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  1. Fully agree with this 100%! You want to impress your instructor? Stay humble, ask questions and most of all, be safe. Remember THEIR names are in YOUR log book, and what ever YOU DO. Reflects on them.
  2. Hey Vitek, There is a difference between wind tunnel arches for first time fliers, and for those looking to progress through to AFF. Also bear in mind the level/knowledge of the instructor at the tunnel, some have no skydiving experience, while some will have considerable experience. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that some instructors wont teach wind tunnel students how to do AFF arches and skills that will benefit you in the air (such as repetition/muscle memory of looking at your left wrist where your alti sits etc) unless you say you are doing AFF. I'm not sure which tunnel you go to in the UK, but next time ask them/tell them you are an AFF student. And see if they modify how you are flying. What ever you do, good luck!
  3. Im with the majority, and Baz Leherman and it shouldn't have been wear sunscreen. It should have been wear ear plugs! The problem with sound is its not what you can hear, its the high frequency sounds you cant hear thats the problem. Wearing ear plugs on the way up is to be recommended, for obvious reasons. Anyone who's says other wise hasn't had hearing problems (tinnitus, noise induced/age related hearing loss), i was 33 when i was recommend hearing aids. And i used to have what the military term H1 (excellent) hearing, now my hearings shot and i've got excruciating ringing in my ears. That ringing in your ears you get from being in a night club listening to loud music, thats tinnitus. Theres NO CURE, its like genital herpes...its a friend for life! I wear those little yellow ones you get in the tunnels, all the time when jumping, i sometimes take out the right one (audible side), and sometimes i leave it in. When i do i'm hyper vigilant of people under canopy. Also have you heard how loud your audible is on the ground, thats going off right to your ear as well. It's going to do damage over many years, and 1000's of jumps. Look after your hearing, you'll miss it when its gone! At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  4. Think of it this way... go for a run on a really windy day. Run with the wind behind you (DOWN WIND), you'll find it easy and cover a load of ground (if you look between your feet 'quickly' under canopy you'll see the ground going under you faster). Hence why the holding area is always up wind. Now run with the wind in your face (IN TO WIND), you'll find it harder and won't you won't cover as much ground (again look down at the ground below, it should be moving slower). Disclaimer.... Don't spend too much time looking down and forget about clearing your airspace. At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  5. Hey Ninja, Don't sweat the little things. That was not bad at me i've had worse students! (And i failed level 4 twice and lets not get started on lvl 5!) Apart from your crazy arms... try and look in the direction you want to go in. Unless your a barn owl the body has to stop or else your head will unscrew (hence pick your heading). You look like your looking under your (left?) arm try looking over it and keeping your head up will help your arch as well. Have fun in the frosty UK. Andy At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  6. The bloke is a tool of the highest order and should have been swallowed instead..... How ever, he's a tool worth upwards of $30million so he's doing something right? Prior to watching the video i was expecting the same as the last idiot who flew in to the power lines, but he looked stable on pull. I thought he chopped due to low twists and unable to get his head back, he pulled, he counted, he chopped, FairPlay to him, most students don't count. And he did the right thing. Now the instructor... I'm not very knowledgable on Perris but unless he was deep and low there is no excuse for pulling under the student for this very reason. He got lucky, now he gets screwed. As dip shit's post goes viral, and everyone see's it. At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  7. Hey Skyfox, Don't worry too much about it. Things take time, so do friendships. Keep turning up at the DZ, and show willing and everything will click into place. Believe me when i say this, YOU DO NOT EVER....EVER WANT TO BECOME 'Y'! I've seen it so many times, she is a walking notch on someones bed post. I'm willing to guess that she never packs for herself? In the UK we call it a tit pack job, get the boys on show and any man will pack for you. Like someone said above she'll most likely date a 'sky god', get free coaching in return for ..... well what ever. Be yourself. Not sure where your DZ is, but when you say you were left off the organized stuff. How big was it, and at what skill level were the other jumpers? Don't take this the wrong way, but if the dive was to be quite complex or hard? Then maybe it was for your own good? Its dangerous to put someone on a dive that is above there skill level, yes it just might be an FS dive. Whats your tracking like at break off? If its not up to much, then that might be the reason? When i got into jumping in a big way, i got a few friends who were at the same level, and started to jump and progress together. We then become the people having fun, and then people wanted to start jumping with us. One thing lead to another and before we knew it we were doing ok for ourselves Just to make you feel better, when i moved to a new DZ where nobody knew me i had to start over again. I went from being a big fish in a little pond, to being a little fish in a big pond and I had to sit on the side lines for weeks before