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    Minnesota Skydivers Club - Waseca, MN
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  1. Pulse

    became camera jumper

    Learn about photography. Build a camera helmet. Start skydiving with said camera helmet without going near a tandem. When your camera flying is reliable and people aren't afraid of you. Then, start hunting down tandems. "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."
  2. Every year I see regular skydives that are less safe than some of the 'pranks' I see here. "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."
  3. Advice before my third jump: "Flare when things look normal" "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."
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    Cameras

    Maybe. Maybe not. It doesn't change the point of the post. "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."
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    Cameras

    I'd consider any number itself to be 'random' since I'm not sure how they arrived at that number. When the first D-licenses were issued 200 jumps was might have been much more of an 'expert' level than 500 jumps is today. Of course, 'expert' is impossible to define. Even so, I don't throw the term around lightly. We all know numbers don't tell the whole story. But 200 jumps to fly camera and at 500 we're considered experts? Yeah...pretty random. "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."
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    Cameras

    200 jumps is faaaarrrr from a lot. But leave it to USPA to use a random number that isn't hard to reach. "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."
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    Diploma in Commercial Skydiving, NZ

    Doesn't that describe virtually every tertiary education establishment in existence? Sure does. Of course some professions are easier to learn. Simply because of what you have access to. But skydiving? By the time you're at the point you may consider it as a career you have the access. The notion of a degree for this stuff is kind of ridiculous. But I add that to list if degrees and certifications. But then again, I've never cared for formal education.Quote "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."
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    low jump numbers, camera and low exits

    Do you know what wing loading he was coming from as a student? "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."
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    Diploma in Commercial Skydiving, NZ

    I have to say that when I saw this school actually existed I had to laugh. It's a business. It's some people making some money off people by sounding like they have the 'secrets'. While also getting some labor out of the students for a time. There's nothing that can't be learned just by getting in close at a dz. In the end, I bet you get more 'real' experience in the latter. "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."
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    Dumping in a track?

    For 22 years now I've always deployed in a track and I'm a good tracker. I grab my pilot chute and as I bring my arms forward I pitch it. Then my arms go forward and I pitch my body up. This may help to bleed off a little speed. But it definitely helps orient my body flatter to the relative wind. I've only had three malfunctions and I wasn't tracking on any of those. :) "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."
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    Freeflying outside camera on Tandem

    What are we looking for here? "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."
  12. Wow...thank you! I'm not crazy. I've taught this for years. (Using ALL of the drag available to you.) I've never heard anyone else bring this up. The idea that if you have to use this technique you're too far behind already doesn't really hold. It's like canopy piloting skills in general. If you have the judgement, you shouldn't have to pull out extraordinary skills. But if you have a lapse in judgement or something comes up, you've got it in your back pocket. "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."
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    Penetrating strong winds.

    Using rears is going to change both. You can't change the AoI without changing the AoA. They're not going to be the same angle but they're both going to change. Brakes do have more of an affect on AoA. Because they add much more drag, giving the jumpers body a much larger pendulum effect. Whereas the rears offer a bit more lift without the same airspeed falloff. But only through a comparatively short control range. You're right, it's splitting hairs. But I thought the original line regarding the two made it sound like they had nothing to do with one another. AoI and AoA, two different things. But a very close relationship. "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."
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    Penetrating strong winds.

    But it also lowers your AoA. This is why your descent increases. "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."
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    Using my rear risers

    Start flying with your rear risers now. Learn them inside and out. Use them to fly with other canopies, use them to adjust your flight path. Make them become a non-issue. You're only ready for swooping with them when you use them without even really noticing or thinking about it. When they're just an extension rather than something you're conscious of. I can't say for certain without knowing how much you jump. But I would recommend flying with them for a year before swooping with them. But then again, that's an arbitrary number...like most training numbers in skydiving. "Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled."