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  1. Not sure if this has been mentioned here or not, but there have been recent developments in a hydrogen fuel cell plane. In my opinion this shows more promise than batteries.
  2. I had AFF with one instructor (it was called IAF), but my DZ has since converted to a more conventional setup. Used to be that it was three tandems before AFF - now one.
  3. Not sure if this has been said or not, but a couple of concepts: 1. You have 100 jumps. Pretty early to be questioning foundational techniques of the sport and dictating your understanding of emergencies to a much more experienced audience. 2. From personal experience, PLF works great. Personal experience: * Many friends with lumbar fractures from "trying to slide it in" * Friends that PLF don't get injured nearly as much In about 600 jumps I have had to PLF about 3 times, but I'm glad those 3 times that was the intuition that was drilled into me - because I would have broken myself otherwise. If you have a landing emergency more than once every hundred to two hundred jumps, take a hard look back at what you are doing wrong. Maybe get canopy coaching? Stop jumping in shit winds? On an even more personal note, on the same jump, landing at the same time, my wife and I were landing in the same shit conditions a few feet from each other. I PLF'd and walked away with some bruises. She didn't jump for the rest of the season. PLF. It's better than the alternative.
  4. Balloon jumps rend to be less regulated in the USA. I've seen people take BASE rigs on them. For most balloon jump, the landing area is the problem. Most balloons will take you to an altitude where you can reach terminal velocity and deploy your parachute (although my first one was from ~4k into null wind, so if you're not okay with opening at 2.5k, this may not be the jump for you) If you are in the Northeast USA, will have to land out, in a clearing that may be tiny. I've had friends seriously hurt screwing that up - hospitalizations and permanent life changes and all. If you are in the South California or Arizona Desert, with a flat desert surface for miles, it's less dangerous. It's not about a number of jumps, balloons don't stay in a place - they drift elsewhere. Look at the map 10-20 mile radius from where you are going to be jumping. On the jump - look down. Do you see anywhere immediately under you that you would want to land? Be honest. People get hurt on these.
  5. Would you really call it "non-crossbraced" though?
  6. You're just your usual fountain of shit opinions and bad advice, aren't you.
  7. I had a similar predicament when I started skydiving and did a similar thing. New wings container (found a 50% off coupon that I paid $50 for), used PDR, used sabre 2, new AAD. Worked great. Wings containers can typically hold 3 sizes. Mine was good for 150-190. I had a 190 and 170 in it before I moved on to a better container, but it could definitely hold smaller. Just decrease the closing loop size a little. Check with the manufacturer to be sure.
  8. Zero to trash talking in one full season of jumping!
  9. Hell yes I would. It's actually what I did. Three years (and two job changes) later I bought a C2rve that was made for me, and it does fly a little better - but outside of the tunnel (which isn't in your future if you're trying to save $$$) you're not going to tell the difference. My wife still flies her original Havoc from like a decade ago, and kicks major ass in it. She actually prefers it to her Magister. Gonna be hard to get her to retire it... and it's in really rough shape. I then passed that Havoc on to the next guy for $400 or so to the next guy. He's having a blast... or was before the COVID. The planform has aged well. If you're strapped for cash, something in the Havoc family for a price you can pay is a good choice, even if that something is the original.
  10. You basically want something that is long. Look for a Vector size that is longer than ~18-20" here: Or get an infinity. Aerodyne makes "long" versions of some of their smaller sized icons that look pretty good too. Double check the dimensions of whatever container you end up ordering. Javelin, Wings, Mirage, Glide, short vectors are all not a good fit for your body type.
  11. Shit, I wish I knew the current world record holder of wingsuitting! He is the best one.
  12. If you plan on going to the tunnel for a significant amount of time, it may make sense to get your own carve or magister (depending on body type), as those are the tool of choice. You'll get more out of your money with a proper-fitting pursuit-specific suit. Squirrel suits are great, but the DNA of the company is power and not precision - and in a small enclosed space you need the precision. If you don't think you can handle a Strix, you can't handle an ATC. As far as a wingsuit for DZ goes, given you have the experience, you'll probably want to invest in whatever is popular at your dropzone (or at least that class of suit) as it'll make flying with the other people at your DZ easier.
  13. I've noticed this as well packing a friend's Curv one time. One of the reasons I don't jump a Curv :)