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  1. I have a buddy that shoots lots of CRW with that camera and a 16mm lens His settings base line is: ISO bracketed 1-800, f 5.6, shutter speed 400-800 depending on light. He'll make adjustment from there if needed
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    Looking to start training!

    Skydiving is a very in person activity. Why not go out to the dropzone you're thinking about training at just to observe and ask questions. Jumpers love to talk about jumping. Another option would be to see if they have a FB group, lots of DZs do. And post some question there.
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    AAD fires

    None last year. And in my 14 years of jumping there has only been 1 AAD fire when I was at a DZ. It was a free flier that lost altitude awareness.
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    Difference LPV and Hybrid

    LPV is the newer material that packs up smaller. Hybrid canopies are usually made with a regular ZP top skin and F-111 bottom skin and internal ribs.
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    I use Sena SMH-10R for 2 way and working with newbies. Some 4 way teams use similar radios. On the bigger stuff if radios are used it is usually walkie talikes with only one person able to talk to the whole group. If everyone could talk to everybody else on a big way things could get very confusing.
  6. Almost 3 hours to the nearest CRW friendly DZ with a turbine for my commute.
  7. For a DZ I'd go with one that has a bigger plane. Quicker to altitude and usually means more loads turning. I would caution that learning to skydive isn't something to be crammed into a specific time line or rushed. People learn at different paces, debriefs take time, sometimes people need to repeat levels and trying to do too many jumps in a day can end up having diminishing returns. Then there are factors out of your control- limited availability of student gear and wind/ weather holds. You can begin your training at an Ohio DZ and then finish up back at home if needed.
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    Container for CRW sizing guide

    I've been recently window shopping for a new CRW container. And Infinity is the only company that lists Lightnings in their container sizing info. While other manufacturer list cubic inch capacity and/or only standard size mains for canopy compatibility. Using available PIA canopy volume info, cross compared with standard canopy sizes and a dash of the "just go one size bigger" adage that an old CRW dawg shared I've worked out a guide to make container shopping a bit easier for myself. And thought I'd share. 1- Take the size of Lightning and round up to the nearest standard 9 cell size. 2- Take that number and go up one more canopy size. If you up size a lot for pup training or jump in a dry climate going up another size can make packing even easier. See table below Lightning: Rounded Up size: Container sized for: 113 120 135-150 126 135 150-170 143 150 170-190 160 170 190-210 176 190 210-230 193 210 230-250 Your mileage may vary and individual personal gear experiences may differ from the table.
  9. Humans are born with an instinctual fear of heights as a survival mechanism. Being scared is normal and the fear may not ever really go away. However, as you gain experience with knowledge and training about the gear you are trusting your life to, it will become something you recognize and can handle better. As I was going through AFF I went from being scared to enjoying the thrill of jumping. Then in my early days of having my A it shifted again to- the playground is out the door, let's go have fun!
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    Dropzones in Dallas area

    You could drive 4 or so hours south to Houston or San Marcos if the Dallas DZs are winded but then you'll burn half the day driving instead of jumping. Best bet is to get to the DZ early before the winds pick up and be ready to stick around till the end of the day when the winds calm back down. You could get 2 maybe more AFF jumps in doing this. And if students get put on a wind hold use the time to ask questions and learn stuff for your proficiency card.
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    First Rig - Making the most of a container

    The canopies wouldn't be un-safe unless you'd be wing loading the reserve and main higher than what is appropriate for your current skill level. As for the rig, check the volume of the container against the volume of the canopies and use the right tool for the job. Cramming canopies that are too big in there because they should fit can be un-safe and puts unneeded stresses on flaps and such. Also don't be afraid to talk to the rigger at the DZ about gear. You won't "look like an idiot". You're a jumper looking for information and to gain knowledge about gear.
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    AFF Stuggles

    I repeated the release dive twice and was getting frustrated. My instructor told me that I was putting pressure on myself to perform. And that I should take the mental energy that I was expending on that and instead use it to relax and focus on the fun I was going to have and to think about what was going to well on the next jump. I passed the next jump. During the debrief he said, "Embrace that skydiving is a process of incremental improvements. Focus on the fun and the positive and you'll have a better time." This advice continues to sever me well in my jumping.
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    US DZ operating Skyvan or Sherpa

    Skydive Paraclete XP aka Raeford has a Skyvan and a Casa. They are mostly used by Fort Bragg for military training.
  14. Kapowsin is a USPA group member DZ. Meaning they have pledged to offer first jump courses taught by USPA rated instructors and to follow all USPA Basic Safety Requirements. You'll be in good hands. If you don't fully understand something keep asking questions. Good instructors will not rush things and will take all the time you need to learn and be ready to make a skydive.