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Everything posted by dploi

  1. Anywhere to go in the UK? I'll be living in Glasgow and travelling around the UK for 2.5 months starting next week.
  2. I would look into PF's forthcoming Shadow. I believe it's still on its way (correct, anyone?). Made specifically for terrain flying/BASE.
  3. Not to do a this suit vs that suit thing, but it really does sound like you need to examine your flying more than the suit. You probably get better performance out of the S-3 because there is a smaller difference in how flies at 50% and 100% than the V2. You really need to give the V2 85%+ to get it flying, and then it absolutely smokes! Less than that, it's basically off.
  4. If you can't find an experienced speedflyer, I'm sure there is a paragliding school in your area. I'd go there, explain what you're trying to do, and get some basic instruction on kiting and foot launching.
  5. Just bend your knees a bit when deploying. Keep your stance wide for stability.
  6. Last I've seen it's a thin sail fabric. The Crossbow was straight up thick paraglider sail material. The last S-Fly I enountered was a more comfortable lightweight version. But still sweaty as hell in the summer.
  7. Yeah, it's a different enough thing that SF threads feel off-topic in the canopy control forum. I vote yarp. Er... yes.
  8. Pretty damn flat in no/little wind, I'd image. You'll want to fly in very light to nil winds with that wingloading, anyway, if you want to get off the ground safely (not getting dragged up hill or thrown over the top -- it happens -- believe me).
  9. When you first start learning, do not try to launch from a hill that is so steep that you couldn't run down it without a parachute. Once you have experience and confidence in your abilities to launch, you can launch anything, including sheer cliffs, if the conditions are right. For now... don't choose a hill you aren't willing or able to run *all the way* down (which will very likely happen a lot at first).
  10. Yes. For light winds and not-too-steep hill, this would be a great trainer for someone without a lot of (or maybe no) canopy experience. I had a Fox 245 for just this. Rule of thumb: don't ground launch what you wouldn't skydive/BASE. Some exceptions apply.
  11. Everything has been said, but the skis are actually irrelevant. Regardless of what's on your feet, it's still speedflying. The term was first assigned to those who used small gliders and skis. It has since spread to anyone who foot launches small, fast wings to descend a slope.
  12. Very true. With a small canopy and the right terrain, wind, and maneuvering, you can rival wingsuit freefall speed and glide just inches from the ground. I don't think it will be long before we see some experiments with wingsuit/canopy/terrain proximity.
  13. I'm starting to wonder how many people took acid a couple hours before conributing to this thread.
  14. Hey, it's called "Prodigy" for a reason. ;) While it's best to get more jump numbers to set up a solid foundation before you go full tilt on the wingsuit, a couple jumps on the Prodigy really aren't a big deal at 80 jumps. With the right training, candidate, and simplicity in flight planning, I don't see a problem. It's always case-by-case, but from the sound of it, there's really no need to reprimand this poster.
  15. If you're safely coming to a stop from out of the air, that's a landing.
  16. Spoken like a true 100-jump wonder. Brian Germain's advice on wingloading is the best to follow, IMO. For every 100 jumps, add a tenth to your max load. 100 jumps should be 1.1, 1.2 at 200, etc. If you buy something to load at 1.2 now, it should do you fine until you want to go to 1.4, etc. Getting through those first few hundred jumps at too-high wingloadings is far more luck than skill. Don't confuse the rush of a parachute that is too fast for you with the fun of a fast parachute you know how to control. The progression mentioned above is a great mix of safety and satisfaction. It's a fast enough pace to keep from getting bored. It's a slow enough pace to make you a great canopy pilot someday -- and then the fun REALLY starts.
  17. I've seen it. An almost head down pitch, wingsuit or not, can flip you through. It's more likely on a wingsuit because you reach back with both hands to pitch.
  18. dploi


    Seems like a mutant bat. It sleeps hanging upside-down like a bat... similar diet, size, gestation, etc as a lot fruit bats in the area. VERY rad creature.
  19. Any numbers? I spend less than 2 minutes under a Cobalt135 WL 1.7+. Time is irrelevant, it's all about glide. The Velo will get you down more quickly, but it has a flatter glide on heavy rears than many canopies. Getting back from a very long spot is not an issue, so long as you fly it right.
  20. If you really only have 84 jumps and aren't trolling, I'd say you are far better off asking for canopy selection advice from experienced skydivers at your dropzone who've seen you land, and not anyone on the Internet.
  21. What kind of lines were on it? Good point/question. HMA makes a huge difference in the opening heading consistency of the Katana. Slammed by a Katana? I've never had anywhere near a hard opening. 400+ nice, soft openings (mostly wingsuit -- usually opening in full flight). My heading has been great, as well, but I think BASE has trained me to maintain heading throughout the opening with body position. Whereas I think many skydivers sort of stop paying attention to their body and more to their hands after the "wad" stage, but before a fully flying canopy is over their head. That said, the Katana is more prone to rotation (not line twists) with a slightly off body position than the Velo, but it's nothing to worry about. You're on a skydive in (very likely) clean airspace. I've had line twists twice ever on my Katana, in a wingsuit, and it flew straight and level -- after a 180+ and six twists in one case.