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  1. Looks like it's going to be a different site, just very nearby, going by the addresses on fliteshop's/ifly's web sites. https://goo.gl/maps/wjCLkFajtk52
  2. From the sim http://sim.uspa.org/: 1. For intermediate-altitude jumps (15,000-20,000 feet MSL), participants should hold at least a USPA B license and have made 100 jumps. 2. For high-altitude jumps (20,000-40,000 feet MSL), participants should: a. hold a USPA C license b. have made at least one jump from 15,000 feet MSL or below using the same functioning bailout oxygen system 3. For extreme-altitude jumps (40,000 feet MSL and higher), participants should: a. hold a USPA D license b. have made at least two jumps from below 35,000 feet MSL using the same functioning bailout oxygen and pressure systems
  3. The USPA publishes a yearly summary which is almost exactly what you're asking for. The most recent one was published in April and summarizes the 2014 jumping year. http://parachutistonline.com/feature/basics Summaries for 2009—2013 are available here: http://parachutistonline.com/category/tags/fatality-summary
  4. If only your steering lines are twisted around your rear risers, then I'd imagine you got very creative with your toggles prior to stowing them. If/when someone explains to you that you just had a step-through malfunction and cutaway, you can probably back-track and figure out the root cause of that too. When I was learning to pack, not very long ago, at least five different jumpers approached me and showed me something I was doing precariously, inefficiently, or wrong. It was great, and you aught to try to pack in that sort of environment. $0.02.
  5. It wouldn't be a bad idea to go used. You're probably going to rough it up and get it dirty during your student jumps. There's a jumpsuit category in the classifieds section on this site and several active facebook groups that sell all sorts of gear and accessories. You're looking specifically for a RW suit without booties. Good luck with AFF.
  6. Your best bet is probably to send your friends to the BPA web site. The sample size of jumpers in the UK is likely too small to be accurate for deaths, but it's large enough to make an impression. Handy spreadsheet all the way at the bottom as well. http://www.bpa.org.uk/staysafe/how-safe/
  7. Almost all of them will be supervised. How many will vary from program to program. The more coached jumps a package includes, the more value it provides to you. Since you obviously have a lot of questions, maybe you'd want to read through the SIM. Section 4 outlines what entails getting an A license. An AFF program will get you through Category E; an A license program will get you through the whole of Section 4, and will usually include AFF. You can find it at http://sim.uspa.org/
  8. AFF is one (of multiple) paths of progression towards getting your USPA A license. It only certifies you to jump by yourself or with a coach or instructor. Beyond the A license, there is a "B" license, which allows you to jump after sunset, and C and D licenses. Beyond licenses, there are all sorts of ratings you can acquire. If you want to be involved in the sport, just focus on getting your A and everything else will fall into place. If you complete AFF without planning ahead, chances are you're going to realize you want an A license, and soon, very quickly. You could also look into alternates to AFF for being cleared for self-supervised jumps, such as an IAD program, which would typically cost less overall.
  9. When I purchased mine, it came with an instruction sheet, but it looks like you can read it here, it has what you're looking for: http://www.flycookie.com/data/Instructions/Cookie_G3_Instructions.pdf Mine was fairly tight-fitting for a small handful of jumps while it was still breaking in. Have you tried forcing your mouth open a few times to tug on the internal line after fastening it? That's all it took for me.
  10. Hey Skymama! Thanks for the advice, a canopy class is definitely on the top of my list.
  11. Haha, you'll probably be putting up with my incorrigible self very soon – be careful what you ask for. Point taken, though. The weekends are just so damn short.
  12. Hey Wonka, awesome! I've only jumped at Eloy. The instructors are all excellent and inspirational people, good teachers, and definitely actively saved my life at least a couple of times. Every jump taught me a ton, even the ones I struggled with; but I can't compare their program to anything else because I don't know anything else. I've been an average student at best, so take my insights with a grain of salt. Get yourself a copy of the SIM. It's not complimentary, and paper's easier to study than a web page. Listen to your instructors and take everything they say as an order, rather than a suggestion – including things you don't think you have control of, like "relax." And have fun. Why are you waiting for winter? The weather here is just fine right now!
  13. Hey everyone, I wrapped up my A a couple of days ago, and all I can think about is getting to move forward from jump twenty-six this weekend. I've been lurking these forums for several weeks (Thanks to everyone putting out great content -- even when you're not getting replies, you're getting reads). I can't search for skydiving videos without seeing videos I've already seen. I've listened to all of the Jump 26 podcasts (Thanks to you guys, too, if you're reading. Awesome stuff.) I'm waiting on Dan B-C's book, and a couple from Brian Germain to arrive in the mail. I'm here to learn. Or just pass the time. What's out there for me? And hey folks