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  1. What do you guys think? Theres a couple of final small revisions to be made but this is pretty much it . BTW my book is also on sale for a couple of days so check it out!
  2. +1. the only thing i'd have to add is if you want something more "fun" and responsive, you could go with a slightly smaller canopy to get the wing loading down around 1:1. but only if you feel comfortable with that with your experience level. you may be able to rent from your local DZ and try the different canopy sizes and see how differently wingloading specs can fly. that way you'd have a great idea of what exactly you want before you bite the bullet on a new main.
  3. downplane is a CRW term, unless of course you've got your main and reserve out at the same time, in which case you can pretty much kiss your ass goodbye if you cant clear the main, but to answer your question, no i wouldnt worry about it. just wait until you fly an aggressive canopy with a high wingloading. then you'll see it shoot down, to the sides, and just basically go ape shit until it (hopefully) clears up. lol.
  4. DO NOT BUY A SKYDIVING RIG WITH A CREDIT CARD!! I did this when i started skydiving many moons ago, and ended up with over 9k in credit card debt. however, i defaulted on the card as there was no way i could make the payments, and then paid 2k to clear the balance 4 years later, and my credit score is now back up to where it was pre-purchase. so I guess on second thought, if you're cool with having a credit score in the sub 400s for a few years and settling for a fraction of the amount that you spent, and waiting a few more years for your credit to recover, then it works out. LOL.
  5. so are there any freefliers there too? i mean, i like crw alot but i'd be kind of iffy with 4 ways. i've been out of the sport for about a year, i'm sure i'll get the hang of it quickly again but still. i mostly did 2 ways just goofing around doing stacks and stuff like that. i'm not a pro crw'er by any means. lol.
  6. yeah billy vance told me that you would probably take me under your wings.. that sucks that they are closing though. looks like i'd be out of luck if that happened, there's no way i could afford driving all the way to skydive san marcos on a regular basis. skydive temple on the other hand is only like 15 mins away. i'll probably try to come out this weekend some time just to say hi if the weather is decent.
  7. Seeing as i'll be here in Temple for the time being, i figured i've taken a long enough hiatus from jumping. its been a little over a year now, but feels like yesterday that i hung it all up. i'm planning on going out to sdt to get recertified and start jumping again. any freefliers out there? i was doing mainly sitflying before, and dabbled a little in head down but am nowhere near proficient in that. also have done some CRW with biplanes, downplanes and things of that nature. anywhoo, i'm sure some people will still remember me, which is fine. i'm just hoping this time to avoid most of the drama. so, Skydive temple people, dont be shy, speak up!
  8. billy.. yeah i actually replied in the other thread about the dwr 2005 thing, i'll be going. i'm jumping again these days. somewhere. wooooooo.
  9. hi jenn! its been a while. yeah i was just curious as to what he'd been up to.. we had some good times hangin out and jumpin at the dz
  10. i dont know his last name, but he used to jump at skydive houston, a base/crw jumper.. very cool wacky guy.. last i heard he was working in Kansas. just wondered what happened to that guy.
  11. well thats what i did.. i moved. the rigger that i trust is a person i hang out with all the time, or used to when i lived in houston, anyway. and play nice tim. i'm sure/i know you've done your share of stupid things. i know it was stupid and irresponsible, but i mean.. i dont feel the need to do it again. i just wanted to see what it was like, and now that i know, its all good. *shrugs* its not like i'm gonna turn into one of the old timers at sdh that pulls reserve every pack job. (or at least back in the day) in any case, i got into sportbikes and the adrenaline rush from that is quite a bit more then skydiving, and also dont have to deal with a bunch of bleeding hearts. But, since some of the greatest times of my life were skydiving, i will always want to return to it. i know the odds are i'll probably never fit in at a DZ again but hey i guess thats what i get for being a crazy "knucklehead"
  12. actually i know quite a few crew dogs that do intentionals.. they're just smarter then me and didnt talk about it. but its all good.. i learned my lesson. They do? Any crew dogs out there what to confirm this.? Sparky I'm not aware of any crwdogs that do intentional chops before a repack or any other time. We use our reserves too often as it is. Getting through a full reserve cycle is a good thing. Bob