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  1. So I noticed that most manufacturers trim the RSL slide cutaway cable longer than the non-RSL side. The benefits of that are obvious--less likely to cutaway the RSL side before the non-RSL side and end up with a main-reserve entanglement due to a partial cutaway. But with the case of an RSL that has a collins' lanyard, would it make sense to trim the cables the same length or possibly make the non-RSL side longer? The collins' lanyard is designed to cutaway the non-RLS side riser and so the advantage here is that by making the RSL side cutaway first (or both at the same time), there is no chance of accidentally cutting away the non-RSL side and leaving the RSL side still attached. This is just theoretical. I have an RSL Skyhook and the cables are trimmed as shown in the manual for the container, but I am curious why the manufacturers trim the cables that way if the rig has a collins lanyard.
  2. 20_kN

    Is my D bag too large?

    I am not sure I would be able to double stow with a small band. The small bands are hard to get my fingers in, and double stowing with one would seem really hard. I could possibly triple stow the outer stows and double stow the inner ones? Another option might be to just buy the next size smaller D bag.
  3. 20_kN

    Is my D bag too large?

    I have an Aerodyne Icon I6, a standard pack volume ZP 170 main and 193 LPV Nano reserve. The I6 is intended for 190 - 210 canopies. The d bag is clearly too large, but I am wondering if it's safe to use. The issue is more that I am not sure if I am getting enough tension on the locking stows. I double wrap all of the locking stows, and the two center stows seem tight enough, but the two end stows are barely strong enough to pick up my bag off the ground by the lines (the bag weighs 7 lbs). I find that the two outer locking stows are pulled all the way to the grommet (show in pic). When I first put a new rubber band on, the two outer stows seem tight enough. But after a few jumps the rubber band stretches out enough that the bands barely provide enough tension to lift the bag off the ground (and in some cases I cant even do that). That's with them double wrapped. So I am wondering if the bag is fine as is, I should get an I5 D bag, or I should just downsize my reserve and get a smaller container. I am able to close the rig and have enough tension on the closing loop. I had to shorten it a bit, but the main seems fine in the container with a shorter closing loop. Photos: https://imgur.com/a/eZB918b
  4. He expressed interest in jumping again but he has not logged in since 2012. My best guess is that he never ended up jumping again and he probably has a lifelong condition. This was an interesting thread to read. Too bad the hard way was the only way for him.
  5. This depends on manufacturer. https://www.facebook.com/TheRanchPROshop/videos/1798144140209450/ I can post pictures later if it's at all unclear. Please
  6. Congrats! What is the difference between AFP and AFF?
  7. 20_kN

    16 year old skydiving

    USPA has no jurisdiction over people that are not USPA members. True, but again how many DZs are going to allow someone under 18 jump? I am guessing zero or pretty close to zero. As such, if no DZ, USPA affiliated or otherwise, is going to allow someone under 18 to jump, then in effect the minimum age to jump is 18.
  8. 20_kN

    Bootie Types/ Vented Booties?

    I have around 90 jumps and I have been getting more into RW. As of now I am using a freefly suit because I am a bit small and so I need something with minimal drag to keep me going fast. However, of course a freefly suit doesent have booties and so after discussing the matter with several other jumpers it seems like I am missing out quite a bit by not using a suit with booties. Anyway, I decided to get an actual RW suit that's (hopefully) tight fitting so it doesent slow me too much but also has booties so I can take advantage of that aspect of the suit. My question is how important is it to have vented booties? I see there are several different types of booties ranging from standard non-vented to full leg competition booties to vented booties and other assortments. One of my friends swears by having vented booties, but the suit I am looking at the moment just has standard booties. How much of a difference does it make by adding vents? If I buy a suit with vented booties it's going to cost an extra $100 and take three weeks longer to make compared to to a suit with standard booties. Is it really worth that just for vented booties?
  9. What does a rubber band breaking have to do with 2" line stows? Anyway, I double stow all my locking stows (semi-stowless bag). However, I tend to go with a bit smaller line bights. I prefer around 1.5" and my reasoning so far has been that I can get 12+ lbs of tension (I measured it) fairly easily with a double stow. However, some of the bag lock photos I've seen occurred when a bight of line got trapped inside the loop of a stow, which in effect required the PC to break the band to release the stow, which in effect caused the bag lock. So I figured that going with slightly smaller stows reduces the diameter of the loop and thus reduces the chances of some random lines getting wrapped up in a stow, but because I double stow I still maintain the 12+ lbs required to release the stow. Thoughts?
  10. 20_kN

