Di0

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  1. Di0

    No opportunity to learn to pack

    Packers are very busy, most of the times. I don't think they shut you down for fear of losing income, they know everybody who wants will learn how to pack eventually, and they know they'll still have more work on a good day that they want to do, most of the times. It's that during a busy day they really can't help you. I'd say, try asking again on a weather hold, they'll be bored and probably very happy to help you. At least that's how I am, I'm not a packer but if I'm on a weather hold, I'll be happy to chew your ear off talking about parachutes and packing, whereas if that means not jumping on the few days of the week I can jump... Well, I'll still do it, and try my best, but I'll probably be a lot less patient. If you live close to another jumper, go to his place when you guys are not jumping and bring beer to "pay" for the packing classes, that's all.
  2. Di0

    Brian Germain videos?

    As far as online resources go, Brian's material is some of the best you can find. I would put it together with the manufacturer's material on their official channels and the one that major teams often do. With the usual disclaimers and blahblahblah I think it's great to get inspirations from his videos. I'm standing on the edge With a vision in my head My body screams release me My dreams they must be fed... You're in flight.
  3. I think very rarely I have seen a more well thought explanation about the reasoning that pushed someone into skydiving. Kudos. The way I see it, first and foremost you have to understand: you did it, you proved to the world that you can do it, now you don't own to continue to anyone else, not even your wife. If you don't enjoy it, stop it. Skydiving is expensive, tiring, dangerous, monopolizing: if the idea that you have skydived the last weekend and that you will do it again the next, doesn't help you feel better, more relaxed, more accomplished during the week, then seriously: fuck that. You can support your wife's passion in other ways. That said, you also have options if you love the canopy flight, you could try the tunnel and become a hop-and-pop-only jumper. That's what I do, not because I don't like freefall, but because I love training and perfecting my canopy flight and, given the limited amount of time and resources, I chose to focus on just that when I am at the DZ. Just know that should you decide to quit (and yes, if you stop now and given what you've been going through, I'd say that a stop of any kind right now means a permanent quit, more likely than not) , there should be no sense of shaming, or failure. You tried. You succeeded. But it didn't resonate with you, that's all. I'm standing on the edge With a vision in my head My body screams release me My dreams they must be fed... You're in flight.
  4. Di0

    Comp Velo v Valkyrie

    Agree on everything else said, but I personally find the "slow-flight modes" on the VK about the only thing I don't like. It just feels very twitchy to the point of being "uncomfortable", so to speak. It's the only small complain I'd have with the VK (and I'm sure it's really just the nature of the beast, you can't really have a canopy that rolls so well and easily but doesn't get twitchy if flown in brakes). Funnily enough, it's really only an issue if I have to land straight in for whatever reason, the wing feels rock solid on anything including even just 90s and above. But it could also be that I downsized concurrently to me moving to TX, so there was an unnoticed shift in wingloading, we'll call it that, more than I thought, I was thinking I was around 2.3/2.4 then one day I weighted in manifest and I was like "uuuuuh great, 2.7, pushing 2.8, that explains it". Love the flying, but should probably hit the gym more regularly, regardless, and stick to weightbelts. I'm standing on the edge With a vision in my head My body screams release me My dreams they must be fed... You're in flight.
  5. Was this a typo? My understanding is that wing loading is based on mass, not weight, and so manoeuvres such as spiralling increase your suspended weight but not technically your wing loading. The assumption is correct, spiraling, by increasing the G-Number, will in fact increase the wing loading experienced by the canopy for the duration of the maneuver. That said, yes, "spiraling down" because of turbulence is probably the worst decision you can take, not only because you increase the chance of a collision (let's assume you cleared your airspace alright) but because by perturbing the canopy and changing its flight modes you actually make it a lot more susceptible to turbulence and possibly collapses. The best course of action is to let the canopy fly in whatever state you enter the turbulence (ideally, full flight), and personally I like to keep just enough pressure on the toggles that I feel the lines being in tension (think basically removing the slack, but no more): having had a few collapses due to turbulence during high performance approaches, I like to "feel" the canopy when going through turbulence and hopefully I won't affect it too much by doing that, although, I'll add, that's debatable to whether it's the right thing to do or not. I'm standing on the edge With a vision in my head My body screams release me My dreams they must be fed... You're in flight.
  6. For what is worth, after a couple hundred jumps on the KA97, I'm also now happily flying a VE84. Great canopy to fly, once it opens, it certainly has a lot more "flexibility" in terms of flying range than the KA. I'm standing on the edge With a vision in my head My body screams release me My dreams they must be fed... You're in flight.
  7. Di0