i was asked to go on organized FF jumps. I feel your sucked ass. But with perseverance it all worked out in the end, and yes i messed up on my first jump. I made a joke out of it and apologized and it broke the ice at the de brief (as well as turning up with a load of cookies as well...that never hurts). Good luck and have fun. Andy At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  8. Is this really so outlandish? If the reserve is needed on around one in 700 jumps, and if a reserve malfunction occurred at the same rate per use, a reserve malfunction would occur on one in 700 x 700 = 490,000 jumps. Technical reasons (e.g. system design, reserves packed more carefully) should mean the chances of a reserve malfunction are considerably lower than a main malfunction. If half as likely, a reserve malfunction can be expected on one in 700 x 1400 = 980,000 jumps and that looks like a reasonable (albeit very much over-simplified) basis for the one-in-a-million claim. I realise that raw incident statistics won’t come out like this because a reserve malfunction is (often? nearly always?) a consequence of the main malfunction. So a lot on the precise definition of “reserve malfunction”. But if thinking about situations where the main malfunction does not contribute to the reserve malfunction (e.g. bad maintenance/rigging of the reserve, sabotage of the reserve), the one-in-a-million claim does seem reasonable to me. BTW, I agree with you completely that the expert opinions should steer well clear of anything sensational, misleading, or plain wrong. I’m just not sure this one-in-a-million thing is a particularly good example. Very happy to learn if I’m grabbing the wrong end of the stick here. I'm not sure about your maths, but I've seen a few reserve malfunctions, and I certainly haven't seen a million reserve deployments. I suspect what she really meant, was malfunctions caused by slinks breaking/incorrectly assembled, i.e. specifically in her case. That would be more believable, but even then, one in a million strikes me as being too high. The media have prolly jumped on part of her statement. A malfunction can occur to any parachute, perfectly packed or not. Reserve or not. Bad body position can cause a malfunction. I had a reserve malfunction on my 6th jump (a round reserve), which inverted completely and burnt about a hundred small holes in it. I landed safely, but the reserve was destroyed. Square reserves are more reliable than roundies however. So for me personally, its 1 out of 2. But, a jury is liable to interpret her statement in: out of a million reserve deployments, you'll only get one malfunction. They will most likely take her statement at face value, more so because she was the injured party. That puts the defendant in a very deep hole. IMO the reserve malfunction rate would not be far from the main malfunction rate, probably a bit more....its just that reserve deployments are comparatively rare anyway. I just want to address your point on the one in a million statement, I'm pretty sure the actual statement the victim made was that to have BOTH the main and reserve fail was a 'one in a million' chance. Now that is a generic saying meaning its very rare indeed, not impossible but rare. So when it happens something catastrophic has happened, and it raises peoples suspicions. The CI in question, is more than capable. In fact he is very knowledgeable, and has the same kind of history and ratings as you Tim. My thought on his statements is he's breaking it down to try to explain it to people who have no idea about skydiving, think KISS. Maybe the defense lawyer has asked him to do it this way, or MAYBE the reporter has no idea what he said and is paraphrasing? I happy to say the BPA has changed, it has new blood in the driving seat. Im happy with the person at the top, and the council underneath. So it's time to let bygones be bygones and maybe re look at how you perceive everyone at the BPA and instructors as we are by your account totally unprofessional because of one bad apple. I did a tandem in 2001 in Australia, totally ripped off. Bad instruction and service, by your logic all APF instructors and DZ's are just the same. But no, Ive gotten over it. Maybe you should too? At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  9. Hey Young and legless, If your a below the knee amputee then you'll find it not too hard to learn how to skydive. I've been lucky to be involved with the UK charity BLESMA (, and have taught over 20 of there members to jump. As you can move your lower limb, you have more control of your flying surface as opposed to some one with an ATK amputation. What we found was that the prosthetic being somewhat lighter and more aerodynamic had less of an affect on the airflow. Not sure what your prosthetic looks like, but we put pipe insulation around the prosthetic to increase its surface area making it look like the good leg. We also on occasions had to weight the leg down if the owner was not able to force it down in the airflow. Have a look on youtube for BLESMA Trans4mers video it'll show whats possible. Feel free to PM if you have any questions. Good luck Andy At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  10. Dude, your canopy came out at freely speeds. No magnets on earth bar something that powers the Haleron Collider would keep that deployment normal. If you want to point a finger first... look at yourself for kit maintenance. At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  11. Hey Annette, nice article. Lets not take all the 'glory' away from the pilots. Without them all the above listed accidents would have ended up as smoking holes, and no amount of seat belts will save you from pounding into the earth at 120mph. Sorry for detracting away from your article.
