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  1. The cheapest one is in Venezuela - 230$ per hour excluding coaching. But other than the price you should ask yourself what exactly you'd like to train. The further you progress, the more you tend to seek people who fly well and teach well, and that's not something every tunnel can offer. Also you'd start noticing the quality of the wind is not the same across the tunnel brands, with some offering more consistent and stable airflow. In Europe AFAIK Poland, Finland and Sweden offer the cheapest hours Complete list of tunnels around the world:
  2. Not a base jumper, but a person who came back to skydiving after a very serious spine injury. One thing that helps me mitigate the risks and shocks is strong core muscles. A good physiotherapist or trainer would help you build a corset of muscles around your back which should make it safer for you, especially on rough landings which are more frequent in base jumping. If money is the issue, a smartphone app called "6 pack promise" from Athlean-X is very good at strengthening all the necessary muscles. Out of all apps that I've tried this one worked the best.
  3. I think that may have the opposite effect - not knowing if your equipment is working or not causes stress levels to raise. Imagine you and your friends are about to film an epic sunset jump you've been practicing all day. You did all your rigs checks, and finally you want to check the camera. But as there's no light or any indication so you start bothering people around you to confirm if equipment is in working condition. That may cause additional stress for you and distraction for both jumpers at times when everyone is focused on something important (like repeating jump plan in their heads) If someone has safe and reliable techniques of checking their equipment operating status, I see no reason as to why change it.
  4. Maybe, but that may prove be difficult On the other hand, fellow FF trackers were keen about it's "Heading" functionality because apparently less experienced jumpers often loose their bearings and fly in the wrong direction.
  5. It's been a year since the last update, eh? Fear not, the project is still moving forward! Now that there's more free time in winter I hope to catch up on what was delayed. Actually, there was another reason for delay - I switched to new display type and then spent countless hours banging my had against the wall trying to figure out why suddenly the image was distorted, but I can say with confidence it was worth the effort. The new display solves the problem of blurry image as well as it lets me display more information at once. Also due to it's size it's nicely positioned in front of the eye and fits under visor (it'll look even cleaner and slimmer once all the boards are hidden) One more benefit of the new display is adjustable focus, meaning people with vision complications can adjust it to their needs raw changes: Two primary tasks for the nearest future are 1) Improve the UI 2) Implement WS competition mode. Now that everything on the screen is clear and readable, I can implement visual gauges to display distance to the gates and deviation from the flight path. But this feature would take some time because reliably detecting the moment when competitor leaves the plane would be tricky. I think of implementing Kalman filter on data stream to detect true-positive downwards acceleration. If anyone has the experience with these please lend me a hand (preferably, in form of github merge requests :) ) P.S. I've been thinking of changing the project name to FlySense. Why? Well, if FlySight doesn't display a thing, calling it FlySense sounds logical because you won't feel anything either. P.P.S. The more I work with ESP32 platform the more awesome possibilities I'm discovering. Potentially, FlySense will be able to replace Sena/Cardo intercoms in the distant future . Very distant future because the scope of work is huge
  6. Out of pure curiosity (i.e.not planning to jump), what would be the biggest and smallest canopy this trick is possible to execute on? And does this require additional setup like trimming or extra weight?
  7. According to the list, not many SkyVans still operating, and none in Southern Europe (but you may ask Olympic Air where they sold theirs) Another option is to look for An-28 - it was used as a jump plane in Kharkiv (Ukraine) before the war broke out, and because some units were also produced in Poland back in the days, there's a chance some of remaining 16 still flying somewhere in Europe
  8. Taking canopy downsizing as an example, there has been quite helpful list of drills and exercises a pilot should feel confident to perform before considering switching to smaller size. Likewise, it would be nice to have the same for switching to a bigger wingsuit. For example, I wish I learned to fly whole jump with arm-wings collapsed and palms touching BOC before switching to a bigger suit. What other drills would you recommend for self-evaluation?
