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  1. Fantastic!! Thanks everyone. I really appreciate the helpful replies. Learned something new tonight!
  2. Hi all, I tried to do a search for this specific concern I'm having and have had some hits and misses. This is my first rig, so I want to make sure that I am not missing anything. What I'm trying to find out is, in the attached picture, is this a bad way to route a bridle? I received my rig back from a packer this way. It was after my last load for the day, so I just picked it up and went on my way home since I wasn't going to be jumping any more that day. The other packs that were done that day were not done in this manner. The way I've always done it is the same way it states in my rigs manual to do it (this is what the consensus was for the threads I searched). This is to route the main bridle across the top of the bag and to the upper right corner. Then, close the flaps and install the closing pin, followed by the standard S-Fold method for the remaining bridle. In the photo, as you can see, the bridle isn't routed in this way and it looks to all be stowed on the bottom. Is there a disadvantage to this? It's hard to see the kill line to determine if it's cocked, but other than that, what issues could this cause? Should I reroute it? Just trying to learn so that I can look out for this again in the future. Thanks!
  3. Thanks Adamkrum! I really appreciate your input. I can definitely see how the canopy traffic is the biggest concern in all of this. Even though I can still see fine as of right now, I still am on the extra cautious side under canopy. I'm wondering if I just try to hang around under canopy a bit longer (and wait for the majority of traffic to land before I start my pattern) if that would be considered more safe. I would think some people might be a bit annoyed at that, though.
  4. Hello Skydivers! I figured this was the best place to get a solid opinion on my concern. Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) has been a worry for me growing up, because one side of my family has it. I was tested for it when I was younger, but it didn't manifest at the time. However, I was almost guaranteed to have this diagnosis by the specialist I was seeing - it was just a matter of time before it started to take effect. Over the years (I am 25 now), I had kind of put it to the side in order to not let it effect what my goals and aspirations were. I didn't want it to get in the way of what I wanted to do and I couldn't cure it, so I figured I would check up on it after some time. My eyesight has become a little worse than before, but not really enough to make a major difference. So, I went back in to check on the progress of the RP and it has sure enough started to manifest itself. I have the autosomal dominant form, which is the most common and the gene that, for lack of a better term, is the slowest when it comes to deterioration of sight and has the highest chance of curability in the future. How do I proceed with this going forward with any DZ's that I may go to? I do have my A license, but now that the RP has started to manifest itself more, I feel an obligation to let people know. Has anyone been in a similar situation? How do I go about this? At what point should I stop skydiving? I do want to also continue on and obtain other licenses, but in regards to night jumps (for D license), those are definitely out of the question as I have always had night eyesight problems due to this. I realize there may not be a strict, clear answer to this, but I would like to hear what people think. Thanks everyone.