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  1. mdrejhon

    Felix Baumgartner Sets Skydiving Record

    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? :-)
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    Parachutisme Nouvel Air

    They recently had an amazing Mission 100 big way event, the Canada Record big way Skydive event, (happened to be Friday 13th, July 13, 2012). I participated in the big way attempts, and the dropzone vibe has changed significantly. This 102-way successful record blew past the old 59-way record. In the past, they seems to have had a somewhat high priority on tandems, but it seems to have changed, especially with the recent rise of Skyventure Montreal (first Skyventure in Canada, very closely affilated with the Lemays -- Canada's 4-way Team Evolution from Nouvel-Air) and the growing pool of experienced skydivers. I'd give them a try, it's a lot of fun during a good boogie event or big way camp that they do more often now. They have now become the big way central of Canada.
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    Using toggles during linetwist

    I now use the "push risers together, kick out of linetwist" technique. For me, it now works much faster (I fly canopies 140 and bigger) on the last three times I tried. It might someday be the preferred student training technique. More study is needed in how universally this technique works, from big to small canopies. See this thread [url]A better way out of line twist![/url] Either way, once you're swooping small parachutes (i.e. 100 square feet and less) it seems to become almost impossible either way anyway: cutaway irregardless if it's accelerating spinning linetwists where you're already on your back with risers pinning your chin to chest... Germain did an interesting experiment from a high altitude, but not applicable to students -- the push technique is safer than Germain's method, which wouldn't be applicable to students anyway (he did it on a small canopy and lost a lot of altitude). Don't believe me or these guys? Bring your 3-year-old to the playground. While you're there, go on the swings. Twist up the swing into linetwists. Pull the chains apart. Twist up the swing again into the same number of linetwists. Push chains together. Notice how it gets out of linetwists MUCH faster if you push together the chains? Bingo!
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    Skyventure Montreal - Good coaches

    Heya, Skyventure Montreal has a lot of great coaches, and is actually owned/invested in by skydivers, so you can ask them directly too -- contacts can be found on their Facebook page too: Be noted, there is a lot of French...
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    2010 "Z Team" 80 Way Event

    This is a listed event -- originally located at ZHills but relocated to Clewistown. Guy Wright may have to call this the "C Team".
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    Gatineau Ottawa Skydive

    Hello, Before, I had to wait 3-4 hours to manifest myself on a Cessna in Ottawa, because of a single Cessna and a backlog of tandems! Now, I've jumped 2 times in less than 3 hours, moments after arriving, thanks to the 10-person Navajo that has arrived. I am VERY happy the Navajo has come to Ottawa. Plenty of room to squeeze in a few experienceds, and even a 4-way, while still paying the bills with three tandems simultaneously. We experienceds may just be filler sometimes, but the improvement in Ottawa is like night and day -- no longer have to wait as long to get on a load. It's totally understandable that tandems have to pay the bills. Three Canadian dropzones are recently getting the Navajo - I now know why they are so attractive.
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    230.000 US$ price money DUBAI MEET

    In North American currency quotation, that's $230,000 USD. That'd make it the biggest prize pot ever for a parachuting event?
  8. From ____________ Requiem for a Wingsuiter On November 11, 2009, the wingsuiting community lost one of its greatest and most unsung contributors. Earlier in the day, Steve Harrington had joined with dozens of other wingsuiters to set the US record for largest flock: a 68-way slot perfect design. On the last load of the day – a fun jump to celebrate that success – tragedy occurred when he struck the tail of the aircraft on exit. Steve started skydiving in 1991, when he first went through AFF on a whim with his twin brother. Steve continued on in the skydiving world, when his twin drifted out of the sport. Despite his love for jumping, over time, his skydiving started to decrease. “I hadn’t made a lot of jumps in the preceding five or six years due to work commitments, recovery from a skiing accident, buying new home, and getting married,” he once remarked. All that turned around when he discovered wingsuiting. “Wingsuiting made me realize what I was missing; it just made me feel alive again,” he said. Steve co-founded Flock University because he loved wingsuiting and wanted to share that love and enthusiasm with other skydivers. That effort was just another manifestation of his quiet and unassuming – but consistently friendly and positive – manner. He was “one of those jumpers that you looked forward to seeing on the plane every time,” a friend wrote. “He always had a warm smile, welcoming attitude, and a keen eye for jumper safety.” Steve was a trailblazer both in the sky and in his personal life. Steve married his partner, Adam, in one of the first same-sex marriages conducted following its legalization in Massachusetts. “My spouse is now in medical school – I guess that makes us a ‘power couple’ – a doctor and business professional”, Steve once joked. He often remarked that skydiving has made him a more “complete” and “confident” person. “Friends at work always ask me about recent jumps and travels,” he once said. “They say their lives are boring in comparison, and they’re jealous... But they also say they are jealous that I am not tied down to a nagging wife,” he added with a smile. A friend wrote, “Steve was always in a good mood, always positive – he lived his life the way he wanted to. He was a true and genuine human being. He was part of the reason we had so much fun jumping our wingsuits.” Another commented, “He touched many lives... We are all truly honored who got to share the air with him. He will not be forgotten...” All of us at Flock University mourn Steve’s loss, and we all extend our deep condolences to Adam and Steve’s family. Blue Skies, Steve... Fly free. Steven Harrington (November 25, 1968 to November 11, 2009). ____________ At ____________ Steve is also a 2006 Gay Way World Record holder, and a 2009 Gay Way World Record holder, having attended both the 2006 and 2009 boogies that I personally organized. Photo of the 2009 Team attached below, he is the upper-left in our group photo. Several of us in our group are devastated.
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    Canadian Nationals 4-way open draw