  12. +1 Good advice. Just because you might be good at 4 way jumper does not necessarily make you a good AFF-I. I have found that my freefly back ground is of more use than my 4 way/FS skills, just try to be as rounded in your flying skills as you possibly can. As some one said, the tunnel is an excellent place to learn the basics of stopping spins and roll overs. Also be nice and relaxed on the course. Smile, put your student at ease. And remember dress for success, you can looks as cool as you want in your matching kit, but if your not there for your student.... Have fun and good luck! At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  13. Hi Guy, First of all stop worrying, secondly, relax. I've had the pleasure of teaching quite a few people missing limbs and with severely limited movement. What I've found is that you have to throw away the coaching rule book and start from scratch. Do you have any footage that I could look at? That would give me a good insight to what your problem is. Blue skies, Andy At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  14. Hey, Great article! I can speak on authority on this. My hearing has been wavering/going over the past couple of years (I'm 36 years young), admittedly jumping wasn't the biggest cause. My hearing really took a kick in the nuts during my time in the military, ever since then its been gradually getting worse. It's now got to the point were i have to wear hearing aids, i no longer hear birds singing. My phone can ring in my pocket and i only know due to the vibration, i have 24/7 tinnitus to really give me an added kick in the nuts. If you remember partying when you were younger and your ears would ring on your way home, but by morning it would be gone again? Well tinnitus is like that, always there. I haven't experienced 100% quietness in 12years, i know longer remember what it's like. Psychologically, it's horrendous. You miss conversations, my wife is amazing and has learned to cope with my often random answers. She might ask what do i want for dinner? I'll think she's asked me the time, 'yes, is 1pm', and she knows I've guessed what she's asked. You can be part of a group conversation, all of a sudden people will start laughing. You've missed the punch line, but because your not laughing people look at you. You then think you're the butt of the joke, and cue an uncalled for response or a feeling of expulsion as you missed the punchline and no longer feel part of the joke. Trust me, you don't want to end up loosing your hearing. Wear ear plugs, even you don't think it's loud, it is. I would give my left leg to have my once perfect hearing back, and i know in a few years my hearing will degrade to such an extent that it's possible i won't hear anything at all.
