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  1. jheadley

    Will a 150 fit in a Javelin Odyssey size J4K?

    I've had a Sabre 2 150 in my J4k for 600 jumps now.
  2. I drive 3 hours, passing by two other turbine dz's.
  3. jheadley

    cypress2 4year

    yep I sent one off a few weeks ago and got it back and they did it to that one.
  4. It's actually a clever question... I haven't heard that one yet. When skydivers talk about altitude, they always talk about altitude above the ground, (AGL), not over sea level. Say a dz that is at sea level advertises 13,500 foot jumps, well they'll actually go to 13,500 feet above sea level. A dropzone at 2000 feet above sea level that advertises 13,500 foot jumps would actually go to 15,500 feet above sea level.
  5. jheadley

    First Rig Options

    A dolphin is a great first container. It's basically the same as a Javelin, without all the bells and whistles. It's simple, not too pretty, and doesn't have all the fancy stuff on it like other rigs, but it's cheap, and it works. After a few hundred jumps or so when you have a better idea what you want in a container, you can then get one of the expensive fancy ones custon built to you, but for just starting out a used dolphin would suit you very well.
  6. Just search for "21829". if you include the first parts, the search comes up negative.
  7. jheadley

    Spectre 150 in Odyssey TJNK?

    I asked sunpath that question once, they said no. I've never tried it myself, though.
  8. jheadley

    Reserve repack 120th day jump-able?

    Feb 18 is good, Feb 19, it's expired.
  9. jheadley

    First solo jump!

    Very nice story, congratulations
  10. jheadley

    Alt-2 Service

    I sent my neptune away to get a cracked screen replaced. Less than 2 weeks later, I had it back and they gave me free neptune armor and a new battery. Good service.
  11. jheadley

    Two rings? Three rings? *Five* rings?

    I've been wondering this myself. I *think* the reason 2 rings weren't used would be because the mechanical advantage would be too little, and more than 3 were not necessary, because when the 3 ring release was designed, people were jumping very large canopies that wouldn't spin very fast, which made the cutaway force low. In today's times, with very fast spinning canopies and high cutaway forces, I've often thought that a "4 ring release" may help. However with everyone using mini-risers, there'd really be no way to fit another ring onto the system unless you make all the rings bigger, which is not cool looking, so skydivers won't do it. Going back to just the large 3 rings would probably give you the same mechanical advantage. Does anyone know, or know a way for me to calculate the true mechanical advantage (through a mathematical formula or a hands on test) of the 3 ring release? I read in the Poynter's manual that each ring is a 10:1 ratio, and then the white loop is 2:1, so a 200:1 total, but I'm assuming that's only true for the original large 3 rings. Also apparently the Advance Tandem by Basik does use 4 rings.
  12. jheadley

    Comedy of Errors

    Honestly everything you said is actually pretty normal, except the landing 4 miles off... Were you spotting? I did pretty much all those things as a student, except fall off the step, however I do know a few people with hundreds of jumps, and in one case, someone with almost 5,000 jumps who fell off the step of a cessna. So don't fret about the little things.
  13. USPA rule for currency is 30 days for students. You have to jump at least once every 30 days to stay current. How uncurrent you are and what kind of recurrency you do is dropzone dependant. For example if you haven't jumped in 40 days, the dropzone may make you repeat your last jump. If you hadn't jumped in 60 days, the dropzone may make you go back a level, etc.
  14. jheadley

    newbie canopy control

    well, since it's been 30 minutes and nobody has said it yet... The best advice is to ask your instructors.
  15. jheadley


    I took advantage of HiPer's free demo program and tried out a Nitro 135. I originally requested a 150 but Beezy explained to me that they fly a size big so I tried a 135. I'm not really sure if I believe it really flies big though. The stall speed is definitely much lower, and the canopy will shut down to a complete stop on even a no wind day, but I think a 135 sized canopy that "flies big" would still slam you into the groud just as much as a normal 135 if an accidental low turn were made, so be cautious with your downsizing if you try one. Anyway, the demo 135 that was suppose to be sent to me ended up being bought by the person demoing it, so beezy sent me a brand new 135 right out of the factory, never been jumped. The material that the canopy is made out of is different from most, it's more "waxy" than it is slippery, and it's VERY easy to pack even when brand new. The lines were black HMA lines, which I liked and didn't like. I understand the tiny little lines decrease drag but since I'm not a super-swooper they didn't really matter to me. The non-cascaded lines make it very easy to replace lines, but they also make making clean line stows more difficult and the lines seemed to like to knot up when walking the lines up while packing, which got me worried about tension knots but I have since learned that that is not the same as a tension knot in the air. The slider kill line system is kind of strange, it's sort of like a drawstring used to close a duffel bag. I've read that you'd get used to it and like it but after 26 jumps I still got annoyed by it. Openings are nice, consistent (~600 feet) and usually on heading. Nicer than any Sabre 2 I've ever jumped. Toggle turns are fun and quick, but not as quick as a same-sized Stiletto. Length of the recovery arc seemed to be a little shorter than a Sabre 2 135,but definitely longer than a Stiletto 135. It seems like it'd make a good canopy to learn how to swoop on. Moderate front riser pressure, but easy to keep in a dive. A little bit of front riser oversteer, but not a big deal. One great thing about the canopy is that it is extremely stable in line twists. Flies completely straight for mild line twists and the most severe one I had, it was just a very slow turn. No diving or spinning like the Stiletto (Or Sabre 2!) I think this is a great canopy for someone looking for a first eliptical, since it's nice and fun to fly but is also relatively tame. Also Beezy Shaw is very pleasant to deal with, whether on email, phone, or in person. The customer service is excellent. For reference, I wingloaded the canopy at 1.5, have 400 jumps and the past 150 on a Sabre 2 150. I've made 10 or so jumps on various Sabre 2 135's Stiletto 135's, and Samurai 136's. I put 26 jumps on the Nitro 135 in a 2 week period. If I'm going to rate a canopy as 5 stars (like most people do on reviews) then it means it's practically perfect, so this is why I only gave it 4 stars. The Nitro is a great canopy, no doubt about that but there is room for improvement. I will definitely recommend it to people, though.