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  1. Take a look at Paracentrum Texel in The Netherlands: https://www.paracentrumtexel.nl/en/. Open 7 days a week, jumps from 13K., running Supervans and if you buy 25 jumps you get 2 for free. I'm biased though as I'm from there. I hear great things about Skydive Spain, Skydive Algarve and Skydive Empuriabrava as well. Let us know where you went and how things worked out.
  2. Great idea; very interested in this as well. Did you find a solution to transmit a live feed from a jump plane by now? If so, please do tell :-)
  3. Hi there, I'll be visiting Norway for a weekend next september 2013 and will be pretty close by to Parachute Club Cirrus Gothenburg in Sweden. I'm thinking about adding a day to to the trip to visit the DZ on the way home. I'm wondering about any up to date info about the DZ, especially with regards to jumping on sundays and mondays during my time frame of visit (15 / 16 sept 2013). Also, I'm Dutch, anyone know of anything special to take into account with regards to bringing you own gear to jump in Sweden? I'll be travelling by car / ferry by the way; so no airline troubles. Thanks!
  4. What is the SOP with regards to a flip through the risers as shown in that video? Haven't thought about this 'malfunction' yet. If that would have happend to me I think I'd haved checked a.s.a.p. if the canopy would turn and flare like it should and would then have kept it if I were above my hard ceiling (2000 ft). Would have chopped though if I couldn't perform said checks if I were between 2000ft and 1000ft.
  5. Clicky: www.team-x-treme.org/#/operation-x-wing/4567169868
  6. Sounds like the perfect excuse to go out and do a tandem and hold up that sign yourself. I've seen stranger stuff happen with tandem passengers at my local DZ.
  7. I'm pretty new myself with just over 100 jumps but I'd second what someone else already said earlier: learn to pack. Make sure you understand the function of every bit of kit and when or why you'd need it to be on your rig. You'll become very familiar with your equipment and especially why it's so safe when used correctly. That should take the edge off, leaving you with a far better manageable fear level that will most likely diminish as you jump. So go and jump regularly after you've learned to pack. Your skillset will grow, the fun you'll have will increase and you'll become a safer skydiver in the process. Normally this should all reflect on your fear level. By the time you have about 50 jumps it will probably be hard to conjure up the feeling of fear that you're feeling now. Let us know how things worked out for you!
  8. Have you considered using the escrow.com service? From what I've read on their website that should be a safe way to do transactions like this. Haven't used that site / service myself yet by the way. Do let us know how this worked out in the end!
  9. Thanks for the reply; will definitely do exactly as described above on my next jump. Glad I posted my question; appreciate the input a lot.
  10. Thanks sundevil777, I actually didn't think about how the reserve would open; well behind and / or below. That's a bit of piece of mind right there. Thanks!
  11. I get that the reserve pin is held in place snugly, but it being pulled so that the end is way on the grommet is what I meant in my worst case scenario described above. Wondering if an opening could then get it to release the closing loop.. I have, to sum it up in no particular order I'd say: - main and reserve get entangled (not ok: 'repair' and / or chop) - two out: side by side (ok, steer slowly into wind with largest, don't flare) - two out: biplane (ok, steer slowly into wind with largest, don't flare) - two out: downplane (not ok: chop)
  12. Hi there, I just reread my old post where I asked what to do if your cutaway is pulled by accident, for instance by someone else on exit. As a sidenote, it's nice to see that my understanding of the gear has increased since I asked that question; the mechanics are clear in my mind now about how that scenario would play out. Reading that post brought another question to mind though: what if it were the other handle that was pulled ? So the scenario I'm wondering about goes like this: - skydiver is in freefall - reserve handle is pulled from the velcro - reserve hasn't deployed l would initially think about holding on to the reserve handle so that it won't cause the reserve to deploy in freefall and would then pull the main at a high altitude. When under canopy I'd try to get the reserve handle back in the velcro so that it won't cause the reserve to fire. I do believe I've heard something like this being discussed on my DZ by at least one instructor.. I would worry a lot about the opening and ride down though. If the reserve pin was pulled by the removal of the handle, leaving the pin just barely holding the closing loop, couldn't the opening forces possibly be able to release the last bit ? That would leave me with a two out scenario.. Assuming this is the right way to handle something like that I can't really think of a better alternative. Going for your reserve straight away would leave me with a canopy that couldn't be cut away if something went wrong with it. Which would also result in a two out scenario but this one would be without the option of cutting away the faulty canopy.. Would love to hear what others think about this, and / or if my reasoning isn't sound..
  13. Hi there, Both Sony and Contour have just announced / released their new point of view cameras and I thought this would be a good place to gather experiences / reviews so that a comparison between the two can be made. I've not mentioned the GoPro's as there's already an abundance of information available with regards to those camera's. For the record, I'm looking into getting one of the abovementioned camera's myself but i'll have to jump quite a bit more before I can use them for recording my skydives. Contour+ 2 website: http://contour.com/products/contour-plus-2 Sony action Cam website: http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&identifier=S_Sony_Action_Cam Contour+ 2 review http://gizmodo.com/5939690/contour%252B2-can-this-new-action-camera-finally-dethrone-the-gopro What I would personally like to know: - Video quality comparison - Image stability comparison - How using the slowmotion feature works out (can you switch from normal speed to slowmotion when editing with the supplied editing software?)
  14. Just to let you guys know how this first-rig-buy-question worked out. I think I already mentioned that I bought it last week on the spot when I met the seller at my riggers place. Picked it up yesterday when the cypress battery had been replaced and the reserve had been repacked and got to jump it straight away. Made one more jump today at my home DZ. The OJ container was made to house a Sabre2 150 when it was ordered and nicely holds the small packing Pulse 170. I bit weird as the Sunpath specs indeed say the OJ was made for a 139 max. Two packers worked on it and both said it was a normal fit. How about that. The container is indeed a bit big in the middle section; might get that made to fit a bit better. Thanks for the advice!