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  1. Thoughts on when to start chasing angles on your feet? When did you start? Is there a limit of how flat/slow you can chase? Is it constructive to start chasing them earlier rather than later? I'm confident I can chase them and stay safe (will start on my back). My general train of thought is when I learned angles on my head I spent quite a few jumps chasing them before learning the exit and flying efficient enough to make and stay on the jump.
  2. Primacy in learning is key. In my experience, the skydivers who get quality coaching early (there are shit coaches) are better off long term because they are taught solid foundations early on, and don't develop bad habits. Just my opinion.
  3. BigL

    Optimal flight time for learning

    Absolutely, work up to what you're comfortable with, everyone is different! When I'm doing 45min in a day, I usually fly 3x blocks of 15 minutes an hour apart between each session. This gives you the debrief time in the tunnel between rotations, and the 30 mins debrief time between sessions. Edit to say: When I'm flying VFS with my team, we usually only do 20 minutes a night (20 x 1min).
  4. BigL

    Optimal flight time for learning

    If I have the time on my account and a coach available, I would look at doing 30-45 minutes per day. I'm working on dynamic so it's not too taxing on the body. I find after the 45min mark the fatigue from (mental and physical) starts to inhibit my flying.
  5. BigL

    Longest time spent in tunnel without breaks.

    I would regard it pretty strange to do 20 minutes straight but I have seen people do 30 minutes straight when working on low speed dynamic in the past. This isn't all belly though and is a little easier on your body as the load is spread out between belly and back. Typically when I fly 20 minutes (in a 30 minute session) we work the rotations so the others on the session break my time up. A typical rotation might be 8 x 2.5 Minute blocks for me and 5 x 2 Minute Blocks for the other flyer, there will be some consecutive time at the end in that case, but breaking it up helps massively with getting tired. If you're the only person on the session, you could aim to to do a rotation of 2 mins on, 1 min off to give the body a rest and debrief quickly with your coach (if you have one). You definitley have the right to dictate when the tunnel is on or off during your session if there are no other flyers, don't forget you're paying good money for that fan to be on!
  6. BigL

    Coached Time vs Normal Time

    Interesting, I find that I'm about 50/50. I will try to do some time with a coach and find some stuff to work on, then do a follow up session by myself feeling out what we were working on for myself and reviewing the footage after rotation. Where I fly, coaching makes the tunnel time 50% more expensive and so I think this works best for me.
  7. Agree with this - go to the tunnel and see if you can enjoy yourself. That'll tell you if it's the fear affecting your experience in the sky. Alternatively, if you just don't like freefall focus on becoming a canopy pilot
  8. BigL

    Coached Time vs Normal Time

    I fly a bit of tunnel, coached and uncoached. What sort of split do you do betweeen coached and uncoached time, and why? 75/25? 50/50? 25/75?
  9. BigL

    Tunnel Time vs. Buying a rig (New skydiver)

    Definitley rig first. There's heap of freefly stuff you can start working on in the sky before you need tunnel. Angle flying is the best!
  10. Here's a segment from the following link describing general policy for angle breakoff. Breakoffs Generally, the breakoffs should take the form of a hand fan, in which the flyers farthest from the leader track perpendicularly from the center while the next set of flyers tracks away at 45 degrees and the closest flyers track at some angle in between. At all costs, avoid 180-degree turns that could result in flying into a trailing flyer or back toward the line of flight. Look in all directions before initiating a breakoff track, and gradually come out of any steep angle to avoid dangerous collisions. You’re never too experienced to practice this on the ground. And another segment from another Angle flying guide. BREAKOFF At pull time, you must always assume there is someone above you. Check your airspace on all sides, even if you didn’t see anyone for most of the breakoff process. Some jumpers perform a barrel roll to clear the airspace above and below them, but you should only do so if you are confident in your skills and can perform the roll without losing too much altitude. (This is much more difficult than you would think.) If you do a barrel roll, spend enough time on your back to really see what’s above you by breaking the roll into halves: Transition to your back, take the time to clear your airspace, then return to your belly. Finally, wave off before you pull.
  11. Because the outside fliers are typically limited to a 90° turn from the leader. Image attached shows what I mean.
  12. A 5-way angle typically has the same amount of breakoff (1500') as a 5-Way RW jump but half the airspace to separate into, but barrel rolls are considered good practice. Whats the difference apart from already having speed on in an angle?
  13. BigL

    AO(N²) Brilliant Pebbles audible

    I have a question. My quattro automatically turns on when going to height, does this audible offer that feature or do you need to turn it on before boarding the plane? If I spiral under canopy past my hard deck with my quattro it usually goes off. Not a big deal in my opinion.
  14. Definitley not a stupid question, its an often overlooked point. Personally I jump the Freefly Pud because I feel it offers the greatest protection of the PC itself, as well as the bridle coming out of the BOC. I find it easy to locate at pull time.
  15. BigL

    First jumps on my own rig

    Reserve size is what I'd be worried about. Think about this - In the event you have a chop, you're going to be lower than normal, potentially dealing with powerlines, trees or a small landing area and full of adrenaline. All of this under a canopy which is 30 sqft smaller than you've flown before.