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  1. raphaelistics

    4-way exit FAIL - skydiver loses shoe

    At no point did I say this was a safe skydive or a successful one. The word FAIL is in the title for a reason. This was not a text-book skydive either. I am sure the people who screwed up, knew they did something wrong. I can not correct their mistakes. However I know and have met countless jumpers who made scary mistakes but laugh about it later on. Laughing about it does not necessarily signify that some one supports or encourages or intends on repeating the act such in this case. The footage has been shown to coaches and instructors and indeed mistakes were pointed out just as they were pointed out on here, however most everyone got out a giggle. As mentioned, the vast majority of things pointed out were not ME - but other jumpers. I can not speak on their behalf - screw ups happen - dumb things happen - sometimes they can be funny.
  2. raphaelistics

    4-way exit FAIL - skydiver loses shoe

    I thought it was very funny. If I said anything else, id be lying and I'm just not that type. At no point did any of us feel that our safety or the safety of others was being put in jeopardy. We had altitude awareness and put a ton of distance between one another. What we did agree on is that the jump was a mess and very funny and that the sitflier should have gone belly like the rest of us instead of pulling his own gig or just jumped on his own. As for the camera man, he did an excellent job checking for traffic right when he was hitting the clouds, knowing that his vision would be limited, however it was strictly a precautionary move and I do the same with bigger group jumps, especially when there is partial cloud coverage. He did not have any real concern. We ALL had perfect eye contact for the whole second part of the free fall and had a textbook break off: I am sure you will be happy to hear that me had much better jumps following this hilarious mess.
  3. raphaelistics

    4-way exit FAIL - skydiver loses shoe

    I do not understand the "getting away" part here. Makes it sound as if any of this was planned. What exactly did anybody get away with? Get away from what? @jumpsracer clearly words it as if I or anybody else broke dropzone rules, which I ALWAYS respect. We tracked away from each other and jump run at 5500ft - we were all level - no one was out of line of sight, it should be easy to tell from the video. We all had eye contact with each other and had an even level separation. You can actually see us all catching up to the sitflier at the 1:00 minute mark just before track and pull, who is belly up and sees us. I did not see any one else go head down past the first 500ft post exit either - (besides the freeflyer). The whole exit was jacked up, which this video was posted to demonstrate. I am not going to argue about the poor exit and the sitflying by one of the jumpers, which were both pointed out by our coach on debrief. This jump did NOT go as planned what so ever and I am all for learning from my and other peoples errors.
  4. raphaelistics

    4-way exit FAIL - skydiver loses shoe

    two of the 4 jumpers are A's with between 50 to 100 jumps, moving to B's, one jumper has enough for his C and the other jumper is a coach with a D. We weren't all A license holders and had 2 experienced jumpers and a coach with us. @jumpsracer - get away with what? I am confused - no rules were broken on my part or as far as I can tell on anybody's part. Also that is not a King Air - it's a Caravan.
  5. raphaelistics

    4-way exit FAIL - skydiver loses shoe

    I agree on the freeflying - not sure why one of the guys was freeflying - us other 3 were belly down. We normally do just fine when the exit is good. That being said we are REQUIRED to do 5 4-way exits for our B-License proficiency card.
  6. Have some hilarious footage for yall! Celebrated our B-License canopy course completion with a 4-way docked exit, when a friend of mine completely mistimes the exit jump - jumping out early, and losing his shoe in the process LOL! I am the guy in front of him with the black G3 and lose my grip when he unexpectedly jumps early, however he proceeds to pull the camera man down with him, who proceeds to pull the 3rd jumper with him, who proceeds to pull me with him! LOL! You can hear the camera guy laughing his butt off under canopy hehehe! We were busting his balls for the rest of the day hahahaha! (the Ninja Turtle socks had me crying! )
  7. raphaelistics

