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  1. linebckr83

    USPA Board Meeting

    It's not exactly the same situation, but here in the flight test department at Textron Aviation (aka Cessna and Beechcraft) we created and implemented an in-house process to self-report a number of aviation incidents that aren't required to be reported to the FAA. Although it does include those as well (turbine engine failures, altitude deviations, etc.). The intent of the process is to figure out areas we as a flight test department could improve. The reports are anonymous, and we actually have an understanding with the FAA to help protect our pilots legally in return to passing on the data to them. Several hundred reports have been filed over the last few years, everything ranging from system failures to TA/RA to dialing the wrong frequency. The result has been pretty eye opening for the organization, and in turn has helped shape our monthly safety meetings and yearly safety stand-down topics and training. The data has helped our local ATC update their procedures and training as well. Nothing specific made this program become a reality. It didn't take an accident or realization of some new problem. Sometimes it's simply noticing that things can be improved. I have no doubt the USPA wants this info for very similar reasons that we do. Probably no conspiracy or witch hunt involved.
  2. I couldn't disagree more with your last statement. Particularly when considering the first sentence. You are basically saying that a torn canopy is not a reason to cut away. What the hell? I understand that with a Zero loaded at 0.77 a rip on a cell is survivable. Now, imagine a novice jumper with a regular canopy reading this, being afraid of cutting away, and having a torn canopy. Does it sound like reasonable advice to you? I can't believe an instructor wrote that. ? It depends. I've torn 3 tandem canopies, landed all 3 of them. Maybe your DZ trains differently, but we train new jumpers to do a controllability check. If it's steerable and safely landable, why cut it away? A tear doesn't automatically mean a cutaway is required, but many times it is necessary. Depends on many factors.
  3. linebckr83

    Altimeter Inaccuracies?

    I wear a Viso 2+ on my lower forearm during tandems with handcam. I'll routinely stare at it during the end of the freefall portion just for the hell of it. Some jumps it seems to smoothly scroll altitude readings, while other jumps it will pause at certain altitudes, maybe even click up 100ft, then rapidly descend to catch up with actual altitude. As someone who works daily with very expensive airplane test equipment, I can tell you it takes a lot of money and high quality parts to get the accuracy you're expecting. These things are measuring extremely small changes in pressure which are changing at high rates and very susceptible to position and atmospheric properties, it's just the nature of it. I'm sure someone could make an altimeter for a few thousand dollars that would meet the accuracy you're expecting, but it wouldn't sell well. For a couple hundred dollars, it's going to be "good enough" for altitude awareness, but it's not going to give you good raw data for analysis.
  4. linebckr83

    Beechcraft Pilot Rigs Stolen

    Folks mainly in the Midwest (but also those who browse sites like eBay), Friday while transporting 2 rigs from Textron Aviation to get repacked, my truck was broken into and they were stolen. If you guys could keep an eye out I'd appreciate it. They should stand out pretty well. Happened in downtown Wichita, KS. Butler HX500/24. Serial 6144 and 6244 Olive green color, configured for static line. Bailout oxygen tank and CRU-60 oxygen connector. KAP-3P inside.
  5. linebckr83

    Front Risers in Head wind

    I have done it and I believe I achieved good results. In a completely avoidable situation I found myself about 600 feet above a house and coming straight down in a strong head wind. I used front risers to get some penetration to land in the backyard. To either side or turning around were not options due to obstacles. I learned my lesson there. Long story short, avoid ever setting up over anything you don't wish to land on, but front risers can be used to get penetration yes. As for starting that at 200-300 feet, that's questionable and determining if it is safe depends on a lot of variables.
  6. linebckr83

    Crossfire 2 139???

