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  1. This may have been asked before but is there any way to obtain the video from the Freefly Chronicles series? Does anyone still have the VHS cassettes? Better still, has anyone digitized them? I used to have volumes II and III and they were amazing. It would be a shame if that little slice of history is lost.
  2. Just pick one, call them up and ask for a job.
  3. I guess the point I'm making is that you probably wouldn't want to "encourage" the untwisting of a single line twist by pulling on the riser. Or do you disagree? It would be good to have procedure to follow if we find ourselves in such a situation.
  4. Well, except for the full line twist on the main. Would a single line twist on one canopy of a two-out mean it's not landable though? You still have plenty of nylon over your head.
  5. Nik is a great coach. I've done over 6 hours with him during the last two Xmas boogies. Really good ability to analyze your weaknesses and design drills to correct them.
  6. It's a "shame?" really, a shame?;post=1971076
  7. Here's something I realized during one of Francesco's angle flying camps at the Ranch: The difference between a delta tracking position and head down backwards motion is really just a few degrees of angle - they're basically the same body orientation. Once you understand that, you can see just how similar this "delta" breakoff strategy for head-up is to the widely accepted breakoff for head-down. Take a look: Beginning Head-down: Turn 180 degrees while clearing your airspace. Head-up: Turn 180 degrees while clearing your airspace. Middle Head-down: Initiate movement away from the center of the formation by means of HD forward motion. Head-up: Initiate movement away from the center of the formation by means of HD backwards motion. End Head-down: Gradually transform the HD orientation to a flat track to distance yourself from the formation. Head-up: Gradually transform the HD orientation to a flat track to distance yourself from the formation. BTW, congratulations to all on the new HD record!
  8. If the stats on the SkyVenture site are correct (12 ft., 875 HP), I'd say no. My general rule of thumb is you need to have the combined fans HP at least 100 x the diameter in feet to be able to comfortably freefly. Especially if you're a naturally fast faller.
  9. In situations like this, I've always been in favor of the simplest solution that meets all the critical requirements. Here's my take on what those requirements are (and Simon, let me know if I've missed any): - clear your airspace above, below, and around you. - initiate forward movement away from the center of the formation in a way that does not result in changing the fall rate (so that everyone's relative levels can be maintained). - gradually transform that forward motion into a flat track and create adequate distance between yourself and the others before deploying your canopy. The current alternatives (front-flip to head down vs. feet first flock away) seem overly complicated and challenging enough to be prone to error - in a bigway, all it takes is for one person to screw it up and you can have a serious problem. So why not consider the following simpler procedure which seems, on the face of it, to meet all the requirements above? - Breakoff begins: Turn 180 degrees in the sit and while doing so, clear your airspace. - Transition to the delta tracking position (belly down, head positioned lower than feet). The delta position, when angled correctly, will maintain the prevailing (freefly) fall rate and will also provide the initial forward motion away from the formation. - Gradually decrease the delta angle till it becomes a flat track while adding periodic barrel rolls for extra safety. - Having tracked away the agreed upon amount and cleared the airspace above and near you, wave off and deploy. A number of my friends will be on the Crosskeys record attempts. It would be great if there could be agreement on a single breakoff strategy by then. Thoughts?
  10. His sample size was 600 jumps with AFF students over 3 years. So how many unique students is that? If he does 10 AFF jumps with each student, then that's 60 students. And out of 60 students, how many are going to be over age 50? Maybe 10%, or 6 students. So his sample size could be somewhere around just 6 people. Therefore, all those bigger numbers about 3 years and 600 jumps really don't mean anything. It all boils down to a very small sample size of people, and that certainly is not 100% representative of everyone over 50 years-old. Regardless of his sample size, the fact that his main concern (questionable canopy ability) is completely unrelated to his recommendation (tunnel time) really exposes his bias.
  11. I'm curious about your response to 'work both sides'. why work both sides instead of just being focused on daffy with left or right leg in front always??? I dont surf switching up sides - I always have my right foot forward (its called a sex change btw and is a trick some people do mid-wave or on a skateboard midtrick). Same with snowboarding. So why is skydiving headdown different from that??? Why not always use your good side....its the GOOD side!!! curious...
  12. You have some serious problems with that. Think of a wingsuit as mini-parachute, that's how its designed. As I'm sure you know, an open parachute in wind tunnel is a huge problem. As far as securing it to the floor, even if that could be done, how would that even be useful in learning to operate the wingsuit? You need to be able to react to the wind and see how the wing responds. Maybe, instead of a vertical wind tunnel, you had more of a horizontal one?
  13. Does your name indicate the kind of flying you like to do (freefly)? If so, I'd recommend Eloy over Perris. Most people would be challenged to do static head down flying in Perris - Eloy has significantly more powerful fans and is much better for learning the freefly positions.