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  1. The firmware or a fault is likely the answer here, but just to be sure: Are you using 'decent' batteries, and holding the new battery by the sides only, or using your sleeves/some fabric if you have to grab it by the + and - poles? If you don't do either, battery life might be severely shortened. ciel bleu, Saskia
  2. We're at 15.8k signatures now. A lot, but nowhere near the 40k we need, yet. Please, from wherever in the world, sign this petition & confirm! https://voortbestaanteuge.petities.nl/?locale=en We ARE gaining attention though, in the national media, and in the nearest local town of Apeldoorn a city meeting was held. Also the 4 surrounding municipalities sent an urgent letter to the minister of state. New nickname for Lelystad Airport I've seen mentioned somewhere: Fakeport Lelystad. Ahem... ciel bleu, Saskia
  3. From Nationaal Paracentrum Teuge/Erwin vd Braak: First 10.000+ signatures are in. We need more though! Please share it among the skydiving community. For foreign friends it's a bit tough because of the language. However there's an English version for the signature part : https://voortbestaanteuge.petities.nl/?locale=en In short the text states: Air traffic control authority by demand of the Ministry of infrastructure will limit all general aviation to a maximum altitude of 5000ft. This is happening unannounced, at the largest dropzone (and organizer of the 2015 world cup) in the Netherlands, at the latest April first 2019. Why, because the big commercial airport far enough away needs a little extra airspace. Continuation of the DZ and entire Airfield (since we bring in 50% of the revenue) is no longer possible and liquidation is facing us. If you think this needs to be stopped, please leave your name and email at the petition below. You'll receive a confirmation email, unfortunately also in Dutch. This email asks you for confirmation of the signature and if you're convinced you want to undersign. The FIRST link provided in this email (ends with "confirm") is the last thing you've to do to support us. After that you're signature is confirmed and counted. Pleas help us out and thank you for the support! ciel bleu, Saskia
  4. Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) and the military. Seem to be, yes. As I understand it, paraphrasing a bit: since Airport Amsterdam/Schiphol can't expand as much as needed anymore, Airport Lelystad (which USED to be a dropzone before all this started btw) needs to be adapted to take over some of these flights. Up until a little over a week ago, various routes for climbing and descending were considered, the one over Teuge being NOT a favorite. Then a little over a week ago the news came from the military and the LVNL that the routes are now all figured out, all within the guidelines/rules set to the parties which were 'military and Schiphol not affected, min 6000ft over eastern provinces and not too much noise for residential areas'. All done. Boom. Big surprise(/nightmare) for the provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland, the stakeholders of airport Teuge, local businesses, local residents, the KNVvL (Dutch General Aviation, which includes skydivers) and others, because the biggest Dutch dropzone can't operate with a permanent 5000ft jump limit and if the skydivers go, the airfield will go broke. Half of the skydiving jumps annually here are made in Teuge (40-45k). Texel isn't able to handle much of an increase let alone the other smaller DZs. So, it would need to be Germany, probably, if that. Also, Teuge airport was SUPPOSED to handle the general aviation being displaced from Lelystad, so they need a new place to go too! Thanks, I mentioned it to the originators of the petition. Edit: we need 40k signatures, we're at 7.5k now after 1 1/2 days. ciel bleu, Saskia
  5. Hi, Help please! Can everyone please sign this petition? Out of the blue, new flight routes were announced a week ago which will close Paracentrum Teuge (2nd biggest European Skydiving Centre), and thereby the entire Teuge Airport, plus a separate hang gliding airfield in 2019. These new flight routes seem to be set in stone The petition: https://voortbestaanteuge.petities.nl/?utm_source=KNVvL+mailinglijst&utm_campaign=5da05e571c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e747f36b20-5da05e571c-107487069 (Sign name, email address, town of residence and confirm by clicking the email link sent to you) More information about what's happening (in Dutch): https://www.facebook.com/VliegroutesoverTeuge/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf ciel bleu, Saskia
  6. I had a 00, you can pack a new 150 in there (if you really want to) and an old Merit 170 also fit. In a 0, a 170 should fit, if a bit tight if it's new. How good are you at packing? The spectre 170 should fit for sure. Let someone else do it for you to check, if you're a newer jumper. I can't remember the reserve sizes for bigger atoms than 00... A 00 is made for a 128 reserve, so perhaps the 0 holds a 140sqft normally (?). If someone shoved a too big reserve in the rig packing the max size main would get a bit harder... There used to be a couple of atom 00 on my DZ for smaller girls, which usually had a merit 170 plus a techno 140 in them! Hard rigs to pack... Also overpacking is hard on the stitching, bag and flaps, and you can feel the rig being more uncomfortable against your back. Also -possibly- a risk of reserve-issues. Your rigger should know which size reserve is recommended for an atom 0. ciel bleu, Saskia
