Chrisky

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  1. The JS tunnel is a co-op between JS and EADS from what I hear. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  2. First installment of German design, Bottrop is the original demonstrator for the ISG (Indoor Skydiving Germany) vertical wind tunnel design. Several tunnels in Europe are using this (Voss, Brussels, Warsaw, St. Petersburg afaik). Some more are in planning or under construction. I've been flying in Bottrop since its construction 5 years ago and the tunnel is still as awesome to fly now as then. No leaks, no squeaks. Other tunnels I've flown are Perris (in 2004...), Airkix MK, Airkix Manchester, Paraclete XP and Windoor Empuriabrava (Prague/czech design). The only tunnel I would rather fly in over the ISG design is ParacleteXP for its sheer size, in terms of airflow quality nothing tops ISG. The location is not quite as central as others, but if you have access to a car there's plenty of other entertainment within a 10 minute drive (cinemas, malls, parks, you name it). The vibe is professionally relaxed and nice. There is usually pretty international staff on site, so English is readily spoken there. The bar has been changing operators a few times and offers a small selection of snacks, but if you're hungry the stack of delivery service menus at the reception (and their ready-made order lists) can get whatever you need.
  3. Never had a problem with mine. 9 yrs/1000 jumps. Care to post a picture? Is the rig new or used? I have a hard time believing any rig would show any kind of fraying from 180 jumps in 4 years. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  4. Consider attaching the camera using Nylon screws. They will stand the stress of holding the camera in freefall but break under stress from catching lines. They are the only reason I dared attaching a ringsight to my camera helmet. You can get them in any model vehicle store. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  5. There isn't really a "slowmotion feature", just recording and playback frame rates. The more frames per second you can record, the slower the motion looks played back at 30 frames a second. In editing it will not cost you any processing time, as every frame exists and none have to be calculated/added. If the Sony is set to record at 120 fps, then in editing you can simply play it back at 120 fps (live speed) or at 30 fps (1/4th speed/slowmotion) WITHOUT having to generate frames with all the negative effects that can be seen in the "super slowmo" videos that popped up in the last two years using Twixtor Pro. These are generated by having a software generating frames which dont exits in the original footage, resulting in warping. On the technical side, encoding of the frames into the coded data stream should work based on the number of frames, not their recording speed, and thus your software should do fine as long as it supports the codec used (most likely MPEG4/h264 nowadays) HTH... The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  6. The Cypres 2 gives you a 6 months before or after window for the maintenance date. If you send it off in the middle of the season, blame your own planning... I've had a Cypres2 for 8 years now. Will buy another one when I need it. If the window pops open and a cheapo AAD fires, the load is on you and the price difference equaled. That is, if your reserve pc stats inside the aircraft, hopefully. Just talked to a guy familiar with the matter the other day; in Norway they don't believe that an electronic device can have a 20 year life span without maintenance. I second that belief. So basically AAD needs to wait 20 years and then show a Vigil that is still working (without maintenance), then it will also be cleared for Norwegians. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  7. Catchy title... Any good flyer will go to a good tunnel if the conditions are right... There are many coaches popping up all around right now. What are the rates in Prague right now? With and without coaching? Bulk time? The skydivearena.info link repeatedly led me to a Server error... The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  8. Dont go there. Canopy piloting skills are bad enough already. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  9. A german citizen living/residing in Germany is required to hold a german license. As you have a logbook to proove your AFF jumps and your US license, you will usually only have to take the written part of the license exam. National german regulations, weather etc. Should not be hard if you recently got your USPA license. For the drivers license analogists, you are required to get the countries license you reside in if your stay exceeds a certain length of time (iirc about 6 months). Same same but different. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  10. Isolated is a nice marketing term, however I am one of the customers affected and FEEL isolated by the way Alti-2 treats the issue. There's a thread on the Alti-2 forums about this subject, its 2 years old, claims there is a solution in the works and no results. 