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  1. I have a question (just out of curiosity). From what I can gather the NRG is lightly eliptical. So are you really jumping a test-bed (non production) eliptical canopy loaded at nearly 1.3 with 68 jumps? And doing casual CReW with it too? Who thought that this was a good idea? That may be more than one question - sorry! *************** Not one shred of evidence supports the theory that life is serious - look at the platypus.
  2. One of the benefits of UK skydiving is the requirement to have a nominated JM on every load so that you have someone to ask about this, and that individual will then set the rules - even if there are more experienced people on the load (ideally the JM will be the most experienced person though). If anyone then breaks those rules (landing the wrong way etc) the JM can request the CCI to ground them. If the JM is the one who is ignoring you or telling you to shut up, think about how you are asking the question. If there is nothing wrong with the way you are asking the question, perhaps reconsider your choice of DZ - there are plenty of others in the UK who want your business...
  3. If this is what you want, get someone else to wear the camera - it looks so much better that way and then you will be the star... *************** Not one shred of evidence supports the theory that life is serious - look at the platypus.
  4. No idea about the answer to your question, but as regards the Stilletto's place on the path to swooping... I think most would agree it is not on that path. The Sabre2 would probably be a better choice.
  5. I make no judgements ever, but wow. 500 jumps. I had 900 jumps when I started jumping a Katana 120. At 110 jumps I had a Spectre 170 and it gave me goose bumps. *************** Not one shred of evidence supports the theory that life is serious - look at the platypus.
  6. damion75


    I don't know, sometimes they really do open very very fast. I had a one second opening on a 150 which I seriously thought for a few seconds had broken my neck. Happily it was just sore for a week or so... *************** Not one shred of evidence supports the theory that life is serious - look at the platypus.
  7. Interesting question. I have seen several on student canopies (none of which caused any problems at all on a 230-290sqft monster) but I have never seen one on a smaller canopy. Is this chance? A difference between ripcord and throw-out? or is there something more sinister at work? Anyone? Bueller? Germain?
  8. Or you could combine some of these ideas... I have a paper asshole on the goggles AND a laser on the helmet. When you mount the camera, you can use the laser to make sure that your camcorder (and stills) are lined up with the laser centrally placed. When you put the helmet on in the plane, you can use the laser again (carefully, not to blind people) to ensure that your paper sight is directing you to look at the right laser spot. And as DSE mentioned in passing, the most important thing I think is to look with your head and not just your eyes... Have fun! *************** Not one shred of evidence supports the theory that life is serious - look at the platypus.
  9. There are eight controls you can use to steer your canopy... I'll let you work out what they are for yourself.
  10. I would have to call bull on this one. Not sure what your reference is for assuming this, but AFAIK this is one thing that the BPA have not regulated yet! From the Apr 08 Ops Manual: 4. INSTRUMENTS 4.1. Altimeters must be worn by all Student Parachutists (other than Tandem Student Parachutists), jumping Piggyback equipment. Also altimeters must be worn by parachutists carrying out planned delayed openings of 15 seconds or more, (other than Student Parachutists jumping Traditional equipment, on their first successful 15 second delay). 4.2. The minimum instrument is a serviceable non-sensitive visual read out altimeter, securely mounted in a suitable position. 4.3. Instruments should be positioned so as not to interfere with the use of other parts of the equipment. You only need to have a serviceable non-sensitive visual read out altimeter. Some centres are actually starting to use digital altis for RAPS. *************** Not one shred of evidence supports the theory that life is serious - look at the platypus.
  11. Good choice! One of my favourite places... How long is a piece of string? You should be ok with the weather so yes, you may well be able to get FS1 in a week but it depends how easily you pick it up. Some tunnel time in advance would definitely help, but I can see that if you are in Scotlandia that could be tricky... You could work on the two together but getting signed off for CH1 in Spain could be tricky, and it would also mean going out there as a student rather than a licenced skydiver, which complicates matters - get the CH1 done before you go, its not hard. Always a good call to learn more canopy control... Most of all, keep it going - its too easy to get out of the DZ habit now and you will regret it later...
  12. The lesson that I would recommend you take away from this is not to play downwind of the DZ. Play upwind and then at your planned start altitude, move into a prepared landing pattern, during which you will at some stage (winds permitting) end up slightly downwind of your planned landing point. The planning of the canopy flight often takes second place to the planning of the freefall skydive and it really shouldn't. Most canopy control courses deal with the planning of an effective landing pattern and it is a great place to start.
  13. Quick question for you Remster: are you sure? I'm not challenging your facts, just wondering how you arrived at that conclusion. - David I'm sure he's sure. Think about the canopy and outside (stab) lines as a triangle with a curved top. The bottom (if you pull down the slider) is effectively the chest strap. Loosening off the chest strap allows the bottom (and therefore the top) of that triangle to become a little wider (perhaps a trapezoid now?!). The wider the top is, the flatter the canopy can be. Why does that help? Well the canopy provides lift not upwards, but perpendicular to its top skin surface. The more you can get that skin flattened and pointed towards the sky, the more real lift (and 'performance') you will get. Same basic principle as I see it for cross-braced design and performance increase. Flat is good. Perhaps the misunderstanding is that we are talking laterally flat here across the canopy, not changing the trim? *************** Not one shred of evidence supports the theory that life is serious - look at the platypus.
  14. Pop over to jolly old england and I'll show you some. You'll have to time it right though - we only have clouds like that for about 250 days a year... *************** Not one shred of evidence supports the theory that life is serious - look at the platypus.
  15. I'm not seeing a lot of variation in interpretation from the Ops Manual... From the BPA Ops Manual, Section 8: This clearly states main canopy opening. Not p/c throw, release or opening, and not container opening or linestretch. Just the altitude at which the main canopy must be opening. Incidentally, I would be interested to know ballpark how much altitude a main canopy takes to 'open' from the moment it leaves the D Bag (obviously not therefore to include the altitude lost during pc toss and DBag deployment). Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?