  9. Earplugs reduce both sound pressure levels in the same way, yes. The point is that when you reduce everything then amplified loud speakers are no longer too loud and are healthy. Let's say, for example - Wind produces 100 dB noise - Amplified speakers produce 110 dB output If you put on the earplugs that reduce the sound pressure by, say, 60dB then you get 40dB of wind and 50dB of voice - which is all well within healthy limits, and if that's not enough you still have some room for small speakers amplification (sound pressure scale is exponential so you won't need much) (I took just some ballpark figures to explain the idea)
  10. Sena 10R is too old by modern standards because it supports only up to 4 intercoms. Newer models have this thing called Bluetooth Mesh that pairs way more devices, and does this dynamically so if someone gets out of range it doesn't break connection for other. Cardo's PackTalk Slim is so far the most popular among people I know. BTW chinese intercoms can't do that yet. In some other thread I posted about available models in more details: Another reason why stick with Bluetooth is that you need something full-duplex, and none of walkie-talkies in reasonable price range can give that How about trying latest helmets from Cookie or Tony? As far as I'm aware, they are a bit more aerodynamic, and G4 additionally padded so that might bring overall noise level. By the way, top motorcycle helmets follow the same approach - to make them quieter make them more aerodynamic Another simple trick that might work is simple battery-powered sound amplifier, albeit it wouldn't be the healthiest solution because you'd just be fighting loudness with even greater loudness. That being said, what worked for me well in motorcycles is driving with earplugs you'd use in wind tunnel. They cancel wind noise just fine, bringing overall levels, and if you add an amplified sound output in speakers you may actually get good sound
  11. Indeed this is a marvelous achievement by "buzz"-news outlet to finally cover a flight that took place over a year ago
  12. Get 200 regular jumps first. While working on that, investment in canopy flying camps and tracking camps would help. You want to build skills and be prepared for when things go wrong (that would happen sooner that you might expect) After that, there are few good base schools in Europe. Yeah, it's quite far away and is costly (especially knowing KZ income levels), but less expensive that your life. Limska Draga in Croatia is probably the most popular and safest place for FJC and few schools operate there. They have nice facilities for ground training, gear rental and current experts in the area. Won't recommend any school in particular, just google them. In this sport you want to learn from the best athletes you can find. Don't look for shortcuts ( ) and slowly build your discipline and skills Few good films that may help you set your thoughts straight: (also try to find on VK or something the film called "Выход" Антон Калюжный - it used to be on YouTube but now it's been removed unfortunately)
  13. Project went silent, but not stalled :) There's been a lot of work behind the scenes and I'm releasing major code update tonight: * Introduced support for TTGO device * Fully redesigned architecture. Everything is modular: modes, devices, features. Each mode is a separate class so it's easy to develop new ones. * You can switch between operation modes using menu * Support for Bluetooth - you can stream GPS data to BASEline on your phone (friendly waving to @platypii ) It's still in Alpha state - code needs lots and lots of optimizations and stability improvements. I'm a novice C++ programmer, and many things done not the way they should. This will be fixed with time as I gain more experience. Meanwhile code review by someone experienced is really appreciated. Next I'll be focusing on 3D models for the body, buttons for TTV and also rewiring stuff in more optimal way (pieces would be plugged to each other via JST) . First model would be tailored for Kiss helmets, other models to come later. What else on the priority list: * Flash GPS to higher baud rates (by default it does only 2 readings per second, I want 5 like in FlySight) * Switch to UBX protocol which is faster than NMEA and more data-rich (FlySight also uses UBX) * Refactoring * Fonts optimization (currently font file for digits is too big, sometimes program fails to flash) * Multi-page menu Less priority: * Settings * Save data between device reboots
  14. I think it just comes down to marketing in a sense that simply a sheer number of cookies all over DZs make you forget there are alternatives. Furthermore, you'd find G3s in stock in every shop out there, while Kisses often come on backorder (at least where I am from) From design perspective both are good helmets with their pros and cons. First time hearing something about particular full-face model having to do with experience. Usually it's about whole category altogether i.e. students don't jump full-faces for a reason.
  15. Thanks! Looks like it boils down to intercoms that have Bluetooth Mesh support and there are only very few of them on the market: Sena 30K, Cardo PackTalk, Midland BT Rush, Interphone U-Com 16, UClear Motion 6, and EJEAS Q4 All are pricey Two notable models: is the cheapest - 158$ for a unit which supports up to 4 pilots and supports up to 24 pilots (also they claim to be the thinnest mesh intercom on the market) Both seem to be out of stock [Edit] Clarification: Bluetooth Mesh is the technology that allows dynamic group configuration, meaning 2 things: 1. If flyer gets out of range, other people do not loose connection. In conventional intercoms fliers are connected one-by-one like links in the chain, but in mesh each flier maintains multiple connections simultaneously. 2. Flyer gets connected automatically once in group range again