DougH

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  1. The thread about reserve handles brought up this thought.

    If you have a premature reserve deployment, and it is severally damaged, or not safe to land due to a bad line over, or tension knots, what do you do?

    My thought would be since the main is still there, in the bag, you can cut away the reserve risers with a hook knife, get belly to earth, and deploy the main.

    Or would it be better to pull the main and try and inflate it into a two out?

    I was just curious what other people would do in this what if situation (assuming you have enough time to even deal with it). :S


    Edit: Sorry I believe that this should be in the saftey and training forum. I must have been a little mixed up. :o
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

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    Are the digital ones accurate down low? Say from 1000-300 feet. I use my alitimeter a good deal to setup my landing pattern.



    Guess why most swoopers are using digitals ;)



    Because they are nutty? ;)

    So does the accuracy come from the ease of reading, or from the mechanics of a digital unit?

    Right now I am torn between getting a new altitrac, or another altimiter that has logging features. I guess I could also get a regular altimeter, and an audible too.
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

  3. Send your money to a neutral rigger; he does the same with the rig. Then when the rigger is satisfied with the rig he gives the guy the money, and you the rig.

    I bought mine sight unseen off ebay. It went well, but I had some moments where I was worried about the transaction. Dealing through a rigger would have saved me some worrisome moments.
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

  4. Not DEA, but I know some people in the IRS. :D

    It is a tiny drop zone, that is why I can state this with confidence!!! Hell our DZO doesn't even drink, not a drop. :P
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

  5. Not at mine. No beer cans get opened until after the last load, and I have never even seen pot there period. :ph34r:

    I would be more concerned about the lives that could get hurt, than the people who could get in trouble.
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

  6. I was hoping to get some clarification please.

    I am aware that on my journey to get my A license I need to have 5 jumps within 20 meters of preselected target.

    I am reading the two sided proficiency card and it seperately mentions: "demostrate a stand up landing".

    Originally my instructor has been telling me the accuracy landings also need to be stand ups.

    Which I am aiming for any way, I stand up more than a fall now, but it sounds like I don't need to stand up in the peas for them to count.
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

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    So my Fruit Loop joke was deleted because?.....:S:|[:/]



    I dunno but I thought it was funny.

    Thanks for clarifying every one. For some reason every time some one mentions "loops" I get a picture in my head of tinkerbell doing a lazy looping circle... not a picture of the tight fast tucked flips that I do when I do a front flip or back flip.:P
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

  8. Because jumping out of airplanes, and the people that I have met who do the same, together are the one thing that has really been missing my whole life.

    I have never met better people, and I have never been as happy in life as I am now that I am jumping!!!!
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

  9. Chris don't be embarrased, I freaked my radio operator way out on my first AFF jump.

    I caught thermals along the whole downwind leg of my pattern and I knew I was too high, I turned onto my cross wind and by the time I got to the spot for my 300 turn for final I was way way high.

    I should have turned onto final and done S turns, but instead I looped back on the corner, over the trees.:$ So I do a toggle turn with the intention of doing a 360 and being at a better alt for the final. Almost at the end of the turn I get radio instructions to do a hard left... I guess they didn't know what I was doing (I was just making it up as I went)... and this put me even farther over the trees!!!!

    I landed fine, but my poor radio operator was grey by the time I landed.
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

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    However, please note that the goal of the radio is not to put you down in the peas (congrats on getting there on your own, btw), nor to take away your responsibility for your own canopy flight but mainly to...



    I don't disagree in the least bit, and of course "your mileage may vary", I just wanted to share how flying by the radio made me feel. Sorry if I sounded like I was totally against students on radio. :)
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

  11. I finally decided I had enough of the radio, and now I can actually fly a pattern. ;)

    The moment I was off the radio I landed my own pattern 3 feet from the peas. :ph34r:

    I just didn't find it to be helpful and it made the landing experince much more stressful on the first three jumps I did on radio, for myself, and the poor guy on the other end of the radio.
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

  12. Lets all get together on a group buy, maybe we can save shipping that way. Sid sent me a RW suit that is too tight, but I definetly want to get a suit or two from these guys. The suit Sid sent me was very well built.
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

  13. The general consensus was that if I was going to get something that was f111, I should get something bigger.

    I am going to be keeping my eye out for rigs with mains in the 190-210 range, but something that is ZP and a little newer.

    I decided to pass on the deal but it sounds like Roy will have no problem selling it to some one else. Who ever gets it from him will be lucky, he is awesome person to deal with!!

    Thanks for all the advice!!!
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

  14. When I talked to PD about a rig I was interested in buying they said that they could test the porosity of the fabric and determine if it is safe to jump.

    Maybe you can send it away to them, and have them reline it if they determine it is still ok.
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

  15. Really!!?? I love the hornet in the student gear that I am flying. Too bad I started jumping three years too late.:S
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

  16. Hey every one. I am the student in question.

    I weigh more around 170.

    I have been flying a hornet 210 and consistently. I can flat turn, and I have started learning how the flare turn as well.

    My major concern was this being an f111 canopy of older vintage. Most of its life was spent indoors and properly stored, not being jumped. It has very low, although unknown number of jumps >200.

    I know it is going to fly differently than my student gear. I know it is going to flare differently. My only concern is that ***IF*** I flew it right I could get a flare out of it that is good enough to safely land. I want something that can land safely if I fly it right. Obviously I can take that hornet 210 and femur in, being zp isn't going to save my life, using my brain and flying properly is what is going to save me.

    I called PD and they were awesome about talking to me but didn't really confirm or deny and of my thoughts.

    They told me at the time the canopy was made it was considered a high performance canopy. I am sure that if my current hornet was around back then it would have been considered high performance too, and I would have been given something bigger than 210.

    They told me a pd260 or a pd300 was given to students back then. I understand why, but today that just doesn't sound right to me lol.

    I have half the people at my DZ telling me that f111 isn't worth my trouble, and the other half saying the jumped f111 for the longest time. (they have however switched over to zp).

    [:/]
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

  17. Sure thing... I am going to hop out at 700 and track for the nearest pond!!!

    No, I keep my hand on the strap, god forbid, so I can free myself from the burning wreckage once we meet mother earth.

    I take the belt off at around 1500 feet.
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P

  18. We are all belted in when we take off in the 206 in my dz. I do keep my hads on the strap though so I can find the buckle release if the shit goes down.

    You must have a bunch of big boned boys in your 206. ;)
    "The restraining order says you're only allowed to touch me in freefall"
    =P