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  1. Ifly San Diego is up and running. I drove down and flew Saturday. The smooth air is unbelievable. My standard is IflyHOLLYwood, so there's no comparison. San Diego's a bit far of a drive for me. I can't wait until Ontario comes on line. It's supposed to happen in March. Janna
  2. I've got a friend who flies in the wind tunnel fairly regularly. He's not great, but he'd love to participate in a competition. He's 85 years old. Are there any tunnel competitions that split groups up by age. He's not looking to win, just not embarrass himself.
  3. Years ago I cut away a tension knot malfunction. I try to look for the root of the problem whenever I can. I learned about twisted up brake lines as a cause. I learned how to stow my toggles without letting them go and I also run my brake lines and get rid of any twists at the end of a weekend of jumping. Most packers won't have the time to straighten out brake lines, especially if, they're working a busy event.
  4. I had a knee replacement about 18 months ago. It's not quite as good as I hoped, but I'm not sure it's done improving. I was skydiving before surgery. Pretty much sliding in all my landings. Now I'm up to landing on my feet about 50% of the time. If I'm team training I can make 10 jumps a day and I can run across the runway better now than before surgery. Janna
  5. One of my toggles was coming partially unstowed on opening. My rigger looked at it and thought it was fine. I tried stowing it more carefully. Kept happening. I finally had a brake come unstowed on opening. Stupid me for putting up with it that long. I took it in and hand the lower keepers moved up and snugged. I think as the gear got well broken in the toggles just got softer and didn't stay tucked as well. I was careful on my first jump because I thought it might be harder to unstow the brakes. I just jumped it Saturday. Brakes stayed snug and unstowed fine. Good fix. Prevent the problem before it happens. Janna
  6. Not an instructor here, but if I was going to have a student practice a reverse arch on the ground I would try it using a big exersize ball. Much better than a couple of rigs or a padded ball. It simulates the arch pretty well. I use it to strech my back and hip flexors to help with my arch.
  7. Contact Jim Wallace. He has a separate skydiving shool at the Perris Dropzone. You can find lots of information on line. His number is 951-657-9975. He has helped many disabled first time jumpers make their dreams a reality.
  8. Follow the plan and PRAY. I'd probably keep tracking at least to 3000 hoping to get clear of clouds and be able to see. Do everything you can not to be in this situation. Hopefully jump with trusted organizers who will have 200 people ride the planes down if we can't get out safely. This is not uncommon. I was on a 100 way over solid clouds many years ago. I was the pullout for the second breakoff wave. I deployed into solid thick cloud. I was terrified for my 60 friends who just turned and tracked. We all lived through no fault of our own, but I never want to do that again. Janna
  9. I didn't start this discussion proposing that what I've done is right or correct for anyone else. Mostly just food for thought for all of us. In retrospect I have checked my altimeter while kicking out of line twists. Those were potential slow speed malfunctions. The ones that were going slow were all correctable. I made one change in my gear after the last malfunction. I switched out my cutaway pad for a fabric loop. I'm confident I can grab it and keep it in my hand if my hand is frozen. I've also declined to be on the first load of the day on frosty days sometimes. We do occassionally have frosty mornings in Southern Ca winters.
  10. How many people really check altitude during a malfunction? I thought about this reading the recent hard pull discussion. I’ve had 5 malfunctions and I don’t think I’ve ever looked at my altimeter during a malfunction. Probably I would if I had pulled high and knew I had time to mess around, but I’m usually pulling between 3,500 and 2,000 and I just want the situation corrected as fast as I can. I do adjust my responses by knowing where I pulled. I’ve taken a few seconds to fix a toggle fire because I knew I pulled at 3,500 and on big ways when I pull at 2,000, I know if there’s anything wrong there will be no hesitation. In retrospect, taking seconds away from dealing with the problem to look at my altimeter doesn’t always make sense. Here’s a couple of examples – years ago reached for a pilot chute that got buried in a leg pocket and I couldn’t find the handle. I ended up giving it 3 quick tries and deploying my reserve with my right hand completely without thought. I looked at my altimeter when I had an open canopy. I was at 2,800. My most recent malfunction was in freezing weather with numb hands. I had a toggle fire which I didn’t manage to correct fast enough because my hands were numb. Chopped, lost my cutaway handle halfway through the pull. One riser disconnected under a streamer. Grabbed yellow cable and finished the pull. What would looking at my altimeter have bought me except closer to the ground? The ground was in my peripheral vision and coming up way too fast. Janna
  11. I knew I loved it on my first tandem. Went back in and signed up for AFF. The DZ had a deal if I prepaid I got one AFF jump free. I didn't get video, not in my budget. I bought a used rig at jump 20. I didn't wnat to spend money on rental gear. I think I bought custom gear about jump 200. 20 years later I'm still loving it.
  12. I had an ACL replacement about 5 years ago. The same knee has been causing me a lot of pain. I just had an MRI and was told there's not much meniscus or cartilage left. The doctor told me that I should be considering a knee replacement. I'm a pretty active skydiver, making 300-400 jumps a year and competing in 4way and 8way. I associate knee replacements with old people relearning how to walk. I'm hoping to hear from some athletes that have had knee replacements. What kind of limitations did they have? How long were they down? How was their knee function after replacement? Thanks in advance - Janna
  13. Sad commentary from a Perris jumper, but go to Eloy, especially if you want to work on freeflying. The Perris tunnel is over priced and underpowered.
  14. Sorry to belabor the question, but ... I train to pull my reserve if I hear my dirt alert screaming at 1500 feet and I have not initiated main deployment. I may well revert and deploy my main. As long as I don't hesitate and take action. I have a different response to watching that video. There were lots of alarming things in the backround. High mountains, high mountains above the jumpers. Lots of other jumpers deploying. How about checking the ground, deciding the spot was bad and you better take action. Seems like the more relevant corrective action.
  15. Toally disagree. As a newbie, PLF is the safest way to go. Downwind landings just mean you're coming in faster. PLF for all your worth. With thousands of skydives and a bad knee, I slide in a lot of landings I can't run them out any more. It's not the way to start. There's timing and experience involved and you can break a leg or hurt you back if your timings off or the grounds uneven. Stick to a PLF. It's the more reliable way to walk away.