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  1. adamUK

    VFS team performance/analysis software or techniques

    Possibly have a chat with intime scoring as you can run through the video and score your own times very much in the same way as rounds are judged. I don't know if their system does time markers but it'd be good to understand the time between each point. The big skill though is how each block or random is engineered and unfortnately you're going to need to get some coaching. There's some really nifty tricks to rack up those scores more quicky. Have a look at the Axis flight school.
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    32 foot (9.75 m) tunnel coming to Abu Dhabi?

    iFly had some photos up a while ago of it in construction but they've rejigged their site and removed them. It looked huge. Topped out I reckon it'd use about 6MW of power (about 8000 horsepower). You'd need deep pockets for solo flying but you could probably do 16 way dynamic flying in there.
  3. A traumatic injury is just a physical injury. It doesn't mean it's severe. I'm assuming if the casualty was well enough to refuse medical attention it wasn't that serious.
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    How To Tube: Managing Sessions and Understanding Rotation

    I'd add that, especially for teams, make sure that everyone is out and the door clear for the next flyer before your time is up. Belly teams seem to be the worst at this as they feel they need to fly the exit. It's really bad form to be leaving the next guy consistently 10 seconds down. Especially if they're getting 1:1 time + coaching.
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    How to Tube: Buying and Using Time

    If you Europe then there's some amazing tunnel deals to be had. Coupled with budget airlines a weekend away is a great way to fly cheaply
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    Small or big Freezone tunnel in Moscow?

    Go for the bigger tunnel. If you make mistakes you have a little more time to correct them before hitting the tunnel wall. If I was doing static stuff (e.g. sit, head down) then either would do.
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    Starting FF

    I guess you're from the UK if you're talking about 'FF1'. Won't mean much to our colleagues stateside. Freeflying well is time-consuming and difficult and to be honest the way to get good quickly is to hammer the tunnel and then take it to the sky. Once you can sit fly safely then you can share with 2 or 3 people and it brings the cost down considerably. Also when learning, try to learn dynamic stuff (back carving, belly carving, layouts, belly and back flares) as this does help in the long-term even though in the short term it seems like a diversion to becoming a sky-ninja. Good luck!
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    Vortex recall progress????

    Had a couple of friends get their Vortexes back. So roughly on schedule.
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    Ty Baird - In Loving Memory

    Yep. Gutted. Flew in in the tunnel the week before I got the news. Inspirational guy.
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    First serious tunnel time

    Good idea but you'll wear out pretty quickly flying static all the time. Mix it up a bit - there's a huge amount you can do back flying including back carving which will eventually lead you into head down carving plus transitions/layouts and other stuff. Have fun
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    Vortex customer service problems

    A friend of mine had a vortex container that they made the wrong size harness. Rather than adjusting it they made another one and sent it over. So no complaints from him.
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    What To Ask Yourself Before You Mess With Your AAD

    Some DZs e.g. Skydive Spain don't allow fun jumpers to have their AADs set to higher firing attitudes than default. Worth considering.
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    2way VFS comps

    The UK has one but it's an unofficial event. It's in place to try to bridge the gap between 4 way VFS and FS. The blocks and randoms in it are close to those you'd see on 4 way.
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    Wings semistowlees D-bag

    I have one. The shock cord bungees that come with it don't have enough elasticity so putting the line stows in tough but you can change them to bungees with out problem. The lines are stowed in a pocket a bit like the infinity 'party bag' which isn't as easy as the vector bag - it's just a bit more fiddly. If I was buying a new rig I'd get the normal bag, sent it to vector and get them to make you a semi-stowless bag for it as it's just a bit better. HTH Adam.
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    Exit Order Safety

    I thought big groups exited before small groups because large formations tend to fall slower than individual skydivers. I thought freeflyers went out last because they don't like getting cold near the door in winter ;-)
  16. If you have a look in the classifieds or even post in there then you might have some luck..
  17. Don't you just put the gear in the trunk of your car and drive it over the border like everyone else There's some good calculator here which actually has skydiving gear on it: Adam.
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    iFly Seattle

