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  1. To my recollection, proper PLF involves feet together, knees together and roll TO THE SIDE on first contact. Modern parachutes have forward speed that makes this impossible. So one either has to turn body 90 degrees sideways right before touchdown and roll to the side (= along the forward speed of the parachute) Or roll forward on touchdown. Or combination of both. All are modified PLF, I agree with the author. Nobody questions usefulness of that type of landing. It's just that instructions on how to perform it have gaps and holes and don't make that much sense. For me the biggest take away is FEET AND KNEES TOGETHER and then roll part is improvised. I wish there were better instructions out there.
  2. You could have pulled the reserve right then... Not sure why would one continue the skydive with dislocated shoulder. I had dislocated my shoulder in the free fall once too, I know the feeling. Thanks for sharing! Good luck with your recovery. Shoulders can be fixed!
  3. That Sabre2 210 will be more ground hungry to what you are used to on navigator. Your last few seconds before touching down may be a little scary. Don't let the emotions control you and stick to the plan. Not sure how you flare now but I'll just tell you that Sabres are known for their powerful flares. What that means is if you are flying full speed and flare all the way down, canopy will lift you up. What you DON'T want to do is flare too high and use all flare power. Because then you are still too high with no flare left which means more rough landing. Obviously talk to your instructors first! Obviously, prepare for PLF, knees and feet together! Obviously, during landing, don't lift your hands up! If you messed up, flared too early or whatever, hold your hands where they are, DON'T LIFT YOUR HANDS UP. That will only make things worse. Now, I would recommend that if and when you jump that Sabre2 210 when you feel like flaring, flare quickly but only 40-50%, that would put your hands somewhere around ears/neck/shoulders level. You hold your hands there and hold and hold. Canopy should plane out, it should be now going forward, not much down. Now, right before touching down, you take your hands all the way down and finish the flare. What's the benefit? If you flare too high which is likely, you will still have good amount of flare left to use when you need it. When you become more proficient in flying Sabres2, you will be able to flare while crouching or even sliding on the butt and then that last pull will stand you up. That's how powerful the flares can be. Also, check this You can see the *lift up* moment here for example: And this guy in orange helmet does really nice job flaring, you can see how he is cruising for couple of seconds after hitting the first stage (plane out):
  4. Once you rolled the tail, with the same hand, you could pull downwards a bit to make the pack job tighter.
  5. G4 isn't supposed to be drilled. Would you consider just gluing the Go Pro mount directly to the helmet? That way when needed, camera either will fall off pulled by suspension lines or bridle or you can use your hand to help it fall off.
  6. I know that some people get AFF done over weekend, but I would say it's unlikely you would be able to manage. There are many components that play a role: - for AFF jumps you need instructors to jump with you, they may not be available on demand when you are available - airplane takes only so many people, people usually line up to get there, you may have to wait in line - for every jump you need to rent the gear, gear may not be available or it may not be packed for you on demand - weather obviously can make whole day or part of the day not jumpable - after 1, 2 or 3 jumps in a given day you may be really tired, no point in jumping tired - it's valuable to take your lessons from a jump and think at home what you did wrong, what you can improve etc. Some of those can be alleviated if you go to big drop zone with multiple airplanes and many instructors available. Most of the drop zones have single plane and only handful of instructors available on a given day for AFF. To avoid disappointment, I would advise that you plan on finishing AFF within multiple weeks rather than over 1 weekend.
  7. Hey man, my AFF wasn't much different than yours. Sometimes you may want to just go with the maneuver from less-than-perfect or less-than-stable position. If you see that you have slow built-in turn in the free fall or are a bit unstable, you can still go for that front or back flip. Don't need to be perfectly stable. And sometimes you can burn a lot of altitude just trying to improve that starting position. The purpose of E jumps as far as I remember is for student to show that they can get back to belly-to-earth orientation after whatever happens. I've done that mistake myself that I was focusing too much on getting all the ducks in the row before starting an actual task at hand but then I would always end up short on time to finish. Have your mindset more on working on stuff right away, right after exit. And if you are a bit unstable? So be it. As long as you pull stable, that's what matters most.
  8. Do you know if iFly at Union City (N Cal) is opening anytime soon?
  9. Would you know how much actual force is pushing down vs how much is pushing up?
  10. I think that's a guy actually, long haired guy rolling pink rig.
  11. How does one clear the stabilizers? Honest question.
  12. Check this very useful article: It depends on you, your age, agility, the type of dropzone you jump at etc. I'm still on big canopy. One time I went to brand new dropzone with new to me landing pattern and jumped unknown, rental gear. I messed up the landing badly. Well, it was on 210 canopy so after all I had sore butt for a week and sore ego. If I had done that on smaller canopy I would have been in much worse shape. Don't rush anything in skydiving, for real mate. What's more important is how many landings in variable conditions one had, like 0 wind, strong wind, cross wind, landing with many other people around you on final etc etc. It's better to experience all the first things and errors on bigger canopy than smaller. It's better to face plant landing on bigger canopy than smaller. Have you face planted yet? :) Have you had other people cut you off on final? Have you landed still or backwards on final? That happens if wind is very strong and you get 0 or close to 0 forward speed on final. Have you landed different patterns, have you landed on different dropzones? Have you had any experiences that scared you or other jumpers around you yet? Have you landed down wind yet? Have you had people overtake you in the pattern? Have you landed off dropzone yet? Do you know good and bad places off the dropzone to land if shit hits the fan? Have you ever had to abort or modify a turn in the pattern because you noticed other people last moment? There are many things that don't happen normally but they do happen occasionally. It's best if you are familiar with these so that way you can operate with 100% focus and 0 panic. Everybody makes mistakes, it's best to experience them in more favorable environment and walk away from them with scratches and bruises than broken bones. If you keep jumping, you will land down wind sooner or later. You will be in busy pattern once and see people too close to you on final. It's likely you will face plant one day etc. etc. Again, best to get familiar with all odd scenarios on bigger canopy. Everything is fine now, you repeat same or similar comfortable landing in comfortable conditions. There will be that one day when something will happen and you want your brain trained and prepared for that. Maybe you will track too far and can't get back to the dropzone, maybe there will be other people close to you in the pattern and you make the turns late or so many other maybies. I don't recommend you do anything sketchy on purpose. I'm just making you aware that odd things happen and every time you experience those, you learn and you open little doors in your brain that make you more humble and more prepared skydiver. Also, if and when you decide to change the canopy, I recommend you do some hops and pops first so that way you are alone in the pattern and don't have to worry about the traffic. That will help you get used to the way new canopy flies in safer environment.
  13. I would imagine canopy manufacturers know very well what kind of forces act on slider during the deployment. Would you know if there's any publicly available research or publications about that? Approximately, how big is the force pulling slider down during canopy inflation?
  14. all U.S. tandem makers,18 strictly the minimum age. Go to that one drop zone!
  15. Or you could do some base jumping :o By the way, do non-USPA drop zones allow younger jumpers?