64bit systems are increasingly common, so the issue will become more widespread. It's not about N2s working together with MNU. Dont suggest anyone uses MNU for logging, please. Suggesting downloading a 10 year old OS and then virtualizing it to MAYBE get it to work is quite desperate. I have PAID for both the hardware and the software and I'm not willing to spend my time to hack together a solution. IRCOMM2Kwhat? Neither am I willing to get a new Neptune3 as I just spend quite a bit on the N2 shortly before the N3 came out. I'm ok with hacking, but I'd believe much of it is beyond many peoples computer skills. If Alti-2 arent willing to fix it, a trade-in of my N2 for an N3 for a little fee would be ok, too. Hacking and virtualization tells me the company either a) has no solution and/or b) doesnt care to solve the issue. Both not something i value as a customer. Now if only L&B had a comparable logger to the N3 and not the clunky Altitrack with the proprietary connector, I'd switch right away. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  11. Especially if you're on a budget, tunnel is THE option. I tried getting to a good hd for like 300 jumps, not just solos, also with coaching. If you're on a budget, save. I know it's not what you want to hear. Tunnel coaching is factor 4 cheaper than coached jumps, and factor 2 cheaper than jumps with respect to time flown if you go in solo. It also gives perfect reference and a much more controlled environment, not even speaking of learning the position(s) technically right. I could have saved the 300 jumps and put it in the tunnel, I'd have been much better much quicker. I only learned headdown right once I was in the tunnel. Pretty much all the solo jumps I tried doing HD were wasted money in retrospect. Moneywise that would equal about 10 hrs tunnel time, at least 600 jumps worth of flying time. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  12. I was just looking through the suggestions checking whether or not to suggest this myself. However, referring to a "Like" as known from Facebook can be misleading, as every "like" on FB actually creates a link, resulting in immense masses of data. Many forums use "thank you" or "reputation" systems. I would highly appreciate the implementation of such a system, as it could massively improve readability by means of user-side filtering. I just read many posts in the Incidents forum, many of which were repetetive clutter, with only a few ones really sticking out once found. Being able to "repute" such posts (and the respective posters) could streamline the reading experience. I have been a somewhat long time dz.com member and thus know a handful of users usually posting excellently and worth reading, but it would be handy if there was an indicator of quality for individual post or at least posters. Like maybe the youtube Thumbs up or down system which indicates both pluses and minuses, which is good for a post on a controversial subject. I guess it comes with a high bandwidth demand (we're referencing FB and YouTube/ElGoog here!), but it would be nice to hear if it has/is being considered and what the lowdown is. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  13. My suits used to be quite a bit baggy but single fabric layer. They were flapping around and not really helping. A baggier suit will not make you fall much slower. Recently I switched to a slim suit that has cordura, double layers on arms and legs, and it provides more drag than my old bit-baggy suit. However, I have a more precise feel for the airflow because there is no flapping. Much more precise fly-feel. Freefly suits used to be baggy, the modern ones aren't anymore. If you look at old-timer pics, even RW jumpsuits used to be baggy way back when, neither are they anymore (except of course accounting these weird saussage-like leg and arm-expanders the attach to them ) The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  14. Just did my open water license and have a little understanding problem with this claim. If I understood correctly, the nitrogen (when using just compressed air, not NITROX) gets absorbed by the body but is not part of the metabolism. If that is true, speeding up the metabolism (working out) does not affect nitrogen re-solution. Opposite to carbon dioxide, which is part of the metabolism. I was actually wondering about that very thing with my dive buddy (at Philippines Boogie with no planes - diving was the thing to do!). The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  15. huh? Have you been there? What about the two fat leather ones (which start falling apart...)? ;) Ok well, not inside the tunnel anyway... On a more serious note, a good couch is hard to find and usually quite expensive... The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  16. The ladies at the front desk will gladly hook you up or point you to a coach you can contact. Bottrop contact page The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  17. The coaches they have available at Bottrop are top of the line. I would pay that fee without remorse cause I know them. You might just ask the front desk which one will be there during your booked times and then find out more about them. They can also help you get in touch with them beforehand. You'll be surprised at the level of experience there. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  18. Speaking of the pros and cons, a friend of mine had his second reserve ride yesterday, thanks to a floating handle on his pullout which he couldn't reach. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  19. When first starting to fly sit in the tunnel, I was wiped after 20 minutes. Stretching, as painful as it may be makes it much easier. Adding a bit of magnesium to the water you take into the tunnel also makes a big difference. Hydrate often. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  20. Same with a BOC with a pud. The key difference is that one opens the container directly before putting the PC into the wind. The disadvantage is that if one doesnt pull all the way, one is more likely to have a PC hesitation as it may be caught in the burble. But read this, excellent thread on the subject: This thread contains Bill Booths' post on the subject. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  21. Prior to boarding someone should set up the exit order. Usually if there's no LO one of the more experienced jumpers asks around what people are up to. In many or most cases the simple rule is Large and slow then small and fast, Tandems, students and other high-pullers. Getting the exit order sorted properly before boarding also makes for a more orderly (and thus faster/more efficient) boarding which results in less stress and more awareness. Also reduces chaos prior to exit. A good DZ briefing (by a member of staff of the DZ = DZO, S&TA or anyone competent appointed by manifest upon registration) should include: Aerial picture of the DZ and close surroundings pointing out primary & secondary landing areas, windsocks, outs, hazards and beer line. Best combined with a walk around the "landmarks". Info on calls (Maybe there's some ride to take to the boarding area at the 5 minute call?) Info on Planes (Multiple dropship DZs, onboard regulations) Exit sequence. Deployment altitudes. (If 1,000 ft are "regular deployment altitude" 1,400 ft might be considered high pulling, plus most DZs have minimum "canopy open"altitudes) Pattern info. Stuff you might want to ask: Rigging services, packers and beer availability. From my experience the quality of the DZ briefing can say a lot about how well a dz is organized and run. But asking for a briefing is always recommended. Experience is good, local knowledge is better. HTH The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  22. RTFM. Their manuals usually have errors that can occur listed and have info how to proceed (Reset the device / Return for service etc.). A friend of mine had the same problem and all you needed was read the manual, get a paper clip, stick it in a tiny hole on the side and reset the device. If the Err keeps coming back send it in. Disassembling is not usually a good way to maintain warranty. But given the experiences with L&Bs customer service you could probably run their products over with a tank, send the remains in and still receive a new one. They have the best customer service I have ever seen anywhere. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  23. A similar question cropped up last week or so in a different thread. In my post there is an article by PD about openings including a paragraph on line stows. Ie how much pull force the rubbers should create, etc. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  24. More speed helps maintain pressurization inside the canopy since the air pressure on the leading edge increases along with the canopies foward speed. The question is how much of that added pressurization is lost by distorting the canopies airfoil profile by using front risers (or breaks for that matter). I don't see how using breaks would stabilize the canopy more than full flight since it takes away speed (other than the reference of older 7cell canopies noses opening...). It's a misconception that when using front riser the air hits the canopy "on top", as the caopy is inside the airflow and not fixed to the ground. It is loosing altitude faster because of the change in trim/glide angle and significantly changed lift vector, but that is independent of wind speed. The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...
  25. I take you refer to the article "How to prevent hard openings", which can be found here: http://www.performancedesigns.com/docs/hrdopn.pdf Bottom line: It's not the type of bands used, it's their tension. No recommendation for or against the use of tube stows. Mine are still going strong after 200 jumps with a new canopy. (It's on the PD website>Support>Sport>Articles, if you are looking for other articles also.) ETA: File attached The mind is like a parachute - it only works once it's open. From the edge you just see more. ... Not every Swooper hooks & not every Hooker swoops ...