Tonto

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  1. Well.. clearly, if you've tried the one 3 times and it hasn't stuck.. maybe you should try the other. t It's the year of the Pig.
  2. That's why I posted my other canopies. I get a lot of people thinking 1.8 is too high and I should be jumping something docile. When I explain that my "normal" canopy is a Velo at 2.2 - a Safire at 1.8 is docile and conservative! I'd like to jump with my FX... but I have 20 chops already... and I like pulling a little lower since we only get 11000ft exit altitude. t It's the year of the Pig.
  3. Safire 109 @ 1,83. This is my big canopy. I use an FX 93 @ 2.15 for AFF and a Velo 90 at 2.22 for CP. My DZ is 5000ft AMSL. t It's the year of the Pig.
  4. Welcome dude! Few people break 50mph on their 10th flight! Looking forward to the Skills camp in 2 weeks, and then bigger stuff at the AFFC! r It's the year of the Pig.
  5. I would think so. If you rode that hesitation to impact, would you have died of a low pull/no pull, or failure to deal with a malfunction? t It's the year of the Pig.
  6. 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 It's the year of the Pig.
  7. Now this "Lady flier body" you refer to. If I measure a jumper - any jumper - and I send those measurements to any wingsuit manufacturer - I'd like to think they build a suit to fit that body. That's why I measured it, right? Then they'd put the wings on it, just like you do. So what's the point of a "lady flier?" t It's the year of the Pig.
  8. I know girls that are equal in all flight modes. What about your suits? For me, it's a lot like rock climbing. Girls bodies are different to boys bodies, but if they're really into climbing, the difference is small. What men gain in power, the women climbers I know make up for in technique. As I grow older, and consequently weaker, I find myself climbing more like a girl. The grades go up, I can climb longer and get less tired. Women's harnesses may have a different cut, but the rock they climb is the same as the mens, and it's the rock we're here for. Your suits may have a different cut, but the air they fly through is the same as the mens, and it's the air we're here for. I doubt your "ladyflier" will outfly your Mach 1. If you're building suits with less performance for women who have equal experience and physical capability, then I think thats condecending. t It's the year of the Pig.
  9. So they're equal in perfomance in all flight modes? t It's the year of the Pig.
  10. That may be good marketing for you, but I think it's condecending. Anyone can build the muscles to fly a suit better. t It's the year of the Pig.
  11. Yes. The Spectre is a 7 cell. Fewer ribs = Less fabric. And it's a brick. The Stilleto is an eliptical. Tapered trailing edge = Less fabric. And it's a brick. The Crossfire is an eliptical. Tapered leading and trailing edges = less fabric. And it's a brick. Since you posted the info from the mirage site - do you see a Sabre1/11 170 in there? I don't. In addition, main canopy size is only half the equasion which is why I asked for the reserve size. If a "like a brick" main is combined with a tight reserve packjob, with a cypres, at a 5000ft AMSL DZ, the rig may well be impossible to pack. (Parachutes pack bigger at altitude.) In short, it's not on the list you posted for a reason. Can you fit a Sabre 2 170 in a Mirage G3 M3? Yes. Is it a sensible, practical, safe, comfortable thing to do? No. t It's the year of the Pig.
  12. It's really just a 1 point 2 way. t It's the year of the Pig.
  13. Between you and Lowpull there's a quarter century experience and 12000+ skydives. Lets try and get along, shall we? t It's the year of the Pig.
  14. Several people have done this in the past. t It's the year of the Pig.
  15. Take the money you would spend on webbed gloves, and put it towards your own gear, or an alti, or an audiable, or a tracking dive and learn to track. I did a few 100 dives with webbed gloves in the early 90's while learning to skysurf, and doing some camera. Webbed gloves are bullshit. They'll do nothing for your track, and I'll bet within 50 jumps something will happen that will make you wish you never wore them. t It's the year of the Pig.
  16. What size is the reserve? I think you're going to end up with a very uncomfortable rig that may have less than perfect riser and pin protection because you're shoe horning canopies into it that it was never designed to take. The M3 is designed for PD canopies in about the 150 size max. t It's the year of the Pig.
  17. I think these issues are unrelated. t It's the year of the Pig.
  18. I'm in for 22 years with 5300 dives... so... 240 dives a year. I jump weekends only, so that's just about every weekend for 22 years, with the skipped weekends being weather or plane related. 3500 of my dives are from cessnas. I last skipped a calendar month in 1998, and the time before that was 1987. I averaged around 200 a year for the 1st 18 years, then moved up to 300+ a year since about 5 years ago. I'm pretty current now with 300 for the year so far and summer just starting.
  19. That's without gear. He should be taking pax in the 100lb range if all up weight is 450lbs. t It's the year of the Pig.
  20. I always consider travelling 1st, and my luck is generally not great. In 2004, I flew from South Africa to Eloy for 15 dives when I had budgeted for 40 due to bad weather. In an effort to spend that, I flew to LA and hired a car to Perris. I should have hired a U Boat. I did 1 dive at Elsinore. Total travel costs around $2000 for 16 dives... $125 per jump. In 2007 I went to Germany for the AN-72 boogie, again budgeting for around 40 dives. Travelling and accomodation were far more expensive in Europe. Crap weather again, so around $4200 for 13 skydives... $329 per jump. What made both trips worthwhile were the people I shared them with. I have a bunch of dives already, so more dives don't mean that much. Time with people who matter means much more. (And Africa is a long way from just about everywhere...) t It's the year of the Pig.
  21. The fact that you can't see the reason for this is part of the reason it's there. In South Africa, you need a PRO rating to jump a balloon... because... You can't steer a balloon. So when you get out at 6000ft (or whatever) and you're over a forrest, or a mountain, or a village, or a freeway etc.. you have the skill to deal with those situations. Your alti is set to where you took off, not where you are. If you can't judge the difference, you're in a bit of trouble. t It's the year of the Pig.
  22. According to Paralog, I have owned 32 complete systems. The most jumps on a single configuration (Main, reserve, harness) was 992. The rest, obviously less. t It's the year of the Pig.
  23. As others have said, I'm getting tired somewhere between 10 and 15 skydives. Generally after 12 I'm done and will only continue if there is demand, but still enjoy the dives. due to the fact that I'm a weekend only skydiver, if I do fewer than 6 dives in a day I have a simmering resentment of lost time, unless the weather is bad. If it is, and I manage only 1, that 1 was worth it. I think there's also a degree of "jump fitness" where we ride the emmotional/body drug cocktail/physiological/physical rollercoaster a little better than a student. Even hyper fit students can be shattered by jump 3. t It's the year of the Pig.
  24. Amazing isn't the way I'd describe it. t It's the year of the Pig.