    16 year old skydiving

    Show me where it says that. The tandem BSR refers to age limits with "5) All student tandem skydives must be conducted in accordance with the specific manufacturer’s age requirements for the tandem system used for that jump" I can't imagine Mike intentionally violating a BSR, and if he is not using a tandem system that has a 18 age requirement, he isn't. It says it on this very website. http://www.dropzone.com/forum/Skydiving_C1/General_Skydiving_Discussions_F18/USPA_Raises_Minimum_Age_to_18..._Whatcha_think_P4605117
  11. Earlier my S&TA shared a story of a bag lock he got on a tandem. Apparently some new packer started packing with double stows. Out of the first two tandems he packed, both had bag locks and my S&TA was the operator of one of them. He cut away but the risers did not release and he was not able to get them to separate in time. He ended up having to deploy his reserve into the bag lock. Fortunately the reserve cleared the mess and opened, but then the main opened afterwards. It sounded like some pretty sketchy stuff. If the pilot chute doesent even have the ability to break a small rubber band, I could see how you might have trouble cutting away, especially if you have an RSL and the PC doesent generate enough force for the RSL to pull the reserve cable out. So I guess the question would be then how does a PC not generate enough force to break a rubber band? It seems that even a very worn out PC would generate a large amount of force when flying through the air at 120 MPH. I could see a fully uncocked PC not breaking a band, but I dont really get how an inflated one cant.
  12. 20_kN

    Lowest bail-out altitude

    What does yellow green light mean? As in yellow and green is on, but red is off? So I presume that means emergency exit?
  13. 20_kN

    Prospective Skydiver Down Under :D

    In the USA the first two jumps in an AFF course are typically tandems anyway (at least they are where I jump anyway). I would not pay extra for another tandem if your AFF courses requires two tandem jumps anyway.
  14. 20_kN

    I feel a bit lost...

    I think what you're feeling is pretty common. You go from having an instructor to being completely alone after you finish AFF. Ultimately, you're a bit limited in what you can do on your own without your license. AFF is pretty limited in scope and is really mostly intended to ensure you can fly safely (e.g. pull on time, remain stable, land at the DZ, ect.) on your own. It is not intended to really teach you organized skydiving, it's entirely safety and stability orientated. The A license expands a bit on AFF in that it adds in some more basic canopy work and it teaches you levels, docking and tracking which are three basic skills you absolutely need to know in order to fly in a group. Once you're post AFF but still pre-A license, the freefall topics you're supposed to be working are intended to help improve your ability to jump in groups. You're mostly working on tracking, docking and levels. Those three skills are required for any form of organized skydiving involving two or more people. The idea is that once you have your A license, you should have the bare basic skills required to jump in small groups. So work on those skills. Get set up with a coach sooner rather than later and get practicing. Once you have your A license, you can practice more with other licensed skydivers.
  15. Yes but if the customer is paying for a copy then he legally owns the copy while the photographer retains rights to the original. It's like if I buy a movie on Amazon. I dont own the original, but the physical copy I have in hand is my property. It doesn't matter if the DZ doesn't cash the check. First, no one pays by check anymore so I am not sure that's even relevant but if they did pay by check and the funds were present in the account, then a DZ failing to deposit the check does not change the fact that the transaction is considered complete and payment in full made. If you sell me something and a day later I decide I want it back so I call you up and say I never spent the money you gave me, that has no relevance on the fact that the exchange is done and I paid for the product. What you do or dont do with the money is irrelevant.