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  1. Is anyone else having a hard time getting to the message in these videos? I am not sure what I am supposed to have learned from them. Any thoughts?
  2. DocPop

    can you teach me to swoop ?

    Using capital letters to start sentences is cool. Maybe you could start with that?
  3. DocPop

    Pull-out vs throw out (BOC)

    I converted from TO to PO and would not go back. The downsides of a PO for me are: - you might find a packer that can't do it - deployments are slightly slower - possible floating pud (but I can reach the lanyard and deploy with my rig) The upsides are: - no exposed BOC to wear out - the PC can't "creep" out in the plane - I believe it is less likely to result in a premature deployment - it eliminates many kinds of horseshoe - it eliminates the pin-through-the bridle mal - the rig looks a lot neater - no possibility of the PC getting bunched up in the BOC - PC packing takes next to no time vs. a BOC - and probably more.... ETA: 1. deployments are quite different; practice on the ground with someone who jumps a PO. 2. Have a look at the Infinity with PO. The design is the best on the market IMO. Rounded corners on closing flaps and the tuck tab on the bridle are brilliantly simple but effective measures against hard pulls and floating puds respectively.
  4. Not from the UPT manual, but from the USPA; nineteen tandem commandments These were drawn up with the input from UPT: If you will only accept that things are bad if they are specifically banned in manufacturers' manuals, how about Velocity 90s for students? It's not banned; just "Not Recommended". However, I think that most people would agree that it could lead to accidents and is unwise.
  5. DocPop

    Katana vs Neos

    I haven't jumped a Neos, but if you're ready to move up from the Katana, the move to an appropriately sized Velocity is an easy transition.
  6. I wasn't jumping in the 90s (apart from a handful on rounds), but from your comparison, it looks like a much more "together" sport now. Looks like jumpers are taking it more seriously and the equipment has come on a lot!
  7. That sucks, man, I hope you get it back. Was the car locked? Was the rig in plain view, or hidden from casual observers?
  8. What a terrible idea; an app that says this is safe, and this is not. The lawyers will have a field day with this. Anyone who has any need for this app should be talking to instructors, and if they don't listen to real people telling them face-to-face then an app is not going to help. Skydiving is not a one size fits all sport. Automated advice has no place.
  9. It's possible that the hard pull was due to grit/dirt in the reserve rip-cord housing. Was it a regular steel rip-cord cable? ETA: "Well-lubricated" adds credence to my theory. More lube on the cable = more dirt stuck to it.
  10. DocPop

    Sizing down. Storm or sabre 2

    When you are ready (which may not be yet) demo them and decide for yourself. It is a matter of personal preference. What do you mean by aggressive?
  11. My initial thoughts: - Some oversteer is natural with elliptical canopies; less so with semi-ellipticals (I know...when does one become the other..?) - Are you leaning to the inside of the turn? Harness input becomes more noticeable as WL rises. You could probably stop the turn with some opposite harness input. I do that during roll-out from a turn to stay on heading. - It sounds like your lines may need changing. Is this oversteer more noticeable in one direction that the other? Have you checked the length of the brake lines against each other (particularly the uppers)?
  12. DocPop

    Your last jump

    No. I have a lot more in my life to live for than just jumping. Having said that, I am aware that next one might be my last.
  13. DocPop

    Landing problems?

    Yes - make more jumps! Seriously, this is not a skill that comes naturally. You have to practice it. Practice your flare up high several times every jump. Get someone to coach your landings - preferably with video. Attend a canopy course. Plan your pattern before you board the plane and try to fly your plan. The more consistent you are the more accurate you will be. If you're concerned about the speed of landing in no wind, either sit out those jumps or ask for a bigger parachute. Finally, remember that you are not alone in finding landings difficult. There are many people with hundreds of jumps who can't fly a canopy properly. It takes work to get good - just like anything worthwhile! Good luck.
  14. You posted this in "General" under another user name. Why?
  15. DocPop

    setting up a speed course

    Nice work, Jo. That's really helpful.