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  1. Has anyone found DSF rings on other (not parachute systems) brands of containers? Just had a look at my 2012 Jav Odessy and it does not have DSF rings. The sky is not the limit, the ground is!
  2. So I have dropped the cash for my first two hours in the tunnel. My goals are to get a stable sit going in the tunnel that I can work on latter in the sky. There may be a few more hours in the tunnel later down the track but it is expensive. Is this a realistic goal? The sky is not the limit, the ground is!
  3. My guess is it could possibly be an issue. There is a chance that the balloon is not ascending fast enough for the alti to enter jump mode, thus it could continually re zero to current altitude. I also think this may be an issue with my our AAD. I would be interested in someone with more knowage to educate me otherwise. The sky is not the limit, the ground is!
  4. So I do quit a dew night jumps for work (military) and there are a few pointer I have picked up. Landmarks are funny at night and easily confused due to their unfamiliarity. I would strongly suggest to your DZ to use some distinguishable lighting system. Car headlights are perhaps the worst as there are usually heaps of cars that you can see under canopy. Strobes can be good unless your near an airport or industrial area. Perhaps strobes and some coloured lights. Also a divers compass would be a good addition to your night jump kit. Set the required heading on it prior to exit, this way even if you get disorientated on exit you are heading toward the DZ. a small wrist mounted gps is a great idea to use as above. We tend to include a small amount of stand off and deploy higher so that as guys are following their compass/gps toward the DZ they have some time to have a good look for it rather than being directly over the top. If your directly over the top then everyday you go is the wrong way lol. This can cause traffic issues as well due to everyone turning or holding over the top and the reduced visibility. The sky is not the limit, the ground is!
  5. Thanks guys and girls. I will be getting a rigger to check it, but I'm not going to the doctor lol. They might tell me not to skydive. The sky is not the limit, the ground is!
  6. So I did something dumb the other day, rushed a pack job to try and get to the video debrief and ready for our next jump whilst doing some 4 way fs training. Next jump was uneventful until I threw my PC out then WHAM! Open. It was pretty bloody hard! No damage to the main and passed controllability checks fine so I landed her safely. Good tiptoe landing with no noticeable difference in the performance of the canopy. It was hard enough to strain the muscles in my neck and I still have a sore back. I am wondering about what I should do gear wise after this opening. I have currently done a full check on the main including top and bottom skin, inside the cells, lines and line attachment points. Inspected the harness and risers. No damage at all is noticeable. Is there something else I should do? Thanks guys and girls. Ps remember to quarter your sliders. It's stupid, painful and dangerous to rush. The sky is not the limit, the ground is!
  7. Awesome girlfriend! The sky is not the limit, the ground is!
  8. Your landing experience is very like mine --- AFF 1, I flared too late, and crashed. AFF 2, I flared too early, realized it, let go, and then the canopy dove and I crashed. AFF 3 and 4, I forget when I flared, but I crashed. AFF 5 I landed on my feet, and was completely surprised --- I hadn't known a landing could be so soft. I wish I could say that AFF 5 flipped a switch in me, and I landed fine thereafter, but that didn't happen at all. It took many jumps and a canopy course before I even started figuring out how to land somewhat consistently. I still biff landings occasionally. But I can say two things that might be helpful: 1. It does get easier. The more you land, the more you'll be able to judge how high you are, and when and how you should flare. Try to look at the horizon, and not the ground. 2. Learn to PLF, and prepare to do it every jump. In fact, perhaps intentionally PLF the next 10 jumps or so, just so you can convince yourself that doing a PLF can easily save you from injury you might otherwise have sustained. Once you know that you can safely PLF, then perhaps rough landings will scare you less, and you can start working on standing up landings again, always ready to PLF at the first sign of trouble. Good luck! Best advice I could give is the PLF. I started my jumping in the military and have done many jumps early on that would be considered a bit silly by civilian standards. Jumped a 60 kg pack on my 11th free fall. First night jump at like 20 jumps etc. also I am not the sharpest axe in the shed and made some stupid decisions at silly altitudes. Touch wood I have been lucky and walked of every landing so far all because I can PLF. you can get away with some amazingly stupid things if you have a good PLF up your sleeve. The sky is not the limit, the ground is!
