pms07

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    Cypres 2

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    7571
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    USPA
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    9510
  • Years in Sport
    46
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    Wing Suit Flying
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    Formation Skydiving
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  1. Looks like a non-issue as gowlerk indicates but there is a better solution than crowd sourcing internet rig advice. What I would do, were I concerned, I would get off the internet and call RI, send them the video, discuss what you perceive is the issue. This forum is no place to get real answers, go to the manufacturer. Sandy, Brenda, Salena, and the rest of the RI Curv gurus are very approachable and always interested in ensuring any issue with their gear is sorted out. Go to the the source, get off the friggin' internet...
  2. Seems like the K20 and Phantom 22 were about the smallest packing reserves back in the late 70s/early80s. Both packed as small or smaller than 23 tricon from what I recall. The Piglet reserve was also very small packing but I had no experience with it. I've got at least 3 rides on a Phantom 24 at field elevation over 6000'MSL. I was lighter and lots younger in those days and thought the landings were okay. Anyone putting something similar in a pilot emergency rig ought to think about the landings, possibly in rough terrain with little or no time to prep, before strapping one on. Small pack volume isn't everything, especially for someone with little or no experience under such a canopy. I get that its an emergency/last hope piece of equipment but when I've flown with an emergency rig, one of my criteria was to being more likely than not to walk away from the landing using it under less than ideal conditions...
  3. Sad news indeed. Randy kicked me off the Baldwin drop zone back in the mid-'70s but likely I deserved it. Still, we got along well and he welcomed me back a week or two later...
  4. In answer to "Is skydiving dangerous?" The answer is yes, anyone who says otherwise probably has not considered all the possibilities. You can do everything correct and have perfectly functioning gear, and still die. Are the risks, generally, manageable? Sure. But acknowledging that we participate in a dangerous activity seems like the first step of risk management.
  5. That is not really correct. The reason available AADs were unpopular in the '70s and '80s was because they were generally unreliable and prone to firing at almost any altitude. At least that was the common belief and I personally witnessed multiple AAD fires at altitudes when people were or could have been turning points. In the '70s if an experienced jumper had an AAD, they were not welcome on many RW loads. Two out was, generally, a lesser concern compared to an inadvertent reserve fire while doing RW. Probably because that seldom happened with an experienced jumper because so few had an AAD.
  6. Curious; You do know that the PD Horizon has the little plastic snaps on the slider to secure it to the canopy as it comes out of the bag and you get to line stretch. Yuri: How does that figure into your theory? Just wondering....
  7. Yeah, the notion that the original Sabre "didn't work" is absurd; It was one of the besting selling and longest on the market main canopy designs ever. Certainly it set the standard in its day. Personally, I have around 2000 jumps on Sabres, all with no modifications.
  8. Never had a BPA temp membership, never had to pay for anything extra related to insurance, was allowed to jump with USPA. I can't speak what is required versus what is enforced in any country. It has been a couple of years since I've been in Europe however, maybe things have changed in some locations.
  9. I've jumped in the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain and Belgium. I've never had an issue with USPA or had to buy additional insurance.
  10. I'm always fascinated by the "fashion statement" complaints about full face helmets (and other skydiving gear choices). If someone doesn't want to jump one, they should not. The "fashion statement" thing seems silly to me however. I've been jumping a full face since 1990ish and am satisfied that these helmets do I what I intend for them. Cuts down on wind and noise, while offering some (perhaps limited) protection from minor dings, knee or foot to the face, other collisions, etc. Also gives me a place for audibles, cameras, flysight, etc. Many skydiving gear choices seem expensive, given the small market. it's been that way always and is unlikely to change...
  11. I do two disciplines, FS and WS. I don't believe there are good arguments on both sides. Barrel rolls following breakoff to clear your airspace, generally, are a stupid idea in either discipline. Anyone that thinks otherwise is confused on how to generate good separation. Following the more conventional plan for separation, that many have explained here, is more effective. Also, I don't understand why emphasizing (and incorporating into training) the idea of not being over another divers back, following breakoff, gets little mention here. Bottomline: If you are above another jumper following breakoff, move, move now, move quickly. For me, I track, I wave, I look, but if you are over my back between 3000' - 2000', expect to dodge a pilot chute in the very near future. I'm curious, when was the last time a largest formation record event had everyone barrel rolling on breakoff? My experience is never...
  12. pms07

    When Right is Wrong

    "...Skydive Arizona does have a lot of guidelines because we have a lot of visitors from drop zones that apparently don't." Thanks Bryan. I find it absolutely astonishing that this is still the case, but it is. I travel to different drop zones fairly often and even the basics, such things as pattern or landing direction, are not well explained or adhered to at some locations. I also try to avoid some boogies because of the "jungle rules" that seem to apply to canopy flight. Eloy does a great job with this issue and, as an annual visitor, I appreciate what you guys do.
  13. You probably couldn't give away a 25 year old canopy made from F-111 to most experienced jumpers, thus it is almost worthless. Could it be safely jumped? Perhaps, but I wouldn't jump it without it going back to the manufacturer for evaluation. Yes, age matters. Yes, fabric can degrade over time. And yes, you should probably look for a more modern design that is not so old. Most of the advertised "bargain" parachutes are no bargain...
  14. Where is 17 in your poll, that's when I started (43 years ago)? I have multiple friends that started when they were 16 or 17, and two that were 14. Your categories exclude many. Young person's sport? Go to a POPs, SOS, or JOEs event, it might give you some insight. Or just go to any FS record event, lots of people that you might not consider "young".
  15. Well, different people have different motivations for why they skydive, what they want to accomplish, and what their goals are. It's always been that way but when I started skydiving there were 2 disciplines; S&A, and RW. Now there are many and the sport is more complex; vfs, ff, fs, each with various sub disciplines like 4-way, 8-way, big ways, team, then there are CF, CP, sport accuracy, classic accuracy, angle flying, tracking dives, wingsuit flying with sub disciplines like flocking, carving, performance, xrw. And the professional instructor staff. You are free to choose your own path. There have always been some in the sport that want to make a few jumps and basically survive, while others want to make a million jumps and achieve world-class status, and stretch the boundaries of flight. And everything in between. One person's "unsuccessful jump" might be another's greatest feat in the sport. Everyone has their own motivation, best to accept that and gravitate toward the drop zone, people and dives that coincide with your own.