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  1. I don't think this has to be a binary thing: shut up or don't shut up. I think, instead, you can just qualify your responses. Someone asking a gear question you think you might know the answer to, but aren't sure? "I've only jumped twice in the past six years, and haven't worked on gear since _____. But, from my experience, you might want to think about ________." Then whoever is asking (and reading the thread) can get the benefit of your knowledge, while at the same time take into account that your knowledge might not be the most current. At the same time, you've made clear the potential limitations of your advice and have couched your opinion as a suggestion rather than an absolute dictate, so you need not worry that you're misleading some young jumper. Besides, on this site, if you give advice that is even slightly wrong, I'm sure someone will be along to correct you shortly
  2. Just out of curiosity, any reason you can't rent a 210 and try it out before buying?
  3. I assume you know about power tools?
  4. As pointed out above, billvon has a nice checklist, but to me, the question I ask is: you're flying to altitude and suddenly the pilot declares an emergency and orders everyone out. Now you have to land in a parking lot (or maybe a small backyard), and there are no indicators about how the wind is blowing. Are you happy with the size of your canopy and your ability to land without any major injury? If so, then okay. If not, maybe think about getting something bigger. In other words, think about what size you want your canopy to be when things are going to shit, not when landing on grass, into the wind.
  5. Perhaps I am misunderstanding the story, but where was the double malfunction?
  6. People with a death wish skydive without a parachute. People with a life wish use a parachute.
  7. Purely as to this part, it sounds like there was just one slot left on the plane, so they were seeing if they could fill it with a fun jumper. But they couldn't put you on the plane, because you essentially need two slots (you and an instructor). So that part doesn't seem wrong to me. But having you sit around for four hours, and being consistently told "next load" only to have that not be true, that part definitely seems wrong to me. I hope you're able to get a satisfactory explanation (and/or some compensation) from the DZ.
  8. To answer your stated question, I have never gone more than 2 minutes a session in a tunnel, and usually I am in there for 60 to 90 seconds per session. I believe most belly flyers are the same. To answer your unstated question, most of us do not book a chunk of time to fly ourselves --- usually we find others to split it with. For example, back when I was still actively training on a 4-way belly team, my team and I (or our coach) would find another team to split a block of 30 minutes with. The tunnel would be on for 30 minutes straight, but each team would rotate 90 second blocks actually flying, so that we had time to rest. After ten sessions each, the tunnel would shut off, we'd get out, debrief, then prepare for the next session. We'd do this 4 to 8 times a day. And we were TIRED. If you're planning on flying 20 minutes with 1 minute breaks, that's a lot of tunnel time you're paying for that you're not flying. Additionally, even flying 10 1-minute sessions with only a 1-minute break between, might be a bit ambitious if you've only ever done 7.5 minutes of tunnel in your life --- you don't fly well when you're tired. But regardless, try to find someone else to split the time with, unless money is not a concern for you (and even then).
  9. If nothing you can do will enable you to arch (i.e., no amount of stretching or yoga or anything else is going to allow you to arch), then skydiving is going to be difficult for you. You can fly flat, or even de-arched, but it's a lot harder, especially when you have a grand total of three jumps under your belt. My first suggestion is to speak with your instructors and see what they come up with. My second suggestion is to visit a wind tunnel and try to find a body position there that will allow you to fly stable. The wind tunnel is a great place to experiment as you can get immediate feedback. Also, it can be easier to concentrate on things like body position when you don't have to worry about hitting the ground in 60 seconds. Good luck!
  10. Ah, so it isn't the single instructor for the first solo jump, it's the tandems they are required to do beforehand? That would make sense to me, I had thought that you meant a student would be less nervous for some reason if (s)he had only one instructor for the first solo jump, as opposed to two.
  11. Out of curiosity, do you have any theories as to why this might be?
  12. Unless I'm misunderstanding something, student mode on a Cypres (which, to my knowledge, is the most common AAD out there, at least in the U.S.) is 29 MPH. So I'm not sure where you're getting your information on what the "standard student mode" speed is.
  13. If you are 100% sure that you have enough altitude to change your pattern, and 150% sure that there is no one landing with or after you, and the DZ rules don't prohibit it, then I would change the pattern and land into the wind. However, if there is even a chance that there is a canopy that you do not see above or behind you, who is counting on you to land predictably, then I would not change.
  14. It depends on: (a) the rules of your DZ; (b) how big your landing area is; and (c) where you are in the pattern. Some things to think about (besides the rules of your DZ) are: (1) do I have the altitude to change the direction of my landing? (2) will changing the direction I land have any effect on jumpers in the air with me (e.g., will I suddenly be landing towards them, as they are landing towards me? Do I have a chance of colliding with them?).