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Everything posted by ufk22

  1. This is the essence of the PLF. Don’t take this as a personal shot at you, this is about me and a lot of us. I too thought that some things should be changed in training when I had a few hundred jumps and started working with students. It took another few hundred jumps and working with a bunch of students to figure out how much I really knew. This was before the ISP, when training was different at every different drop zone. You, like me back then, are not totally wrong. What you need to remember is that PLF’s are taught in the FJC. The whole purpose of the FJC, and even the entire student progression in the ISP, is not to teach the student to be a great skydiver. It is to give them a base to build on. The PLF is a relatively simple multi purpose technique. It is a basic method to minimize injury. I would no more expect this to be the only technique for someone with a couple hundred jumps to deal with a downwind landing than I would expect then to use a single stage flare. USPA has come a long way over the last 20 years with the ISP, both in it’s original form and what it has evolved into. There have been changes and there will be more. The current and former directors of Safety and Training have moved thing ever forward. The current Chair of the Safety and Training committee, along with the committee members are constantly modifying the program, making changes when they make sense, but not trying to reinvent what works. Bottom line, you’re right that there are a lot of variations on the PLF that, in certain circumstances work better than the exact version taught to students. But the basic PLF is what the student needs and should be taught. My concern is that in this age of modern parachutes it isn’t taught and practiced enough.
  2. 1st year in sport, wanted to talk to everybody about it and expected most would love it. 2nd-4th year in sport, loved to talk about it but realized most would never do it. 5th-30th year in the sport, change the subject when someone brings it up, having heard every wuffo skydiving story and joke way too many times.
  3. So, without second-guessing and/or flaming someone.... I assume your “coach” was an AFF I. If not, they had no business pulling for you. I assume it took a minute for you and the coach to figure out what was going on, and a minute takes you from altitude to 3500’. So, no “what were you doing waiting that long”. In the end, YOU deployed your reserve. You did your job. This is an ugly situation, especially with low jump numbers. Advice; in this situation, with a fully inflated reserve, the proper course would be to disconnect the RSL, look to be sure the main risers weren’t interwoven with the reserve, and chop the main up high before it inflated. I’m assuming, based on what you have said, that you were under your reserve for a while prior to it inflating. As to whether a DZ will allow you to jump with this injury, the more important thing is what could happen if you have another rough landing (not necessarily as bad as this one). I know someone who broke his neck (full halo for a couple of months), then shortly after coming back to the sport broke his back, then came back again and is now very involved in big-way jumping. He had a lot more jumps than you when this started. I also know someone who quit the sport after this type of injury, as he felt the financial implications of another serious injury would not be fair to his family.
  4. While you can take the test online, it must be proctored by a USPA S&TA or I-E. This means in person.
  5. This isn’t about a non-warm welcome, this is about you and your safety. You’ve got 30 some jumps, a 2 year layoff, and you were seriously injured on your last jump. My point is you should take the FJC, not just plan on some review and a jump. You yourself commented on how uneasy you felt about your canopy skills in your other post. Just my recommendation. As an C-E, a S/L I-E, and a AFF D-E.
  6. Just replied to your other post... I jump in Fargo. Are you signed up for a FJC? I hope you are not planning on just showing up for a recurrency jump.
  7. You were a low time jumper and did not know about the difference in parachute performance at high altitudes. Take the FJC, ask for radio assistance, and definitely practice PLF’s. Nothing against the DZ where you were trained, as Spaceland has a great program, but I everyone thinks their training was “the best”. PLF’s are something that receive very little time in most student programs. This is pretty universal since round mains and reserves went away, but when things go wrong, a good PLF can save you.
  8. Only with special clearance from headquarters. Under normal circumstance, group member drop zone is required.
  9. I guess the fact that you refer to dives by number (4 or 5) rather than by letter, to start with, and then mention including docking as part of the dive flow, and then question why we teach to not use us as a reference for what I assume is D-1 and D-2 (intentional turns)...? As to DZ’s doing their own thing, that is the common problem. Not just DZ’s, but also instructors. It’s pretty common, not just in skydiving, but very common IN skydiving, to resist change. The “this is how I was trained, I turned out OK, so this is how I train” attitude, or even worse the “I invented a better way”, or the worst, “I figured this out because of a potential problem that might or might not have ever even occurred” are all things I have seen way to many times and continue to see. The ISP isn’t perfect, nothing ever is, but it is the best, has the most up to date techniques, and has the best potential for uniform student training and advancement.
  10. Being a small club DZ, at Skydive Fargo you actually get more than what you pay for. All 25 jumps include a coach or instructor flying with you. No extra charge. That being said, this program is not designed to bring in outsiders, as free coaching is a money losing proposition. It is all about bringing new local skydivers into the sport and growing our club. On a side note, we also offer AFF. It also includes coaches flying with you through A license.
  11. So, you run AFF ratings courses that don’t follow the ISP? ie, include docking in early dives? Is your Examiner rating from USPA?
  12. This is NOT a common malfunction, it’s actually fairly rare.
  13. Bio says you are an AFF IE??? Current? Could you explain what you mean by “AFF like ISP dives”? Doesn’t the ISP define AFF progression?
  14. As others have said, you’re not current, not even close. Look at the upside. You were above the formation, not below. As long as you have altitude, you’ll figure out how to get down. When you’are well below, a lot tougher. Get back in the tunnel and work on fall rates.
