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  1. vonSanta

    computer geeks

    Man, that'd been me if I only lived in the US.... Santa Von GrossenArsch I only come in one flavour ohwaitthatcanbemisunderst
  2. vonSanta

    exit seperation-newbies don't get pressured..

    I give the GOGOGO idiots a three seconds smile, followed by an extra check of the spot if they start their antics on me. 6 months ago, it was different, because I was even greener than I am now and didn't fully understand the math behind exit separation. I definitely agree with your sentiment. It's harder to do another pass if you've impacted with someone than it is to do the same when the dudes in front of you took too long. Been taught that every group is responsible for their own spot - don't like it? Go around. If people consistently are taking too long in the door, get some video, show the load organizer. But I'd be very hesitant to decrease exit separation because some guys in the back don't wanna risk having to ask for another pass. If they want to take greater risks - fine - just don't expose me to 'em. Santa Von GrossenArsch I only come in one flavour ohwaitthatcanbemisunderst
  3. vonSanta

    Were you coached in headdown

    Heh I just jumped with Tim Straus when I was in Russia. He left, Juan Carlos came, did a few with him too. The coaching helped a *lot*. If you meet Tim, tell 'im he's a fucking asshole Santa Von GrossenArsch I only come in one flavour ohwaitthatcanbemisunderst
  4. vonSanta

    security regulations in Russia

    Maybe a bit of miscommunication. When I say "exit separation", I mean the time between the one groups exits and the next - setup and fumbling around is included. The GOGOGO idiots started 3 seconds after one group had exited. We're checking line of flight and the other group that just jumped out. 3-4 secs is far too little here. 6 seconds is ok, but ideally it should be a bit more if there's a mixed exit order. IMHO. Which is the exact same pattern I described in a previous post. But thanks for briefing me again. Now that I'm in Denmark. Yeah. That'll help
  5. vonSanta

    Deployment altitude

    Might work fine at some DZs, but keep in mind that some DZs have rules about not pulling high. At busy DZs, doing so can be dangerous for you and the groups coming after you. Doesn't work in, say, Russia. Unless you speak Russian. Fortunately, such places tend to have an intervall during which you must deploy your main. Santa Von GrossenArsch I only come in one flavour ohwaitthatcanbemisunderst
  6. vonSanta

    security regulations in Russia

    Hey! What about Slovenia?? Were you and Claus dissing our girls without us knowing? Or were me or George in on it as well? You were definitely in, but probably too drunk to remember. We weren't so much dissing them as praising their...physical attributes. Or rather a subset of their physical attributes. I refer to the...ummm...ARTWORK we created that was destroyed if you want to know what subsets Santa Von GrossenArsch I only come in one flavour ohwaitthatcanbemisunderst
  7. vonSanta

    security regulations in Russia

    Heh, I think that'd be a rather futile task . I was more thinking of some of the jumpers. The ones that were there during the week as well as the weekend were good, but some of the ones that came during weekends did some stupid shit. Dunno their names (you're all Vasiliy's, Ivan's, Olga's to me ) though. Freefliers exits are too slow. Mi-8 takes up to 26 people onboard and flies with 100 km/h speed. If you wait 3-4 seconds, it is enough to separate from other 2-way freefly formation. If you wait more, people after you is going to land somewhere far from airfield... I disagree with you here. I'm gonna put up a scenario in the Safety And Training forum when I have some more time, so it can be discussed - I might very well be wrong, and if I am, I wanna know. Heh . Well, it's not about landing close. It's about people on the sidewind (what's the English name?) leg heading collision course towards each other, with one doing a left hand pattern and the other doing a right. There was no real order in the pattern that I could discern, other than "watch out for the spiralling shitheads" . Fortunately, most were conservative and it was quite OK, but it's unnerving when you have to brake hard because someone spirals down right in front of you and then turns, oblivious to your presence, to a collision course. Man, you scares me! I got one warning in winter (for a 180 approach, they are restricted at Aerograd) Heh did ya read what I got 'em for? First one: landing according to the windsocket, right next to the windsocket, on a windy day when the arrow appeared stuck on something. Second: straight in all the way after a bad spot; just shy of the beerline. I think had I been a Russia speaker, Roman wouldda talked to me, told me what I did wrong and not bothered with the card, but since he doesn't speak English, his easiest course to show me that I had erred was to show me the yellow (which is really ORANGE) card .
  8. vonSanta

