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  1. Thanks heaps for your post. Interesting stuff! As soon as I get a moment I will do some more research and come back to you if I find anything. Cheers, Jumpalot
  2. Thanks all for the replies by the way. And... maybe the aircraft emissions are neglible, and it really doesn't make that much difference, but as Bob.Dino said, we are producing some emissions and should we not try to reduce or offset these in some way? As skydiving is a "luxury" sport for a very small percentage of fortunate people in the world, surely we are in a good position to try and do something about the emissions we are producing from our sport and in other areas (even if they are not actually that much). And what do you mean "who cares"? Do you like jumping over Perris through a thick cloud of industrial haze? (OK, it is not caused by skydiving, but by humans in general). Or would you rather see the ground? I won't begin on rates of fuel consumption as this is maybe a slightly different topic (consumption as opposed to emissions). However, wouldn't it be nice to find an alternative to oil for jump planes? We can all see that the supply is getting less, the price is rising, and in 10-20 years skydiving could be an even more expensive and exclusive sport... maybe not feasible for a large % of us??? Approx. 6 years ago you could jump in AZ for $10. I don't see many of those deals around anymore. Anyway, I love jumping, and want to keep it going for as long as possible with as minimum impact as possible ;-)))) Ciao, Jumpalot
  3. Fair enough. But having grown up in New Zealand I would say that sheep farts don't seem to be posing many pollution problems!! I guess all the wind just blows it all away... or perhaps even still we don't have that many sheep?? Ciao, Jumpalot
  4. Agreed! That is why I would like to try and minimise my impact! Ciao, Jumpalot
  5. Hi, I like to consider myself a relatively environmentally conscious person, particularly considering the current and future problems of climate change and all the rest. I recycle whenever possible, get public transport to work, use re-useable containers... etc. HOWEVER, as you can imagine, I have a minor problem justifying skydiving when it comes up in such environmentally concerned conversations given that one spends all day going up and down in an aeroplane. This is not even beginning on inter-continental trips one makes to go to a cheaper dropzone. I have tried to hug a few trees to see what they think but haven't yet got much positive feedback. So, does anybody know: - The approx. carbon emissions of a "normal" jump plane? ie. Porter, Dornier G92, Twin Otter... - How these compare to travelling on a commercial airplane? - What would be the best way to offset the effects of jumping? - If it is an appropriate solution, how many trees (or relative donations to an environmentally good cause) you would need to plant to offset the cost of let's say 100 jumps / year? Thanks in advance for your help. Ciao, Jumpalot
  6. Hi all, So, if I understand you all correctly, this year if a French or German or any EU jumper wants to jump both in their home country & the UK (ie. enough so that a temporary membership would not cover them), they would have to pay 75 euros to allow them to jump in the UK? Thanks in advance for your clarification. Cheers, Jumpalot
  7. Hi, Out of around 1350 jumps in total (nearly all freefly), I have approx. 300+ jumps with the Bobster Roadhog. I have approx. 600+ jumps with the G101. Both are from Sport RX. Check the below link for a detailed description of their models. http://www.sportrx.com/search_results.asp?type=sport&sport=skydiving In my opinion, for sure prescription goggles are the way to go!!! Much easier to use than contacts and no hassles with breaking your glasses or trying to work out the goggle-glasses combo. The Bobster Roadhog is a good one to go for as you have a much wider choice of frame and lens colour. Ciao, Jumpalot
  8. Hi All, Just a quick question for those UK jumpers out there. I will be moving to the UK this summer. Not sure where exactly, but somewhere in the general region. Anyway, from what I can see, it seems really expensive to jump in the UK? Or, is this just the public face and once you get in it is actually cheaper? Are there any secrets? I mean, £18-20 relates to on.about 27-30 euro, which makes it 6-8 euro more expensive than the rest of Europe... for each jump! And this is not including any federation or dropzone fees... So, any insiders on this one? Or is just expensive? I have met a couple of UK jumpers in the past who never actually jumped in the UK, so I guess this could be the reason... Thanks in advance for your help & advise... Ciao, Jumpalot
  9. Just a quick poll on a "theoretical" question folllowing discussion at the bar the other night... If your Reserve was coming up for it's next pack cycle, would you be comfortable to intentionally cut away your perfectly good main so that you could ride the Reserve? The above question assumes that you can be right above the dropzone and would have no risk of losing any equipment: eg. main, freebag... etc. It also assumes that you would have enough altitude to safely to so. In other words, do you trust your Reserve enough to ride it intentionally without a 3rd parachute (as is done during tests from what I understand...). Remember, this is a "theoretical" question. Why you would actually do so is for another poll...
  10. Hi Murps, Thanks for taking the time to answer to my question. It is appreciated!! (more than simply one word remarks... as they say, there is no such thing as a stupid question... only a stupid answer!! Ever wonder why you are taught these things at kindergarten??). Anyway, I am getting off the topic a bit... Understood that planing out on your final base leg would really increase the riser pressure... but what if you were to release this pressure by popping your canopy up a bit just before you entered your final turn?? This could give you extra height & more forward & downward momentum... maybe? Just a thought... for those who would like to take the time to discuss it... maybe I should go & do a high hop'n'pop again to try... as soon as winter breaks... Ciao, Jumpalot
  11. Hi, Just a theoretical question related to this topic. To get the longest swoop, wouldn't you be better off doing two swoops?? (assuming you have the space to do it?). That is, do one swoop at your normal starting altitude for your final swoop (ie. planing out & surfing at xx ft)... and then carry all that speed into your final swoop to come in for landing?? Or even pop into over to get a lot of downwards momentum into your turn? Obviously it would be difficult to judge... but, just food for thought. Ciao Jumpalot
  12. Hi All, Thanks for your help. Just getting into landing with the rear riser input... so I guess triple risers are out then!! Have it good, Ciao Jumpalot
  13. Hi, Am looking to buy a new container... had some friends a while back who raved about Triple risers? What's the consensus?? Thanks, Jumpalot
  14. Hi Frenchy, Thanks for the advise. Good idea. Ciao, Jumpalot
  15. Hi, This is maybe a stupid question. Sorry in advance. But I am thinking of buying a new rig, a Mirage (the best!!). I have seen in various places advertised: - The Mirage G4 - The Mirage G4.1 Is there a difference, if any?? Thanks for your help. Ciao Jumpalot