Chris-Ottawa

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  1. Chris-Ottawa

    Similar to Katana, but newer design?

    Interesting...you're telling me that the market is about to be flooded with v1.0 JFX's? just like Velos when the VK came out? This news pleases me! Lol "When once you have tasted flight..."
  2. Chris-Ottawa

    Similar to Katana, but newer design?

    I unfortunately only got to jump the Gangster 96 once (on a breezy day), but I agree, the opening was absolutely incredible and it dove like hell. Maybe I'll have to head south and arrange a few demos (Gangster & JFX ideally). Thanks for the input and great comparison to the Kat! *For the poster above, I've never seen a Zulu or known anyone who's jumped one, so I'm not sure about it. I'll do some digging though. "When once you have tasted flight..."
  3. Chris-Ottawa

    Similar to Katana, but newer design?

    Looking for opinions/help on where to go for my next canopy. Currently jumping a Katana 97 (@1.54), and I'm looking for an updated wing, not necessarily more performance. I did buy a VE84 last year and honestly didn't care much for it. Jumped a Gangster 96 recently and it was amazing, but I'm too cheap to buy new (plus it was a bitch to pack so I'm definitely looking used). Most people do the Katana to VE/VC transition, or maybe to the VK, but I'm not out for more performance. I like the Katana, but wonder of I'm missing out on newer tech. Maybe I should just stick with the Katana, it is still a blast. I'm considering the following: Crossfire? Neos? Smaller Katana? Suck it up and get a VC? JFX? What about the Mamba? Gangster (If I can find a used one) Something else I haven't heard of? Opinions/Thoughts/Recommendations? Thanks! "When once you have tasted flight..."
  4. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Doing it until you get it right is the purpose of AFF. You'll be fine, but don't think about it too much and analyze every aspect. Just go out, listen to the instructor and have fun. If you screw up, you have more jumps to figure it out. You may annoy your instructors if you try to read into every situation. It's not a normal situation for your body/mind to be in...you'll adapt. Now, in regards to tandem progression specifically, that's an awkward situation anyways. I never did Tandem progression, but when I was helping out with some recurrency jumps for the Tandem masters, I was asked to pull on the jump I got voluntold to be the passenger. I said sure, and didn't think twice about it. I had 200+ jumps and my B license and I did not find the handle - the TM pulled. Tandem progression is awkward because the handle is NOT in the same place as it will be in AFF on your own rig. Hopefully that makes you feel better...go sign up for AFF, practice on the ground wearing the rig and you'll do fine. FWIW...on my first PFF (Canadian version of AFF), my instructor also pulled for me, but for a different reason. I was doing all my altitude checks, practice pulls and everything spot on. When I did my practice pulls, I was so nervous about locking on and pulling the handle, that I just touched the handle each time. When it came time to pull, I reached back, went to grab the handle and it was already gone...I grabbed a whole whack of bridle after my instructor pulled for me. He said that he didn't think I was going to pull because I wasn't grabbing the handle during practice, but he also didn't give me a chance to pull and pulled exactly at my 5500' altitude. Typically they will give you 1000' to try, and then pull you if you don't. The other instructor said that he overreacted and should have given me time...but I had to repeat the jump anyways. So...I'll never know whether I would have puled or not. "When once you have tasted flight..."
  5. Chris-Ottawa

    Katana 97 W/L 1.9 for swooping

    Even though I only load my Katana 97 @ 1.5, I absolutely love it, but I did think that a Velo was the next step. Last summer, I bought myself a Velo 84 @ 1.8 and after 5 jumps on it, I decided that I much prefer the Katana. The Velo was noticeably faster forward, flared great and was fun, but the openings scared the crap out of me and the front riser pressure was unbearable. For that reason, I decided to keep the Katana instead of the Velo. I'm certain that if I stuck it out and got to learn it, I would have kept it, but I felt more confident on the Katana. With that said, a week or two after I sold the Velo I had a very close call on the Katana. Gave myself some grass stains on my ass from digging hard after I stayed in the turn longer to avoid a group of people. That reinforced my decision to keep the Katana. And yes, I know the Velo "may" dig you out of the corner better, but it's also ~15% smaller and going faster so your margin is smaller. I'm very happy with the Katana. "When once you have tasted flight..."
  6. Chris-Ottawa

    Aurora container

    I think it was purely to limit frivolous lawsuits by excluding it from being used in a manner that it was not specifically designed around. Or maybe they had issues in testing that made them confident that it really is a bad idea. My money is on the first option though...it is the USA afterall. "When once you have tasted flight..."
  7. Chris-Ottawa

    Katana 97 - Tight Tail Roll Causes Twists

    Been jumping my KA97 for he last 450 jumps and I had the same problem. I learnt over time that the less you mess with it, the better it behaves. I've only ever had 2 linetwsts and recovered both. It's been at least 2 or 3 years since I had even linetwists, maybe a half twist out of the bag, but if it clears without my intervention, I don't consider it linetwists. Anyway, I do still roll the tail, but I take 2-3 BIG, loose rolls and pack it up. You're on the right track....loosen those rolls! "When once you have tasted flight..."
  8. Chris-Ottawa

    Cessna Skymaster Jump?

