Baksteen

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  1. Why not simply have the repack expire together with the AAD and make a note why the repack interval is shorter?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
  5. 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.
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    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.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    In my experience, when CReWdogs exit before the rest of the load they do so over the DZ or up to two miles downwind, while the freefallers exit well upwind. In other words, there is a lot of distance (and time) between their exit point and that of the freefallers.
  8. Gotta love the helmet setup of the TI. Also, did Cruise do any kind of tracking after the tandem opened? I don't think the video doesn't show it, but I'm willing to give him te benefit of the doubt.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    First, I forgot about the written test, which is also an A-licence requirement over here. Correct me if I'm wrong but I am pretty sure that the AFF jumps that would count as FS are not the ones where one or more instructors are holding on to the student, but the last few jumps, where the student flies on her own relative to the instructor and practices turns and forward/backward movements. That's really not that different from doing a 2-way with an experienced jumper. Personally, I'd tell anyone who'd want to count any of their AFF-jumps as a formation jump for any licence to go jump some more and come back when they want to be taken seriously. I'm not an AFF-instructor, but as I understand the jumps where the instructor does not hold on to the student anymore are spent learning skills the student needs in early their solo jumps. Nor does the "delta track" as taught during AFF count as the "tracking"requirement.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Just for Shits and giggles I'm posting a rough translation of the Dutch A-licence requirements: 10 seconds delta 10 seconds tracking Stable rear-facing exit C&P fix instability turn left 360 turn right 360 Backloop five FS-instruction jumps five canopy control jumps twenty-five freefall jumps fifteen minutes freefall time spotting packing Many of these are of course included in the AFF-program, but note that an AFF-jump would not count as an FS-I jump for the student. FS-I jumps are defined as "learning to jump with other people" instead of simply being held on to. BTW, the indignant comment about the ideas of some uppity foreigners being incorporated by the USPA actually made me laugh.
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    BOD Meeting July 2018

    Turbine baby...
  12. If you are coming down on top of me, I am not sure which is better, for one to be in freefall and one under canopy, or both under canopy which would lead to an entanglement or wrap. Hmmm.. let's see. What would I prefer: An 80 kilo slab of meat hitting my canopy at 200 kph or the same slab of meat hitting me with 50 kph? Just about the only advantage of wraps / entanglements is that they are relatively low speed, allowing for just a little more time to solve the issue and for communication between the jumpers. Maybe not, but communication about what they're up to is a start. In fact, knowing what is going on in the rest of the load (or at the very least in the groups around you) is just as important as the exit order itself. For instance: there were a lot of factors contributing to my first reserve ride, but being distracted moments before pull altitude by seeing open canopies in the distance at an altitude I wasn't expecting them certainly didn't help.
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    Exit Separation

    What? Looks like 45 degrees to me.
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    Are Earplugs Dangerous to Use in Freefall?

    Really. Then tell me, how would you reply if I'd shout "Hey @$$hole" at you under canopy?
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    A First Look At the Future of Dropzone.com

    Well, that's your opinion. I sometimes feel that too much time is invested in "cool optional gimmicks" and too little in functionality and user friendlyness. This forum may be basic, but at least it is relatively easy to use. Going with your windows analogy, Win95 was easier to work with than Vista. Windows 7 was way better than Vista. Windows 8 sucks on any non-touch screen. Now we're afflicted with Windows 10 and the flashy moving start menu with all its revolving tile crap is driving me crazy.
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    Dropzone manifest software

    Can you please develop some manifest software which enables us to manage our dropzone as we want and provide individual customer support? Providing us with some contact details would be a great step in the right direction.
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    EPs: Look up before pulling reserve?

    By default, a properly connected and functioning RSL is relatively easy to dislodge.
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    Cilliers Trial UK.

