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  1. A RigSleeve is a cover for your rig, a sleeve, if you will.
  2. I've only once in I don't know how many flights had anything close to an issue. I always tell the screeners what it is beforehand in case they've never seen a rig before and the most they've ever wanted to do is swab the outside of it. I do tie my handles with pullup cords and have the covers from the RigSleeve on as well, The two funniest things that have happened doing so were on the same flight. I was on the exit row of a puddlejumper from Monterey to Phoenix, and literally had to buckle the rig into the seat beside me as it would not fit in the tiny bin on the plane. Someone passing chuckled recognizing what it was and said, "Nervous flyer?". Then someone else, do a degree I couldn't entirely assess, was unnerved by the "REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT" warning on it, I just told them, "Not this kind of flight".
  3. I use a RigSleeve. I've been fine with a hook knife I've forgetten to remove before, because the TSA folks all looked at it and decided it could not be used as a weapon in any way. Usually, though, I put it in my checked bag.
  4. Skydive Elsinore is a great place to learn, lots of good instructors, good facilities, and the bunkhouse is $12/night. Weather is almost always in your favour, too.
  5. I rented a Safire 2 at Skydive Hibaldstow last summer as I didn't have my own gear, and the first jump on it I had my hands on the handles because I was sure it was a streamer - it was so slow opening - but really nice when it did open and my heart rate went back down - great canopy.
  6. I also broke my fibula and had an ORIF - six screws in the fibula, one screwing my tibia and fibula together, above 2 inches above the joint. That was almost three years ago. I can't run for shit without an enormous amount of pain, and it's not near the actual break, it's the front of my foot mostly. Physiotherapy has helped but there's only so much it can do. The problem, as my PT explained, is that a lot of the muscles that atrophy during the recovery are hard to ever get back - the major stuff rebuilds easily, but not everything. What's helped a bit is running barefoot (I had a flat foot already), and doing a lot of elliptical and hills - but I can't run a 5K in less than half an hour, because of the level of pain that comes with it. I don't even do so well walking a lot if I can't set the pace I want. That said, there is constant very slow progress by keeping at it. And I slide most of my landings now!
  7. There's a discussion on the Facebook Buy & Sell Group about this suggesting that ZHills allows them, the Skydive Arizona has (though someone told me when I looked into it last year that they don't). Seems like calling ahead may make it possible.
  8. Sorry. I don't think that came across the way it was intended. I meant don't be the ridiculous caricature implied... I have seen a couple of examples, but they're definitely definitely not the norm and shouldn't be.
  9. It doesn't need to even break the rubber bands to cut the camera away. The piece that secures it all (which has a loop you can grab to immediately disconnect it) will release fairly easily if the mount is banged too much. The design is pretty ingenious, actually. That and the reason, I suspect, they have two rubber bands stacked is that there is no way to really connect them without damaging the bands a little bit in the process through friction.
  10. I'm pretty sure none of our logbooks include details of the personalities on the DZ or their racks. Mine's just about the jumps I did. With 120 and a B, definitely start grabbing other people and jumping with them. If you don't have the Rhythm 101 app on your phone, get it - it's got a lot of great and simple 2 and 3-way dives on it. Grab people and go.
  11. That's certainly not universal. I'm relatively new, like you, and have gotten out to a number of different DZs - I'm fortunate to have a bit of opportunity to travel a bit, and I've made a point of trying to find new places to jump and I've found pretty much everywhere has a bit different character to it - I'd hypothesize that every DZ has a different sort of culture. That said, there's constants. "Y" exists, to some degree, almost everywhere. At bigger DZs, you may not notice her so much but she's there. The thing is, there's no real need for you to concern yourself about her too much. If you're female, don't be her, and if you're male, keep your distance. That doesn't mean don't be polite or friendly or whatever, just don't get into the weeds there. Nothing good can come of it. Yep, "Y" gets more attention, but who cares? Everyone can get their moment to be "X" - but not if you're just a fun jumper who shows up and jumps once in a while and doesn't really get involved. Ask questions, take an interest in people there, stay for the bonfire or dinner or whatever else. Hang out on the rainy days and listen to the Skygods talk. You want to know how to get through the forcefield? Just keep being there. Bring out coffee once in a while. Or beer. Or other goodies. Those get conversations going, that's what builds rapport. I remember when I first returned to jumping (after a really shitty injury while I was a student), after the day was ending, the regulars were planning to go for dinner in town, and I asked rather meekly if I could come along. One of the more outrageous characters (I can't think of a better way to describe him, he's a legend of sorts...) hollers back, "WHY DO YOU KEEP ASKING? OF COURSE." That's really it - become part of that pack of cool kids the way they did - show up. In my (again, not massive) experience, I've found that asking some of the Skygods questions has led to them offering me all sorts of coaching and advice. I got invited onto a bigway that I totally blew the exit on. I was pretty dejected afterward, but then a couple of them showed me video they had, which showed some of what I did wrong, offered some advice, and then, instead of just never including me again said "we need to get you on some four ways to work on some of this stuff", and now they'll come to me to offer to jump with me. It's pretty awesome. There's lots of really good advice in the comments - when you go to the Boogie and when you travel to other DZs, meet everyone you can - and make sure you keep in touch. I did Flight-101 at Skydive Elsinore, and most of the people on the course had travelled for it - I keep in touch with most of them now, and whenever any of us travel, we tell each other so that we might cross paths. From that, you'll realize it's a fairly close community and there's a lot less than six degrees of separation amongst skydivers - that helps to get people to bring you along. The turnover rate is pretty high, so it pays to help keep people in the sport. If the Skygods don't help rookies get better and feel part of it all, they eventually will run out of people to jump with.
  12. Time spent in the tunnel is seldom wasted. If you use it to hone your belly flying skills (and if you get beyond that great), it'll make your remaining AFF jumps easier.
  13. Does it perhaps then make sense to think it's more important (or at least, to some degree important) to understand what's actually happening during the flare process (whether the stages are distinct or dynamic) as a means of coming to understand how a particular canopy flies for a particular pilot? It certainly seemed what once I'd done some coaching and read Germain that I had a much better grasp of what should and does happen.
  14. In my (limited, granted) experience - there's a number of factors in play, and it takes some experimenting to figure out what works best. During my canopy course, we had a wide variety of wingloads and canopy types, and what worked for one person didn't work for another. I recently downsized from a 215 canopy WL ~1.12 to a 185 (~1.3). My immediate observations were expected - much quicker response, much more speed, and much more ability to fly horizontally. The canopies are both the same type - and the inputs to land them are dramatically different. The 215 I found planed out best with a sharp, fast first stage, and an almost as quick finish, enough to actually "pop up" a bit before shutdown - and a lot of the time I could not shut it down in low winds, so I slid a lot of landings. The 185 I can plane out more slowly and depending on the wind can sometimes shut down just by finishing in one smooth stroke. It took a few jumps, and a lot of playing with the canopy at altitude to figure that out.
  15. Waiting this long is better than never getting to it at all. I was 35 when I made my first tandem, was instantly hooked as well, better late than never.