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Everything posted by freakyrat

  1. I've actually had it happen to me on my 6th jump onm the RBird in the picture At deployment when I reached back the wing blew up over my pilotchute handle and wouldn't budge. I reached back several times to try to knock it off and find my handle and at the same time was keeping track of my altitude on my mudflap mounted altimeter all to no avail. I was jumping a brand new Mirage G4 container and went to my Reserve. Never flew a PD Optimum Reserve but I'll have to say the opening was fast but not hard and it was a joy to fly and I had a superb landing under it. I attributed my deployment problems to the fact that I was jumping the wingsuit with internal arm zippers half open and also that I dropped my hands off the wing behind me instead of along my side. This contributed to the wing getting in the way of my deployment. I cleaned up my deployment technique and it's never happened again and I put many more jumos on the suit. At present I have some minor rotator cuff problems in my left shoulder and haven't wingsuited for a while now but hope to get back into it on a newer version (GNar Bird) and have a little more fun.
  2. I would talk to one of your instructors and your local rigger. Everyone here has an opinion on canopies. A Pilot or a Sabre 2 loaded 1-1 is a good choice. Another overlooked canopy is the Pulse from PD which os another Hybryd Canopy. In a 7 Cell a Spectre is also a good canopy. I personally jump a Pilot 140 made out of ZPX for easier packing loaded at 1.5 which is a little aggressive for your experience level. A larger one would be most appropriate. The Pilot opens nice and flies great. To get a nice flare you have to push the toggles all the way nice and smoothly. Some people who have flown the Pilot do not realize that you have to complete the flare as you do with any canopy. All of the manufacturers have demo programs and will send you a canopy for your experience level to try out. I also know that PD has Reserve canopy's to demo and that is a good idea. Whatever you decide have a great time and be safe. Cheers
  3. All my riggers would agree with you. IMHO with both of my Mirages the recommended Reserve for the MT and MO is the Optimum 113 in the new sizing guide. With the old guide you could pack a regular PD126R in either container but it would be a snug fit. I have Optimum 126's in both rigs and neither are tight. The Optimum fills out the bag nicely and both containers are medium soft and flexible. IMHO the Optimum 113 would be too soft.
  4. The new sizing guide is conservative. I presently have an MT with an Optimum 126 Reserve and a Katana 120 Main and both canopies fit fine. The Optimum is medium soft and flexible in the reserve container. The Katana fits nicely also. I also have an MO with an Optimum 126 Reserve and a Pilot 140 ZPX Main. Again the Optimum 126 fits medium soft and the Pilot 140 ZPX fits just right. I originally had a regular PD126R reserve in the MT container and it did fit snug. I had a Reserve ride on the Optimum 126 out of the MO container and the deployment was smooth and clean. The way I see it all Mirage is doing is to try to get people to order reasonably sized containers for their canopies so that the canopy fit will not be too snug especially in regard to their reserve.
  5. Sorry for the problems you encountered: Here is the link to the DOT website concerning transportation of Lithium batteries. This link came off the Southwest Airlines site here in the US.
  6. Blue Skies Pat. I still enjoy your book The Art Of Freefall Relative Work.
  7. Blue Skies Scotty You were one of a kind.
  8. Nice to hear from you Dave. I kind of slowed down a little bit on jumping because it's the start of hockey season and living in Dallas that means the Dallas Stars and Allen Americans. I still have those memories of Ft Hood and Gatesville and Hearne. I was in Connecticut last weekend for the Skydiving Hall Of Fame Induction ceremonies. Got to meet Paul Poppenhager and some other old timers of our sport. See Yah.
  9. Pilot 140 ZPX loaded at about 1.3 Sweet spot is about elbow level and I have to go to full arm extension on the flare. I also find you have to be a little patient with the canopy as it's slowing down. From my own experience with my pilot, If you fly a wingsuit snap up your jumpsuit legs and do not let them flow behind you. If the catch air while they are dangling behind you your forward speed under canopy will be a lot slower and the extra drag will increase your stall speed under the Pilot so a full arm extension on the flare will set you on your rear end. Happened to me jumping in the Netherlands. Fortunately I was landing in tall grass and the landing didn't hurt at all but I always stow my jumpsuit legs after opening now.
