danornan

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danornan last won the day on February 17

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  1. danornan

    Out of date Cypress

    I have what will be an out of date, (06 19) but still working Cypress and hate to just throw it away. It's available to anyone who wants it. Preferably someone not too far away from Z-Hills...
  2. danornan

    Dropzone Template Upgrade

    No, not using google search.... Next time I'll give it a try. thanks for the suggestion.
  3. danornan

    Dropzone Template Upgrade

    I used to be able to see a summery of all of the listings without any detail. It made it quick and easy to find what I was looking for. Now I have to look at each listing to see if it is the brand that I am looking for.
  4. danornan

    Dropzone Template Upgrade

    Giving it a try, but I feel like I went from an adult novel to a children's primer... BIG BLOCK PRINT with lots of unnecessary space. Still trying to locate an AAD in Classified and I feel like I'm wading in quicksand. It is no longer user friendly.... Quite frustrating and this used to be a favorite site.
  5. danornan

    Dropzone Template Upgrade

    You basically made too many changes too quickly and I feel lost.. Hate to say good by...
  6. danornan

    Dropzone Template Upgrade

    Still having lots of difficulty navigation on the new improved site ! There is so much white space I waste time just looking for the last reply to anything. I'm presently looking in the classified section for a new AAD and can't look at more than 4-5 items at a time on a page. Seems like the summery is missing. The site is loosing me and it's a shame because I used to looks at DZ.com pretty regularly. I feel like I've lost a friend.
  7. danornan

    New Face :-(

    Maybe it's my age or maybe I just liked the previous face and format before the change, but I don't like the new Dropzone.com web site and find that I now avoid what I used to enjoy. It is not as easy to navigate and a lot of the print is lighter and not as easy to read ! I remember the last change a few years ago and I think I was uncomfortable with it too It was not as drastic of a change, and I did grow to like it. I hope the same happens here, but I don;t think it will. There are several other web sites that I used to go to regularly, that have changed recently, and I unfortunately now avoid them too. Change just for change sake is not always good.
  8. danornan

    Gear Suggestions for Tunnel Flyers

    I don't think it makes a difference whether the helmet is plastic or carbon fiber. Carbon fiber does look good... My motorcycle helmet, Schuberth, is one of the best, if not the best, and it is plastic and not carbon fiber. Motorcycle helmets are tested and must pass to be certified. I don't think that any skydiving helmets get tested.
  9. danornan

    Frap Hat Manufacturer

    I didn't mean to give the impression that I'm still jumping a frap hat - I've been wearing a full-face helmet for the last sixteen years or so, and there's nothing about the frap hat that I miss (well, other than its portability, and that's hardly the top criterion when it comes to choosing gear to protect your head). However, I do think it was worth pointing out that a full-face skydiving helmet's resemblance to a motorcycle helmet shouldn't lull people into thinking that it provides a similar level of protection. As Rob says above, to do so the helmets would need to be significantly heavier and bulkier than they are. I know people who've been knocked unconscious, and who've had facial injuries, even while wearing a full-face helmet and where there was no obvious damage to the helmet itself. I guess the bottom line is, get the best head protection you can, and be careful out there.
  10. danornan

    Frap Hat Manufacturer

    I can name several people, in the past few years, who wished that they had been wearing a full face hard helmet vs. the frap hat that they had on. I too, like many in the early days, wore a frap hat, but if you are jumping with others and wish for a safer and quieter skydive, you will put away that frap hat and get a decent full face helmet. It will give you a lot more protection.
  11. danornan

    Malfunctions below your hard-deck?

    I was in a canopy collision at opening and ended up quite a bit below 1,000 feet with a good canopy above my head. The other canopy was wrapped around my risers and threaded between my lines. I hesitated to try and land what I had for fear that the cutaway canopy might inflate during my base-leg/final. I cut it away. My Skyhook opened the reserve so quickly that I had time to unstowed my brakes, avoid the helicopter that was warming up below me and land with one arm. Each situation must be evaluated on it's own merit. Thanks Bill Booth !!!!
  12. danornan

    is it safe to downsize from 230 to 190 ???

    My point was that by asking the question, you are not sure, and if you are not sure, the answer is generally no.... When you are ready, you will know and have more confidence in your decision. By the way, the PD will be a lot easier to pack...but the landing will not be as predictable as the ones you are used to. F111 is more porous and it is a lot older and the lines, unless recently replaced will most likely be out of true. Again, the one to ask about a canopy downsizing question, with your experience, is your instructor. If you had several, ask them all.
  13. danornan

    is it safe to downsize from 230 to 190 ???

    By asking the question, I think you already know the answer. This is not the place for that answer though. Ask your instructor..
  14. danornan

    Recommendations for southern Florida

    I don't think you will be disappointed at Z-Hills. This is the winter season and there are plenty of airplanes, skydivers, local food, shelter and things to do when the weather doesn't cooperate.
  15. danornan

    The Power of the Flare

    Remarkable video. What these guys are doing is amazing and it changes some of my perceptions. My fear is that others, without the same skill, might try the same and they are betting with their life on the results.