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  1. chrismgtis

    My AFF Video is on YouTube :)

    Cool man. Seems to have worked fine. You probably did a lot better on AFF than I did. :)
  2. You can do basic CRW. Just don't get too close. Someone at your DZ probably wouldn't mind doing it. I admit it is kind of a pita to find someone for that though. Also might want to try a canopy course. Unfortunately Scott Miller isn't doing the course anymore right now, but Brian Germain is. Talk to your DZM or Brian and try to get him to come down.
  3. chrismgtis

    Brian Germain's Latest Video!

    Didn't you do a course at Skydive Carolina a while back? I heard it was more geared towards instructors, but valuable for others also? Awesome, you have a YouTube account. I'll check out the other vids.
  4. chrismgtis

    Rigger near Concord (or Charlotte)

    Hm, you might could contact Skydive Carolina and see if they can help you out. Surely a rigger is in the area somewhere.
  5. Get in your car and put the pedal to the metal for an adrenaline dose.
  6. chrismgtis

    Turning onto Final

    I'm going to make "educated" guesses at some of these questions. How low is too low? First off, as I was taught, it takes about 10 seconds for your canopy to resume normal flight, so any turns (other than small adjustments to keep on a straight approach) that will cause any significant increase in descent rate are probably not a good idea in the last 10 seconds of your approach. IF you are going to make a turn below 200 ft., I suggest it is a braked turn (or small toggle inputs) and that you do not lift the toggles back up until you are safely on the ground. You might not have as much room to flare on your toggles after executing a braked turn low to the ground, but releasing your toggles will cause you to drop (which is obviously bad) and if you're coming in faster than you can land softly - that is why we learn to PLF. Not doing a PLF hurts. I found that out this weekend. Twice. A student rig of that size is going to be pretty forgiving and I highly doubt you can put enough toggle into it to screw yourself into the ground or get killed, but then again... let's not tempt the reaper. I would guess that canopy your jumping makes pretty flat turns. I know when I jumped the 230's (I weigh 168lbs) they turned like a tank in deep toggles. If I were to do that with my 175 at 300 ft... well.. my mom isn't going to be very happy.
  7. chrismgtis

    Tandems, Hurting or helping membership?

    It seems to me that if someone only wants to do a tandem they aren't really into the thrill of the sport enough to go through AFF, finish and continue jumping through an A-license or further. You're probably not serious or ever will be serious enough if that's all your wanting to do. Who knows though.
  8. chrismgtis

    Info on Rigging Solutions or Rigs & Things

    I deal with Rigging Solutions somewhat weekly since they are based at my home DZ. They are some cool people and from what I've been able to tell they try to price things as fairly as possible. The service is great. If you have any questions, send them an email or call them. No doubt they will tell you what you need to know. I got my jumpsuit and helmet through them recently.
  9. chrismgtis

    AFF level 1--what to expect?

    It will probably be more like 4-5 hours for the ground course, not counting practicing on the mockup and your jump.
  10. chrismgtis

    Skydive Carolina

    This DZ has just about everything you would expect a DZ to offer. There are no cons that I can name. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to experience a tandem or to get an A-license. Everyone is very nice and considerate. I've made a lot of friends at the DZ. Met a lot of interesting people. The instructors make the process of learning actually very easy considering the fact that I was learning to jump out of an airplane, something you really don't know how to prepare yourself for, but I learned to listen and do what I was told and everything went 100% smooth through every jump all the way to my A-license.