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  • Main Canopy Size
    120
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    126
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    Cypres 2

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    Skydive Spaceland/Ogden/Mesquite/Kansas
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    D
  • License Number
    26355
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    1400
  • Years in Sport
    11
  • First Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Freefall Photography

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  1. I'd say that's hardly a functional website. It's about as useful as a football bat. Blues, Nathan If you wait 'til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.
  2. He may not be referring to manufacturers that are "currently" building rigs. Eclipse comes to mind. Blues, Nathan If you wait 'til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.
  3. Perhaps, but...... it is entirely possible to leave the plane 100% healthy and become incapacitated due to a collision with the plane or another skydiver or, or, or....... It is still worthwhile to think through the situation. If one hand is incapacitated being prepared to cross-pull can make the difference. So there's two forms of mitagation here, 1. sitting out if not physically capable, 2. preparing for situations with contingency training/thinking. Both are good forms of mitigation. Blues, Nathan If you wait 'til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.
  4. I was there the day of this incident and got to see the rig up close and personal after the incident. I can't remember all the details, but I do remember that there was evidence (wear on the RSL and main riser) that this had been happening for some time. This led me to believe that the reserve pin was slowly pulled a little at a time over a few jumps. He had made 3 or 4 that day if I recall correctly. If he had simply pin-checked the reserve pin, not just the main pin (as many only check main), he may have realized that something wasn't right as the reserve pin was displaced. This is speculation on my part, but I'm pretty convinced a check on the reserve pin and putting two and two together would've told him there was a problem with the RSL routing. At first some thought the RSL was too short, but the wear points indicated otherwise. Lesson learned: Check reserve pin, not just main pin. It all counts and it all matters! Blues, Nathan If you wait 'til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.
  5. Do you realize that this thread is about LAST year's boogie and nobody has posted in it for a year.....until now? You may want to look for the thread where they're talking about THIS year's boogie.....just sayin'..... Here's the link for ya. http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=4132094;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread Blues, Nathan If you wait 'til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.
  6. Personally, I think the Safire2 opens too slow and too soft. I think there is also some inconsistency over how many feet that occurs from one jump to the next. I much prefer a canopy that opens consistently and quicker (not hard, just quicker) than the Safire2. To me the Pilot openings are the ideal opening for any canopy. I wish every canopy opened that way, abruptly but not hard, on opening, and consistent. As for bottom end, I simply cannot believe that some are claiming the Safire2 has more. That is totally not my experience. The Safire2 I jumped, wingloaded at about 1.3 at the time, had less bottom end, or flare power of any canopy I've ever jumped, except a T-10 if you're gonna count that. They were close though!
  7. There's a link on the classifieds home page for buyer scams There's also an entire forum here Security and Scam Alerts You should check these out before selling on the classifieds. They may save you headaches and/or money. Basically, the scenario you mention is quite commonplace and easy to spot. Some will tell you to mess with them and lead them on. I prefer to not even contact them. They don't have your email address until you respond to their notification. Their notification, sent by DZ.com, is usually a tipoff that they are a scammer. I've posted here with some tips on what to look for from a scammer. But please do report the user to abuse@dropzone.com so other users don't have to deal with the same scammer along the way. edit: fixed a link Blues, Nathan If you wait 'til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.
  8. And how much do you suppose he'll pay his lawyers to (maybe) collect what sounds like a few hundred bucks? I'm gonna guess totally not worth the time, money, and effort. Of course he may win a judgment for legal fees. Then he's got to squeeze more blood out of the turnip. Personally I'd consult the tax preparer on how to write it off on taxes and cut my losses at that. Then again, I'm not an attorney so what do I know? Blues, Nathan If you wait 'til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.
  9. What's the call? 3 minutes? I can get it done! Blues, Nathan If you wait 'til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.
  10. Ok, to me that is very honorable and I applaud that approach. To me, that's good old-fashioned loyalty, perhaps at the expense of a little profit. Loyalty is worth that price, IMHO. I still don't like the certificates in general and I certainly wouldn't recommend anybody actually pay money for one. Not just UPT....all of them.....at least the ones I've seen. Blues, Nathan If you wait 'til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.
  11. With your own statement of what you're kind of looking at out of a canopy and how you fly, I'd definitely recommend a Pilot. IMO, they are VERY similar to a Stiletto and would be a great transition from the Pilot to the Stiletto. You mentioned harness turns. When you get an aggressive eliptical canopy, it will be MUCH more responsive to input from the harness. You can pile yourself into the ground on a Stiletto with a harness turn if you're not careful. Anyway, back to the pilot. To me it flies very similar to a Stiletto, but has even better openings....and I love the way Stilettos open, so even better than that. They are toggle responsive, much more so than a Sabre1 or 2. They have a short recovery arc similar to the stiletto. It is a slightly tapered or "semi-elliptical" canopy (without getting into the discussion of what term means what), in other words, it's not as radically tapered or elliptical as the Stiletto. They have become VERY popular for good reason and are easy to find in all sizes and easy to sell in all sizes. They are not only popular for less experienced jumpers, there are many jumpers with 1000s of jumps that LOVE their Pilots...again, for good reason. The downside is that they will cost a little more than the canopies you mentioned. But that too has an upside, you'll get more out of it if/when you sell it too. Again, talk to your instructors. But my vote is now for the Pilot based on what you said you want from your canopy and the way you fly. I think that's quite a few Pilot votes........ Edit: There are currently 4 Pilot 132s and 2 Pilot 140s listed on the classifieds. Some of them are in complete rigs so you'd have to ask the seller if they'd sell just the main....or maybe you want the rig, I don't know. Anyway, they're out there. Blues, Nathan If you wait 'til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.
