faulknerwn

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faulknerwn last won the day on October 5 2020

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  • Main Canopy Size
    120
  • Main Canopy Other
    Triathlon 135
  • Reserve Canopy Size
    113
  • Reserve Canopy Other
    Lightning 113

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  • Home DZ
    Skydive Temple
  • License
    D
  • License Number
    17441
  • Licensing Organization
    USPA
  • Number of Jumps
    9200
  • Years in Sport
    20
  • First Choice Discipline
    CReW
  • First Choice Discipline Jump Total
    2100
  • Second Choice Discipline
    Formation Skydiving
  • Second Choice Discipline Jump Total
    1500

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    Instructor
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  1. Most likely as long as you have a logbook and can translate (if not in English) and the logbook spells out exactly what your jumps were and what you did (as opposed to vague jumped at 12 pulled at 5). dropzones will work with you. Often smaller dropzones are more flexible than bigger ones with rigid rules.
  2. A lot will depend on your dropzone and the people who are there. I have thousands of CRW jumps and have done lots of intro 2-way CRW jumps with people on 1.0 loaded Triathlons when they had 25-50 jumps. If they are at a dropzone with no experienced CRWdogs like me - they need more experience before jumping with other beginners. Jumping Lightnings - they are a bit more challenging to land than Triathlons or Spectres. I would say at least a hundred jumps before jumping a lightly loaded Lightning - most of the beginner CRW camps around have the beginners on 1.0-1.1 loaded Lightnings...
  3. That video is definitely long and I couldn't sit through it. But as in most disciplines in skydiving - are you doing a solo angle jump or a 10way? Are you trying to do CRW with your 50 jump buddy or the guy with 5000 CRW jumps? Are you trying to sitfly with 4 friends when none of you can keep it for a whole skydive? So much depends on the experience of everyone involved. I have done a ton of CRW jumps with people who had less than 50 jumps but they were simple 2 ways with me who has world records in the discipline. Them doing a 2-way with another 50 jump wonder would be a completely different thing. Trying to sitfly with your friend who also has 50 jumps is a completely different beast than doing a sitfly with someone who has a thousand freefly jumps..
  4. I don't like the big initial jolt - I definitely agree that you are more likely to be on-heading but when I open with all of the lines double stowed, the first stage of the opening is slow and soft, and then the second stage is all about the parachute and its pack job. With the semi-stowless bags the initial jolt is much more abrupt, and I would be afraid to jump with my heavy camera helmet on one. Even on normal jumps with a standard helmet, the semi-stowless bags always have me going UHH on the first stage of the opening because its so much faster - like a reserve opening. I definitely get if you are on a super tiny canopy where heading control is crazy important I think it could be good. I jump more 'traditional' canopies which are nowhere near so sensitive to minor issues compared to the sub-100 stuff and I'd rather have the softer opening in exchange for more off heading than the brisk first stage.
  5. I jumped with a friend's VOG this weekend. While the accent was weird (I felt like I was being yelled at by schoolmarm the whole way down) it was kinda cool knowing the altitudes the whole way. But it is CRAZY more expensive than a regular audible and I'm not sure its worth it. I did like it telling me the numbers as we came down but is it worth $200 more than a regular audible?
  6. There are two stages of openings - the part where the lines stow out, and then when the parachute opens. The first part is DEFINITELY faster with the semi-stowless - I am used to all double stowed rubber bands where my initial situp is super gentle This week I did a couple jumps on a demo canopy with a semi-stowless -the initial part of the opening was jarring but the second part was soft (depends on the main.) I would never jump a semi-stowless with my gigantic camera helmet - the non-stowed portion seems to fall out practically instantly causing a sudden jolt before the parachute does its part. In reality the semi-stowless bags are just like reserve freebags which are designed to open super fast. I don't mind them on a normal jump where I have a light helmet on and my neck can take that initial jolt, but I would never have one when I jump my great big camera helmet. My neck would not be happy
  7. Exactly. I remember all of those incidents and this thread has more. They sent out a whole batch of AAD's without cutters WTF? And most of their recalls they always seemed to expect you to pay for their recalls. And as a rigger, Vigil AAD's are double the pack volume of a Cypres or Mars. And with everyone nowadays wanting the super tiny rig its a nightmare to pack a gigantic Vigil in them. Especially if you plan on maxing out the limits on your container size - pick a smaller AAD. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2n0hJD01WCqaG1ob3BtT0lSOG1uUWlDZVgzWDFyQQ/view?usp=drivesdk
  8. Texas weather is a bit sketchy that time of year. I would bet Eloy first then Perris would be your better bets.
  9. This reminds me of something recently - we are a small Cessna dropzone with a whole of students - everyone is super friendly and chats and has a great time. I had a level 3 I think a couple of weeks ago when we were discussing the staged flare and such, tell me that that was not what he had heard was the best way to do it. He explained to me that some other person there - who had 14! jumps but apparently jumped the same student gear :-) told him that flaring at 10-12 feet with a staged flare did not work well and he should wait till way lower and then just slam the toggles down. Laugh. I am completely sure that the 14 jump kid meant well but I did explain to my student that I have closer to 14,000 jumps than 14 and I might be a better source of advice :-)
  10. I am an AFF instructor who has taught several deaf skydivers. It was not a big deal - between hand communication and written communication on the ground that was easy and hand signals. I used paddles to help them with the landing pattern..
  11. The weight vest might help some but your canopy will still probably outfly yours because it is larger. I would stop doing the drills by your decision altitude for emergencies. 2200 is not crazy as long as you are paying attention to where you are and not obliviously flying off the airport or into traffic. I can't quite picture your turn thing however.
  12. I ditto the firebolt. They have amazing openings..
  13. I remember this from the old forum but can’t find anything using our current search. Trying to find a way to reach a hundred jump wonder and there was this kid in Eastern Europe - kept swooping and downsizing against all advice and ended up quadriplegic but was ballsey enough to come back on here and admit his mistakes. But searching I can’t find any of it. Does anyone remember that and can search better than i to find it?
  14. That looks really interesting. I would like pictures of how his setup works - couldn’t quite tell in the video.
  15. https://www.facebook.com/ParachuteLabs/