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  1. There's a good FAQ on reddit for the first jump and getting licensed. It should answer all your questions I especially like this one "Can I wear my [insert superhero who can fly here] costume?"
  2. tabouare

    VMag chin mount

    I got this reply from VMag but I'm still interested in the comparison with Grellfab if anyone know. Arrow colors In red: a line caught in the camera for whatever reason In blue: the force required to pull the camera off the mount In green: the resultant force in the system where friction will probably play a role Line-snag-test.pdf
  3. tabouare

    VMag chin mount

    Anyone has experience with the VMag chin mount on a Kiss? The mount looks super secure and it's very nice to be able to remove the camera while keeping your helmet on but I'm wondering how it will disconnect if a lateral force is apply in the event where a line pulls on it sideways. How does it compare to Grellfab?
  4. tabouare

    Packing innovations

    Awesome scene from Star Trek. 2:26 of that clip is a much better view of the system Lee was referring to. I can't wait to get the same thing.
  5. tabouare

    AFF training in Canada - Quebec

    Sylvie, I'm curious did you start AFF? Where?
  6. tabouare

    Pack Monkey?

    I made a wood copy of the Burton quick lace handle to use with a standard pullup cord. The price was a lot better at 0$ than the PUCA tool considering I lost it on the first day. If you make your own, paint it bright orange The Burton handle goes for 17$ for 2.
  7. I second gowlerk in asking NZ Aerosports. They will be able to tell you if the parachute was manufactured in New Zealand or somewhere else around the globe. The country of origin is what will be considered by customs not the shipping point.
  8. My goal wasn't to answer the original OP with my comment, only address Skyfox's comment for someone new reading this thread. I didn't see the "or below" during my first read and I wanted to stop propagating the 1:1 hard rule that everyone blindly follow when buying their first canopy. Could you enlightened me how the cube vs square does not apply to this? I know that lines will be shorter on a smaller canopy than on a larger one. That alone contribute to the non linearity between the same family of canopies. Then the trim will also influence how the canopy dive and will also be different depending on the size. My understanding is that the volume play a major role in the non linearity because the airfoil created is function of the volume inside. The image below is not perfect but it illustrate that when you play with the volume with slats (extenders in front of the wing) you change the volume of the airfoil therefore creating more lift. With canopy, we can only change the design to achieve the same effect. Having more lift (increasing size) is desirable for someone newer in the sport to prevent hard landings. What I find inconsistent and unclear for a newer jumper is that we say things like 1:1 is different for X amount of weight vs Y amount but we can't really explain why to them because we need to explain the math behind. On the other hand, we say things like this that people take for hard rules 1-Stick to around 1:1 for your first canopy, no weight considered 2-You are under loading your canopy at .8, you should downsize By using the volume, we would get a better general rule that could apply to all weight even though it would be less sexy to say stick to: .627 ft3
  9. yeah that's what I met, just couldn't formulate it properly.
  10. The wing loading doesn't work the same way for all people because a parachute is function of a cube and wingload is a function of a square. Volume vs plane. The wingloading is a starting point only not a hard reference. Someone who weighs 110lbs exit weight would never be able to handle a 120 square foot parachute for the first main they get. Check the notes in Brian Germain's downsizing chart for the non linear characteristics of parachute.
  11. tabouare

    Containers that can hold 170-210 mains

    Your best source of information is with the manufacturer of the container. They will list the type and size of main and reserve that fit in the container. If it's not listed, you contact them to know their recommendation. "The myth" is that you can usually pack: 1 size bigger = using a low pack volume main or a 7 cell, ex a 168 ZPX in a container made for a 150 ZP 1 size smaller = the container is not as hard as full volume but it's still safe to jump, ex a 135 ZP in a container made for a 150 ZP The problem is that every container is different and the pack volume of a 230 vs a 190 is a lot bigger than the gap between a 150 vs a 120 even though it's 3 sizes for both.
  12. tabouare

    The Importance of Ear Protection While Skydiving

    I have DB blocker non vented silicone custom earplugs and I tried them when the article came out. I was very scared of rupturing my eardrum because of point #3 in the article. Here's what I noticed about them: 3 000’ to 8 000’, I needed to do extensive jaw movement to get them to equalize 8 000’ to 12 000’, I was hearing the same sound as aluminum foil crushing next to my ear 12 000’ to 13 500’, I didn't notice them anymore since I was preparing to get out I didn't notice them during freefall and everything was a lot quieter On the ground, you need to remove them because you don't ear a lot. After 5 jumps in a day, I would sometimes hear noise in the evening. Kind of weird and I didn't like that. Tried Laser Lite Earplugs - Howard Leight and they were a lot better. Didn't get the equalizing issues and noise at the end of the day. I ordered DB blocker vented silicone ones and they are a charm. The equalize very well, I can hear people in the plane a lot better while climbing and I didn't notice weird stuff with them yet.
  13. tabouare

    Looking for some ideas

    As I said I don't know rounds enough to help. 1500' is way low to plan for a reserve deployment, I don't know if you can deploy your reserve with the main at the same time if there's a malfunction with rounds. A lot of skydivers have a hard deck of 2000' meaning that if they can't get the main working, you cut it loose and activate your reserve. Main deployment and hard deck decision is a stack of altitude consideration from the ground up at terminal velocity. Altitude of AAD (automatic activation device) is fixed on this example but people are now raising it to account for other orientation than belly. 900' : AAD activation altitude = 900' 1500': Safety margin to spot a landing= 600' 1800': Reserve deployment = 300' 2000': Safety margin for reaction time to cut away = 200' 3500': Main deployment = 500-800' + safety margin to hard deck These are consideration to have an optimum landing while dealing with a mess over your head. I would plan for a brain lock after being pushed out, no pull and AAD save at around 900' AAD's are armed around 1500', below that, they won't arm and won't fire to save you Check this, AAD save at 900' from terminal. There is no safety margin when they land. But your situation will be different with a hop and pop
  14. tabouare

    Looking for some ideas

    I'll ask a few questions to help others because depending on them it will change a lot Do you drop them from low altitude or high up? Parachute type round or square? You said paratrooper so I assume a round one Military use both depending on specialty and exit altitude. Round: exit altitude around 1250' Square: anywhere between 2500' to 30000' for the main, emergency is 1500' min deploying reserve Weather As a civilian, we're not allowed to jump in bad weather so I can't help there. I only know it sucks being hit by ice during the way down. Winds depend on your licence, in Canada A,B = 18mph C,D = 25mph I'll assume that they'll jump military parachute so winds can't really go more than this with a square and I have no clue with a round. Gear and malfunction: Depends on the above, I can't help you with a round As for the 2 characters that never jumped before, they won't get out of the plane without a good push from someone
  15. tabouare

    Purchasing Main canopy with unknown jumps

    It's a gamble, if the price reflects it then it may be a great buy. Do the photos look ok? Can you see defects in close up view? Ask to see the lines in close up view for the high wear area? especially the brake lines around the ring, the lines around the Slinks, etc... Is there discoloration of the center cell compared to the ones next to it? Could indicate sweat got into the fabric and affected the fabric. Did you get to see a video? Show the photos to a rigger, then decide if it's worth it shipping it to you. Use Transferwise instead of Paypal. Same protection, less fees. Don't forget about customs import fees in your calculation. These will vary according to country of origin and price paid.