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DougH last won the day on July 11

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  1. I am very happy with my M2, especially what I percieve is an actual safety benefit of not having to take it out for service. For myself I think the Cypres service intervals decreased safety, because I didn't end up renting a unit when mine was out for service, and I would continue to jump the rig while it was out.
  2. I love my gopro 7 setup. The glove is a pivot pad base that I already had from my GoPro 3+ setup, with a 3d printed camera mount that got it from Juan RS. The camera mount is flawless, it uses the stock skeleton housing for the top camera and the bottom camera just fits in with a tight fit and a bungee. Easy to get cameras in and out, no snags, just clean. I love and hate my GoPro 7. The image is great and the stabilization makes all of the footage amazing. It is also a buggy piece of shit and I hope that the engineers at GoPro eat a batch of bad street tacos and get endless diarrhea. I have lost probably 3 or 4 videos this season because the camera locks up when the video is recording, and there is no way to get it to reset short of pulling the battery which isn't going to happen once you leave the plane.
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    I am hearing that it was the Collings Foundation "Nine-O-Nine".
  4. DougH

    Glide Path Nova

    Self packing parachute, bad voodoo. I have only been in the sport 14 years, but I ran into one or two messed up jumpers with nicknames like Nova Jeff, who had their Nova's wad up too low to do anything about it, but two high to get away without some serious injury.
  5. I don't know how I missed this gem! I totally think you should kick out those fake weekend instructors like myself. Then you will have to hire more full time instructors to handle the weekend capacity, and you will have to share more of your weekday jumps. The math will totally work out in your favor, trust me I am certified public accountant who pretends to be a skydiving instructor on the weekends. I will get to fun jump more, so screw it, and I don't really care if you have to switch from Dinty Moore stew to Alpo because you suck at math.
  6. DougH

    UPS left rig in truck for 3 days

    If my memory is correct, and I am looking at the right PIA service bulletin, that had a very limited impact on civilian sport containers. But your point is well taken.
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    UPS left rig in truck for 3 days

    It will be just fine. It isn't best practice to leave a rig in a hot trunk or car, but if I had to pull a number out of my ass I would have to say that close to 100% of rigs get exposed to similar conditions multiple times during their service life. 3 days of it is hardly a concern.
  8. It seems like we are missing information to give you reasonable advice. How many jumps over how many years did you have when you stopped jumping? My thoughts would be different for someone who had a fresh A license, or 130 jumps over 3 years, compared to someone who had a D license and 800 jumps under their belt and 4 years in the sport.
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    Full-face helmets

    Grow a beard, you can't get ingrown facial hair if it is long and sitting above your skin. The worse my helmet does after a sweaty day of tandems is smoosh my beard down.
  10. DougH

    Ideal body type for skydiving

    Big difference between ideal, and manageable, and in my opinion ideal depends on where you are in your skydiving progression. Shorter stocky people will often have a much easier time with their student jumps. They have less rudder to deal with at a time where it could be described as uncontrolled or minimally controlled rudder. For example my easiest tandem students are short guys with a beer belly. They have a built in arch, I could sleep on the way down. Your tall lanky student has more control surface, less built in arch, and problems with body position with their legs and arms have a bigger impact on their stability. As you get your license and move on to group skydiving the lanky ones have more tools in the toolbox in terms of fall rate and body flight, but the right jump suit choices for can narrow the gap for stocky people. All that being said your body type won't be a problem at all.
  11. That is actually a great idea for the interim. I have done that in the past, I probably should have reverted back to my simpler cheaper solution. Actually I might combined the two ideas, and have the seamstress reinforce holes around where my regular suits upper grippers are with some binding tape, then I can wear it right over my tighter jumpsuit and not lose the grippers.
  12. I am thinking about getting a slower jacket to go with a pair of bootie pants that I already have. On my belly I am slightly on the faster side of the fall rate spectrum, being 5'6 175 without gear, and more torso than limbs. The crowd at the DZ is on the skinnier taller side, so my original suit RW suit, a snugger pitts special, is a little too fast when people aren't focusing on arching in the formation. The pants are Tony Suits so I started playing around with their configuration tool for their Bigway jacket. Unfortunately it looks like they are up to four months out for delivery times with regular jumpsuits, unless you drop an additional 200 hundred on the double top secret rush. I have access to a talented seamstress, but she is new to making jumpsuits so I would need to come armed with ideas to make the suit slower. One of the options on the tony suit design was double layered fabric on the arms with a zp lining. I am thinking a baggier cut with swoop cords too. Mostly all 4-ply or suplex with no real spandex to streamline except for a cuff at the waste and cuffs at the wrists. I am looking for ideas on construction and pictures if anyone could please share. Thank you!
  13. That is great, thanks for the extra info. It looks like USPS is never going to deliver the first part from Juan, so he is going to send another. You are right, he is also a great guy to work with. It mirrors my experience with Joe from Triple D. 3d printing has definitely been a great game changer.
  14. @TheCaptain, how snug is the lower camera in that mount? I think Juan has added a shock cord to the version that is being sent to me that goes around the part where the lens juts out.
  15. That is actually the second mount that I have in transit. I already have the pivot pad base, although the velcro could probably use a refresh after 6 years of use!