    Is this a serious question? 30 sq-ft difference and you're wondering if you'll see a performance difference?? I just tried out a Crossfire2 159 yesterday, and I usually jump a Nitron 170. It was in a completely different ballpark. I know it's a katana, but a 30sqft drop from any canopy to a xfire will be noticeable to say the least.
  7. linebckr83

    Preventing backsliding on sit

    It's a tough thing to get over a first, I did it a ton. The biggest thing is leaning "back". Not so much leaning back, but being straight up and down at your torso. It's just a balance thing with the amount of force you apply downwards with your feet to not fall backwards. Just keep it up and you'll nail it soon enough!
  8. linebckr83

    New to sport!! AAD question

    Welcome! I started with 2 tandems as well, it's a great way to get introduced! Do you by chance know the brand of AAD? Anymore, every kind is pretty reliable. Many models require servicing every few years during their life. This in no way means there is anything wrong with the unit, it's just a routine safety check. Now it is never guaranteed of course, but I wouldn't let it bother you on your jump. The NOW message does not mean the unit has more or less chance of operating as it was designed to. If you're curious, have your instructor show you the reserve packing card for the rig. It's a great way to learn about reserves, repacking cycles, etc and it should tell you when servicing is due on the unit. Good luck with your jumps!
  9. linebckr83

    Open 3 way freefly randoms

    Does flat orientation essentially mean belly to earth? If so, FF-7 sounds like a side body with one person backflying, and FF-9 sounds identical to a Cat grip in RW. Just curious.
  10. linebckr83

    Skydiving Physics.

    I can't wait to see the mathematics from someone that knows more than me, but I believe is has something to do with weight vs. surface area. For instance, my gf is about 115lbs and im a little over 200lb, not including gear. Even though I'm almost twice as heavy, I doubt I have twice the surface area as her. Which would explain why I have to dearch like a mofo while giving her "arch" signs so I can keep her in sight
  11. linebckr83

    Liquid Sky Freefly Suit

    I couldn't tell you a damn thing about pricing, but that black one with the whole logo is downright sweet!
  12. linebckr83

    Safire 1/2 "real vs. listed" size

    Wow nevermind. It seems that the Saphire 2 was done with PD measurements, while the Saphire 1 was the other method that adds about 8% to the real size. Question answered!
  13. linebckr83

    Pull up cord alternates?

    I have used a shoestring before, but be careful with the aglet (the plastic end). It can be kind of a pain to pull out of the closing loop, and I've read here before about it causing a total when it got stuck in the loop.
  14. linebckr83


    I bought my Pilot 188 a few months ago and have put about 75 jumps on it. At a loading of about 1.28 / 1, it is responsive yet forgiving. I have done several high altitude hop n pops with it to really get used to different combinations of inputs. It can be extremely responsive for my skill level, which i love, but only when i want it to. Otherwise, its a great ride. The one somewhat difficult thing to get used to was the longer brake lines. They are longer to prevent buffeting of the tail when front riser inputs are applied since your hands are still in the toggles. This moves the optimum flaring positions lower in the stroke. It only takes a couple jumps to get used to, and is really appreciated when fronts are being used. The openings are awesome! I havent had a single "brisk" opening, and over 90% are straight on heading. On the other hand, it isn't terribly difficult to speed it up if necessary. Right now, it opens consistently in about 800-900 ft, and I'm not complaining. I've had 2 gear-damaging slammers and would be happy to never have to experience that again. Great all around canopy! I think it's a perfect 2nd or 3rd canopy in the progression of downsizing.
  15. linebckr83

    Icon Sport

    I ordered my Icon right after couch freaks this last year. It arrived right on time. First off, there are a couple really cool design features to this rig. The most noticable is the mini force riser system. Alot of people think it is a fake but they have alot of literature on their website about it. It really does reduce cutaway forces. Also, lines catching the bottom of the reserve tray is a common factor in linetwists, so they sewed an extra piece of material down there to keep the lines from catching here. Lastly, the reserve freebag has elastic half-cylinder keepers for the line stows. The lines freely pull out but are much cleaner to pack. The rig is very solid and well-built. Also, I love being under canopy now. In my older Vector 2 I just hung there, but the Icon is designed to sit you in the harness. It is a very comfortable position and ais optimum for good canopy control. When I first received it, the yoke felt a little tight on me, but I think it is because my last rig was so loose. It really fits like a glove! It really is comfortable on the ground, in the plane, in freefall, and under canopy. I am extremely impressed with it. A lot of problems other people report in forums and reviews seem to be addressed and solved on my rig. Thanks Aerodyne for listening to customers and striving to make better products!