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  1. Who is going this year? I want to go. I have never been.
  2. INTRODUCTION OF IBA MEMBERSHIP FEES With effect from 1st May 2023, there will be an annual $20 fee to be an IBA member. Since the IBA was formed in 2003, it has been free to all members. This enabled us to support the growth of the community by providing a range of different benefits to both instructors and flyers. Since then, we have continually improved the safety and flight training content. This has been an important and meaningful investment in the safety of our membership, and we plan to use the new membership fees to continue this safety-focused journey by providing many more updates and benefits. If you have a current IBA account you will be required to pay the $20 membership and will be prompted through the payment system when you first login after the 1st May 2023. New accounts opened after this date will follow the same process. The key change for you to note is that if you choose not to subscribe then you will be unable to access your dashboard and use the logbook and flight progression system. In addition, an instructor will be unable to approve your flight skills unless you have a paid account. Also, at some wind tunnel facilities, you will be required to have an IBA account to demonstrate your competency and currency and you will not be able to do this unless you subscribe. We realize that this change may be frustrating, and the transition will take some time to settle, so we suggest you act early post 1st May 2023. Attached is a Key Facts document to guide you through the main changes. This will be available on the IBA website. Thank you for your continued support in maintaining the high safety standards that we enjoy and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]
  3. A Jarno sized hole in the wingsuit community. Fly free RSUK Ep 42 - Jarno Cordia Headline Interview from 2017 Jenna and the whole family, my condolences
  4. I would hate to lose "The Alpine rig" pictures and the stories from Baffin
  6. I don't know who you might be. I do know an apple sauce wrestler There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
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  8. Call Alex Kinnaird also There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
  9. This is the best post I have seen here in a while There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
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  11. Coming to theaters! Fall 2021 Starring Will Smith There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
  12. You've been here long enough to know that if it was linked one would believe that Lee actually posted that. I an sruprised to sea that their aare mo seppling miskates. For the record. Lee is a national treasure and one of the best reasons to come to There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
  13. Only 5 hour away! I will make the trip. Why is this not at every single iFly yet? There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
  14. How many you looking to make? A dozen or a million? There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
  15. Best $7 ever There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
  16. "Tunnel bats" I can't wait to see professional ski jumpers fly in this tunnel There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
  17. When there is an asshole in the room: they are an asshole. If everyone is an asshole in the room: you are the asshole Come to Orange,VA. I jump with newbs and assholes. There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
  18. The subscription model can bee moot if you also make a "Remote area base receiver" like a mobile cell tower that works for ~1mile. This way, a dropzone that has a bunch of people and difficult area of operation can buy a base station for everyone who jumps there. No yearly cost for network, no sim cards no ransom-ware fees. I built a similar thing a few years ago with an RFID sticker and a long range pinger. The maximum range I got was only 50 feet so it is useless for skydiving but OK for finding things around the yard. Rough maximum size should be about the size of a golf ball. Just for reference: the main canopy activation handle comes in various sizes but most of them are hacky sacks. I think that the size and weight will matter less if we attach it to the deployment bag or the canopy directly. It would be more critical for attaching to risers. This size should work for general rig and helmet inventory tracking purposes. There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
  19. Chris, Some skydiving locations have spotty reception and this is exacerbated by trees, ponds, rocks... The $60/year charge is a bitter pill to swallow. Is there a way to do a "pay per use" model. Like: you just pay for the tracker then only if you lose your canopy, pay $20 for the pinging to work? Installing in the pilot chute was my first thought too. Take a look here: The little ball is the activation handle for the main canopy. it is the size of a hacky sack. But you probably can attach it anywhere on the canopy (Dbag, risers, slider... these are all places that the skydivers here know). If this can send 600 pings per charge and only turns on after the cutaway happens than there should be no problem to charge once a month, keep it passive until the cutaway. Even if it just sends one ping once it lands with GPS coordinates accurate to 50 feet...then this is a good thing. What I would like to see is a tracker that is permanently attached. I charge it once a month or just make sure it is charged before I jump. (so even if it is inside the packjob, I am fine). The tracker can be totally passive for hundreds of jumps. If there is a cutaway then it turns on and sends pings once a minute until it stops moving. Then one ping each 10 minutes for 24 hours then once an hour until it dies. The ping can go to a website with GPS coordinates. You only pay to access the website without a yearly subscription. Just to give you some perspective about frequency of occurrence. The average cutaway frequency is once every 700 jumps (Not trying to start an argument just giving the guy some idea...). Some skydivers will not cut away in several years. Paying 60$/year is a bit harsh especially if I buy 2 or 3 of these things. There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
