DougH

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  1. You aren't going to find them for a one off camera unless you have someone make something custom. Search on Facebook for Triple D on facebook. The guys name is Joe and he does 3d scanning and 3d printing. I just got some custom GoPro mounts from him for my FTP and they are excellent. You can tell him DougH mentioned him to you.
  2. I just ponied up for two 7 blacks. TripleD on facebook out of NZ makes a great dual mount for the front of a FTP, and a dual hand cam mount that is pretty unique. The hand cam sits the first camera down in front of the hand in a stair step so the whole stack of cameras doesn't sit sky high on the hand and you can get to the record buttons on each camera. Really happy with Joe's work, 3d printing is amazing, and the prices were great, especially with the exchange rate right now. I will let you know how they work out once the season really kicks off. Also, GoPro was offering a trade in discount as of two weeks ago. I traded in a old GoPro 2, not a bad dead.
  3. I am thinking that the forum search is really limited, especially the ability to search by topic title. Is this a known difficulty, or am I doing something wrong. The camera forum has died down a lot over the years, blame GoPros, less thought has to go into flying camera. But previously I could search to dig up old posts and look at pictures as setups. I am struggling with searching using the terms FTP, or Flat Top Pro, and other combinations. In the past using those same terms would bring up a lot of old posts. It almost seems like only new posts, post forum change, can be searched by topic title. Old posts only seem to come up when searching topic and body, and that brings up all types of garbage, especially since old signatures are now in the body of posts after the conversion.
  4. I think I posted a query about this in the past. Trying to think through all the options of mounting my Newton sight on this FTP without the stock post. I have the removable Schumacher sight bracket, it is articulated. The porch is gone but I have a big dual Gopro mount in its place. I'm almost wondering if the center of the front of helmet might work if it allows enough room to articulate up. Will have to break out some dowels to mock up before I start chopping and drilling. Side of helmet? Wondering how other people may have rigged theirs up.
  5. The KISS has actual retention latches that you have to push in to open, so that would be a plus over the rubber locking mechanisms.
  6. It is really hard to say, especially over the internet. I personally think that the number should be closer to 1000. Currency is a factor too, 100 jumps in a year aren't a lot. You say you are really current, what exactly are you basing that on? That being said sometimes there is value in slow and steady, extra years in the sport come with additional experience if you are listening and learning. You may have a better head on your shoulders than the new candidate that pumped out 200 hops and pops to meet the minimums, and are using their tandem a year before they started AFF as the starting point for their three years in sport. I have seen that, and it is a fucking sham.
  7. The Optima II's work flawlessly with the KISS, and I believe that the helmet already comes with an adapter for it. I have a Aon2 Pebbles as well, and it is also plenty loud. I found the lack of buttons to be a bit cumbersome as mentioned, and also disliked the fact that it went off during the climb, but maybe they have updated the firmware from that point. My only gripe about the Optima's is the LCD screen is a little fragile. I had mine for years and years, 10+, and probably about 4 of those years were on my KISS. It finally got hit with a riser on a tandem jump and it broke the LCD screen. That would be one negative with it being externally mounted the way it is on the KISS, but the trade off is the ease of adjustment versus the headache of adjustment on the Pebbles.
  8. You dredged up a thread from 2005 to answer Tardo's joke after 13 years??? That is commitment.
  9. How would the Feds know? A we talking fun jumpers at night, or are we talking about tandem students and observers during the day. If jumpers are the jumpers dealing on the property, storing quantities that would attract attention? Are they using it discretely, or are they being assholes and drawing negative attention? If it was my business I would make it clear that at minimum there is no substance consumption on the premises by any time during operating hours.
  10. What would be the prevention here? Non-destructive testing at some interval? Magna-flux or x-ray? I think we all know that with metal parts there isn't always visible damage on the surface even though the part may have a major internal flaw.
  11. At my home DZ I don't every jump, but I know when all of the rigs get repacked, and we have a good handle on maintenance and rigging. If I go to a different DZ to lend a hand for the weekend, or over the winter, I take the time to check. As far as lack of gear checks on the ground, and handle checks... fuck that. It is their ass and their students ass on the line, don't follow their bad example. It is a really negligent and frankly stupid. I have caught things numerous times doing gear-checks, packers aren't infallible and there are even more ways you can mess up packing and closing a tandem rig. I have seen one come back from a major rigging loft with the 3-rigs all FUBAR. Check your gear, your life and your students life is depending on it. Especially as a new TI, don't let anyone rush you. They aren't going to be the ones listed in the incident report.
