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  1. Sorry, every tandem student I've taken up has done perfect! Its amazing how easy this sport is for people to pick up on their first jump! I've pulled some sweet screen grabs from crap video as well. Like i said from the beginning. If it's not taking money out of my pocket or adding extra danger...Go for it. He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man
  2. how is a student supposed to keep their hands on the harness if they're sticking them straight out to film? Have fun doing 182 exits with 200lbs of stupid flailing their arms trying to get "The shot." Thank you skyhook for making most my tandem cutaways a SOS style chop. I don't think I would keep throwing drogues if a glove on my hand made me feel "unsafe." I would pay good money to see a first jump student shoot a better handi-cam video them me. It's not happening, not in a million years.
  3. Say I let a student bring up their own camera. It pops off some how and smashes a car window or thunks someone in the head? Since I was the TI would my uspa cover the damages? Who would be at fault? So i read what TK had to say. I think gopro type cameras are getting smaller, lighter, and would have less chance of an injury if it did pop off. I feel like the winds of change are hitting cameras faster than DZ's having the mindset to allow Students to use them. The only camera set up i have seen people bring in to use are the GoPro. They are still pretty solid in that plastic casing. A few different people have made side money making gloves specifically for skydivers to use. Most stock go pro mounts are pretty crappy still. If its not taking money out of my pocket and not making me feel like i could be liable for something out of my control. I say have fun with it. Just don't rain on my parade. "edited for not reading everyones post" He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man
  4. Communication is your first line of defense. I have done some go arounds with a couple students convincing them that i was good enough at what i do to bring them down safely. Nothing is 100% i wouldn't bullshit them either. I feel like for them to get that far along in the process (waiver,training,gearing,flight,door open." Someone in there wants to skydive. If they still say no, i would land. I have had some students where "no" means "yes." It's something you should feel out for sure, not force. He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man
  5. Im still trying to figure out what works best for me, but from what i've learned so far for minor corrections ill use my feet point my toes down to go forward and heels down to go back. if im really trying to cover distance ill lean back but when you do that your creating more surface area so its gonna slow you down, so you need to compensate with your legs leaning forward to go back doesnt really work since you just get caught in the burble from your legs He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man
  6. Roll packing!? If it works it works im a packer at my dz and they made it mandatory to Pro-pack tandem canopies majority of what i pack is Strongs, occasionally a racer with the new icarus 400 As far as getting someone to teach you how to pack talk with the packers at your Dz and if theyre not busy as hell i dont see why they wouldnt want to help you out (unless they're greedy and dont want you takin their money ) He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man
  7. not this weekend unfortunatley i have school work that i need to make up for the 5 days i missed cause of the boogie, the following weekend though ill be in, yeah buddy...im just gonna demo the canopy and see if i like it, if i do ill buy it He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man
  8. yeah kevin you were the guy i was talkin about, simon shipped out the canopy today im guessing so next time im at the dz ill fly it and see if i like it, i jumped the 129 crossfire 2 so i dunno, i might be spoiled already, if i dont like it though i can always send it back so its all good He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man
  9. im curious if anyone can give me any type of input on how they're canopy preformed after receiveing the line mod. My friend jumps a 149 crossfire and after he got the line mod he says its been opening hard, i was talking to simon from Icarus and im shortly going to be demo'ing a crossfire 129 with the line mod, hes says that the openings are kind of squirrely since after the mod. Anyone else have bad experinces with the "mod"? thanks, dan He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man
  10. Demo'd a Crossfire 2 139 & 129 the 129 loaded at 1.5 and it flew great...1.5 is lightly loading that canopy since it tends to really want to fly, Icarus says the "sweet spot" for the canopy is 1.85 all in all i was very impressed, openings were very soft, riser pressure light, i was doing 180 left followed by 360 right no prob, its kinda of twitchy and likes to be landed with speed, the flare kicks ass you can slow that thing way down before stalling it. toggle turns were fast and i felt really in "control" im not a long snivel person so the only thing that i really didnt like were those long snivels i was constantly getting on the rear risers to pressurise the canopy.. if i had a camera on my head im sure this would be the canopy for me, very consistant.. the recovery arc is also longer then a crossfire 1...well thats my input i hope it helps a little He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man
  11. Lets pretend a jumper..oh i think ill call him sam....ok sam jumps a 149 crossfire an is jumping it at not that high of a wing loading considering he weighs 180 out the door...winter goes by and sam gets fat and puts on an extra 30 pounds.....should he upsize his canopy since he got fat? This has no ties what so ever to anyone i just though i would make conversation since i dont know anyone on here. Show some love for the bus He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man
  12. Satch im a little late in this post but, i started jumping a sonic 150 when i had 42 jumps i weigh 165-170 lbs. w/o gear and the smallest canopy i jumped besides that was a 220 raider.the first jump was scary, but i felt prepared for it and that is what its going to boil down to...Are you willing to take the risk of jumping that small of a canopy? do you feal comfortable downsizing so quickly...Just be carefull what every you do... dont give in to pressure and hook it He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man
  13. I personally dont like tube stows, local dz rigger pointed out to me that if you have a bag lock bands will break, however tube stows wont...that was enough for me..ughh i shouldnt have drank so much alone He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man