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Everything posted by wicodefly

  1. Are there more fun/sport jumpers up there during the weekdays? I will be able to jump Monday, Tuesday, and/or Wednesday. Any other reasons to drive ~1.5 hours instead if staying in Vegas? I would think there would be a healthy fun jumper population in Vegas. Chance favors the prepared mind.
  2. Thanks for the vid, helps a ton.Good to see the landing area in that desert. PAC is my favorite jump plane. We have a great one at my home DZ so I will feel right at home, except for the lack or greenery and water :) Chance favors the prepared mind.
  3. Good info. Thanks! Great that they open so early. I was contemplating whether or not to take my jumpsuit. Might be too hot. Jumped in AZ before so I should be ok. Chance favors the prepared mind.
  4. Cool. Thanks for the info man. Good to know about the landing area. I will check it out Has anyone tried the bungee jump off the space needle looking building? Is it worth it? Mornings-ish are perfect for me. If anyone will be out and wants to jump let me know. Chance favors the prepared mind.
  5. I'll be in Vegas for a few days the week of 7/14. Are there usually sport jumpers at one of the nearby DZs like Vegas Extreme or Sin City Skydiving during the weekdays? I mostly do RW and just looking to see if it's worth going out or if anyone will be down there and want to join in the fun. Thanks! Chance favors the prepared mind.
  6. Yea, that's one of the issues, people interpret it differently. The point on the ground makes sense to me though because a C license is serious and you have to be accurate. Looking at it from a prespective of being a competent and safe canopy pilot it's important. I have more than the 25 required accuracy landings over the last 150 jumps but it is not consistent yet. When I have landed out, I've been really accurate. Chance favors the prepared mind.
  7. Thank you, that makes sense Chance favors the prepared mind.
  8. I'm in the US and having fun working towards a C license. I've read the SIM, asked instructors, and searched the forums and need more clarity on how to properly declare and log an accuracy landing for a C license. I know this is mainly on the honor system and I want to do it right. I just don't know exactly what "right" is. In the SIM in the requirements for a C license it says you need to: 3-1 E. 3. c. "c. landed within two meters of target center on 25 jumps" For logging landing accuracy (as far as I can find) it says to log: 3 C 1. b. (7) "(7) landing distance from the target" I'm trying to properly log my accuracy landings which are getting better a\over time. One awesome thing at my DZ is that we have a day each week where all we do is work on canopy skills. It's really helpful. I'm working on accuracy, so it fits perfectly with my next skydiving goal. A few questions: 1) Do I need to declare where I'm landing before boarding the aircraft or at some other time? From what I've read this is how declarations for Pro ratings work but I haven't found anything about C licenses. How can one demonstrate accuracy? 2) What does "target" mean? Is it a point on the ground? A 5-ft box painted box? At my DZ we have several painted and a large mowed targets. One is like a 25-foot circle with smaller circles inside (really visible from the air). Others are about 3 ft. circles. There is also a disc that you can lay on the ground wherever you choose. 3) Who can sign off as a witness? I read it to say it has to be an AFF-I, but I'm unsure if that's for every jump or just on the license application. Is there a consensus or other info from USPA on these questions? Maybe I'm over thinking it.... Either way, it sure if fun working towards these goals. Thanks in advance! Chance favors the prepared mind.
  9. Thanks for the info, it's helpful. Can you tell me more about the 100 ft. cut away slider down? I'm not sure what that means and want to learn more. I'm guessing that would make the reserve deploy faster? Thanks! Chance favors the prepared mind.
  10. You need to join SANS. You get a sticker, number, all that fun stuff. The gentleman that runs it has done a nude jump every month at least for the lase 13 years I believe. Even in the artic winters we have up here! https://m.facebook.com/pages/The-Society-for-the-Advancement-of-Naked-Skydiving/170448172978094?_rdr http://www.thesans.org Chance favors the prepared mind.
  11. Yes. It's open. Chance favors the prepared mind.
  12. One of the reasons I love skydiving is because no one can bother me while I am doing it. It makes me feel free. Also, mobile phone transceivers and their associated towers start to be unreliable at altitude. Chance favors the prepared mind.
