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  1. I'm a little lighter than you, but jump the same size canopy. I found out that my brake lines are a little longer than they have to be. Someone told me this isn't unusual on student gear, but I'm not sure. I wrap a handfull of brakeline before I flare. That helped.
  2. This has been going on for over 28 years. In this time, I've ran the DZ, trained many students, did tandems for over 10 years and AFF for more years than that. The only time I've ever really noticed an affect in freefall was if I jumped by myself. I will do it, but a long solo freefall is not fun for me. People think I'm joking when I say "I'm scared to jump by myself there's nothing to do but look at my altimeter." In fact, this is my first public discussion of it. ---------------------------------------- That's funny. I thought I was the only one who felt like that. If there's someone else there, it's almost like "Well, it must be OK. There are other people here too". I love to jump w/ other folks, but don't enjoy jumping alone. I'll do it only if there's no other option. Stan
  3. I'm not expert, but I have a PD 260 and my son has a PD 250. If I pack them the same way, mine opens beautifully and his nearly jars my teeth out. I got some expert instruction and now I can get his to open nicely. I'll let you talk to your riggers, instead of getting advice from me. There may be another trick to try. Stan
  4. New, fairly in-experienced guy here . . . Don't fly your approach in half brakes. Your canopy will have less forward speed which will transition to less energy available in the flare. I took the canopy class at DeLand. My big take-away was that with slow, fat, student gear, like mine, the flare takes longer than I thought. I was starting it too low, so the canopy didn't have time to react fully before I touched down. Get some expert advice. I also wrap one handfull of brake line, but that's another thread. Read my top line again. Stan
  5. Jump number 5! The year was 1979, I vaguely remember. My last static line. I had a bag lock w/ a Paracommander. Somehow I managed to get the Capewells open, get my thumbs in them and release them at the same time. No, I did not stand up that big, white round no-name reserve. As a matter of fact, I sat on the ground for a while to make sure I wasn't actually dead. The rules were, you had to make your last static line and first free fall on the same day, so I did a hop and pop that afternoon. It was perfect. I was sure I was going to die anyway, so why not have a good arch off the step! Stan
  6. New guy here, with old, big, student gear . . . that being said . . . I jumped my own rig and pack job several times and had wonderful openings. Then I jumped my son's rig and my pack job and nearly had my head ripped off by the opening. At first, I figured I screwed up the pack, but it happened every time I jumped that canopy. I only know one way to pack, so it had to be canopy differences. I got some advice from an expert and now it's much 'mo better. Good Luck, Stan
  7. Way back in a previous life, I jumped w/ that equipment. I remember looking at that chest mounted reserve thinking, "there's no way that will work!". Fortunately, that reliable T-10 opened every time. I didn't graduate to a Paracommander for a couple of jumps. Stan
  8. Hey and welcome to the sport. I guess I'm ridiculously blessed. My wife is very supportive to me jumping and when I got my older son involved, she kept it up, even though I'm pretty sure it cost her (and maybe even me) a couple of heartbeats. I try and be smart with my time and money, but she is really cool with it. On a side note, when we were dating, she rode as an observer when I jumped back in college, nearly 25 years ago. I was the last one out of the plane and all my "friends" kissed her on the way out of the door. Maybe that's why she still lets me jump???? She rides my Harley with me too. I haven't gotten her up in the powered paraglider yet. Stan
  9. Hey Folks, I jumped at Magee Mississippi in the late 70's. It was great and I'm surprised we all lived - jumping borrowed gear that I had no idea what it was, trying stuff WAY over my head, etc. Sure wish I would have stayed in it, instead of taking a 25 year break. Anybody else there?? Stan
  10. You are an above average instructor. I absolutely yield to your skydiving experience. I've sat in 3 FJC's and it was never mentioned. Of course 2 of those were in an Otter, so I couldn't have seen the darn thing anyway. I teach primary flight training. My students have had several simulators and have an altimeter 24 inches in front of them. It's very common for them to see it, but not be able to interpret it or make any changes because of it, at least early in their program. Not to mention they aren't under the added stress of preparing to jump out of the a/c. IMHO, there are more critical things for the 4th jump student to be concerned about. We all trust our rigger to pack our reserve. Your 4th jump student trusted someone else to pack his main. He should be able to trust his instructor and the pilot to find the proper altitude. From a skydiving point of view, I'm a rookie, so take this for what it's worth. Stan
  11. There's one right in front of them on the dash just before they climb out. That's true, but it's asking alot of a 4th jump person. I doubt they are that airplane smart and I don't think it's covered in any first jump course. Stan
  12. That's probably right. I'm very afraid to add up all the money I spent to get my A. Not to mention I paid double, since my son got his the same day I did. Unbelievably well worth it though. Welcome. Stan
  13. I visited DeLand on a Tuesday to take the Essential Canopy Control Course. The course itself, was good, but very basic. If you understand how the pattern is supposed to be flown and normally stand up your landngs, you may not get too much out of it. Read Brian Germain's book. One thing that was a huge advantage was that the class became a "team", so we got on the manifest easily. The manifest/check-in ladies were very good, even to an idiot like me who showed up with an expired reserve. (Next time I'll put my glasses on when I check the card.) They didn't laugh (at least not to my face) and were really quick with the rental gear. The packer (Mac or Matt??) was absolutely wonderful. He worked alone and kept everyone packed, including one rig that got totally knotted up, due to a really interesting landing. I jumped an Otter, a Skyvan (first tailgate) and a PAX 750 in one day (5 jumps). Incredible!! And Graham was great at looking after us lower experience folks on the planes. Maybe it was an anomaly, but I didn't see 1 normal up-jumper. Lots of teams, canopy test guys, video guys, but no one hanging around manifest to join up. They may have been there, but I didn't see them. Mapquest the street address, or you may never find the place. Overall, I had a good experience. I probably won't go back by myself, but would gladly go, if I had some folks to jump with.
  14. I went through AFF at the same time my oldest son went through the tandem progression. We got our A license on the same day. It was totally great. The best Father's Day ever was a 2 way w/ my son. That being said, I'm sure I lost a couple of months off my life every time we jumped. The first time we jumped our own pack jobs was a significant event in my life. If your not a dad, you'll think this is stupid. The very second you become one, you'll understand. Stan
  15. I'm one up on you. (Is that a good thing?#$%^&?). Mine was jump #5. A static line off the step of a 182 w/a Paracommander, Capewells and a Stevenson's Cutaway. It was 1978. I did my first hop-and-pop later that day. I was sure I was going to die, so my step off and arch were really good. Stan