    I visited this tunnel with the family whilst on vacation. Pros: ----- This is the 14ft, 1600hp (1.2 MW) skyventure unit so has plenty of power for HD flying and as usual it's got smooth airflow and only a small burble by the door. It has a diffuser which means that the airflow speed is reduced as you go higher in the tunnel. The staff are friendly and very customer-focused. From the guys I spoke to the technical standard of the instructors appears to be high and they are super-stoked tunnel flyers & skydivers. Cons: ------ The tunnel suits are okay (well, better than those at iFly tunnels in the UK) but a very baggy (one-size-fits nobody) size. Use your own stuff. The only refreshments are from vending machines so if you think you're going to be hungry then eat beforehand. There's plenty of places close by. The viewing area is quite small. Cost-wise it's not massively expensive (for tunnel rates at least) but it's not cheap either. They do have pro-flyer rates. The booking system is a bit clunky, for example the group booking date field resets when you select the tunnel location despite the date field being placed before the location field. The site also could not process my booking, claiming that the time had already been taken. A 'phone call to the tunnel clarified that the site was wrong and time was available so I booked over the phone. It's probably just best to book by phone. Other stuff: ------------- There's a couple of creeper areas marked out with a 14ft ring but this had been taken over as a meeting or events room. Creepers are available. I could find one team room for use by pro-flyers for briefing/debriefing. There's a screen that's on a 2 minute delay available in the holding area to review your rotation. There's an electronic waiver/disclaimer/don't sue us system which appeared to be a tad contrived but otherwise okay. The reception desk did seem exceptionally busy. It's really close to the SeaTac airport. Summary: ----------- The tunnel itself is great for flying in. The guys are super friendly and super stoked. The onsite facilities aren't class-leading but that's no biggie if you're prepared.
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    Just remembering friends.. I only met you a few times Taz, shortly before your ill-fated trip to Empuria. Just letting you know you're not forgotten.
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    How Much Does My Wings Weigh.. ??

    22-24lbs or thereabouts.
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    Tunnel Frequency ?

    I do 20-30 mins/week once per week in one day. Friends of mine do the same but split over 2 consecutive days. Unless you're tunnel fit, the last few rotations can be pretty tough and you don't get as much benefit from them as at the start. Don't do any more than 10mins in one session and leave at least an hour between sessions. If you can organise it with the tunnel, try to have 2 mins in then 4 mins out to review footage and rest. Airkix were doing a deal, 20mins/day for 7 consecutive days (i.e. 140 minutes) for USD850 which was a total steal. One of my friends went from flying head down pretty solidly to just about getting outface nailed in that time.. so basically the intensive tunnel camp does work if you can afford it (or you live so close to the tunnel you can pick up offers like this..)
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    Free Altimaster Galaxy for Student/Aff Graduate

    You're a top bloke. Good stuff
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    Hurricane Factory Prague

