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  1. ufk22

    VOG audible altimeter

    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.
  2. 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”.
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    Stage 4 AFF repeat

    From what I know, the program appears to be structured about the same as USPA, just called level 2 rather than B, level 3 rather than C. If not, what are the advancement criteria for level 2 and 3? I would be disappointed (pissed off, really) with any AFF I that allowed a student to get through a release dive, let alone singe side, without first mastering hover control (proper body position, no backsliding, turn dampening).
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    Stage 4 AFF repeat

    Leg position should get fixed in Cat B (level2) and Cat C1 (level 3). Can you describe your level 2 dive?
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    Fear of Landing

    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.
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    Floor cushion in 182

    Too slippery.
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    USPA Board Meeting

    And you missed the part where this was discussed by the board for over a year, at two prior meetings. Glad to know you checked into what research the board did prior. Who on the board did you talk to about that? USPA has been trying to get more of this kind of info, but no one wants to submit anything they aren’t required to. How many non-fatal incidents get reported? Don’t want to make the DZ look bad. Get over it.....
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    USPA Board Meeting

    I don’t understand alll the fuss... A student can sue????? For an AAD fire????? This seems to go to the erroneous assumption that the instructor in there to save the student’s life. That is the student’s job. My job is to train them to proficiency. Maybe because is was trained S/L and trained S/L students for 20 years before I started AFF. As an AFF-I, I see my responsibilities being to train thoroughly on the ground, supplement this with hand signals in the air and assist with stability and deployment. If USPA can gain information from this reporting that allows me to do that more efficiently, great.
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    AAD fires

    I’ve directly witnessed two AAD fires on student jumps, know of a half dozen more on student jumps, and have seen or heard of about a dozen on fun jumps at local drop zones.
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    http://www.chutingstar.com/skydiver-smoke, good stuff http://www.paragear.com/skydiving/10000143/L1256/EG18X-MILITARY-SMOKE crap
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    We’ve tried the new style demo smoke and had really bad luck, and 75% bad. Plan on going back to the traditional stuff even though it’s $30/pop. Anyone had good luck with the new stuff? This is the paradox of skydiving. We do something very dangerous, expose ourselves to a totally unnecesary risk, and then spend our time trying to make it safer.
  12. If you can find a DZ that will let you jump without a FJC refresh and at least one AFFI, do not jump there. Yeah, with 50 jumps and a 10 year layoff, it’s like falling off a bike..... A really BIG bike.
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    Tunnel to AFF training BSR change

    The important question is exactly what training they received in the tunnel. As we see utilization of this BSR change increase over time, I think we will see the tunnel training items evolve. Exactly. Evaluating any training based on certain worst cases doesn’t work. Unusual for tunnel students to over arch. Basic tunnel training usually has students flying too flat. They probably weren’t trained adequately or whoever taught them was overcompensating for expectations of them flying too flat. Every program has some instructors that don’t train well and every program has dramatically changed training as the sport has progressed. Look at how tracking or turns used to be taught and remember how many more students did poorly when starting out back in the day. I spent a season as the lone AFFI at our DZ, a small S/L operation. Never took a student that hadn’t completed C-2 (1st clear and pull with S/L, 6th jump). Some were really boring and some were a shit show but this didn’t mean the program was dangerous, just variations in students and differences in advancement standards with different instructors. I agree that having two instructors for the first jump has advantages but disagree that only one is not safe. And, if any student managed to “chuck me” by arching hard I’d be re-evaluating my own methods, not the program that trained them.
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    Tunnel to AFF training BSR change

  15. If your description of what happened is accurate, this doesn’t sound like a toggle fire. Without video, you will never know. What you do know is you executed EP’s and lived. Quit second guessing yourself.
  16. There’s two kinds of need for “currency”. One kind to deal with issues and problems. The other for skill in the sport. On the safety side, your statistical analysis of the danger is wrong. While statistically your chance for a cutaway is tied to jump numbers, in the real world it isn’t. I had four reserve rides my first five years of jumping and none in the last 22 years. I learned more about how to pack, why things happen and how to prevent them. For safety, how much “currency” is needed changes with jump numbers. You, with a B license, need more jumps with more regularity than someone with 1000 or 2000 jumps. That’s why the USPA standards change with different licenses. There is not a point where jumping more yields no benefits unless you become complacent.
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    Katana's dont kill people...

    How much do you know about your canopy? Do you know the steering lines need to be replaced every 200-400 jumps? Do you know what happens if you don’t? I watched a good friend’s steering line break at 50’. He lived, but femured and injured his shoulder. http://www.dropzone.com/forum/Skydiving_C1/Gear_and_Rigging_F6/HMA_lines-_history_of_snapping_without_warning_P367436 See post #20.
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    Are Ifly encouraging bad body position?

    Would you teach all this to a Cat A student before you took them up for their first jump?
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    Conflict of Interest?

    From coaches I’ve flown with; Coaches buy block time at discount, you pay them at regular rate. Coach makes money off difference and tips. They will schedule you into times that are only partially filled with regular customers. Tunnel fills partially open time blocks. Kind of like putting 4 fun jumpers to fill a tandem load. Win for everyone
  20. It’s a lot more complicated than size. A PD 190 is probably 20 years old. When it was in common use, almost no one jumped 1:1. It is now an earth seeking missile. I started on gutter gear like that, but at about 1.5. Landings will be an adventure. You don’t say what canopy you have your stand ups on, but chances it has a Zp top skin at the very least. Landing old F111 canopies is very different. Much easier to stall if you flare early, much easier to pile in if you flare late. If you are considering jumping it, get it inspected.
  21. break at 4500’- 10 seconds=2500’ deployment, not 3500’.
  22. You have 3 jumps (non tandem). Take your time, be patient. You will learn. As to ego, you’ll figure out this sport is full of MORE than most. Take advice with a grain of salt, as a lot of people think they know more than they do. Being female, be extra careful, know your limits. Women get “helped along” in this sport more aggressively than guys. Not uncommon for this “help” to get you into situations you might not be ready for.
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    Working toward AFF

    First off, focus as much or more on TEACHING skills as flying skills. Get a SIM and IRM and start working on lesson plans for the teaching topics. Refine them and practice, maybe teaching real students with an AFF I supervising and get feedback. Sit in on GOOD instructors teaching the catagories you will be teaching for the course (and maybe all of them) and steal everything they do that works. Make lots of notes and show up for the class prepared to teach. As to the flying, your profile says you're a belly flyer. This alone puts you way ahead of anyone who is a free flyer. Things that will help you in the class; Jump a lot with students and low timers. Chasing/staying with them will give you skills you don't develope doing tight FS with good flyers ie constantly adjusting your fall rate to stay on level, side/back sliding to stay relative to them, etc. Learn to fly with your legs, can't use your arms if you're holding on to a student. Make sure your tracking is efficient. You will be finishing these jumps in the basement, but still have to track far enough to gain separation from your evaluator and deploy above 2500'. If your tracking is more dive than flat, it won't work well. If you have decent flying skills, the mental part is what makes it hard. I've been watching rating candidates "mentally melt" for years during IRC's. The ones that don't are the ones that are best prepared for the teaching. All that being said, the bottom end of an AFF eval dive is the most intense thing I've ever been through. Nothing you can do to prepare for that. Good luck
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    Vector V348 Sizing Question!

    150 is small as is practical
  25. torn rotator cuff is pretty common, especially for someone who is OLD.