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  1. bob.dino

    Skydiving in Australia

    All those options kinda suck for jumping. Canberra's probably your best option - 2hrs to Picton and 2hrs to Moruya. That said, if you're only coming to Oz for a couple of months, living in a country town like Wagga would be very different. Block 5 in the 8-way pool used to be called Wagga Wagga. All the Charles Sturt campuses you mention are in mid-sized countrry towns. Remember that Australia is the size of the USA, but with 23m people. Western NSW is pretty sparsely populated.
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    Australian Nationals?

    There's a thread on
  3. bob.dino

    Simple video - pick it apart...

    How heavy are you? With the wings on your suit it's going to be difficult to put your arms into a modern mantis-type position. Every time the wings catch air, they're going to drag your upper arms above your shoulders.
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    Nikon D90 - Shoots Video

    [url]Another review[/url]. Limitations: 5 minutes of continuous HD recording. No autofocus while recording.
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    canopy course

    Yes. If you're coming from Singapore, contact [url]Skydive Express[/url] (York, outside Perth, WA, Australia). Cameron Rolfe and Matt Harris both run courses there regularly.
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    Canopy Suggestions?

    I'm not sure there's much out there that toggle-turns as fast as a Diablo. Maybe a Stiletto? ...but I wouldn't recommend a 135 elliptical to anyone with 160 jumps.
  8. You could carry less clothes or pay the excess baggage charge. If you've got too much stuff, you've got too much stuff .
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    Help Please!! Sabre 170 (sabre 1 not 2)

    I've seen quite a few Sabre150s loaded about 1.3-1.4, so I'd be very surprised if you had issues with it blowing up.
  10. bob.dino

    Glide path

    It's an arc, not an arch. As to your question, it depends on a) the canopy, b) your wingloading, and c) your speed. A & B) On a Spectre 190 loaded at 0.8 it may climb without any input. A Velocity loaded at 2.2 will smack you into the ground and kill you. Most canopies are somewhere in between. C) Speed equals lift - the faster you're going the more the canopy will want to recover and the more effect your inputs will have.
  11. bob.dino

    Skydiving at 16

    Do a search (there's a "Search Posts" link above). Specific dropzones have been listed in previous discussions. IIRC, one is in Tennessee.
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    You're an asshole.
  13. bob.dino

    checking lines

    Not if it's Spectra. However, it's a Vengeance 135 we're talking about, isn't it? I'm fairly sure Vengeances come with Vectran rather than Spectra lines. Vectran doesn't really go out of trim. It does wear and break though... ...and for the record, I reline around the 450-500 jump mark. Others with more experience than I can tell you exactly how to check if Vectran lines are new or not, but personally I'd look at the lower brake lines, where they will be rubbing through the riser ring. It should be pretty obvious if the lines have 6 or 600 jumps on them.
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    maylasia/asia itinerary

    I can't speak for jumping, but there's load for tourists to do in Thailand. Chiang Mai, up North, is a great place to learn to cook Thai properly or to take a 2-5 day guided trek through the hills. I went with the Banana Guesthouse crew. Excellent time. Bangkok is smelly, noisy, and everyone is trying to rip you off. Or so I found . Down South there's loads of pretty islands, both in the Gulf of Thailand and in the Indian Ocean. Phuket and Ko Samui are probably the two biggest places for lying on beaches, doing some scuba, and drinking too much. I've never been to Indonesia, though Bali is a huge tourist destination for drunk Aussies.
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    Do a Search. The issue has been discussed to death, and reasons for the lifetime have been put forward.
  16. bob.dino

    Any dropzones in the south of France?

    [url]Map of French dropzones[/url].
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    Paratec NEXT service bulletin???

    The [url]APF Service Bulletin page[/url] has a note from Paratec dated July 2006 about the installation of AADs. It mentions nothing about moving the cutter. [url]Read it here (pdf)[/url].
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    Good Helmets

    Two brands often recommended are [url]Cookie[/url] and [url]Bonehead[/url]. I've no personal experience with Bonehead, but I can recommend Cookie without reservation.
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    Jeb Corliss photos needed

    Why not just ask him? His contact information is readily available.
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    Dive Pool unchanged

    ...and we're back in France for 2008!
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    Amanda Kemp on the Chris Evans Show

    18:45 UK time on Jan 19 is: 05:45 on Jan 20 in Sydney 10:45 on Jan 19 in California 13:45 on Jan 19 in New York.
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    Pilot 168 slider dimensions

    Why don't you just email Aerodyne and ask them?
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    Free-fall communication systems ?

    [url]Here you go[/url].
  24. bob.dino

    Jumping in Ireland

    Not really. The nearest major town is Kildare, to which you could get either a [url]train[/url] or [url]bus[/url]. Based on the [url]website[/url], it's about 20km in a taxi to Clonbullogue. It might be easier to email or call the IPC and see if there's someone that can give you a lift.
  25. Canopies are sold without risers - risers & dbag are part of the container.