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  1. Congrats on a job well done. It might be worth it for a rigger to check whether the release cables are not too long. There might be lots of reasons why the cables did not come out fully, but this is an easy one to rule out.
  2. Baksteen

    Looking for some ideas

    Skydiving off a that would be a first - and really cool. :-)
  3. Baksteen

    how to give valuable feedback

    Think of it as a debrief (of a jump in this case) instead of criticising someone. Don't say "whoa that was shketchy, you are gonna die you @$$hole!!!" but instead say "<<general remark about the jump>>, but have you considered" - Consider "the eye of the beholder" Often it's not what "you" intended to write, but what other people read into a given post that sets the tone. Sometimes (especially with sensitive issues) it's a good idea to write up your post, have a coffee break, reread it all trying to take into account the other person's perspective and edit accordingly. - Sandwich your feedback No matter how bad the jump, there is always something positive to be found. Instead of falling into the trap of listing every mistake, focus on a few key points. Start and end with positive remarks, and alternate your criticisms with positive remarks as well. Think - don't needlessly repeat after one another. If what "poster X" has written pretty much covers what you were going to say and you have really nothing new to offer, there is no point in typing that stuff all over again. Just like the post, agree with the poster, or whatever. I'm mostly talking about a post which is made in a thread before the OP has responded to it. If they HAVE responded to it, first read the reaction and adjust your response accordingly. Most of the above has a high "duh" factor. Yet.....
  4. Just something to consider: The smaller the canopy, the smaller the margin for error. The higher the WL, the smaller the margin for error. Of zourse you chose a container suitable for that canopy and probably have an even smaller reserve, because that is what most jumpers have. And now you're flying your reserve having to land off in high winds on a field surroudned by high trees and you are also wearing a few pounds of lead to keep up with your FS4 buddies.
  5. Baksteen

    Fear of Landing

    Just replying to this part of your post. Sorry to disagree, but you can succesfully PLF any landing. The PLF is meant to distribute the energy from a hard impact, thus preventing or at least limiting damage. Landing on one's behind (intentionally or not) is an advanced landing technique with, if improperly executed, high risk of damage to the spinal cord. The trick to a successful PLF is to already assume the PLF-body position when you turn onto final or at ~100 ft at the latest (instead of while you're touching down). That way you have enough time to perform the mental checklist (knees bent, chin on chest etc.) while still keeping an eye out for traffic.
  6. Baksteen

    Family and friends advice

    When I started out I was telling everyone and their dog about skydiving, as we all do. My parents were immediately very supportive. Other responses varied (and still do) from the "death wish"-variety to the "I always wanted to do that"-variety. Thirteen years later, I'm very reticent about talking about jumping, especially in 'new' social circles. I prefer people to get to know and (dis)like me for myself, rather than for a stereotype attached to some hobby I have. However, if people have questions (including about incidents reported on the news), I take my time to answer them as best I can. To the "death wish"-clan I talk about the risk management that is involved in skydiving. You have to remember, all that your average person has to go on is a few poorly informed and/or sensationalist news reports and Hollywood. If you take the time to educate people, you'll see that the questions and remarks you get from people will gradually turn into interest, sometimes despite themselves. Friends and family may still not like what you do, but at least they'll trust you to keep the risks as manageable as possible - provided you earn that trust of course.
  7. Baksteen

    nil winds

    For convenience I'm lumping all wind conditions in the landing pattern together. I'm guessing that the 'incident' rate wouldn't correlate so much with wind conditions in general as with what the jumper themselves are used to. If you're used to landing in low winds, you're more likely to bollix up at high winds and vice versa. If the winds are high, then there is little to no chance to overshoot on final, but there is more risk of being blown off course on your base leg, or turning too late from your downwind leg. Or you might have to land while backing up - stressful for most jumpers.
  8. If you only want to look at (serious) skydiving incidents were gear failure was the only issue, you also only may look at (serious) traffic incidents where gear failure was the only issue. I'm betting those are even closer to zero.
  9. Why not simply have the repack expire together with the AAD and make a note why the repack interval is shorter?
  10. Baksteen

    Trolling speakers corner

    Please retain SC! At the very least it keeps a lot of the vitriolic non-issue discussions in one place and thereby away from other forums.
  11. Baksteen

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Personally I think it is a great idea to try and standardise the international licences. Makes life for DZO's of DZs with visiting foreign jumpers a lot easier. I also think it is a good idea to have jumpers hone their basic freefall skills on their belly a little bit before allowing them to progress to full time freefly / canopy disciplines.
  12. Baksteen

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    I totally agree. Countries should be wary of big foreign nations trying to force their own agendas onto them. Have you met mr. Kettle by the way?
  13. The fact that you post this tells me you're not entirely certain you made the right decision to stop jumping - despite all that happened to you. You got a lot of good advice here about conquering your fear. The windtunnel would indeed be a great help, because you'd get the freefall sensation without the actual falling. That is a great starting point for learning skills to help you feel in control should you decide to switch back to the skies. It is also absolutely true that the first jumps are the most fear intense and that you learn to feel in control when your brain "gets used" to it. But at the end of the day skydiving must be something that *you* want to do, however deep down inside yourself that feeling is buried. Should you decide jumping isn't your thing, there is no shame in calling it quits. As others have said you can still hang out at the DZ. However, if all you do is sit in the bar waiting for your wife to be done jumping, the attraction of spending a day at the DZ will soon fade. You might want to look into doing non-jumping jobs at the DZ (such as in manifest, or picking up people who land off) so you are not solely dependent on your wife for your interaction with the other skydivers. Lastly, whatever you decide, you made a few jumps. If nothing else that will at least give you a deeper understanding of the stories she tells.
  14. Baksteen

    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Well, it's not a commercial company, but they're elected representatives of the skydiving community, aren't they? That means that the people on the board are looking out for the interest of the majority of voters. Speaking more generally and not necessarily directed at Baronn: Of course, if over 95% of the registered members can't be @rsed to vote (like often happens in the Netherlands) it's a different story. Then again, people who don't vote, don't get to complain afterwards. Besides, you can always decide to run for a position yourself.