  12. That's fine. If that's your policy, that's your policy. My contention all along is that the factory discount tickets are rarely worth anything at all. I wouldn't advise anybody to pay $10 for the typical 30% off base price ones you see everywhere. That was my original point. I definitely would recommend (in most cases) that an individual throw that certificate in the trash and go see a dealer. They'll probably spend less in the process anyway. Most of the certificates I've seen merely get you back to roughly what you'd pay a dealer anyway. So why not support your local dealer? I certainly would. I have trashed two such certificates myself. I have more scruples than to try and screw somebody for $300 or $200 or whatever for something that's not going to do them any good. They're rarely a good deal at all. Of course I still don't understand why UPT would object to transferring the coupon. But that's fine. If I ever win one, I'll be glad to just put it in the trash.....or have a ceremonial burning....or use it for target practice....or something else, who knows? Edit: By the way, by "voiding" a coupon, you're essentially opening a potentially locked in customer to the open field of all the other manufacturers. In other words, guy is looking for a rig, has a couple manufacturers in mind, comes across a buddy that has a coupon that seems like a good deal, coupon gets voided, guy decides he likes manufacturer X better anyway. A rig you could have sold just went out the window. Was that considered in your "non-transferrable" policy? Just seems like really poor business sense to me. And this to avoid somebody else making a few bucks on the transfer? If you're supporting the gear dealers by this policy, that's honorable. If you're taking a hit and realizing it to support the dealers, I applaud you. If this is solely a business decision, I recommend a new look at the sales department. Again, I'm not a fan of the certificates anyway. But I find this interesting that UPT would take such a stand. Sounds to me like you may have lost potential customers in the past over it. But whatever......Great rigs by the way! Especially the Sigmas! But across the board, great rigs! Blues, Nathan If you wait 'til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.
  13. So is a condition of the certificate that the owner can never sell the rig they obtain? Seems like that's essentially what's happening by transferring the certificate. Just passing the certificate instead of the rig. If that is the condition, and it was even remotely enforceable (which it's not), then the certificate isn't worth the paper it's printed on in my opinion. Here's a coupon that will get you back to a dealer's price, but you can never sell the rig......um, no thanks. Sounds to me like that really hasn't been thought through with any common sense applied. Then again, it's just my opinion. Blues, Nathan If you wait 'til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.
  14. Besides the fact that they're all old, they're all very different. I have experience on all three. My answer is it depends on what you're looking for out of your canopy. I had a Jedei 136. Every opening an adventure! For some reason during sub terminal openings it slammed me every time. I had a pocket slider on it and Brian Germaine did a reline with longer "swoop" lineset on it. It was a good canopy. It does have a longer recovery arc. It is also airlocked so it is a rigid wing in flight and it doesn't want to collapse on the ground which can be a pain on windy days. You can pick one up cheap if you can find one but they're difficult to sell if you ever want to. By the way, the Samarai is what developed from the Jedei and they are very similar in characteristics, but the Smarai is more modern and has some of the "bugs" worked out. The Stiletto is still one of the great canopies out there if it suits the performance characteristics you're looking for. It has a very short recovery arc. It is very toggle responsive, i.e., turns fast. That sometimes leads to inexperienced jumpers piling themselves into the ground if you "reach" with a toggle on landing. It is great for getting back from long spots and I love the way they open although they can be sporty sometimes too. The Sabre I was a good canopy for it's time, but I just think it's time has run out. I would recommend a Sabre2 or a Spectre if that's the route you're going. Finally, talk to your instructors. They know better than anybody here how you fly and land and can make a recommendation. I am certainly not doing that. I am merely giving you my perceptions on these canopies. Somebody else will have to steer you in the right direction. Blues, Nathan If you wait 'til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.
  15. Personally, I think that's a great idea. I think Wendy's idea is fantastic. Sometimes people hold onto questions because they are embarrassed to ask. That would be a way to get them out there. But you're right. Sometimes they don't know what they don't know. I think a combination would be a great idea. You might see developing trends or get ideas as a class like this develops. Be open to addressing concerns as they arise. Hope it works out well for you! Blues, Nathan If you wait 'til the last minute, it'll only take a minute.