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  1. The neutral (no inputs) mode of flight of any canopy is the suspended weight (the jumper) under the center of the canopy. After any input/ turn be it toggle, riser or harness. The canopy wants to return to it's neutral flight mode and the path the suspended weight follows is the recovery arc. Swoopers take advantage of the recovery arc to do their thing.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Care to enlighten us as to the brand of these "good" and "bad"smokes, so others can avoid the bad ones. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  6. Demo all the ones you are interested in. And do hop and pops or high pulls to have as much time as possible to fly and see what you like/ dislike about each one. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  7. Most DZs use radios, the instructor lands first and gives input to the student to help. See if your school does this. Also going out to the DZ to watch others land while an instructor or coach explains things and answers your questions can help. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  8. My nephew and I did the Skycoaster at Astroworld that summer and I decided I wanted to go skydiving for/ on my upcoming 35th birthday. The rest is a history of learning lots, having a blast and meeting tons of awesome people that like landing with parachutes instead of planes diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  9. Myself and the hundreds of CRW dawgs I know world wide jump at 1.3-1.35 for big ways. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  10. Dream Theater has 3 concept albums- Metropolis 2- Scenes from a Memory Six degrees of inner turbulence ( disc 2 ) The Astonishing Also if you're a Tool fan look into the "holy gift" song order for the Lateralus album. It's a unique way to listen to it. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  11. It's an advanced specialty competition canopy- made to order and not really marketed. The Qatar team was using them (or an earlier version) at the last worlds. I think it's PDs answer to the Martix diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  12. Get with a rigger that has made containers for demo flag jumpers. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  13. You may need to travel south a bit to be able to jump Later summer/ fall is notorious at that DZ for high winds. Spaceland has bought San Marcos otherwise I'd recommend it. For a non corporate DZ with a turbine check out Texas Skydiving company in Madisonville they fly a caravan. Other than that there's many 182 DZs around. My favorite being Skydive Temple. I took nearly a year to get my A, down near Houston mostly for money reasons but there were a few high wind days. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  14. 1- Yes there are injuries but there are also many more safe landings. It's kind of like airplane crashes, the 1 crash is on the news but the 100s of successful landings that same day are not reported. Your sample size might be skewing your viewpoint. Landing injuries can happen but the chances if the will happen can be greatly reduced or eliminated through using proper gear and training. 2- Unfortunately this is true. However using proper and in good condition/ well maintained gear greatly reduces the risk of those types of incidents. What you can't control is someone taking you out under canopy. DZs work to separate swoopers from regular traffic this still happens occasionally. Also while AADs help in worst case events from a collision in freefall to get a reserve open if you're unconscious and can't fly you could still hit obstacles. Jumping within your skill level and keeping groups small until you can safely fly on bigger stuff helps reduce this risk. 3- I manage the risk by accepting it and doing everything I can to not get complacent in my safety training. Using drugs or driving fast vastly pales in comparison to the joy of learning to fly, the memories made and the unique experiences I have had with some very good friends so far in my jumping career. That to me makes all the risk worth it. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  15. Sara is posting updates on FB on his condition and what the doctors are saying. She did say that he spun in with a partially inflated main and reserve. As to what happened during the jump that led to the situation, nothing has come out yet. I'm sure his team mates that were practicing rotations with him have the best information and will post it when they are ready. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  16. 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. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  17. 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. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  18. Almost 3 hours to the nearest CRW friendly DZ with a turbine for my commute. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  19. 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. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  20. 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.
  21. 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! diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  22. You'd have to fight it out in court if you could some how prove you were not drunk before you pulled up. The cops don't care, they would still arrest you. At these check points it's assumed you're guilty until you prove yourself innocent. And it's not just DUI they are looking for. They look to write tickets for expired tags, inspection, insurance. They even look for flimsy reasons to get people to consent to searches of their car. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  23. 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. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  24. 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. diamonds are a dawgs best friend
  25. What happened? diamonds are a dawgs best friend