Westerly

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    Beginner wingsuit recommendations?

    I've seen pilot chutes in tow from burble traps on tracking suits with OEM bridles. Let me repeat that, I've seen it occur with tracking suits. Even a student wingsuit has a larger burble than most tracking suits. The single most important thing on the list (assuming you're not jumping some highly loaded elliptical canopy) is a longer bridle. I'd get one ASAP if you want to get into WS. The standard 6' one will work for a bit early on, but the first time you pitch and get nothing, nothing, nothing, more nothing, you're going to piss yourself. It's not a fun experience.
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    Argus

    Makes sense. I think a Racer and Argus AAD is a perfect combination. While you're at it I think you throw a Sabre 1 in there with OEM slider as well. That would make a nice all-around package.
  3. Well people dont get to just make up their own definitions of a word. that's not really how languages work. they 'think' the word means whatever they want, they would just be wrong. The word has a specific meaning and the dictionary will tell you what that meaning is.
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    Pitching in a Track

    Often I see people say things like pitching in a track is the worst thing you can do and it's going to slam the crap out of you, ect. So I set out to see what the flight pattern of a track actually looks like. Looking at my FlySight I found that my fall rate actually slows in a track, not speeds up. That is assuming you're doing a flat track and not angle flying or something like that. I was able to get my fall rate to as low as 105 MPH in a track, whereas I cant go that slow no matter how hard I dearch in the standard box position. So then I looked at forward speed. On average, maybe 25 MPH in a flat track. However, that's nothing compared to a wingsuit and you can have fantastic openings with a WS all day if you know how to fly the openings correctly. So while pitching in a track is obviously not ideal, I am not sure it's as black death as some seem to think it is.
  5. It's a non-issue. If you're worried, dont use your real name online and restrict the privacy settings. At the end of the day, the free market principle still applies. If my whatever insurance company raises my rates because I have a profile photo of me skydiving, fine I'll just drop them and find someone else. They can come up with any excuse they want, I am still the one that decides if I want to continue being their customer or not.
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    USPA Board Meeting

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    USPA Board Meeting

    This was covered in the videos posted upstream if you would watch them. Ron Bell talked about why he wanted this change in the video.
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    USPA Board Meeting

    I have read your posts, I just think you are overreacting here just like half the people on this forum do anytime anyone even whispers something about the USPA. The USPA makes a small change and all of a sudden BIG Parachute is out to get everyone and destroy skydiving. Having to send in a form in an effort to learn trends in AAD fires is not a big deal. Collecting statistical data to determine safety trends is literally one of the USPA's core functions, as is the core function of anyone who works in any industry involving safety. It's a basic principle of determining risk.
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    USPA Board Meeting

    This whole USPA witch hunt is getting really old. You realize the USA is possibly the last remaining major skydiving country in the world that allows AADs to be optional? Nearly every other major country that has a footprint in skydiving requires all jumpers to have AADs. They are not optional. It's good to see the USPA trying to keep us at a proper standard. Having to fill out a form after nearly dying is not a big deal.
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    THC & Dropzones

    State law is completely meaningless in federal court and the feds operate under federal jurisdiction enforcing federal laws (hints the name). In theory, if the FBI or DEA found out that people are selling, smoking and otherwise possessing weed on a federal airport (or a state, county or private airport for that matter), there is jack shit the state could do to stop them from coming in, arresting everyone and charging them with federal drug related crimes and send them to a federal court for dispossession. Would that happen? Not super likely, but for example the DEA and FBI has and continue to conduct drug raids in 100% weed-'legal' states like Colorado. They are not really out busting people for possession, but they do on a regular basis arrest people for growing without a license in conjunction with other crimes regardless of what the state law says. So can the DZO be arrested? Absolutely. The police can arrest you for just about anything they want. https://www.denverpost.com/2018/08/09/denver-marijuana-grow-raids-dea-fbi/
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    Vigil service delays

    Just another reason why I bought a MARS unit. 15 years zero maintenance or other BS. Just jump.
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    USPA Board Meeting

    How is it even remotely appropriate for an instructor to have multiple AAD fires? It used to be that an AAD was your 2nd, 3rd and 4th chance all at once. If you have an AAD fire, congrats a computer saved your life and now you take up golf and quit skydiving. Now it's, 'shit I just had an AAD fire, I better get my rig packed ASAP so I can get on the next load". That's crap.
  13. It seems like literally the worst possible choice for a canopy. The lines can go hugely out of trim, the material is fairly slippery (which theoretically could encourage a quick drop of the slider when you dont want it), and it's completely inelastic. If low bulk is the goal, why not use Vectran or HMA? What does Spectra do that the other two dont? Vectran and especially HMA dont go wickedly out of trim like Spectra does, but offer most of the same benefits. I think someone said that Spectra lasts longer, but it doesent last longer if the canopy goes way out of trim. Even if the lines were in perfect condition you would still need to replace them if they are too far out of trim. It seems like HMA is the most superior line choice at the moment.
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    EPs: Look up before pulling reserve?

