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  1. Flying in a wingsuit is flying, my body tells me so. In fact, I think tracking is flying too, sort of, mostly. But put on a wingsuit, even a little one, And you can fly! This was my opinion 10 years ago, before my first flight, and it is my opinion now. You can call it a squirrel suit, and not be wrong, but to me, it is flying, and in the truest sense of the word; I believe you can get a better feel of human flight with a wingsuit than any other way. What do you think? But what do I know?
  2. If you are good enough, you can jump in bare feet. I have not, but I've seen it done. But what do I know?
  3. My visits to zhills were amazing. Everyone there seemed to be part of the family, and they made me feel that I was too. I'm sorry for your loss. But what do I know?
  4. It broke off when he landed. Thank god he didn't lose the camera and that riveting footage. Capturing that tongue action was certainly worth the risk. But what do I know?
  5. I see your point. My first suit was a Tony Intro, and I did 125 jumps with it. At the time I was 6'1 and 210; at least I was mostly flying by myself, haha. But I was tearing it up. Flips, rolls, crazy exits. Learning. When I got a Raptor, I was ready. I did the same thing with that suit, but it was easy, mostly. That's why Jarno is right. It's really important to do more than just fly it when it's going right, and a big suit is not the place to learn. But, I did it anyway, got a sm1 at 250. I could have never got a big suit and had a world of fun. Been a better flier. Not have been as scared. But I didn't, and the early work kept me alive, and for me the best feeling in the world is floating around in a big wingsuit. But what do I know?
  6. Spins and instability are fun if you can get out of it. I don't know if I could get out of it in a big suit, if it got really out of hand, but I do know how to get out of it before that happens. The way I got there was by flying the heck out of an intro suit with free arms. Lots of solos just to get into and out of trouble. Then the same thing with an intermediate suit. By the time I got a big one, it was kind of instinctive how to fly out of trouble quickly. There are probably faster and better ways to get there, but I didn't have a lot of help available, and it was fun. It worked out well for me in confidence and stability at least. But what do I know?
  7. Wow, it looks so easy. Me, I want thicker cushions. Even then I'd probably come out with my wingsuit around my ears. But what do I know?
  8. I was not ready at 106 either, and really expected to have to wait till 200. However, a ws guy checked me out in my tracking suit and said I could do it, and I'm glad I did. I was also glad I had paid for coaching to learn tracking more quickly. After my first 50 jumps, ws was my focus. It was not particularly easy for me, and my bucket of luck got lower for the first flights; I did have a cutaway on ws jump 5, so what can I say? I just can't say that things would have been any different with another 50 jumps. Yes, my first flights were not great, but they probably wouldn't have been anyway, and, in spite of some hilarious and horrible events, I did survive, and never got hurt either. I only started jumping to fly in a wingsuit, and only ever tried freeflying once, and didn't like it. Loved tracking, so I guess I did atmonati. To be honest, I don't like skydiving that much, and only ever did it to fly. After getting my first wingsuit I think I only ever did 1 or 2 jumps without one. This is not to argue with you, as I'd have to say you're right about everything, it's just that it is possible to not fit in the box, like me, and still have fun and not kill anybody. Peace But what do I know?
  9. First jump at 56. I wanted to fly in a wingsuit. It was not too late for me. I did shut it down at 63 though, after getting injured in a zip line accident. Should have stuck to skydiving... But what do I know?
  10. ~165 jumps, no cutaways for first flight. ~200 - first cutaway, with ws. No problem. ~400 - start jumping with camera WS Deployment is more complicated and some beginners can have problems with line twists, etc. Cameras can make things worse so don't use one with a ws until you get good at deploying. Cameras increase risk anyway, entanglement for sure, but distraction can be a problem too. You get better video from your friend's camera anyway. But what do I know?
  11. You're right, cameras are so much more a part of life now. Not that long ago they were more trouble than they were worth, even for stills. It wasn't too hard to convince someone to not bring a bulky pos camera along on many activities then, but now it's different. Like it or not, people expect pics and videos of everything now, so I expect more cams in skydiving in the future. Heck, what are we going to do with the rules when everyone has a lens mounted in their forehead? They have stuff now that can easily be hidden in eyeglasses or shirt buttons. This argument is getting obsolete. But what do I know?
  12. Not me. In normal flight descent rate is about 50 mph, so why would that activate an AAD? In fact, it is possible to fly any AAD into the ground. In some cases, a ws will cause a slow descent even if you're not flying, ie: spinning like a frisbee. A ws AAD is set to activate at a lower descent rate, like a student model, thus it is not good for swooping or big turns. I never saw much need for it, but some do I guess. But what do I know?
  13. Yep, free for me, unbreakable, clear or tinted safety glasses work just fine. The more expensive models are more durable and stylish. But what do I know?
  14. I had a case where the rider didn't get off as planned at the agreed signal, or when I gave a good shake. I tossed her off, but ended up pulling lower than I wanted. She said she saw the signals but was having too much fun. Don't do that. PS: GoPro. I don't have a lanyard on mine. It won't kill me to lose it. But what do I know?
  15. I did one tandem then AFF soon after. I don't think another tandem would have improved anything for me, and in fact the one worked against me on my landing. Tandems concentrate on feet up, but you want your feet underneath you when landing your own parachute. Other than that it was a benefit in the other areas mentioned, and did help my progression. I recommend people do at least one, if anyone asks me. Tandems and wind tunnels are great introductions to skydiving, and valuable learning tools, just remember that that aren't the whole thing, like the first jump is. Good luck and have fun. But what do I know?