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  1. Tonto

    Smoke or clear goggles

    Eye contact is worth a great deal. Clear works better on a sunset load - especially if you get a hold. Not being able to see while skydiving is never cool. t
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    Chest strap and canopy flight

    I think these issues are unrelated. t
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    Why did you...

    I became a(n) Tandem Instructor because I wanted to work as a skydiver and needed multi-ratings. I never really liked the concept of Tandem, and found it made me dispondent that so many "That was the best thing I have EVER done!" people never, ever wanted to do it again. I felt like I was digging a trench that some invisible force was filling in behind me. Lots of work, money, no result. I'm no longer a Tandem instructor.(750 Tandems) AFF Instructor because I struggled as a student and wanted my students to learn a better way. Considering that some of my former students now mentor me in disiplines unheard of when I started jumping - the reward is massive. I love AFF. Nothing beats seeing that penny drop and watching someone really fly for the 1st time. (2100+ AFF dives) PRO because I wanted to do demos. I have done capacity 70 000 seat stadiums, and primary school fetes, and just about everything in between. Demo's take too long for me, and rob me of jump numbers. I no longer do demos, but maintain the rating and leave them to the professionals. (93 demo jumps) I have never wanted to be a rigger. There are no worse jobs in the world than being ground bound, packing and sewing. They can name their price, and I will pay it. My respect for them is huge, their responsibility emense. (I have 20 cutaways - so, Thanks! Again!) t
  4. Lets continue this discussion in one of these threads for swooping gear and use this one for GL.;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread;search_string=protection;#454969;search_string=protection;#2464313;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread t
  5. It would be more fair to say Polarised lenses don't work with instrumentation. While my neptune is affected by my polarised lenses, so is my Garmin GPS, and even the window tinting on my car shows up with polarisation. t
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    A weekend with Rolf Brombach

    Are you coming to Germany?
  7. Like it needs more energy to drive it down than a regular slider? t
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    closing pin scratched

    I don't think it's normal. I've had several rigs, some with 1000's of dives on them and have never noticed pin/grommet wear. Are the grommets stainless or brass? t
  9. Info needed. DOM of Harness DOM of Reserve DOM of Main No of repacks on Reserve No of uses of Reserve No of jumps on main No of jumps on lineset $2500 sounds a bit steep to me. Maybe $1000 for harness Maybe $500 for reserve Maybe $500 for main Edit to add - Is this the Peter Carides origionally from Zimbabwe? t
  10. Yup. Have a few things to do tonight, and will be there early tomorrow till Monday pm. t
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    UPS found my S6!!!

    Spread those legs, Steve! Congratulations on the new suit! Can't wait to fly with you! t
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    Javelin RSL Issue

    I think it's been very poorly handled. Most of the Javelin users at our DZ have just ignored it completely and left it for the rigging community to fight it out. t
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    effects of height and mass

    So... how many 160lb flying snakes, or squirrils are there? A. Zero It's easier to get smaller things to fly than bigger things. You can argue that as much as you like, but I think we all know it to be true. There are millions and millions of flying creatures that weigh under 1lb, and none - not one - that weighs over 45. Argue all you like. It won't change that. As for birds not being "particularly strong" well, I guess it depends on how you define strength. They can't bench press much, but then no Olympic weight lifter has flown across the channel under their own power. They seem strong enough to fly unaided, and I'm not strong enough to do that, so I think they're stronger than I am. t
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    Swoop pond?

    No. Currently there are "swoop ponds" at 3 SA DZ's, none of which are full time. Only one of these ponds meets any kind of international standard, the others being long, thin gutters in which to trail your foot. This thread covers some of the 1sts at the pond at JSC (;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread t
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    Opinions on this set up?

    What do you weigh? t
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    Sabre 2

    Far too many skydivers worry about what other people think. Jump your new Sabre 2. Learn what it needs to give you great flights and great landings. More than any other factor, it is the jumper who makes a canopy what it is. The Sabre 2/Safire 2/Pilot remain the benchmarks of their mid-range class. They are good for general jumping, wingsuits, intermediate swooping etc. Your profile doesn't list your jump numbers, and has a 245 sq ft Main. I hope a 135 is not the next step without an appropriate progression. Enjoy your new gear.
  17. Birds don't know all this shit. That's why they fly well. All the numbers and spreadsheets in the world don't make you fly. t
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    Getting my rig setup for a wingsuit

    So.. How long is your bridle? How big is your PC? The Safire 2 works well for wingsuit. I use a Safire 1, but my SO uses a Safire 2. Change the way you pack to "grommet-to-pin" as opposed to grommet to the bottom. Explore the corner mod. You say "Obviously I can't do much about my rig's corners.." Why is this obvious? Judging by your gear, you're a big guy and will be pulling a monster burble. I think get all the help you can. t
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    AFFI's.. would you let it go sooo far ?

    Well, a couple of things spring to mind. 1. What were their last dives like? 2. I see no decisive plan from the I to intercept and stabalise the student. (and in the 1st one, I think the 3 connections and no lock was pretty sad.) 3. It seems the student has only been told to arch, and not the "pull one arm in and roll out of bed" recovery from the stable on back position. Students CAN help themselves when given the skills. It appears to be pretty crappy work all round, but there are some students that have more tricks than any instructor ever will. The video never tells the whole story. (By the way, the roll on the second student at 1m41 sec looks staged. Were these eval dives?) t
  20. What's the worst that could happen? I've done some groundlaunching long, long ago. Mid 80's. The sides of mountains can be rough places to land. While GLing higher performance canopies is a relatively simple and rewarding practice, it's normally done in a place chosen for the landing area. That doesn't sound like what you're planning. t
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    Meniere's desease and skydiving

    For those, like me, who have no idea.. t
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    Home Dropzone

    My home is where I live, not where I was born. t
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    Starter Suit

    If you're going to buy a wingsuit, buy a wingsuit. The S Fly, Prodigy, GTI, Phantom and Firebird are all OK for 1st flights. If you're scared of a suit then PF make some mean tracking suits, or BM made the Impact. t
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    Wingsuit Qualifications

    Do you want to define "Qualifications"? Do you mean the ability to teach, or to fly? t
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    End of summer - summer success stories

    We're just starting summer here... But a former AFF student of mine from 5 years back placed 5th in Speed at the Canopy Piloting World Championships in Austria, and he was also a High Fiver during AFF! It's great to see how our students turn out. I love doing AFF! t