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  1. Skydive Gananoque has their annual boogie too -- where there are two turbines on the dropzone at the same time. NouvelAir in Toronto has one too. Might want to reach out to them...
  2. Damn right, exactly! That's why I said tunnel+jumps. There's unamious agreement that tunnel alone won't make you a good jumper. Most of us now already agree that tunnel+AFF/ISP is generally better than AFF/ISP alone. And tunnel is now a good component of freefly training. This is potentially no different: Imagine, basically, someone who already has 500 or 800 or 1000 jumps, but is now interested in tunnel-assisted wingsuit training. Wingsuiting is something I want to take up in a couple to three years, and by then -- there'll already be knowledge on whether tunnel is a huge boon (or not) to wingsuiting, much like it was for tunnel+AFF. People used to (and still do) fly far away to get to a tunnel to help enhance AFF/freefly before SkyVentures were within driving distance. Likewise, in a similar fashion, I'd want to fly to Sweden (when I feel ready to commit to wingsuit, about 2020-ish) to get some wingsuit jumps+tunnel training since it appears to economically checks out (at Canadian prices). Assuming that by then, there's been rave reviews (by trusted jumpers) for a training progression... Also, boomerang back to original question: Anyone here considering tunnel+jumps for learning to wingsuit?
  3. Now that wingsuit tunnel instruction is apparently becoming practical -- they have wingsuiters (who's NEVER jumped before) flying untethered after just 20-30 minutes time. After the tests of their prototype, their big wingsuit training tunnel is opening September 2017. Just like combining tunnel+AFF/ISP -- I'm VERY seriously considering combining tunnel+jumps for wingsuit instruction, as the economics actually check out (at least for Canadian skydivers). One weekend I've never wingsuited before, and then next weekend, I'd be outwingsuiting several jumpers at my DZ in specific wingsuit skill-categories at my DZ... As a training question -- "tunnel+jumps" for wingsuit training is uncharted topic territory like "tunnel+AFF" used to be. Now it's common for many new skydivers to travel to a tunnel for an AFF jumpstart. Most training questions are often occuring in this forum. And most instructors pay attention to this forum. So that's why I am asking here in General: Are any people on here considering combining wingsuit tunnel+jumps for wingsuit training?
  4. As I'm slowly researching how to learn to wingsuit (sometime within 2 years), I discovered this. They apparently report they've begun construction of the 'big' wingsuit tunnel, based on a decommissioned military wind tunnel which they are now disassembling to build the 'bigger' wingsuit tunnel. Concept art of the one opening September 2017 With a (plexi)glass diagonal floor! ... Though in reality, the bottom part will be padded where beginners will be able to train, with the more skilled being permitted to back higher over the glass slope) Also Skydive Mag has an article: I'm actually quite tempted to make wingsuit tunnel coaching part of my wingsuit training. Getting 30 minutes of wingsuit time in just one day is something I can't easily do from an airplane considering I also have to find & pay for a wingsuit coach. Apparently, it looks like I can fly relative completely untethered in the tunnel -- after just 30 minutes of training, even being a base for an instructor to gently dock on. They now have people doing that -- who's never jumped before, no jumps/BASE -- now flying untethered after just 20-30 minutes! And after further training beyond, successfully expertly doing 2-ways challenges, including flying verticals around others, according to pictures on their Facebook page. Never made a jump, never BASE'd, but outwingsuits a lot of wingsuit flyers now... (well, to an extent...Much like tunnel rats in skydiving, has 'certain' deficiencies, but you know what I mean -- they still have certain rad skillz that's easier to fill the gaps in) Just like combining tunnel and AFF/ISP -- I am now considering combining tunnel+jumps for wingsuit coaching by ~2020 if I could make a vacation to Sweden -- I'd actually go to Sweden just for this! Although tunnel is not everything (can't be a good bigway jumper after AFF, for example, but such students now jump almost straight into 4-ways after just a few tracking practice jumps...And y'know, canopy, canopy, safety, safety) -- Which means theoretically, the weekend after having never wingsuited before, I could even be ready for basic 2-way wingsuit (after practicing safely 'closing the space' without excess speed over extreme side-by-side distances) much sooner than I would otherwise would. If I account for the extra expenses (intro wingsuit rentals + instructor) and the driving gasoline for repeated wingsuit instruction -- at the higher Canadian skydiving jump rates -- it actually seems to work out cheaper for me to just visit Sweden first. Including the airfare too! There would be multiple wingsuit rentals I can try out that's included in the tunnel-per-minute rate. I'd already now know which wingsuit purchase is suitable for me (Goldilocks, not too intro, not too extreme). In Canada, it's $15/min for solo tunnel. This barely costs more. It's expensive, but the economics actually works out for a Canadian to do a dedicated trip for a one-day 30-minute or one-weekend 60-minute (broken into multiple short flights) -- very compelling... I'm going to definitely keep an eye on these developments.