    The usual trick to surviving a fall like that is to throw your body at the ground and miss. Also, don't listen to anyone saying "You can't possibly be flying" because if you start believing them they will be suddenly, irrevocably and painfully be right.
  19. Collapse resistance in places where rotors are an issue is a big one. Too many of my lighter (mostly female) friends have suffered broken backs. My bit of advise is to ask experienced jumpers (i.e. S&TA?) at your DZ if there are practical reasons to downsize, and demo canopies when the opportunity presents itself (i.e. at a boogie). We do not have rotors/dust devils at my DZ. But the thing is, a smaller canopy isn't just about WL - it is also more sensitive to input due to shorter lines. When the word "downsizing" is used, usually a different, more agressive canopy is implied. So the larger WL might help in turbulence (though I have never seen a Manta 288 collapse), but the other side of the coin might very well be that the small(er) canopy behaves more nervously in turbulence. My Storm 190 might shake, rattle and roll - but so far it stayed overhead. Even in the jumps that scared me enough to stand down for the rest of the day.
  20. Short answer: No there isn't. The decision to downsize is (or rahter should be) a balance between whether it is safe to do so, and whether it is more fun. Basically it boils down to how many jumps you plan to make and what your focus is. If you are über current, making 4-500 jumps every year then you might at some point feel that a more sporting canopy is an option. If you see your canopy purely as something that's there to survive the freefall (direct quote), please stay on the larger wing. Obviously these are extreme examples. I mostly do CReW jumps with a WL of 1.35-1.37, which is the norm for the groups I usually jump with. For the rare occasions that I do a freefall, I jump a 190 at 1.1-1.2ish. Why? Because 1) I have it lying around 2) I do so little FS that when/if I pick it up again I want to be able to fully focus on that part of the jump. The 190 is nice and forgiving and a welcome "reset moment" during the jump.
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    Does this sound right?

    That it certainly isn't...and I'm talking from experience here. But it happens only very rarely that a student brainlocks that badly. In the ten years that I'm jumping I know of only one instance. I was that (static line) student's JM and tried to follow as best I could instead of making for the DZ. After I landed I could see that the student landed OK on the other side of a corn field. The DZ van left the LZ as soon as the last of the other jumpers had landed and picked both of us up soon after. Off-landings by one or two fields do occur sometimes. But we're in a flat country in which outs are plentiful, so it is very uncommon indeed that the instructor on the ground cannot see where (and how) the student lands.
  22. That reminds me of the time my DZ organised an event in which jump tickets (up to 6K ft) were only ten euros. Pay as you go, no club membership required. At least one visiting jumper was complaining that we didn't hire a larger aircraft, since we should have foreseen that it would be a busy day.
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    Malfunctions below your hard-deck?

    Stop thinking about the AAD as anything but a last ditch resort. Like I said before; the AAD activation altitude is the very lowest altitude at which an parachute could -perhaps- still deploy. YOU utterly failed to act - technology might just turn the tables. Note that nothing is said about comfortable landings. When you're so low you don't have enough altitude left to pick a suitable out at your leisure. Trees, concrete, swamps, houses, powerlines, other obstacles - Break a leg? Sucks to be you, but at least you're alive enough to complain about it.
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    Simple crw with sabre 2

    This RW-suit was damaged in a collision between two microlined freefall canopies. It clearly shows why CReW and microline don't mix. The canopies hit each other and then slid off each other in less than five seconds. I am not entirely sure of the models and sizes of the canopies, but I believe one of them was a Pulse 150 and the other a Pilot. Many thanks to the jumper who agreed to let me use this picture and more like it for instructional purposes.
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    AAD Activation heights

    A really bad car analogy I like to make: Think of your AAD as an airbag. It is designed to activate as a last means to save your life when everything else has failed. You do not want your airbag to deploy while you are still 10 meters away from the tree you are about to hit. The AAD can only measure falling speed and altitude by monitoring air pressure. It cannot predict or correct any other factors that might be in play at the time, which could possibly be made worse by a reserve deploying. Think of examples such as you trying to cut a line of that cutaway baglock which has knotted itself to your left foot. The AAD firing parameters are set in such a way that the jumpers' time for dealing with the problem is maximised; ~750 ft above ground level is thought to be the absolute minimal altitude at which a reserve could succesfully open - provided the firing parameters are met. The 'altitude offset' was primarily intended to compensate for difference in heigt (above sea level) between DZ and airfield.