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  1. Number of safe landings is not a real metric for anything. Yes, you may land your current canopy well when you are in the safety of your dropzone with plenty of landing space, wind sock, and good separation from other skydivers. But one day, someone will screw up their pattern and will cut you off, a pilot will taxi into the skydiver landing area, the wind will change, you will go to a boogie with tons of people in the air, you will have a bad spot/aircraft failure which will require landing off, and a million of other things will happen. Once you can land your current canopy in any conditions regardless of the wind direction, pull off low altitude course corrections safely, and generally be confident that you can react to changing circumstances safely, you are ready to downsize. But from a different angle, 1.08 is a fairly low WL. Depending on the canopy model, a Safire or a Pilot loaded at 1.08 will still allow you plenty of room to make a mistake and walk it off. A lot of people downsize before they acquire all the skills listed above, and get away with it up to a point. Not knowing how to compensate for crosswind on landing will get you a dirty jumpsuit and a bruised knee on a 1.08 loaded Safire. But get to a fully elliptical canopy at 1.8 WL without knowing that skill, and it will probably end wind broken bones. I know that this is an unpopular opinion on these forums, as people publicly advocate being conservative and asking a CP instructor those questions, but it is a fact that a lot of people get away with downsizing that may be too rapid at low wing loadings. Your mileage, of course, may vary.
  2. Don't count on earning a living as a parachute packer and getting skilled at skydiving at the same time! When the weather is nice and people are jumping, you will be packing parachutes all day, pay is relatively bad and you don't have time for jumping as you are working when others are in the air. Flying camera is serious work, that requires serious skill. To get to that point, you need to jump a lot of jumps, jump regularly, have tunnel hours, and generally build a lot of skill. Becoming a TI is slightly different, you will need more jumps, but less specific training, and even then, you will be working while the others are jumping so it isn't really the best way to earn money for jumping. Before turning your hobby into your job, I would look into other avenues of supporting your skydiving habit, I don't know what your background is, but pretty much anyone can get a commercial driving license, or work construction. The jobs might not be glamourous, but they get you best money/skill ratio if you don't have a specific trade/education. If you are tech savvy, you can consider making websites, it is also not super difficult and there is a market for it at the moment.
  3. That is the way that some first jump factories teach their students to flare. It is easier to teach someone a single instruction, than it is a set of two, much easier to just yell "flare" over the radio at the proper time, than to follow through with the two stage. If by some miracle those people continue jumping after their first jump, someone needs to unteach them the single stage and teach them the proper technique before they find themselves under a faster more responsive canopy that will not take kindly to having the toggles fully stabbed at 3 feet.
  4. It gets worse when they are not students. I know a guy who injured his foot playing football at jump #60ish., and he decided to keep jumping but slide the next few landings in, so he would not put more stress on the injured foot. This was sometimes last year, the foot has healed, he has 200+ jumps and still slides in most landings. He has now started doing double front approaches, and is on his way to learning 90/270 accelerated approaches, and yet is still landing on his ass.
  5. The only issue that I see (based on experience with other electronics) is that your aad might not like those conditions. Other than that, if they are hermetically sealed with desiccant, and kept safe from pests (we had some issues with rodents damaging gear), I don't see the cooling cycles at those temperatures damaging anything, especially as they are slow.
  6. This video might also be useful, albeit it is not overly technical.
  7. You might be forgetting that the OP chose to use their full name as their username, which means that while you personally might not care about who the participants were, someone else might and it is not really possible for the OP to post the details anonymously at this point. While I agree that details about incidents are a valuable learning opportunity for the community, it is not realistic to expect that everyone would be willing to put themselves (with identifying personal details) under the spotlight for the sake of random strangers on the internet learning something.
  8. While both of these (wingsuit rodeo, and Mr Bill) shouldn't really be attempted by someone with low jump numbers, both are essentially an exercise in holding on for one of the participants, so I wouldn't say that either of those are super dangerous, providing that the other participant (canopy/wingsuit pilot) is sufficiently skilled and has sufficiently briefed the less skilled person.
  9. Kenzdik96


    It was a solution of sorts for the problem of canopy collapses and wing rigidity, and both of those issues have been eventually solved with crossbracing and overall better canopy design. In this day and age, airlocks belong in a museum.
  10. From my experience flying both NZ Crossfire 2 and Raptor in similar sizes at about 1.6 wl (10ish jumps on both, as neither of them were mine), the only thing that the two canopies have in common is the number of cells. Crossfire has good stable soft openings and very short recovery, while Raptor openings are very random, (both in term of force, heading, and number of line twists that you get), and it is very ground hungry with long recovery arc (similar to a KA).
  11. If you create spectra "socks" for the bottom of your lines, you can fingertrap the spectra through your suspension line at the top side. On the slink side, you can pass the spectra through the loop, and then fingertrap spectra back through itself (as you can't do it through the suspension line, fingertrap / bartack is already there for the loop). Very important thing when doing this with highly loaded lines (as opposed to lower control lines which are lightly loaded) is to cut spectra with a taper, so that the finished fingertrap will not cause sudden change in line dimension, but a gradual one. For securing the bottom, some people use electrician rubber which contracts when heated. If you do this, make sure you don't put it too high up the lines, as the lines spread out from the slink to the canopy, and you don't want your lines spreading out the rubber too much.
  12. Yeah, the level of technical illiteracy that I have witnessed with some skydivers is beyond anything that I have seen in any other hobby. It is like people don't have the slightest idea how their equipment works, that certain parts (lines and closing loops) wear over time, and that it might be a good idea to replace them before they break. Cypress is apparently used as a generic name for any AAD, regardless if it is mechanical or digital (as if you ask some people, they are all the same), and peoples knowledge of RSL begins and ends on the question on their A license exam, where it is basically described as "something that opens your reserve automatically if you cutaway". A further aggravating factor is that students are actively taught against using internet or finding information by themselves at some places, because god forbid that a student asks a meaningful question that will challenge the schools program which was last edited some time in the last millennia. Rant over.
  13. I suggest going to the Facebook groups dealing with used gear, and look there. You will find your basic selection of "first canopies", ie Safire/Sabre/Pilot/Volt if that is what you are looking for. If you are feeling a wee bit more adventurous, you can get a Crossfire / X-Fire / Stilleto in that size as well. As for the rest of your equipment, you will want a serviceable AAD (all of your Cypress/Vigils/M2s basically work, Argus doesn't so stay clear), a reserve in the 170 size range that was made some time in this millennium (you can go older but I wouldn't recommend it), and as for the actual harness/container system, that one is up to you, it needs to fit properly, and it would be nice if your 170 canopy is at the top of the acceptable size range for that rig, so that it can facilitate rapid downsizing without changing the rig. At your jump numbers, I would say RSL mandatory, some type of MARD highly recommended but you can go without it. Get a freefly friendly rig if at all possible, you will end up on your head or ass sooner or later, weather on purpose or by accident. Some final notes about the harness/container system, don't get a racer or any of the obscure last century stuff, you can't really go wrong with the modern ones made by reputable companies, I happen to know that Vectors in that size range can usually fit one size larger main and reserve than listed, I don't really know about the rest.
  14. I recommend laying the canopy out on a flat surface, getting a tape measure and comparing the line lengths with the ones listed here. While you are at it, you can also check for proper routing of the lines onto the soft links, if you crossed or twisted them, you might have distorted one side of canopy enough to cause a turn.