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  1. I just heard there is now a wind tunnel in London . Cant believe its taken so long and how little publicity it has had. I hear and probably best guess is its not very pro flyer friendly but are there any coaches there? If so how do I reach them? Anyone fly in it yet? Any thoughts?
  2. Im looking to go to a tunnel for a few days for some training. I learnt to sit fly in the 1990's skydiving and have bad habits like flying too much with my arms that I want to get rid of. Any suggestions for where to go ? Ideally looking for a good coach with good English,a tunnel in an urban area so I can walk from accommodation to tunnel . Even better would be air to air comms but amazingly it seems no one is using these ( i tried them once at Perris Valley and they were amazing). I was thinking Prague or Budpest. Does anyone know of good coaches there the would recommend ? Any other suggestions for a different tunnel or experiences with these ones? I live in Uk but thinking it would be nice to take a trip someone on mainland Europe for this.
  3. I am wondering if there is any statistics on incident rates for zero wind conditions. Im thinking there may be reason to expect them to be higher than normal due to 2 factors 1) More likely confusion over landing direction 2) faster landings . On the other hand nil winds does make it easier to get back from a bad spot. Does anyone know if there is such data and whether it shows any effect or not?
  4. No, but Ill see if I can get some, yes I was thinking sit . Thanks
  5. Any tips for keeping my front flips in place? Im catching a lot of air and going up every time I do one.
  6. Yeah, well Im kind of looking for a specific person or Dz the uses them. I find it amazing that it seems barley anyone is using them. The level of instruction possible is far superior to hand signals in my opinion.
  7. I haven't been jumping in a long time and want to get in the air again. May years ago I jumped with a team called Alchemy in Perris Valley. They had these incredible radio systems they used for free fall communication, which were so much better than hand signals. I spent countless number of jumps trying to do head down and was never perfect vertical , one jump with the in air communication system and they got me head down. So my question is , is there anyone today using this system?
  8. Im usually taking people to have somewhere between 4 and 10 mins. Ive never taken anyone for a 1+1 flight so i dont think that applies. Im curious as a tunnel instructor are you taught to get people to fly with straight out arms and legs for their first few flights? or is this something that is down to the instructors discretion? What I find infuriating is I keep seeing instructors just giving every first timers who goes in the tunnel straighten legs signals before theyve even had a chance to try a better body position. Im wondering what recent first timer videos now say is the right position to fly. Next time I will try and watch one but if theres and ( recent ones) online, would like to see them.
  9. I have had a lot of success by taking time to explain who to fly. i dont expect people to be able to do do those moves but by understanding how to fly they often do quite well. I have flow two ways with people after only a few minutes by themselves, this is if you take the time to give them a through briefing.
  10. I sometimes take first timers up the tunnel. before I take them I show the how to fly and do a very through briefing. I teach them the box position, how to turn go, up and down , forward and back etc. A trend I have noticed recently is that when they are getting in the tunnel , the instructor forces them out of a good position and keeps giving them straight legs signal , so that they have extended legs and extended arms . Has anyone else noticed this? If so what is going on? Why are they making my first timers unstable in this awful position?
  11. Anyone know the highest ever deployment of a canopy? If he deployed anywhere near the 50,000 ft altitude of the accident, maybe thats a record?
  12. Is a bail out bottle normal for high altitude test flying ?
  13. One interesting question that has arisen is how did the pilot survive? According to this report ( link below) he did not exit through the escape hatch. So I presume he was left in the air as the vehicle borke up. But I presume after that he would not be connectedt to any oxygen supply. If he deployed quickly before b he went unconcisouss then he would have a real problem with the cold. But if he waited how did he stay consicouss? I presume these pilots dont have AAD's on thier rigs. So what do we think? Also do the difficulties Virgin are having in making a much bigger craft than SS1 imply a company like XCOR whose lynx vehicle is much smaller and can only take 1 passenger is more viable?
  14. philh

    in air comms

    Does anyone know any coaches using in air free fall radio microphones? I found them amazingly useful but havent jumped in a long time and want to get some coaching (in the USA ).