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  1. Also, might want to check this one:
  2. Fully agree, sorry if it came out differently. I merely "triggered" at the "I was told that an uspa incident report has been filed by the dropzone, so I'm not gonna post it here" part. From my perspective, it's practically the same as "I'd rather not share" which he stated multiple times and with which I had no problem (and still don't). Edit: Correction, he never stated it, but skipped to share after multiple inquiries which is the same I guess.
  3. This post is NOT meant to push you into posting the details about your injury here, but I also can't just leave it unsaid. The fact that you post it as an USPA incident report means very little to me in terms of learning about the incident. Many outside of the US don't get Parachutist (so I'm not even sure if the details get published there). Other than that, it all gets aggregated and published statistics (which I do find fairly useful). If it weren't for some incident reports on the DZ, I would probably never think some things were possible or consider the dangers enough in some specific scenarios. The incident reports here are meant for everyone to learn and ultimately be safer. What I do care about in an incident: participants experience, gear, details of the situation (what happened precisely), anything else that might have contributed to the incident. What I couldn't care less about: who the participants were or anything that might incriminate anyone personally. Submitting a USPA incident report doesn't really substitute sharing the details with the community. Again, I'm not pushing you to share the details, do whatever you want, but still wanted to make sure that no one reads this and thinks that the two are equivalent and they provide the same value to the community. Ideally, one would do both I guess.
  4. Thanks Matija, I've seen this one but it's a version with the tape at the bottom, while apparently there's a version with a fingertrap at the bottom as well.
  5. I completely agree, but from the comments, it looks like a systematic issue. I myself don't have a problem with this (yet?) but I'm hoping to learn how this sleeve is done properly. From what I understand, the bottom of the line (hma/vectran) is passed through a larger spectra line. How is the spectra properly secured? What are the dangers of this modification? Apparently, some folks used some sort of adhesive tape at the bottom, but that ended up causing a fatality. Some fingertrapping at the slinks side is also mentioned, but I'm not sure how exactly that's done.
  6. There's a thread on facebook about bottom parts of lines (just above risers) failing quickly because RDS isn't removed fast enough. There's also a lot of mention about sleeves for the lines which should take the damage and lengthen the life of the lines. Can anyone here share pros and cons of different designs? Is there a standard design that you would recommend? There's a mention of a fatality in Thailand because of a cut slink due to improper sleeve design. To sum it up/simplify, I'd like to make this for my canopy, what is the proper way? Thanks!
  7. Pilot Emergency Parachute
  8. I live and jump in Serbia where we use meters. Pilots use feet (because that's the international convention I guess), but jumpers use meters and have meter altimeters. When a pilot is new with skydiving, you have to make sure you communicate if you're going to 3000 feet or meters :) My 117th jump was in the US where I rented equipment, and guess what, the altimeters are in feet. Before the jump, I converted the few critical altitudes I need (deployment/decision altitude/hard deck/no cutaway) and just watched for those. There's no real reason to do any maths, you're not solving differential equations up there. You have series of altitudes upon which you base your decisions (unless you're swooping for example where you need a bit more precise numbers I guess). For what is worth, you could have them marked as A, B, C, D... on the altimeter and never know how they translate to real world coordinates.
  9. Not even close, from my experience (and a few folks I know who fly/flew it) Raptor is far more steeper and much much longer recovery arc. Fairly ground hungry. I've flown Icarus World X-Fire (not NZ Crossfire) for the past ~100 jumps and I've gotten used to its no-snivel-ridiculously-on-heading-openings-no-matter-what-you-do and have now made a few jumps on Raptor (135ft, ~1.7WL). I find the openings on Raptor very twitchy, it oscillates quite a lot during the snivel and really requires to be flown all the way through inflation (something I apparently need to learn to do a bit better). Anyone flying Raptor has any tips on packing? Do you choke end cells by rolling them to promote more on-heading and more controlled openings or anything similar? Anyone else flying it wants to share their impression of the openings?
  10. Forgot to add [joke] [/joke] around it
  11. Did you try checking on the internet? :)
  12. I guess you'd already post an update if you wanted to share something, but I have to ask regardless. Any updates?