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Everything posted by airdrew20012001

  1. Went and looked up the Leading Edge website...right...see..that's just not fair. Men are too simple minded and gullible for that. Not fair..must buy.... Drewfus McDoofus
  2. Well..that went south in a hurry. Not a new DZ record but definitely worth honorable mention... Drewfus McDoofus
  3. Just intro them by name, let the people figure it out for themselves. I wouldn't put a label on the person or the relationship. Just say, "Mom, this is Raislin" or what not, as the case may be. Usually you would have told them before hand who they are in your life, no need to clutter things up. That's what I always did. Drewfus McDoofus
  4. I had a dytter and a pro dytter and never had that problem. Mine was installed the same way you had yours originally. If I were you I would wait not more, put the thing permanantly in your freefly helmet and get a new one, your life is worth it. Drewfus McDoofus
  5. If you really want to be accurate, go visit your local dz and ask to see the equipment, have how it works explained. You can go to and find a dz near you. Where you hail from? If you are at all near Salem, OR I will talk you silly for a few beers... Drewfus McDoofus
  6. Chris was a good guy. He was the new student moving through the progression, the bartender where we hung out after a long day of slamdemns, he was a constitant positive force at the dz. He will be missed. Bummer that... Drewfus McDoofus
  7. My latest favorite for headdown practice goes as such: a) Lurk anything. b) If not, then go out in a stradle, switch to daffy, touch your fingers together under your legs, behind your back, in front of you, then honk your own nose. Back to stradle back to daffy, repeat. Make sure that the horizon doesn't move and that you aren'y rocking either. Good times. Drewfus McDoofus
  8. Amen, my brother, good times. I got my video helmet back together so maybe we get a little inside love on the next one, eh? Good times. I looked at the weather earlier, looks like best chance to jump may be in Eugene manana. That's probably where I will cruise. Rats, means I need to pack the beast, pisser. Ora le and outtie! Drewfus McDoofus
  9. I believe that either an optic or a batrack will serve you best though I have heard good things about the hawkeye as well. The main thing is comfort. Oh, and that it matches your freefly suit. Drewfus McDoofus
  10. Tried riding piggyback on a guy in a bird man suit, good time. I got on the outside of the door holding his left riser cover then sortra plopped on when he hopped out. Good times. Drewfus McDoofus
  11. Agreed. you have more questions than experience at this point. I use a dremmel tool when I work on helmets. I am on my third setup, you learn a little every time you put one together. The best resource is your friendly camera geek at the dz you jump at. My answer to your questions: buy a ring site and post from whomever you want, the concentric ones are nifty but pricey. Get a post and mounting hardwawre from Brent Finley, best I have used yet. Mount you still in the middle, I reccomend using a velbon qra635 quick release on it. I also put a laser pointer next to it so I can check my ringsite inside the plane. Never used a pc, I am a trv man myself. Does that help? Also, put the whole mess in the closit until you have 200 skydives, this shit can kill you if you aren't careful. Drewfus McDoofus
  12. You are right, there is not clear cut answer. If you are planning to jump camera, then get rid of it. I had a friend who was jumping a moderately loaded saphire and when he cut away his RSL sent his reserve freebag between his legs (he was spinning violently on his back). He landed without a problem and was ok, alittle shaken that's all. Drewfus McDoofus
  13. I like your website, you are obviousely deeply disturbed. Will you marry me? Drewfus McDoofus
  14. Personally, and this is just me, I never film the deployment sequence from in front for that reason. I like to scoot over to the main deployment handle side to get a shot of the student or TM pulling the rip cord. I have seen other videos where the pair do surge forward and that, along with the teaching feedbakc (after all the first tandem is part of the road to getting off student status), is why I shoot that portion from the main side. Just a thunk! Drewfus McDoofus
  15. I didn't say it was too low to chop just that it was kinda low to chop. Personally, I would be more comfortable making the decision by 2000 and YES I know the USPA says 1000 is the action floor. Drewfus McDoofus
