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  1. We have an editor at my tandem concession and it's pretty much up to the discretion of the camera flyers as to whether we use her or not. I love editing so i try to edit as much of my own stuff as i can. However when we have a super busy day and are on every second load sometimes it gets a little difficult. If she does edit for us we pay her 50 Rand per edit which works out to around $7 US. Advertisio Rodriguez / Sky
  2. You have so many quality instructors to seek advice from at Skydive CT, speak to anyone of them and they will give you the best advice. However if you're looking for an answer in the mean time. i always advise students to buy peripheral gear first: a helmet, an alti, some goggles and so on. And encourage them to get 50 or so jumps under their belt before they jump into buying gear. By that stage you should have progressed down through the "student" size canopies and, depending on your weight and skill level, be on the size canopy that you will stay at for the next few hundred jumps. There is always second hand gear floating around and when you're ready to buy it is a good idea to send out a mail to other clubs email listserves like JSC and PSC. And always ask your instructors opinion before buying anything. Advertisio Rodriguez / Sky
  3. Morne, by the looks of your profile we jump at the same DZ, although i don't think we've met. If you ever want to chat cameras (and all the crap that goes along with them), face to face, come and find me at the Skyhigh video hut. I'll be happy to tell you about a few of my fuck-ups along the way and hopefully help you avoid them when you're ready to jump your own. Cheers PJ Advertisio Rodriguez / Sky
  4. Here's a link to some stills of a spinning mal i had on a Velo 103 last year. Clipped from my video camera but you are welcome to use them if they help. Or swing me an email addy and i can send them to you. Edited to add the link Advertisio Rodriguez / Sky
  5. Sweet! Funnily enough i've seen blackhawks on movies and stuff recently and have been thinking how cool it would be to jump one! Advertisio Rodriguez / Sky
  6. My first skydive of this year was on Saturday was out of a PAC 750. Tandem camera jump. Advertisio Rodriguez / Sky
  7. You make a very good point. I kind of let my responsibility to my tandem operation get in the way on that one. Advertisio Rodriguez / Sky
  8. This one happened a few months ago and is more funny than scary. After breaking a line on my Velo on a camera jump, I grab my TI's rig, which is the same canopy, only a smaller reserve and go up on the next load. We're the last out and are miles from the DZ. The jump goes to plan, except this time i pitch and the canopy opens into a violent spinning mal. I fight her for a few seconds and then chop. Now here's the funny part: the tempo reserve opens so hard that it splits the jeans and boxers that i am jumping in from crotch to waist band. So i approach over a field full of cows with my bare ass hanging out of my pants. And, despite doing numerous flares up top and reminding myself not to flare the reserve like a sport canopy, muscle memory takes over and i miss time the flare, and don't PLF, resulting in me crunching in on my bare ass. So now i have a bare, bleeding ass and a looooong walk home. Thankfully i found the main but the free bag was goner Advertisio Rodriguez / Sky
  9. Judging by your profile you jump at one of the biggest DZ's in the US. It seems to me like there will always be gear and deals floating around there. So why not spend time and money on rental gear and jumps in the mean time, get up to 50 or so jumps and then buy some gear? That way you will have gone through the "student" and newer jumper size parachutes and be able to jump something in the range that you're talking about? I also feel that by this number of jumps you'll be able to make an informed decision as to whether you're gonna stick around. I have seen so many people finish AFF courses and then life sometimes just gets in the way and they never come back to jumping. This way you won't have laid out thousands of dollars on gear. Just a thought. Of course if money is no object and you can afford to lay out on gear and do the jumps, my argument is null and void. Advertisio Rodriguez / Sky
  10. I've had two within six jumps of each other, different rigs, same kind of canopy - both Velo 103's Advertisio Rodriguez / Sky
  11. Fixed your mistake there He could live outside America? (Of course it's impossible to tell due to the lack of profile info) but here in South Africa our skydiving body only requires 100 jumps before jumping a camera. Advertisio Rodriguez / Sky
  12. Thanks for the post, welcome to the world of the Velo I liked the "so far" part of that sentence. I had two hundred or so uneventful jumps on my Velo then two mals within six jumps of each other, all i can say is that when she goes, she goes! Have fun and be safe Advertisio Rodriguez / Sky
  13. I recently had two mals, on two different rigs, in six jumps. Both reserves were Tempos. One was a 120 and the other my own 150. The 120 had a slight built in turn. The 150 was all good. That said, if i had the money i would buy a PD reserve today. Advertisio Rodriguez / Sky
  14. Guys this is the exact info i am looking for. @ Dave - thanks dude, some very valuable info there. To be honest i hadn't thought about some of the stuff you mention. I've developed my own system for compartmentalizing over the years but hadn't thought to get into that with them. Thanks again. @ Jimmy - howzit bro! I'm great thanks dude