  10. It's all subjective but for me it's the Pilot. My Pilot140 has always opened on heading without line twists and no drama. I also have high praise for my Optimum Reserve when I had the suit wing blow up over my hackey and couldn't clear it. The Optimum opened quick but not hard and on heading.
  11. I really like this device and the volume is fine for me. I think the reasons the little speakers didn't work may have had to do with the plug on them.
  12. Michael I got to try my FlySight on a wingsuit jump on my RBird. It wouldn't work with the motorcycle helmet speakers probably because of not enough battery power but it works well with a pair of Sony earbuds. I found the device to be pretty intuitive. The little buzzy beeps were coming at a crawl and I knew when I was flying correctly. This device definitely makes the learning curve a lot easier. Cheers
  13. So sad to hear this. I knew Ken from many POP's meets. Blue Skies my friend
  14. My prayers and condolences go out to the Thacker family. I met Gene Paul at Raeford in 1997 at the POP's Nationals. With his guidance the meet went smoothly. There was only one hitch. The restaurant that was to cater the closing dinner suddenly went out of business. Not to worry though, Gene Paul took the bull by the horns and with his guidance and his wonderful staff pulled it off at the DZ. Blue Skies Gene Paul thanks for enriching my life experience in this sport and also those of others.
  15. Sandy this is an awesome tribute to one of the pioneers of our sport. May he rest in peace and may God grant his blessings upon his family.
  16. I almost forgot Dave Regenthal. He put my out on my first square jump on a Strato Cloud up at hits DZ at Gatesvelle, TX.
  17. Just to let you folks know I had to use my Optimum 126 Reserve yesterday. Without going into details I have to say the opening was great, it flew well and the landing was great.
  18. This is my First Product Review I( I know, Case Of Beer) I had to use my Optimum 126 Reserve yesterday. I have an exit weight of 190 lbs. with gear. I don't know how much my wing suit weighs however. After a relatively uneventful wing suit flight I went to deploy and for some unknown reason I couldn't find the hackey handle. All my previous wingsuit dives I had no problems. The opening on this canopy was incredible. Fast but not hard. After I got the suit unzipped etc and brakes un-stowed I turned back to the DZ. The Optimum flies very well and had good penetration in about a 13 mph wind. I was landing slight off the airport in an open field. I went to flare and was amazed how deep I could go with the toggles and how well the canopy flares. My landing was nothing short of remarkable.
  19. I had the pleasure of jumping with Curly at the old Spaceland. We did a few TEXXAS 20-Ways among other jumps. I'm enclosing a picture of Curly. He is the jumper kneeling in the from row with the tan jumpsuit second from the right next to the girl in the grey jumpsuit. Curly was also a storyteller and would sing some of the funniest skydiving songs. I remember and old CRW song he sung to the tune of 'Side by Side" "All you jumpers take warning. When all the big stacks are forming. If the f___er falls down, the bodies were found, Side by Side" Curly also was a fine instructor and would always have something positive and comical to put in the student's logbooks of whom he trained. He was also a diehard ripcord fan and I do not know if he ever went to hand deploy. Lots of memories and things to write about Curly. In closing though I would like to say Blue Skies my friend, It was a sincere pleasure knowing you and jumping with you. Thank you for all the contributions you made in training students and to the sport we all love. Blue Skies. Calen Chrzan D-12700 Dallas, TX
  20. May Rob Rest In Peace and may God give comfort to his family and friends. Thanks for posting this John. I remember Rob quite well from Skydive Houston and I think I even made a jump or two with him.
  21. As a suggestion On my P2 I wiped down the zippers with Scuba Silicone Spray. They will last longer and they also zip and unzip easier.
  22. The folks at Aerodyne can help you on this but my Guess is it is fabric supply problems. When I ordered my Pilot they were just getting over some of the ZPX supply problems. I've been jumping this 140 for over a year now.
  23. I wish I could have made it but work commitments (To many people taking off for spring break) just wouldn't let me go.
  24. It could be 1000 in the US but I heard it is about half that.