  15. Yes... Doh! Ok no more gin for me...
  16. So my wife recently sent her Optima 2 back to L&B due to a fault in the unit, it would never go above 10kft on the LCD read out. During free fall it would start working again when she defended below below 10k ft, she was not too fussed as she does wear an audible in her helmet. She posted the unit back to L&B from the UK, then the trail went cold for 2-3 weeks. She couldn't get any feedback to see if her Optima had arrived at their factory, just as she was about to loose face and consider buying a new alti.... A package arrived in the post. Inside was a brand new Optima. I still don't think you can knock L&B, i hope everyone else eventually gets sorted out? At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  17. I'm not a nutritionist or mad scientist either, so I have no scientific back up for what works for me other than trial and error. Our team used to do 20min calls all day, occasionally back to backing with 20 in-between averaging 10-12 jumps a day (weather dependant). Most done in a day was 19 jumps, followed by an hour in the tunnel. Make sure you have a good nights rest before hand, no matter what you eat if your tired before you start the day your on to a looser. Food wise, a good hearty breakfast with slow burning carbs (porridge/oats) washed down with water. For snacks you can go for bananas, fruit etc and more water. I love beef jerky when in the states jumping. We don't get the same quality in the UK. Lunch, allow your self a break to refuel. Avoid hi fat foods as this brings on the dreaded 'grand dads half hour syndrome' and can make you sluggish and sleepy. Mid afternoon snack, again with more water (coconut water is great and is all the rage in the Middle East as its full of nutrients). Avoid Monster/red bull or energy drinks high in sugar as your more likely to feel the sugar crash due to physical and mental fatigue now. Good foods. Cashew nuts without salt, bananas, beef jerky, all fruit, water, coconut water, anything with slow burning carbs. At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  18. Don't worry there jumping at the Palm! Check the timings though through the web site, weekdays is 0800-1600. And on weekends (Friday-Saturday) it's 1000 - 1800/sunset. They had the Otter running today along with a Helicopter which goes to 12/12500ft (at both DZ's). You need to be aware that when the temp reaches 40 deg's they shut down as well, a new safety rule implemented since the C208 crash. As mentioned there are some new planes arriving, the sherpa will be based at the desert DZ due to the length of runway required. Loosing another plane has slowed down the turn around times, so expect long waits in between loads. The Palm today had reasonable wait times, the desert can get backed up due to students and the teams jumping mid week. Hope this helps? Oh and it's still really warm and humid here At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  19. Hi UK Parachutist98, I concur with BlueCat above (who i think might be Paul?) Go down and chat through things next time your down at Netheravon, and use the exit trainers that they have down there. Time spent on the ground is free, time spent in the air costs ££. If you can have a chat with Dave Pacey (AFF-I) who teaches at Nethers, he has experience teaching students with disabilities. He can take you in the tunnel as well, I always think its worth if you can using the same instructor in the tunnel and in the sky as you gain trust in each other, and you get comfortable seeing the same person throughout your training. Where have you being doing your tunnel training and who with, if you don't mind me asking? Good luck in what ever you decide to do. Andy At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  20. Hi Braindamaged, Sorry to hear about the pain in your knees when packing! For me it's only a pain in my ass that i feel due to having to pack (i hate packing..but i hate paying for packing more!) Having worked quite a lot with injured vets here in the UK teaching them to skydive, i'm very firmly of the opinion that butt landings are the way ahead if your limited in your lower limb mobility. What we have found with the DAK amputees is that after drilling them on canopy control, and having them do a tandem for their first jump. They can get their eye in to find out the flair point for their canopy, making the landing on their first jump easier and softer. While out in SoCal on one of the training trips, one of the guys said his girlfriend had not seen hime so relaxed and happy in a long time. I'm glad it has the same effect on you as well. We have a Facebook group Good luck, Andy At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  21. I wouldn't worry too much about being nervous or scared, EVERYBODY has been/still is nervous to some degree when learning. I bet theres even people on here with thousands of jumps that still get the jitters, its all about learning to over come your feelings. Its been said before that if your not scared when jumping, then you should probably give it up. I had massive gear anxieties when i was a student, so i learned as much as i could about the equipment i was using and it helped calm the feelings. The tunnel will help your spins for sure, the tunnel has helped advance our sport for the better. I had trouble on AFF level 5 (UK) doing my 360's, i could not stop the spin. I did 5 repeats before i cracked it, there was no tunnels back then so it was all in air coaching. Relax and have fun and look forward to the day you can jump with other people, thats when the real fun starts! At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  22. If your using the tunnel at