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  1. SkymonkeyONE

    What's the proper riser length?

    I'm 5'7" and I actually use 18's on my WS rig. The longest I ever use is 21's. What you will experience with longer versus shorter risers is a longer recovery arc when you make your final turn to land. If you generally land straight in with no HP turn, then you won't find any difference at all except for the longer reach to get your slider sorted after opening. Chuck D-12501
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    Back/Chest/Lap/Seat - Why?

    My answer, as a back-rated Sr Rigger, is simply that in order to get a Master ticket you must be rated in at least two types. Since that's the case, I guess you might as well make it a seat rating if there's any chance you are gonna get pilot rig business. Chuck
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    Full Face / Impact Rated Helmets

    Too bad Cookie decided to push their plastic G3 as "industry standard" and stop building "real" carbon fiber G2's years ago.......
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    Gear Suggestions for Tunnel Flyers

    I like my G3 for tunnel use because it was issued to me for free at my last job, but I can promise you with 100% certainty that the G2 (carbon fiber) was/is a superior helmet. The G3 is better than the "standard" ProTec tunnel option, but it's far from the best thing you can put on your head; PARTICULARLY when you are working toward your "pro flyer" competence. Also: I didn't read your article at all, but if you didn't recommend low-profile knee and elbow pads for people doing FF/dynamic in the tunnel then you are doing it wrong.
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    Is there any point in me downsizing further?

    I just did exactly that. Upsized both main and reserve. Wendy P. I'll be 55 in a couple of months and have 9,899 jumps. I've been out of the "ten jumps a day, work jump" mode for two years now and I'd GLADLY trade both of my tiny "sub 100" rigs for ONE rig with a 120 main/143 reserve. I'm dead serious. Chuck
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    How do you learn the AFF-I specific skills?

    I fail to see, how being a static line/ TI would help in any way in an AFFI-course. What do I not know about SL/TI that would help getting the freefal skills required for AFF? Serious question :) I always thought and have experienced with others that throwing drouges kills freefall skills You missed the 240 HOURS of wind tunnel part.... Someone earlier in this thread mentioned 4-way skills being a big help. In MY case I'm not sure that was the case; it actually hurt me. The first time I attended the AFF Instructor course I was a competitive 4 and 8-way RW jumper at Raeford. I had 1500 jumps and thought I had it dicked. Instead of practicing one-JM exits and dives, me and my piece partner were screwing around doing venezuelan-connection leg-lock exits during the "pre-course". Also, when we got to the release part of the evals with the course director (Don Yarling), the 4-way part of my brain just "knew" that when he spun he would orbit back to me; that was not the case. LOL. What you need to understand, as an AFF-I, is that if you give a student more space than the length of your forearm, then they are going to fuck you....period. However you chose to train, just be SUPER aggresive and vigilant. If you get crowded, don't be afraid to burble-hop to the other side for the rest of the dive. I've got 9,899 jumps now; the GREAT majority of them being AFF/MFF student dives. I love the work and I take it VERY seriously. AFF-I work is NOT for the casual jumper/instructor. It's a huge responsibility, but the work is very rewarding. As this is an older post, perhaps there are tunnels closer to you now... Chuck Blue D-12501, AFF/SL/TM-I, MMPCI-18, MFFJM, S&TA
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    Wingsuit specific canopy choices

    I made over 2500 WS jumps under a Sabre2 before I got my Storm 120's. I love my Storms.
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    Contour roam2

    We all jump Contour Roam cameras where I work. They are great for what we do with them (film AFF)
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    Flex-Z Goggles - UV protection, does it ?

    Does Lyle Presse still make them in Sebastian? If so, the material he uses/used was the same stuff that freezer curtains in grocery stores are made of. No UV protection as far as I know.
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    Funny classified , wanted expired Vigil

    There are actually quite a few people out there who look for and put to use "expired" AAD's.
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    Big way exit order: Was Fatality - lodi

    You beat me to it, Spot. Also, I really like Bryan's idea about congretating in one spot then moving out as a group on tracking dives. Chuck
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    tandem rw

    No, it's better than that: The German military used to send out a picture/poster every year of their exploits. One had a formation of at least eight tandem pairs docked in a star. It may have been that same pic that had all of them with roller skates on! You can't make that shit up, kids. Chuck
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    The Horizontal Flight Problem

    I'm assuming you put this piece together after we talked about it a few months ago. Good points all around. My one point, though, is that while you mentioned to me a general lack of "wingsuit discipline" at SDAZ, you still reluctant to create a proper wingsuit organizer slot to "herd the cats"...I find that odd considering the roster of FS and FF organizers who rotate in and out of there. Chuck Blue, D-12501 AFF/SL/TM-I, PFC-E, BMCI, PRO, etc, etc, etc.
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    Interesting article .. Para-alpinist

    That was a great article.
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    Slider keeper illegal?

    Sew it to the yoke of your rig.
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    intrudair pirahna

    Never heard of them. Post a pic.
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    Major (Retired) John Scott - Canadian Army

    John will be sorely missed. He was a fantastic guy. I'm glad I had the pleasure to work alongside him on a bunch of Canadian MFP courses a few years ago. I'm also glad I got to hang out with him at Skydive Arizona these past couple of winters. We've lost another great one. BSBD!
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    need advice on Havoc wing suit

    You would be way better off asking this in the wingsuit forum, but from personal experience I have always found that I could produce more lift in suits with grippers than suits without. In that regard, you might want to consider a Ghost3 Instead. Just my opinion.
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    Needed: Rigger in SLC

    I'm pretty sure Aaron Winkelstein is living there. Not sure what his screen name is on here.
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    Stowless tandem d bags?

    Positively not
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    Handi Cam AND top mount Go-Pro on Handicapped Tandem

    what the fuck is a "top center mounted" gopro?
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    Dropzones near Deer Valley, AZ

    Skydive Phoenix in Maricopa is probably a better bet. They have a nice Caravan. It's Marc Hogue's dropzone.
  23. How about you using the search function and doing it yourself, then get back to us. PS: fill in your profile so we can better determine whether or not you are non-jumper or a noob.
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    max recommended wing loading?

    This absolutely depends on your GENERAL skydiving experience and the TYPE of canopy your plan on using. My personal wingsuit canopy is a Sabre2 97 loaded at 1.85. I've never chopped this canopy, but then again my "other canopy" is a 27 cell crossbrace loaded at 2.3 and I'm not a newbie wingsuit pilot. If you ARE a newbie wingsuit pilot and you DON'T have thousands of jumps, then I don't recommend jumping any canopy TYPE which does not open straight and predictable. That's the best advice I can give.
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    US Nationals

    Skydive Arizona was slammed yesterday with competitors. Tons more are scheduled to arrive today. It's been a real "old home week" experience for me.