thank me and say that no one has ever shown them that before. One of my AFF packing students was a petite Japanese girl and she had to take her packing course on a BRAND NEW canopy due to the dz replacing a bunch of the old tired ones. I had to show her some different techniques to handle it, and to be mind full to keep it under control and it starts with rolling the tail before you even set it down. Then how you handle it on the ground has a lot to do with it. She had no problem and when she got her own gear, that was all brand new she again had no problem dealing with it. How you handle/manipulate it and dont over handle/fondle it makes a huge difference.
  3. Just my 2 cents. It sounds like you have a plan and thats awesome. Dont let some of the posters who are negative nancies steer you away. Elsinore or Perris are both good SoCal choices. When you have 2 options that seem equal it comes down to the little things. So here are some pro's and con's Pro; Perris has a bar on site. Con;not as social as Elsinore after jumping Perris has a pool. Local kids use it also Perris has a wind tunnel the dirt in the landing area is tough to get out of your shoes. Elsinore has a pool,not open It is smaller than Perris's pool to the public Elsinore is VERY social after It is a 5 minute walk to get a case. jumping, and the dairy accross the street has beer, cheaper than a bar. all joking aside both DZ's have capable aircraft and good instructors. It comes down to where you feel the positive vibe. Check both out and spend about an hour talking to the instructors and the locals experienced jumpers and see how it feels. Hope to see you in December. Yes Elsinore is my home DZ.
  4. tikl68

