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  1. I don't have a dog in this fight but... I think the OP does his POV no service by his approach to communication, that may well be just language or culture related. The "counter position" on show is equally disengenuous seeming to want to "shout down" the topic. I am genuinely interested in this "story". If there is a genuine problen here it needs to be investigated properly. We all need to know that when we need that reserve it will deploy. * Having said all that without the supporting data as to who the OP is, where they operate from and whether there is any conflict of interest at play, either by the OP or counter positions, the subject will never be taken on face value. * we make that assumption everytime we jump. In the 2 occasions I have had to carry out my malfunction drills all has been well (not Icon). On the weekend of my last malfunction we had a fatality where the drills were carried out but the Pilot failed to deploy properly (not Icon).
  2. @michaelmullins are you still going to be offering the 28,000 ft Halo as before as well?
  3. Here in the UK you do the 8 levels of AFF and 10 consolidation jumps, all these are done under the watchful eye of AFFI's. Once you have passed all these (and a written exam) you are then "A license". In the UK Relative Work (Formation Skydiving) is a qualification you have to acheive following gaining your license before you can jump with other people. Only a qualified coach can "teach". So an unlicensed skydiver can only jump with AFFI, a new licensed skydiver can only jump with a "coach" until FS1 qualified. The exception to the last bit is that a C licensed skydiver, who is FS1 qualified and has been approved so to do by the DZ CI, may jump with a non FS1 qualified skydiver but they must not coach. This exception enables new skydivers to get some nice pics for their facebook profiles I suppose. These rules are enforced at all DZs as a CI who fails to would be sanctioned.
  4. 5.10. General 5.10.1. Student Skydivers cannot progress more than one level per descent. 5.10.2. Levels 1-3 require 2 AFF Instructors and Levels 4-8 require 1 AFF Instructor. 5.10.3. AFF graduates may not be awarded Category 8 until a minimum of 10 consolidation jumps have been completed. These consolidation jumps may be started after the successful completion of Level 7. The AFF Student must be dispatched and supervised by at least a CSBI or AFFBI. Those dispatching instructors must have received a brief to dispatch AFF Students by at least an AFFI or be an AFFI (logbook endorsement). 5.10.4. Non AFFIs will only follow out consolidation students after successful completion of their Level 8 It is in the operations manual
  5. Here in the UK the only people who can jumpnwith non licensed skydivers arw AFFI's
  6. Was chatting with an American chap called "Greg" (no surname) at Hinton in the UK last week about HALO plans and he told me you had this planned Mike, apparantly he visited with you last December. We both agreed that if you got it and offered it we will come and give it a go just as soon as we can. Awesome can't wait
  7. I have a new rig coming soon - yay for me. Planning on keeping hold of the current one as a turn rig, main from the current (Sabre2 170) will go into the new one so I need to think about what to put in the turn rig. I have a Sabre 170 that could go in. Is there an issue with having different canopy models in the two rigs?
  8. My container was manufactured in 1998 so 23 years old, as was the reserve. It spent most of its life in a closet and I bought it second hand. I sent it to the manufacturer for a full inspection, they recommend that every 10 years for their kit. The inspection report said it was in as good condition as it left the factory and they doubted it had done more than 50 jumps. A new AAD fitted and good to go. The main was too small for me so I have chamged that out. It has now done another 70 jumps. The only think I have found is that, as it was built before freefly became popular it isnt really freefly friendly and the riser covers just dont hold if I jump FF. New rig in order (from same manufacturer TSE) i will keep this one though as a turn rig, it is great
  9. It is however possibly the only option if you want to be skydiving in your later years, when your bone structure in your legs naturally weakens and you can no longer get the burst if speed to run off, and a very good skill to develop when you're younger so you dont have to learn it when you need to.
  10. Came across this ad when reading an old mag online and thought of thos thread
  11. Big vote for SkyHigh at Peterlee, it isnt far from you at all and they have an amazing AFF school. Make a couplenof weeks vacation there, accomodation via AirBnB or in their bunk house.