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    DB Cooper Case Closed

    And let's keep it closed here as much as feasible too. ;)
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    What is the best Cessna jump plane

    "Best" is the one you're inside while on jump run. Ubiquitous is probably the C-182 in some form or another, but the question of "best" is really subjective. Best for what and for whom? Best will be considerably different for a very small DZ catering to a few local jumpers to a small tandem mill catering to tourists.
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    "flat tracking" meaning?

    Flat Track means to get the best glide ratio you can. With just a regular jumpsuit that might approach about 1:1.
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    Holiday Treefly!

    Hmmm, I was hoping to see the tree plant itself.
  5. Not a turkey vulture, but a few years back I recall there was a guy who hit some smaller bird. Luckily the guy had a full face helmet which helped a bit. My guess is if you searched for it hard enough you'd find the thread here somewhere.
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    Who can be a skydiver?

    You only need 2 things to be a skydiver; 1) over 18 2) a large amount of money If your dad actually owns a drop zone, then you can skip both of those, but for normal people you'll need to at least meet requirement #1. If you just want to make a single skydive by doing a tandem, then the amount of money you need isn't really all that large, but if you're actually planing on participating in the sport, then you sure as hell better have a large source of money to feed the beast. As for physical requirements, the sky is pretty big and depending on your body type and capabilities you might not be able to do everything, but I can almost guarantee if you can get to the drop zone at all, you can get out of an airplane; paraplegics, amputees and even blindness included. You don't have to be Superman to skydive. All of the above said, if you want to perform at the top levels of the sport, you're going to want to be in good shape. The highest level competitors are true athletes. As to, "what makes someone 'not suitable' for skydiving," there are probably some people with certain physical and psychological issues that might not be a great idea for skydivers to have. Certain heart conditions can be bad. Anything that limits oxygen in the blood stream has the potential to be a problem. Anyone who has mental issues where they panic or have thoughts of suicide might want to stay away from the sport. People with a debilitating fear of heights, open or closed spaces might want to stay away. The normal, every day fear of heights that is instinctual in every human is NOT a reason to stay away though.
  7. Full flight, toggles all the way up and canopy just flying, is going to be roughly 20 mph. No, I don't have solid figures to back that up, just a rough guess. Your ground speed at landing, the moment, you touch the ground could be anywhere from that to zero depending on how you control your canopy. Understand that at zero airspeed (which in your question would equal zero ground speed) your sink rate might be pretty high or not, again depending on how YOU control your canopy.
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    fulltime skydiving

    Grab a tent and move to a DZ for the summer. Don't TELL anyone you want to work there, just jump. Build a reputation as a guy that ISN'T a flake. Jump camera for organized loads and post photos of those fun jumps on a blog so other people can see them. Get to know EVERYBODY, make enemies with NOBODY. Do NOT be a flake. Do not bust the beer line or swoop when and where you shouldn't. Be known as a guy that has the safety of folks in mind. Once people KNOW who you are and you've established you're not flake . . . talk to folks about jumping for profit.
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    Video software

    I'm sure you'll be getting completely unbiased responses in just a second, but have you researched what the facility you want to work at is using because I think that's really what matters.
  10. A Kindle can't just open a .pdf?
  11. It really depends on what your focus in the sport is going to be, but you probably haven't been around in the sport enough yet enough to know that. That said, on EVERY skydive you ever make there is one particular skill you absolutely must make use of -- landing your canopy. My suggestion is the first thing you do after going through your AFF course is to get basic canopy coaching and really learn to land that thing. What should you be doing now more than anything; saving your money. You're going to need a big bucket of it.
  12. "So whenever Jamie, Steven and I hang out with our other two friends, we CANNOT mention anything about skydiving." And why would you? My guess is that's really what they're reacting to; you probably sound to them as if you're telling them the same story over and over. Sure, from your point of view it's different, but to them, well, they've already heard it and had enough. You can probably go your entire life and never talk to a whuffo about your skydiving exploits and in general you'll be much better off if you do.
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    "Chute" animated short

    It's very nice.
  14. They will absolutely be (technically) different. With the exact same canopy if you change the wing loading (let's say you wore lead on one jump and not on another), the glide ratio remains constant, but the speed you would travel down that slope would be higher with the higher wing loading. So, does that mean if you changed the canopy to a smaller size but kept the wing loading exactly the same you'd get the same result? Not quite. It would be a different speed because you'd also changed the coefficient of drag because the lines are slightly different as well. This is known as a scaling issue. Would it really matter in the example you've given? Honestly, I don't think it would be a perceptible difference. Maybe some fraction of a mile per hour while going straight down a glide slope. That said, the two canopies WILL behave significantly different in turns also because of the line length with the smaller canopy being noticeably more "twitchy."
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    Contact Scott Smith at Perris. I think he's going to be the closest guy to you. You are going to need a LOT more experience to start though.