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  1. richwilk

    AAD fires

    In the last 10 years I’ve seen or been on the jump at big way events where at least 6 AAD activations have occurred because of low openings. In that time I know of at least 2 AFF students losing height awareness resulting in AAD activation whilst I was on the DZ. it does happen more often than reported.
  2. richwilk


    I work professionally and wanted a digital with better bigger display. I have used 3 Viso's. They last about 2000 jumps however display size is an issue with the 6000' and 5000' altitudes. Viso reliability is excellent. Both of the Altitrons I have used (one was replaced shortly after breaking, broke as a consequence of being dropped onto carpet covered cement floors. They are a nice unit with plenty of potential however the display is very fragile and breaks easily.
  3. It may be a guiness book of records record. however Skydive Cross Keys, 2005, 407 tandems...... Red Bull event, unfortunately not recognised/submitted to be recognised. 286 is a long way short but congratulations on a good effort.
  4. richwilk

    Crosskeys DZ lodging

    call the manifest ask about one of the trailers on the DZ Quote
  5. richwilk


    I have been using the JVC series of memory card cameras (GZ-MC200 and MC500) for the last couple of years. The cameras came standard with a removable mini disc drive. Removing the mini disc and installing a CF flash card means the video will record with out the known problems of disc based memory systems and freefall. I have made about 300 jumps using this system and it works fantastically. The cameras are no longer available domestically in the U.S. and I have been investigating the latest collection of next generation cameras (Sony CX series and the Canon VIXIA series), and they appear to be similar with higher level video recording in 1080i. The problems with the next generation cameras is not the flash memory recording but the use of Optical Image Stabilisation. OIS doesn't appear to be able to cope with camera buffet in freefall that well. The next Sony camera (CX12) may be a different matter however generally the flash memory works really well.