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  1. What does a stunt imply? Usually a spectacular one time event set up in advance, performed by a pro. I don't know how that is representative of the sport as a whole. While I will not say it doesn't have a net effect on getting people to DZs, I would argue that people just don't know what they're missing. I mean most don't even know we carry a reserve, let alone the disciplines of FS, freefly and what have you. It's perceived to be for the adrenaline crazy stunt junkies. While adrenaline certainly has a place, what keeps me in the sport is, aside from the social life, the sport itself. Getting better at it, developing as a flyer and so forth. In other words, I think it needs somehow to be emphazised that it is indeed a sport and there's much more than falling straight down or jumping with a static line. Demos are good overall. Stunts are cool. What I experience on the few occasions I talk to outsider about skydiving however is an utter lack of awareness of skydiving as a sport.
  2. I think one should not regard the fact that skydiving is so far beoynd most people's personal comfort level that they might convince themselves to do it once - to challenge themselves, to see what it's like - but once that is achieved, the risk vs. reward scenario drastically changes. Some react to that challenge with a big "whoow, f*ck me!" whereas others are comfortable having overcome their fears and really have no interest in doing it again. Once one has a couple of hundred jumps, it's easy to forget how big a deal the first couple of jumps were. I agree with Pilatus_P that the general knowledge whuffos have of the sport is *extremely* limited. Not their fault really. If anything, I would like to see more focus on the *sport*, rather than the stunts, the tandem factories advertising it as a thrill ride, the big records. To the whuffo, the sport is a black mystical box with unknown content, populated by a tight knit closed community of people who freely jump outta planes and occassionally build 400-ways. That's pretty crazy stuff.
  3. Dolph

    Viso Stock

    Same situation in Denmark (home of L&B). I'm sure they're working hard to fix the supply situation.
  4. To be 'that guy' takes the patience of an angel. I mean, setting aside personal improvement to help out others is one thing. Paying his own slot to sort some n00bs troubles out. Pretty decent. Then the n00b gets a few hundred jumps. Knows it all. Lectures that guy, ignores his advice. Sometimes, the n00b gets way better than that guy, since the n00b may focus exclusively on himself, reaping the benefits of having that guy to coach him. Thay guy just ain't cool anymore coz he ain't got mad skillzzz. Other times, the n00b does it all too fast. Ignores the advice and end up hurting himself. That's when another n00b enters the picture. Still, having experienced many n00bs, some good, some bad, that guy still takes the n00b under his wings and does it all again and again. Pretty amazing patience. I try to help out by my patience is nowhere near the true "that guys" in the world.
  5. Dolph

    Aircraft Exit Procedures/Responsibility

    Same thing for us. The pilot has a GPS of course but it has been made very clear to everyone on the load that the *jumpers spot*, but only after given permission by the pilot to open the door. Three of the great benefits of jumping on small Cessna DZs is 1) learning how to spot properly (including watching for traffic), 2) lots of hop 'n pops for the swoopers. 3) Better contol of exit separation (and possibility for more of it due to fewer groups) Then when one travels to a Turbine DZ, the rules change somewhat. I still take time to do a visual scan before exiting but due to the time limit involved it's not as comprehensive as what can be done from a Cessna - unless I'm in the first group to go. Which as a freeflyer isn't very often.
  6. Dolph

    Jumping through clouds

    I got a shitload of your Russian clouds. Being hit by the same drop of rain twice was rather interesting. Being beaten bloody in the process sucked. Not having a clue where the 20 others were sucked in a major way. Surviving that mess was very uplifting.
  7. Dolph

    Encourage friends to jump..?

    "Cool". All of it gotta come from themselves. Don't need no guilt if they burn in or see something bad and that messes them up. Their choice only.
  8. Yes, that's one way to go about it. I usually reserve the right to use whuffo for the blatantly willfully ignorant who clearly express a derogatory attitude towards the sport. The word is part of the history of the sport but it's a good idea to use it with care. Inflation and all
  9. Tandem passengers rate a good deal higher than whuffos in my book. These people have taken enough of an interest into the sport to fork over a good amount of money for what they essentially consider a joy ride. True, for many, the bragging rights that come with it is a huge thing and it works out well for 'em as long as they don't brag near regular skydivers. They may only be passengers trying to kill their tandem master, but they still know something whuffos don't - the feeling of freefall. I'm not too keen about these bragging-rights seekers, but 1) they have jumped and 2) they bring a steady and good revenue to DZs, making big fast aircraft available at reasonable prices. Sure beats the real whuffos who would be more happy if we didn't pollute the air with the sweet sound of turboprops, opening canopies and sweet singing swooping lines.
  10. Agreed. It's likely to kill me if I am unconscious. Hence my wording "more docile" [than my Katana 97]. Being unconscious under any square canopy is bad news. Being unconscious under a small heavily loaded one more so.
  11. No idea. Having an AAD increases my chances. Weight shift in harness due to being unconscious will make the canopy turn. Under my main I can swoop using only harness turns. My reserve will be moer docile, but whether it is docile enough I don't know.
  12. Having an AAD installed and turned on is a requirement here. Aside from the times I forget to turn it on, I follow the rules.
  13. I sure don't get 8 weeks. In the last two years, I've gotten 4, all together.
  14. Dolph

    Free Flying competition in Germany

    Last I heard was that they'd more or less done what they wanted in freestyle and were moving onto other projects (creative videeo and freefly). I believe the camera man moved to Norway with his girlfriend. Nils is still living in his van and is very active. Nils will be present at the Danish freefly meet august 17 – 20. Gonna see if I can get some coaching.
  15. Dolph

    Back to Back vs Blind Moves

    Damn, no more cheating . Oh well.