    I spent an entire summer and hundreds of hours flying those damn birds doing aerial fire detection in Northern Ontario (that's in Canada for those that don't know, haha). I was hired to be the spotter, but 99% of the time, the pilots took that time to take a nap or casually enjoy their lunch. As the summer went on, I was flying more and more, doing all the radio calls for the plane, as well as the fire detection calls etc. Near the end of the summer, I was landing the plane on my own. If only I had taken a pilots training course, I could have counted all those hours and been well on my was to my commercial ticket. Alas, still no formal pilot training, but I've lost interest now that I can jump out. Random fact, but one of the planes in the pictures (i believe it was the red one) was previously owned by Johnny Cash. The ignition switch was moved into the pilot's ash tray for security. Fun fact of the day and probably my favorite job ever...paid for college in a single summer. Anyways, this was 10+ years before I was a jumper, but I was still obsessed with planes. That being said, I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable jumping from one as that rear prop is pretty ominous. The passenger doors would certainly need to be removed as they would be flapping up and down and likely cause a tonne of damage. If someone ever asked me to jump one though...I'd do it in a second. *Pictures were taken in July'ish 2004. "When once you have tasted flight..."
  9. Chris-Ottawa

    Wings w-4 with op 126 and sabre 2 120?

    Not that it's an exact match, but close for reference. I've got a W5 with an OP126 and a Katana 97. I originally had my PD113 in there, but with the Katana and the PD, it was pretty damn tight. So, I switched reserves with my other gear to make them both a better fit. I had an easier time packing the OP than the PD into the W5, but it was still pretty damn tight. My gear is a bit older too (2004 I think), so it might be made slightly differently, but I think you'd be pushing the limits. Basically a maxed out reserve and a larger than max main. MIGHT be ok if you don't have an AAD, but if you do, I'd say forget about it. FWIW: I have also put my Triathlon 99 (pretty new and Gelvenor fabric) into the same container with the OP and it's a brick. A 120 is probably pushing the limits, but I'm sure it could be done with a struggle each time. Also, I do have an Argus in each of my rigs. "When once you have tasted flight..."
  10. Really? This is the judgemental conclusion you come to? A new jumper makes a profile 2 weeks ago, doesn't meticulously update every aspect of it to your standards, then asks a perfectly valid (and helpful) question, and gets pounced on by you? Are you THAT paranoid that you think anyone with a new profile offering to help is a troll? Sometimes, just sometimes, maybe, but only occasionally...people genuinely want to help. "When once you have tasted flight..."
  11. Paid for and packed almost all 600 jumps so far -excludes ~30 Tandem video jumps -excludes 3 packjobs that I didn't pack As for how much was spent...lots, but it doesn't matter. It makes me happy and I'd spent it all the same way again. "When once you have tasted flight..."
  12. Chris-Ottawa

    NEW GPS Tracker

    This looks great in my opinion and I wish them the best of luck. Seems to be very compact and simple. I doubt I'd pay a subscription, but I'm certain that some people will. Good on you guys! One question. Are the electronics (I'm guessing the GPS module) exposed like the picture shows inside of the riser? If that's the case, I believe that will be a HUGE design flaw. Here are some thoughts: A) Wires/Solder points will fail from repeated stress from packing and curving around the harness B) The electronics module will be crushed or damaged from repeated deployments from the riser covers or just general use. I assume you will be sealing it in silicone or something? C) What about moisture in freefall/swoop pond on the electronics (or the activation cable) Maybe include an o-ring if it's not already, and silicone the entire electronics module? D) Cold weather - While jumping, will these wires easily bend when partially frozen and deployed, or while packing on a cold day? I'm not intending to be an ass, just providing constructive criticism that can hopefully be considered in the final product (if they haven't already). Keep in mind that I'm looking at a picture and making best guesses... I'd be curious to hear their thoughts on the abuse and how that will be or can be mitigated. I know that if the circuit board was included in the case, it would be much improved, but that's not what it looks like. ***Also, there are several spelling errors on the campaign page. [inline electronics.jpg] "When once you have tasted flight..."
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  14. Unless you like your women with a penis...I'm probably not your type. Even if you do...I'm not your type. Haha "When once you have tasted flight..."
  15. Dude, people hate me because I can eat anything I want, all day long and never gain weight. I'm 31 now, and I've weighed 125 lbs since I was 17. I've never crested 130lbs, even in the winter after xmas or something. My metabolism is insane...for now! I do occasionally jump with lead, but it makes me feel fat, ha-ha. "When once you have tasted flight..."