low wind speeds, and in the hands of an instructor then its a great ride. When you become an experienced body flier (second time in the tunnel onwards) then its stops being a ride and or experience and becomes a training tool, and a tool that can bite just as hard as jumping out of a plane. As people have said, you can hurt yourself quite badly in the tunnel. And when that happens you go from loving the tunnel and having fun, to being a little frightened by it and then after a while respecting it for what it is, an excellent training tool. I'm hoping I'm not the only one that garfield'd myself in to the glass learning back layouts? And that shook me up, and even now i hate doing back layouts as i know what can go wrong and how fast it can happen. A massive mistake i see is people rushing to progress to HD as its super cool, totally cutting out the middle bit (back flying and head up flying). And worse still coaches actually bow to their wishes and teach them, cool thanks for making new meat missiles for the sky without the skills to stop. Try to think of it like this, every orientation you learn, the orientation below it becomes your get out of jail free card (except for belly flying). Belly flying is at the bottom as your default flying position, next up is back flying. The fall rate increases and so does the wind speed, if you need to bail you bail to your belly (and this should be the last time you ever bail to your belly). Next we learn head up, if we bail, we bail on to our backs to keep the speed on. If your back flying is weak you become a pin ball in the tunnel...not very cool and worse still you could flip to your the sky its even more uncool. When we finally get to learning HD flying you should be solid enough in HU to be able to get back stable from bailing and get back down safely without corking and now you should never recover by going to your belly. Now imagine the above being a building, belly,back,HU and HD. If your weak at any of the 'foundations' then your building will crumble. Take your time, learn to be a good solid flyer in all the orientations before moving onto the next one. You'll make yourself a more rounded flyer, and one people will want to jump and fly with. Just my 2pence worth, have fun and so what if you have to back fly? Learn something new while doing it. At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  23. 1-Got it in an indoor hang gliding accident 2-Injured on an under water wood welding course 3- RSI from putting the holes in digestive biscuits 4- That will teach Mike Tyson/ Chuck Norris from jumping the que in front of you! 5- You accidentally crossed your legs when doing the thing you said... At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  24. Sorry Buddy i have to disagree with you here. I know of plenty of really good FS jumpers (read the worlds best 4 way FS jumper as well) who failed their AFF-I course. And dirty glue bag Free Fliers who passed theirs with flying colours. In hind site looking back now. You can set yourself up for success by working on your ground skills (teaching and coaching) and your in air skills. Ground skills - 1 - Be presentable 2- Be prepared and know your subject matter (def follow a good instructor as mentioned above) 3 - Spend time on refining your manner and the way you teach/coach people. (have a number of ways to teach things so you can explain things multiple ways if they just don't get it) 4- Don't let the students get away with anything on the ground (some instructors may try and test your observation by doing weird things like pulling with their left hand MAYBE). In Air - 1 - Smile (shows your relaxed and gives the student a relaxed feeling) 2 - Learn to fly with your legs (as mentioned above) 3- NEVER STOP COACHING THEM, sounds obvious but your not observing the jump, your part of it. 4- Release the students as soon as you safely can, and only re doc if you have to. (you can be marked down for being too hands on, on turns, if they spin, let them spin. They need time to correct it, if they can't, then redock). 5- Safety first, Safety second and Safety third. These are just a few that spring to mind, I've done the USPA and BPA AFF-I course. And there both horrible, but there both awesome at the same time. It will test your flying skills to the limit, if your not panting, bleeding and out of breath at the end of the jump, then they were taking it easy on you. Somebody gave me a word of advice when i passed my BPA course. 'Your not a true instructor until you loose your first student'. I didn't get it, until i lost my first student. I was devastated, how could i not be good enough to catch them? And he was right, i became a better instructor after some self reflection and refining how i teach and fly. So never stop learning. Good luck, its a worth while course. Andy At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!
  25. Same here... Hi andy myers, On 18-Feb-2015 someone submitted their contact information in response to your ad in the Classifieds. Please reply to this email to contact the person directly. Username => stevewhiteman URL => Name => FromEmail => [email protected] City => Country => Comments => I set my eye on your Good Velo 111 on dropzone and am interested in buying it.before i proceed,1,How is the condition,2,How long have you owned it and what is your final price,3, do you have current picture of the item,4,Do you accept Paypal? kindly getback to me as soon as possible ----------------- If you suspect this is a scam: 1) Visit the Security Forum to see if it has already been reported: 2) If not, forward the entire email to [email protected] At long last the light at the end of the tunell isnt an on coming train!!!