    Depends on the method. That might work for one hand per handle, but would be dangerous on the two hands per handle method. In this case, it would be one per handle.
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    hard openings dome slider?

    Here is a video for you. Take from it what you want. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCM-eAekMCg
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    EPs: Look up before pulling reserve?

    Going back to the original question, do you think it is a good idea to look up after grabbing your handles but before pulling them for the simple fact that it will encourage you to arch better? The Australian Parachute Federation's Cutaway EP videos show the students being taught to pull the cutaway and reserve, then immediately look up and arch. Would it make more sense to look up and arch before pulling your handles since there is a strong chance that by the time you pull the reserve handle and start to look up to arch, the reserve will already be out? Example: https://youtu.be/YD1we-F9-3c?t=58s
  17. Sure, but the USPTO requires a certain level of detail. They will reject an application if it is too broad. This is intentional as otherwise you could simply patent 'automobiles' or 'computers' which would create its own obvious problems. Typically the patent office wants to see the patent as detailed as physically possible, the manufacturer wants it as broad as possible and they meet in the middle somewhere.
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    hard openings dome slider?

    I think it's more complicated than just adding a larger slider. I am not an expert so I could be wrong, but I was speaking to a canopy manufacturer (specificaly, the guy who designs canopies), and he mentioned that there are several factors that affect opening shock, the slider only being one of them. The position of the brakes and even the length each of the individual lines can have an effect. The trim of the canopy can have a large effect. There was a post on here about someone getting slammed under a Safire 3, and they found out just one group of lines was out of trim a bit which was causing the hard openings. As it was explained to me, while a larger slider does have more surface area to keep the slider up, it also allows the canopy to expand more while snivling so it might not yield a softer opening. It depends on the types of hard openings we're talking about. Is it the type where the opening is hard because the slider is coming down way too soon and you're getting slammed, or the type where the canopy just opens hard while snivling? If slider size was the only thing that affected opening shock, then hard openings should be completely non-existent on tandem canopies and extremely common on tiny crossbrased canopies, but neither of those statements are necessarily true.
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    EPs: Look up before pulling reserve?

    I know I'm getting into heresy here but I've always pulled my cutaway then went to my reserve. I've never done the one hand on each handle thing and I've never understood any advantage to it but plenty of disadvantages. But then I've never looked at a handle. I took Pat Works' advice and practiced until I knew where they were. On my fourth malfunction I'm convinced I'd have bounced if I hadn't broken two rules. One, never cut away a total. But I did and when the reserve launched the main released. It wrapped around the reserve but the risers were disconnected to they just sort of wound that way too and were tossed aside. It left some pretty good burns on the reserve but I was ok. The second was looking at the handles. I was going through a grand and head down terminal. If I'd had to tear my eyes off the ground to find my handles I'd have gone in. No two ways about it. As it was while my mind was being overloaded at the sight of treetops flying away from each other my hands pulled my R2s then the reserve. Always cut away a total. Always cut away a pilot-chute in tow. Reserve opening shock is highly likely to dump the main d-bag out and if it's not cut away it will unstow all the lines as it falls away and then tangle with tension and cause a problem. If it's cut away it will fall away with risers and lines together and not reach any line stretch. Even if it entangles it won't have any force and won't affect the inflated reserve. A friend of mine has only just got back in the air after having this exact scenario which had him in a wheelchair for almost a year. He pitched his reserve with a PCIT without chopping and the reserve opening shock dumped his main which inflated and tangled around his foot. The asymmetry of the pull on his body sent his reserve into twists from which there was no recovery possible. It's simple. Execute your EPs exactly as you've learned and practiced and don't try to rethink the decades of accumulated experience and knowledge when you have a mal. Any advice to the contrary is bad advice. I don’t think you should be so confident about that. I am Aware of at least one case of a PCIT to reserve deployment where the reserve did not fully inflate, but the shock did let the main out. Two partially inflated canopies saved the guy’s life. Had he chopped his PCIT he would have died. How does a reserve not fully inflate? You're saying the reserve had a mal as well?
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    EPs: Look up before pulling reserve?