  20. Hello Chris, Welcome to the wonderful world of skydiving. I would like to help you better serve the skydiving community. (Disclaimer: I am a malicious idiot who might have no clue what I am talking about...Be warned!) There are a few things that a small GPS tracker can help with in our sport. 1) Find main canopies that have been cut away: A main canopy costs anywhere between $800-$2,000. Sometimes a skydiver may decide to release the main canopy and attempt to land a reserve canopy. This can happen at at many points in the skydive. The released canopy will then be carried by the wind and land wherever it lands. If the canopy can be recovered and reattached then the skydiver does not need to buy a new canopy. Skydiving usually takes place in rural areas that may have trees or farmland around (Bad network signal). A canopy that falls in to a corn field could be invisible to a low flying plane and in some occasions they get completely lost. For this scenario, there is no need to track the main canopy until it is separated from the parachute container system. Once it is separated from the system then a ping every 1-10 minutes would be nice. 2) Cutaway + reserve handles and freebag The process of detaching a malfunctioning main canopy from a parachute container system involves pulling a "cutaway" handle. This handle ($60 minimum) can get lost during the process since the person's hands may need to pull the handle and then do something else. Students are routinely taught to ditch this handle after activation. Without the cutaway handle, the parachute system (AKA: Rig) can't be used. The skydiver would need to procure a replacement before being able to jump. The reserve handle ($90) has a similar procedure but the reserve packing is regulated and the associated handle has certain requirements. The freebag ($250) is a deployment aid for the reserve canopy. During a Cutaway, the freebag will detach from the system and land on it's own. They are also only packed by a licenced rigger and it can be difficult to legally add a tracker to them. 3) Stolen rigs and general inventory management Several rigs ($3,500-$8,000) get stolen each year. They look like backpacks sitting in a car. Some skydivers (and teams) have multiple canopies and rigs and sometimes the only way to know what is packed in a rig is to open it up. Skydiving schools or rental shops also need to manage their gear inventory. Even skydiving helmets ($300-$600) have a tendency to get lost. Some helmets have cameras and other gadgets on them that can drive the price even higher. Some operational considerations: The average skydiver jumps ~100 times a year. The tracker can't be charged after every jump. The main canopy can be disassembled, packed and accessed by the skydiver unlike the reserve that most people will only ever access once in 6 months. I think that 600 pings per charge is a better metric than usage time. Bluetooth connection is nice but some people do not jump with their super expensive smartphones. What is the range on your tracker signal? Attachment: don't worry about that too much. Make it small and give us the ability to sew, glue, ziptie or whatever it to stuff. The closest GPS tracker I can think of is the Flysight system. There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
  21. Disclaimer: I don't work for iFly and generally don't know what I am talking about. Pricing: About two years ago I bought bulk time at iFly Loudoun at the pre-opening rate of $860/hr. I have been using up that time in 10-15 minute increments since they opened. This weekend I used up the last few minutes on that account and inquired about adding more time. The bulk account rate is $1,000/hr ($16.67/min). I and my "team" can use it as long as the names are on the account. I can't bring a random coworker or even a family member. There is a return flyer rate that goes for $160 for 10 minutes and includes coaching and you can bring up to five people. You have to use it at 10 minute increments. You can't use more that 20 minutes in a single "block". There is a "standby" flyer rate of $12.50/min but it does not say that you have to buy a bunch of it in advance. I am not sure I understand how the terms of payment work. The flying looks simple: show up and fly what ever time they can give you on the spot? I also know that there are some coaches/instructors that buy really large blocks of time. You get coaching with them that includes the tunnel time at their low rate. Other stuff: iFly just recently changed the way they talk about arrival time and flight time. When you call iFly now, the time you are given is arrival time and NOT flight time. The staff will tell you to be there at 10 for flight time at 11. The whole idea of "Blocks" is funny in the newer tunnels with the doors that can open and close while the tunnel is running. For first timers it make sense but for us it is very fungible. This brings me back to those 10 minute blocks with coaching for $160. If you get 3 blocks, you can book 20 minutes in one "block" and 10 minutes in the next "block" so you can effectively get 30 minutes for up to 15 flyers. SO the whole "Block" idea is nice for the instructors and staff to plan their day but the flyers should arrange their own way around this. If I am missing some point here, please let me know. I don't write this for your benefit, I write this to get the correct information so please help if you can There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
