wrespess

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  1. Does anyone one know where to buy (or how to make) a leg strap attachment for taking passengers that don't have full use of their legs?
  2. I will take people up to the max weight requirement of 500lbs and yes, I can stand them up. I find that the sigma 340 with vectran is best with a nice gentle 90 (stabilized by 100 ft) to maintain enough airspeed to maintain lift is the secret. The only difference on no wind days is that I put my feet down slightly wider than a shoulder length apart and "ski" across the landing area to help bleed off energy while I maintain plane with toggles. I recline slightly while doing this and then give a nice push at the end of the toggle range to pop back to an upright position. I also ask the student to bring their knees up (thighs parallel to the ground) and put their feet out at 60 degrees. This allows for: -better weight distribution -easier for them to put their feet down on shut down (once my feet are down) -less risk of a knee injury since their knees are always bent -Less risk of back injury since their feet are lower than their butt. -Out of shape people can pick their knees up easier than their entire leg Even on the occasional sit down, Its really right at the end of the landing and the there's no sliding involved to tear up jeans. I'm currently rotating two pairs of levi's with no damage and have over 500 jumps on each pair. They are both one year old. My opinion is that most people don't refine their landings because sliding in is the status quo, but if you push yourself to become better; I find that you can consistently stand your landings up. I understand that some DZ's have some ragged out, too large of canopies or different brands and this can be a problem. I'm able to maintain my own gear and this does make a big difference. I sometimes jump an Icarus TX2 330 which I like, but still find the sigma 340 to have the best shut down in the business.
  3. I'd recommend just wearing blue jeans and learn how to stand your landings up.
  4. Stupid statement - obviously never done a tandem from the slot beside the pilot in a C172 / 182. Stupid statement? This may be an issue of semantics but I disagree. I have thousands of jumps from the co-pilot side of a narrow-body 182 and zero of them were with a student in my lap. I get on my knees and the student sits on top of my thighs when its time to clip up. This, opposed to sitting on my lap, is much less invasive.
  5. Calvert isn't really great for fun jumpers. You my friend need to come to the Ranch. Here's your ride: Transportation is Now available for You this: Saturday, Sunday Morning, 7:30 am Sharp! Be Manifested or Appointment by 9:15 AM ASAP by Fri. - E-MAIL: [email protected] Call/Text - 845-219-9774 Be picked up - SAT. SUN - Morning’s East Side - West Side at 7:30 AM (???) ANYWHERE! On 42nd Street, between Lexington and 8th Avenues. “All Trains! Lead to Forty Second Street You! Tell us Where and We’ll Be There! Cost: (To) $ 30.00 (Residential P/U Available - $5.00 Boro’s If Possible $ 10.00)
  6. wrespess

    First Rig

    Your profile says you jump at the Farm. Go to mike at chutingstar. He's got a whole loft of used gear.
  7. I had a crossfire 2 119 in an M2 before. It wasn't tight by any means, but filled the d-bag enough to be safe.
  8. I wouldn't worry about line dump. Tail pockets work fine for terminal BASE jumps. They cost 100 euro for magnets and 90 for velcro. Not sure about tuck tabs. [/url]http://www.pgasus.be/start.php?pg=text&item=mPOD [email protected]
  9. Most common mistakes seem to be downsizing to fast and buying new gear too soon.
  10. I can see how you can think it's that simple, but in reality it's not. What if your DZ is next to a 100,000 acre forest preserve? What if the DZ is on a beach? Some obstructions are to large to simply fly around and require planning.
  11. it's pretty much like any other hobby. Different people take it to different levels. When i was 18 i dropped out of college and moved to Kauai. I spent 1.5 of my life doing nothing but surfing. I realized there was more i wanted out of life so i moved on, but there were a lot of people out there that were content doing it for the rest of their lives. (and there's nothing wrong with that) Airdvr hit the nail on the head. There are tradeoffs in life and you have decide what your priorites are. For me, the last thing i want to do is be broke at a Dz trying to get 4 pack jobs together to pay for a jump. My grandfather jumped well into his seventies and is a great freeflyer and i plan to do the same. That gives me 40-50 years of more skydiving and I want more out of life than being 80 and saying that i got 50,000 jumps. If the job sucks get a new one but remeber this. If you're living in a tent at DZ and wake up each day like a crack head but looking for pack jobs for that next jump instead of a rock, you're going to miss out alot on what life has to offer. (not saying you will, but they are out there)
  12. Does anyone know which sizes of sony PC's will fit in this camera box? I tried their website, but it only shows the different cameras the boxes will accomodate and not the differing form factors of each box.
  13. While we have everyone here together from LA, one question. Where does every jump around here? I just moved from atlanta and it seems like the closest DZ with something besides a 182 is Gold Coast.
  14. You will look back on this decision after you get your license and say... "what the hell was i thinking."