    I know I'm getting into heresy here but I've always pulled my cutaway then went to my reserve. I've never done the one hand on each handle thing and I've never understood any advantage to it but plenty of disadvantages. But then I've never looked at a handle. I took Pat Works' advice and practiced until I knew where they were. On my fourth malfunction I'm convinced I'd have bounced if I hadn't broken two rules. One, never cut away a total. But I did and when the reserve launched the main released. It wrapped around the reserve but the risers were disconnected to they just sort of wound that way too and were tossed aside. It left some pretty good burns on the reserve but I was ok. The second was looking at the handles. I was going through a grand and head down terminal. If I'd had to tear my eyes off the ground to find my handles I'd have gone in. No two ways about it. As it was while my mind was being overloaded at the sight of treetops flying away from each other my hands pulled my R2s then the reserve. Always cut away a total. Always cut away a pilot-chute in tow. Reserve opening shock is highly likely to dump the main d-bag out and if it's not cut away it will unstow all the lines as it falls away and then tangle with tension and cause a problem. If it's cut away it will fall away with risers and lines together and not reach any line stretch. Even if it entangles it won't have any force and won't affect the inflated reserve. A friend of mine has only just got back in the air after having this exact scenario which had him in a wheelchair for almost a year. He pitched his reserve with a PCIT without chopping and the reserve opening shock dumped his main which inflated and tangled around his foot. The asymmetry of the pull on his body sent his reserve into twists from which there was no recovery possible. It's simple. Execute your EPs exactly as you've learned and practiced and don't try to rethink the decades of accumulated experience and knowledge when you have a mal. Any advice to the contrary is bad advice. Well, if I recall right the SIM does state that dumping the reserve without cutting away is an approved way to handle a PCIT. Also, I am curious how easy it would be to cut away an uninflated canopy at low speed anyway. The riser covers easily can hold up an uninflated canopy. If you hang your rig off the ground, pull your cutaway handle and then pull the pin on the container, the d bag will fall out and the riser covers will support the canopy even while cut away. Do you think this would be a problem in the air?
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    It doesent take any money to do that. You just need any device with a camera and mic (laptop, desktop, phone, iPad, whatever), an internet connection and one of 50+ free software suits that enables teleconferencing.
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    182 engine failures

    You're kidding right? "inform not enforce" translates to "I can do whatever I want because I wont get in trouble for it anyway". Imagine if the police only 'informed' citizens about the laws they broke and not actually enforced any of them. The FAA needs to step in the other direction and start handing out larger fines, revoking pilot licenses, and grounding aircraft permanently. What do you think would motivate a DZO more to do maintenance, threat that the FAA will come over to them and 'inform' them about the FARs they broke, or threat that the FAA will fine them six figures and ground their entire fleet? Are you really having this much trouble, or maybe I should say lack of trust, at your DZ? Was it an incident or something else that made you feel like you aren't safe when you skydive where you do? Have you talked to anyone else at your DZ to see if there isn't a way to address it locally? I dont have any major concerns at my DZ. However, I have jumped at places which are sketch city and even more mainstream DZs still usually do at least one thing unsafe. I am not going to name names because it simply doesent matter at this point. But I once stood by a girl at a very prominent DZ, one which I am very confident you've heard of, and overheard her instructor give her a WS course. It was her first time flying a WS, she only had 200 jumps and had never jumped a WS. Her instructor gave her maybe 10 minutes of ground instruction, 5 of which was spent getting her into the suit, and then she was on the same load as me. So basically five minutes of instruction and that was her entire first flight course for her first jump... And she had the absolute bare minimal jumps required for a WS jump. You can decide whether you think that is unsafe or not, but I would say it's a pattern of negligence and I see stuff like that at many DZs all over the place. If it's not shitty instruction at one DZ, it's lack of checking rigs when a new jumper comes to visit at another, or maybe a complete disregard to exit order at some other DZ, or maybe failure to ground students when the winds are honking at 20 - 25 knots... Those are all examples I've seen, and I have plenty more. So when I see stuff like that, stuff in which I KNOW that any experienced jumper knows is wrong, I dont have much of a mentality for 'educate, not punish'. Education is for people that made an understandable mistake. Punishments are for those who do know better and chose to break the rules anyway because they dont give a shit. I am not saying all DZs break the rules. Some are fantastic, but not all are.
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    182 engine failures

    You're kidding right? "inform not enforce" translates to "I can do whatever I want because I wont get in trouble for it anyway". Imagine if the police only 'informed' citizens about the laws they broke and not actually enforced any of them. The FAA needs to step in the other direction and start handing out larger fines, revoking pilot licenses, and grounding aircraft permanently. What do you think would motivate a DZO more to do maintenance, threat that the FAA will come over to them and 'inform' them about the FARs they broke, or threat that the FAA will fine them six figures and ground their entire fleet?
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    I think there are far more important things to be concerned than some museum which costs $20k per year, or whatever it is. As has been said, that's like a dollar a year from your membership fund which you will pay regardless if the museum is funded or not. How much do you pay in taxes per year? $20k? $40k? I can think of a metric shit load of stupid ways the government wastes my money, and it adds up to a hell of a lot more than $1 per year. Anyway, as has been said before, at least we have a USPA. Even with the USPA, basically every DZ still has people that do unsafe stuff, and there are no shortages of entire DZs that are unsafe. Imagine how things would be if it was completely unregulated entirely.
  25. Containers are mostly made out of nylon and polyester. Both products are fairly resistant to a wide variety of substances. Where they fail is strong acids and bases. As long as it was not exposed to something on the extreme ends of the ph scale, it's probably fine.