  22. How not to train Amazing swoops to make Eagles jealous. Wingsuit flights so long that you would run out of map. Head down carves that make a propeller dizzy. In my ten years as a skydiver I have not even come close to any of these feats. If you also wish to be the same mediocre flier (or worse) in 100 jumps that you are today then you are in luck. Just folow my easy steps of Not training and you could fool the best of the pros that you are just off AFF. 1) The internet Why go through a training regimen when you can just watch online videos and read some online posts. Of course training with a coach works if you want to improve your performance but getting the bowling speach demands extreme uncoachablility and a lack of awareness. Extra points can be awarded if you buy a book and never read it, argue with people on the internet withour reading their posts or watching online videos. Jumping with organizers is a waste of time because "Those who can't do:teach. Those who can't do or teach:organize" 2) Change disciplines frequently Commitments are for marriage. You are a skydiver and live a life of freedom. Why be shitty at belly flying if you can suck at tracking, freefly and wingsuits too. Don't do more than 10 jumps in a row of the same discipline. Start freeflying right after AFF because you can't go low on a big way if you never try. Wingsuits make you 100 times cooler even if you can't track, that is what the wingsuit is for. 3) Commit to a ton of tunnel time Skydiving is all about the freefal, period. The tunnel will sort out all your issues and get you to the coveted freefly group as fast as possible. Altitude awareness, exits, breakoff and approaches are not relevant skills if you can take a solid dock on your head. Canopy control will take care of itself because awesome freefliers use velos all the time. Do so much tunnel time that you are too sore to jump and skip jumping altogether because rigs are expensive and the plane takes so long to get to altitude. There are no weather holds in the tunnel either. 4) Get hurt After all that tunnel time and online videos, it is good to be back at the dropzone. It is now time to go "all in" on your swooping. So what if you only have a 300 jumps? You go head down and you read all about "the corner". How hard can it be? What could go wrong? That rolling landing is a warning sign. Ignore it and keep going. Pretty soon you will scare yourself so bad that your femur shatters just from the thought of misgudging an approach. Post your X-ray pictures online and surprise nobody. 5) Repeat If you follow these simple rules, you will be no better and even a worse skydivier that when you begin. If you repeat enough times, you might even have an ash dive and finally a bigway that you were part of. Repeat these steps for as long as you want to be a mdiocre or broken skydiver. it is impossible to be good at this sport, believe me, I tried everything short of commiting to a training regiment and working with a coach. There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers
  23. Nataly, I rarely post on but I lurk the Bonfire often. There is no reason to be devastated. The only person that you need to make you feel good about yourself is you. This is very common for "nice girls/guys". You invest time and resources in a person for them to go and give their attentions to someone else. It is not gender specific. I don't really have my head around this so I am certainly not someone you should listen to. Put this in perspective: you had a buddy that you did fun stuff with. The time you spent together can never be taken back. Why would you let the present situation taint the past. You will never be happy by mating your happiness to external short-term goals or relationships. Set yourself on a path to psychological and financial independence by choice, not by accident. Only a few people can count on luck. The rest of us have to work for it. The path begins with moderating you reactions to the daily struggle. If you don't get overwhelmed by joy when something good happens you won't get overwhelmed by grief when something bad happens. This is easy to say but it is an evil daily struggle. Imagine a gremlin that sits on your head all day from the moment you wake up and tells you you are worthless, and you believe it. And every moment of the day you have to ignore that gremlin and beat it back with a constant stream of achievements: Got out of bed, got cleaned up and ready for work, drove to work and got there on time (no excuses), eat healthy, go to sleep with enough time to have a good night's rest. Every, Day.That gremlin can curse and spit and demean but every day you can close your eyes knowing that you beat him. Setting achievable goals is the key. It starts from "Today, I will eat only fruit!" and continues with spending less money on "stuff" and ends with a small sense of self fulfillment. Notice that all of these things are just you without a spouse. That self fulfillment is the meat and potatoes of your core personality with skydiving and other self improvement activities as the ice-cream. Someone to share it with is only the "cherry on top". When they leave, you still have the internal discipline, the sense of self, the ability to wake up and be who you are. I have no right to say any of this to you. I don't know you. You have put your life on a bit of a display here in this forum and I would be terrified to do something like that. Especially since you are not doing it as some attention seeking drama queen. You seem like a genuine, vulnerable and caring person. I know that you have ups and downs and this just happens to be one of the downs. Don't take this current downturn too hard and take inspiration from your own signature ***There is no problem so bad you can't make it worse. There are no dangerous dives Only dangerous divers