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Posts posted by DougH

  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.


  3. 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.

  4. I don't know how I missed this gem! xD

    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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

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

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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!


  10. Lets move this to the photography forum, I posted a response there. Bad cross poster, bad. ;)

    There are gloves out there. I moved over to using 7's because my 3+ blacks were getting long in the tooth, and I had bought two hero black 7's for outside video. I didn't want to have to maintain two sets of multiple batteries, two battery chargers.

    Either way, lets move to the photo forum for replies. That place has been sad and lonely, and it could use the traffic!

  11. Never mind, the system just ate my post and it is gone. Great.

    Ok here we go again. 

    I connected with a guy named Joe on Facebook, his Facebook business page is under the name Triple D. He is doing a bunch of 3d printing. He had a stock glove setup, and he also printed a sweet double go-pro 7 mount for the front of my FTP that replaces the porch.

    I haven't put a ton a jumps on the glove, so I am still trying to figure out if I like how it sits lower on my hand instead of higher and further back. Makes it closer to the student and I have t-rex arms, but I like the simplicity of the setup.

    Camera are retained by friction and two spring loaded gates. Very snug fit on the cameras, I might actually sand slightly so they slide in easier.

    Joe was great to work with, and I would definitely recommend buying stuff from him if you like the design.



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  12. OK I will be that asshole, 280 is big bro! Even if you can pull off the equipment aspect it will make it harder to do the fun group aspects of skydiving.

    I know you are 6-4, and when you are tall the pounds add up, but how do you carry the 280? I am wondering if you are carrying extra weight you can lose, or if you have over interests like power lifting/body building that are a big factor in the weight?

    I am a midget in comparison at 5'6 but I carry a lot of weight on my frame relative to my size due to my build and weight lifting. I always have to balance wanting to have easier skydives with my friends against the desire to put on a bunch of weight to make lifting easier (and for vanity).  

  13. On 5/1/2019 at 4:57 PM, jgilbs06 said:

    Unfortunately, weekends are tied up the next few weeks I I can’t make it to the nearest DZ.  I need a reserve packed in a new container before a trip Memorial Day weekend so I can jump it. Anyone near the NH/MA border I can grab and I&R from? 

    How far are you from Nashua? My buddy is a rigger up there, and he should be able to meet that time table. PM me your contact information and I will pass it on.

  14. My next one will be an Ares for the tougher and larger display. I would probably pay more over if they could have a metal machined housing too, but my Viso's have held up fine, and I only lost one optima screen to a riser slap but it dodged it for seasons of tandems before it got hit.

  15. On 4/21/2019 at 1:37 AM, sundevil777 said:

    The relative stretchiness of dacron lines I believe is fairly well known, and important.

    I think there is something about the friction between dacron lines and slider grommets that is "just right".
    Ever since I've had my Pilot relined with Dacron, it has been "just right"...

    My 140 pilot has also been just right since I had it relined with Dacron. Love the combination.

    It wasn't a fast canopy to begin with, so I don't mind the performance loss. The openings have become perfect.

  16. I was going to say no, but then I noticed that Trunk launched a new Hypeye.

    I don't see the CX410 in the list, but I would check. He has a facebook page under Hypoxic, could probably message him on there.

    I do know that something changed with the sony output back around 2011? I have a CX760 that I never got around to jumping much, and I don't recall the earlier Hypeye D pro working for it.

    Now I have two GoPro7's on my FTP in a custom mount where the porch used to be, and the A7ii up top. No room for the CX760, and no real reason either.

  17. You need a rigger or packs to sit down with you and show you exactly how the brake settings work on a canopy.

    The quick answer is that with the brakes set the control lines are pulled down to a setting lower than full flight. The tail is deflected.

    If one side releases from that setting before the other you have one side with the brakes pulled down, and the other with the canopy in full flight. Which results in a turn.

    It has nothing to do with weight of the toggles, and everything to do with how far down the tail is pulled by the brakes, or not.