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Everything posted by freeflydrew

  1. Same TattooedMoFo(s) as Skydive Lake Tahoe 2 Summers ago?
  2. BPA requires that you reside in the UK for 3 years and hold a British Passport... No idea what the USPA deal is...
  3. Thanks for the responses and suggestions... I'll cram it in and see if it deploys -drew
  4. Probably the wrong forum (perhaps gear and rigging?), but anyway... Does a 90 square foot Xaos 27 cell, or 90 VX fit into a Javelin RS with a 113 reserve, and if so, how tight is it? Thanks in advance Drew
  5. There's two things to think of regarding taking a dock in the upright position (not necessarily sitting vs. standing). The first, obviously, is taking the dock with your hand. The other is flying without the hand you're docking with. A friend of mine loves to fly upright with one hand on his head. He is able to fly around as if he was using both hands, but always has one hand free. Sometimes he flies upright with no hands Try it... flying like this involves more of your legs, and back than when you fly with both hands. **If you envision yourself docking with your right hand, try flying with your left hand on your head. This way you'll practice the side of your body that is probably less comfortable for you, and when you feel good about it, try flying without your right hand. You'll probably be able to do it without any practice. I swear it works like that! It works like that for pretty much everything in this sport. Practice your weak side, and your strong side will naturally happen. In the end, you will have the ability to fly without depending on either hands. Taking the dock... If you can fly with one hand, you should be able to fly docked with someone else... It's getting the dock that can be tricky. When you come closer to someone, a lot of people have a tendency to reach out to the person... this will definitely make you move away from them (push you back). What you want to do is move towards them (slowly!!!) with one hand tighter to your body. Stop moving towards them, and reach out a little to take the dock. As soon as you reach out too far, you'll be blown away. I think that docking on someone's foot is probably the easiest sit type of dock. Oh yeah, one more thing... when the dock starts to make you spin, or you feel like it's not stable, try to let go before it blows apart. This way you'll stay closer to you partner and be able to practice taking the dock, and not playing the good old game of chase your friend around the sky for 45 seconds. Blue...
  6. Deploying your parachute with a tube isn't really a big deal, as long as you DUMP HIGHER than normal and you're prepared to let it go if ANYTHING goes wrong (toggle fire, entanglement, line twist, etc.). It's important that when you inflate the tube (first open it in freefall) that you're clear of the airplane, and other people. When your jumping with a group, I find it works well if some leave before you and float up, and others leave after you and chase down, and the tube guy leave in the middle and inflates the tube without anyone around. Ever flown into a tube in freefall? It's one thing to fly into it (Bam!), it's another thing to be holding it when someone flies into it (What the hell was that!!!). There's more to the tube than just deploying with it... Maybe it's a good idea to go out with the tube, fly with it, and pass it to someone more experienced so they can deploy with it... this way you're taking each step one jump at a time... If your tube has a good handle on it, you should be able to fly your canopy with the tube hooked onto your foot (drag from the tube keeps it there), and release it by pointing your foot to the ground around 10 to 15 feet off of the deck. Not too high, not too low. When you release it, you will surge forward a little bit (suddenly less drag). Hope this helps a little