    security regulations in Russia

    Last weekend I found out interesting thing. Foreign jumpers at the Kolomna... are the MOST UNSAFE there! Every day I heard S&TA screaming 'WHAT THE #### ARE YOU DOING THERE!!!' on some 'skygods' breaking all landing patterns, landing across the windblades, doing the most stupid things I've ever seen there. Heh, you know I love the Kolomna DZ DancinFlames, but I gotta say that you have some regulars there that are just as bad as the foreigners. The "GOGOGOGOGO" idiots I really hated. They're in place at just about any DZ, so I wouldn't say this is a Kolomna only problem. I'd turn around and smile, taking an extra two seconds every time those arseholes started their crap. Can't control the group after me, but I can control the separation between me and the group before me. Spot too long? Go around - I ain't gonna increase the risk of dropping down onto someone because someone think I'm too slow out the door (3-4 secs is not enough from the MI-8, no matter what some skygods think). We had a discussion about pulling low - some of the Danish dudes did it to get increased vertical separation - knowing full well that vertical separation is error prone and doesn't work that well. After a few close calls, some thought the extra risk of going a little lower actually decreased the total risk due to a lower chance of a freefall collision. After you see a dude or two go swooshing by in freefall as you sit under your canopy just below a cloud, you sorta start to think along those lines. In this respect, Russians were as much to blame as foreign skydivers. I *really* hated the GOGOGOGOGo assholes. Load organizing was confusing, with an occasional mixed load - freefliers, then belly jumpers, then freefliers. Probably a communications problem though, as the load organizers didn't speak much English. Took me three days to figure it out (by then I'd picked up enough Russian to catch his meaning). Usually there was an experienced Russian on the load making sure everyone exited in the correct order, which helped greatly. But load organizing is very confusing to a foreigner initially, since the first to go out to the planes are the last out and the load organizers don't speak English. You sorta have to look over your shoulder to see who you're going into the plane after. Or if it's the helicopter, you gotta check the group who went out ahead of you. We were briefed on the landing pattern, and it was basically ("if you come in from the left, do a left hand turn, from the right, do a right hand turn. Don't come in over the buildings. Don't land in the instructor/tandem area". I'd have liked a left or right hand approach better, and perhaps some kind of stack order, but the former may be hard to enforce due to the "no one over the buildings" rule, which is quite sensible. The spiralling down the pattern assholes cut us off a number of times. I had arguments with both Russians (Victoria the video-woman flies like Russian cab-drivers drive - aggressively, squeezing in if there's a chance they'll fit) and foreigners over this, so I don't think foreigners are solely to blame for this issue. I guess there are stupid foreigners just as there are stupid Russians. I got two yellow cards while I was there - one when I landed as the last man, out by the windoscket, where I was told I could land into the wind instead of following the red arrow, and one for landing outside the beer line area after a bad spot (straight in approach all the way) These are the only issues I have with Kolomna - other than this it's a kickass place. Great people, great coaches, great women-packing-in-bikinis
  9. vonSanta

    who's off to kolomna???

    Oh goodie. My mistake. And I have no reason to think he meant me. How are things in Sweden Sørøver-Sally? Santa Von GrossenArsch I only come in one flavour ohwaitthatcanbemisunderst
  10. vonSanta

    who's off to kolomna???

    -Behaving like an asshole in the local clubs is not a good idea, especially if you don't speak Russian. Aww, c'mon dude, the girls were pretty fine, and that stupid Russian colonel couldda just learned English. Then I wouldn't have needed to tell him to fuck off. And I didn't behave like an asshole. Ask AltiChick. Or better yet, don't. Got thrown out of Plasma though. Long story, really not my fault. Plasma is pretty good overall, except for the ass-grabbing drunk gay guys who have to be dealt with. The chicken in the hole is just fine. I had two, and it tasted like small kittens. Santa Von GrossenArsch I only come in one flavour ohwaitthatcanbemisunderst
  11. Look for the dude in yellow freefly pants wearing a pink and purple rig. I should be kinda hard to miss, heh. Grega and Jerry81 are there too, so we're having a DZ.com meeting thing going. Heh, I did a couple of belly jumps with her. Even a 10 point two way. Not bad for a guy who hasn't flown on his belly for the last 100 jumps. Probably was her more than me though . Gotta go jump now. Look me up when you're at the DZ DancingFlame Santa Von GrossenArsch I only come in one flavour ohwaitthatcanbemisunderst
  12. Well, I'm off. See you bums in Kolomna Santa Von GrossenArsch I only come in one flavour ohwaitthatcanbemisunderst
  13. Will let ya know when I get home. One more day at work, and when that ends I'm heading off to a pal, then to Aerograd on Thursday . Santa Von GrossenArsch I only come in one flavour ohwaitthatcanbemisunderst
  14. vonSanta

    Re: jump tickets increase

    Ours went down from $20 to $18 for a ride to 14 000 feet . Santa Von GrossenArsch I only come in one flavour ohwaitthatcanbemisunderst
  15. vonSanta

    Some low, some high, best option?

    Scenario: You and your three others. First jump with some of them, but you know something about how fast they fall, and they're all somewhat experienced skydivers. 4 way freefly. Breakoff altitude is agreed upon and there's a loose dive plan to "keep proximity and have fun". Bit of a screwed up exit perhaps, and big differences in fall rate. One guy is level vertically with you, but a good bit off horisontally. Another is below you, with a bit less horisontal distance. Last one is above you, say 300 feet, and quite close horisontally. Pre-determined breakoff altitude is approaching, but no one has reached it yet. What's the best course of action? Do you, upon seeing the low guy wave off and track away, break off early and track yerself? Losing sight of one of the jumpers might mean a freefall collision in this situation, it seems to me. Or do you keep your eyes open, awareness of the others at maximum, and wait for the predetermined breakoff altitude so you don't end up confusing the others with unpredictable behaviour? I guess what I am thinking is that while in an ideal situation, everyone should be aware of everyone elses position, but with both vertical and horisontal separation like that, sooner or later someone is gonna lose sight of someone else. Of course, proper planning and the right decisions should have been made to avoid this situation. More detailed dive plan, or breaking up the group (make it two 2 ways instead, with people jumping with a partner that most closely match in fall rate for instance), but from what I've seen, we're not always making good judgement calls. Overestimating our own abilities or just feeling good about playing with your friends in the air can lead to questionable decisions that most of the time are safe - most of the time. I'd be thankful if some more experienced people (or less for that matter) gave me some input on the best way of handling the situation. It should't have happened, but it did: now what? Santa Von GrossenArsch I only come in one flavour ohwaitthatcanbemisunderst