    4-way camps

    Elsinore has a program called excel camp we run once a month. It is free coaching on the fundamentals of RW, and if you have a good foundation, we can increase the technical side to challenge you and send some of our locals that have been attending theses camps and one or two of us coaches to do some 4 way and get video and a proper debrief.We also have SCSL. SCSL is a low pressure 4 way event,it is like a camp with coaching, but is conducted much like nationals, against other intermediate teams. Arizona runs a "Rookie Round up" just not sure about the frequency.
  5. The numbers are nice in a perfect world where all the elements are in your control, but still give no credence to the argument of low collision possibility in this scenario. Most free fly jumps break off between 4500 and 5000, and when tracking can cover a good distance. If is a 4 way or more some one has no choice but to track back down jump run. I get some of what you are saying about the free fliers falling faster and there fore reaching 4500/5000 before the solo belly flier deploys, but why rely on luck and chance, why not just have the solo jumper exit after the FF and manage the risk as much as possible.
  6. It is that important. Instead the person that opens at XX altitude giving more horizontal separation and dragging out jump run to the point where people land out or the pilot has to do a go around. So the option that my home dz chooses to not have jump run stretched out, if you want to open at 4500-5000 and above is to have you exit after the RW/FF, and IMHO communicating with anybody behind you(AFF inst,or tandem video people) about when you are deploying, or anything else out of the ordinary, is NOT a bad idea.
  7. You SHOULD respect normal exit separation, but we all know that is not always the case. In regards to a free flier screaming by,it has nothing to do with separation or lack there of. If you open at 4500 or above and you are ahead of people that open at 3500, when the group behind you breaks of and tracks that distance can be quickly covered, and if you are not paying attention when you deploy at 4500 (which happens often) and fly UP jump run while you monkey with you slider,chest strap and anything else you do after deployment, again the "separation time" is now mitigated. In my experience(as a belly coach and LO) that low experienced solo belly jumpers usually back slide, or drift around, and they can and do find them selves under the group behind them. It is just a scenario that leaves too much to chance, and we have all seen too many close calls on friday freak out. As for the tandem im not sure if I worded it wrong but there is only ONE camera man in the scenario. I have seen video from our tandem camera fliers, and from fun jumpers, of close calls at my home DZ. It can be done but communicate and let the group behind you know, there fore they can add a little separation time and or at least be aware he might be there when you as the person in the group behind are tracking to be even more aware. Why is communicating such a big issue.
  8. We dont force anybody to open at 3k or below. And the OP said nothing about that in his situation#1.
  9. So I will spell it our for you. I was referring to the OP'S #1 what if. First off like oblextimm stated, communication with in a group going to altitude in the same plane is NEVER a bad thing, its actually encouraged at my home dz, and usually done in the loading area prior to loading the plane. The comment was something to the effect of telling unlicensed/student jumper to pull high(which is ok and not against our rules but usually asked to exit after the free fliers and let the people after you know), but combined with the other component of the situation he was told to follow out a RW group right after with out telling them. If he does not give enough separation time then he will be joining that groups jump with out them knowing, and that in itself is dangerous, not to mention in typical exit order it is belly fliers first then free fliers etc. So if he opens at 4500 there just might be a free flier, or a video guy for a tandem that can check his gear for him as they go screaming by that will most likely exit after him and probably deploy around 3500. Thats why!!!!!
  10. I hear stuff like this all the time,but usually from inexperienced/low time licensed jumpers. Fortunately 99 percent of the instructors at my home dz are not wing nuts and dont dispense such nonsense. But when I do hear this i will try to tactfully add good info. to give the jumper a better understanding of the situation, and therefore make a better decision. If that does not work I have no problem asking a AFF instructor his opinion, and if that does not work, i will inform the S&TA, and that usually does it. One example, a jumper who had recently received his license(around 38 jumps) was in the loading with a group of about 12 other jumpers with a skill range from 75 jumps to 130 jumps. While I was in the loading area getting on the same plane, i watched the dirt dive and the lack of proper terminology and techniques for this soon to be zoo dive, i hinted that this might be a little above his skill level. He said so N so said i should be good. So I ask one of the AFF instructors in the loading area going up for a tandem about the situation. When he saw who it was he realized he was one of the jumpers instructors and he put a stop to the notion pretty quick.
  11. I think the big issue is that the student is doing this with out communicating his intentions to anybody else on the plane. It is ok for a student or a licensed jumper to open at that altitude, but it should discussed before take off.
  12. True we normally only have LO's on the week end, but if you read the OP's comment it says,"Elsinore or Perris or both on THIS WEEKEND" and Elsinore also has a skyvan, and 2 caravan, so no having to wait for 10 people to manifest in order to make it worth sending, we will send the caravan with less people needed than an Otter or a Skyvan.
  13. Elsinore has an excellent FF/angle staff on hand. We provide LO's for both FS and FF every week end. We have bunk house for sleeping arrangements that cost 7 dollars a night, and a place if you would like to pitch a tent. The good news is they are close enough to each other you can make 2-3 jumps at one place in the morning, and drive to the other for a couple of jumps for afternoon/sunset. In my opinion our FF LO's are top notch.It is one of the reasons why flyfly camp has been held at Elsinore since 2004 if I recall, and it is home to a 3 time national FF champion.
  14. tikl68

    Packing Nightmare

    That is the one thing I find that helps someone I am teaching, the most. To the OP, this has been discussed at least 3 times before. So check some of the older threads. I made a video that I posted and sent to some one in a PM. I still have the video if you would like it showing the technique John is referring to.
  15. tikl68

    Packing a new canopy ... flaking problem

    You have some good points and yes no matter how clean your pack job is as soon as it hits the wind at a buck n quarter it becomes a mess, sort of. But what the OP is concerned about is a legit concern. The D lines if not kept in the center as best as possible can POPTENTIALY get around one of the round stiffeners stitched on the stabilizer during the opening and remain hung up once it is under tension(it has happened). It is a trick to do what you are having trouble with, but just be a little creative and you should be able to find a way. I would have to watch you to be able to suggest another method. I have been a full time packer before(4 years) and also teach the packing course to aff students since 2006, and yes BASE also. When I get done rolling the tail and go to set it on the ground, I dont slam, or plop, or throw it down, because yes it can muck up your awesome flake job.