  9. There are also a few different ways of measuring canopy size which makes this more confusing. For example I am lead to believe PDR 176 is actually more like a 190. I jump a Safire 2 189 with a 176 and have been assured it's actually pretty much the same size. As a low time jumper I hope this is true. Definitely a confusing subject for us newbies. The sky is not the limit, the ground is!
  10. Hi all, I have been a member for a little while but I have finally got my B license and I have brought myself my very own rig! I got a Javelin (2012) with skyhook. A vigil 2 (2012) and a smart 175 reserve (2009) The main is an older performance variable spark with only a few jumps on it. It is a good canopy so far but the previous owner has had the brake lines lengthend way to far for my liking so I'm going to get my rigger to have a look at it. Other than that I'm stoked! I would like to thank my skydiving buddies Nathan and Matt who have both helped me a huge amount with my jumping and B licence, and especially with the purchase of my new rig! Also can I just say that I have done a lot of things in my life, dirtbikes, competition fishing, archery, etc etc and the poeple who are involved in skydiving are just awesome! Friendly and helpful at all times and I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of poeple in the scene! Thanks all! The sky is not the limit, the ground is!
  11. Thanks guys, I will work on my body position, and packing. Might even get a video done. The sky is not the limit, the ground is!
  12. You ask good questions here. If I'm reading this correctly, you said you saw the deployment bag spin? I would ask you what body position allows you to see the D-bag during the opening sequence? Then, is that body position correct? Or... Think of the ideal body position for a clean opening. Now, if you are in that position, can you see the D-Bag or deploying material? My first reserve ride (many decades ago) was from a chest mount reserve. I watched that deployment and it's ingrained in my memory. I've not "seen" any deployments since then. I've also not had a reserve ride in 30+ years. As stated above, chaos is the best way to describe a deploying canopy. But, good body position is the best tool you have to survive the chaos. Learn to "fly your openings", from free fall flight right thru to canopy flight. There's a transition going on, but it's all about flight! I always turn my head slightly after I feel bag lift and watch (catch a glimpse) the deployment over my shoulder. I don't feel this disturb my position at all but I am far from an expert, should I not be doing this? The sky is not the limit, the ground is!
  13. Hi guys, I thought I would throw this one out to the experts. I am a B licensed jumper with 80 jumps, jumping a talon fs with a Safire 180. Today on the third jump of the day we were attempting a 4 way with some other jumpers of about my experience level and it wasn't happening. I was floating above them and couldn't get down so at about 5500 ft I thought bugger this I'm gonna get out of the camera mans way and I tracked out of there, a big long hard track as I had a bit more hight to spare so I thought further is better and really turned on the heat. I was conscious of flaring out of my track but that doesn't mean I did a good job of it, it felt like I slowed down a lot but I can't be sure. Any way checked alti waved off looked and dumped, immediately after releasing the pilot chute I thought "this feels strange" like the bag was rocking side to side as it was coming of my back. I watched the bag spin once or twice and thought ok no big deal a couple of twists I'll just kick out of them. This wasn't as easy as I thought and I did start spinning on my back for a while, I kicked and kicked and then shit myself as I realised I hadn't checked my alti. Had a look and I was at 2800 so I thought if I'm not out of this before 2k I'm chopping. Any way long story short I kicked out of the twists and calmed down a bit, realised I was being a sook and landed safely. The most experienced jumper on the load, who has been helping me with my free fall and specifically my tracking was watching me during the break off and deployment said he thought the deployment looked strange and he thought I was gonna chop as I had end cell closures and was starting to spin up. So any way now I am worrying about this whole thing. Why did it happen? Body position or packing, or both. I am new to this and my packing isn't awsome, it's ok but still learning. So I'm now thinking line stow problem? Pilot chute worn out? Or is this simply a case of poor body position and not flaring out of my track. All theories or advice welcome. Thanks guys. The sky is not the limit, the ground is!