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  1. If you pursue the sport and keep jumping you'll need to get used to that feeling a lot. You see folks doing awesome stuff, you work and train hard hoping that some day you'll be able to that and you keep trying and keep failing. But that's what makes it all fun. You manage to get better and do some stuff you used to hope you'll be able to do, but by then your appetite grew and now you want to do some even more awesome and more difficult stuff. But as I said, that's what makes it fun, it's an endless journey :) The shit happens when you can't handle the feeling of failing so you push harder and faster than you should or are able to. Most of the stuff in this sport takes time and patience to learn.
  2. Time Left: 29 days and 6 hours

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    ParAAvis Ultimate 170ft (9-cell main canopy) 2015. DOM, about 250 jumps on it. Great for everything, flies like Safire 2 (flown CRW/proximity with two Safire's a lot). No holes, patches or any damage (still pretty new). Price doesn't include shipping.


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  3. I'd say that's perfectly normal, it takes time to really "feel" the air and have your brain adapt to the new type of movement and muscle control. What I'd recommend though, if you plan on more tunnel time, is to save up some money and do a bit more time in bulk (20 mins - 30 mins) rather than go to a a few minutes session and take a break for a period of time after which you again do a few minutes session. Then again, that's just my personal opinion, the best advice you can get is in person from your own instructors - they'll be working with you through your training and will advise you the best on what, when and how.
  4. A friend of mine has grelfab and it doesn't shake (even in sit). Are you running stabilization on the camera? If not, I guess the shake is expected, I have a mount on the top (drilled the helmet) and without stabilization it's all shaky (as the helmet itself can shake). Sorry for the digression.
  5. You take the same posture you'll fall pretty much the same speed as in the tunnel. The only differences (why you'll fall slightly faster up there) are due to air density difference but that doesn't make any big difference (after all, it affects everyone else the same way). And given your extreme ability to arch, I'm sure you'll have a wide range of fall speeds to choose after some practice. As others already said, keep up, listen to your instructors, you'll do just fine :)
  6. What do you mean "like an airplane"? Could you explain in a bit more detail? I'm guessing you learned to turn with your arms while "the real stuff in the real air" is with your legs, or some similar comment. Again, just speculating on the meaning intended, otherwise air in the sky is pretty much the same (just a lot wider and with a bit less points you can look at for reference).
  7. As gowlerk said, it should be instructors (examiners just execute the exam), though I would add a big IF - if you're not in the US (semi-assuming so based on your username) the regulations might be different and you should check in the official documents of your own regulatory body/law to be completely sure.
  8. Binary93


    Openings are incredible, on-heading (even though my packing can be a little messy), quick and "positive" but they don't break your spine (might surprise you the first time if you're used to long snivels but you get used to it very quickly). Fronts are medium in pressure (I'm loading it at 1.5), rears are super soft and super powerful, harness input is also really awesome. Flare is amazing, way too much power in toggles, pull a tiny bit too much (51% of the total range) and it shoots you up. The canopy feels very powerful but not twitchy, I see literally zero downsides, probably gonna stick with this one for quite some time.
  9. I've seen on a few videos risers having a separate line with toggle rings at the end. Can someone tell me what they're called (if there's a special name for them) and why are they used? Thanks
  10. If it's airworthy it should be allowed on all-most places. Your reserve must be repacked at most 6-12 months ago (depending on the country), and AAD is usually mandatory. I've jumped in Serbia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria and noone cared about the age of my gear.
  11. Bought an X-Fire, opens like a charm with no tricks in packing (it's very slippy so my packing is even worse).
  12. Bovec, Slovenia This one solved it, thanks! Also found a video by Brian Germain explaining this
  13. 1-50 Prima, Solo, Navigator 290-240ft 0.8-0.95 WL 51-118 Mostly Sabre2 230ft 1.0 WL 119-214 Paraavis Ultimate 170ft 1.35 WL (1 canopy course) 215-216 X-Fire 154ft 1.5 WL
  14. I'm having trouble with pretty consistent off-heading openings. I personally think it's a packing problem rather than the body position but who knows. Do you have any idea why this is happening? Is there a trick in the packing that will prevent this? I'm sharing a video with several such openings, 3 hop-n-pops and 3 in terminal velocity. During the snivel everything looks normal but then when the inflation starts one side seems to inflate much faster than the other one causing it to turn. I pack pretty "standard" I guess, push the material outwards between AB, BC and CD lines, pull the slider a bit towards myself (to the front of the canopy) before the wrap, leave the front cells openings as they are (I hold them between the legs from the beginning of the packing until the wrap), turn it on the ground, fold it in thirds, turn it back, make the s-fold and place it in the d-bag. I also tie the risers together before packing to keep them symmetric. The canopy is Paraavis Ultimate 170ft with about 1.3WL. The video: Thanks, Damjan