Reginald

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  1. Not sure what audible you have but I thought the third warning would continue to go off on most of them until you stopped free falling…either by a canopy being above your head or the ground stopping you. So, it sounds like your third will stop when you impact. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  2. Wow, you got some responses, eh? Reading your post I think the issue is that breaking that low is probably unnecessary and does contain quite a bit of risk. If it was not necessary to hitting your landing area I would say it was something that should not have been done. If you just wanted to learn to fly your canopy better you can experiment above 1,000 or 1,500 feet with that sort of thing. Experimenting at 150 feet is not necessarily a good idea. You should be able to plan a landing pattern that in full flight will allow you to hit your target with reasonable accuracy. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  3. Bill, I was honored to meet you at SD Dallas over the summer. I can say nothing about your career in skydiving that would do it justice so I'll just say, "Thank You" Please do come back to dz.com often. While you might not be jumping anymore you can share some of your wisdom with us. Blue Skies, Ron "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  4. i'll try and help to 2000 and then if the person made a choice to jump without an ADD they will die with that choice. No point in 2 of us going. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  5. Sorry my friend it's the experienced 4 way teams that I see the most collisions on. It's the block moves at high speed on your way to a 20 point round that are the killers. Fortunately, the really experienced teams all religiously wear full-face helmets, even still I’ve seen some pretty beat up people. With open face helmets they would have been minced meet. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  6. People that jump without a full face are crazy if they are doing RW, IMHO. I see far too many black and blue people bleeding from eye's noses, etc. that are wearing open face helmets. Some are so bad I wonder how they managed to even pull. Most of these injuries would have been highly mitigated with a full face. I consider freefall collisions a very real high probability event with potentially catastrophic consequences. In my view this far outweighs the very remote possibility of there being a problem with a full face in the event of a catastrophic injury on landing. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  7. LOL! So true. There was this one time at skydiving camp... "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  8. LOL! "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  9. You never saw him jump before he did it! Hey, I resemble that remark! Okay, I NEEDED some tunnel time to get through AFF. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  10. Good for you! Now as my instructors said when i got my A, "you have a license to do almost anthing you want to do...don't do anythign stupid" Keep it simple for your first 100 jumps. Say Hi to Karol Antantis from Ron in Dallas. She helepd me with a few coach jumps when I was on student status in Dallas and escaped the crap winter weather. Z Hills is a great DZ! "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  11. You don't need 1.5 hours of tunnel time to work out the kinks with backsliding, etc. 15 to 30 minutes of coached time will solve most of your problems. You can potentially do both. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  12. One of the TM's at my DZ is a sniper for a suburban police department. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  13. My fav was on a trip where security x-rayd it and the screener froze it and stared with a confuded look for about 15 seconds. He shruged his shouldersand then let it through. Great security! "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  14. What are the "lowered" requirments to be an instructor? "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  15. Dude, read about my AFF. http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=798179;search_string=reginald;#798179 Funny thing is now I'm a respectable skydiver at my DZ, do a 4 way team, get invited to join big ways (small ones), etc. So what if you repeated a few levels, if its nerves see about doing 15 mintues of tunnel time, it will teach you to relax.. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  16. Not a problem at all. I put mine in a small suitcase along with my alti, gloves, etc. it fits perfectly in every overhead bin in every airplane I've been on; 737’s, 767’s 777’s… "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  17. LOL! I'm voting for Ron's exit being the stable one! Blue Skies, Ron Man I prefer diving exits. Why wuold I want to climb ontot he otuside of an airplane and cling to it in 100mph wind? that's hard man! Just hang out inside the plane and dive out. It's cool! "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  18. I'm not sure this is the case. I was told by a experienced rigger that PD measures reserve size on the bottom of the canopy and mains on the top (or something like that) but that my PD 176 main is actually closer to 180 to 185 if I wanted to make a direct comparison to my Sabre 2, 190. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  19. Do post WHY you repeated levels. Personally, last fall I repeated alevel 3 times and another one 4 times. Then I did a little tunnle time, which taught me to RELAX, and i finished AFF like a rock star. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  20. I’m surprised no one has hit on this. There was some research a few years back on 2 outs. The best general configuration was to have a slightly smaller reserve. This increased the probability of a 2 out going into a controllable biplane. I do not claim to be an expert on this but the research should be easily available online. I think there was a study by both PD and one by the military at about the same time. A quick search should turn it all up. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  21. Wow, must be an older model.. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  22. Well, some of the things you are talking about for example, ½ breaks with the wind will actually keep you aloft longer. You did notice on final with some breaks (into the wind) that you descended slower. Breaks into and with the wind do very different things and I would talk to your instructors about it in more detail. I would doubt that you were in thermals but it is possible. My best guess is that it felt like a long time but it was probably normal. Secondly, you did do some things to keep you aloft longer, so when in doubt just let it glide with the toggles up. Spirals will cause you to lose altitude, trust me. Your instructor told you to do 360’s above 1,500 feet and you were worried about “doing low turns”. 1,500 is NOT low for a turn. 200 or 300 feet IS low for a turn, 1,000 is most peoples cut off for any sort of turn other than gentle 90’s in their landing pattern. So don’t worry about “gentle 360's” above 1,500 as your instructor stated. "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  23. Forgive me but a "PD 170" made with F-111? That sounds like the PD reserve. This would make an unusual main. Is it a 7 cell? Can you tell us a little more about what the canopy is exactly? "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP
  24. Great, at first I thougth it was some nice coverage. than it all went badly... "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." CP