  5. There's a 2nd iFly under construction in Toronto! In the east. We are familiar with iFly Toronto West (Oakville), But this is iFly Toronto East (Whitby) under construction. Facebook: iFly Toronto Whitby Summer-Fall 2017, I believe!
  6. Very good points. Many GPS chips can be reprogrammed at higher or lower rates, but you are right: the limitations of the watch architecture may provide hardware (power management) and software limitations (vendor API). I deploy my coding to a whopping 18 smartphones on my job, but they are work-only devices. The GPS refresh rate of some high powered smartphones are so good that maps scroll realtime at low latency with low predictivity, while others are so low and erratic. I wonder if anyone has tested a dozen or two smartphones, to see if any have GPS refresh rates (and altitude accuracy) programmable to be sufficient for mid-air tracking.
  7. I see that the Microsoft Band has come out. Only 199 dollars. Cheaper than a skydiving altimeter! I observe it has built-in GPS and a full color screen, and able to go to 14,000meters. It can upload data to a smartphone. In theory, a simple app could make it act as a secondary altimeter, but I am especially interested in app-developable wearable GPS screens. It would be cool to mod one of the new smartwatches on the market, to behave as a wingsuit/tracking flight path recorder, with potentially real time angle/speed feedback (e.g. Color change or flashing) on the display, especially as I can't hear beeps/audibles due to my deafness. For an independent programmer, one could make an app to run on them for skydiving purposes! And a companion app for a phone, to display data in a skydiver-friendly format.
  8. Congratulations to Alan for pulling off something that may someday be within reach of skydivers' bucket lists! Perhaps someday, in a decade, this could fall to the cost of five figures, like the price of a car, with the rental of lightweight spacesuits currently being developed for the tourist space industry -- and be safe enough for a good four-digit jumper to do.
  9. My friend Scott has flown in the tunnel! The tunnel is undergoing tests. Not open yet, still need drywall and drop ceilings, but the tunnel operates! You heard me -- the Toronto tunnel operates!!!!!!!
  10. They finally got electricified, that part of install went really really slow by our friendly electric company. The building structure is essentially complete enough to rev up the fans after a few more things, so I bet they'll begin testing shortly. The up and coming tunnel instructors are already training at Skyventure Montreal now. Here's a photo from last November. (They are ahead of this stage now at the moment.)
  11. A heartfelt thank you, Gov. Brewer, for the veto. I may not agree with all the Arizonian policies, but thank you very much for the veto.
  12. I am at the 1st Canadian Indoor Skydiving Championship (March 9-10) and Alan, the owner, announced over microphone to a hundred people, that next year's (2014) indoor skydiving championship is going to occur in Oakville. He knows something we don't -- probably the lease is already signed but they never took the sign down; and are intending to begin construction soon after snow melt. Could be a different Oakville lease, but that's what he said -- "Oakville" -- so there must be lots of due diligence already done; getting all the city approvals necessary before lease is signed. He's the key stakeholder of iFly Toronto too, so it's now up to the city of Oakville to expedite things along.
  13. I've been surfing the Net, and accidentally found the location of Skyventure Toronto, in a sort of a landscape blueprint: The address in this sheet seems to be: iFly Toronto 2007 Winston Park Drive Oakville, Ontario The satellite map for the location is: Note: Do not vouch me 100% on this, because I also did hear that they had to hunt for a new location at one point -- leading to a delay. But it's nice to see that they've went as far as landscape planning and contacting Oakville city planning.
  14. Congratulations, Felix! My highest mere skydive at 6 KM only requires a simple airplane and some oxygen. Your jump from 37 KM required a spacesuit and a visit to supersonic territory! When can I sign up to jump from a Virgin Galactic spaceship? :-)
  15. Yeah -- the specific criteria question often comes up and the question of whether it is inclusive or exclusive -- it is similiar to the Deaf World Record skydive (deaf people only), the Women's World Record skydive (women only), or the POPS World Record (age 40+ only) skydive. There's speciality groups of all kinds that like to get together to do something -- and there's the Women's vs Men's leagues, the Paralympics/Special Olympics -- or the local Retirement Residence bowling league, etc.