  16. Yup. By the way, I did two skydives on saturday, the second one being a four way vid of Cory, Whit, Murph, and Alaska Jim. Was cool. Where were you and yer partner in crime this weeked? Saturday was bad ass - sunny, warm, 8 to 12 mph wind out of the north. Drewfus McDoofus
  17. I have a stietto 135 at about 1.4 and have landed downwind in 12 mph winds. It is a different canopy in those conditions but ladnable, you just have a lot more groundspeed, a shallower approach and a different lift feel at the end. The reason I tell people not to downsize until they can really control and command their canopy is that I don't care about straight in, normal condition landings but people landing off the dz, near a building, in downwind conditions under a canopy that is a little much for them. I figure anybody can land a cross braced canopy loaded at 1.6 straight in under optimum conditions. That happends to them in traffic? Wierd winds? Near abstilces? Off dz landings? Need for last minute turns low? That's when people could get hurt. I have been out of the sport for 3 months and came back not under my crossfire 119 but under a friends triatholon 160 for exactly those reasons. Make sense? Drewfus McDoofus
  18. I used a Velbon QRA 635 and loved it. Small, rock solid (I had a crash and the bottom plate of the still was pulled off because the quick release would NOT let go), and light weight. I have seen the stroboframe and been told not to use them on the video camera because they introduce shake. I have seen several kinds and really think the Velbon is best though a bit pricey at 42.95 plus shipping. Hope that helps. Drewfus McDoofus
  19. I didn't see the opening portion but a lower jump numbered akydiver had the pilot chute tangled in the right side line set causing the slider to be stuck about 2/3 of the way up. When the skydiver in question tried to flare she dropped out of the sky and bounced hard on her tail bone. She was able to walk from the landing area and meet the ambulance over by the hanger. From the ground it looked like she was under canopy at least by 1600 feet or so, kinda low to chop. For all I know she was under canpoy higher than that. One would assume a control check, if performed, would have revealed the canopy to be unlandable without incident. Drewfus McDoofus
  20. I rebaked a used batrak twice to get the fit I wanted. Foller the directions and you should rock on!! . Drewfus McDoofus
  21. So far, out of the rigs I have seen with quick release plates the Velbon is the best. I had one on mine. Personally I prefer the way they close to the stroboframe plus the one I saw was kind of a honker, size wise. Drewfus McDoofus
  22. At the DZ I film at there are five of us (well more like four as I am still sidelined). Three shoot in freefly suits and two in winged suits. With enough practice you can go either way. I prefer to shoot in a freefly suit because I like the extra freedom with my arms and I can get all the same angles. Plus I find my freefly suit more comfy. Winged suit is a bit "easier" to fly because it has booties and getting steep below the subject is a lot easier and smoother at first. Then again, it adds it's own special mojo while climbing and during pull. Like I said, I prefer a freefly suit and will always film in one. Drewfus McDoofus
  23. Welcome aboard. I bought one of your ringsite holders, top notch. I had a canopy collapse that destroyed my still camera but the ring site mount is fine. As a quick question, I assume that like a motorcyle accident that if you have a bad accident you should get a new camera helmet, is that correct? Drewfus McDoofus
  24. That falling off picture looks like you are kicking him in the jimmie. Who says skydiving is safe? Drewfus McDoofus
  25. I am now putting together my third camera rig. I shot a chingo tandem vids and a bunch of four way. I plan on shooting more 4 way and want to start shooting more freefly as well. The things I have learned are this: 1) Spend the mony - if you but either a cheap helmet or a cheap camera you will replace it pretty fast. I started out with JVC and a ultra light helmet. They both sucked. My second set up ( a damn good one ) was a sony dcr trv 17 on a batrack with a rebel G 35 mm slr. Great combo. My next is going to be a Bonehead flattop pro and a trv 27 plus a rebel 2000. 2) Needs a LANC jack - for a cameye ii. These things can be life savers. 3) Try before you buy - make sure you look at and try on everything before you buy it. 4) Ask - the best advice I have ever gotten has been from the likes of Gordo, Sessions, Whit, Will, and the like. People who have experience have the greatest tips not only on gear but on the very art of freefalll videography not to mention the relevent safety issues. Hope that helps, probably doesn't. Drewfus McDoofus