  13. Link fixed: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id832891884 Chance favors the prepared mind.
  14. Yes, as a new skydiver I'm happy I've done a few tandems and have excellent instructors that drilled things into my head. I had several line twists on my AFF 1 and was scared for a moment, but then remembered what Tom told me and checked altitude, looked at my handles (I was at over 4K) and kicked out of them no problem. In my short time in the sport I've seen a student AAD fire and a separate no flare (well she was trying I think but just froze up even though the instructor was saying "flare, flare, flare!") that ended okay. I remember the first maybe 5 or 6 jumps of AFF and the complete sensory overload, excitement, scariness, etc. that I felt. Awesome, but I can definitely see how people might freeze up or freak out. The scariest pre-license jump for me was when I had to jump my pack job. I also needed a hop-n-pop and would not do both at the same time :) Chance favors the prepared mind.
  15. In regards to disconnecting the RSL, I have a comment and a question. Any input is appreciated. - Thanks for the tip on collapsing the canopy, I will use it. My plan is if for some reason I start getting dragged really badly (I don't jump in windy conditions) I'll cut away, even if that means my reserve PC pops. Obviously I'd try to disconnect RSL first, but if it's not possible for whatever reasons, I'll cut away on the ground. - Question: Why disconnect RSL in a two out situation before cutting away the main? Is it absolutely necessary? What if you have Skyhook? Chance favors the prepared mind.
  16. I don't know anything anyone else doesn't, but here's a status update from their FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/iFLYChicag It says: "We anticipate accepting reservations mid-to-late May but are not exactly sure of the IT installment schedule yet. We will keep you posted here on facebook...." If they're waiting on IT, my guess would be at least two years :) Chance favors the prepared mind.
  17. As an aside, when I dealt with them they were very responsive and were awesome helping me get my visor fixed. Blue skies. I'm curious, what's so urgent, if you don't mind my? Chance favors the prepared mind.
  18. They got back to me in a day or so using the contact us on their website last summer. I know it is a busy time for a lot if places given the season is starting up. Chance favors the prepared mind.
  19. Might be a good idea for your friend to take a swimming class or two at the YMCA or something. It's cheap and will help. Chance favors the prepared mind.
  20. Free burgers for life!! Oh, wait. Chance favors the prepared mind.
  21. Forgive me if this has already been discussed. I searched and couldn't find anything. There are a few different 360 HD camera arrays out there now, including this one http://freedom360.us/ which has some interesting videos on their website. This one is an array of GoPros that when viewing the video you can spin, zoom, and do some cool things. Note that I'm not saying I'm getting one of these or any camera at my experience level, just wondering if anyone has used anything like it or has any footage to share. Obviously if it was helmet mounted the way normal GoPros are there would be a helmet in the way. Chance favors the prepared mind.
  22. I have no idea what you should do. I can tell you as a new skydiver that I fell in love the sport the moment I stepped out if the door. I think about it often and look forward to every single jump. I am constantly trying to learn more and get better, watching the weather, planning jumps, etc.. It's super fun. I don't do it for the adrenaline, it's much more about fun. I've done several sports and this is by far the most fun for me. It's certainly isn't for everyone. Good luck! Chance favors the prepared mind.
  23. What kind of vehicle? Depending on the paint (age, type, etc.) you want to be careful what you cover it with. You'd treat a 67 vette differently than a 2014 M5. Obviously a garage would be best to really protect it. I would suggest a car enthusiast forum, one specific to the car. A really good wax treatment before storage can do wonders for longevity too. Remember though, cars want to be driven! Chance favors the prepared mind.
  24. I had to repeat level 3 three or four times and level 5 once. I was starting to think I'd get the bowling speech. I was too stiff and dropping a leg causing me to spin. It was getting better, but very slowly. My instructors were AWESOME and just kept working with me until I got stable and was able to move on. Looking back some tunnel time may have been a good idea for me, but I loved every second of it! I'm a newbie so please take my advice with a grain of salt. There is so much to learn in this great sport and it takes time, patience, and dedication. Certain things will click after a while as you learn. Good luck! Chance favors the prepared mind.
  25. Nice! Would love to see these guys in person some time. Chance favors the prepared mind.