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  1. 20kN

    covid-19

    I had an adverse reaction to the 2nd shot of the Monderna product. I woke up with chest pain and tachycardia with a resting HR of 120. That was extremely abnormal for me as I run on a daily basis and have a low resting HR (50 to 65 most of the time). I took an ECG and it was sinus tachycardia with no arrhythmia and I had just completed a full cardio workup in the months prior with excellent results so I know there was nothing actually wrong with my heart. It was just a weird experience. The next morning things were back to normal and I haven't had any issues since. I have never had a negative reaction to any other vaccine before and I have taken tons of them. That was a very strange and extremely unusual experience for me though.
  2. No suit 'requires' them. I have jumped a Katana with a Freak 3 before. However, any wingsuit and even a tracking suit can benefit from a WS canopy, or at least a 7-cell. Most wingsuiters have their first cutaways on small suits. I'd argue a beginner wingsuiter would have more of a benefit from one than an advanced wingsuiter becasue while the advanced flyer will have a larger suit, they will have much better pitching technique which at the end of the day body position is the single most important factor in WS openings, same as non-WS openings.
  3. That is not entirely true. There is more to the fabric than just pack volume. Low porosity material in general offers for better openings than ZP does. Have you ever asked yourself why there are no ZP reserves?
  4. No, there is no real way to make them pack larger. They are intended for people jumping smaller canopies who want to put a larger main in their current container without buying a new container. You could take it out to the desert and then it would pack larger. You could pack it only in rooms with heavy A/C which reduces humidity and that will make it pack larger. Outside of that, nope not much you can do. I am curious how you fit a 120 into a rig with a 193 reserve. I'd imagine that main is swimming in there it's so small comparatively.
  5. That's a quite paradoxical statement considering the overwhelming vast majority of the best wingsuit pilots in America have never once step foot in that tunnel. I've flown with the current world record holders for speed, time and distance (it's not the same person for all three) and we have discussed the tunnel to which they have responded to me they have no experience flying in it. I haven't been in the tunnel myself so I cant say from direct experience, but based on the countless videos it appears they are using a low airspeed and forcing slow, high AoA flight which if true that is the complete opposite of what you want to be doing when flying a wingsuit in the sky or in the BASE environment. The tunnel does look fun, but the value is not there. When you take into account flights, hotel, all that the sky ends up being less than half the cost per min of flying, and you're doing the real thing vs a wind tunnel.
  6. I think you already know the answer to that question. It's not smart. Can some people get lucky and not get hurt? Sure. But I have also seen A license guys break bones under a WL of 0.8. It's a sliding scale. How much risk do you want to take? In the case of an A license holder flying 1.3, I'd say the needle on the risk scale is in the red. It also depends on the canopy itself. Is this a canopy with a super flat glide that has a low decent rate, or a Katana that just falls out of the sky? Does the canopy have massive flare power and you could shut it down on a downwinder, or is it a mushy 7-cell that flares like a semi-truck on ice? Those all play a role as well.
  7. Changing the wingloading absolutely does change the glide ratio. If you increase the loading high enough, there comes a point where the canopy becomes overloaded and it's vertical decent rate increases substantially with little increase in horizontal speed. This is very apparent in XRW where canopy pilots will hook wingsuiters on their feet and suspend their weight, after which their canopy falls out of the sky with no noticeable increase in forward speed.
  8. That was dont a long time ago already. I think about six months back or so they changed that.
  9. Poor attempt at trolling. Try harder... A license - Petra - Wingsuiting…..
  10. A few points: - I dont think the USPA has actually said an E license will be defined as 'expert'. I think you're just extrapolating that based on them both being the same letter. - Even if they do call it an expert license, in general the term master is senior to expert. A master is above an expert, so that doesn't really make sense. Maybe they will call it demigod? - Titles aside, what would be the point? What can you do with an E license that you cant do with a D license? - Whatever the answer to that question is, I'd then argue well why was I fine doing it with a D license in 2021 but now in 2022 suddenly I'm not qualified to do it anymore? - Above a B license, the C and D title dont really get you much. I've only ever once jumped at a DZ that requires a C license and there is only one DZ anywhere that I know of that requires a D. Restrictions are more likely to be defined in number of jumps rather than license level. Even the USPA does that. For example, the USPA BSR for WS jumps is 200 jumps. There is no mentioning of a requirement to have a C license though. - Overall I think it will just add to the USPA's pocketbook by finding a reason to charge another license fee, but without the jumpers actually getting anything tangible out of it other than some new title that no one really cares about.
  11. Wingsuits should never exit first except under highly specific conditions by experienced wingsuiters doing something very specific that requires it. All it would take is for some inexperienced wingsuiters to get turned around and now they are flying directly under the entire load which could easily become fatal. In general, movement groups go last. Sometimes trackers will go out first which is okay if they are slick tracking and they stick to their plan. Tracksuiters and wingsuiters should awlays exit after tandems.
  12. 20kN

    covid-19

    Covid is improving in some parts. The numbers are going down a bit.
  13. You seem to live in a world that is different from the real one. Yea you might get free charging for your Tesla at your close-in reserved parking spot at work, but the rest of those slumming it dont have charging stations at work and they cant charge them in an apartment. Most apartments actually even specifically say in the rental agreement that charging cars is not authorized. Public chargers are not for random people to just mooch off of. They are for paying customers to charge their vehicles while shopping at the store. You get your car seen on the same charger more often than it should and you can bet your ass security is going to tow that shit away. You also havent addressed the more important point I have mentioned twice now. The cost of driving the car is not even the most important concern here. Oil prices affect the price of all goods and services sold in the United States. There is not one product sold in any store anywhere on American land that is immune to the affects of oil pricing, so when the price of oil goes up the price of every product that exists in this country goes up.
  14. What ever is cheaper. I have flown both and they are more or less all different versions of the same thing.