    Have you tried posting in the CSPA Discussion Forums at:
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    contempt for "A" licences

    It varies a lot between different dropzones! Doubly difficult for me at first, because I was deaf, but I kept jumping and jumping! (Although I did too many solos before jump #100, but I was trying to get 100 jumps in less than 6 months before attending a deaf boogie called Deaf World Record) To make things a little easier, you can look for novice-league events listed on dropzone calendars, sometimes they have weekends specifically for novices for accuracy and 3-ways, that sort of thing. They can be icebreakers. Dropzones are sometimes a little uncomfortable about an unfamiliar A licensee. Once you attend such an event, more people will probably jump with you at that 'new' dropzone. Nahhhhh..... You don't need to wait until the C license. I find that the 100 jump level and the B license is when things start to really change for many new skydivers when they travel. (BTW -- I noticed this helps too: Adding a little tunnel time, so you can be able to boast that you also did tunnel too, also helps people feel more comfortable jumping with a low-timer.) Hang in there a little longer, it does get better. That said, some small dropzones, and/or smaller boogies make provisions to keep the A license people happy. Free coaching at some dropzones. Such events can be good ice breakers. Once people see how current you are (especially if all your A jumps were recent), they will jump with you despite you being A. Or, try going to student-popular Cessna dropzones too, the kind that forces everyone to wait on the ground, and has lots of A and B license people chatting to each other waiting two hours for their next load. Your answer could even become "67 jumps and getting ready to get my B license" or if you have started to do many 4-way jumps still as an A, your answer could be spun to "55 jumps, with last 20 jumps being 4-ways at home. I'm about to apply for my B soon." Evade the mention of the license until the end of the sentence. Although some dropzones have free coach jumps, other require you to pay slot or pay an additional fee. You can also occasionally pay for one coach jump, then a good coach feels tipped/obligated to 'matchmake' you with other resident dropzone jumpers. ("Now that you've jumped with me, can you recommend some buddies that would be happy to fun jump with me?") ... Some of these may go nowhere, but works well at some others. Hang in there, it gets much better. Less effort once you get your B and pass that 100 jump milestone *splat* -- the yummy "banana cream pie in your face" moment. Also stay at bonfire evenings. People are less jump-hungry and more willing to chat and get to know a newbie, especially if you're a very social guy.
  11. Please make sure to RSVP on Facebook and email if you're attending (especially if not on Facebook). I'm now starting to keep track of who's coming on which day, including for carpooling from the PHL airport. (You can be anonymous if you wish, and just blend in the dropzone. Two in the closet have PM'd about it. Generally it's no big deal, as was our experience at the last Rainbow Boogie.)
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    got face dumped

    Wow! Originally when I read the thread title, I thought a faceplant landing. (Next time, a more sensational title would be in order -- this should be in a textbook video of the dangers inherent in big way skydiving)
  13. Anyone? What about O'Hare? I can fly to that one instead as well. My alternative is to drive from Ottawa to Ottawa (the Canadian one to the Illinois one), which is 13.5 hours one way but still cheaper than airfare+rental. (Hoping I can still avoid that long drive...!)
  14. Added July 16-19: 20-ways -- Skydive Moncton (New Brunswick)
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    180 Day Repack news

    Excellent. About time -- this benefits me as I'm a Canadian who travels to the U.S. frequently. My reserve packjob expires early Feb, so I'll wait until after then (probably not skydiving at all in Feb anyway) to make sure I'm 6 month legal in both countries.
  16. Hey, that's pretty cool... I was just in Uruguay, and stopped at Punta del Este. (non-skydiving trip) I remember that beach, with the big hand sculpture poking out. Next time I go back, I better do it at the same time as the Punta del Este boogie.
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    Correct Storage

    Although others will reply with excellent suggestions, location of storage is just as important, or maybe even moreso than storage orientation. i.e. Don't use the car trunk (high temperatures degrades nylon faster) or unheated winter storage (potentially damages AAD/battery), bottom shelf in a damp flood-prone basement, etc.
  18. Three skydivers in a Twin Otter. That is pretty roomy. The roomiest Twin Otter I've been in was probably 14 or 15 people, no less. I wonder when the dropzone starts losing money... Probably at 3 person, it is already a loss so they were very generous to you.
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    Tunnel near Columbus Georgia??

