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  1. Sure, I understand that. My question was more along the lines of: if one were designing a rig from scratch today, and patent licensing were not an issue, but one did not wish to include a MARD, but only a traditional RSL, is there any reason not to include a Collins lanyard? Assuming one is included in the design, is it true that that forces the RSL to be on the right hand side (assuming the cutaway handle is put in the usual position)?
  2. Is it not the case that a Collins lanyard requires the RSL to be on the same side as the cutaway handle? Is a Collins lanyard not useful with a basic RSL and no MARD? If that’s the case, why are all RSLs not equipped with a Collins lanyard and mounted on the right hand side, MARD or not? It was a Flightline Systems Reflex R460. The incident report states that approximately 12cm of the left side cutaway cable was extracted because of the movement of the housing.
  3. A recent fatality in Brazil came down to an RSL without a collins lanyard. In this case, an RSL had been added as an after-market modification to a rig from the 90s which never had one. For some reason, it was added to the left riser. The housing through which the cutaway cable passed across the yoke became detached from the yoke and worked its way down through the reserve container until such a point as the left riser became detached, and the user of the rig left the aircraft with it in this state. When he pulled, the main activated the left-side RSL, with the right riser still attached, through which the reserve deployed. As a result, the user disconnected the main, which climbed the reserve lines and choked it. The resulting impact was of course fatal. By my understanding, cable length differences would not have helped avoid this, and since the RSL was on the left riser, a collins lanyard could not be installed. What possible reason is there for a left-side RSL?
  4. Yes, I know, I was just trying to help identify the title/author.
  5. This is the book, I believe. Not sure where it’s for sale.
  6. I switched my Viso 2 for an Ares 2 and love it. I have had no problems with it at all. It is a fantastic altimeter, very robust, and significantly easier to see in freefall than the smaller Viso. Just don’t wear polarized sunglasses and you’ll be fine.
  7. What other canopies would you compare the Zulu to?
  8. I spent 4 days at Perris in August and jumped with the LOs there. It was amazing.
  9. Totally not an answer because I’m not qualified to give one, but curious if you’ve considered the Aerodyne Zulu. From the marketing it sounds like it fits what you’re looking for.
  10. Hello all! I'm a new jumper, with a year in the sport and 150 jumps, and my home dropzone is Skydive Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. It's a Caravan DZ that operates only on weekends and typically sends up about 15-20 loads on a Saturday and 10-15 on a Sunday. I want to train and compete in 4-way, but I'm having trouble finding anyone else with similar goals. In Brazilian nationals this year, there were 2 teams in the Inter category, so no-one got a medal. Open was a little better with about 6-8 teams, but still small. I'd like to do ~15-20 training jumps a month and compete in the Inter category next year. I'd like to take training seriously with a real team. At my DZ, there always seem to be a lot of students, but then they seem to vanish. There are a lot of casual fun jumpers who do maybe 2-5 jumps a month at most and treat skydiving more like a fun way to hang out with friends than as a sport, but I expect the cost is a lot to do with it; these people typically get out and try to build a star and that's about it. The people who jump seriously all seem to want to do angle or VFS. There is no 4-way culture at all, and I don't see any teams training. So, here's the question: am I wasting my time going after this? Is the downward trend in RW participation unstoppable, or is there a way to get people interested in it again and build a RW scene at a dropzone where it's not fashionable? Any tips would be great! Blue skies.
  12. The world of skydiving does not. You should think about why, especially if you’re experiencing mental health problems. The two do not mix.
  13. It's built better for sure. Haven't jumped a smart so can't comment on how they fly. Built better? How so?
  14. Because I'd have to physically transport it off-site (where?). I trust the replication of cloud storage more as a backup solution. That solution also ignores the "accessible from any device" requirement.