  12. Pilots and Safire II's would both also be good options to consider. The Sabre II will be slightly more aggressive, but you won't really notice a huge difference at that size and wing-loading, and all three would be good choices.
  13. Fine by me. I sold in July and the timing was right, and don't plan to purchase again for the next year or two. Rates will probably suck at that time, and I will never see the 3% 15 year rate that I had before but at least I will hopefully be in a good cycle of buying low again. I doubt we will see the 1980's double digit mortgage rates again, but I could be sorrily mistaken.
  14. Not here either. I don't think it is bad press if you are doing your EP's properly. I don't have a ton of tandem cutaways (*knock on wood*) but my students have often ended up posing with the cutaway and reserve handle for ground shots, and they certainly got their video. As I said before I don't think withholding this specific video would have been dishonest if the DZO also took the corrective action with this TI and explained to the student what occurred. Step 1 is owning up to the fuck up.
  15. Is it just me, or is a line or some other break needed in the way that the forum displays signatures. I could just be that I am seeing old pre-change signatures that look odd because of the way they were retained. Either way they blend right into the actual post content.
  16. We had been discussing this in the TI Instructors forum. Yes it makes the tandem instructor look very bad. His stellar exit, arching, and drogue toss is only bested by his astute judgement in releasing the video out into the wild. What do you mean when you ask about what happened after? Are you asking about retraining or sanction for the TI?
  17. Whoops. This popped up a few times this morning.
  18. Too bright and way too much white space on my desktop, holy eye strain batman!
  19. Please see your other post. You don't need two, unless you want to get flak from everyone about asking twice. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  20. Wing loading matters, until it doesn't. Yes, that isn't an ill-advised wing-loading, but only in a vacuum without considering any other factors. Controlling for canopy type, the 170 will have more forward speed and more descent speed than the 190 and if you aren't already flying the 190 well you should wait to fly the 170 because it is only going to compound the areas that you need to practice and improve on. It isn't that I would be calling your DZ to get in on the bounce bingo, I don't know anything about you other than what you typed, but people have gotten away with way worse. But... that really isn't the point. It is more an issue of learning and progression. You will build your basic canopy skills better with a slower progression on a slower canopy. It is easy to learn when things are going slower, and your brain isn't racing to keep one step ahead of the canopy. Your canopy skills for the rest of your skydiving career will build on the base skills you are learning right now. Get your hands on another demo canopy and do some more jumps that focus primarily on canopy flight. Also ask an instructor or an experienced jumper to film your landing and debrief you, or better yet take a Flight 1 canopy course. That is a much better than trying trial and error, because at your level of experience it is hard for you to know what you screwed up when the landing wasn't great. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  21. Nope. But here's a recent picture of it relaxing in the couch. Dave Dave Be careful with that thing! "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  22. The Sony's with the BOSS (balanced optical steady shot) system are rock solid in that regard. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  23. That is going to be pretty soft in there. The closing loop location on the icons can allow you to mis-size some, hell I had a 114 in a I5, but in hindsight it probably wasn't a great idea and I only took it on hop and pops and I tried to be a ninja with every movement in the plane. You could have a rigger make you up a pillow to take up some of the space in the main container. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  24. Can't speak for Perris, but the Eloy boogie is awesome. It isn't all partying. There is so much organizing going on during the day. I haven't been in a few years because of work commitments, but I had amazing trips in years past. The partying itself isn't a big distraction either. They have had a beer truck in the past that opened when the last load took off, but everyone is pretty laid-back about it. I don't recall much wing-suit organizing but maybe I wasn't paying attention. "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P
  25. Are we watching the same video? He exited back towards the relative wind, and it isn't like he did a diving exit, or a gainer that would have transitioned into positioning him back into a good orientation to the relative wind on the hill. If he got back to the basics that we teach students would we even be talking about him right now? Up - down - prop - arch. Present into the relative wind, watch the plane fly away. A large percentage of students don't arch from their hips right out the door, especially if they are crouched down on exit like in an aircraft with a shorter door like a caravan. They leave knees bent and down. How can you place this on the student? "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall" =P