manseman

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  1. manseman

    Is skydiving really safe?

    While the statistics might not be terribly useful to decide if your next jump is going to be worth the risk or not, they're pretty much the only way to discover systematic changes in the sport as a while. The relationship between the number of jumps ending in fatalities/injuries and total jumps made will definitely say something about the direction the sport is heading in terms of safety. And while jump number n+1 isn't automatically more dangerous than jump number n, making two jumps certainly puts you in greater risk of getting hurt or killed than just making one. If reality was oversimplified to the point where getting killed on each individual jump is actually 1/133333, then about 7% of the people trying to make 10000 jumps would get killed somewhere between their first and their 10000:th jump.
  2. That's a healthy dose of irony right there ;) From the first post: Clearly, there is more to this than high school physics.
  3. manseman

    Last stage AFF the hop and pop

    Part of the reason why you deploy that high during AFF is to give your instructors a chance to assist you, then turn and track and finally deploy their own parachutes, so don't get too hung up on comparing numbers.
  4. Sounds simple enough, but it doesn't really explain anything about flying hd in the tunnel, right? Your "skin" is being pushed away from the ground but your blood will still be pulled towards the ground just as if you were outside of the tunnel. Also, people inside an aircraft falling out of the sky don't seem to automatically fall at the same speed as the aircraft they are inside, so maybe your explanation is a bit too simplistic.
  5. manseman

    Wings W14. Could fit 7cell 150 Yes or No

    Landing your reserve is not just like any other landing. There's more adrenaline, less altitude, possible injuries, a canopy that flies differently than your main, with different flare characteristics that you might not even have had a chance to test before the actual landing. I'd say bigger is better and anything else is secondary.
  6. For me, a headstand or handstand is much more taxing in every way than just hanging upside down. I'm guessing that's the difference and that flying hd is simply more like hanging from your knees than standing on your head/hands. Standing requires a lot of muscles to be activated.
  7. Well, that does in no way mean that base and wearing a camera for regular skydives requires the same skills, attitude or level of experience, or that the risks involved are at all similar. It just means that neither activity is suitable for a beginner. Also keep in mind that a skydive is very, very short. 200 skydives is about 3 hours of freefall. And almost everybody wears a camera eventually while almost nobody goes into base.
  8. isn't the best way to continue the discussion. Feeling is a pretty bad gauge, let alone asking someone if he feels ready Let me try one last time then, just for you. 1. Non-jumper is puzzled by the 200-jump recommendation. 2. I suggest that by making a few jumps and actually experiencing the stress he will perhaps become less puzzled.
  9. isn't the way to convince him. My point is that it's quite hard for someone who hasn't made a single jump to get involved in a meaningful debate regarding the effects of wearing a camera in freefall.
  10. It does take a bit of focus. Both in the air and while preparing for the jump, on the ground and in the plane before exiting. Make a few jumps and then let us know if you feel that you have any focus to spare in any of those situations.
  11. manseman

    AFF Student Wearing Full Face Helmet

    It'll still affect your hearing in the plane and under canopy and there are plenty of situations where a visor problem (fog, ice, blood, can't get it to open, can't get it to close etc) takes a bit more concentration to deal with than a pair of goggles would. So yes, it could be a problem. The less experience you have, the more dangerous are all the seemingly minor things that frequently happen. That's why beginners are made to keep things as simple as possible.
  12. manseman

    What's your personal wind limit?

    In smooth, steady winds... Maybe 17-18 mph or so. Possibly a bit lower. The urge to jump no matter what is fortunately declining every season.
  13. manseman

    Which altimeter to buy?

    Don't put off getting an audible. L&B Solo is good (An optima is fine too if you really think you need the extra features, it's not that much more expensive). As for the visible altimeter, as most people here I suggest an analog one. No batteries, extremely simple operation, harder to mis-read in freefall. If you eventually decide that you really, really need to know if you're at 310 or 300 feet, get a digital one as well. I always had a spare analog in my locker and did all my jumping with a digital alti until I started to do AFF-jumps and was forced to read my alti frequently and quickly in freefall. IMHO the analog is way, way better for that purpose and I'm glad I kept it.
  14. Be as prepared as you can and make sure you haven't left any questions or concerns open. Focus on breathing and positive thoughts. I always have the same jitters if it's the first jump in a while, if it's the first jump in a new location or if there is something decidedly unusual or (to me) new about the jump. After three AFF jumps you are still very much in the first-time-everything-is-new mode. As for the door, I imagine it's possible to somewhat ignore the fact that you are going to jump up until it opens. That's when the curtain opens for the show and you can't avoid it any longer. I heard somewhere that a couple of very experienced jumpers wore heart rate monitors for a few jumps and that there were spikes when the door opened and just before deployment.
  15. manseman

    What not to do as a DZO.

    I think you need to get out more. You would probably be shocked of how poorly the local population in most parts of the less fortunate areas of the world is treated compared to wealthy western visitors.