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    wingsuit jumping order

    There are only 2 run-in's at Empuriabrava, which is a coastal DZ. One heads inland from the ocean, one heads towards the ocean from inland. I'm assuming that, depending on the run-in and wind strength, normal rules of exit may not apply. Having jumped there (not as a wingsuiter I must add) I've seen tandems, which in the UK at my DZ always exit after fun jumpers, sometimes exit first or even between fun jumpers. When I asked about this the explanation I was given was run in/wind, so perhaps the same applies to WS?
  2. There is a (US based) Korean instructor who runs bespoke AFF courses for Korean students at Skydive Elsinore. Not far from Perris but the views are, IMHO, somewhat better. But I guess you should be concentrating on your drills in freefall and airspace/landing pattern under canopy rather than the view.
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    FAE to BPA

    Firstly, I would suggest you phone the BPA on 01162785271 and see what the BPA position is on your situation, However, the final decision on anyone jumping in the UK rests with the CI of the DZ you want to jump at. As far as gaining a BPA B licence accreditation when you are FAE rated is concerned, answering that question is a bit above me - sorry. I would add that there are one or two DZ's in the UK that only allow BPA B licence and above jumpers. Many, though, run AFF courses and new A licence skydivers are jumping solo, some after as few as 18 jumps. So if it's just jumps you want, and the CI is happy to let you jump at his/her DZ, you should be OK at many UK DZs.
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    AFF Level 1 with one instructor?

    Thanks, all, for the clarification!
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    AFF Level 1 with one instructor?

    Are there any circumstances (BPA or USPA) in which just one (1) instructor accompanies a student on a level 1 AFF jump? I recently viewed a video on FB of an AFF level 1 where there appeared to be only one instructor with the student. No secondary outside the door, just the primary instructor, who took the video, on the student's right hand side. I asked the student about the secondary and he/she advised me that ''after 24 hours of funnel (sp) time and 2 tandem jumps, my brilliant instructor took the decision'' (i.e. to dispense with the secondary). I am not an instructor, hence the question. Hopefully the answers from you instructors will be that this is an acceptable practice and thereby set my mind at rest.
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    AFF Level 1 with one instructor?

    Are there any circumstances (BPA or USPA) in which just one (1) instructor accompanies a student on a level 1 AFF jump? I recently viewed a video on FB of an AFF level 1 where there appeared to be only one instructor with the student. No secondary outside the door, just the primary instructor, who took the video, on the student's right hand side. I asked the student about the secondary and he/she advised me that ''after 24 hours of funnel (sp) time and 2 tandem jumps, my brilliant instructor took the decision'' (i.e. to dispense with the secondary). I am not an instructor, hence the question. Hopefully the answers from you instructors will be that this is an acceptable practice and thereby set my mind at rest.
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    Packing Nightmare

    Performance Designs do some very helpful videos on parachute packing. Google them and have a good look. You may not have your own rig for a while, which again presents a problem because hired equipment is generally packed by DZ staff. Ask if you can pack your hired rig after each jump and then have the DZ packer pull it apart and critique your packing before they do the proper packjob. You'll obviously make fewer jumps but the benefit is that you will be able to practice your packing as well as iron out your bad practices on the ground rather than at terminal velocity on your own rig. (so you'll probably get in more jumps in the long run).
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    Freefall University Madrid

    Not been there personally but I have a couple of jumper friends who did their AFF there. They still go back there once or twice a year for fun jumping so I guess that says it all. The reviews for FFU in the Dropzones section are also positive.
  9. I'm sure you'll get varying points of view on this question. For my tuppence worth, I have no intention of downsizing. The older, less experienced jumpers like me will have one point of view, the younger jumpers, probably another. I've been flying a Spectre 190 for about 7 years. I know it, I like it, it packs well and opens nicely and most importantly, I feel safe under it and landing it. I've also had the same jumpsuit, alti and helmet for even longer, so maybe that tells it's own tale!
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    Insurance Switzerland and EU

    You might find that your association subs only include 3rd party cover. There is a Europe-wide cover available for about GBP150.00 p.a. from skycover@towergate.co.uk. This covers accident, loss of limb, medical, search and rescue etc. etc. at various levels of remuneration.
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    Skydive Empuriabrava

    Just returned from a family holiday in Empuriabrava. Our flat was within walking distance of the DZ. Reception was excellent and docs/kit check/DZ brief handled quickly and efficiently. We were in town for 4 days and had fantastic weather/low winds for all 4. They run a Beech, Twin Otter and Porter - all of which I managed to jump from during the course of my stay. Lifts are turned with little delay - many back to back.The packing area is indoors and spacious. The views when jumping are fantastic. Easily the most beautiful DZ I've jumped at. The restaurant area is still under construction (October 2017) so a prefab is used in the meantime. Plata da dia is excellent. All round friendly place, well run.
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    Stolen rig-Talon 2 w/ Spectre 170

    A stolen UK rig was recently recovered after it was put up for sale on eBay. 99% of the thieves out there know sweet eff-all about skydive kit or terminology and it was apparent from the sales pitch that the 'vendor' didn't know what he was describing. So keep your eyes peeled on local and international sales forums. You might get lucky.
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    Skydive Spain

    I was on a family holiday in Seville but had planned to get to this DZ for a few jumps. I took a taxi from Seville, which was expensive. The driver told me that was because the access road was not that good. When I arrived at the DZ the docs check/kit check went smoothly. Manifest were helpful and Cedric (who I later learned is a champion skydiver) took time out to show me the ropes and do the DZ brief. Due to the heat the DZ closed around 13.00 which suited me perfectly. I made some new friends, one of whom was doing AFF and who offered to drive me back to Seville and also collected/delivered me the next time I went to the DZ, thus solving my major transport issue. I went there to skydive, which is what I did. The fact that the other facilities (toilets etc) are a bit basic, worried me not a jot.
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    London Parachute School

    This DZ is under 2 miles from my home but, until I read their article in the latest BPA Mag, I thought they were tandem exclusive and it was pot luck for fun jumpers like me. Not so!! The reception was first class and welcoming all round. The CCI, although obviously busy with DZ operations, spent his time with me checking docs etc and giving me the DZ brief. I was then manifested and up in the air in short order. Due to a previous commitment I could only manage one a.m. jump but could have been jumping again within minutes of packing my rig. Everyone on the DZ was friendly and introduced themselves and asked about my southern African accent - even the cameramen!!! The packing area is small and we packed outside which wasn't ideal for a slow packer like me as it was a bit windy to boot. You may also need to take your own tray weight, as I will do the next time I jump there - hopefully when they open up again in Spring 2015