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Everything posted by lyosha

  1. I thought Linda Waz was in one of the rings but I don't see her name there :-/
  2. Well that certainly should shut the peanut gallery and apologists up. Boy I wish the USPA took as proactive an approach to protecting it's members.
  3. The havoc is still the go to suit for a lot of stuff, for example acro. It's stayed pretty much the same with some minor updates, mostly to the inlets (practically speaking the difference is barely perceptible). Funk has been through several re-designs but at this point I can't think of anyone ordering it. Squirrel has focused their efforts on larger suits that are more successful for them. That said, the world did move towards larger suits being more popular in general. Usually people view this class of wingsuit as a stepping stone to something larger, not something they plan on flying for a while.
  4. That's half of it. But you completely neglect the benefit of the innovation over the alternative. For example, yes, RSLs have an additional failure mode, some might even say a couple, but those are in most applications drowned out by the positive impact of getting a reserve above your head earlier in the average case. What is so innovative about icon's reserve deployment system that it warrants the risk? I can't think of anything that significantly differentiates them from the other containers out there in this regard. Same goes for racers two sided rsl. Anyone worried about riser breakage is better served by a Collins lanyard. Same goes for rigging innovations magnet dbag. I suppose I could have been more specific. Given equal efficacy, I'd prefer less failure scenarios and less probability of failure over more failure scenarios.
  5. I would posit it doesn't matter. I prefer my gear to have one less failure scenario to one more. I'm really not interested in the pissing contest between jump shack and riggers. There shouldn't be one in the first place, and its existence is already telling.
  6. I think this has run it's course. I'm going to finish by pointing out that the second part of the statement kind of goes against the first, and kind of is a prime example of what I referenced in my prior post.
  7. Has she? I've only seen that evidence of that engagement with regards to an election campaign. No, that's not how it works. The responsibility of leadership positions is outcomes, not attempts. I'm telling you - the outcome isn't there. The numbers aren't fake. And that it's not about me. It's about everyone else. You can stick your head in the sand and say that 80% of skydivers don't even care because we as skydivers are assholes who don't care about anything or whatever you've convinced yourself of. But all I'm seeing a lot of deflection of ownership and refusal to take responsibility here.
  8. If the BOD just seeks to be recognized by competitors and DZOs, not a wonder only 20% care to vote about who is on it. Again, that's on the BoD, not on skydivers. Also, just to throw it out there - Lodi exists without the USPA, and I'm sure there are others.
  9. The FAA doesn't make FARs? FARs aren't laws? But I think I was confused (not a lawyer at all...), thinking we were regulated under FAR 103, but really we are under 105 so it seems USPA may not - strictly speaking - be necessary for skydiving at all and it makes it less an FAA endorsed organization that enables the sport through FAR exemptions tied to membership in a particular organization and more of a lobby group. That aside - forget me for a second - of the hundreds of skydivers I know personally I'd be hard pressed to name more than a couple who I think stand a chance at knowing what the BOD does aside from the E license - and only that because it became a meme due to its absurdity. To be blunt, if I didn't come to these forums I may not even know it existed. That virtually none of the population of the people you serve know what it is that you do - that only 20% care to submit a ballot - that's not on most of the skydivers of America. That's on you. Either the impact isn't being felt, or it is being taken for granted. That the only activity of the BOD that most people know about is the E license (and most - myself included - don't know whether it was even a real suggestion) - only because thanks to the absurdity of it it became a running joke on Facebook - is telling. I doubt I'm the first person to bring this opinion to light.
  10. Decouple the existence of the USPA with the vote for board of directors. I care that the USPA exists. Some organization is needed by FAA law. But have yet to see any evidence of something positive coming from the board in my decade in the sport. So I don't vote. Because why bother?
  11. Skydivers care about the E license. That is a fact. USPA board of directors - shine on you beacon of usefulness and brilliance. I kid - but kind of not.
  12. Russia, Poland have some options. International travel is a pain right now, so you could consider skyventure in new Hampshire.
  13. Listen to local jumpers and a local canopy coach. The internet is full of well-meaning and often stuck in their ways people that offer bad advice for the situation you are in. I unfortunately know multiple people who have broken themselves by flying underloaded canopies and getting unlucky with winds. And my wife tore up her ankle ligaments by flying a canopy that was too small for her and getting unlucky with winds. All at the same DZ. So there are truly two sides of the coin, the one that you lose on is the one you neglect, and you absolutely should seek the advice of someone that is familiar with your surroundings, can watch your landings and mentor you to a safe progression.
  14. Probably flying the suit too flat - when you approach stalling you start to buffet. Do you get the same at a steeper angle/faster airspeed? Not familiar with the piranha, but squirrel's swift definitely needs to be flown significantly faster than Phoenix fly's beginner suits.
  15. I started loaded at 1.2 on a 190. It's definitely more docile than 1.2 on a 120. But probably not the recommended route. I was stupid. I would suggest you not take advice from random people on the internet who don't understand basic canopy dynamics, and take advice from a canopy coach that does. It's important in this sport to have mentors that you personally know and trust for advice. FWIW almost a decade and about four canopies later I'm still (again) on a 190, although thanks to COVID weight it's loaded a bit heavier.
  16. The difference between the original Havok and Havok Carve2 is minimal really. When my wife and I first got to the tunnel in Stockholm there were people flying all iterations of the suit. My wife still has an early model Havok that she uses. The difference is the Havok carve 2 stayed inflated slightly better through transitions. But unless you're a world class competitor you probably won't even notice. That is probably what the difference will be like with the carve 21. The thing that makes a Havok a Havok is the planform, which I don't think they touched since pretty much getting it right with the original.
  17. So... How much does a plane ticket to 41k go for these days?
  18. That's above jet flight levels! How do you get ATC to clear the airspace for you? If you wear a wingsuit you probably need many miles...
  19. I jump a Pilot and the openings are definitely its strong point. Pulse if I remember correctly has harder than average openings - very surprised to hear you mention that it has soft openings. So I would imagine Pilot will have much softer openings than a Pulse. The other thing that a Pilot has that a Pulse does not is flare power. People who demo the Pulse typically end up landing on their ass a lot. Pilot doesn't have S2/3 flare power, but enough for a proper two stage flare. Pulse just does not.
  20. The folks at AON2 are hard at work on this.
  21. I don't judge, but I prefer my gear to not have failure scenarios. Especially ones that trip up so many people that there are YouTube videos. Truth be told I liked curv 1.0. I think 2.0 was a step backwards.
  22. I would advise against the curv because they currently have the worst dbag design on the market. I personally know someone that's had two streamers caused by messing up the holes in which lines go. No other manufacturer's design is as unforgiving. There are better options. Maybe consider vector or infinity?