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  1. 246 jumps 2 cutaways in the first 125 or so jumps. Some people hit 2000 jumps without a cutaway, others have a cutaway while in AFF. Be ready on every jump. I was put on this earth to do one thing. Luckily I forgot what it was so I do whatever I want.
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    DOM 12/2016, brand new, never jumped.
  3. kgusack

    AAD Vigil II

  4. Article states the woman lives in Washoe County which includes Reno and other parts of Northern Nevada. She went into the hospital in Reno. Vegas is a 7 hour + trip by car from Reno. I was put on this earth to do one thing. Luckily I forgot what it was so I do whatever I want.
  5. Jump #'s are approximate: AFF 1-7 - 220 Jumps 8-9 210 Jumps 10-25 188 Jumps 26ish-190 170 (WL .86) -stayed on this mainly due to the 150 or smaller main being considered "high performance" this has of course already been debated in another thread Jumps 190-200+ 150 (WL .97) Personally I've never been in a hurry to have a smaller canopy and have downsized at my own pace. Everyone has different priorities and I've certainly had people encourage me to downsize. I have no interest in faster landings or getting to the ground quicker. Canopy goal for me is just to land safely enough to pack up and get on the next load
  6. Difficult question to answer about how often experienced jumpers have had to cutaway. By experienced are you referring to licensed jumpers? Personally I had two cutaways in the same week with a little over 100 jumps. I traced it back to a worn out pilot chute kill line that was causing slow openings, toggle holders that didn't fit well, as well as careless packing and haven't had anything I pondered cutting away since fixing these factors. Others on the other hand have over 1000 jumps and no cutaways. There are many factors that contribute and the best way to handle it this is to be ready for a cutaway on every single jump. Oh, and of course prevention, if you're unsure of packing related stuff, don't be passive. ASK a rigger or someone that is highly experienced that you trust. As for knowing when to cutaway, make sure you know your decision altitude and always respect that. If you do not have a parachute that you are comfortable landing by that altitude, initiate EP. What I will say is neither of my cutaways looked like anything on the diagrams I was shown but I was not comfortable landing either. The first one I immediately looked, said "NOPE" and chopped. The second one I tried to fix which made it worse and then chopped. Of course you may get some criticism as to why you chopped and if you should have, but at the end of the day if you have a canopy you are not comfortable landing, you have your answer. Anyway, great questions. Keep practicing your EPs. Sounds like you are very heads up and want to be prepared. There will always be that tiny sliver of doubt that you will not act correctly in an emergency situation, but trust yourself that you will as long as you keep practicing :) Blue skies! I was put on this earth to do one thing. Luckily I forgot what it was so I do whatever I want.
  7. Congrats on your jumps so far! There are ways you can go about asking questions that are not "annoying" If you hear someone talking about something you want to know more about, just ask. Many of these skydivers will be glad to pass on knowledge especially since it benefits everyone's safety for you to be proficient. If someone thinks you're annoying you'll likely know it and know who not to ask next time. When in doubt, bringing a case of beer is a good ice breaker A good way to get some questions answered would be before/after a coach jump ask them anything you feel you need answered. I remember being fresh off AFF and having questions about everything from spotting, to landing patterns, wingloading, gear, exit order, EPs, etc. There were a couple of coaches/instructors that I asked hoards of questions to because I recognized they were knowledgeable and wanted to share that knowledge. Some of the questions you have may also be part of your coach/instructor's teaching plan. Personally I think it's great that you are so curious and aware enough to know you don't know it all. The people I worry about are the ones who never ask questions and think they know everything. As someone said in this thread, skydivers love talking about skydiving
  8. It sounds you aren't in a place to be running skills camps or starting facebook groups and that is okay. It sounds like your DZ doesn't have the same vision as you do and that is also okay. You can choose to stay there but you are unhappy enough to be posting here on dropzone.com. Personally I like to think of this like a relationship. You've expressed what you want to change, but nothing is changing. What are your options? "Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness." – Eckhart Tolle I was put on this earth to do one thing. Luckily I forgot what it was so I do whatever I want.
  9. +1 agreed. Aaron has done an awesome job creating a vibe that is welcoming. Going to an unfamiliar dz is nerve wracking and it's a breath of fresh air arriving at Skydive California. I was put on this earth to do one thing. Luckily I forgot what it was so I do whatever I want.
  10. Have you considered making a facebook group or page yourself for the experienced jumpers at your dz? I jump at Lodi and we have a facebook group for jumpers that is not run by the DZO. People can post about skydiving events and news, etc. It's informative and keeps our community tight. FlyLikeARaven's dz also has a page for experienced jumpers. I am unsure who runs that page though. I was put on this earth to do one thing. Luckily I forgot what it was so I do whatever I want.
  11. Awesome and welcome!! Keep us posted on how AFF goes. Brings back memories hearing someone so excited to join the sport :) Best of luck I was put on this earth to do one thing. Luckily I forgot what it was so I do whatever I want.