    Jump #37 - Hop’nPop Double Malfunction *No Cutaway*

    Slider hangups and streamers go hand in hand from what I have seen. Like the slider interrupts airflow to the canopy. As for ground speed, I am indirectly referring to horizontal speed of the aircraft. Winds weren't crazy so the fact that we had low ground speed, tells me that we were not moving horizontally fast at all. I feel that in a hop and pop where the aircraft moves at 70 knots on jump run, your rig will catch much less air than say a jump run going 110 knots if you deploy immediately upon exit because at that point your vertical fall rate will probably be even less. Speculating. That being said it does not matter on a Max Altitude jump obviously because you reach a much faster terminal velocity falling between 14,000ft and deployment altitude.
  8. raphaelistics

    Jump #37 - Hop’nPop Double Malfunction *No Cutaway*

    The rig was a rental rig with a packer included. Yea I see jumpers do hop’n’pops two different ways: 1) jump and pull immediately when stable 2) jump and wait 7-10 seconds in order to pick up vertical speed before pull Assuming you lose about 1000ft of altitude in the first 7-10 seconds when jumping from a turbo prop, I see this as a viable and safer rout for 4500ft and up hop n pops. I rather have a stable clean deployment sequence at 3500ft than a line twist and dive at 4000ft with a potential chop. I was advised that we also had very low ground speed which I can also see as a factor.
  9. raphaelistics

    Jump #37 - Hop’nPop Double Malfunction *No Cutaway*

    Husslr187 clarified it. I had two back to back malfunctions on the main - the reserve was never deployed or attempted to be deployed. Not sure if the term double malfunction only applies to multiple malfunctions on separate canopies or not.
  10. Hey Guys! Was hoping this post would wait a little longer but it can’t be helped. Currently on a skydiving trip in Florida celebrating my recently acquired A License. Stopped by Skydive Sebastian for a few fun jumps. Did two 14K foot jumps that went great and on my last jump for the day about half way up the Pilot said that we will have to jump low because of clouds. So we descended to about 4800ft and the last 3 of us ended up doing a hop and pop. Little did I know that this would be my first encounter with a true malfunction(s). After about 5 seconds following my stable exit I tossed my pilot and everything seemed to be OK...until I stare up and see a textbook streamer (not talking about slow expansion - this thing was not budging).....after what seemed an eternity all of the sudden the left side of the streamer expands and throws me into a spin creating a 5/6 rotation line twist. As the line twists are developing, the other side of the main is finally expanding. All of the sudden just as I finish assessing the situation (this all happens in a matter of seconds), I am developing a strong diagonal descending spin. The centrifugal forces made my initial kicks VERY difficult to execute and I am trying to decide weather it’s even worth trying to kick or if I should chop then and there. I look at the twist and notice that it stopped growing worse. I start kicking for my dear life and little by little I undo one twist at a time until I finally fix the complete line twist. I am exhausted at this point (and I am a competitive swimmer) and check my altitude. The twist is fully resolved at 2700ft AGL. I take a breath of relief and do my control checks when I feel a sudden burn on my left leg: I kicked so damn hard that I accidentally smashed my right boot (DoD issued combat boots) into my left shin leaving a nasty bruise and swelling but the adrenaline suppressed it all. I land both upset and proud at myself asking myself what went wrong but also relieved that I was able to handle the situation ok. Picture of my bruised shin:
  11. Hello community! I did my first tandem skydive at Pacific Skydiving in Hawaii and fell in love! Came back to the main land and did 2 more tandems at Skydive Spaceland Dallas and decided that it was time! I have since then completed an additional tandem as well as solo STP / AFF 1 to 6 and absolutely love it - I also started purchasing individual components for my gear and own my own jumpsuit, gloves, goggles, G4 Cookie (pre-order) and Stella analog altimeter. My latest AFF/STP level 6 Jump from Tuesday consisted of solo exit, solo stabilization and practice pull, leg turns, docking and deployment: I am also a private pilot and can not wait to become a jumper pilot once I have my instrument and commercial rating! I love this sport and everybody who shares the same passion!