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  1. I havetwo VK's with different lines - a brand new one with 500 Orange Vectran and an older one with 400 black HMA. I don't have enough jumps on the new one to really compare the flight characteristics of the two, but I can say that 400lb black HMA was highly recommended by one of the other camera guys. In fact he sounded like i'd want to cut the orange lines off my new wing and put black 400's on.... but I think it would take a hell of a lot to convince me of that! Once I get some more jumps on both of these hopefully I can make a better comparison between the two line types.
  2. Took me 12.5 hours to go from Casper-Denver! Brutal for sure. That said - seeing the eclipse in totality was one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Actually way exceeded my expectations. Work tomorrow is gonna suck.... BASE 1384
  3. The only person who was throwing a tantrum was the "cop" who beat up a 69 year old passenger who was holding at ticket for the seat he was seated in. Sorta feel like if anyone should be going to jail, it should be the guy abusing old people.... but that's just me. BASE 1384
  4. They weren't with CPD, they were the "Aviation Police" - which sounds like an entire team of Farva's or something. When I see a police department that isn't allowed to carry firearms, I am a little suspicious of the skills required for employment. Regardless of the lead up to this, it is pretty embarrassing that they couldn't get a 65+ year old dude off an airplane without going to that level of force. Then after the injury, rather than arresting and getting medical treatment for the suspect - they drag him away down the isle (risking further injury). Finally, the cherry on top - 10 minutes later the dude ends up back on the plane running around mumbling to himself?! No wounder they don't let those guys carry guns, passengers would be getting blasted left and right. BASE 1384
  5. Yo TK, I didn't see you answer the question posed to you multiple times above, you mind sharing your thoughts on that one? For the number of posts you have in this thread, you seem to keep skipping over that one. BASE 1384
  6. You are awfully quick to questions the man’s integrity. Once again no facts. You didn't answer the questions... Here's an answer, the guy has a gazillion tandem jumps and he did a tandem handle check like he does on every jump I'm thinking he was just goofing off. If he had a secret rig on- what would be the point of practicing a BOC pull (or EP's)? I think it would be kinda cool to reach back and feel nothing there to touch, yet not feeling like a dead man. BASE 1384
  7. So PD is going to make a KA2 that is "lower performance" than the Ka? Seems odd to me, I agree with poster above who said they should call it something else. I do think the Ka could use a stepping stone from the Sabre2 class in many cases since Katanas fall out of the sky similar to how a velo does. A Katana2 sounds like it would be a higher performance version of a Katana... not lower. BASE 1384
  8. Meh... as a TI I don't mind the rule. I don't have a problem with people I know doing pre-planned, reasonable distance fly-by's.... but there have been enough sketchy non-planned ones out there for the USPA to have to do something, even if it is to cover their ass. I always love how skydivers turn into sky-lawyers whenever a new rule they don't like comes around. We get it - nobody will know if it was 501' or 499'. Just keep it around that distance and nobody will give a shit. Or do it anyway (with TI's approval) and don't film/post it. Personally, I don't like tandem flyby's because plenty of wingusiters I know suck at skydiving yet somehow grow huge balls when they put on a wingsuit. I don't need those guys aiming at me when I am not expecting it. Not for $30 bucks! BASE 1384
  9. Compared to what? Since I started "freeflying" with tandems things have been a million times easier to get every shot I want. I can ride the wings and float with 110lb students, and punch out a stag and comfortably fly with the big boys too. Its fun switching between belly/sit/back/hd (for exit) to get awesome video! Tunnel time really helped my confidence in orientations other than belly. To me they are all just different tools to do the same job. BASE 1384
  10. cross country jumps required two beers I took a beer on my first CC jumps at Lost Prairie. Beautiful sunset jump, with the sky gold, rose and purple. Can of beer foamed all over, including in my face. Now nice and chilled, I tried drinking some of that foamy mess at 14K above sea level and just kept getting a mouth full of suds. Meanwhile I'm missing out on some great scenery. I finally poured out the rest of my brew and stowed the drippy, empty can in my jumpsuit. The rest of the jump I spent wishing I had brought a camera instead. It was seriously one of the prettiest sunset loads I had ever been on. I had the same experience. Small canopies and beer is kind of a pain in the ass- it just flew in my face. I think it would be fun under a bigger canopy, but probably not as fun as just swooping then drinking a beer. An old timer once explained how they used to have a challenge where you had to drink a beer, smoke a joint, and do a bump under canopy. Pretty hardcore! BASE 1384
  11. I still don't understand this "no front riser" business. I assume it is swoop related right? Are people allowed to use front risers for non-swoop reasons? Conversely- are you allowed to induce speed for landing with harness input of 90 degrees? Or a toggle hook? I know some DZ's are not big on high performance canopy flight, but it seems like an odd way to go about that. BASE 1384
  12. Agree w Chuck about needing more info. However- I went from my Ka107 to a VE90 after a few jumps on 103's and 96's. It's been awhile- but from what I remember the VE103 and 96 both felt like an upsize. The 90 felt "right" to me. I also came from a dz with a lot of HP canopy advice and plenty of wings to borrow as needed- hopefully you have similar. I loved my KA... but the speed range, swoop length, and shut down power of the VE was a nice change. BASE 1384
  13. I am curious if the (golf ball) deployment system is engineered to have a certain breaking point so that it will fail in a scenario like you had. Would love to hear Bill's thoughts on that- as I also have always been concerned with the snag risk of those handles. Glad it worked out ok! BASE 1384
  14. I'm wired the other way. Our local DZ's normal exit alti is 12.5K. Every foot over that is just more time of my life i've burned sitting backwards in an airplane. BASE 1384