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  1. This is not even required. It's scoring formations in working time, and working time starts when the first jumper leaves the aircraft. Hard to get a clear presentation though, when stuck in the door... Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  2. But why not on dropzone.com ? Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  3. Any good music available under Creative Commons license? Maybe not well known, but there must be some good garageband out there. Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  4. Ever wanted to draw up your own divepool? Always wanted to work out the blocks the way they are really flown? Want to create a local competition not based on the official FAI divepool? And you also need it to look good? Well, here's the answer: a Visio stencil and bitmap of Skydiving Symbols. Enjoy Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  5. Have one for two years. No issues, works like a xdream Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  6. Stakka Bo - Here we go again Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  7. THE most common failures are with connectors . A pin sliding in and out of a socket is most definitely a moving part. A solution to this problem may be a small magnet and magnetic field sensor. Still I don't like this idea, too many fault trees. Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  8. The Mamba is targeted at the same audience as the canopies you mentioned. So it has similar characteristics. I've been flying a Samurai 105 before I tried the Mamba 111. I liked it very much; a fun, versatile canopy. Openings are soft, but keep your shoulders level or it will dive. Possible to stay up there or get down quickly. Maybe not as ground hungry as a K, still easy to swoop. See also the june 2005 Skydiving magazine article. Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  9. You may want to throw an Aerodyne Mamba into the mix... Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  10. Ah, now I understand. . I knew you guys were jumping these. Arnold was scrambling that Friday to get them to the post office to get them back to you guys. Yes it is. Never had a problem with it and it just got better with more speed. Thanks for the opportunity to try it. It was real fun . Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  11. Could you elaborate on that? Any reference to a wiring diagram? Thanx Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  12. Hi, I'll try to aswer some of your questions. The airlocks make no difference in glide performance, only in stability in unstable air (turbulence). The pack volume of an airlocked canopy is about 5% more than a non airlocked canopy. That has nothing to do with flight characteristics. So no, use same sized canopy. Hopefully this sheds some light on the matter. But from your question and your profile (400 jumps, Vision [email protected]) emerges a not so pretty picture. Looking at the Aerodyne website, this canopy is not right for you in several ways. First of all it's intended for Advanced canopy pilots, 200 jumps a year won't make you that. Second the Advanced scale starts with a wingloading of 1.6, which may explain you finding your canopy flying like a dog, loading it at 1.29. Each canopy design has it's upper and lower limits. You are experiencing why. So looking at the Aerodyne product list you'll have more fun with a Pilot 132. Yes same size, but loaded within design specifications, which can make all the difference for flight characteristics. Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  13. From the Big Air Sportz Owners Manual (can be found online): From my experience with the Samurai 105 this is correct. I was lucky enough to get, after a long wait, my hands on a second hand Samurai. Contacted Brian about somethings, got excellent replies. In short: very good. Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  14. No no, it's not a cross braced parachute. Like the PD Katana it is a nine cell elliptical canopy.
  15. Ehm, what I meant to say was that you've got to get the toggles down lower to get all the flare out of it. The flare itself is good, the stroke is just longer than I'm used to.
  16. It is similar to it, except for the frontriser pressure (which is higher) and the flare (which is lower). Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  17. Last week I had the opportunity to jump Aerodynes "New Main - 111", as the label stated. All I can say is: This is one fun canopy!
  18. Probably there isn't any. The thing is that it's not a 100% predictable process. Therefore a tape reel may be produced not living up to 'Excellence' standard. To improve the factory yield they sample test the reel, and if oke but not of Excellence quality, package it as Premium. Bottom line, there's nothing wrong with Premium tape, but it's just not Excellence. And if your lucky they have a series of good runs and package Excellence as Premium anyway. Mind you: all this is common practice, but not confirmed in this case!
  19. May I add kudos to the jumpmaster for spotting from this C-47 so that the main and freebag landed right beside the club-bar. Well done Oortje! Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  20. Not being a CReW dog at all I still had a wonderful time. I tagged along with my girlfriend to enjoy a week of sunshine in Spain, and act as personal packer. Even made a couple of video jumps, with some FS4 and 1-on-1 CRW. All in all I really enjoyed myself. Thanx to Chris and Dave for their excellent debriefs (even I learned something about CReW!), Gauda and Cookie for getting all the ladies out there and Richard and Juli for all their support from CPCB. Don't forget to check out the CPCB website, which hosts great photos and footage from Vincent and Gustavo. Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  21. While I was experimenting (well, still am) with this I came across this little gem: f/Calc See for yourself. Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  22. I'd call it the Axe. Notice the cat being the handle and the sidebody being the blade? [inline axe.png] Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  23. First and foremost: Relax How do you expect to fly your body when it's locked into hard arch? You can't. Since you're able to walk up straight (save assumption, I guess ) your body doesn't really need training, your mind does. Take a moment to ask yourself how you really feel on a jump. Excited, for sure, but what are your worries? Stability, altitude awareness, opening? When do you feel this, on the ground, before exit, in freefall? Confront these worries, learn to handle them, this will relax your mind. Then you can turn your attention to flying your body. Chaos, panic, & disorder - my work here is done
  24. Hello Wayne, My guess is you jumped from a left hand door? Probably the front floater and/or diver pushed out a little harder on exit than the others. This gives your formation the momentum to turn anti clockwise. To solve this in a star you all have to turn really hard, using your legs, towards a clockwise turn. This will stop it. I don't know if you master flying with your legs: this is a good reason to start doing that! Of course it is always better to avoid this situation than to solve it. This requires a bit of thinking about your exit. You know what the formation looks like outside the door. So you know where everyone has to go from his/her position in the door. Plan your jump from the door accordingly.