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  1. betzilla

    Night jump - altimeter?

    for my night jumps (twenty years ago. damn), I literally duct tapes a mini-maglite to my wrist, pointed at my handmount. It worked great and cost me nothing. It had pretty minimal cool factor though, lol
  2. betzilla

    Anyone jumping a newer vortex

    !!! Keep in mind this means you need to be extra vigilant that your pouch is in good shape, to guard against premature deployments. If your pilot chute slides into the pouch more easily, the same will be true for it sliding out. There is always a trade off. Really nice looking rig though!
  3. betzilla


    It's soooo normal to be nervous - as a student skydiver, every jump requires you to get way outside your comfort zone! Tunnel time might not help you with the nerves themselves, but it WILL help you with the freefall stuff the nerves are keeping you from visualizing. And it will help you with general confidence (which MIGHT help with the nerves!).
  4. betzilla

    Vector V308

    yep. It's doable, but not much fun. PR126/OP143 (and below) is where the one-size-up OP doesn't really pack the same size as the smaller PR, at least in my experience. That becomes more pronounced as you get into smaller and smaller sizes...
  5. betzilla

    Ideal body type for skydiving

    I'm pretty stocky too - 5'4" and a little on the heavy side. I'm also a pretty damn good skydiver. It's much more a mental game than physical. Join us!
  6. betzilla

    Dolphin container manual is such a great resource!
  7. betzilla

    cutaway cable question

    Aerodyne now sends their handles out with the cables needing to be cut by the assembling rigger. While this is annoying, they do come with very clear instructions regarding how to determine the correct length and trim the cables to it.
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  9. betzilla

    How much does slider size actually affect openings?

    It does make a difference - sometimes a significant one. First step would be to reach out to Icarus ( and find out if you've got the factory-size slider or some other goofy thing (you never know what you're really getting when you buy used gear - people make all kinds of modifications and maybe the previous owner of your canopy wanted slower openings for whatever reason. who knows?), and go from there. J is quite responsive - you'll probably hear back from him right away. Good luck!
  10. betzilla

    Ear Pain (from pressure)

    I take a decongestant before my first jump of the day during allergy season, because if I'm at all congested, I'll have trouble with ear pain. Sometimes I have to take another later in the day, sometimes one dose does the trick. You might find it helps you as well...
  11. betzilla

    AFF and Anxiety

    yup. I did exactly the same thing a couple times as a student, except I just drive right on by. Didn't even turn into the parking lot, lol. It's pretty normal.
  12. betzilla

    Javelin TJNK.5 Reserve???

    nope. Just the optimum (and that won't be any fun).
  13. betzilla

    Cypres maintenance turnaround time

    yep. Years ago, for a customer who needed mid-season service.
  14. That sounds like it's getting into fuzzy legal territory, like postdating a check. Doesn't the FAA view packing data cards as legal documents? I get the willies when I even see one signed in ink other than black or blue, lol. I don't like packing rigs when the AAD will be due for service before the repack expires, but I've done it, making a note on the data card saying something like "Cypres requires service before xx/xx/xxxx." Overall, I've found that almost all customers are happy to plan their AAD service at the repack, because they'd rather save the ten or twenty bucks it would cost to remove/reclose, then install/reclose - they just need a little help remembering and planning, and it's easier (less hassle) to comply with service requirements on your regular repack schedule than not.
  15. betzilla

    Canopy burn

    I had the exact thought when I saw that cover, plus, "OOOOOH, that's where that dude on saw it..."