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  1. MagicGuy

    Skydive Danielson

    Skydive Danielson is such a great place. The staff and fun jumpers really make you feel at home. The owners, Rob and Laura, are great people and they are both skydivers. They operate their DZ like skydivers would... I’ve even shown up late in the day when people were basically done skydiving and they went up a load so I could make a jump. You don’t get this kind of service everywhere. Highly recommended for anyone in the area or driving through. These guys will not disappoint.
  2. MagicGuy

    General Hook turn Alititude?

    Honestly, there isn't really an answer to your question. Everyone starts their turn at a different height, even on the same canopies with same wingloadings. It's all a matter of trial and error, though, as far as trying to figure out where to start. I'll let someone who is better at explaining really get into it, if you really want to know. A good friend of mine uses this phrase, "It's not where you start your turn, but where you come out of it". Very true...
  3. MagicGuy

    About how many jumps is a canopy good for?

    Definitely lots of variables to consider as far as general life of a canopy. What kinds of jumps, what kind of weather where you jump, where and how the canopy was packed and stored.. it all has an impact on how long a canopy will last for. It's hard to give a general answer.. Line sets are similar but it seems like a good rule of thumb is roughly 500 jumps. Line trim may be kind of shitty by the time 500 jumps comes around. There are also different types of lines that have longer/shorter life spans, as well.
  4. Hey Terry.. it's Corey from Jumptown. There are a few key factors that make a rig freefly friendly. Good bridal protection, secure riser covers and really secure flaps are the main things. Next time you're at Jumptown, ask Brian Grady to show you the deal. It's easier to show you in person than it is to explain through a post. Hope to see you soon, man!
  5. MagicGuy

    What kind of rig is this?

    Well, not sure what kind of rig it is, but looks like it's in AWESOME shape!
  6. MagicGuy

    Connecticut Parachutists, Inc.

    CPI is an awesome place. I made my first jumps there about a year ago when my home DZ was all closed up for the Winter. Luckily for me, CPI jumps year round, and welcomed me with open arms when I showed up as "the guy from Jumptown". The people at CPI are great. I can only speak for the Winter regulars, as I have only jumped there in the cold. But they are troopers, and show up every weekend regardless of how cold it is. It can be slow in the Winter, but everyone is willing to take turns getting on loads to be sure that everyone gets in at least one jump. This was awesome for me, because I drive 90 minutes to get to CPI, and if I can't make a jump, it wouldn't really be worth a 3 hour round trip. The landing area is nice. The landing direction changes in regards to which direction the winds are blowing, and in one direction you have to come in on final over a line of trees. It can be a little tricky and turbulent if you don't plan it right, but I have never had any problems. Other than that, the landing area is perfect. The scenery is awesome! Not much else to say, really. Even in Winter it is a really nice view 360 degrees around the airport. I'd recommend CPI to anyone! They are a great bunch of people, they want to help people progress, they want to organize jumps, and overall, they want to have fun. Oh, and did I mention they are open in the WINTER?!? Yes!! CPI is the shiz.
  7. MagicGuy


    I did my AFF training at Jumptown last July and I have been there every weekend since! They have an amazing student program that turns out a ridiculous amount of graduates that go on to get their A Licenses. Brian Grady is the rigger and, well, he's the man.. not much else to say there. Coaches, the new Super Otter, the pilot, the hangar, the people, the landing area, the bonfire and night time social life - nothing is left to be desired. Oh and Dave Brown comes and offers FREE coaching, in whatever discipline you want basically, a few times a year. Doesn't get much better than that, kids. Jumptown will always be home for me!
  8. MagicGuy

    cold weather canopy flight

    I don't think I would say that the flare height changes on an F-111 canopy, but the technique, for me anyways, is slightly different. Zero porosity canopies like to be flared in a 2 stage method. Stage (quarter brakes roughly) to plane out the canopy, stopping your descent, and finishing the flare to stop your forward speed. F-111 canopies seem to like to be flared in one continuous motion. No stage, just start to finish flare with no pause in-between. This is only my experience with F-111, so proceed with caution!
  9. MagicGuy


    I've been jumping a Pilot 150, 1.1 WL for the past 250 some odd jumps. The canopy I jumped previous to the Pilot was a Sabre2 150. The Pilot is THE sweetest opening canopy I have ever jumped. Sabres (original and 2's), Triathlons, Hornets, Spectres, Navigators, Safire2.. these are all canopies that I've flown previously to the Pilot. None of them compare to the soft, snively openings of the Pilot. Sure, the openings aren't always on heading, but pretty damn close. Pilots have a really nice flat glide, which makes it nice when you have a long spot. Sure, doesn't mean that you are always going to make it back, but it makes things a whole lot easier. And as for landing off - I've had to do it 3 times and have had no issues sinking it into small areas. For those looking for a really responsive canopy, the Pilot has those characteristics as well. The turns are the fastest I've experienced. My Pilot is a 150, and it turns faster than 120s that I've jumped. Doesn't add much to the practical flight characteristics, but does make it a lot of fun to fly for those toggle turn, spiraling junkies out there. One other added note is that for beginners or newbie packers out there, the color coded line attachment tabs make pro packing a very easy task. I use mine all the time when teaching people how to pack - it's a great visual aid. My only gripe about the canopy, and it will only relate to swoopers, is that the recovery arc on the Pilot is ridiculously quick. It's actually a benefit to those people who aren't going to swoop. The canopy recovers from an input almost immediately. That does NOT mean that you can't swoop them! I don't care what anyone says. I've gotten 200+ foot swoops on the 150 and my WL is a measely 1.1. It just looks scary to anyone watching because you have to hold the front risers until you're at 20 feet! A really crazy sight picture, that's for sure. Overall, I'd recommend this canopy any time. The quality is great, the openings are the best, and it's a blast to fly even at beginner WLs. And Aerodyne has pretty good customer service, so I've heard (haven't had to call them yet.)
  10. MagicGuy

    Switching from AFF to static line...

    $2500 for AFF? Where are you jumping?!? That seems awefully high.
  11. MagicGuy

    Wings Pull-Out Owners... Please Read

    The handle on my Wings looks like it would be a pull-out, but it's got about a 1 inch piece of binding tape connecting it to the PC, regular BOC style. Great pin protection, takes an extra second to grab but a pull-out will, too. Just another option for ya. I've had no problems with it so far and plan on keeping it.
  12. MagicGuy

    demoing at boogies ?s

    I've only been to two boogies and neither of them had any companies demoing gear. I have been at the DZ where Sunpath (the company that makes Javelin rigs) and PD were both there. The Javelins were complete rigs, main, reserve and Cypres. The only thing is that they didn't have many rigs. And the size of the harness may not have the appropriate sized canopies for every person. PD had only canopies to demo. The canopies were connected to the bag and had a pilot chute. A simple connection of the risers to one's current rig and you were good to go. Demos by both PD and Sunpath were absolutely free. I demoed a Spectre 170 and used it for the whole weekend. Overnight the PD guy just held onto my rig, just in case. When demoing canopies I'd say you have to have your own harness and container system. When demoing containers, at least in my only case, it was a complete rig, and I believe it was a one time demo.
  13. Jumptown! In Orange, MA. Very good size DZ with a Twin Otter. The experienced landing area isn't REAL big but the general area of landable ground is quite big.
  14. MagicGuy

    Cutaway Question....

    Well, when I was taught my EPs, once that cutaway handle was pulled and released it was immediately over to the reserve handle. I've also heard both sides of the spectrum. You want to pull the reserve immediately after cutting away, but of course you want to be stable when you pull it. Good question, I'm interested in the replies.