johnny1488

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  • Main Canopy Size
    74
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    149
  • Reserve Canopy Other
    Icarus Reserve
  • AAD
    Cypres 2

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  • Home DZ
    The Ranch, NY
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    25453
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    12600
  • Years in Sport
    18
  • First Choice Discipline
    Swooping
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    2000
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Freeflying
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    1700

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  • IAD
    Instructor
  • Tandem
    Instructor
  • USPA Coach
    Yes
  • Pro Rating
    Yes
  • Rigging Back
    Senior Rigger

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  1. johnny1488

    TX2

    I have around 1500 jumps on 330 and 365 TX2s after over 10,000 on original Icarus tandems. This canopy is the best I’ve ever flown. Openings are long, but we’ll worth it. I jump the steep trim models, and I don’t get stuck in the air. Super responsive, powerful flare, just a joy to work with. The only downside is it’s tough to stand up in no wind, but with the slightest clean breeze it’s really nice. Looking forward to my next 10,000 tandems with these canopies.
  2. johnny1488

    More than 10.000 tandem jumps

    Just found this thread, and you get to add me :) John Kieran from The Ranch Johnny --"This ain't no book club, we're all gonna die!" Mike Rome
  3. johnny1488

    Tandems and the big "O".

    1 out of about 5000. All harness. and g force, that she asked for. Johnny --"This ain't no book club, we're all gonna die!" Mike Rome
  4. johnny1488

    Conflicting advice from 2 S&TAs

    Yeah, what could go wrong with an inexperienced jumper wearing a camera besides a snag? http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=4219281%3Bsb%3Dpost_latest_reply%3Bso%3DASC%3Bforum_view%3Dforum_view_collapsed%3Bguest%3D82134154 Johnny --"This ain't no book club, we're all gonna die!" Mike Rome
  5. johnny1488

    Mirage and skyhook

    Well you can always talk about rigging errors, but then again a rigger could hook up your reserve slinks wrong too. A rigger should be competent enough to do the job, but we all know that is no guarantee. I've seen freebags come back after a cutaway with the seal thread still intact on the skyhook, but with what appears to be enough slack to allow the red lanyard to pass off the hook. Is that design or rigging or some unmeasurable combination of both? The end result is the skyhook in no way guarantees a faster reserve deployment, and a lot of jumpers treat it as it does. Even if it does work, at best it saves about 1 second and about 100-200 feet. And for those of you that say that could be the difference between life or death, that jumper would have had to made the decision to cutaway really low to have that be the case. And then who is to blame? Bill Booth for not making the skyhook perfect?Or the jumper making piss poor altitude decisions and relying on a backup device to save them. Pull and pray! Johnny --"This ain't no book club, we're all gonna die!" Mike Rome
  6. johnny1488

    Mirage and skyhook

    Do you want the ambient temperature and the load number the jumper was on? I don't know how to give the specifics you want over the Internet. Suffice to say I have seen the p/c "win the race" over the red lanyard on not only tandem and sport rigs, but on a upt 3 canopy setup. Johnny --"This ain't no book club, we're all gonna die!" Mike Rome
  7. johnny1488

    Mirage and skyhook

    One specific case was and intentional cutaway on upt's rig. Just a normal rsl deployment. Then Greg wrapped the seal thread a few more times on the repack. Others were random tandem and sport cutaways I have witnessed. It worked more than it didn't, but I've seen it function as a regular rsl numerous times. Johnny --"This ain't no book club, we're all gonna die!" Mike Rome
  8. johnny1488

    Mirage and skyhook

    And if you are pointing to the chicago incident as a recommendation for a skyhook, you have no idea how they work. HAd that been a normal RSL, the jumper in question would have most likely had 2 canopies out, as opposed to having one half of his main cutaway. He could just as easily have died as a result of that incident, it was pure luck and not engineering that allowed him to survive. Johnny --"This ain't no book club, we're all gonna die!" Mike Rome
  9. johnny1488

    Mirage and skyhook

    I think thats what you meant to say, If you know the skyhook you know it is no guarantee. I have seen it fail to "skyhook" plenty of time when rigged properly. It as actually only an RSL. It is a reserve static line. How it functions is a bit different, but it is still only an RSL. As with all RSLs, they are backup devices , not to be relied on. Johnny --"This ain't no book club, we're all gonna die!" Mike Rome
  10. johnny1488

    Mirage and skyhook

    I am sure I will set off some alarms here, but buy the rig you like because of the rig, not marketing. All the main rigs on the market today have RSLs available. Thats all a skyhook or a drx is, is an RSL. Far too many new jumpers but far too much weight in the "skyhook" as far as safety goes. Educate yourself on the systems, you will see that a regular RSL will serve the purpose just fine. If you decide on a rig that offers a skyhook, then by all means get one if it makes you feel good, but I would strongly recommend not excluding a rig because it does not offer an over engineered rsl. Johnny --"This ain't no book club, we're all gonna die!" Mike Rome
  11. johnny1488

    For the TI's, Why do you do it?

    I think you meant to say "and the drouge WAS thrown while the pair was on its side to gain stability. " Im sure he didnt have to, flying is always an option. As for why I do it, I love it and it pays the bills. Johnny --"This ain't no book club, we're all gonna die!" Mike Rome
  12. johnny1488

    Pax harness MLW adjustment before exit

    The best solution I have for that is to run your rig longer. The longer the rigs mlw, the higher the student sits. I put the chest strap just under my throat under canopy. The new sigma harness is almost all the way out when I jump it. It's way more comfortable then having it jacked up on my back. I like my sport rig tight but my tandem loose (long). It's a tool for me to get the job done. There no reason you can't adjust the harness correctly (being able to arch but also be completely safe) and have a great landing. The sigma harness makes it super easy to have the students legs up when done properly. Never low on me. I'm 6' and have landed students as tall as 6'9" with no problem. Plus the fat chicks. Can't forget about them! Johnny --"This ain't no book club, we're all gonna die!" Mike Rome
  13. johnny1488

    Tandem Landing Tips

    What he said. But seriously, its all about harness. Landing technique is up to the individual, but as far as i'm concerned, there is only one way to harness, the right way. RTFM. Johnny --"This ain't no book club, we're all gonna die!" Mike Rome
  14. johnny1488

    what would happen if ...

    The only time I was tought to go out of sequence was a jumper entanglement with a deployed drouge, which was rsl, cutaway, release drouge. Its to get you away from the mess, and give the jumper a fighting chance. Now this could be the most avoidable of all tandem problems, but we try to think of every scenario. Johnny --"This ain't no book club, we're all gonna die!" Mike Rome
  15. johnny1488

    tandem canopy size

    Probably that they can make a jump. We tell our students we take up to 225. Anything over that we say there is no guarantee they will make a jump. We routinely take up to 240-250. Anything over that, there is only one or 2 instructors that can take them. Johnny --"This ain't no book club, we're all gonna die!" Mike Rome