talon1206

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    Skydive New Mexico
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    30335
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    2000
  • Years in Sport
    10
  • First Choice Discipline
    Freefall Photography
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    500
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    300

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  1. Yeah this dude just tried the same thing with a FTP...told me he is in Canada, sent a check from "Voice Trader LLC" in Wilmington DE for 3K, with a return address out of OH. Not even going to play around...I cant stand ppl who waste my time "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"
  2. I wear my MX pants when I shoot video (with my camera jacket) and fun jump. I think that they are really comfertable, and it looks cool since I have "ROCKSTAR"across my Ass. I used to wear a MX jersey when I would sit fly but have since got a Free Fly suit. In my opinion its a good starting point, if you dont have a lot of cash to drop on gear. Buy a rig and parachute then worry about the suits later. As for the gloves I would go with batting gloves over MX gloves beacuse I dont need any armor on the top of my gloves, and MX goggles would be a little bulky for my liking in Freefall "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"
  3. I think that 10 hours of youtube and 500 DZ.com posts qualify for a time in the sport requirment...especially for wingsuits and camera flyers... "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"
  4. Back in 2004-2005 the director of student activities was not in touch with reality and told me that the TAMU Skydiving club was to "high risk" to be supported by the university. This was the same guy that brought hazing charges against the Aggie Wranglers. After fighting tooth and nail with some help from Kay they recognized the club. As for the club the hardest part is bringing back students. Todd has a great incentive for them with the $99 for your second tandem. But I still think that college students are more concerned with hanging out on North Gate and getting smashed then getting up early on the weekends and jumping. Hell if it wasn’t for the Corps, Aggie Dave and Beth Trehan, I probably would have done the same. When I took my senior year off because I jumped with a sinus infection and fucked my head up I partied my ass off too. Your best bet is to get a table at MSC open house and build awareness of the DZ. After that just have fun and have club activities. Keeping the students will be the hardest part. -Bailey '06 "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"
  5. That club is dead, it was dead when I was a member (2002-2004), it was dead when I was the president(2005), and it will never be revived until the university supports "High Risk" activities. Good luck getting it started again but I would be happy if there were 4 active university jumpers. "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"
  6. I have seen the bickering before, but the DZO put a stop to it. I know how the high turn over of military jumpers is hard to deal with (being a military jumper/videographer) but as long as there are set standards to the video rotation there shouldn't be a problem. At SNM the manifester will build the video rotation based on students requests (video only or video and stills) and the instructors needs. Some days I would do 8 videos other days just 1. "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"
  7. I was truly devastated when I heard that Elijah had passed. I enjoyed flying with him every weekend. My first paid tandem video, first wing suit flock and first skyball/skybear jump was with him. Elijah will truly be missed. With his passing the Annual Elijah Combest Memorial 3-Way scrambles will be held the weekend before Labor day each year. BSBD Brother -Bailey FR#2 "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"
  8. Just started shooting stills, so here are a few http://crashproductions.myphotoalbum.com/ "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"
  9. Skydive New Mexico will be having Balloon Jumps January 5 2008. $50 get you a ride and a jump. Please PM myself if you are interested so I can give you more details!!! "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"
  10. Lou- I do not have hard riser inserts (problem 1) My leg straps were tight but I can do harness turns under canopy. Yes the container fits me well. I havnt ever had problems with it coming off my back or slipping around. "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"
  11. I am new to wing suit flying (with only 10 jumps and a Birdman Classic) but I felt that this should get posted here so I might be abel to get some better feedback from other winsuit pilots. As a skydiver I am pretty current: I coach and fly video at my DZ as well as fun jump when I can. I log at least 4 jumps a weeknd (182 DZ, where we average 8-10 loads on jump days) After a Wingsuit Jump with 2 experienced wing suit pilots where I completed my first barrel rolls (beer), I deployed my main canopy at 4500 feet. On deployment I had 2 line twists. I think my body was in a “fish tail” during my deployment sequence. Once I attempted to unzip my wings (possibly shifting in my harness) 3 more line twists were induced. At this point the canopy started to spin and dive. My body position was back to earth. After 6 to 8 rotations, and my ditter sounding at 3500 feet I made the decision that I must cut away. My first attempt to pull my cut away handle met with little success. Because of my spin the handle was higher than I expected as well as the gloves I had on slipped off the handle. My second attempt at cutting away my main parachute was successful. I got a good grip and pulled the handle. It was a hard pull but once disconnected I was thrown away from my main parachute. I estimate my attitude to be 3000 feet. At this point I was still on my back, I made one attempt to right myself into a belly to earth position but I was unsuccessful. This was primarily because I had limited movement in my wing suit. On my second attempt to right myself in a belly to earth posture, I deployed my reserve parachute. My body position was on my side almost belly to earth but not totally there. The moment I saw the ground I pulled my reserve ripcord. The reserve parachute deployment was perfect. I did not check my altimeter from the time my ditter went off at 3500 feet until I was in the saddle at 1800 feet. My Neptune put me in the saddle at 1700 feet. I would calculate that I initiated my reserve parachute at between 20000 and 2400 feet. Once under my reserve canopy with both handles in had I was able to fly a full pattern into the designated landing area with an uneventful landing. My main parachute, reserve pilot chute and free bag all landed slightly off the airport and were retrieved easily. What I did right: React: As soon as I made the choice that I had to cut away I reacted. I did not think about how to perform my EPs, I just did them. Stayed Calm: The only point of the cut away that I was scared on, was my first attempt to pull the cut away handle. I think that I was scared because I had not had to perform my EPs before and I didn’t want to mess them up. After I missed the first pull I made sure that I got it on my second attempt. What I would do differently: Pull Time: With some more experience I think that I would not have committed to my first pull when I felt myself begin to fish tail. I should have attempted a second pull with a stable body position. My wings: I should have pulled my LQRS when I first saw the line twists. My hesitation and attempt to unzip my wings with line twists gave my canopy enough time to spin up and put me on my back. Altitude awareness: I think that I got so caught up in the fact that I had to cut away that I failed to check my altitude. If it wasn’t for my ditter sounding I could have ended up spinning into the ground. I don’t think that would have happened but I remember the sound of the ditter triggering my response to initiate my EPs. Equipment: The canopy that I was jumping (Heatwave 170) is known to not react well to sub terminal deployments. I should have followed the manufacturer’s recommendations and not jumped that particular canopy with a wing suit. The gloves that I had on were my winter weight flying gloves. I had only put 2 other jumps on these gloves during the winter season. I should have done a better gear check to make sure I could pull my handles on my first attempt. A good decision would have been to get in the hanging harness and perform a functional gear check. All and all it feels good to have successfully cut away from a malfunctioning canopy. It almost feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders in the sport. I know that I can execute the EPs that I have been trained to do and I have proven it to myself. Thanks to AggieDave who was my first coach in Skydiving and grilled into me all the EPs. "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"
  12. Your best bet would be contacting the DZ in Belin. Its about 40 miles south of ABQ. The Balloon event does not allow jumpers because of the large number of balloons in the Air at the same time. The DZ does have balloon jumps evey couple months. There are also a few balloon pilots that jump at the DZ "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"
  13. I will be there. Havent been to Aggieland since I graduated. "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"
  14. I have to agree, but I also like the Honey Ale "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"
  15. I also agree. Where it is important in competition to complete the series correctly, I think at the local DZ, as long as all the maneuvers are completed with accuracy it meets the intent of the B- requirement. "Pilots without Maintainers are just pedestrians with cool jackets and sunglasses"