    Skydive Arena is a 14ft tunnel to the North East of the city centre. The pro-flyer rates are really good - $730 (€536) per hour including GST/VAT as at 26th May 2014. Pros: ----- It's great value for money. The airflow is smooth and there's no diffuser to there's power all the way to the turning vanes. There's enough power that even fatties like me can fly head down. It's easily accessible via budget airlines - you can get to Prague for €120/return from the UK, for example. There's a good restaurant on site which also sell cold beer. Pro-flyers and coaches are on hand all day. Cons: ----- I can't think of any other than it's not right outside my house. Other things you should know: ----------------------------- The holding area where you wait between rotations is quite large and there's a monitor with a 2 minute delay so you can review your performance. The viewing area has a few sofas and bean bags plus also some toys/games for the kids to keep them occupied when mom and dad are enjoying their play time. You can download footage on to your own USB sticks in the changing room. There are showers available for those really sweaty summer sessions. There's a small selection of helmets, goggles and other bits and bobs for sale if you forget something. The changing/locker room has a marked out area for dirt-diving. There are lockers available, you get given a lock and key when at reception. There's a decked area at the top of the restaurant including a bar, barbeque and a jacuzzi for those late night parties. It's right next door to a shopping centre to get those essentials you forgot. When I went I didn't have a suit or a helmet so one of the instructors lent me his suit and we blagged a helmet from someone else - so kudos for the lads for that. Prague itself is an achingly beautiful city, the beer's cheap (if you avoid the main tourist areas) and the food is great. Pork seems to be the staple diet for the Czechs! There's a few DZs about an hour's drive away. Summary: --------- All in all an excellent tunnel and well worth a visit. It would be ideal for team training if you're booking a lot of time as, I believe, lower rates are available for large block bookings.
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    This was a previous Ministry of Defence testing facility so the both the location and the design of the tunnel are a bit incongruous when compared to modern tunnels. Pros: It's a big big tunnel and powerful enough for freeflying in too. Great for 4 way as most blocks can be flown in there. The vibe is really laid back. Once you've signed your disclaimer you can do what you want in there, pretty much. They not insistent on you following the IBA progression. There are excellent onsite facilities, a bar, a good cafe (the full English breakfast is recommended), accommodation that's great value for money if a bit basic, a flowrider, climbing wall (good for kids but not a hard-core bouldering wall or anything) plus spa, gym, pool, sauna and steam room. There's a gear store and they are also dealers for boogieman if you want measuring up for a new suit. Cons: The air is much more turbulent than modern tunnels. They're pretty open about this but it does take some getting used to. It's well worth doing a few minutes solo before group flying if you've never been in there before just to get the hang of it. The burble at the door is quite bad and again, it really pays dividends to carve 4 or 5 feet above the net to avoid it. Other stuff: The fan is straight above the top net and can be seen from the flying chamber. This makes the strength of the air greater as it gets higher. It's not uncommon to get stuck on the top net which is really weird. The corollary of this is that just above the net the air is a bit weaker so again it pays to fly a bit higher than you would at a skyventure tunnel. There's no diffuser. For higher wind speeds it takes a bit more time to get up to speed than modern tunnels. The location's unusual - it's not really near any population centres being an ex-MoD site but there are a few nice pubs close by. If you're into 1950s ex-military derelict architecture then this place would be amazing [;-)]
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    Airkix Manchester

    This is my home tunnel. It's a 14ft skyventure unit. Airkix were once independent but have been bought out by iFly. Upsides: It's a really powerful unit with a smooth airflow. I think it's a 1600hp (i.e 1.2MW) tunnel. There are team rooms with monitors which are useful to review footage. The staff are super-friendly. It's a great vibe and they're very welcoming. There are some really good coaches and most people are signed off L4 instructors for all those tricky spotting duties. The tunnel rates are good (certainly comparable to US tunnels despite 20% VAT in the UK). For regulars they have super user accounts which offer great rates and there's no monthly fee like other iFly tunnels. They'll give you rotations (i.e. 2 mins in 2 mins out) even if you're the only person in the tunnel. The Trafford Centre's just close by which has everything retail plus great places to eat and stay. Manchester airport is 15 minutes away. It's just off the M60 so the transport links are really good. Downsides: If you want footage you have to get a DVD. For pro-flyers it's free but most other tunnels you just give them your memory stick and they copy it over. It means you have to rip the dvd to your pc when you get home. If you have to use the tunnel suits they're low quality and not worth flying in. They don't last long. One size fits most... i.e. no matter what size you try on, it won't fit!! Other stuff: There's some vending machines but the coffee's terrible! They're opening up a bistro on site though soon (late Spring 2014) An italian bistro has been installed right at the viewing area. This is run by an external company that also has a restaurant in Manchester and is excellent Walk-in's are allowed (despite the details held by but don't expect the tunnel to be free. It's very busy! It books up usually 2 weeks in advance. Summary: All in all a smooth, powerful tunnel with great staff and a great vibe.