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  1. dgw

    Great beginner canopy for new A license jumper?

    Agreed. I am very much pro RSL / MARD. However, people should arrive at their own informed view. My issue in that regard was that the coach was promoting the no-RSL rig as superior equipment, without at least covering the pros of RSL / MARD rigs.
  2. dgw

    Great beginner canopy for new A license jumper?

    They can be money well spent, but I sound a note of caution. I have attended on two occasions such courses in the UK by a known outfit. On one occasion, the advice for getting back from a long spot with a tail wind was to make oneself as large as possible so that the tail wind would push one more efficiently through the air. I challenged this and eventually prevailed, but only temporarily - by the next day, he had thought about it further and reverted to his former understanding. That advice has also been given by a well known diminutive coach, I am reliably informed by a former team mate. Secondly, attendees at the second course were encouraged to use ‘clean equipment’, by which he meant rigs with no RSL or MARD for reasons of getting stable etc, without at least acknowledging the potential pros and cons of both philosophies. For newer skydivers, this is poor practice. Caveat emptor, and those that fly with them.
  3. dgw

    Dropzone Site Launch & Bugs Megathread

    I note the same. I’ve used the site on desktop, mobile phone and tablet since the inception of the new site. All devices are fewer than 24 months old and are up to date on operating systems. On the iPad, and the windows computer, each time I click on a link, the secure site padlock disappears, there then follows a pause of a few or up to twenty seconds, and the ‘secure’ padlock reappears. As soon as the padlock appears, service is normally quick. I also miss the ‘how many new posts’ red number. That was the most useful part of the old presentation format in my opinion / usage. Many thanks for the effort put in to this.
  4. dgw

    Wings Vision

    Wings listened and they changed the reserve PC design. What about all of the legacy equipment? 6 years of new pilotchute does not cover off a large fleet of 6+ year old Wings containers in the field.
  5. His side flaps look pretty similar to the manual image to me. (I am not a rigger.)
  6. It doesn't have to be. You can use the 'alternative' method and have the kill line window visible.
  7. Folks, I thought this a better thread for the old school pioneers rather than Gear and Rigging. I am the current owner of a Strato Flyer (160 sq ft) in good condition, and I am currently planning on jumping it in a few weeks. I'm after any views on the canopy, flying / flaring / packing techniques, and the benefit of any other adive you might be able to offer (I have had the advice about not jumping it, booking the ambulance in advance, etc :-) ) I am planning on using a D-bag, which I am advised wasn't the norm, back in the day. Wing loading on the Strato Flyer = about 1.15. I have about 720 lobs, currently flying a Safire 2 169 and a Stiletto 170. Thanks, Darren
  8. dgw


    Here's an article from The Sunday Times. A relevant article. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2200250.html