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Everything posted by Thijs

  1. Did one wingsuit jump two years back from 19 000 ft Have working oxygen in the plane for everyone. Oxygen in freefall shouldn't be necessary from 19.700 ft
  2. I know two people who had issues locating their handles. One had an RSL and was eventually able to pull the cutaway handle and have a reserve opening because of the RSL. Another one could find his cutaway handle, but reserve handle was inside the suit. No RSL. Rode a spinning main into the ground. Luckily landed on the rooftop of a supermarket and only had a broken ankle.
  3. A person who already has the flying skills, will be able to focus better on those tasks, than someone who has no previous experience. This weekend at my DZ there was a first flight student who was spinning for the most part of the jump. If you can't get the flying right, then navigation and deployment will probably also not be a great success either. Of course regardless of how much tunnel experience someone has, they should always get the proper skydive training before starting wingsuit skydiving, and gradually built up their skills.
  4. Yes, definitely, even when other people consider me to be already an experienced wingsuit flyer. There is a bunch of stuff to learn and try in the tunnel, especially regarding perfecting precision flying. I was always told the tunnel can be a confronting experience for experienced people
  5. Also keep in mind that sometimes written examinations are required for the licenses, and I'm not sure if those can be taken in English (unless you of course learn Dutch
  6. RSL/MARD would have made him loose less altitude after the cutaway and give him more time to deal with potential problems. Probably would have also given him less line twists or even none at all. While it is a 'personal choice' the statistics on RSL/MARD use are pretty clear. I prefer a few line twists at 1000 ft over a partially inflated reserve at 0ft. And obviously, when upsizing your main, it is probably not a bad idea to upsize your reserve as well. Funny how people say they need a big low bulk canopy as a main for wingsuiting, but totally forget about their reserve...
  7. So far 1 cutaway in 4200 wingsuit jumps, watch me pack in 3 minutes And that wasn't even your packjob ;-)
  8. Doesn't an insurance contract have to specify what is insured and for what amount of money? I'm not sure about the US, but I really doubt that argument will hold up for a European court, since one could argue if the company has any intention of ever paying out a claim.
  9. Here are my two cents. It's not because a canopy has a good consistent opening outside of wingsuiting, that the canopy is a good choice as a wingsuit canopy. When everything goes right, then sure, jumping with a Valkyrie/Katana/Whatever will not be an issues. It's just when things go (slightly) wrong, due to whatever reasons (unstable pull, pilot chute hesitation, bad luck), that things will escalate more rapidly. If I have a linetwist with riser offset on my Spectre 150, it is usually not a big deal, but the same riser offset and linetwist on a small high performance canopy will more quickly result in a cutaway. Also, how comfortable are you landing out with that small canopy? How far will it take you back from a long spot? Don't choose a canopy for when everything goes right, but for when it goes wrong. I know quite a few load organizers (including myself) who will not let you in on group jumps if you are jumping a too small canopy. You are not only putting yourself more at risk, but also the other people on the group.
  10. That might technically be correct, but it not the reason why belly goes out first. Your reasoning doesn't work when a plane is dropping with a tail wind. The longer an object stays in freefall, the more it will drift according to the winds at that altitude. If you would drop a freeflyer and a belly flyer from a helicopter which is flying without moving forward (so there is no hill), they would still open at different locations, simply due to the different amounts of time they are exposed to relative wind.
  11. Can someone pass me the popcorn please?
  12. Yes. Why that? Because it shows Gary is a smart man that has a backup option?
  13. Just adopt the regulations from the French. They have already done the work for you
  14. We tried not to stair step it (Euro 42), so keeping everything in on level, but it is quite hard to keep the people in the back really on level. For spacing you can probably just look at the pictures of the record. Setting it up a bit more wide gives you more room to play with the grid.
  15. I believe there will be a seperate audible (from Cypres) in your helmet, communicating with the Cypres AAD in your rig. I would actually prefer to have this as a visual signal, vs an audible. Most flyers have one or two audibles already, maybe even a fly sight. Adding another audible signal might be confusing, especially if you would flare out the wingsuit and trigger the cypres to switch to 'canopy mode' at the same time when flying through an audible altitude. With a visual signal you could first worry about important things after deployment (your heading, keeping clear of traffic, unzipping...) and when that is all done worry about in which mode the Cypres is.
  16. Ordered my Havok Carve on March 4th. Delivered on April 15th. So 6 weeks order to delivery, and since my order was part of a group order it probably took the dealer some extra time to collect all the orders before sending it to the factory. Ready for the new season now :)
  17. Have you tried contacting someone directly at PF? [email protected] I ordered a Havok at the end of February and should have it here by the end of the month.
  18. He isn't. Most wingsuit flyers never have done a (tandem) flyby nor have any interest in doing so. It's just a few people now that want to make some noise because they feel their 'rights' are being attacked. I am a wingsuit pilot myself, and personally I think this sends a clear message that flybys next to (tandem)students are a no go. Still want to buzz a canopy? No one is stopping you from organizing a jump with another experienced jumper to fly past his canopy or to do some XRW. As far as self regulations goes, that only works when everyone agrees with each other. It only takes one idiot to think he has special privileges to fuck it up for the rest. So please stop blaming 'the wingsuit community' for the actions of a limited amount of individuals.
  19. What is your reason to get a bigger wingsuit? At 90 jumps there is probably still a lot you can learn in a smaller suit.
  20. And how many non Squirrel wingsuit pilots were at the event ;-)