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  1. Pat007

    Lotus

    I flew a Lotus for about 500 jumps and really liked it. It met my needs at the time and flew and landed great. The airlocks gave it a definite different feel when flying in turbulence, which I found to be comforting. On the ground, the airlocks hold the air in the canopy, but dealing with it became second nature to me. It really only became an issue on high wind days. It's your decision whether you think positives outweigh the negatives.
  2. I was told by one of their vendors that they are no longer producing any products. Here's a quote from the vendor:
  3. In addition to airlocked canopies (Lotus, Samurai, Renegade), cross-braced canopies pack a bit larger too. I've got a Lotus 150 for sale, if interested.
  4. Thanks for sharing this!
  5. Don't disregard the VOG. It's great. Very accurate and easy to use. I've been jumping mine for months and just love it. And the developers are skydivers. And, other than being a user I have no connection with the company. Just a satisfied user.
  6. Yes, it speaks to you! You can hear a sample on their website: https://vog.ee/ My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  7. You have the option of turning on or off any of the altitude settings with your phone app. It announces the altitude every 1,000 feet (or use metric setting) from 21K down to 6K when it switches to every 500 feet, and then at 1,500 feet it switches to every 100 feet. Last announcement is 200 feet. If you don't like all those announcements you can change them with the app. The announcement is in the language you set with the app. There aren't any alarms at set altitudes like other audibles. You just have to remember what the important altitudes are for you. It doesn't store different programs for different types of jumps, but maybe that's something they could program in the next software update. My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  8. Will do. Sent you a PM. My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  9. No.I jump a Bonehead Aero. My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  10. Yes I did. I think I got the last one he had in stock. Still loving it! Will have to check out the cordless charging next time I'm at the DZ where I have it. The only slight negative I have about it is it would be a bit more comfortable on my ear if it was a bit thinner. But, I can live with it! My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  11. Did you know you can see the wing loading of each DZ.com member (if they listed it in their profile) by clicking on the user name? My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  12. I had to get the charger cord seperately. Actually they had one layong around the gear store at my DZ and threw it in for free. I do love my VOG after about 30 jumps! My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  13. This is the method I use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axCeYlY_6io&t=3s My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  14. Bought one today and put 4 jumps on it. I like its simplicity. Was waiting for them to release an Android app for it, and they did that last month. I had the sound setting on medium, but next time I jump I'm setting the volume to high. Liking it so far. My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  15. I agree with the losy website. You have to email them for the price... The basic model is 260 euros and and full is 350. My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  16. Does anyone have experience with the VOG audible altimeter? I demo'd one last month and really liked it, but before I buy one I'm interested in hearing of others' thoughts. https://vog.ee/ My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  17. Performance Designs says to double stow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nsca5add8g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbyYbXFpMQg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2naYLnoYmw My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  18. Has anyone heard how long Vigil expects the update on a single unit to take? My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  19. In turbulence, when I fly my Lotus or Samurai, I fly with my hands all the way up and trust in the benefits of the airlocks. Closer to the ground I prepare to flare quickly if it gets bumpy on my final approach. You bought an airlocked canopy - believe in it! You don't want to deliberately jump in sketchy conditions, but use the canopy's advantages when they come into play. My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  20. Not totally dead. Brian still makes the airlocked Lotus and Samurai. I have both and you still see them around occasionally. I've no idea how many new airlocked canopies he still makes, but used ones show up on the market from time to time. And once you get used to them, they're not that difficult to deal with on the ground. But, I do catch grief for jumping these at my DZ! My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  21. I'd add to the list of good canopies for beginners: Lotus from Big Air Sportz Volt from Parachute Systems My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  22. Made my first jump at age 56. Four years later and I just earned my D license. If you're healthy you can be an accomplished and safe skydiver. Just don't try to keep up with everything the kids do! My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  23. I demo'd a Volt 150 recently and really liked it. The openings were soft and on heading. Response to toggle turns was snappy. The flare on landing was great and stronger than I'd experienced with a Pilot 168. I didn't have a rigger look at it, but it seemed to be well constructed. The price for a brand new canopy was cheaper than many used ones from other makers. Decided not to buy one right now only because I'm happy with my Lotus 150, but I'd certainly consider one when I'm back in the market. My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  24. We're in a sport where we think nothing of repeatedly spending several hundred dollars for a day of recreation, or laying out $400+ on a jumpsuit that is essentially a pair of coveralls. I find it interesting that we grumble about a modest increase in membership dues to an organization that tries to keep us as safe as possible and works to keep us self-regulated. My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...
  25. I demo'd a Parachute Systems Volt 150 recently and found it more responsive and a much peppier flare than a Pilot. Sticking with my Big Air Sportz Lotus 150 for now, though. My Dad used to ask me if someone jumped off a bridge would I do that too? No, but if they jumped out of an airplane, that's a different question...