  7. Can't help you there, I've never packed or flown an electra. Just merit and springo (my tip: avoid both...). AFAIK an electra is a hybrid canopy too (if I remember correctly?), should pack similar to a silhouette I'd think, it will pack larger than a merit in any case, but I think it will pack smaller than say a sabre2, especially if it has many jumps on it. so my is that since a jav j5 holds ZP up to 230, a 190 ZP will be too small (210 ZP will probably work but soft) and a hybrid 190 would be too small. Ask your (European) rigger to confirm tho. On all accounts, electra seems to be a much better canopy design than its predecessor merit, anyway all jumpers I know who flew electra were quite happy with it. ciel bleu, Saskia
  8. As are front risers blocks. And maybe add rear riser blocks (vet tape...) or even B-line toggles as well ciel bleu, Saskia
  9. The question is this: are you, at your experience level, able to judge this? To be more precise, are you able to estimate the speed at which your (somewhat malfunctioning) canopy is flying, both forward and downward? This is very difficult to say when you are still high enough to - safely - cut away. Not saying you made the wrong decision - just something to think about. That. I still vividly remember an experienced jumper breaking his back after landing a canopy which OK from the jumper's point of view but it had some issues on the top skin which made it 1) descent quite fast and 2) dumped him on his back quite hard when the canopy folded up during the flare. Another similar incident was a thread on here a few years ago, with a tandem canopy that had a split cell on the top skin. Again, hard to see from below, canopy looks fine-ish and luckily this one landed 'just' a bit hard. IMO the TM should have chopped it though, after seeing his practice flare on video where the end cells just about touched from left to right and he had of course the responsibility for his pax. What I teach my students: after your 2x flare after opening and your other checks, if the canopy still looks or even feels a bit 'funny' and you're in doubt, fly a 360 right and a 360 left and do a couple of practice flares. If your canopy can do that, it can probably land you safely. If it spins up or folds up or you can only turn when holding one toggle 3/4 down, well there's your answer. If after these checks you're not 100% happy with your canopy, and are still above your decision altitude, chop. On general, instructors prefer jumpers chop when in doubt, over what the OP did. Although, if a student chops because say the slider wouldn't go back up, he/she might get a bit of a talking to But since I'm not your instructor, listen to yours! ciel bleu, Saskia
  10. A Fusion is about as close as you can get to a sabre2, I think. A bit less divey maybe than a sabre2, if you want to do front riser approaches. A pilot feels 'tamer', a safire 1/2 is in between. IMO (I jumped all of these, some of them for years). ciel bleu, Saskia
  11. A merit packs small, and one with a good number of jumps even smaller. Count on it packing a size or so smaller than say a sabre2. BTW, are you sure you want to jump one? Hard to very-hard openings. A quite outdated design. Very short steering lines, which might be fun for STEERING but front risers are just about useless and mind that it can fly in full flight, there should to be a bit of a bow in the steering lines when in full flight. Easy to pack, tho... ciel bleu, Saskia
  12. If I remember correctly, that jump was supposed to be a funjump, an intentional personal downplane. Now I've been in my own personal downplane (not on purpose, duh) and in 2-person ones (very much on purpose ), but a downplane with 2 rigs I would very much avoid . 2 harnesses pulling in 2 different directions sounds painful. If I also remember correctly that jump almost killed him, by choking. ciel bleu, Saskia
  13. Never having jumped rounds at all, the first briefing I got was: If you are under a spinning reserve and can't fix it, throw the belly reserve against the direction you are spinning. Another instructor intervened very quickly after that... ciel bleu, Saskia
  14. Are you Dutch? If so, rules here say you cannot do a jump where you pre-plan to use your reserve without a third parachute. I did 2 intentional cutaway jumps myself, because I had a reserve malfunction once (closed end cell which I ended up having to land, broke my nose) and my rigger suggested doing a intentional cutaway jump when my next repack was coming up. It had to be a cutaway as we were going for a low-speed 'mal' situation like my previous reserve ride. I had to pay for the repack of a round reserve which I wore on a second harness, and I paid the jump for another jumper to follow my main and freebag. Got a briefing on how to use it if needed (very very important if you have never jumped 2 rounds, like me) and was very glad my reserve opened 100%
  15. If you put a very small packing 170 in there (pulse 170, an old-style canopy like a merit 190 or pd7/9 cell), and a very big packing 120 (an airlocked 120, a smaller CF canopy), may-be. Usually getting 3 different sizes in that way is already quite good. A lot also depends on which reserve you in the rig. A 'full' rig isn't very comfy against your back, and can also cause damage to the rig (stitching coming undone), aside from being hard to pack. In most cases just getting 2 rigs will be much smarter. ciel bleu, Saskia