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  1. veazer

    What counts as a freefall jump?

    This is the automatically I was referring to. It then goes on to say, "or, in the case of an object, is activated automatically." While I agree that a free fall jump is anything other than static line / iad, it doesn't seem clearly defined in the SIM/Far.
  2. veazer

    What counts as a freefall jump?

    The "or automatically" makes me think static line would potentially count.
  3. For an A license, what specifically counts as a "freefall jump" to count towards the 25? I'm assuming any static line jumps are out, but what about hop and pops? If you jump at 5500 ft, how long do you have to wait or how low do you have to pull to have it count?
  4. veazer

    Dropzone Site Launch & Bugs Megathread

    Yeah I tried searching for my google search terms as well as the thread title itself, both searches returned 0 results. Google searches were better on the old site search too, so if it's just a "google needs to re-index" then I guess it's not a bug but a waiting game.
  5. veazer

    Dropzone Site Launch & Bugs Megathread

    Google searches are getting redirected to the main forum rather than the actual thread result. Just like on every other website,'s search function will never be as good as google's... Not sure if it's a "google needs to re-index," or if it's something on this site. As an example if I google "HMA vs Vectran Pilot" one of the dropzone results is a thread from 2008 called "Pilot HMA Lineset" but when I click the link address of, it takes me to
  6. I weighed 220 when I started, and jumped a Nav 280, then a 260, 240, then a sabre 2 230 and/or nav 220 all within my first ~30 jumps. By jump 40 I was down to 205 lbs jumping a sabre 2 210 (exit weight probably 235-240). I wanted an LPV 190 sized reserve, figuring I would eventually downsize the main further but not wanting to downsize on my first reserve ride. I wound up with a pilot 188 and an optimum 193, loading around 1.2-1.3 around jump 50... I wouldn't recommend going that route unless you're actively losing weight and unless you're aware of the risk you're taking on by going to that high a wingloading. That said, I would talk to your instructors about trying to start downsizing towards a 1:1 wingloading (i.e. a nav 260 then 240), and then move on to a non-navigator 230 (sabre 2, pilot, silhouette, something relatively docile) for a while. Then buy your first used rig with a 210 or a 230 in it and use it for a few hundred jumps. I would try to get off rental gear once you get to a 230 and definitely once you're on a 210. Keep in mind at a higher weight/size, the difference will be less than a 130 lb student working their way to a 1:1. I noticed almost nothing different about a nav 260 compared to a 280. Even the 240 was about the same. Buying a used rig in the ~$4K neighborhood will also allow you to stop throwing money at rentals, and you could probably sell it for at least 3500 within ~2 years after. The important thing is to talk to some instructors and/or riggers that know you and have seen your landings. Nobody on the internet knows how sketchy your landings may or may not be, but riggers and instructors should be more helpful than us, or random fun jumpers that don't know what altitude their AAD fires at or what the differences are between a 7 and 9-cell canopy. Also, once you've done your hop and pops you can take a b-license canopy course. The course instructor should be helpful with figuring out what your first rig size should be and a safe way to get there. You're probably still (and should be) paying for coaches through jump 25, might as well knock out a canopy course as part of that.
  7. veazer

    Things to do before AFF

    Read the SIM a time or two, but don't be "that guy" when you go to your first jump course. Shut up and listen. There's more than one way to skin a cat, so when in doubt, go with what your instructors tell you and once you're off student status you can start to form your own opinions about things you may have read differently in the SIM. Go to the tunnel for 10-15 minutes, and tell them you're going to do AFF soon. They'll start you on the net and do more drills than just "fly flat as fuck and we'll do a high flight." I would not do any more tunnel time than that. Save your money for jumping. Do not practice anything on your own. Don't practice arch, don't practice PLF, don't practice pull, don't practice EP's until you're taught them. Bad habits are a bitch to break, and you have no idea what you're doing wrong until you actually start jumping. I would recommend watching "Cutaway!" the video series from the Australian version of the USPA. Don't look at their EP portion, let an instructor teach you that on the gear at the DZ, but know the different malfunctions so you can recognize them if/when you see them. Have fun, crush it, and whatever you're planning on spending on skydiving next year, double it.
  8. veazer

    Dealing with high shock loading

    Would utilizing a pilot chute controlled reefing system (pilot chute attaches through the canopy to the slider to help slow/control its descent down the lines) potentially help with this? No idea what potential issues those have but I'm sure someone's tried it before, right?
  9. veazer

    Dealing with high shock loading

    Obviously I'm new here, but would it not be possible to put some sort of replaceable, bungee-like material in/at the riser area, that could absorb opening shock, but be bypassed with some sort of clip or hook of some kind once the canopy is open that would shorten/stiffen the risers back to normal if desired?