  15. There are a number of different techniques given for diving exits, these are only mine. Usually, tumbling on diving exits is caused by trying to get belly to earth too fast. For students, I usually try this one first. Left foot in the door, right foot back, body facing the line of flight. Pick a spot on the horizon about 20-30 degrees in back of perpendicular and launch straight out with right hand high, left low. Do not look at the plane, look at the horizon. Another option. Left foot on the door frame right foot slightly back, body facing towards the back of the plane at about a 45 degree angle. Pick a spot on the ground about 45 degrees back and 45 degrees out. Dive down, away and back. Try to focus on diving down rather than getting belly to earth for a count of five. Once you get the feel of the relative wind you’ll wonder what gave you the problem
  16. Even though I don’t know YOU, I know you. Anyone who has been in this sport for a lot of years has know a lot of you’s. This is not a personal attack. It just is. We all thought we were different, above average, and could progress faster than those other guys and gals. This sport is full of type-A personalities. It’s the nature of the sport. I was you 30 years ago. Fearless, self assured and as I went from student to licensed jumper, smarter than I was. I’ve made more mistakes than you will probably ever make in this sport, because back then the training, the knowledge and the abilities of the really good jumpers was no where near where it is today. After 30 years, I know how much I don’t know and how much I still have to learn in this sport. I also tip-toed around the experienced regulars at the DZ. It takes a long time and a lot of jumps to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to skydiving advice. There are two way to go from here, either live long enough to figure out how much you don’t know or let your ego (not specific to you, this applies to everyone) limit you. The next few hundred jumps will get you one place or the other. I really don’t care if you’re honest with us, just be honest with yourself. Google (generic term, I hate google) Dunning Kruger effect and realize it does apply to all of us. If we ever meet, I’ll get the first round, but you, having many more “firsts”, will have to cover the rest.
  17. If you can’t take down the hanger, at least leave a large hole to be remembered by.
  18. Preface with the fact that I am not a rigger. You should know how to lube your cut-away cables and exercise your 3-rings, know how your rsl/mard system should be routed, know how to disconnect and reconnect risers and know how to do a complete line check . Any more is useful, but not necessary for the average sport jumper.
  19. Whoa.... I brought up some inconsistencies in your posts and that’s “going full keyboard warrior”? I’ve been jumping almost 30 years, held instructional ratings for 28 years and been an IE for over 20. I’ve seen a lot. I loaded up a friend on a backboard 25 years ago because he landed under a small reserve, didn’t time his flare right, and broke his back. He had hundreds of jumps under 7 cell canopies. I’ve seen highly experienced people get injured or killed, some times their fault, sometimes just luck of the draw. If I was a little insensitive when I posted, maybe it was because just a couple of night ago I was getting advice on landing my new canopy from someone whose last landing looked like a freestyle Skydive. I know enough to ignore his comments, but a low time skydiver wouldn’t. You are a licensed skydiver. I tell students that getting an A license means you can be as smart or as stupid as you wish. Jump whatever gear you want in whatever conditions you want. It means that USPA considers you a grown up. Your choice as to whether you act like one.
  20. Lot’s of contradictions in your posts. First, your reserve is NOT 189 or 190, Decelerators come 180 or 210, so with a 180 your reserve wing loading is about 1.4. Second, you say you have a small reserve because that’s the biggest that would fit your rig, then say you bought new gear, so you CHOSE to get something that small. You consult with the elder because “ you don’t want to get on a shit list”, then complain that you got some grief when you bought your new gear. Maybe their disapproval was based on your gear choice (small reserve) rather than the fact that it was new. You talk about your textbook flares, yet admit you sometimes “trip over your own feet”, your accuracy is bad, and you haven’t done a some very basic canopy drills. You have one year in the sport, only did 60 jumps over that year, but now want to step outside the generally accepted guidelines. Your ultimate reason for downsizing, easier front riser turns, makes no sense. You come on a public forum looking for strangers to recommend what the locals apparently won’t. I think it was Mark Twain that said “It is often better to remain silent when accused of stupidity than to speak and remove all doubt.” Ultimately, you are a grown up skydiver with an A license. You can do what ever you choose.
  21. Your choice of canopies and sizes should involve a lot more than wingloading, especially at your weight. From other posts, you wingsuit. This means you want a canopy known for consistent, on heading, no drama openings. This should eliminate all the more highly elliptical canopies. At you weight, things are more complicated when looking at wingloading. Once you get below 150’ canopies, the shorter lines change the canopy flight characteristics rather dramatically. It’s not just about the turns you choose to make, it’s more about how the canopy flies in ugly situations. A bad opening spin happens faster, a reaction to poor body position on deployment can go from interesting to cut-away, coming out of deep brakes asymmetrically can put you on your back withline twists and a canopy diving at the ground, what would have been a mildly embarrassing mis-judgement on final can become a femur or death. I would recommend something like a Pilot 150 or 135.
  22. Got this a couple of months ago, but just got to jump it last weekend. I had to do some AFF recurrency evaluation jumps for some instructors. I had been using an old single tone Ditter and an Optima with different profiles for AFF student, AFF eval and regular jumps. I sold my Optima after five jumps with the VOG. Having altitude count down was not annoying. Not having to check my wrist mount for altitudes was great. The voice used IS annoying to listen to on the ground, but just right in free fall. Easy to hear, very clear. Much more precise than tones. The app is straightforward, it charges pretty quick, changing the settings would be easy, but why would you need to keep changing it? I kept my old ditter for a “stupid low save my life” alert. i would recommend this to every jumper.
  23. I have 3 static line jumps, some tunnel time and fly canopies with totally different flight characteristics. I fly a 95’ canopy loaded at “about” 2/1. Why don’t you just say “I have mad skill”.
  24. If the problem is gauging distance above the ground, landing downwind from something (wind sock, wind blade, anything) to give a reference of height can sometimes help. Obviously not always possible because of obstacles.