    Your other choices: [url]Appalachian Amusement Center, NC [/url] [url]Flyaway, TN[/url] Of the two, skydivers seem to generally recommend the Appalachian Amusement Center as being better for skydivers. The other might be worth a visit for fun though. There's also Paraclete XP, which is a much bigger tunnel (16 feet diameter), but seems roughly similiar distance as Skyventure Orlando.
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    Jumpsuit for big ways (scared of going low!)

    Got a PM, did some more reading. I know they shouldn't be done to correct fallrate issues, just need that little extra edge as an outer on a bigway, and to help stop me quicker during an approach to a bigway, allowing me confidence to dive to the formation on schedule before braking... Either way, seems like swoop is a useful one - supposedly helps stop right before the formation, and many World Team members have used swoop cords in past records especially on the outers.
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    Heading to the tunnel for the first time...

    Make sure you inform them and get a skydiving-experienced tunnel instructor experienced in AFF. So that you actually spend time on leg practice rather than just only familiarizing with the tunnel or a new body flying position such as mantis (very useful for longer tunnel lessons or career in formation skydiving, but may conflict with the regular boxman arch teaching of AFF). For that $150 for 10 minutes, spend the extra $50 to use an outside tunnel instructor that also happens to be an AFFI or highly experienced RW skydiver. Well worth it in my tunnel experience where possible
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    Diving exits from an Otter

    Dive towards the wingtip, never towards the tail. Torso to the relative wind, being ready to go "on the slide". (You can immediately turn once you've caught air your belly). Imagine a big slide outside a Twin Otter exit going downwards and curving to your left. It's a lot easier to jump onto this slide sideways (i.e. dive towards the wingtis) then turn right. Diving towards the tail, causes you to land on this "slide" incorrectly... Instead, dive out towards wings, then turning 90 degrees to the right immediately after diving towards the wingtip, should point you slightly downwards, in a diving-like position, when you're still "on the slide", and the dive will flatten out as the "slide" flattens out. (relative wind transition from plane forward motion to straight downward motion). More or less what I've been told over time... I could, of course, be wrong in some of my wording... I still have problems doing it at times, especially in a crowded door dive where people are jumping out all at once in a bigway, and bumping each other on exit. Getting better
  23. It's already starting to scare me. I have not witnessed a fatality but as I visit more bigway camps, it could happen as I continue this sport. To other guys that are replying in this thread, let's take it easy on this one. Let's not predictably needlessly nitpick over details of the post (i.e. legitimate no-AAD uses for CRWdogs, etc); I can see dissapointment in this post is real. Fresh unbiased perspective from a relatively new jumper.
  24. I had the 190 versus 170 debate myself for quite some time... In the end, I just kept jumping until around #57 before I got myself the 170. If your instructors agree, AND you are already doing great standups on the 190 for a few dozen jumps AND you can make it to a canopy coaching course (Scott Miller, Brian Germain, et al), I don't see any reason 170 is a bad choice and I'm sure many would agree. It would probably last longer. The "1.0" seems to be the sweet spot, while anything above that is being somewhat aggressive (unforunate norm, in the view of many). Then again, I am naive in my knowledge of your situation and 170 is a dangerous choice. It's wholly possible, especially if your body has some fragilities I am not aware of... But I can say I was in a similiar conundrum: 190 versus 170. I'm still flying my 170 -- happy with it even after 200+ jumps on the same canopy, and was glad I went 170 instead of 190, and at the same time, glad I didn't too quickly downsize to 150. EDIT: Might want to pay attention to soft openings, if you have a beat-up body. I think Sabre and Sabre 2 might actually end up becoming poor choices -- unless you're perfectly fine with their relatively brisk openings. Some open harder than others, or randomly give you slam-opening. You may want to demo jump some pillow-openers such as Safire2, etc. Disclaimer: As usual for these types of posts -- don't listen to me directly and do talk to your instructors, pass things by them.
  25. To those who want to volunteer: Please send me a PM. If you'd like to volunteer to help a deaf guy like me achieve his bigway dreams (I'm willing to pay $10 per debrief) even if you can only go on specific days. You only need reasonable paper notepad abilities and/or reasonable typing abilities. No sign language knowledge needed; as I use different methods of communications. Just being at Skydive Perris, being on stand by to rush into the video debrief about 4 to 6 times per day, to spend 5 to 15 minutes writing/typing notes to me of what the organizer is saying, so I can read at the same time. (Just like the buddy system I successfully used during Perris P3 last time, but using non-participants rather than participants) I will need help on these September dates in decreasing order of priority: 21st, 20th, 19th, 18th, 14th, 13th, 12th, 11th. Basically formations are biggest at later dates, where critical safety information is most important for me. These dates cover two separate 4-day spans Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun covering two weekends.