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betzilla last won the day on October 14 2019

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Gear

  • Main Canopy Size
    149
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    160
  • AAD
    Cypres 2

Jump Profile

  • Home DZ
    Great Lakes Skydivers, Gobles, MI (now closed)
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    23089
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    1300
  • Tunnel Hours
    6
  • Years in Sport
    20
  • First Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    800
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    350
  • Freefall Photographer
    No

Ratings and Rigging

  • AFF
    Instructor
  • USPA Coach
    No
  • Pro Rating
    No
  • Wingsuit Instructor
    No
  • Rigging Back
    Master Rigger
  • Rigging Seat
    Master Rigger

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  1. You do what you practice, mentally and physically. Being a rigger, I have abundant opportunities to practice my EPs (gotta disconnect the main and open the reserve to do the work, so....). My mental practice and physical rehearsal is, and has been since I moved away from student gear, one hand per handle, grab both; peel and punch cutaway, peel and punch reserve, with a 4-beat rhythmic cadence. The reality when opening rigs to pack them, is peel and punch cutaway, peel and punch reserve, *usually* bringing my right hand over for an assist with the ripcord. So... I get a hand on each handle before I begin pulling either of them. For me, the most important thing is being mentally present EVERY TIME I either rehearse EPs or pull handles on the ground, so I'm both building muscle memory and paying attention to what the handles feel like, and the various ways the process can vary. For instance, some jumpers' gear has ultra-mated velcro on the handles, so peeling a handle is not always the same. Most of all, because I've been jumping a soft reserve handle, and rehearsing to use it, for almost 20 years (!!. Omg, I'm an old-timer, lol), I am surprised by the feel of a metal handle when I pull one. My hand used to sometimes slip off metal handles, because I'm not in the habit of hooking a thumb, but lately I've begun to react quickly when I feel a metal ripcord, and get a thumb around it. I got off on a little tangent there.... Apologies to those who rolled their eyes, lol. But.... visualize and practice your EPs. Rehearse for all the scenarios you can think of, putting your mind into it -- total mal; spinner; horseshoe; lost handle. Do it a LOT. And when you drop off your gear off for a repack, pull your handles like your life depends on it! Because at some point, it will.
  2. who needs emergency handles anyway, amirite?
  3. That's not what I said. I said FOR ME, I think static line was the right choice. I do recommend tandems frequently. It's a great way to make a first jump. The difference is essentially: tandem = jumping from the 10m platform; static line = wading into the water; knowing in each case that people swim without drowning all the time. When I was kid learning to swim, I literally had to prove to myself that MY body could float, like, one limb at a time in the bathtub, before I dared to try actual swimming in the pool. Static line allowed me to do the same with skydiving. Some people don't need that slow pace. I guess I do...
  4. first, congrats on having your goal in sight! That is awesome! My first jump was a static line. I considered a Tandem, but I had a feeling I was going to love it, and would have to do the static line progression to learn, so I decided to save the hundred+ bucks. I did a tandem on the front later on, as part of a Tandem Instructor course, and it was overwhelming for me personally, even as an experienced jumper. I think if I had done a tandem for jump #1, I would've been one-and-done. Static line was perfect for me, because it essentially broke skydiving into bite-sized pieces that I could digest at my own pace.
  5. BevSuit still makes them. The "Bootie Pants" order form has freefly pants on it too.
  6. I started with a friend from work. We both got our A-licenses and packed student gear, and were instant dropzone fixtures. We talked a couple friends into making a first jump: one wouldn't get out of the plane, and the other was one-and-done, lol. Those are the *only* friends I've actually managed to talk into jumping, in almost 23 years. The moral of my story is, you don't need your whuffo friends anymore. You have us now! These days, I encourage people to try it IF they want to, but I'm done giving the hard sell. I don't want my friends to feel like I require them to skydive, and I spend energy nuturing my earthbound friendships just like I do my skydiving ones.
  7. I wouldn't count on it. Nobody breaks sewing machines as quickly as people who don't know how to sew.
  8. no, you will most likely need one size smaller G4 than G3. Note the G4 size chart here: https://www.flycookie.com/skydiving-helmets/g4/
  9. Vogue fabrics is AWESOME, but I think that is tulle (what tutus are made of).
  10. Para Gear has it: Marquisette Netting. Full disclosure: I work at Para Gear.
  11. I used to build RDS' at Para Concepts. When you order an RDS from them, you get the slider itself and the lanyards you use to connect your deployment bag and pilot chute to the removable slider, instead of the top of your canopy. So at least with their model, you can do slider only or full. You can even switch from one to the other from jump to jump if you want to.
  12. Hiya Seth. HMU for help. I work at a Tony dealer. AND, I learned to jump at Skydive Allegan's predecessor -- Great Lakes Skydivers, formerly in Gobles. Yep - I peeked at your profile, lol. You'll get the same prices through my company that you would if you ordered direct, but you also get our many collective decades of experience selling and jumping Tony Suits (I have personally owned four of them, and loved every one).
  13. In my experience, once you get down into the low end of reserve sizing, the "one-size-smaller" idea about OPs doesn't really apply. In other words, I haven't found that an OP126 packs as small as a PR113.
  14. Yes. I've had a handful of bell-ringers, one of them on a V3 with magnets. It was nowhere near as bad as the ones I've had on rigs with tuck-tabs and/or velcro, however, and none of these caused any injury or discomfort that lasted into the following day. One of the tough things about discussing heard openings, is that there is no standard on what is meant by "hard" - it's a totally subjective evaluation. For instance, we know a deployment that makes the jumper see stars, lose consciousness, or worse, qualifies as a Hard Opening. I don't think concussion and/or catastrophic injury is the appropriate threshold for a TOO Hard Opening. We need an objective metric, so we can gather info and meaningfully address the problem.