    The Earth is FLAT

    I mean, for all practical purposes of a home-made rocket flying at 1800ft, earth IS flat. I'm standing on the edge With a vision in my head My body screams release me My dreams they must be fed... You're in flight.
  8. Di0

    Cutaway Recovery talk

    And if you've been to Z-Hills at least once, then you've heard the stories. I'm standing on the edge With a vision in my head My body screams release me My dreams they must be fed... You're in flight.
  9. Di0

    Audible for swoop setup

    I use Optima 2 and Protrack 2. The Quattro has canopy alarms but not the decreasing interval leadup to the final beep that the other two do. Yeah, I figured that was the main difference between OPT2 and Quattro, otherwise there would be no reason to offer both of them at the same price, whereas the Protrack2 is basically an OPT2 with logging features (and for ~$50 more compared to the other two). Although, according to L&B website, the "swoop guide" is only mentioned for their Optima 2: https://www.lbwebstore.com/consumer/optima-ii.html https://www.lbwebstore.com/consumer/protrack-ii.html I'm standing on the edge With a vision in my head My body screams release me My dreams they must be fed... You're in flight.
  10. Di0

    Audible for swoop setup

    I think if you say "geared toward swooping" the answer is the Optima 2, since it has the "swoop guide" - a serie of pulsating tones leading to your last alarm in the pattern, to help you with the timing. I never used it (I have an N3 that I use to set up my swoops), but a few of my swooper friends swear by it. For what is worth, sometimes I feel like I would have benefited from this extra help, especially when setting up on unfamiliar landing areas or with thermaly situations. I'm standing on the edge With a vision in my head My body screams release me My dreams they must be fed... You're in flight.
  11. There is no "one answer fixes all" here. Although, sure, a good flaring technique will probably work OK in all cases, better in others, but generally speaking at least get you to the ground safe in most if not all situations... anyway: It depends. The first big discriminant is 7-cell vs 9-cell, generally speaking the flare characteristic is very different. But even there, because of construction choices, materials being the most important one but not the only one, there could be a 9-cell that behaves more like a 7-cell and the other way around. Secondly, there are at least 3 different flare techniques I can think of, one-stroke, two-stroke, dynamic. Each one of those works best with certain canopies/situations and worse with others. Sometimes you might be "force" into using one vs the other. For each one of these technique, your ideal sequence might be different (from "quick then smooth", to "smooth overall", to "smooth then quick", which is the less common one so I'd take this one with a grain of salt, I'd say this is really used only in a couple of circumstances to savage other errors in your setup, but not generally what you should be shooting for). tl;dr: canopy classes, canopy classes, canopy classses :D I'm standing on the edge With a vision in my head My body screams release me My dreams they must be fed... You're in flight.
  12. Di0

    Landing Pattern

    If people don't expect a 180, it's an unpredictable turn. Also, it puts you facing directly into your biggest blind spot (behind you), and it might put you facing directly at the guy lower and behind you, that you didn't see and that isn't expecting you to pull a 180 into the pattern. The 'base' leg is very useful in making sure that my final is clear before I turn into it, since it's much easier to look left/right than it is to look behind. It can be done safely? Yes. But we've all seen the consequences of people doing 180s in tight busy corners (see Eloy's streak of canopy collisions and near miss in the past couple of years), so I don't think it's generally the advice I'd personally give to people if they have problems fixing their square pattern. "Eh. Just do a 180 when you're aligned with you target and fuck it, really". I know that's not what you said and that's even farther from what you meant, but it can be read that way and people have done that in the past. I'm standing on the edge With a vision in my head My body screams release me My dreams they must be fed... You're in flight.
  13. Di0

    Landing Pattern

    I 100% agree with everything else you said, those were going to be my two points as well (change altitudes, change degrees of turn, even change the orientation of you downwind leg and make it also upwind if necessary, square patterns are indeed just "conventions") but, generally speaking, I would strongly advise against this. I'm standing on the edge With a vision in my head My body screams release me My dreams they must be fed... You're in flight.
  14. Di0

    Dolphin rig?

    I'm sure there is at least one person in this world that has had a "just fine" reserve deployment on a Wings. Therefore I don't think there can be any problem whatsoever with reserve deployments on Wings either. I'm standing on the edge With a vision in my head My body screams release me My dreams they must be fed... You're in flight.
  15. Di0

    Canopy turning by itself

    No, he doesn't. If he bought it new and the defect is indeed with the canopy, PD will fix it or replace it. That's the difference between the customer service of PD versus whoever-makes-or-made-the-maverick. I'm standing on the edge With a vision in my head My body screams release me My dreams they must be fed... You're in flight.